Operations Manager, InterMedia Africa
Abdi selects and manages local field and data processing partners in Africa, ensures the delivery of high quality field and data outputs for clients, and implements sustainable capacity strengthening programs with local partners and agencies. Abdi joined InterMedia from The Steadman Group/ Synovate, where he was a researcher and a research manager since 2007. He has field experience in several African countries, and he played a key role in the company’s expansion into Francophone Africa. Abdi has also conducted media studies in challenging locations such as Darfur, the DRC and Ethiopia. Educated in Kenya and Algeria, Abdi is fluent in Arabic, French, KiSwahili, Somali and English.
Most recently Will worked at the International Graduate Insight Group, where he was responsible for managing a team of researchers and leading on the development, execution and delivery of bespoke research projects. Prior to that Will worked at Goldsmiths, University of London, designing and implementing aspects of the university’s market research programme. Will has also headed-up the London office of an international human rights organisation that undertook ‘access to information’ capacity building programmes. Will has a first-class degree in Social Anthropology and Nepali from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and spent a year living and studying in the Himalayas.
Will has experience of managing all stages of the research process (in line with MRS and PRINCE2 best practice) and has designed and executed a number of research studies drawing on qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies. Will has both client-side and agency-side research experience and has worked in Third, Public and Private Sector organisations. Much of Will’s previous experience has had a strong international focus, including within the fields of education and human rights.
Senior Research Manager
Dixie is a Senior Project Manager in the Nairobi office. He has over 6 years of research experience in a number of African countries, particularly in East Africa. Dixie has managed projects in financial access, media and communications, mobile phones, health and nutrition, and other areas, clients including the U.S. State Department, fhi360 (AED), and the World Bank. He previously headed the Social and Public Research Division at TNS-RMS in Nairobi, and prior to that, he worked for two years at the Africa Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF.) Dixie holds a sociology degree from Egerton University in Kenya and is fluent in Kiswahili.
Associate Director – Qualitative
Joe joined InterMedia in October 2011. Joe is responsible for project management and the development of qualitative training and research approaches. He has many years of experience as a qualitative researcher across commercial and public sectors, winning Campaign Magazine and Mediaweek’s “Best Use of Research” awards in 2007 and 2008. Joe previously worked for the Office for Public Management in the UK as an Associate Fellow; he has also worked at MediaCom, Brahm Ltd, and spent time as a freelance consultant. Joe received his BA in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Leeds.
Sidra Iqram Butt
Sidra works in InterMedia’s Nairobi office. She came to InterMedia in October of 2011 from her previous post as Senior Market Research Executive and Project Manager for Synovate Kenya, where she was managing overall market research projects in the Business to Business Research department. Her currentjob includes managing quantitative and qualitative research projects focusing on East Africa. Sidra received both her B.S. and MBA degrees from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Sidra speaks Swahili, French, Punjabi, Urdu, and basic Hindi.
Ambassador Brian E. Carlson, (ret.)
Consultant, Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy
An experienced public diplomacy specialist and a former Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service, Brian Carlson advises on strategic communication and public diplomacy. For the past three years, as the State Department’s liaison with the Department of Defense on strategic communication and public diplomacy, he engineered closer cooperation between diplomats and military officers. He was awarded the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in May, 2010. Carlson served 36 years in the Foreign Service, including as the Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia 2001-2005. Other postings abroad took him to Spain, England, Norway, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Venezuela. Ambassador Carlson has led inspection teams for the Inspector General in the Middle East and Washington and was an author of the 2008 Defense Science Board study of public diplomacy and strategic communication. He is a director of the Public Diplomacy Council, the U.S. Baltic Foundation and the Mountain Runner Institute. Frequently he speaks on public policy matters at the National Defense University, the Air and Army War Colleges, and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center as well as before public and civic groups.
Klara joined InterMedia in February 2008 as a project manager and is currently working across teams. Previously, she headed up the Sonar team at Echo Research in the UK, where she managed media research projects for clients from the corporate and government sectors and academic sphere. Before that, she spent two years in South Africa, working for international media research institute Media Tenor, designing and managing quantitative research projects for clients from the financial services industry, as well as advising on communication strategies and reputation management. Klara also worked with NGOs and international organizations and completed research on media coverage of politics, AIDS/HIV, innovation, crime and corruption. Before moving to South Africa, she worked as a journalist for the Slovenian Press Agency and other Slovenian media. Klara holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and is a native Slovenian speaker. She also speaks English, Croatian and basic German.
Associate Director of Digital Media Research
Dr. Fisher joined InterMedia in December 2011 from Mappa Mundi Consulting, where for the past four years he has gained notoriety for his work in identifying how information flows through both online and offline communities, and the influence of relationships on human behavior. Dr. Fisher is based in InterMedia’s U.K. office and leads the ongoing development of the company’s global digital research practice, providing clients with comprehensive and targeted digital media insight that drives decision-making. Prior to 2008, Ali directed the Counterpoint think tank at the British Council and was a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter, U.K.
He completed a Masters in U.S. Intelligence Services and his PhD at the University of Birmingham. In addition to his commercial work, Ali regularly produces work for academic publication. Dr. Fisher is a widely published author on topics related to public diplomacy, digital information flows, and engagement and influence patterns.
Mary Ann Fitzgerald
Content Production Manager
Mary Ann is in charge of all editorial and content production activities. She joined InterMedia in March 2012 after several years as a writing, editing and publications management consultant for a number of Washington, D.C.-based companies and organizations. Prior to that, she was director of publications and marketing at the Republican National Committee. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Colorado State University.
