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.

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.

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.

Dave

Dave Poritzky

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.

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.

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.

Kim

Kim Bode

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.

Ian

Ian Evans

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.

Jolly

Jihii Jolly

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.

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.

Laura

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

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

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.

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.

Todd

Todd Woody

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.

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.

Megan

Megan Clement

Managing Editor, Women & Girls

Megan Clement is managing editor of Women & Girls at News Deeply. She has broad experience covering human rights, gender, development, politics, science and environmental issues. Megan was part of the launch team for The Conversation in 2011, and helped establish the site in four countries worldwide – Australia, the UK, the US and France. She has made appearances on the BBC, Sky News and Radio National, and was awarded a Human Rights Media Award in 2014 for her work on asylum seekers. Megan lives in Paris.

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