About Refugees Deeply

Refugees Deeply is an independent journalism and community platform dedicated to greater clarity and more informed public engagement on refugees and migration around the world.

Through a mix of investigative reporting and storytelling from our team of journalists, data-driven insights and commentary from experts, as well as online and offline community interactions, we explore asylum and immigration policies, attitudes towards migrants, social and economic integration and other critical topics.

By building an engaged community and connecting practitioners who are addressing the opportunities and challenges of a world in which more people are on the move, Refugees Deeply provides a forum for learning, knowledge sharing and problem-solving. Our readers and partners include leaders from the private sector, government, civil society, and academia and research.


Tania Karas, Managing Editor

Tania Karas is managing editor of Refugees Deeply. She has reported on refugees and global migration from the US, Turkey, Lebanon, Greece and elsewhere in Europe. She was a 2015-16 Fulbright Fellow in Greece covering the country’s refugee crisis at the time of its financial crisis. Previously, she was a reporter for the New York Law Journal, a small daily newspaper, where she covered New York courts and immigration. She has degrees in journalism and political science from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Charlotte Alfred, Editor-at-Large

Charlotte Alfred is managing editor of Refugees Deeply. Previously, she was a reporter for the Huffington Post, focused on Africa and the Middle East. She has worked on several documentaries for PBS Frontline, including Egypt in Crisis. Formerly, she was English editor at Ma’an News Agency based in the West Bank. She has a master’s degree in Middle East Policy Studies from the University of Exeter.

Daniel Howden, Editor-at-Large

Daniel Howden is a senior editor at News Deeply, working on Refugees Deeply. A contributor to The Guardian, he was formerly a correspondent with The Economist in East Africa. He has reported from more than 50 countries and had worked as the Africa Correspondent and Deputy Foreign Editor for The Independent. He began his career in journalism at Reuters in Athens, Greece.

Preethi Nallu, Editor-at-Large

Preethi Nallu is a print and multimedia journalist from Hyderabad, India and the founding editor of Refugees Deeply. Born in Iran, raised in India, she has reported on global displacement in a variety of contexts, from ethnic minority refugees of Myanmar to the protracted Palestinian refugee crisis and more recently, the Mediterranean crossings. She has worked for mainstream media outlets and global think tanks and led multimedia campaigns for the UN and humanitarian agencies. Preethi is trained in Indian classical dance and enjoys adopting Labrador retrievers.


Advisory Council

Chatham House
Associate Fellow,
International Law Programme
Columbia University
Professor of Sociology,
Columbia University
European University Institute
Director,
Migration Policy Centre
Help Refugees
Chief Executive Officer
Samuel Hall
Director
Coventry University
Research Professor,
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
University Of The Witwatersrand
Research Professor,
African Centre for Migration & Society
European Stability Initiative
Founding Chairman
Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
Deputy Director
Monash University
Deputy Director,
Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
New School
Director,
Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility
Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
Acting Director
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Director, Human Mobility Initiative
University of Oxford
Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs
Open Society Foundations,(OSF)
Senior Policy Analyst on Asylum and Migration
Islamic Relief Worldwide
Chief Executive Officer
Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health
Director

Carnegie Middle East Center
Director

Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
Executive Director

De Correspondent
Deputy Editor-In-Chief


American University of Beirut
Director of Research at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs


Partnerships

To learn more about our partners or to inquire about partnership opportunities, please email partners@newsdeeply.com or visit https://www.newsdeeply.com/partners.


Contribute

Refugees Deeply, the world’s foremost platform on the forced migration, welcomes original contributions from researchers, community leaders and policymakers for our community op-ed section. We regret that, owing to the volume of submissions we receive, we may contact only writers whose work we will commission. Please send your article pitches to the refugees@newsdeeply.com

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Lara Setrakian

CEO, Co-Founder and Executive Editor

Lara is an award-winning journalist, strategist and entrepreneur. She spent five years in the Middle East reporting via television, radio and digital platforms for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, Business Insider and Monocle magazine. Her 2009 coverage of Iran’s election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011 garnered industry praise. Lara is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a degree in government. Lara enjoys a strong yoga practice, reading poetry and cooking vegetarian meals.

Daniel Beaulieu

Chief Content Officer

Dan is responsible for content strategy and operations on all News Deeply platforms. He previously led the World Economic Forum’s Knowledge Lab, the incubation arm of the Global Agenda Councils Network. He was a founding editor of the award-winning national newspaper of the United Arab Emirates, the National, and an editor at both the Middle East and Asia headquarters of Agence France-Presse. As a regional correspondent, he took on multiple assignments in Iraq, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jerusalem, Thailand and Hong Kong. Dan also worked as a journalist for Reuters in Tokyo and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He holds a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Samir Sheth

Chief Business Officer

Samir is responsible for business growth, strategy and operations at News Deeply. He brings with him experiences ranging from a stint as a consultant at McKinsey, to leadership positions at Sony Music and Bertelsmann, to investing in consumer and media start-ups. He holds a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a passionate consumer of News Deeply content and an overall news and policy junkie, Samir enjoys playing and composing music, design and architecture, and working with his wife on a social enterprise focused on maternal health in the developing world.

