Our Team


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

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 www.projecthires.com & on Twitter.

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

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.

David Wood // Storyteller // Currently based in Cairo

David started his career out as a commercial lawyer in Melbourne, Australia, but it took only a couple of years for his twin passions of writing and travel to open up a different path. He traded his suit for a pair of cowboy boots, completing a Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Since graduating last year, he has worked as a freelance journalist based in Accra, Ghana, and Cairo, Egypt.

David can be found online at Twitter.

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

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 www.kristinhanes.com 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 www.foodisms.co, on Facebook & Instagram.

Lilia Bacha // English-French Translator // Currently based in Paris

With an artistic background, Lilia is also a translator, writer, FLE teacher, and a graphic designer. One thing connects all this: her interest in ecology and society. Feeling powerless as an isolated individual, she was aware that personal choices were not enough – with The Switchers, she found a way to give more impact to her actions.

Lilia can be found online at http://lesdeuxcrayons.com/.