Team work makes the dream work

Who we are

 

Ilka Vari-Lavoisier

Ilka Vari-Lavoisier

CEO and Academic director

Ilka holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the École Normale Supérieure de Paris, a joint Master’s degree in Social Sciences (ENS/EHESS, Paris) and a B.A in Political Science (Sciences Po). She studied at Princeton and UPenn (USA) before joining the University of Oxford in 2018. Ilka is currently affiliated with the School of Anthropology, and Associate Member within the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford and collaborates with TORCH. In addition, Ilka teaches research methods, based on her extensive experience in supervising research projects in Asia, Africa, America, and Europe (see her publications and academic profile for more information).

Ilka brings to OxCo her knowledge of research institutions and her understanding of scholars’ language, objectives and perspective. She also contributes her extensive experience in organising and running academic events (more information here) and her passion for the dissemination of research findings, within academia and beyond.

Harry McAlister

Harry McAlister

COO and Video Director

Harry studied Politics and International Development at the University of Leeds (BA) before training as a journalist (NCTJ) at News Associates in London. It was here that he founded his first company, Ample Video: a cloud-based video production platform leveraging open innovation, crowd sourcing and mass networks to provide video content to hundreds of organisations worldwide.

His interest in scientific research led him to start Ample Education in 2020: a video production company specialising in creating engaging academic multimedia content. 

Harry’s deep interests in science, philosophy, and systems thinking have driven him to co-create OxCo as a new framework for digital cooperation, advancing our collective capacity to learn, connect, and collaborate.

Mikal Mast

Mikal Mast

Global Development Advisor

Mikal Mast has over 20 years’ experience supporting researchers in higher education. She currently works as a project manager supporting PEAK Urban, a four year, £8 million international development research project involving partners in China, India, South Africa, Colombia and the UK. In this role she has helped develop an international network of over 100 scholars by facilitating research engagement and capacity building activities.

Previously she was project manager and communications officer on the Horizon 2020 project Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms (REMINDER) and Communications Officer for COMPAS and the Migration Observatory.

Mikal has a BA in French and History and an MA in Chinese studies.

Mikal is advising OxCo on developing events and activities for a global environment.

Verity White

Verity White

Video producer

Verity has worked as a documentary and wildlife film producer for over twenty years, including 14 years at the BBC Natural History Unit, leading remote expeditions, filming a number of “wildlife firsts” and working alongside Sir David Attenborough.

She has also produced numerous campaign films for wildlife charities abroad and at home in the UK, combining her science communication expertise with a love of clear, punchy and stylish short form media.

She brings to OxCo her extensive experience in script editing, directing with contributors, performance coaching, and executive producing. 

Emma Procter-Legg

Emma Procter-Legg

Digital Media Specialist

Emma Procter-Legg works as an independent education consultant, researcher and digital skills teacher for the IT Learning Centre at the University of Oxford. She has taught in both Higher and Further Education settings in the UK, has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and is a certified member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT). Her teaching for the University focuses on online presence & social media, teaching & learning and related digital skills.

Her previous research work includes a large-scale EU funded project on situated mobile language learning, two Jisc funded projects on the use of webinar technology and more recently the development of a digital teaching professional framework. Her current work includes the establishment of a community of practice to support the development of digital skills in FE.

For details of her publications please see her personal webpage.

Kenneth Shinabery

Kenneth Shinabery

Creative Media Specialist

Kenneth Shinabery is a creative from New York that has been living in Europe for 9 years.  He is focused in Graphic Design, Marketing, and Public Relations. He began using Photoshop in 1994 and has become known for his creativity, which has lead to him speaking at conferences in both Europe and the US.  What makes Kenneth unique is that is passionate about education and challenging others to take their inspiration to new heights.  Because of this, he has worked as an educator for École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA), the Digital Career Institute, and Adobe. 

Andrew Norton

Andrew Norton

E-events manager

Andrew is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the arts, information technology and services industry. He successfully launched two companies based in Oxford (The Jam Factory and The Oxford Art Café). More recently, he developed Creventa, an app enabling contactless tableside ordering, designed for the hospitality sector. 