Matt Unger

Chief Product Officer

Matt is the Chief Product officer of News Deeply, where he oversees digital product strategy as well as community development initiatives. Matt has decades of experience building useful and usable digital products for B2B, mobile application development, media, and retail organizations. As the Chief Digital Officer of K2 Intelligence, an investigative consultancy, he led the development of an innovative data analytics practice as well as software tools for case management, information gathering, and data visualization. At Gerson Lehrman Group, he led software initiatives to help recruit, manage, and scale the global expert network at the heart of GLG’s business. Prior to his work at GLG, he held leadership and creative technology roles at media and publishing companies like Conde Nast, iVillage, Zagat Survey, and Time Inc. He graduated from Tufts University. When he’s not at News Deeply’s New York office, he’s probably on a bicycle.

Arindam Biswas

Development Operations

Arindam is a backend developer, startup mentor and serial entrepreneur. He’s also a founder at CollectiveZen, an award-winning technology services and solutions provider with clients in India and North America. He bootstrapped his first startup in 2000 and went on to merge operations with Mixercast, where his roles included product design and management. His passions include the convergence of commoditized infrastructure, multi-gestural interfaces, the emerging ubiquity of the mobile Internet and location-based services. His daily pursuit of happiness ends with a smile when he makes a difference in the lives of the next generation.

Kim Bode

Manager, Community and Product Operations

Kim Bode is the manager of community and product operations at News Deeply, working at the intersection of community and product. Prior to joining News Deeply, she graduated from New York University’s Studio 20 program, which focuses on innovation in journalism, completing a research project with Facebook’s Journalism Partnerships team. Born and raised in Berlin, she came to New York in 2011 as Wall Street correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland and NZZ am Sonntag, and later also reported for Die Zeit. When she manages to get offline, Kim enjoys a steady yoga practice and contemplating where to travel to next.

Arpiné Grigoryan

Director of Operations

Arpine Grigoryan is a new media professional, project manager and trainer with 15+ years of experience. Arpine is the Director of Operations at News Deeply and is the head of the Yerevan office. Arpine is actively engaged in co-organizing popular TEDx events in Armenia and the biggest Armenian tech conference BarCamp Yerevan for the past 6 years. Prior to joining News Deeply, Arpine acted as the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications at PanARMENIAN.Net – the first Armenian online media platform. For the past decade, Arpine has led workshops and training sessions for various organizations and provided communication and marketing support for several local startups. Arpine received her Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the State Engineering University of Armenia and has studied Information Security and Computer Science for her Bachelor’s. Her free time Arpine likes to spend reading and sewing. She has established the “Sewing Club in Armenia” with a few thousand members online.

Laura Mandel

Director, Partnerships & Business Development

Laura is responsible for sales and business development at News Deeply. Prior to joining the team, she worked in syndication and licensing for The New York Times, as well as in fundraising for a social justice philanthropy. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in History and French and is passionate about human rights, women's rights and foreign languages. Currently based in New York, Laura has lived and worked in both Paris and Jerusalem.

JC Medina

Senior Product Manager

JC is a product manager and digital producer responsible for shipping dozens of software projects since 2001. Prior to joining News Deeply, he was a senior manager at LookSmart Ltd., leading strategic initiatives in adtech, ecommerce, and social media marketing platforms. Before he moved to New York, JC managed the corporate development and mentoring program of G2VC, a venture capital firm based in Manila, Philippines. With years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience, JC has advised a handful of startups on product strategy and customer acquisition. A passionate runner, JC has completed multiple half and full marathons in the past eight years.

Ali Moore

Chief Copy Editor

Ali Moore is the chief copy editor for News Deeply. She has an extensive catalog of experience, spanning a full range of roles, from commissioning editor to project manager, and working with a number of high-profile organizations, including Microsoft, the Consumers’ Association, Reader’s Digest, Time Magazine, the Glasgow Herald, McGraw-Hill, Bertelsmann, Bloomsbury and the Institute of Education, as well as being an occasional seller of vintage clothing. When not at her desk or running a busy household, she enjoys Glasgow’s vibrant music scene.

Tania Karas

Managing Editor, Refugees Deeply

Tania Karas is managing editor of Refugees Deeply. She has reported on refugees and global migration from the US, Turkey, Lebanon, Greece and elsewhere in Europe. She was a 2015-16 Fulbright Fellow in Greece covering the country’s refugee crisis at the time of its financial crisis. Previously, she was a reporter for the New York Law Journal, a small daily newspaper, where she covered New York courts and immigration. She has degrees in journalism and political science from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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