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. He holds an MA War Studies from King's College, and he has worked in the field of history-related digital media since 2006.

Joshua J. Mark
Joshua J. Mark Content Director

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 full-time author, researcher, historian, and editor. Special interests include art, architecture, and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the WHE Publishing Director.

Team Members

Athanasios Fountoukis
Athanasios Fountoukis Writer & Translator

BA History/Ethnology, Democritus University of Thrace
MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations, University of Groningen

A historian, who acquired a BA degree in History and Ethnology in Greece, and an MA degree in Ancient History in the Netherlands. He is fascinated by the ancient history of maritime and nomadic cultures.

Aurora Alario
Aurora Alario Intern

Bachelor's degree in Linguistic Mediation.

I am a freelance translator. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Linguistic Mediation at the SSML Centro Masterly in Palermo, where I studied interpreting and translation for the English and French languages.

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 a enseigné l'anglais au British Council de Milan. Elle parle couramment le français, l'anglais et l'italien et a 25 ans d'expérience dans le domaine de l'éducation. Elle aime voyager et découvrir l'histoire et le patrimoine d'autres cultures.

Dustin Murray
Dustin Murray Education Editor

M.A. (Secondary Education)
B.S. (History)
A.S. (Psychology)

Entering his 15th year navigating students through the wonderous world of historical studies, Dustin is a Heart of Education award recipient, engaging students through inquiry-based, relevant, and research-driven discourse that fosters critical thinking.

Emiliano S. Grill
Emiliano S. Grill Spanish Translator

Bachelor's degree in Sworn Translation (English/Spanish), Universidad de la República, Uruguay.
Currently enrolled in a technical degree in copy editing.

Born and raised in Uruguay, Emiliano is a translator, subtitler and history buff who loves languages, reading, writing, and traveling.

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

Harrison W. Mark
Harrison W. Mark Writer

Bachelors in History
Bachelors in Political Science

Harrison Mark is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, where he studied history and political science.

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 writer, fiction editor, and proofreader passionate about language and culture, world mythology and folklore, and human-centred marketing. One of her favourite mythological creatures is the makara.

Kelly Macquire
Kelly Macquire Multimedia Producer

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

Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has 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 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.

Rosa Baranda
Rosa Baranda Spanish Editor

BA in English, University of Deusto, Spain
MA in Translation Studies, Cardiff University, UK

English and French into Spanish translator. She is very interested in history, especially in Ancient Greece and Egypt. She currently works writing subtitles for online classes and translating texts about history and philosophy, among other things.

Sebastian Beck
Sebastian Beck Motion Designer

Bachelor of Arts (Design), Munich University of Applied Sciences
State-certified translator & interpreter
State-certified multilingual administrative assistant

Sebastian is a freelance designer with a background in translation. He’s been using motion design and video editing as tools for telling stories for several years. In his free time, he likes to give his eyes some rest and use his ears to make and lis

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.

Zhihui Zou
Zhihui Zou Book Review Editor

Currently pursuing a degree in American History

Zhihui Zou is affiliated with Duke University. His research mainly covers American history, the American West, and digital humanities. He is currently World History Encyclopedia's book review editor.

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 a best-selling and award-winning author, expert witness, attorney, sought-after speaker, and instructor at U.C. Berkeley Law School. His books include THE JERICHO RIVER, a novel that uses fantasy to teach history.

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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