Refugees Deeply is designed to help you understand the complex web of geopolitical, human rights, environmental, legal and other factors combining to make the refugee issue one of the most challenging of our lifetimes. Our editors and expert contributors are working around the clock to bring you greater clarity and comprehensive coverage.
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About Refugees Deeply
Refugees Deeply is an independent digital media project dedicated to covering the Refugee crisis. Our team, a mix of journalists and technologists, aims to provide readers and experts with the kind of in-depth information that no other media outlet is able to offer. We hope this, in turn, will lead to deeper understanding, greater clarity and more sustained public engagement on this this critical – and quintessentially human – issue.
Refugees Deeply is a part of News Deeply, a media startup and social enterprise based in New York. We are registered as a B Corp, or Benefit Corporation, with the stated mission of advancing foreign policy literacy through public service journalism. We receive no government funding, instead earning our revenues through a mix of foundation grants and digital-design services. Our client partners include the World Economic Forum, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Baker Institute at Rice University.
We want anyone who visits Refugees Deeply to come away better informed and more engaged in this global issue. We welcome your feedback and story ideas through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Alfred, Managing Editor
Charlotte Alfred is managing editor of Refugees Deeply. Previously, she was a reporter for The Huffington Post focused on Africa, worked on documentaries for PBS Frontline and was English editor at Ma’an News Agency in the West Bank.
Preethi Nallu, Senior Editor
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.
Daniel Howden, Senior Editor
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.
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) is an operating foundation funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). The mission of DDFIA is to promote the study, understanding and appreciation of Muslim arts and cultures. Based in New York, the Building Bridges Program is the grant-making program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and supports national efforts that use the arts to advance relationships, increase understanding and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. For more information, please visit our website.
Bridges of Understanding is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, nonpolitical organization driven by the mission to foster a personal understanding between the American people and people of the Arab World through original education and outreach initiatives. As tensions between regions intensify and the refugee crisis escalates, thought-provoking lessons and dialogues at the desk, in the field, and online serve to humanize ‘the other’ — so that the very notion may soon cease to exist. For more information, please visit bridgesofunderstanding.org
Refugees Deeply, the world’s foremost platform on the forced migration, welcomes original contributions.
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Refugees Deeply is editorially independent and is part of News Deeply, the digital media and community building company that Time Magazine called “the future of news.”
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.
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.
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.
Chief Revenue Officer
Dave Poritzky is the Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing sales and product-development activities for News Deeply and serving on the firm's executive team. Prior to arriving at News Deeply, Dave spent almost a decade as part of the commercial leadership of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the leading energy-research startup that was acquired by Bloomberg LP in 2009. Dave led several initiatives at Bloomberg/BNEF, including the firm's Future of Energy Summit series and various other BNEF sales, research and consulting projects. Before BNEF, Dave served as Chief Operating Officer and corporate advisory services at Eurasia Group, the premier political-risk advisory firm. He was also Marketing Director for a supermarket joint-venture in Vladivostok, Russia, where he founded and produced the fabled music festival, "Vladi-rock-stok." Dave graduated Cornell University with honors and received his MBA/MA from the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development
Liana has 15 years of experience in strategic partnership and business development, particularly in European and Asian markets. Before joining the News Deeply team, she was a commercial director at Cosmopolitan Armenia, leading strategic partnerships and initiatives in Armenian and Russian markets. Before Liana moved to Armenia, she owned an alternative health center based in Massachusetts in the United States. Liana spends most of her free time playing with her two sons.
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.
Community Editor, Geopolitics
Kim Bode is the community editor of Syria Deeply and Refugees Deeply, working at the intersection of strategy, editorial 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.
Community Editor, Environment
Ian is the Community Editor of Water Deeply and Arctic Deeply. Before joining News Deeply, he was a freelance science journalist in Boston with a focus on environmental law and policy. He has been published in Undark Magazine, FiveThirtyEight, Nautilus, and more. Ian grew up in California, and before getting into journalism he planned on becoming an ecologist. Instead, he pursued science writing and in 2016 he earned an MS in science journalism from Boston University. When he has spare time, Ian likes to get out and go hiking, backpacking and birding.
Community Editor, Women & Girls Hub
Jihii Jolly is community editor of the Women & Girls Hub at News Deeply. A multimedia journalist with a varied background production and research, she specializes in media, culture and religion, she has written and produced content for the Columbia Journalism Review, The Atlantic and Narratively, among others. She was previously an Innovation Fellow at EdLab Studios, a research, media design lab at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to producing her own work, she taught pre-college journalism at the School of the New York Times. Currently, she teaches community engagement at Stony Brook University's Journalism School. She's originally from India, and grew up in New York.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Product, Design Director
Brock directs the vision, design and engineering of News Deeply's core product and platforms. An award-winning interactive strategist and art director, he spent his years prior to News Deeply working in the vibrant Minneapolis advertising & marketing arena. He's held creative & technical leadership roles at agencies such as Epsilon and Atomic, specializing in providing sync and synthesis between design, engineering and business development teams. His work has been recognized by AdFed, Promo Magazine, Adweek and more. An avid photographer and outdoorsman, Brock can often be found trekking the backwoods of northern Minnesota, camera in tow.
Executive Editor, Environment
Todd oversees News Deeply’s environmental news platforms. A veteran environmental journalist, he previously was the editorial director for environment at TakePart, a digital magazine owned by Participant Media. Todd has also served as a reporter and editor at Fortune, Forbes, Business 2.0 and other national magazines and was the business editor of the San Jose Mercury News. He was a frequent contributor to the New York Times, The Atlantic and Quartz, covering green technology and other environmental issues. Todd is based in California, where he is an avid surfer and hiker. A former resident of Australia, he’s one of the few people to have seen the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat in the wild.