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Leadership Team

Founder and Editor in Chief

Christina Asquith

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief of The Fuller Project for International Reporting; author of two nonfiction books on women, and has given voice to women in her journalism for more than 20 years from Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, as well as violent neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Christina began her career as a newspaper reporter, doing internships at The New York
Times and The Baltimore Sun then became a suburban correspondent for The Philadelphia
Inquirer for several years. She wrote her first book, The Emergency Teacher: The
Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner-City School, based off a year she spent as a
teacher in the lowest-performing middle school in North Philadelphia, focusing on the
challenges of preteen girls in the struggling school and neighborhood. In 2003, she moved to Baghdad, Iraq and covered the US invasion as a freelancer for The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian and The Christian Science Monitor.
Frustrated by the absence of women’s voices in the Western media’s war coverage, she told
the story of the war through the experiences of four women in her 2009 nonfiction book by
Random House, Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq—the
only book published by any journalist on Iraq to have women as its focus. While based in Istanbul covering Syrian women refugees in 2014, she founded the Fuller
Project for International Reporting along with Xanthe Scharff, as a global news organization
dedicated to giving women a voice in foreign affairs reporting and in the US, and creating
and publishing multimedia on issues that impact women.

She has a BA from Boston University and an MA from London School of Economics and was a 2007 Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Follow her on Twitter at @FullerProject

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Xanthe Scharff

Dr. Scharff is an expert on gender and refugee education, social entrepreneur, and multi-media journalist. Based out of Istanbul, her writing recently featured in outlets including: Brookings, TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian, VICE News, 100Reporters, Chronicle of Higher Education, Daily Beast, The Financial Times, Hurriyet, The World Post, Solutions Journal and AllAfrica.

Xanthe is the founder of Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, providing transformational opportunities for secondary school girls. CBS’s The Early Show, Voice of AmericaThe Christian Science Monitor, and African media outlets have featured the organization’s award-winning work.

Formerly, Xanthe was the associate director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings where she led research and programming on girls’ education. She is a senior fellow at the Syria Research & Evaluation Organization, has been a scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Fletcher School awarded Xanthe her doctorate for research on post-conflict education in Africa, during which time she was named the Minear Fellow, an Earhart Fellow and won numerous academic grants. She has worked in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the US with organizations including: The World Bank, United Nations, CARE, and Save the Children.

 

Follow her on Twitter at @XantheScharff

Kenya, Contributing Editor and Journalist

Felista Wangari 

Felista Wangari is editor at The Nation in Kenya, and a journalist who specializes in girl and women’s issues. She leads The Fuller Project reporting partnership with The Nation which amplifies women’s voices in the East African media

Senior Editor and Journalist

Sophia Jones

Sophia Jones is an Istanbul-based journalist and senior editor at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. She focuses on amplifying women’s voices and highlighting issues that most impact women around the world, particularly in areas of conflict. Currently based in Istanbul, she has reported from Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Germany. Sophia served as The Huffington Post’s Middle East correspondent from 2013-2016, reporting on everything from the so-called Islamic State’s rapid expansion across Iraq and Syria to the impact of deadly U.S. airstrikes on civilians in Afghanistan. She has traveled the length of the refugee trail from Turkey to Germany alongside Syrian refugees, hiked a mountain in Kabul with female Afghan mountaineers and embedded with a bomb squad defusing IEDs by hand in Iraq to get to the heart of the story. Sophia has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Al Jazeera America to discuss her work. Prior to joining HuffPost, she was an independent journalist in Washington, DC and the Middle East where she reported for outlets such as Reuters, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlantic, The New Republic and The International Herald Tribune. In 2012, she was an Overseas Press Club fellow.

Follow her on Twitter at @Sophia_MJones.

