About us

Rest of World is an international nonprofit journalism organization. We document what happens when technology, culture and the human experience collide, in places that are typically overlooked and underestimated. We believe the story about technology is as big as the world that’s using it, and that everyone — from those building technology to those using it — can benefit from a broader global perspective.

A note on our name: If you don’t recognize it, “rest of world” is a ridiculous corporate term commonly used in global business operations. It’s a catch-all phrase that means, basically, “everyone else.” And it generally represents billions of people outside of the Western world. We know that their stories matter. The term “rest of world” is a symptom of a larger problem: a Western-centric worldview that leaves innumerable insights, opportunities and complexity out of the conversation.


The team

  • person
    • name: Sophie Schmidt
    • title: Founder & CEO
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: hello@
  • person
    • name: Anup Kaphle
    • title: Editor-in-Chief
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: anup@
    • twitter: anupkaphle
  • person
    • name: Michael Donohoe
    • title: Head of Product
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: donohoe@
    • twitter: donohoe
  • person
    • name: Michael Zelenko
    • title: Executive Editor
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: mz@
    • twitter: mvzelenks
  • person
    • name: Khushbu Shah O’Shea
    • title: Head of Development
    • city: Washington, D.C., USA
    • email: khushbu@
    • twitter: KhushbuOShea
  • person
    • name: Gabriel Boylan
    • title: Head of Audience
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: gabriel.boylan@
    • twitter: jetsetjunta
  • person
    • name: Ravi Hiranand
    • title: Deputy Editor
    • city: Hong Kong
    • email: ravi@
    • twitter: ravi_hiranand
  • person
    • name: Itika Sharma Punit
    • title: Deputy Editor
    • city: Gurgaon, India
    • email: itika@
    • twitter: ItikaSPunit
  • person
    • name: Cengiz Yar
    • title: Deputy Editor
    • city: El Paso, USA
    • email: cengiz@
    • twitter: cengizyar
  • person
    • name: Vicki Turk
    • title: Features Director
    • city: London, UK
    • email: victoria@
    • twitter: VickiTurk
  • person
    • name: Kevin Schoenmakers
    • title: Features Editor
    • city: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    • email: kevin@
    • twitter: schoenmakersk
  • person
    • name: Sarah Hilton
    • title: Asia Editor
    • city: Tokyo, Japan
    • email: sarah@
    • twitter: sauteesquid
  • person
    • name: Alex González Ormerod
    • title: Latin America Editor
    • city: Mexico City, Mexico
    • email: alex@
    • twitter: AlexGonzor
  • person
    • name: David I. Adeleke
    • title: Africa Editor
    • city: Lagos, Nigeria
    • email: david@
    • twitter: DavidIAdeleke
  • person
    • name: Russell Brandom
    • title: U.S. Tech Editor
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: russell@
    • twitter: russellbrandom
  • person
    • name: Yi-Ling Liu
    • title: China Editor
    • city: Hong Kong
    • email: yll
    • twitter: yilingliu95
  • person
    • name: Durga M Sengupta
    • title: South Asia Editor
    • city: Bengaluru, India
    • email: durga
    • twitter: the_bongrel
  • person
    • name: Munira Mutaher
    • title: Assistant Photo Editor
    • city: Colombo, Sri Lanka
    • email: munira@
    • twitter: MuniraMutaher
  • person
    • name: Mithila Phadke
    • title: Copy Editor
    • city: London, UK
    • email: mithila@
  • person
    • name: Daniela Dib
    • title: Reporter
    • city: Mexico City, Mexico
    • email: daniela@
    • twitter: dandiba
  • person
    • name: Andrew Deck
    • title: Reporter
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: andrew@
    • twitter: decka227
  • person
    • name: Nilesh Christopher
    • title: Reporter
    • city: Bengaluru, India
    • email: nilesh@
    • twitter: NilChristopher
  • person
    • name: Viola Zhou
    • title: Reporter
    • city: Hong Kong
    • email: viola@
    • twitter: violazhouyi
  • person
    • name: Hanson O’Haver
    • title: Audience Editor
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: hanson@
    • twitter: HansonOHaver
  • person
    • name: Jane Seidel
    • title: Audience & Analytics Manager
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: @jseidel
    • twitter: jane_seidel
  • person
    • name: Paula Cho
    • title: Newsletter Editor
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: @paula
    • twitter: paulaccho
  • person
    • name: Eli Berger
    • title: Head of Operations, Chief of Staff
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: eli@
  • person
    • name: Anna Rasshivkina
    • title: Senior Front-End Developer
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: anna@
    • twitter: annalurks
  • person
    • name: Lily Lou
    • title: Front-End Developer
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: lily@
  • person
    • name: Jane O’Donoghue
    • title: Product Manager
    • city: Glasgow, Scotland
    • email: jane@
  • person
    • name: Tess Pfister
    • title: Operations Associate
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: tess@
  • person
    • name: Matt Giles
    • title: Fact-Checking Lead
    • city: New York, USA
    • email: mattgiles@
  • person
    • name: Meerie Jesuthasan
    • title: Fact Checker
    • city: Marseille, France
  • person
    • name: Sabrina Toppa
    • title: Fact Checker
    • city: Dallas, USA