Meet the team

Qui sommes-nous ?


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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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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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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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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Kenneth joined IRIN in 2017 after several years working with Save the Children and the Red Cross in media, communication, and marketing roles. With his experience in building brand experiences across digital and emerging channels, Kenneth will help drive our audience growth and engagement, while overseeing our presence on social media, developing our creative multimedia content strategy, and honing our analytics.

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Richard began his professional career in the UK as a Chartered Accountant before joining PwC as a management consultant, specialising in Finance, Governance and Risk Management. His career with PwC spanned 25 years and culminated with eight years as Global Relationship Partner for the United Nations System, the Global Fund, and other multilateral organisations. Richard was also an advisor to the UK and Swiss governments on their foreign and international development policy think tanks. Since 2013, he has been working as an independent consultant and also serves as a Board member and Finance Committee Chair for the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, and as an advisor to the Finance & Accountability Committee of Unitaid in Geneva. Richard joined IRIN as Director of Finance in 2017.

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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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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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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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Tim has been working in film and multimedia for nearly 20 years, converting skills acquired in the corporate and educational sectors to the development and humanitarian sector 10 years ago. He has produced film and multimedia outputs for many of the major international development organisations; UNICEF, FAO, DfID and USAID to name but a few. He is an avid adopter of new technologies and continually seeks new ways to connect with audiences, but always tries to place people at the heart of every story. He has worked on a wide range of productions across the world, often in challenging locations, including working in post-conflict areas.

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