London, Director of Film Projects

Chloe Fairweather

Chloe is a BBC trained documentary filmmaker who specializes in social documentaries about sensitive and important stories. She produced and directed the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated and Grierson Newcomer award-winning, Mr. Alzheimers and Me for Children’s BBC, developed and partially funded by the Wellcome Trust, which was filmed from the point of children whose grandparents have dementia. She spent a year in the National Health Services and Social Services in East Birmingham making the BBC 2 series Protecting Our Parents which has been nominated for a Grierson and a Royal Television Society Award.

Chloe co-produced a BBC 2 documentary called My Child the Rioter with BAFTA and Emmy award winning Director Olly Lambert, which was nominated for a Grierson Award and Prison State for PBS Frontline with Emmy and Oscar Award winning Producer/Director Dan Edge.

With FPIR, Chloe has made two short feature films shown in the New York Times, Daily Beast and Elle Magazine. Her filmmaking was recently featured in Turkish Daily Radikal and by the BBC.

U.S. Reporter

Natalie Schreyer

Natalie Schreyer is U.S. reporter at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. Her work focuses on in-depth reporting on violence against women with an emphasis on solutions. She previously worked on the Climate Desk at Mother Jones, covering U.S. climate and energy policy during the 2016 presidential campaign. On the health beat at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, she wrote stories about women and addiction and women’s activism in West Virginia, among others. She holds a master’s degree in investigative journalism from the American University School of Communication.

California, Immigration Editor and Journalist

Rikha Sharma Rani 

Rikha is a Bay area-based journalist and immigration editor for the Fuller Project for International Reporting. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Politico Magazine, USA Today, Bright, HuffPo and Oakland Magazine. From 2014 to 2017, Rikha was Intelligence Director at the Solutions Journalism Network. She has worked extensively in the global health space, including as part of a team that negotiated drug prices for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in low-income settings. Rikha holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she studied economic and political development. She is also a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Affairs, the oldest academic journal of its kind in the country. Follow her on Twitter at @rikrani.

London, Contributing Editor

Naina Bajekal

Naina Bajekal is the Deputy International Editor at TIME and a Contributing Editor at The Fuller Project for International Reporting.She started her career in journalism as a writer in TIME Magazine’s London bureau in 2014, where she covered world affairs and reported from abroad on the refugee crisis and terrorism in Europe. After a stint at Newsweek as Executive Editor of its international edition, she returned to TIME in 2018.

Prior to working in journalism, Naina lived in Paris, where she was Program Manager for an international NGO focusing on empowering youth from marginalized communities. She holds a BA from the University of Oxford and speaks fluent French. Follow her on Twitter at @naina_bajeka

East Africa, Contributing Editor

Neha Wadekar

Based in Nairobi, Kenya and reporting across Africa, Neha’s work has been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Foreign Policy, VICE Media, the GroundTruth Project, Reuters, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Associated Press and ELLE, among others.

She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles, California, and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

Executive Team

Senior Growth and Strategy Advisor

 Ashley East Rogers 

Ashley East Rogers has been a successful fundraiser for over 16 years, leading international development teams and working with executive leadership to formulate and execute organizational strategy and high level donor programs.

Most recently she served as Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Women for Women International. Ashley worked to develop a 3-year fundraising strategy as well as build and lead an integrated development team to support economic and social empowerment for the most marginalized women affected by conflict around the globe.

For seven and a half years, she was at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, managing strategies for SAIS’s top foundation and corporate donors. Her work included developing proposals and partnerships in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America; initiatives were focused on, but not limited to, Global Politics and Religion and Global Women in Leadership. Ashley also served as an Interim Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, managing a team of 14 across three continents.

Prior to SAIS, she served as an Associate Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations at George Washington University. She holds a Masters in International Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a Certificate in Management from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College.

Follow her on Twitter at @AshleyEastRoger

Reporting Fellow

Haloren Mellendorf

Haloren is a Reporting Fellow with The Fuller Project for International Reporting. She is a published journalist with experience covering politics, immigration, the environment, gender and social justice. She is currently based in Washington, D.C.

