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Yinka Adegoke (@) is Africa editor for Quartz where he oversees and coordinates coverage of the news and ideas in partnership with writers across the continent. He has reported from more than 10 countries across Europe, Africa and the Americas. Before joining Quartz, Yinka was deputy editor at Billboard where he ran the business coverage. Prior to that he was Reuters’ senior media correspondent covering the global media business where he focused on the digital disruption of the traditional media industry. He has written for The Financial Times and The Guardian in the UK among others.
Jenny Anderson (@jandersonQZ) is a reporter for Quartz in London covering education, global tax dodging, parenting, marriage, aging, women’s issues, health, fitness, and the conspiracy of central bankers. Before joining Quartz, Jenny worked at the New York Times for 10 years covering finance, education and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. She won a Gerald Loeb award in 2008 for her coverage of Merrill Lynch, which resulted in the ouster of then-CEO Stan O’Neal. Before the NYT she wrote for the New York Post covering the shenanigans of bankers and traders on Wall Street. She also spent four years at Institutional Investor magazine covering everything from sovereign debt crises to the rise of online trading.
Jenni Avins (@jenniavins) is Quartz’s lifestyle reporter. She has covered fashion, food, travel, and pop culture for The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Vice, Harper’s Bazaar, Saveur, Style.com, and the Cut. The Webby Awards and McCormick Foundation have honored her independent stories and videos about fashion. Prior to journalism, she worked with knitwear factories in Peru for Edun and studied in Rio de Janeiro and Santa Barbara, California. She holds a global studies degree from UCSB and speaks Portuguese and Spanish. Obsessions: clothing manufacturing, dress codes, baking, and Brazil.
Marc Bain (@marcbain_) Marc is Quartz’s fashion reporter. His background includes time spent working for a designer menswear label, a turn as the literature editor at SparkNotes, and years as a general-assignment reporter at Newsweek. He covers anything and everything related to clothes and footwear, whether sneakers or luxury, business or design. If you can wear it, he’ll probably write about it.
Aaron Baird (@bairdtimes) produces content for Quartz’s brand partners. He previously worked as a congressional staffer, managing the economic policy portfolio for rep. Adam Schiff. Aaron has a degree in political theory from UCLA and an M.Sc. in international political economy from the LSE. He’s curious about financial behavior and energy technology.
Manu Balachandran (@) is a writer for Quartz, based in New Delhi. He has previously worked with The Economic Times and Business Standard in Mumbai and New Delhi, where he covered public policy and business. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Cardiff University and is passionate about politics, policy, economics, business and formula 1.
Anna Balch (@annabalch) is director of sales, East Coast at Quartz. She started her career at Hachette Filipacchi Media and from there decided to pursue digital sales at Businessweek.com right after it was acquired by Bloomberg L.P. After spending three years at Bloomberg and some time at Condé Nast, the opportunity to bring advertisers innovative custom content was too exciting to pass up. Anna graduated from Miami University (in Ohio, not Florida!) and obsesses over the future of digital media and how brands are adapting to the ever-changing landscape.
Lauren Brown (@laurenalixb) is the special projects editor for Quartz. She oversees reporters who cover health and science, helps shape editorial strategy, commissions commentary, and works with marketing to launch new editorial campaigns. Previously, Lauren was Quartz’s deputy ideas editor. Most recently, she was the Contributors Editor at Business Insider where she oversaw all contributors and syndication partnerships and was responsible for an overhaul of the entire program. Lauren received her master’s from Columbia’s School of Journalism where she specialized in digital media. She also worked for WorldNow, Wiley and was a contributing writer for Movmnt Magazine. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she majored in English and History.
Joe Buckley is Quartz’s campaign analyst and works on ad performance analysis. He previously analyzed the global smartphone market as a consultant at IPR in Boston. Joe has an economics degree from Trinity College, where he was named a Scholar All-American on the varsity soccer team.
Matthew Chamberlain (@mchamberlain) leads the branded content and creative services team at Quartz and is committed to making you notice the ads you see here for one reason or another. He joined in November 2012, 1,122 published stories into Quartz’s existence. Prior to Quartz, Matthew served as Director of Marketing at Esquire, focusing on mobile editions and social media. He’s also worked in digital strategy at Saveur, marketing at Rolling Stone, and spent two years as a political editor at AOL News. In his time outside the office, Matthew works on photo projects. He is one of those dummies who reads a book while walking down the sidewalk and expects to pay for this bad habit in some gruesome way before too long.
Kabir Chibber (@quinto_quarto) is the weekend editor and often writes during the week about the business of sport as well as French politics and culture. He previously worked at the BBC and Bloomberg and, most recently, contributed to Harper’s, the New Yorker online, the New York Times and Wired. Kabir was born in Hong Kong and grew up in London.
