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

Agustina Cardozo Sandes
Agustina Cardozo Sandes Spanish Editor

Bachelor's degree in Sworn Translation (English/Spanish).
Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics.

I am a Sworn Translator, history enthusiast and passionate about learning. I am delighted to contribute in such a precious resource as WHE. Knowledge is power. Let's spread it!

Babeth Étiève-Cartwright
Babeth Étiève-Cartwright Head of Translation

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

Babeth used to teach 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.

Celina Bebenek
Celina Bebenek Image Editor & Translator

MA Philosophy (KU Leuven)
BA Philosophy (KU Leuven)

Celina Bebenek is a recent ancient philosophy graduate who wants to promote Neoplatonic philosophy to a broader audience.

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 NB

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 and also worked as a translator for a few years. She holds degrees in Communication and Media Management and in Archaeology.

Joanne Taylor
Joanne Taylor Proofreader

BSc Psychology, University of York
PGCE Science, University of Cumbria

Joanne is a freelance proofreader and copyeditor based in Sri Lanka. She is passionate about world mythology and folklore, as well as Buddhist architecture.

Julio Ernesto Orendain
Julio Ernesto Orendain Video Editor

BA in History Degree "In Progress"

I am a full-time college student, Majoring in History who enjoys studying sociological philosophy.

Kelly Macquire
Kelly Macquire Multimedia Producer

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 award-winning author of novels that use fantasy to teach history and science -- including The Jericho River.

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.

Gimena del Rio Riande
Gimena del Rio Riande Professor, University of Buenos Aires

Phd In Romance Philology (UCM, Spain)
Master in Literary Heritage (UAM, Spain)
Master in Hispanic Literary Studies (UCM, Spain)
Bachelor of Arts (UBA, Argentina)
Proffesor of Literature (UBA, Argentina)

Gimena is an advocate for medieval and text edition studies across Latin America and for the digital humanities as an open field of research. She is an Associate Researcher at IIBICRIT (CONICET, Argentina) and the director of HD CAICYT lab.

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 World 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.



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