Haloren earned her BA in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with certificate degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and African Studies. During her college years she wrote for The Daily Cardinal, one of the oldest student newspapers in the country. She also served briefly on the editorial staff for The Progressive magazine, where she wrote on immigration and social justice. An avid traveler, Haloren studied Arabic at the Language Institute in Fez, Morocco. She enjoys craft beer and Vonnegut novels.

Financial Contractor

Alison Anderson

Alison is the founding principal of Lovellette Consulting. She is a highly-skilled nonprofit sector consultant with over ten years of experience. She focuses on helping nonprofit organizations thrive internally so that they can deliver on mission. Alison is thrilled to be working with the Fuller Project’s team by managing bookkeeping, contracting, budgeting, HR, and the like. She is an alumna of Davidson College and Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. You can learn more about her work by visiting http://www.lovelletteconsulting.com.

Office Coordinator

 Sophia Diaz 

Sophia is a sophomore at American University working towards a BA in International Studies with a regional focus of Latin America and a thematic focus on Foreign Policy and International Development, and a minor in Public Health. Previously, she worked at the Legal Services Corporation in D.C. as an intern for the Office of Compliance and Enforcement.

International contributors

London, Director of Film Projects

Chloe Fairweather

Chloe is a BBC trained documentary filmmaker who specializes in social documentaries about sensitive and important stories. She produced and directed the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated and Grierson Newcomer award-winning, Mr. Alzheimers and Me for Children’s BBC, developed and partially funded by the Wellcome Trust, which was filmed from the point of children whose grandparents have dementia. She spent a year in the National Health Services and Social Services in East Birmingham making the BBC 2 series Protecting Our Parents which has been nominated for a Grierson and a Royal Television Society Award.

Chloe co-produced a BBC 2 documentary called My Child the Rioter with BAFTA and Emmy award winning Director Olly Lambert, which was nominated for a Grierson Award and Prison State for PBS Frontline with Emmy and Oscar Award winning Producer/Director Dan Edge.

With FPIR, Chloe has made two short feature films shown in the New York Times, Daily Beast and Elle Magazine. Her filmmaking was recently featured in Turkish Daily Radikal and by the BBC.

Istanbul, Photographer and Filmmaker

Elie Gardner

Elie Gardner is a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey. In the past year her work has focused on immigration and education, taking her to Afghanistan and up and down the Western Balkan migration route. She is the co-founder of Everyday Latin America, an Instagram account that seeks to give an authentic perspective of Latin America through photojournalistic documentation of everyday life with mobile phones. She previously worked as a staff photographer and multimedia editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and taught photography for National Geographic Student Expeditions and Webster University. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Istanbul,  Photographer and Filmmaker

Erin Trieb

Erin Grace Trieb has worked professionally as a freelance photojournalist, editorial and documentary photographer for international publications since 2007. Erin specializes in long-term, in-depth documentary projects, which explore societal trends, cultural trauma and identity. Based in Istanbul, Erin photographs for a wide variety of clients including The New York Times, NBCnews.com, Newsweek, The Times of London, Harper’s, Stern Magazine and many others. In 2011 she founded The Homecoming Project, an awareness campaign highlighting the social effects of post-war trauma on US military returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2014 Trieb received a distinguished Alumni Award from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Istanbul, Journalist & Author

Fariba Nawa

Fariba Nawa is an award-winning Afghan-American journalist, speaker and author of Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman’s Journey through Afghanistan.

She covers a range of issues and specializes in women’s rights, refugees and conflict zones. She is based in Istanbul, Turkey now but lived and reported from Afghanistan from 2002 to 2007.

Her work has appeared in Women in the World/New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Sunday Times of London, Foreign Affairs, Daily Beast, Newsday, Mother Jones, The Village Voice, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other publications. She also reports for radio, including Public Radio International. She is the author of the groundbreaking report Afghanistan, Inc., (CorpWatch, May 2006 ) and a contributing writer in the anthology Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands (Harvard University Press, May 2012).