Liz Rioux-Christian is a senior account director at Quartz managing the corporate, financial, and healthcare advertising categories. She was previously Northeast account director at National Journal Group within Atlantic Media’s Washington division. Liz has served as VP of content sales at McMurry/TMG, managing director of the Meredith Custom Solutions Group, and as interactive and integrated sales director for Newsweek. Liz earned a degree in Economics and Political Science from Drew University and a degree in Art History as well as graduate studies at Rutgers University. Her obsessions include global issues that will affect her daughters, innovative marketing solutions, and engaging branded content.
Jamie Clark is the senior sales planner, managing and overseeing campaigns as they go live and come back down. He was previously at Initiative working on the Miller Coors account and studied Marketing at the George Washington University. He hails from the Bay Area in California and still doesn’t own a down coat for the winters on the East coast.
Keith Collins (@collinskeith) is a reporter and graphics developer on Quartz’s Things team. His work, both written and visual, has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, Slate, Al Jazeera America, and on the Associated Press newswire. His obsessions include science, identity theft, and the intersection of crime and technology. Keith holds a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School where he focused on science and digital journalism.
Marta Cooper (@martaruco) is Quartz’s deputy growth editor, based in London. She’s tasked with helping to grow Quartz’s European audience and the readership of Quartz India and Quartz Africa. Prior to joining Quartz she worked on the social media desk at The Telegraph – overseeing the company’s social media strategy during the 2015 General Election – as a reporter and researcher at Index on Censorship, and a freelance writer in Shanghai. She studied at the London School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Hailing from Cambridge, she speaks Italian and can get by in Mandarin and Portuguese.
Simon Davies (@asimondavies) is Quartz’s executive director, EMEA. His career began with stints in regional newspapers, IT press and women’s glossies before he became one of the first commercial employees at The Week. He spent 11 years in its London and New York offices, finishing his time as publisher of the UK edition and the week.co.uk. Simon then joined Point 6, a branding agency in west London where, among other things, he helped establish a Shanghai office. In 2012 Simon launched his own firm representing international print and digital clients to advertisers in EMEA. He became Quartz’s executive director, EMEA in June 2014.
Kevin J. Delaney (@kevinjdelaney) is editor in chief and president of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was the Hearst digital media professional-in-residence at Columbia University for 2014-15.
Katherine Despagni is the Associate Marketing Manager at Quartz, specializing in project management of custom ad campaigns. Prior to Quartz she worked at Observer Media within the sales and marketing department, focusing on real estate and entertainment accounts. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and also studied Italian and photography at the University of Richmond in Rome. Her obsessions include traveling, interior design, music, and the great outdoors. She is on the quest of someday going on the great American road trip.
Emily Diamond is the associate director of media planning for Quartz. She has previously worked in digital sales planning at both Lucky Magazine and GQ Magazine. Emily has a degree in marketing and organization & management from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Her obsessions include Excel and sushi.
Natalie Diamond is digital director, based in Los Angeles. She started her career on the media agency side in New York and after several years moved to London to work at international media properties such as the BBC and The Wall Street Journal in both the ad sales and marketing departments. She graduated from Boston University, School of Communications with a degree in Advertising and is obsessed with food and travel.
Maggee Dorsey (@maggeedorsey) is the event manager at Quartz. Hailing from Southwest Virginia, Maggee Dorsey began her career at Barclays Capital after graduating from James Madison University. There, she supported the Event Marketing Team with planning, procurement, and staffing for over 800 events annually and rebranding the global investment banking merchandise. In 2013, Maggee joined the Bloomberg, LP Global Events Team covering the Vertical Industry brands. Her year at Bloomberg included a myriad of events including the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit. Maggee’s continued interest in building brands, networks, and communities through live events brought her to Quartz in 2014. Maggee resides in Manhattan spending her free time visiting as many restaurants as she can afford and serving as Vice-President of the JMU NYC Alumni Association.
Adam Epstein (@aepstein) is a reporter for Quartz, covering the future of television as it relates to business, technology, and culture. He attended Johns Hopkins University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, where he wrote about the abolitionist John Brown with disturbing frequency and cultivated his obsession with all things Cormac McCarthy. He also has a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School. Before coming to Quartz, Adam was a freelance entertainment writer and worked briefly in publishing.
Micah Ernst (@micahwave) is the director of product engineering at Quartz. Most recently, Micah worked as the manager of web development for TIME.com where he oversaw the launch of multiple site redesigns and various other digital products. Previously, he worked for the public relations agency MWW Group where he helped create sites for clients like Nikon, Samsung, McDonalds, and Hershey’s. Micah holds a degree in information technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. His obsessions include the future of the web, gadgets, snowboarding and gaming.
Tim Fernholz (@timfernholz) covers state, business and society for Quartz. What does that mean? Whenever business competition spills into the halls of government, economic conflict puts protesters in the street, companies disrupt the way we live or public policy shapes the market, he’ll be there. Probably with statistics, anecdotes and a lot of nuance. Tim began covering politics and policy in Washington, D.C. at the American Prospect in the uneventful year of 2008, before joining National Journal in 2011 to write about fiscal policy. Then he was the business editor of GOOD Magazine, leading coverage on everything from tech companies and trade wars to globalization and political economy. He has been a fellow at the New America Foundation studying financial regulation and was awarded a Knight Journalism Fellowship in foreign affairs coverage and new media. He lives in New York City, where he is baffled by the local customs. He is from the Great State of New Hampshire.
