: British / French
Date of Birth : 3rd July 1972
Languages : Bilingual French and very fluent Spanish,
advanced Portuguese/Brazilian, basic Italian, rudimentary Russian.
Master of Arts Degree in Area Studies (Latin America)
Institute of Latin American Studies, London
Major in Environment and Society in Latin America
Dissertation: "Mercury Contamination and Small Scale Mining in
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Modern Languages (French and Spanish)
University of Leeds, UK.
2.i with distinction in spoken French and Spanish
Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, London
8 years of French tuition
3 'A' levels : French (+ 'S' level), Spanish, History, and 'AS' Politics
International Media Relations Officer for the Corporación Metropolitana de Turismo de Quito (Quito Visitors' Bureau).
Media campaigns in the US and UK; liaising with journalists; English website writing and editing; PressRoom website for media; Presentations; Press Releases; co-ordinating with US and UK PR agencies on trade campaigns; writing Mayor's welcome messages; composing monthly press releases and translating calendar of events.
Set-up a mini-site for the Miss Universe competition in June 2004, in conjunction with Yagé web-designers. This produced 12,000 registrations by visitors.
Editor, Welcome! Ecuador , an in-flight magazine focusing on adventure, eco- and community tourism in Ecuador. Duties included gathering news stories; assigning articles; writing features; interviews; maintaining an 80-entry directory to tourism-related businesses.
Filmed, produced, wrote, narrated, co-edited and directed a 12-minute promotional video on the Inca Trail for United Mice, tour operator in Cusco, Peru.
Associate Producer for 'Oil Stories', a television documentary on the global oil industry for BBC, PBS and CBC by Paladin Invision (www.pitv.com). Broadcast in 2004.
8-minute and 3-minute promotional films on the Galápagos Islands for Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador 's largest tour operator. Producer and director.
2-minute promotional film for the web on the Galápagos Islands for G.A.P. Adventures, Canada . Camera, producer, director.
6-minute promotional film on the Inca Trail for Land of the Inkas, tour operator in Cusco , Peru . Camera, producer, director.
and show-reel for Monkey Productions, commissioned by Channel 4 to make a new 'independent travellers' show.'
completely revamped the Traveler's Russia Companion.
Co-Author: Traveler's Ecuador Companion, 2nd
edition, published December 2001 by The Globe Pequot Press.
Author: Traveler's Venezuela Companion,
published in English in January 2001 by The Globe Pequot Press. Distributed worldwide.
Awarded "Best Guidebook 2002" by the Publishers Marketing Association.
Consultant: Lonely Planet Venezuela and Lonely
Planet Best Beaches of the World television series (Pilot Productions).
Member of the International Federation of Journalists and
National Union of Journalists (UK) since 1998.
Contributing Editor of South
American Explorer magazine (US).
Contributing Editor of Travelintelligence.net
Contributing Editor of PerceptiveTravel
Chief Travel Writer for the Caracas-based Daily Journal, 1999-2001.
Member of Guidebookwriters.com (2000-3)
Regular contributor to the Environment
News Service (1996-1998).
in The Independent on Sunday, BBC Wildlife magazine, Geographical, Wanderlust, Global, Traveller, Adventure Travel, Interval World, Beach Homes Magazine, New Law Journal, South American
Explorer, the book "Travellers' Tales From Heaven and Hell",
and on numerous sites on the Internet (thisistravel.co.uk, blueear.com)
Numerous images sold through the photo libraries South American Pictures and Ffotograff; images published in several Insight Guides as well as accompanying my articles and guidebooks; images sold to the Venezuelan, Peruvian and Ecuadorian tourism offices for promotional campaigns, as well as private clients.
Profiled in Writer's Digest magazine, November 2003.
Impressions of Venezuela column on Venezuela Headline, an English-language internet
news provider based in Caracas.
Twice shortlisted in The Guardian Young Travel Writer of the