Meet the team

Fred
Fred is Upwelling’s founder and strategic adviser. He has a political science background and experience in Upwelling's all areas of expertise on three continents, including West Africa and Central Asia.
Florin
Florin, Managing Partner, if focusing on information systems, data analysis and decision making assitance. He has 15+ years of project management, communication and field experience in technology and development programmes, over three continents. In addition, Florin has a strong field experience in video and photography, shooting and filming for Reuters and Discovery Magazine in eight countries in Africa, China and the Far East.
Brigitte
Brigitte is a journalist for both print and TV media and Upwelling’s specialist in media presence. During the past years she specialized in social media, including live events. She works in New York.
Yann
Yann is a multilingual web communications professional with extensive experience in online communications, web management and multilingual development for international public health organizations and affiliated agencies. He has led the development of large-scale multilingual web sites in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.
Swami
Cristina has been for two years Upwelling’s team leader for UNV contracts in Bonn. She coordinated web and social media campaigns (International Volunteers Day 2013 and 2014), developed innovative communication concepts for th publication of the Strategic Framework and coordinated the post MDG web presence. Previously Cristina worked on CSR projects with UNDP in Romania and Indonesia, as well as in advertising and media agencies for more than ten years. Cristina is fluent in English, with Romanian as her mother tongue.
Swami
Quentin has a Master’s Degree in e-business and web marketing project management and 8 years experience in website coding and management in France, Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe including for the well-known Swiss network, Rezonance. He joined Upwelling in 2012 and has been lead developer for Scaling Up Nutrition, a Wordpress-based website launched in early 2014. Quentin is fluent in English while his mother tongue is French, Quentin lives and works in Geneva.
Andrei
Andrei, Computer Engineering MD, has worked in product development, requirements analysis, market and technical research, frameworks development, object oriented analysis and design, prototyping, unit testing for more than 5 years. He leads the development team in Cluj, Romania.
Iva
Iva is an artistic soul from Zagreb, Croatia. Currently working as a freelance designer on various projects related to web development, interactive educational games, multimedia presentations and visual identity.
erika
Becky has over 10 years of experience in international communications projects, including recently with UNDP, DPKO and UNICEF based in the New York Headquarters. She has led numerous innovative communications campaigns and has experience in knowledge management. Becky’s tracking record includes support and training to colleagues in the use of social media, and creation of materials for capacity building in missions. Becky is fluent in French, and also speaks Spanish and Hindi. Her mother tongue is English.
erika
Erika is a our native English expert, with a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing. She has experience as a journalist, both in print and broadcast in the U.S. and Geneva. She lives in New York.
silvia2
Silvia is a certified translator with Spanish, English, French and Portuguese as her working languages. She is our expert in translation technologies and is a certified localisation professional by TILP. Since 2010, she is based in Geneva, where she is doing research on web accessibility.

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