Jake Flanagin (@jakeflanagin) is a reporter for the Ideas team based in New York. He writes about politics, international affairs, human rights, international development, and migration. Before coming to Quartz, Jake worked for The New York Times and The Atlantic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from New York University, has lived/studied in South America and France, and speaks Spanish and French.
Jocelyn Florence (@FlorenceOtter) is Quartz’s associate director of branded content. Previous jobs include: strategist at Weber Shandwick and Associate Producer at Ars Nova, an NYC live performance venue. She has an MBA from University of Chicago Booth and a BA in English and Religion from Middlebury College. Her obsessions include the future of content and gingersnaps.
Dan Frommer (@fromedome) is tech editor at Quartz, leading the site’s technology and science coverage. He previously helped create Business Insider and wrote about technology for Forbes and his own site SplatF, obsessing over Apple, the mobile revolution, and digital media. Dan is also co-founder of City Notes, a mobile startup.
Yasmin Gagné (@YasminGagne) is a fellow working in branded content for Quartz. She previously interned at The New York Times and APCO Worldwide. Yasmin has a degree in Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University. Her obsessions include french literature, financial news and banana bread.
Alicia Gamble is Quartz’s sales director in the Pacific Northwest. Ali started her career on the agency side at BBDO in San Francisco, and soon after made the move to tackle digital sales at Investor’s Business Daily in New York. Prior to joining Quartz, Ali spent five years as an integrated seller at Inc. Magazine. Ali is a native of San Francisco and received a B.S. from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She’s also extremely obsessed with her pug, Otis G.
Alicia Gearty (@aliciagearty) is a designer on the creative services team at Quartz where she works on ads and events. Prior to Quartz, she was at Condé Nast Traveler, and The Atlantic where she spent several years at AtlanticLIVE designing identities and collateral for events. She loves animals and typography. She has spectacular handwriting and would like an office pet.
Bobby Ghosh (@ghoshworld) is Quartz’s editor at large and editor in chief of Quartz events, based in New York City. He has strong opinions on foreign affairs, food and football…not necessarily in that order. Ghosh was previously at TIME Magazine for 16 years, including stints in Hong Kong, London, Baghdad, New York and Washington. Before serving as Editor of TIME International, he traveled and wrote extensively, on subjects ranging from war and terrorism to sports, food, and business. Before TIME, Ghosh worked at the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong, BusinessWorld Magazine in Mumbai and New Delhi, Business Standard in Kolkata and Deccan Chronicle in Visakhapatnam, India.
Devjyot Ghoshal (@devjyotghoshal) is the India editor at Quartz. Most recently, he was a Fulbright scholar at the Columbia Journalism School, learning about data, design, video and American English spellings. Before that he spent about four years at Business Standard, an Indian financial daily, in its Delhi, Kolkata, and Singapore offices, where he worked as a staff reporter and Southeast Asia correspondent. He is passionate about beating deadlines, and Arsenal F.C.
Olivia Goldhill (@OliviaGoldhill) is Quartz’s weekend writer, with a focus on philosophy, science, and social and political issues. She previously worked at The Daily Telegraph in the UK, first as part of their graduate scheme (which sent her to Media Wales and Press Association), then as a business reporter, and finally as a features writer. She’s written a travel guide to Bogotá, Colombia, and orchestrated a successful Telegraph campaign demanding that the government address sexual assault at university. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Times (of London), and The Huffington Post, among others.
Ryan Grabenkort (@rgrabenkort) is regional director, West Coast and APAC for Quartz. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in English, Ryan initially sought out a career in journalism but found a calling on the business side of media. His career began during the dotcom boom with a German information security company that brought him to New York, Asia, and South America. The draw of prestigious media brands, however, landed him at Atlantic Media where, aside from a short hiatus at a non-profit, he has worked in advertising sales and management positions since 2004. Most recently, Ryan was the Managing Director of National Journal, overseeing sales and strategy, and before that he was West Coast Director for The Atlantic.
Jane Grenier (@janiejaner) is executive director of Client Services. Prior to joining the Quartz team, Jane had an extensive career at Condé Nast, where her last post as Executive Director Marketing for Condé Nast Global Development involved initiating marketing solutions across the company’s digital, mobile and print properties in 26 countries. Always innovating on behalf of marketing partners, Jane also worked within the CondéNet digital division, launched Teen Vogue as Associate Publisher Marketing, and served in various posts at Gourmet and Vogue, as well as Hearst’s Esquire. She holds a master of fine arts in acting from the Asolo Conservatory, and finds that the skills acquired in the theater serve her well to this day.
