Team

Board of Directors

Jan van der Crabben
Jan van der Crabben Chief Executive Officer

MA War Studies, King's College London
BA Journalism, University of East London

Jan is the Founder and CEO of World History Encyclopedia, leading the non-profit company to best fulfil its mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College.

Joshua J. Mark
Joshua J. Mark Author & Researcher

MA English, SUNY College New Paltz
BA English/Philosophy, SUNY College New Paltz

A freelance writer and former part-time Professor of Philosophy at Marist College, New York, Joshua J. Mark has lived in Greece and Germany and traveled through Egypt. He has taught history, writing, literature, and philosophy at the college level.

Mark Cartwright
Mark Cartwright Publishing Director

MA Political Philosophy, University of York
BA Politics (1st), University of Teesside

Mark is a history writer based in Italy. His special interests include pottery, architecture, world mythology and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share in common. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the Publishing Director at WHE.

Team Members

Arienne King
Arienne King Media Editor

Undergraduate student, edX, 2018-2020

Arienne King is a student and freelance writer with a passion for history, archaeology, and digital media. She runs the blog Muses & Mayhem and is the Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia.

Babeth Étiève-Cartwright
Babeth Étiève-Cartwright Translation Editor

Degree in English and French as a Foreign Language, University of Orléans
P.G.C.E in French and Spanish, University of Bristol

Babeth is currently teaching English at the British Council, Milan. Fluent in French, English and Italian she has 25 years experience in the field of education. She enjoys travelling and learning about the history and heritage of other cultures.

Carole Raddato
Carole Raddato Travel Writer

Marketing, Academy Nancy-Metz

Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

Dylan Campbell
Dylan Campbell Media Editor

BA: History, Ancient Mediterranean Studies 2012-2015 - University of Nebraska at Omaha
MA: Classical Mediterranean Studies 2015-2017 - University of Leicester
MS: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2020-2022 Univeristy of Nebraska at Omaha

Dylan recently contributed multiple definitions to the new Tacitus Encyclopedia and is a peer reviewer for multiple academic journals. His focus is on Bronze Age Aegean languages, texts, and the development of human religion.

Emily Mark
Emily Mark Education Editor

A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology, SUNY Delhi
Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of New York

Emily Mark studied history and philosophy at Tianjin University, China and English at SUNY New Paltz, NY. She has published historical essays and poetry. Her travel writing debuts in Timeless Travels Magazine. She graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2018.

Emily Spicer
Emily Spicer Education Editor

BA (Hons) Archaeology.
MSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology.

Archaeologist, family historian and prehistory enthusiast. I also lecture on many different aspects of prehistory from time to time. In the process of writing a ancient history encyclopedia, which I want to eventually get published.

Fiona Richards
Fiona Richards Editor

PhD in Archaeology, Edinburgh University
BA (Hons) Archaeology & Law, Sydney University

Fiona excavated, travelled and worked as a guide in the Middle East for over 20 years. Specialist and author of two books on Egyptian Scarab Seals, she founded Timeless Travels Magazine in 2014. She was awarded journalist of the Year 2018 & 2020 by NBTC.

Ibolya Horvath
Ibolya Horvath Editor

BA Archaeology, University of Leicester
BA Communication & Media Management, Budapest Business University of Applied Sciences

Ibolya has over a decade of editorial experience with both print and online publications. She holds degrees in Communication and Media Management and is currently writing her dissertation in Archaeology.

Kelly Macquire
Kelly Macquire Video Editor

Diploma of Theatre Studies
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology / Theatre / Literature

Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has recently completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

Kim Martins
Kim Martins Travel Editor

B.A. (Hons) History
B.A. LLB (Law)
Postgraduate Diploma (Education) Dist.
Postgraduate Diploma (Information Science)
Master of Arts Chaos and Complexity Science

Kim is a freelance writer based in New Zealand. She has a B.A. (Hons) in History and an MA in Chaos & Complexity Science. Her special interests are fables and mythology, as well as exploration throughout the ancient world.

Liana Miate
Liana Miate Social Media Editor

BA Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney

Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

Simeon Netchev
Simeon Netchev Graphic Designer

KU Leuven, Centre for Historic Restoration and Conservation
Cornell University, BSc in Design and Environmental Analysis
Sofia State University, Centre for Oriental Studies and Linguistics

Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

Wanda Marcussen
Wanda Marcussen Travel Writer

Bachelor in International Relations with specialization in History.
Add-on subject one semester in Rome; Study of Rome's history, symbolic significance, and value as a cultural heritage site.

Wanda has studied International Relations with specialization in History at The University of Oslo, and is currently studying for her Master's degree in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin.

Board of Advisors

Carolyn Perry
Carolyn Perry Head of Philanthropy

BA Classical Studies, Queen Mary, University of London
PGCE Education, London South Bank University

Carolyn Perry is Head of Philanthropy at the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, a UK based charity which aims to promote better understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and the wider world.

David Tollen
David Tollen Lawyer, Trainer & Author

Harvard Law School, J.D.
Cambridge University, Queens' College, Ll.M.
U.C. Berkeley, B.A. - History

David Tollen is the author of the American Bar Association’s bestseller, The Tech Contracts Handbook, and an attorney specializing in IT and IP contracts. As founder of Tech Contracts Academy he teaches about technology agreements.

Dimah Mahmoud
Dimah Mahmoud Founder ot the Nubia Initiative

PhD, Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Devon, UK
MA, Middle East Policy Studies, University of Exeter, Devon, UK
BA, Political Science, Towson University, MD, USA

Dimah Mahmoud is a humanist by practice, activist by choice, and passionate change-maker by learning. She co-founded The Nubia Initiative (TNI) to leverage art, academia & technology to protect, preserve and promote Nubia’s endangered heritage.

James Blake Wiener
James Blake Wiener Cultural Heritage PR Specialist

MA World History, New York University
BA History (Magna cum Laude), New York University

James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

Jeremy Seeff
Jeremy Seeff Corporate & Finance Lawyer

MA Law Studies in Europe, Christ Church, Oxford University

Jeremy Seeff is a partner at Epstein Rosenblum Maoz's corporate, M&A, finance and banking practices. He has experience advising companies from their earliest stages all the way through to exit, on diversified corporate and commercial matters.

Mark J Tousey
Mark J Tousey Venture Capitalist

MBA International Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
BSBA Finance, Olin School, Washington University

Mark Tousey is a venture capitalist with a background in finance. He also spends time as a director on the boards of a number of charities and philanthropic organizations in the UK and the US, with a particular focus on classical music and opera.

Tanya Valle
Tanya Valle Professional Coach

MBA Management, Fordham University
BS Marketing Communications, Fashion Institute of Technology

Tanya Valle is an accomplished Executive MBA with 16-years+ experience in journalism, communications and public relations. She advises Ancient History Encyclopedia on matters of marketing and public relations.

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