Our Staff




Editorial Board


Gillian Gui / Editor in Chief



Most of my friends call me Gillian. Originally Singaporean, I’ve grown up in Shanghai and Austria. I’m a travel enthusiast: I love visiting places and making friends with interesting people along my way. I’ve had some noble dreams before and therefore studied Biological Science, but after a year I have decided to follow my heart so now I’m here in studying Communication Science. See, I’m still going to be a scientist, well, sort of…


Mathilda Hollreiser / Managing Editor Online



I am 20 years old and come from Germany –however, I am also part British and French. I love to travel and experience new cultures first hand, as well as paint, draw and play the piano. I also like to stay fit by working out and trying out new healthy recipes every chance I get!


Isabel Bonnet / Content Manager



French and Venezuelan, I have previously lived in France, Venezuela, the Ivory Coast, the United States and now, the Netherlands. I have an Associate of Arts in journalism and I am the founder of The Amsterdammer. I am a passionate photographer, a skill that I’ve been learning since the age of 13. I have covered major events such as the 2016 Presidential race in Florida, photographing Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and the 2017 Presidential election day in Paris for Le Monde.


Naina Parasher / Copy Editor in Chief



From writing in journals at the age of eight to poetry in the recent years, playing with words has been a constant hobby in my life. Growing up and understanding the realities of the world made me realise the ways in which the pen is mightier than the sword. Trying my best to make a difference in this world and bring back trustworthy and quality journalism, I am currently studying the new influences of media how we went from reading newspapers every day to playing Buzzfeed Quizzes.


Dorijan Najdovski / Opinion Editor



"I'm a Canadian who decided to move to Amsterdam on a whim to start my Master's. Before this new adventure - I worked in politics for three years...but that doesn't mean I'm a bad person. My favourite thing to do is hold down a table at a nice patio and talk for hours on end - looks like I moved to the right city!"


Raluca Dumitrache / Photo Editor



My passion for photography started as response to the fact that my phone took very bad images and was pretty limited when it came to the manual setting (it was 2008, QWERTY and sliding keyboards were “the thing”). I got my first Nikon compact camera, but again, something was missing and I did not realize until I got my DSLR. Besides photography, I love volunteering at cultural events and meeting new people. My favorite sport is catching the tram, very fun game to play in The Netherlands.


Max Kikken / Metro Editor



I am a from the Netherlands, and a second-year communication science student at the University of Amsterdam.

Anete Ezera / Avenue Editor



Currently as a Media and Information student I am following my interest in the always-changing media environment and journalism. However, the eager to learn more and see a new perspective on the human rights and environmental issues in the contemporary world is something I am greatly passionate about as well. I value all the daily details from chatting with friends, having chocolate for breakfast to learning something new and editing articles.


Copy Editors


Elena van den Boogerd / Copy Editor



I am Elena, a 20-year old Art History student. As a born and raised ‘Amsterdammer’ I will share my favorite spot with you: somewhere in the last two weeks of the year, go to the Royal Palace on the Dam square and after you walked around the beautiful ‘Burgerzaal’, look through one of the windows on the front of the palace and glance at the gigantic Christmas tree in the middle of the square. When I am not counting down the days until Christmas or racing my bike racing between OudeManhuispoort, PC Hoofthuis and Oost-Indisch Huis, I work at the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum, have a drink with my friends on my little balcony or watch ‘First Dates’ while simultaneously browsing through the many delicious recipes stacked on my kitchen-shelf, waiting to be tried out once.


Fergus O'Dowd / Copy Editor



I’m Fergus, I’m from Southampton in the UK. While not studying or copy editing, I dabble in climbing, cycling and the occasional bit of quizzing.




Nanda Mohamed / Copy Editor



A 24-year-old girl, born and raised in Bulgaria in a Kurdish family. A second-year Media and Information student and a Chemical-Engineer graduate. A passionate photographer, filmmaker, and traveler. A daydreamer and a night thinker, and a true believer in Karma. Last but not least, a number one fan of Netflix, Tattoos and Sarcasm, who is extremely excited to explore the field of Journalism.