Jeffrey Griffin is Quartz’s Executive Director of Ad Operations. Over the past 3 years, Jeffrey has focused his attention on technology innovation within the digital advertising industry. Some of his notable projects include the development and launch of ShowMeVideoke, Global Rich Media and Publisher Specs, as well as being the Co-Founder of How’z Dat! Entertainment and partial owner of the Bronx’s 259 Studio, which was featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop. Jeffrey received his Economics & Finance degree from SUNY College at Buffalo. He spends his free time cheering on the Buffalo Bills (often in vain), and dancing circles around anyone (man/woman/small-child/animal/other) willing to take on the challenge.
Christopher Groskopf (@onyxfish) is reporter and a professional skeptic. He specializes in interpreting and explaining the meaning of complex datasets. Prior to joining Quartz Chris worked on the NPR Visuals team and the Chicago Tribune News Applications team. He is fascinated by all kinds of tools and is the creator of many pieces of open source software, such as csvkit and agate. Chris is interested in a wide variety of global social, economic and scientific issues. He only speaks one language, but he can code in ten.
Gwynn Guilford (@sinoceros) is a general reporter and editor for Quartz. She previously blogged at Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, where she covered China and economics, among other topics. Before that she spent six years in China, including three researching Chinese companies and macroeconomic developments for hedge funds. Gwynn has also worked in Myanmar, reporting from Yangon and Mandalay on the 2007 military crackdown, and writing for the Myanmar Times & Business Review in 2004. Her work has appeared in Slate, the Christian Science Monitor and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Gwynn speaks and reads Mandarin, as well as basic Burmese.
Shaun Hambly (@SDHambly) is marketing and communications coordinator in the London office. Before joining Quartz, he volunteered at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, assisting council in defending the rights of journalists worldwide. Shaun graduated with an LLB Law degree from London School of Economics and spent four months trekking throughout the United States and Canada beforehand. He is obsessed with international news and everything to do with musical theatre.
Derek Hester (@derekhester) is a senior account director at Quartz. He was previously an account director with Vanity Fair, part of the Condé Nast Media Group handling beauty, spirits, travel and pharmaceutical categories during his tenure. Derek has a degree in Advertising from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His obsessions include food, travel, great branded content, and Glass.
Caitlin Hu (@husca) is a deputy news editor. Previously the editor of COLORS Magazine in Italy, she also helps direct photography at Quartz. She holds an MA in philosophy from the Sorbonne, and an BA in International Relations/Security from Wellesley.
Jason Karaian (@jkaraian) is senior Europe correspondent for Quartz, based in London. He previously spent 10 years at The Economist Group, first at the European edition of CFO magazine writing about the financial aspects of business and later, as financial services editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, covering the business aspects of finance. He also served as industries editor for The World In and wrote about everything from banks to bonds to basketball for The Economist. Before moving to London he was a macroeconomic analyst in Chicago, where he developed an affinity for data and statistics that he now uses to enrich—and demystify—stories about the business world.
Madhura Karnik is a writer for Quartz, based in Mumbai. She has previously worked with the Mint newspaper and Crisil, a credit ratings agency, in Mumbai. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and is passionate about economics, business and impact investing.
Jeanne Kim (@jeannesjkim) is the content coordinator for Quartz Events. She graduated from Northwestern University where she studied journalism and wrote at GlobalPost prior to becoming an editorial—then events—fellow at Quartz. She’s lived in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Beijing and has reported on North Korean defectors living in South Korea.
Courtney Kobylanski (@KobylanskiC) is an international account manager in our London office. She graduated from Aston Business School with a BA degree in International Business, French and Spanish after also spending time studying in Grenoble Ecole de Management. Courtney’s obsession with digital media stems from her internship at a mobile marketing startup in Seville and working on the sales team at Vibrant Media London. She loves to repeat the Surprising Discoveries section on Quartz’s Daily Brief email to anyone who will listen, and only dresses in monochrome.
Vana Kouyoumji is an Events Coordinator at Quartz. She started her career in publishing at The Economist as an Audience Engagement and Business Development Coordinator. She has additional experience in international development, interning for the United Nations and U.S Department of State while receiving a Masters in Public Administration/Public Policy Analysis and a B.A in Global Studies.
Hanna Kozlowska (@hannakozlowska) is a breaking news reporter at Quartz. She previously worked for the New York Times as a digital writer for NYT Opinion, and was a fellow at Foreign Policy magazine. Prior to FP, Hanna was a stringer for the New York Times in Poland. She graduated from Swarthmore College. Her obsessions include Eastern Europe, human rights, and the American criminal justice system.
Lily Kuo (@lilkuo) covers East Africa and China in Africa from Nairobi. She previously reported for Quartz from Hong Kong. Before that she covered general news for Reuters in New York and the Los Angeles Times in Beijing. She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University, as well as degrees in English and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She won the 2014 Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for international feature for her series on China’s water crisis. She speaks Mandarin and Spanish.
