Meet The Team!


Daniel Hires // Project Leader // Currently based in Barcelona 

Daniel Hires

Daniel is a marketing and innovation expert working at the intersection of sustainability, startups, and social entrepreneurship. He is passionate about building communities that empower people to take collaborative action on their ideas for a better world. Daniel is a published author, has 10 years of experience in leading teams, and and has been catalyzing impactful entrepreneurs since 2011.

Daniel manages the Switchers project, and is building support structures for green entrepreneurs in the Southern Mediterranean/MENA region.

Daniel can be found online at & on Twitter.


Eman El-Sherbiny // Managing Editor // Currently based in Cairo 

Eman El-Sherbiny

Some years ago, Eman left the world of Veterinary Science to pursue a career in journalism and hasn’t looked back since. Since then, she has established herself as a freelance editor and finance journalist who focuses on stories of emerging startups, sustainability artisans and the environment. She has worked with major regional and international outlets on matters of politics and economy and has long been a publication strategist. Eman draws, paints and reads an excess number of Margaret Atwood and John Simpson books. She plans to put her skillset to great use with The Switchers to make sure our community is well-set on the sustainability map.

Eman can be found online on Twitter.


Hilary Duff // Storyteller // Currently based in Valencia

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff loves writing about entrepreneurship around the world. Her background in journalism has led her to work on a number of projects, from reporting for Canada’s national broadcaster, to editing a website encouraging people to be tourists in their own city, to coaching communications teams in East Africa and the Middle East. After an 18-month stint living in Tanzania, Hilary is now based wherever her laptop is open and feet lead.

Hilary can be found online at, or on Instagram & Twitter.



Kristin Hanes // Storyteller // Currently based in San Francisco

Kristin Hanes

Kristin Hanes is a journalist who has a passion for the environment, sustainability and science. She loves telling stories about people who are making a real difference in the world. Kristin worked in broadcast journalism for 14 years and has written for a wide variety of local and national publications. Kristin can be found at and on Twitter.


Mayya Husseini // Community Manager // Currently based in Barcelona 

Mayya is a public health nutritionist turned food sustainability advocate & writer with experience in both the public & private sector. Her passion for campaigning for change brought her to the world of social entrepreneurship where she found her calling of inspiring people to take matters into their own hands and create the change they want to be and see in the world around them. She often finds herself at the heart of these kinds of communities and thoroughly enjoys sharing & spreading this can-do attitude, particularly where food is involved!

Mayya can be found online at, on Facebook & Instagram.


Maria Lopez Blanch // Recruitment & Administration // Currently based in Barcelona

Maria Lopez Blanch

Maria is an environmental scientist born and raised in Sant Andreu, Barcelona where she is an active community member encouraging sustainable living through her own lifestyle habits. She has more than 14 years’ experience working in waste management, promoting recycling, the circular economy along with other related innovative disciplines. She is as enthusiastic as ever about practicing what she preaches in all that she does including her work on The Switchers.


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