Andrew brings to OxCo his strong professional skills in offline and online events management, sales and promotion, as well as his expertise in software as a Service (SaaS).

Find out more on his personal webpage. 

Ozzy Guzzner

Ozzy Guzzner

Partner and Video Editor

Ozzy is a creative and knowledgeable TV production professional with over 20 years of experience in the broadcast and digital, his key interests and expertise lie in editing and directing.

He is passionate about creating quality content and has directed and edited a wide range of documentaries, news reports, entertainment programmes, and corporate videos across a range of high-profile clients and Broadcast networks.

A confident communicator, he loves working with diverse and multi-talented teams.

Aleksandar Raseta

Aleksandar Raseta

Video Editor

Fast, experienced video editor, Aleks also developed skills relevant to graphic design and music composing. He is proficient in all Adobe software (Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Illustrator, Audition, etc.). As a video editor, he took part in several national TV shows, movies, music videos and documentaries.

Solution-oriented, creative, reliable and highly professional, he is dedicated to contribute to social change.

Aida Andelija

Aida Andelija

Video Editor

Aida is a video editor from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She started editing videos when she was just 15 years old and after a few years and became a free-lancer shortly after that. In the past 2 years, she has worked for more than 100 clients around the world. In parallel, she pursues a degree in Economics.

Steve Jump

Steve Jump

Video Editor

Steve has spent over a decade working in video editing and animation for companies based in his home of London and around the world. He specialises in creating engaging and watchable content for a wide variety of audiences.

Find out more at: http://www.stevejump.com/

Jamie Gallagher

Jamie Gallagher

Digital Media Methods Tutor

Jamie Gallagher is an award-winning freelance communicator and engagement professional with ten years’ experience in the delivery and evaluation of quality engagement projects. Working across dozens of institutions and subject areas he has helped improve the reach, profile and impact of research engagement in almost every discipline. He has delivered training and events around the world, he has also written a pop science book and appeared on numerous TV and radio programs. When not talking about science Jamie is works with universities, charities and museums helping them to demonstrate their impact and understand their audiences

Find out more at: https://www.jamiebgall.co.uk/

Assad Asil

Assad Asil

Event coordinator

Assad Asil holds a MSc in Migration Studies (University of Oxford) and a BA in International Relations (University of Sharjah). He volunteers as Head of Research at the Global Security Initiative, overseeing analytical work and publications pertaining to international affairs.

Academically, he has focused mainly on sociological research. His MSc dissertation, for one, was on reconceptualising cultural (immigrant) integration for its improved utility in sociology and migration studies. His primary academic and public policy areas of interest are migration, population health, international development, and global governance of mainly the aforementioned areas. Other secondary interests chiefly include political violence and far-right political movements.

Alexander Shea

Alexander Shea

Legal adviser

Alexander is a Barrister in England and Wales, specialising in commercial, intellectual property and copyright law. He previously worked in the Cabinet of Judge Antony Collins at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, before he got Brexited. Alexander holds degrees from the London School of Economics, St. Antony’s College Oxford, and City Law School. He is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Cristian Berruezo

Cristian Berruezo

Audiovisual Designer

Cristian is an audiovisual designer with vast and diverse experience in the audiovisual field.

His works include mainstream and independent movies, documentaries, and many different kinds of audiovisual productions.

He enjoys contributing at any stage of the production process to bring a story to life. And he believes that with dedication and attention to detail, amazing results can be achieved.

Trevor O’Hara

Trevor O’Hara

Transformational Leader

Trevor brings 25 years of experience leading international teams in the technology and aviation industries. With a background in economics and finance, Trevor started his career in strategy and scenario planning, and then spearheaded the opening of new divisions for North American technology companies in Europe. More recently, Trevor has been involved in the technology startup world on both the financing and execution side. In his spare time, Trevor runs an editing agency for the finance and investment community and advises a number of startups as a non-exec. Trevor holds a Dip. De Grande Ecole (Paris) as well as a Dip. Kaufmann (Berlin) from ESCP Europe. His book, “Agilism: 12 Skills for Thriving in the Age of Complexity” is due to be published in August 2022.Find out more at: https://www.trevorohara.com