Jamie Labate (@jamielabate) is the digital director for Quartz EMEA, with over 16 years of print and online media experience spanning the automotive, current affairs, technology and consumer markets. Before joining Quartz, Jamie worked as the deputy managing director of advertising at Dennis Publishing, tasked with leading ad sales for 20 various websites, growing the brand’s digital magazine portfolio, and managing the creative production team. Jamie spends his spare time with his family and harbors dreams of opening his own BBQ restaurant one day.
Heather Landy (@heatherlandy) is global news editor at Quartz, based in New York. Previously, she was editor in chief of American Banker Magazine. Heather started her career at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about retailing, the steel industry and the corporate bond market (although not at the same time). Next she spent five years on the business desk of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her work in Texas earned a Gerald Loeb award for beat reporting and helped liven up her lectures as an adjunct instructor at TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism. Heather also has served as a special correspondent to The Washington Post, covering Wall Street at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.
Jay Lauf (@jlauf ) is Quartz’s publisher and president. Involved in start-ups, web launches and the expansion of events and conventions across his years in trade magazines, he also helped launch the U.S. edition of T3 (Tomorrow’sTechnology Today). He then moved to WIRED magazine in 2001 serving there seven years, the last two as Publisher. He joined The Atlantic as VP/Publisher in April 2008, and joined Quartz full-time in the summer of 2012. Jay’s “obsession” is figuring out how to make high quality, high integrity journalism commercially viable for the long term.
Daniel Lee (@_dlee) is the lead designer at Quartz, where he continues to pursue his passion for interaction and product design. Previously, he worked as an iOS, Android and web designer for AOL and HuffPost. Daniel graduated from The University of Missouri where he focused on design, motion graphics and fine art. He’s obsessed with human-computer interactions, problem solving, digital typography and interactive data visualizations.
Patricia Lee (@patricialee91) is Quartz’s growth marketer and works on audience development and social strategy for branded content. She was previously a web producer at The New Yorker, and spent two years at Grantland before that. Patricia has a political science degree from Duke, and her obsessions include innovation in tech, food trends, and immigrant identity.
Steve LeVine (@stevelevine), Quartz’s Washington correspondent, writes about the intersection of energy, technology and geopolitics, a juncture of some of the most important and quickly developing events and trends on the planet. LeVine teaches the subject as an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program in the Graduate School of Foreign Service. He is a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. LeVine comes to the beat after 18 years as a foreign correspondent in the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Philippines, where he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Financial Times, and Newsweek. Most recently, LeVine founded and ran The Oil and the Glory, a blog on energy and geopolitics at Foreign Policy magazine. He is the author of two books: The Oil and the Glory, a history of oil told through the 1990s-2000s oil rush on the Caspian Sea; and Putin’s Labyrinth, a profile of Russia through the lives and deaths of six Russians. His newest book, The Powerhouse, which tracks the geopolitics of lithium-ion batteries, will be published in February 2014 by Viking.
Liz Lian (@_lizlian) is a fellow on the Quartz events team. Previously, she founded 38th & WICK, a women’s fashion startup, and has written for Narratively. Liz graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology. Her obsessions include narrative storytelling, pop music, and what Netflix would refer to as Irreverent TV Comedies Featuring A Strong Female Lead.
Gideon Lichfield (@glichfield) joined Quartz’s founding team in 2012 as global news editor, and is now a senior editor, in charge of feature stories, style rulings, and other miscellany. He is also a part-time fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute, where he writes science fiction about the near future. He came to Quartz from a 16-year career at The Economist, which took him from the science desk in his native London to postings in Mexico City, Moscow, and Jerusalem. The main thing he remembers from all his travels are the languages, of which he knows five well enough for interviewing evasive politicians, another two well enough to read, and one just well enough to haggle in.
Shirley Liu (@vauxtheshirley) is a fellow on the Quartz marketing team. She graduated from Penn State University and has experience in the fashion, insurance, and recruiting worlds. Her obsessions include media as an educational tool, women in comedy, sandwiches, and things that hold other things.
Mia Mabanta (@miamabanta) is Quartz’s director of marketing and revenue products, leading cross-functional efforts to develop the company’s growing suite of bold, differentiated advertising offerings. Mia has spent her career bringing innovative business strategies to different industries, first at the Brookings Institution, where she advised private and public sector leaders on underserved markets, and later by helping to start HelloWallet, an award-winning financial guidance service that was acquired by Morningstar. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and others. Mia has a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Diksha Madhok (@dikshamadhok) is Ideas Editor, Quartz India. She writes about gender, popular culture and business. Before coming to Quartz, Diksha worked with Thomson Reuters in New Delhi and studied journalism at Columbia University in New York City. She likes startups.
Tara Mallen (@MallenTara) is office assistant for the Quartz London office. After a short stint at BBC Scotland she worked at Clydesdale Bank in Glasgow before moving to London. Tara studied English Literature and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, followed by a master’s in comics at the University of Dundee. Technically she’s French, but doesn’t really feel it. She was born in Singapore and lived in Indonesia, Tahiti, Poland, and is now settled in the UK. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and a little bit of Polish. Tara loves cooking just slightly more than eating, as well as watching television and reading comic books.
