Project Team

Project Director

Nick Short

Originally a vet in practice who worked for many years in the developing world and was responsible for introducing some of the first examples of e-learning in Africa. He subsequently went on to specialise in e-learning and software development and established his own software company in the 1990’s. Now he heads up the RVC e-learning programme and is responsible for introducing new innovations to the RVC.

Development & Communications Adviser

Guy Collender

Guy is a former journalist with international development expertise. He gained an MSc in Population and Development from LSE before working at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. He is currently the Senior Communications Officer at the London International Development Centre – an academic organisation which facilitates interdisciplinary research and training between the six Bloomsbury Colleges. Guy also promotes Africa Gathering's events about innovation and technology, and presents the monthly podcast Development Matters.


Media Officer

Neal MacInnes

Neal MacInnes is a postgraduate student at SOAS in the Global Media and Postnational Communication program. He has research interests in media and development as well as foreign cinema. He has a BA in Studio Art, working primarily in photography and video production. Prior work experience includes 2 years in the IT services department of the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Project Manager

Sarah Sherman

An experienced adviser and qualified teacher, Sarah manages the Bloomsbury Learning Environment - a collaborative e-learning service for five London institutions (the Bloomsbury Colleges). The service includes a shared Blackboard platform. Sarah recently managed a JISC-funded project exploring the use of collaborative online tools (e.g. GoogleDocs) to support learning, teaching, research and administration to enhance the use of ICT.

Media Adviser

Carlos Chirinos

Carlos Chirinos (BA Anthropology, MMus Ethnomusicology) is the commissioning editor and studio manager of OpenAir. He is also a lecturer in Radio and Digital Media at SOAS and City University. He started the course "Presenting World Music on Radio" with Dr. Lucy Duran, winning the Director's Teaching Prize at SOAS in 2009. Carlos undertakes commissioning, curating and producing audio and audio-visual content.

Technical Adviser

Rob Blake

Rob Blake is the digital development officer for OpenAir Media. He has a keen interest in developing platforms for the delivery of digital content. Robert takes care of media capturing solutions, content management, servers and platforms for publishing content online.


OpenAir is the online media portal of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. OpenAir specialises in the production of bespoke digital content in academic, current affairs and music.

Media Officer

Alexandra Jacobs

Alexandra Jacobs is an MA student in the Global Media and Postnational Communication programme at SOAS. Her research focuses on media and communication for international development and advocacy. She has been a regular podcast contributer to OpenAir Radio and has experience working with international NGOs and with media and ICT practitioners in Central and Southern Africa.