Meet the team

About us


Heba Aly, Director
A multimedia journalist by training, Heba spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before moving into management. Her work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News and IRIN, among others, took her to places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad and Libya; and she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for her work in northern Sudan.

Heba has worked with IRIN in different capacities since 2007, including as field correspondent and Middle East Editor, and played a key role in planning and executing IRIN’s spin-off from the United Nations to become an independent media organization.  She is a regular commentator on humanitarian policy in her published work, in governmental briefings and at conferences around the world. Heba speaks English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

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Ben Parker, Head of Enterprise Projects
Ben has been working in humanitarian affairs, online media and fragile states for more than 20 years. In 2013, he was the director of communications for the UN in Somalia in Mogadishu. In 2012, he headed the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Syria in Damascus. Before that, he was the director of UN OCHA’s Eastern Africa offices and of IRIN.

Ben has worked for various development agencies in Africa (including Oxfam, UNICEF, the World Food Programme, the European Union and the UN Environment Programme). He set up the initial editorial and online systems for IRIN in 1995 and later moved into web publishing in the private sector with Africa Online in 2000. In 2007, he returned to IRIN, taking over as Editor-in-Chief and Director. As a UN communications officer in Sudan from 2003-2006, he was closely involved in raising the alarm about Darfur internationally and released some of the first photos and TV footage of the crisis.

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Andrew Gully, Chief Editor

Andrew joined IRIN in 2015. He is a journalist and editor whose 12-year career at Agence France-Presse took him from Paris to London to Hong Kong to Washington via short stints in Jakarta, Jerusalem, Moscow, Baghdad and Port-au-Prince. His final years at AFP were spent as Deputy Desk Chief for North America, running the editorial output for the Americas and covering Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. 

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Sarah joined IRIN in 2017 and heads up its external relations and communications portfolio. Sarah brings with her more than a decade of experience in strategic communication and engagement in the field of international peace and security. For the past 11 years she has worked at the global peacebuilding organization, Interpeace in a variety of key positions. Sarah also serves as Head of the Peace Talks, an initiative that highlights the inspirational stories of people who are making positive contributions to peace. She has been recognized by the World Economic Forum for her contribution as a Global Shaper (2011-2015). She is a member of the Banff Forum of leaders under 40 in Canada. Sarah holds an MA in International Affairs from Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

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Obi Anyadike, Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

Obi is an online journalist and editor, with extensive experience covering international development issues, Africa and the Global South. Obi began his career as a back-packing journalist writing for the Economist and other London-based African publications. He was the Zambia correspondent for Inter Press Service, chronicling the start of the multiparty wave in Anglophone Africa, and went on to cover the upheavals in Somalia and Ethiopia. He later worked as Africa Editor for IPS based in Zimbabwe, working with a team of young pioneers carving out space for progressive, independent media on the continent. A regular commentator on Boko Haram, Obi holds an MA in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Notre Dame.

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Kristy Siegfried, Global Migration Editor

Kristy joined IRIN in 2006. She is a journalist and editor responsible for IRIN's coverage of migration and refugee issues. After many years reporting from Johannesburg, she is now based in Oxford, in close proximity to the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. Previously, she provided specialist HIV/AIDS coverage from the epicentre of the epidemic in southern Africa. She has been following migration trends closely since 2011, and has been invited as a speaker, panelist and analyst in conferences and mainstream media.

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Jared joined IRIN in 2015 to oversee coverage of Asia. Previously, he was a Reuters correspondent in Myanmar, and a South Sudan correspondent for Bloomberg News. Jared's work has been published or broadcast in Global Post, Radio Deutsche Welle, CBC, CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, and France 24, among others. He has reported from countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Nepal, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. He holds a Masters of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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Annie Slemrod, Middle East Editor

Annie is a journalist and editor, covering the Middle East. From 2010-2013 she reported on Lebanon for Beirut’s The Daily Star, where she focused on Palestinian refugees. After leaving Beirut, she covered Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories as a freelancer for IRIN, The Independent, and The American Prospect. Annie holds a Masters in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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Miranda Grant, Multimedia Producer

An award-winning multimedia journalist and digital producer based in Nairobi, Kenya, Miranda has a passion for social impact, technology, and innovative storytelling. She has produced documentaries from Mongolia to Papua New Guinea, from Cuba to South Sudan, and was a start-up producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s innovative ABC Open project. Miranda also holds an MA in International Relations from Macquarie University. 

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Emmeline Booth, Outreach and Reporting Officer

Emmeline joined IRIN as an intern in 2015, after graduating from City University with a degree in journalism. She was IRIN's editorial assistant before taking on her current position. Emmeline prepares reports for prospective donors, identifies new funding opportunities, handles republication and partnership requests, keeps track of IRIN's impact and assists with editorial production. She speaks English and French. 

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Valerie Cambours, Operations Manager

Valerie brings 20 years of international operational experience in start-ups, private sector and NGO management and administration. Valerie started her career in the 1990s in marketing. In 1994, she moved to the US where she was an account manager for internet start-up companies in high tech and software technologies in Silicon Valley. Between 2002 and 2008, she ran her own company in jewellery and fashion accessories in New York and in California. For five subsequent years, Valerie served as Finance and Administration Director at the Gold Standard Foundation in Geneva, where she was responsible for ensuring that all local operational, financial and HR policies met Swiss regulations.  Valerie holds a Bachelor in Marketing and Communications from ESCLSA in Paris and an MBA in International Management from HEC Genève.

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Victoria joined IRIN in late 2016 after 20 years working for Médecins Sans Frontières, both in the field on long term missions and emergency interventions (in DRC, Burundi, Angola, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Nigeria) and in HR at the Brussels head office, responsible for the cell managing operations in South Sudan, DRC and Guinea. On top of her experience in the humanitarian sector, she worked as line producer for the TV reality programme “Peking Express” in Russia, Mongolia and China between 2004 and 2005. 

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Amina Zoubairi, French Editor

Amina has been managing IRIN’s Language Service since 2010.  Prior to that, she was the translator for IRIN’s Arabic service for three years. Before joining IRIN in 2007, Amina held various positions for international organizations, including the World Food Programme, the UN Refugee Agency, the US Agency for International Development, and the British Council, in Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Amina has an MA in translation and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in global diplomacy. Amina is fluent in English, French and Arabic. 

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Dana Hazin, Arabic Editor

Dana has been managing IRIN’s Arabic service since 2007. Before joining IRIN, she was an Arabic Language Editor at ME Printer, a magazine in Dubai Media City and an editor at Info2cell, a wireless information provider in Jordan. Dana holds a MSc. in Poverty Reduction from University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She is fluent in English and Arabic.

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