Thomas McBee (@thomaspagemcbee) is director of growth at Quartz. Most recently, he was the managing editor at PolicyMic (now Mic), a news and analysis site by and for young people. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times and VICE, among others, and he writes the columns “Self-Made Man” for the Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard. “Man Alive” (City Lights), his memoir about what makes a man, was covered in Esquire and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. He loves barber shops and gets his hair cut way, way too often.
Annalisa Merelli (@missanabeam) is an Ideas Reporter at Quartz. She hails from a city near Milan but has worked and lived in Paris and Delhi before settling in the US (for now). She was the founding editor of art, culture and lifestyle portal The India Tube and a writer and editor at Narratively, Global Voices, Timbuktu, Motherland, W+K Delhi, and Fabrica. She holds a master’s degree in semiotics and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Bologna.
Omar Mohammed (@shurufu) is East Africa reporter for Quartz based in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. He was recently a Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. He has been a Senior Producer for a BBC Swahili Service weekly radio news magazine show, ‘Haba na Haba’ (Little by Little) and created and hosted a news review show @Mgahawa on East Africa Television. Omar studied English and Philosophy at St Andrews University in Scotland. His obsessions include Africa Innovators, the Business of Sport, particularly NBA basketball and soccer, and the Future of African Finance.
Aamna Mohdin (@aamnamohdin) is a general assignment reporter based in London. She covers science, business of sport and migration. Aamna graduated from Imperial College London with a master in science communication. She’s previously worked for IFLScience, New Scientist and Scidev.net.
Mike Murphy (@mcwm) is a reporter covering technology for Quartz. Mike has a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern. His obsessions include tech moonshots, like robotics, drones, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence.
Svati Narula (@svatikirsten) is a general assignment reporter at Quartz. She covers consumer goods, philanthropy, science, and tech, but friends and colleagues know her main obsession is the sea. Svati is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and instead of studying abroad she spent a semester on boats and beaches with the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. Before joining Quartz, she was an editorial fellow at The Atlantic.
Leslie Nguyen (@gatechme99) is the technical project manager at Quartz. She previously worked at a software consultancy as well as a startup. Prior to making a career switch to software development, Leslie was an attorney in private practice focusing on intellectual property law and pro bono asylum cases. She holds engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and Duke University and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. When not playing or watching sports, Leslie is obsessing over all things related to food and travel.
Kristin Oakley (@kristinmoakley) is a deputy growth editor for Quartz. She focuses on expanding the Qz internet reach through editorial partnerships and republications. Before Quartz, Kristin worked on the trending editorial team at Facebook and as part of the Matter team at Medium. She holds a masters degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelors degree from Duke University. Kristin speaks Spanish, especially when in Argentina.
Michael O’Brien (@theobrien) is an ad operations manager for Quartz. He was previously VP of Ad Operations at Pontiflex. When he’s not making the digital world safe for attractive branded content, he can be found treading the boards of NYC’s indie-theatre scene, trafficking in audio obscurities, and helping to raise his two sons. Who will be the end of him.
Will Palley (@wpalley) is Quartz’s Associate Director of Brand Marketing, where he is responsible for the company’s brand-building initiatives. Prior to joining Quartz, Will was Head of Strategy and Insights at mindbodygreen, a leading health and wellness digital media company based in New York. Before that, he was the lead strategist for J. Walter Thompson’s global trendspotting and innovation group, consulting for major multinational clients including HSBC, Shell and Macy’s. Originally from London, Will is a graduate of Princeton University and is obsessed with bracingly creative storytelling, and baked goods.
Adam Pasick (@adampasick) is Quartz’s senior Asia correspondent. Adam was the former managing editor of nymag.com. Before that he spent 10 years with Reuters in New York, London, and—in a career move that will haunt him for all eternity—the virtual world of Second Life.
Emily Passer (@emilypasser) is Quartz’s director of communications. Based in NYC, she oversees all media relations and public relations for Quartz, its staff and events. Previously Passer worked in communications at the Financial Times, and before that was with Fleishman-Hillard’s Marketing-Communications group in New York. Originally from Kansas City, she attended Columbia University, graduating with a degree in International Relations. When not in the office, Passer cheers on the KU Jayhawks, volunteers with children with special needs and obsesses over sunglasses. Contact her at email@example.com for broadcast bookings or to speak to other members of Quartz’ staff.
Matt Phillips (@matthewphillips) writes about finance, markets and economics. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for seven years, most recently covering the aftermath of the Great Recession and the relentless descent of U.S. interest rates. Other descents he covered at the Journal include the January 2009 splashdown of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River and Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Matt caught the markets bug as lead writer for the Journal’s MarketBeat blog, which he helped turn into one of the most heavily trafficked web properties at the Journal. He spends much of his time trying to force bankers, traders and economists to speak comprehensible English.
