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Paul Hains
CEO and Co-Founder

In launching Aeon in 2012, Paul’s vision was to create a sanctuary online to address the philosophical need we all share to make sense of the world. Aeon seeks to combine intellectual rigour, plural perspectives, and a democratic commitment to the accessibility of knowledge. With the launch of Psyche in 2020, we are extending this ambition by focusing on the human condition and exploring the connections between nuanced ideas, practical know-how and poetic inspiration. Paul’s role at Aeon+Psyche is to sustain and evolve this vision and oversee the two magazines as a whole.

Brigid Hains
Editorial Director and Co-Founder

Deeply interested in the nexus between the human and natural worlds, Brigid was trained as an environmental historian, has taught history and philosophy of science, and studied human ecology and anthropology. In addition to supporting Paul’s overall direction of Aeon+Psyche, Brigid directs the editorial team to ensure that the vision of the magazines is manifest in our publishing programme. She works closely with our commissioning editors, photo editor, video programmers and production team, with the aspiration that our offerings are humane, diverse, thoroughly researched and brought to aesthetically pleasing life every week in both magazines. Outside of her work at Aeon+Psyche, Brigid is a member of the Melbourne Humanities Foundation and the British Museum Friends Advisory Council, as well as a committed supporter of Indigenous education in Melbourne. You can find Brigid on Twitter @brigidhains.

Kirsten Freeman
Chief Operating Officer

Kirsten’s career spans arts, international cultural relations and higher education. She was the long-term deputy director for the British Council in Australia, working on projects across the UK, Australia and East Asia. She has held previous roles at Monash University and at Arts Centre Melbourne, and has served on the boards of the Emerging Writers’ Festival as well as the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne. Kirsten leads the operations across our Melbourne, London and New York teams, and works with Paul and Brigid to grow Aeon+Psyche and deliver our mission of high-quality, original content made freely available to all.

EDITORIAL

Marina Benjamin
Senior Editor

Marina is a former arts editor of the New Statesman magazine and deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard newspaper in London. Among her books, Living at the End of the World looked at modern end-time cults, Rocket Dreams offered an off-beat elegy to the Space Age, and Last Days in Babylon told the story of the Jews of Iraq. Marina specialises in the culture of science, developmental psychology and strong personal narratives. In the last few years she has written two memoirs: The Middlepause and Insomnia; both are available in the US, UK and Australia, as well as in translation. She can be found on Twitter @marinab52.

Sally Davies
Senior Editor

Sally is a writer and editor with interests spanning science, philosophy, feminism and the arts. She was digital editor of FT Weekend and the technology and innovation correspondent for the Financial Times. Sally founded the Libreria bookshop in east London as its director, and was on the original editorial team of Nautilus Magazine. She can be found on Twitter @daviesally.

Sam Dresser
Senior Editor

Sam has been with Aeon since its launch in 2012. He’s most interested in how to do philosophy and in the continental/analytic divide. History and politics are also amusing to him. He considers Evelyn Waugh to be a very funny writer and enjoys pubs more than he should.

Sam Haselby
Senior Editor

Sam is a historian of early America with a particular interest in religion and politics. He was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and has been a faculty member at the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo and at Columbia University in New York City. He helped to launch Al Jazeera America and is the author of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism (paperback, 2016). He can be found on Twitter @HaselbySam.

Christian Jarrett
Senior Editor, Psyche

A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Christian works across Aeon+Psyche but with particular responsibility for writing and commissioning at Psyche. His writing on psychology and neuroscience has appeared in BBC Future, Wired, New York magazine, Vice, GQ Italia, Womankind, The Times and The Guardian, among others. He was the founding editor of the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, presenter of their PsychCrunch podcast, and an award-winning journalist on The Psychologist magazine. His books include The Rough Guide to Psychology, 30-Second Psychology and Great Myths of The Brain. His next, on personality change, will be published in 2021. Christian will never forget holding a human brain in his hands as part of a neuroanatomy class, the grey mass so heavy as if filled still with memories and dreams. Find him on Twitter @Psych_Writer.

Nigel Warburton
Consultant Senior Editor

Nigel is a writer, philosopher and podcaster. He is interviewer for the popular Philosophy Bites podcast. His books include A Little History of Philosophy, The Art Question and Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction. Nigel is on Twitter @philosophybites.

Pam Weintraub
Senior Editor

Pam is an editor and writer specialising in psychology, neuroscience and the sciences. She has previously worked as executive and features editor at Discover, where her acquisitions were widely anthologised and received numerous national awards; a consulting editor at Psychology Today; and in a range of roles at Omni magazine, from senior editor and editor-at-large to founding editor of Omni online. She is author of 16 books on medicine, psychology and lifestyle, including Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic, which won the American Medical Writers Association book award in 2009. She can be found on Twitter @pam3001.

Lucy Foulkes
Associate Editor, Psyche

Lucy is a psychologist with particular interests in social psychology and mental health. She is an honorary lecturer at University College London and has published research on varied topics including psychopathy, mindfulness and sleep. Her first book Losing Our Minds, about mental health, will be published by Penguin Random House in 2021. Lucy is on Twitter @lfoulkesy.