Aneta manages a variety of InterMedia research and consulting projects in Southeast Europe. She has done both quantitative and qualitative research for the U.S. and other international broadcasters, including national surveys, focus groups and monitoring panels. Ms Genova has been involved in projects from start to finish: design and preparation, relations with clients and subcontractors, fieldwork observation and overall supervision. Ms. Genova has an extensive communications background. Before coming to the United States, she worked for the Bulgarian News Agency, Reuters-Bulgaria and the Capital business weekly in Sofia. She obtained her M.A. in Public Communications at American University, is fluent in English and is a native speaker of Bulgarian.
Business Development and Marketing Manager
Tyra plays a central role in the marketing of InterMedia to major funding agencies and identifying new business opportunities worldwide as well as the capture management process at InterMedia. She offers nearly 20 years experience in executive level business development and marketing strategy for both fortune corporations and the federal government sectors. She has an extensive background in working with USAID; and, is particularly knowledgeable of federal contract vehicles and RFP processes, developing strategic partnerships, subcontractor management, and program administration. Tyra holds an MBA with an international business focus from the University of Maryland.
Aibek was formerly a consultant at TNS Technology, where he managed global customer experience, loyalty, brand and segmentation studies for blue chip technology clients. Aibek contributed to promoting best practice in setting up research studies in Africa and Middle East, championed advanced quantitative analysis and set up a strategic segmentation framework for a global telecommunications provider.
In addition to private sector, Aibek has extensive experience in implementing large scale studies for Scottish Government, UNDP, UNICEF, IFES, USAID, on topics including crime, transport, education, sport and leisure, election polling and child abuse. While at TNS-BMRB Scotland, he project managed high-profile government studies – Scottish household survey and Scottish crime and justice survey.
Aibek was an OSI/Chevening Scholar at the University of Edinburgh where he received an MSc in Social Research with distinction in Data Analysis and Applied Multivariate Statistics. He also holds a BA in Sociology from the American University in Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic). In addition to English, Aibek speaks Russian and Kyrgyz.
Michelle joined InterMedia in April 2012. She has experience with quantitative research, data analysis, project evaluation, and project management. Previously, she worked for an international non-profit organization doing community development work and established a new base of operations for the organization in India. She also conducted research on international economics for a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in Economic Development, with a concentration in microeconomic factors of development including education, access to financial services, health and private sector development. She holds a B.A. in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from Ohio University. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.
Senior Research Associate
Samia supports a range of assignments across Africa and Asia. Samia has worked extensively on the Citizen Access to Information research offering which has been the subject of a book chapter in the Handbook of Comparative Research and an article published in the journal of the International Institute of Communications. Since joining InterMedia Samia has worked on projects for the BBC, Popular Engagement Policy Lab (PEPL), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Australian Broadcasting Corporation International Development. She holds a BSc honours degree in Politics and Economics from Brunel University and an MSc in Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Nat joined InterMedia in June of 2009. As a member the East Asia team, he manages quantitative and qualitative research projects in North Korea, Cambodia and with Uyghur populations in China. He previously worked on HIV/AIDS issues and NGO development with the Grassroots China Initiative at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Nat holds an M.A. in international economics and China/Korea studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a B.A. in economics from the University of Oklahoma. He has also studied at a Yonsei University in Seoul and Fudan University in Shanghai. He speaks Korean and Mandarin Chinese.
Anastasia Mirzoyants is a PhD candidate at the University of Toledo in the field of Social Foundation of Education, with minors in Research and Measurement and Educational Leadership. Prior to beginning her doctorate, Anastasia held several executive positions at media corporations in Russia and was overseeing the development and functioning of as many as five regional newspapers at a time. Anastasia also has extensive journalism experience, writing for Russian newspapers including Kommersant,Arguments and Facts, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. She holds two Master Degrees from Russian universities (English Philology and MBA) and one from Toledo. For her MBA specialization, Anastasia underwent intensive field training in Marketing and Change Management in Germany (Cognos International, GmbH). Before joining the InterMedia, Anastasia was working as a Survey Research Lab supervisor at the University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center. The Center serves as a liaison between the University and the surrounding community; it conducts qualitative and quantitative research for the University faculty and local governments as well as performs studies for the State of Ohio, US Department of Agriculture, and other state and federal entities. Anastasia is fluent in Russian.
Office and Research Administrator
Cathryn has worked with InterMedia Europe since August, primarily on the launch of the IRCE Charity in September. She has just returned from two weeks leave to join us in a full-time capacity. Previously, Cathryn worked with the Advertising Association, the think tank Credos as well as the public affairs consultancy Guide. She has a particular interest in youth, gender issues and political engagement. Cathryn has a BA (Hons) degree in History from the University of Warwick.
Gayatri joined InterMedia in 2009 and works on quantitative and qualitative analysis as well as overall research management. Recently she has worked on an impact assessment project for the Gates Foundation and an evaluation of cultural and education grants in Afghanistan for the US Embassy in Kabul. She holds a Masters Degree in International Communications from American University’s School of International Service and a BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and has previously interned at the Kojo Nnamdi show at WAMU 88.5, the Times of India, and has worked for a non-profit fund-raising web portal called GiveIndia in Mumbai. She speaks Hindi, Marathi, Urdu.
Max joined InterMedia in October 2011. He manages and curates Intermedia’s wide-ranging datasets and helps develop new and innovative ways to communicate data clearly. Prior to InterMedia, Max consulted as a humanitarian survey data manager in Myanmar and worked for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives as a Geographic Information System (GIS) specialist. He has a Master’s in Social Research Methods specializing in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University.
Roma has joined our team from Development Media International, where she provided research support on mass media behaviour change communication initiatives and campaigns. Her research background is predominantly quantitative, with her most recent experience involving epidemiological analyses on various malaria transmission intensities in Uganda. She has a particular interest in health interventions, most specifically employing media strategies.
Roma has degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London, UK) and the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). She has a keen ear for languages, speaking English, Polish and Spanish.