Caitlin Pike is the sales and marketing assistant at Quartz. Caitlin handles assisting both the sales and marketing teams from updating presentations to researching and printing viable materials. Before coming to Quartz, she worked for the World Trade Center of New Orleans as a PA and social media consultant and also volunteered at a New Orleans nonprofit with a mission to end human sex trafficking in the area. Her obsessions include improvisation, her NYPL card, and the digital takeover of our time.
Itika Sharma Punit is a reporter for Quartz, based in Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley. A technology writer for around eight years, she previously worked with Business Standard and Network18 in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. Itika holds a masters degree in English literature and is passionate about entrepreneurship, Bollywood, and Shakespeare.
Corinne Purtill (@corinnepurtill) is a general assignment reporter for Quartz. Based at various times in Washington, D.C., Phnom Penh, Phoenix, New York and London, she has written about everything from terrorism to the search for the Loch Ness Monster. Before joining Quartz she was GlobalPost’s Senior Correspondent for the UK. She has a BA in English from Stanford University and reports now from southern California.
Solana Pyne (@solanapyne) is senior producer for video. Before joining Quartz, she ran an award-winning video operation for the international news site GlobalPost. Before that, Solana worked as a correspondent in South America, North Africa and Southeast Asia, spent three years covering criminal justice for NY1, and helped produce documentaries for NOVA.
Matt Quinn (@) is Quartz’s deputy news editor for finance and technology. In this role, he works with a team of editors and reporters covering everything from corporate news and markets to the latest in gadgets and robotics. Prior to joining Quartz in June 2015, he was the executive editor of Advertising Age. Before that, he was the editor of CFO Journal, an online edition of The Wall Street Journal for corporate-finance professionals. Matt has held writing and editing positions with Crain’s Financial Week, Inc. magazine and American Banker. Prior to journalism, he was a financial analyst with Wenner Media, publisher of Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal.
Anne Quito (@annequito) is Quartz’s design and architecture reporter. She covers a wide range of topics, from graphic design, corporate branding, and product design to workplace design and architecture. Anne has contributed essays to numerous design publications and her MFA thesis on the nation branding of the world’s newest country, South Sudan, was featured on NPR. (You can read an adaption of her thesis here.) She holds a master’s degree in visual culture from Georgetown University and an MFA in design criticism from the School of Visual Arts. Anne is also the founding director of Design Lab, an in-house design studio within an international humanitarian development organization.
Erica Rallo (@MustSeeItAll_) is an executive assistant to the president and publisher of Quartz. She was previously freelancing for BBC Worldwide and spearheaded the launch of BBC Campus, a socially driven program for millennials. Erica has an undergraduate degree in English from St. Joseph’s College and is currently a candidate for a Master of Arts in English at Hunter College. Her obsessions include travel and cultural perspectives, photography, and racial formation theories.
Akshat Rathi (@akshatrathi) is a reporter for Quartz, based in London. Before that he was an editor at The Conversation, where he wrote about and edited science, technology, and data stories. He has worked at The Economist and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His writings have been published in Nature, The Hindu, and The Guardian. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Oxford University and a BTech in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
Joy Robins is senior vice president of global revenue and strategy at Quartz. She started her career on the ad agency side, buying national radio and television advertising at OMD. After entering the sales side of the business via The Weather Channel, Joy had the opportunity to help the BBC introduce their TV and digital properties to the US advertising market where she discovered her passion for high-quality content. There, she led a national ad sales team that grew the BBC’s digital business into a multimillion dollar division. Most recently, she was on the leadership team at NBC Universal, tasked with monetizing NBC’s digital news properties following the conclusion of the Microsoft joint venture. Joy graduated from Rutgers University and is most obsessed with creating compelling and effective opportunities for advertisers seeking to leverage premium content and a high-quality audience.
Leah Ross is a content specialist on Quartz’s branded content and creative services team. She previously worked overseas on an archaeological excavation before joining Gartner’s Global CIO Research Board as a research analyst. Leah is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is passionate about emerging technology, data visualization, and history. When given the choice, she eats dessert first.
Molly Rubin (@mrubez) is the editorial assistant and office coordinator for the Quartz NYC office. She was previously the executive and literary assistant to the chairman of Trident Media Group, the largest literary agency in the country. She also worked as a production assistant for On the Case with Paula Zahn. Molly graduated Tufts University with a degree in English and speaks French. Her obsessions include film noir, Saturday Night Live and post-modern fiction.
Zach Seward (@zseward) is the vice president of product and executive editor of Quartz, where he obsesses about what technology can do for journalism and vice versa. He leads the teams responsible for product development, audience growth, and data visualization. He also writes about the future of TV and other topics. He does not usually refer to himself in the third person. Zach previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, first as a reporter covering education and health, then as the editor of outreach and social media. Before that, he helped launch the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, where he was an assistant editor and reported on the news industry. He has also been an adjunct professor at the journalism schools of NYU and Columbia. Zach knew he wanted to be a journalist at age six but couldn’t have imagined, back then, what it would mean to be in this profession today. He is still, frankly, a little confused but happily so.
