World Federation of
Science Journalists


Find below the team behind the SjCOOP project 

Arabophone Group
Raghida Haddad
Nidaa Hilal
United States
Nehal Lasheen
Samir Mahmoud
Emilie Martin
Ghada Zein Elabdin

Anglophone Group
Ananyo Bhattacharya
United Kingdom
Martin Enserink
Esther Nakkazi
Declan Okpalaeke
Lynne Smit
South Africa

Francophone Group
Marie-Pier Elie
Patrice Goldberg
Théodore Kouadio
Cote d'Ivoire
Dominique Leglu

WFSJ Staff
Augustin Denis IT Specialist Jean-Marc Fleury 
Project Director
Olfa Labassi
Project Manager
Jan Lublinski
Associate Expert
Izabela Vono Project Assistant

SjCOOP Regional Coordinators

Raghida Haddad (Lebanon) - Arabophone Group Coordinator
Raghida Haddad, from Lebanon, is executive editor of Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia (Environment & Development), the leading environment magazine in the Middle East and North Africa. A biologist and university lecturer, she was managing editor of Al-Mukhtar, the Arabic edition of The Reader’s Digest. In 2009, she won the Earth Journalism Award for the feature she wrote about her journey to the Arctic, where she navigated for two weeks, getting first-hand experience of global warming.

Akin Jimoh (Nigeria) - Anglophone Group Coordinator 
Mr. Jimoh is the director and program director of Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), Nigeria, a media-based NGO focusing on science communication and health promotion through the media. Mr. Jimoh is one of the leading trainers and mentor in science and public health journalism, For several years he was dedicated to the promotion of scientific literacy in Africa through capacity building for journalists to excel in science and public health communication. He has a wide experience in public health, media, communication and film production with more than 19 years of professional science and public health journalism and communication experience. Mr. Jimoh was a mentor in SjCOOP's first phase.

Gervais Mbarga (Cameroon) - Francophone Group Coordinator
Dr. Mbarga has a Ph.D. in Sociology of communication, M.A. in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He is Research Associate, Bell Globemedia Chair in Science Journalism, University Laval, Québec, Canada, since 2008. He was a full-time Professor in University of Yaoundé 2, Advanced School of Mass Communication and Information Science. He teaches Science Journalism; Health and Environment journalism; Radio and Television programming; Radio and TV Reporting and Media Studies.

Dr. Mbarga is also the former chairman of Cameroon Science for Life (SciLife), the Cameroon Association of Science Journalists and Communicators (2005-2009). He is currently teaching journalism at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada.


Nidaa Hilal- United States

Nidaa Hilal is a freelancer producer based in Washington DC. She worked as an Editorial Executive at the Arab Forum for Environment and Development, editing the leading Al-Bia Wal Tanmia Magazine and other publications.

As a Managing Editor, she helped launching the London-based Prior to that, she worked for 6 years at Alhurra TV in Washington DC, as a correspondent then news and current affairs producer. In Beirut, she was a correspondent at Abu Dhabi TV, senior producer and anchor at Sawt El Shaab Radio Station, journalist at Al-Balad Newspaper, Assayad and Aalam Al-Tijara Magazines.

She has MA in Diplomacy- International Conflict Management and Resolution from Norwich University in Vermont, USA, and BA in Audio Visual Media from the Lebanese University, Beirut.

Ananyo Bhattacharya - United Kingdom
Ananyo Bhattacharya is Nature's online news editor. His first break in journalism was as a reporter for Research Fortnight, where he was also news editor. After that, he was deputy editor, and later acting editor, of Chemistry World before moving to Nature in September 2008. Ananyo has a degree in physics and a PhD in protein crystallography.

Marie-Pier Elie - Canada
Marie-Pier Elie is a freelance science reporter for both television and print media. She works on the program « Le Code Chastenay », aired on Télé-Québec and writes regularly for Québec Science magazine. She was editor in chief of « Deconstructed », a science show broadcast on Discovery Channel, and has collabored on several other programs: « La Revanche des Nerdz », « », « La Vie en vert »... Her stories have won numerous awards, both from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Association Québécoise des éditeurs de magazine, which awarded her the prestigious Prix Jean Paré, given to the journalist of the year.

Martin Enserink - France
Martin Enserink has a Masters' degree in biology from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He has worked as a writer for Science since 1999, first at the magazine's headquarters in Washington D.C., and since 2004 as its correspondent in Paris and Amsterdam. He specializes in infectious diseases, global health and science policy.

Patrice Goldberg - Belgium
Patrice Goldberg heads the Science Department of RTBF – Belgian TV and is editor in chief and presenter of the scientific program Matière Grise. Patrice has been recognized as Best French-speaking Science Journalist by the European Union. He also gives conferences on science journalism in Belgium and abroad. He also participates in juries for international competitions devoted to science and broadcasting.

Théodore Kouadio - Cote d'Ivoire
Théodore Kouadio is a journalist in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). He works for the best known newspaper of Côte d’Ivoire Fraternité Matin (, where he is the coordinator of the science and technology section. He has won several international journalism prizes: WASH - Media in Senegal (awarded by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council), the African ICT-Media 2005, in South Africa, and best journalist of West Africa 2008.