She is fluent in Farsi/Dari, conversant in Arabic and understands Urdu.

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Istanbul, Journalist & Editor

Pinar Ersoy

Pinar Ersoy is a journalist based in Istanbul. Until recently, she was the foreign news editor of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet. Formerly, from 2012 to 2015, she was Turkish daily Milliyet’s Washington correspondent based in DC. In 2013, she received Journalists Association of Turkey’s (TGC) Honorable Mention Award for InterviewShe’s held reporting and editing positions in various daily newspapers since 2003. She’s graduated from France’s prestigious journalism school École supérieure de journalism de Lille in 2010. She’s also a graduate of Galatasaray University in Istanbul and American Collegiate Institute in Izmir.

Aditi Natasha Kin 

Aditi is best known for her writing on culture through an intersectional feminist lens. In 2017, Aditi published essays in Jezebel, Vice, Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, The Week and The Root, performed at New Women Space and Quimby’s, and curated “Inherited Trauma,” an event+exhibit at Local Project for the LIC Arts Open Festival. Aditi holds a Bachelor’s in psychology and writing, and a Master’s in Liberal Studies, from Wesleyan University.

Allyn Gaestel

Allyn is a Nigeria-based writer and journalist whose work has appeared in print and online at The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic and many others. She has earned grants to support her work from The Pulitzer Center, The International Reporting Project, IWMF, The Fund for Investigative Journalism, The National Press Foundation, The UN Foundation and others. She has been named a top journalist on women’s health by Women Deliver, and on aid and development by Humanosphere.

Amie Ferris-Rotman

Amie is a British-American journalist based in Moscow, where she reports for Foreign Policy. She previously reported across Russia and the former Soviet Union for The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. Between Russia tours, she was Reuters senior correspondent in Afghanistan. In 2013, Amie was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. In 2015, she founded Sahar Speaks, a program for Afghan female journalists. This won her the 2015 Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Award for Innovation. Amie holds a B.A. and M.A. in Russian Studies from University College London. Her reporting, from 12 countries, has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico, Haaretz and The Huffington Post.

Amanda Sperber

Amanda is freelance foreign correspondent who covers East Africa and is based between Nairobi and Mogadishu. She writes for the Atlantic, Foreign Policy,  IRIN, VICE and related outlets.

Anna Nemstova

Anna is a Moscow-based multimedia journalist and correspondent for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, covering Russia and the former Soviet states. She also contributes to Politico and Foreign Policy, nbcnews.com, The Guardian, BBC, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. She is the winner of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s 2012 Persephone Miel Fellowship and a 2015 recipient of the IWMF Courage in Journalism award. Anna began reporting on crisis in the North Caucasus and Central Asia 19 years ago as a researcher for The Washington Post. Anna lives in Moscow with her husband and son.

Brittany King

Brittany is a writer and social media strategist located in the Midwest. A believer in the power of representation, she’s dedicated to covering marginalized communities. Formerly, she’s managed social media for brands like Hershey and Anheuser Busch and written about diversity and inclusion for higher ed institutions. Currently, she’s a business reporter for the Indianapolis Recorder and a copy editor for FoodBeforeLove.com.

Corinne Redfern

From following an all-female team defusing landmines by hand in northern Sri Lanka to covering the final months of the Mosul offensive in Iraq to interrogating sex traffickers in rural Bangladesh, Corinne’s work has appeared in Marie Claire, Guardian, Telegraph, BBC, Esquire, and IRIN News, alongside numerous other publications.

Dànae Vilchez

Dánae is a Nicaraguan journalist based in Managua. She worked for almost five years in the digital media outlets niu.com.ni and confidencial.com.ni, and in the Television show Esta Semana. She has won two national journalism prizes, on stories about how it is to be a woman in Nicaragua. She holds a degree in Social Communication from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA).

