M E E T T H E T E A M
Rachel Maher – Innovation Director – is an experienced director of media production and training projects, particularly with Australia’s migrant and Indigenous communities. Over the past 12 years, she also broadcast regularly on Australian community radio, most recently as part of the production team of environment program, Earth Matters and as a freelance producer for Radio New Internationalist, ABC Radio National, SBS and the Pacifica Network in the USA. She currently writes for newmatilda.com. Since 2009, Rachel has worked as a project director with the international media development agency, Internews. She recently managed an EU-funded human rights and media freedom initiative in Sri Lanka and is currently a project director working on innovation, new media, technology and advocacy in Afghanistan. Rachel is a board member of EngageMedia, a video advocacy and distribution organization working across South East Asia and the Pacific, and the Community Broadcasting Foundation in Australia. She completed post-graduate studies in documentary film and television at the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently completing a Masters in Journalism at the University of Technology in Sydney.
Juan Andres Rodriguez – Multimedia Manager – was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Quito, Ecuador. In 2006, Juan graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, where he focused his creativity mastering experimental photography and portraiture. Juan has developed into a successful freelance commercial photographer, traveling away from his native Latin America, to work with a diverse range of clients on national and multinational publicity campaigns. Talented in production, design and multimedia, Juan established and continues to manage a innovative design and photoghraphic studio, KNOCKOUT Studio, in Ecuador. Juan came to Afghanistan in 2010 as a Communications Specialist where he integrated and established a social network with local partners, identifying and reporting on areas where international aid was being duplicated, unsuccessful or needed. Juan, a founding member of International Synergy Group, continues to demonstrate his technical, communications and design skills in Eastern Afghanistan directing and implementing projects on open source technology and data mapping/visualization, cross domain information sharing and more recently alternative energy installations.
Rachel Robb – Research/Writer – was born in Spain and raised in Saudi Arabia, Canada and Ecuador. She received a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Applied Anthropology with a focus on Human Rights and Latin America at the American University in Washington D.C. Rachel has traveled to and researched Cuba’s healthcare system and Colombia’s internal armed conflict and War on Drugs. From 2008 to 2010, she worked on the Drug Policy and Andes Region Program at the Washington Office on Latin America. Rachel was the International Representative for the National Indigenous Congress of Colombia in 2010. Shortly after, Rachel traveled to Afghanistan as a Cultural Analyst. She designed and implemented ICT for development projects with Nangarhar’s public health and education sectors. She has been working in Jalalabad for the past two years and is a co-founder of International Synergy Group.
Jennifer Gold – Research/Writer – was born in Jacksonville NC into a military family and was raised along the Eastern Coast of the U.S. She received a BS in Justice Studies with a concentration in Crime and Criminology and a minor in Military Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA. She spent a year in Iraq with a Civil Affairs team to assist women organizations. Her experiences in Iraq initially sparked her interests in going to Afghanistan. Two months following her return from Baghdad, she traveled to Afghanistan and became involved in education and healthcare projects within Nangarhar. She facilitated a range of projects within the public schools and medical clinics in support of international NGO’s and private volunteer organizations. Since April 2010, Jenn has returned to Jalalabad 6 times in the same capacity. She is currently working on her Masters degree in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from American University Online. In July of 2011 she retuned to Afghanistan as a cofounder of International Synergy Group, implementing projects on ICT for health and education to help the local populations.
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