Our people

Our core team

Gitanjali Patel

Co-founder and Director

Nariman Youssef

Workshop Curator

Our collaborators

Ayça Türkoğlu

Filiz Emre

Harriet Phillips

Katharine Halls

Kavita Bhanot

Khairani Barokka

Mohini Gupta

Naima Rashid

Nariman Youssef

Reem Abou-El-Fadl

Sawad Hussain

Yovanka Paquete Perdigão

Yuka Harada-Parr

Our board of advisors

Yansé Cooper

Yansé Cooper is a school leader with over 10 ten years of experience in teaching Modern Foreign Languages in state secondary schools across London. She graduated from Durham university with a first in Modern Languages and Cultures and completed an MSC in Education at Oxford University. She is currently in charge of Initial Teacher Training and is French and Spanish Lead Teacher in a secondary school in North London

Sophie Lewis

Sophie Lewis co-founded Shadow Heroes. She is an award-winning translator from French and Portuguese and an editor, most recently at And Other Stories and the Folio Society.

Preti Taneja

Preti Taneja is a writer, editor and activist. Her novel We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press, 2017) won and was nominated for awards worldwide. She teaches writing in prisons, and lectures in Creative Writing at Newcastle University

Nina Kelly

Nina Kelly is a communications strategist. She is Editor at race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust. A former journalist, Nina has provided communications leadership for human rights organisations over many years. She is fluent in Italian and Teeline Shorthand.

Mandana Seyfeddinipur

Mandana Seyfeddinipur, psycholinguist and director of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme and Head of the Endangered Languages Archive at SOAS University of London.

Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún is a linguist, writer, and scholar. He is the first African awardee of the Premio Ostana, a prize given by Chambra D’Oc in Italy, for work and advocacy in the mother tongue

Khairani Barokka

Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, poet and artist in London whose work has been presented extensively, in 15 countries.

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn, award-winning translator, writer and editor, with some seventy books to his name.

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