VIDEO AND ILLUSTRATION

Adam D’Arpino
Senior Video Producer and Programmer

Adam studied arts journalism and history at Syracuse University in New York. Before joining Aeon in 2014, he wrote comedy and cultural commentary for web outlets including Mental Floss, MTV News and College Humor, and spent a season working at the Sundance Film Festival. He enjoys whipping up vegetarian Indian recipes, debating NBA basketball, and seasons two through nine of The Simpsons. Adam is on Twitter @AdamDArpino.

Kellen Quinn
Programmer, Psyche Film

Kellen studied Film and Russian and East European studies at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He has worked at the Tribeca Film Festival as assistant to the artistic director and as an associate programmer. More recently, he spent three years as the deputy director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Tamur Qutab
Video Producer and Programmer

Tamur is a graduate of the Purchase Film Conservatory at the State University of New York. He specialises in non-fiction visual storytelling and has worked as a video editor for online platforms such as Elite Music Mentor and NowThis News. He has also crewed on the sets of soap operas and news programmes in Pakistan and Estonia, where he learned that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

Andy Sansom
Photography and Illustrations Editor

Andy studied philosophy at the University of Ulster. Prior to working at Aeon+Psyche, he has worked for The Times, the BBC and various other national media in the UK. He is interested in documentary photography, Kierkegaard and Peanuts.

PRODUCTION

Ali Hawken
Managing Editor

Ali studied journalism, political science and Spanish at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Australia. She has worked as managing editor at digital and print publications in Australia and in Norway. She is interested in etymology, dreams and consciousness, cosmology, astronomy and physics, as well as the question of how to live ethically and sustainably.

Jessica Au
Associate Editor

Jessica studied arts/law at the University of Melbourne and was formerly a deputy editor of the Australian quarterly journal Meanjin and a bookseller. Her first novel, Cargo, was published by Picador, and she has written for The Guardian, The Age and The Monthly. She works mainly across factchecking for Aeon+Psyche, and is interested in the arts, aesthetics and culture.

Freya Howarth
Editorial Assistant

Freya studied philosophy and human ecology at the Australian National University in Canberra, before moving to Melbourne. Alongside her editorial work at Aeon+Psyche, Freya is completing a Master of Writing and Publishing at RMIT University in Melbourne, has written for Kill Your Darlings, Overland and Readings Monthly, and occasionally moonlights as a bookseller. She is fluent in French and is interested in literature, translation and the intersection between science and the arts.

Elena Seymenliyska
Sub-editor

Elena studied English at Sofia University in Bulgaria and graduated in English from Queen’s University, Belfast. She worked as an academic book publisher at Hodder Headline before training as a journalist at City University, London. She has worked for national newspapers in the UK including The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, and now heads up sub-editing at Aeon+Psyche.

COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

Nicola Williams
Engagement Editor

Nicola has an MA in English and comparative literature from the University of Warwick, UK. She has worked as a literary editor, and for an organisation exploring poetry’s power in a therapeutic and palliative setting. Nicola works at the intersection of the editorial, communications, technical, design and strategy teams across Aeon+Psyche, and oversees Aeon+Psyche’s newsletters, social media and engagement. She is passionate about psychological and philosophical approaches to mental health, archaeology and anthropology, and cooking.

Olivia Hains
Editorial and Communications Assistant

Olivia studied English literature at the University of Bristol, UK. In addition to her work at Aeon+Psyche, she is a freelance writer and producer in the not-for-profit sector. Her background is in film development and documentary filmmaking, and she has worked alongside Academy Award-winning talent for ITV Studios and the BBC. Olivia is interested in poetry, culture and the connection between physical health and mental wellbeing.

DESIGN AND TECH

Matthias Siegel
Tech Director

BSc in computer science and media science. Moved from Germany to Australia and not regretting it. Previously worked at The Conversation. Particular interests in Ruby, React, AWS, container architecture and automation. Passionate about Italian motorcycles, 4WD touring and off-the-grid living. If you can read this, we did our job and the website is up. Automate everything!

Hector Kemp
Web Developer

Hector has a BSc from the University of Melbourne, majoring in computing and software systems. He specialises in back-end development, and developed the search function for the tutoring website LearnMate, as well as implementing the website for the Dead End Film Festival. He is interested in climate change activism, international politics, and learning about obscure and forgotten programming languages in his spare time.

Anthony Kolber
Design and Development Consultant

Anthony has run his own graphic and web design practice for the past nine years, producing a diverse range of work from self-initiated to large-scale commercial projects. Having worked alongside some of Melbourne’s best designers, he has a keen interest in translating and applying formal graphic design systems to the web. You can find him on Twitter @kolber.

Bishal Shrestha
Front-End Developer

Bishal has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems. After working as a freelance Rails and JavaScript developer in Kathmandu, Nepal, he joined Aeon+Psyche to help contribute to its front-end web infrastructure. He is keen on exploring and implementing better designs and practices for the web that resonates with Aeon+Psyche’s nuanced ethos. You can find him on Twitter @biiishal.

FINANCE

Jenny Chang
Group Accountant and Finance Manager

Jenny is an experienced chartered accountant. She is passionate about the arts. She has worked professionally as a dancer, singer and actor on stage and TV. Jenny is also an artist and qualified textile designer. The demands of a family mean that a lot of the time she is cook, driver, maid, counsellor and organiser.

Hélène Remy
Finance and Operations Officer

Hélène studied accounting and economics in France. Her passion for art, culture and people has driven her to explore and travel extensively, and she lived in England and Spain before moving to Australia. Hélène is also a qualified counsellor and a third-degree black belt in karate.