Reporters


Dino Wildi / University Reporter



I was born and grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, and moved to Amsterdam after my bachelor’s degree to study European Politics and External Relations at the GSSS. Aside from all political things, I have a great interest in sports and write live reports for an online sports media platform. In my free time, I play video games, read books, cook and bake and go to a lot of debating tournaments all over Europe.


John Wimperis / Metro Reporter




Eilidh Northridge / Metro Reporter



I'm an exchange student from Edinburgh University, studying Philosophy and Literature here in Amsterdam for a year. Having always had an interest in writing and journalism, I'm excited to write for The Amsterdammer as I get to know the city and learn the new skills involved in being part of a paper. In the past at university I've spent time producing theatre, which has really encouraged a passion in me for expression and engagement. In my spare time I like music, spending time with friends and exploring.


Valeria Mongelli / Metro Reporter



I am a PhD student at UvA and Radboud University, Nijmegen. I come from Southern Italy, but in the last few years I have lived in the Netherlands, France and South America. I love writing, reading and listening to stories, taking portraits of strangers, good wine and getting lost in new places. In my free time, I attach electrodes on people’s heads to investigate the neural correlates of conscious experience. Despite my nationality, I am a very bad cook.


Ivana Sramkova / Avenue Reporter



I am a student of Media and Information at the UvA. I was born in Slovakia, and lived in Paris for 2 years. I enjoy food, sleep, music, fashion and TV shows.


Evguenia Roussel / Avenue Reporter



My name is Evguenia Roussel, I am 18 years old and I am currently studying Political Science at the UVA. I am a half belgian, half russian girl but Amsterdam has a special place in my heart. That is why I am so happy to be able to work at the Amsterdammer as an Avenue Reporter. I would consider myself as a generally chill person who is always happy to learn something, either about someone or something. In my free time I enjoy taking a nice walk, reading a book, meeting with people and just having fun !


Aakash Nair / International Reporter



I am a from India, and a first-year communication science student at the University of Amsterdam.

Photographers


Veronica Fontana / Photographer



My passion for the ocean and photography brought me to the Canary Islands and in photography I can recognize a powerful tool of communication.


Andrea Rossignoli / Photographer



I am a 19-year old Ecuadorian girl. I enjoy traveling, learning about conspiracy theories, drawing and attempting to pull off my mom’s recipes (but failing, most times).


Madita Strähle / Photographer



My name is Didi (23) and I am a second year student at Amsterdam University College. My interest for International News & Affairs and more specifically, Conflict Studies in combination with photography, have triggered my interest in Photojournalism and Documentary. Hence, I am looking forward to serving the Amsterdammer as a photographer.


Seljan Abbas / Photographer



I am from the small country of Azerbaijan. Currently, I am a First year Communication Science student who is amazed at the infinite world of news. Capturing news in a photograph is one of my strong interests along with chasing new stories. I am always up for an adventure.


Brynn Weigelt / Videographer



Canadian Youtuber and taco enthusiast. When I’m not eating tacos or making movies I love to play ice hockey and get funky on the dance floor!


Columnists


Lucia Holásková / Columnist



Hi, I'm Lucy and I come from Slovakia. I aspire to become a journalist in the future! People say I have a big heart, but most of it is filled up with books and food. Except for my amazing sense of fashion (if I do say so myself), I'm quite talented at opening bottles without a bottle opener.


Kate Shylo / Columnist



I am a Crimea-born multifaceted artist. I obtained my BA in English Literature from from Kingston University London in 2018. In my academic and creative work, I explore issues surrounding memory, trauma, space and identity. I am the launcher of an ongoing documentary project called ‘The Creatress Project’ which focuses on female artists from all over the world.


Business Team


Josh Green / Brand & Promotions Manager



My name is Joshua and I'm studying English Literature on my exchange from Edinburgh University. I have a little bit of a southern accent, but don’t be deceived I am Glaswegian through and through. Here in Amsterdam I can be seen cycling to and from De Pijp and the Bijlmerbajes on my orange road bike that is completely falling apart. I love graphic communications, playing the trumpet and making food, but most importantly, I can always be relied on to make a mean Shakshuka.

 
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