Emily Feldman

Emily is a Washington D.C.-based journalist writing about migration, security and human rights. Her work has appeared in Newsweek Magazine, The New Yorker Online, Politico EU, The Daily Beast and other publications. From 2013 to 2017 she was based in Istanbul and reported from Turkey, Iraq, and Europe on the Syrian refugee crisis and the rise and fall of ISIS. With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, she’s written extensively about the Yazidi minorities targeted by ISIS and has spoken about this work at high schools and universities around the United States. Before moving to Turkey, she was a digital editor at NBC, taught English Language Arts at a New York City high school and studied at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

James Fredrick

James is a multimedia journalist based in Mexico City. He writes and makes radio and films, traveling across Mexico and Central America for stories. His current work focuses on immigration, refugees, and crime though he loves writing about Mexican culture and sports. He is a regular contributor to NPR, writes for the Financial Times, The Telegraph, and ESPN, and produces feature reports for the PBS NewsHour.

Kiana Hayeri

Kiana grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager.  Her self-initiated and self-funded projects often explore complex topics such as migration, adolescence and sexuality. In 2014, she was named as one of the emerging photographers by PDN 30 Under 30. Kiana is a TED fellow and her work has appeared in Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Harper’s Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Glamour and The Globe and Mail. She is currently based in between Kabul and Tehran.

Lisa Abend

Lisa is a freelance journalist based in Copenhagen. As a correspondent for TIME, she has covered terrorism, migration, the European economic crisis, the Catalan independence movement, and Scandinavian efforts to promote gender equality. She also contributes regularly to AFAR, the New York Times, Food and Wine, and other American newspapers and magazines. She is the author of The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen of Ferran Adrià’s elBulli.

Louise Donovan

Louise is the Deputy Digital Editor of ELLE UK, covering everything from gender issues and women’s rights to world news. She is the recipient of an award from the European Journalism Centre (EJC), which focuses on men fighting (alongside women) for women’s rights, and her work has been published in VICE, Grazia and i-D.

Mariana Sierra

Mariana is a journalist based in the border cities, El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, Mexico. She has contributed to El Diario, The Dallas Morning News, Al Día, Borderzine and recently the Los Angeles Times.

Mariana is most passionate about covering news stories on immigration policy and politics. She hopes to give voice to the untold stories of the borderland and break stereotypes of the region

Meghan Dhaliwal

Meghan is a freelance photojournalist and multimedia producer based in Mexico City.  Her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, BuzzFeed and more. Prior to her freelance career, Meghan was the Multimedia Projects Coordinator at the Pulitzer Center in Washington, DC, where she designed e-books, curated exhibitions, spoke at schools across the country, worked with youth programs, and worked as a grantee on projects in Haiti in Afghanistan. She has also been a recipient of grants from the International Reporting Project and International Center for Journalists fellowship. In July of 2017, she was part of the IWMF’s hostile environment training and fellowship to report from Tijuana, Mexico.

Natasha Pizzey-Siegert

Natasha is a multimedia journalist and film-maker based in Mexico. Switching between video, print, radio and photo, she works as a reporter, director and producer. Natasha’s work from Mexico and Central America has been featured in various international publications, including the BBC, NPR, Teen Vogue, Al Jazeera English, France24, AJ+, and the Financial Times. She covers breaking news stories as well as features and documentaries.

Raji Ram

Raji is a video journalist based in California. She is currently an Associate Producer at AJ+, covering a variety of stories, with a focus on ones that empower women, highlight scientific breakthroughs and educate about the Southeast Asian community. Raji graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in Integrative Biology. In her off time, she enjoys writing, traveling and shooting video. Raji formerly worked at NowThis News and NBC Bay Area.

Sophie Cousins

Sophie is a health journalist based in South Asia, published in the Guardian, New York Times, Foreign Policy, London Review of Books, Mosaic Science and medical journals including the Lancet and British Medical Journal. Prior to moving to South Asia, she was based between Lebanon and Iraq. Her work has been supported by multiple grants and fellowships from organizations including the International Reporting Project, the United Nations Foundation, and the South Asian Journalists Association.