Nehal Lasheen - Egypt
Nehal has been working as a science Journalist for almost 8 years. She recently became the managing editor of the Health & Science section the Arabic website of From January 2008 till December 2009, she was the managing editor and producer of the Health & Science section of Ana satellite television channel.

Dominique Leglu - France
Born in 1955 in Périgueux (France), Dominique Leglu has been the editor in chief of the monthly magazine Sciences et Avenir since 2003.  She worked with the daily Liberation (1983-2000) in Paris, launched a TV program (Archimedes) on ffranco-german channel Arte and is a former president of the association of French science journalists AJSPI (1994-1995). Dominique's PhD is in physics.

Samir Mahmoud, PhD - Egypt
Journalism Expert & Lecturer
Dr. Mahmoud is a professional syndicated journalist and lecturer in journalism, currently working for the leading Arabic journal, Al-Ahram Newspaper. He holds PhD degree in Journalism. His articles cover mainly, science and technology, environment, and human rights. He teaches Writing for press and TV program scripting.

Emilie Martin - France
After studying journalism, philosophy of science and photography, Emilie Martin became journalist and then section editor at Ciel et Espace, one of the major astronomy magazine in Europe. As a freelancer, she worked for Science et Vie, Science et Vie Junior, National Geographic France and le Journal du CNRS. She also hosted several round tables, science cafés and conferences on various scientific subjects.

Esther Nakkazi - Uganda
Esther Nakkazi is a freelance science journalist based at a weekly, regional, The East African newspaper, and contributes science articles to various publications around the globe.

Esther was a mentee under SjCOOP, the pioneer World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) mentoring programme. She is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2007/08.

Declan Okpalaeke - Nigeria
Declan Okpalaeke is a multiple-award winning Nigeria journalist. He studied Microbiology and later Mass Communication. In 15 years of journalism, he has covered many issues of health, environment and development. Okpalaeke, a Nieman Fellow, is a part time journalism teacher and trainer. He is currently editor-in-chief of News Digest International. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria, with his family.

Lynne Smit - South Africa
Lynne Smit worked for 28 years as a reporter and sub editor on various publications in South Africa and the UK before founding Of Course Media, an association of freelancers, in 2006. She has a passion for science and enjoys translating the most technical terms into simple, understandable language.

Ghada Zein Elabdin - Egypt
Ghada Zein Elabdin is assistant deputy chief editor at elakhbar newspaper and studied journalism at Cairo University (mass communication college). A science and health writer since 1996, she writes articles and features for various print and TV media organizations. She has won national science writing awards, has been honored by the World Health Organization, and made a member of the Scientific Media Committee of the National Research Center - Egypt.

WFSJ Staff

Augustin Denis (Canada) - Information Technology Specialist
Mr. Augustin Denis is a graduate in computer science. He is interested in web development and especially in what the internet can do for communication. Passionate about travel and Asian cultures, he lived abroad for a few years before working for the World Federation of Science Journalists. He is now in charge of technology and anything related to the web and communication at the WFSJ.

Jean-Marc Fleury (Canada) - Project Director and WFSJ Executive Director
Mr. Jean-Marc Fleury is the Executive Director of the World Federation of Science Journalists, based in Gatineau (Québec), Canada. He also holds the Bell Globemedia Chair in Science Journalism at Laval University, Québec City. He was previously Director of Communications at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa (Canada). He worked as a science journalist at Le Soleil newspaper in Québec City and the monthly magazine Québec Science. He has won several prizes for his articles. His degree is in Physics Engineering.

Olfa Labassi (Canada) - Project Manager
Ms. Labassi has been the Project Manager for the World Federation of Science journalists since December 2006. Before that, she had worked as a Finance Manager for three years in Tunisia.
Ms. Labassi's dedication to international development and passionate determination to fulfil her dream through WFSJ's SjCOOP made her main daily concern helping colleagues in developing countries.
With a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Management and a Master’s degree in Project Management, Ms. Labassi is currently the Project Manager of the ongoing SjCOOP project.

Jan Lublinski (Germany) - Associate Expert (monitoring, evaluation and learning)
Dr Lublinski is a science journalist, trainer and consultant based in Bonn, Germany. He is one of the two co-editors of the Online Course in Science Journalism, and he was in charge of the internal evaluation of SjCOOP's first phase. His academic background is in physics and communication science. For his PhD, he studied work processes in science beats. As a journalist, he reports for German Public Radio and GEO magazine. He also trains journalists from all over the world at "Deutsche Welle".

Izabela Vono (Brazil) - Project Assistant
Izabela Vono holds a bachelor degree in Communications with a specialization in public relations in Brazil. Passionate for languages, she lived in Chile and Australia and learned Spanish and English. Canadian resident since 2009, she also speaks French and is currently writing her thesis to obtain a master in Project Management from the University of Quebec. Ms. Vono has worked as a public relations and marketing specialist in Brazil. The World Federation of Science Journalists offers her a new and exciting environment.