Vanessa Jane Ah Sha Sen is manager of sales planning and ad operations in the London office. She spent time traveling before joining Quartz and prior to that worked in the ad ops departments of both Channel 4 and Conversant. Vanessa graduated from Aston University with a BA degree in International Business and French, which included a year of study in the business school, ESC Toulouse. Born and raised in London, she was lucky enough to enjoy frequent trips back to her parents’ motherland, Mauritius, and speaks English, French and Mauritian-Creole. She is obsessed with spreadsheets and shopping.
Deena Shanker (@deenashanker) is Quartz’s food reporter. Before coming to Quartz, Deena worked at BuzzFeed and Fortune and contributed to publications including Salon, Grist and the Village Voice. She was a lawyer once too! Deena went to school at Barnard College, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She loves her dog very much.
Heather Timmons (@HeathaT) is the Asia Correspondent for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she writes about everything from ramen to derivatives to censorship. Previously she spent 10 years with The New York Times in London and New Delhi, where she covered finance and markets and the Indian economy. She co-founded and ran India Ink, the NYT’s first-ever country specific news journal, which provides in-depth news and analysis of the world’s largest democracy and of India’s global diaspora. Before the Times, Heather was the banking editor at BusinessWeek in New York, where she covered the perils of the big bank business model and the danger of banks’ expansion into risky lending, corruption on Wall Street, and a post-9/11 city. She began writing about banking and finance as a reporter with the Daily Deal and American Banker.
Eric Trott (@naarak) leads the design department on the creative services team at Quartz and is devoted maintaining the visual standard across all advertising, branding, marketing, and event executions. He joined Quartz August 20, 2012 and has obsessively been weaving in his aesthetic and design thinking into everything the creative services team produces. Prior to Quartz he was part of a small branding agency along with freelance work and various positions in the DC Metro area. In his free time you will find him exploring new places to eat and traveling the world diving into different cultures.
Alice Truong (@alicetruong) is the senior Silicon Valley correspondent for Quartz. Most recently, she covered technology for Fast Company as its West Coast correspondent and wrote a tech column for USA TODAY. Before moving to San Francisco, she reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, and Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Amy X. Wang (@amyxwang) is a reporting fellow at Quartz. She covers media, music, and the business of education—though she also occasionally reports on architecture, transportation, and a collection of other topics. Some of her special areas of interest include educational technology, the complicated relationship between media and psychology, and the future of newspapers. Before coming to Quartz, she wrote about business and culture for The Atlantic, Slate, and The Economist. She was born in Beijing, raised in Phoenix, and now lives in New York City. She holds a degree in English and creative writing from Yale University.
Katie Weber (@kweber515) is a senior account director at Quartz managing auto, travel, and corporate accounts. She was previously a corporate partnership director with the Condé Nast Media Group handling luxury fashion and beauty accounts across Condé Nast’s portfolio of 22 brands. Katie has a degree in Marketing and Advertising from Marist College. Her obsessions include emerging markets and smart, beautiful branded content.
Cassie Werber (@cassiewerber) is based in the UK where she writes about renewable energy, politics and society, management and the arts for Quartz. Before joining, she was an energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She’s a co-organizer of Hacks Hackers London, a monthly networking group for journalists and technologists. Her undergraduate degree is from Cambridge University and she also has a master’s in business and finance journalism from City University, London, and the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Prior to journalism, Cassie got a master’s in theater at Central School of Speech and Drama and started a professional theater company, directing plays mainly in London and Edinburgh. She hails from Ipswich, along with Cardinal Wolsey, and no one else famous.
Sam Williams (@stimply) is obsessed with rethinking journalism, working with data and making cool things at Quartz. He worked previously at Macmillan Publishers where he worked on various digital products, primarily focused on higher education learning. He also has an unhealthy obsession with bitcoin and multi-color LED lightbulbs.
John West (@john_s_west) is a developer on Quartz’s product team. Before that, he was Quartz’s lead ad developer, and before that he was the interim CTO of an ed-tech startup. He holds a B.A. and a performance degree from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he studied philosophy and historical performance (primarily Baroque music). He is obsessed with building things with code and watching the way the internet is eating media.
Roya Wolverson (@royawolverson) is a deputy news editor at Quartz. She previously worked at Time as the global business editor, helping to redesign and invigorate the magazine’s business section. Before that she was a reporter at Time, covering the eurozone crisis, global economics and consumer culture for its Curious Capitalist blog and print magazine. In her wonkier days, she was a financial reporter at SmartMoney and the economics and Iran writer for the Council on Foreign Relations’s web publication, CFR.org, where she was the lead writer for an interactive guide on Iran that won an Emmy and an Interactive Media Award. Roya holds a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is a two-time Fulbright grantee (to Mali and then Germany) who wishes life were but a string of grants to foreign places.