Team

Lara

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.

Bob

Bob Bierman

Chief Revenue Officer

Bob is a media industry veteran with deep experience building businesses that convene global leaders through digital, event and print platforms. Prior to joining News Deeply, he served in executive roles at the Washington Post, Bloomberg and Time Inc. He has built editorially driven businesses and expanded them globally in 25 countries. In his free time, he serves on the board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and is an avid cyclist and triathlete.

Samir

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.

Deborah

Deborah Kan

VP - Multimedia

Deborah Kan is a media entrepreneur and award-winning journalist. Previously executive producer at the Wall Street Journal, Deborah launched the organisation’s video operation in Asia and grew it into a substantial concern, spanning a geographical reach from Japan to Australia. She has interviewed many world leaders and CEOs during her tenure as a journalist, including, in 2014, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, when she broke the story about Google’s criticism of the National Security Agency. Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal in 2011, Deborah launched Reuters Insider at Thomson Reuters and Star News Asia at Star TV. Deborah is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. A mother of three children, she also enjoys early-morning runs in the mountain trails of Hong Kong.

Dan

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.

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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.

Brock

Brock Petrie

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.

Arindam

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.

Ali

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.

Arpine

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.

Liana

Liana Avetian

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.

Our Managing Editors

Alessandria

Alessandria Masi

Managing Editor, Syria Deeply

Alessandria is the Managing Editor of Syria Deeply and chief of News Deeply’s Beirut bureau. She leads the day-to-day operations for Syria Deeply, working to bring readers the most in-depth, multi-faceted and unbiased coverage of the ongoing conflict. Previously she was the Middle East Correspondent for International Business Times. She was a featured author in the 2016 edition of “Attacks On The Press” with the Committee To Protect Journalists and her coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis won a Society for American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) international reporting award. She is a native of Canada and a cat enthusiast.

Tara

Tara Lohan

Managing Editor, Water Deeply

Tara Lohan is managing editor of Water Deeply. She’s been writing about the confluence of water and energy issues for more than 15 years and spent seven years as a managing editor at AlterNet. She’s the editor of two books on the global water crisis and her work has been published by the Nation, Salon, the American Prospect and others. She holds a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Middlebury College and a master’s in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon. She tweets from @TaraLohan and lives in San Francisco.

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John Thompson

Managing Editor, Arctic Deeply

John Thompson is managing editor of Arctic Deeply. He has spent more than a decade working as a journalist in Canada’s north. He most recently served as the editor of the Yukon News in Whitehorse, and prior to that worked as a reporter for the newspaper. He also worked as a reporter and assistant editor for Nunatsiaq News in Iqaluit, Nunavut. In these roles he won more than a dozen regional and national newspaper awards. His writing has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, and his takes on northern politics have been featured in broadcasts by the CBC, APTN and CTV. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario, which he often finds too warm for his liking.

Charlotte

Charlotte Alfred

Managing Editor, Refugees Deeply

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.

Advisors

Azeo Fables

Co-Founder, News Deeply & Lead, Media and Technology Portfolio, IDEO

Turi Munthe

Founder of Demotix

Andrew Russ

Venture Capitalist

Khoi Vinh

Digital Design Entrepreneur

Brian Behlendorf

Founder of Apache Foundation

Deborah Amos

Award Winning Journalist & Author

Alex-Lovell Troy

CTO Of OneLeap

Chris Schroeder

Entrepreneur & Investor

Stephen Armstrong

President of National Council for Social Studies

Soumyadeep Paul

Technical Advisor

Ramzik Abnous

Chief Architect, Documentum Inc.

Binta Brown

Co-Founder & CEO, Fermata Entertainment

Soraya Darabi

Co-Founder, Zady

Kevin Doyle Jones

Co-Founder, Good Capital

Timothy Freundlich

Co-Founder, Good Capital

Susan McPherson

Founder, McPherson Strategies

Adaora Udoji

CEO & Founder, Outloud Inc.

Dan Gillmor

Director, Center for Citizen Media