Board of Advisors
Dave Arland is President of Arland Communications as well as Executive Director of the Indiana Broadcasters Association. He is a 25+ year veteran in consumer technology and public affairs communications with a decade of of experience running his own agency. His specialties include Media Relations, Public Affairs, Video Production and Strategic Communications Planning, among others.
Hari Thapa is a founder of Contemporary Vision, a research based socially aware audiovisual production company in Nepal that works with local and international clients for investigative reports and documentaries
Hari has been active in the media sector for the last 16 years working on educational and social issues. He has been carrying out programs on documentary film making, audio-visual training and holding discussions on social issues, working together with the local community. He has partnered with many organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, Swiss Development Co-operation (SDC), UNESCO and Save the Children. Hari is also a founder of the Teachers Can Make a Difference campaign which has trained more than 20 thousand teachers and guardians of over 40 districts in Nepal.
After spending four decades as a publication executive in the consumer technology sector, Eric Schwartz launched his own company in 2018, Catapult Communications, offering brand awareness and sales strategies to strengthen clients' go-to-market offerings. Previously, he served as managing director and executive producer at NAPCO Media, president and founder of CarSound and AutoMedia magazines, and publisher of Video magazine.
Tom Tilson has been supporting education in Asia, Africa and Latin America since his Peace Corps experience in the Philippines decades ago, including long-term assignments in Nicaragua, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya.
Currently he works in Kenya where he is Senior Education Advisor to the DFID-funded Kenya Essential Education Program. His special passion has been the application of appropriate technologies to expand access and improve the quality of basic education and teacher training. He was part of the founding team for Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) in Nicaragua in the mid-1970s and has expanded his interest to include video, tablets, mobile phones and computers.
He has had the pleasure of working with Matt York in South Sudan. Tom has his BA and MAT degrees from Yale University and Ph.D. in education from Stanford University.
Sarah Kiden is currently working as the Head of Systems at Uganda Christian University. She loves to learn, build and support computer systems and networks. She has been involved in promoting the use of ICT in the classroom in higher institutions of learning as well as in the private sector.
In her free time, Sarah volunteers with the Internet Society Uganda Chapter where her interest in internet policy development were piqued, prompting her to become active in policy development at ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). She recently co-founded DigiWave Africa, a non-profit organization which supports the safe and responsible use of technology for youth and children. Sarah holds an MSc in Information Systems and BSc in Information Technology.
Currently working as a Health Informatics Manager for eHealth Africa in Guinea, A.S. Douno is a software developer and entrepreneur with experience setting up and running different businesses. Since 2014, he has been very active in the fight against the Ebola Virus in West Africa by participating in the set up and management of the 115 Call Center and in by helping to modernize the IT (Information Technology) infrastructure of the Guinea Health Ministry. In his current position at eHealth Systems Africa, Douno is working on the development of new web and mobile applications in order to bring better and more efficient healthcare systems to Africa.
Rick has been a pioneer in the Direct Response Television Advertising industry since the late 80’s. Using proven direct response video marketing strategies he has helped build many iconic brands, products you might use in your home every day, such as The Juiceman, Sonicare, Clarisonic, The George Foreman Grill, OxiClean and GoPro camera.
Stuart Leigh is the Executive Director of Real World Productions based in New York City. He has wide experience in educational media design, production, training, project management and evaluation. He has worked in international media-assisted education since 1978, producing numerous projects to support basic education through audio and radio, often with integrated print and video (Swaziland, South Africa, Belize, Ethiopia, Philippines, Tanzania, Nepal).
From 2004-2008, with support from USAID, Stuart led a formal alliance of Philippine and American organizations to provide training and audio-based English language teaching materials (“Real World English: Tuning In to Language and Culture”) to over 1000 classrooms in the Philippines while also serving non-formal learners and general radio audiences.
Recently he has conducted formal evaluations of USAID-funded education projects in Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Malawi and India. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Stuart has taught media production at both the undergraduate (State University of New York) and graduate levels (New School for Social Research).
Ryan is passionate about volunteer work and technology, a perfect combination for the work OMPT does. In his role as an advisor, Ryan contributes technical and equipment expertise. He has a B.S. in Business Administration with an option in Finance and has founded and manages several of his own businesses. Ryan assists with in-country workshops and contributes his time as a volunteer.
Mike Wilhelm is Editor-in-Chief of Videomaker based out of Chico, California. He is a 15-year veteran of the media industry, having worked in television advertising, film production and online publishing.
A graduate of California State University, Chico, Mike has produced video assets for hundreds of clients and has worked on countless independent film projects. At Videomaker, Mike strives to make video production more accessible by equipping beginners with the knowledge they need to successfully share their ideas through visual media.
Mike believes that free communication should be a universal right and that in the 21st century, video is an essential tool in the distribution of knowledge.
Matt Winne is an video producer and media educator from Michigan. Since joining Videomakers Without Borders in 2014, he has facilitated workshops with Matt York in Cambodia. He considers himself lucky to be able to combine is passion for video creation with a desire to empower those in need.
Matt holds a BS in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and studied at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. Matt was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Suriname from 2004-2006 where he provided small business education and explored the Amazon rain forest when he wasn’t lounging in his hammock, listening to howler monkeys in the distance.
Gary Bettan is a veteran within the video equipment industry. He leads two companies: a retail company, VideoGuys.com, and a distribution company, Broadfield Distribution Inc. Gary enjoys creating and growing markets for the video editing, video production, live streaming and digital content creation.
Moe Rubenzahl is a marketing strategy consultant in Silicon Valley with extensive experience in strategy, brand and messaging, personas, demand gen, marketing communications and Internet marketing (including search and content marketing). He is on the Board of Directors of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, which recruits and trains Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster youth and is a member of the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee, which interviews student candidates.
An engineer by training (with a BSEE from Princeton University and an MSEE from Stanford University), Moe has over 30 years of marketing experience. He was Executive Director of Internet Marketing for Maxim Integrated, a $2.5 billion semiconductor manufacturer. Before that, he was the Marketing Director for Videonics, a consumer electronics startup that made video editing gear for videographers, which he saw through its public offering. Moe began his career at Hewlett-Packard in design engineering and product marketing roles.
Tian Cai is currently a manager of an agribusiness-related project in Food and Agriculture Organization and holds a PhD in Media and Information from Michigan State University where her research focused on increasing social impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on marginalized populations, specifically how such technologies are harnessed to shape peoples’ perceptions, adoption and adaptation of new agricultural innovations.
Passionate about using video to provide information to farmers to increase their productivity and profitability, Tian is constantly exploring strategies to design video content and finding ways to bundle video with other information channels, such as mobile phone messages. She believes in the power of farmers’ personal storytelling through the use of video in the concept of co-creation video content with the community. Through her field work in Malawi and Kenya, Tian has found that these stories can help farmers learn skills and change mindsets which prevent them from lifting themselves out of poverty.
Terence Swee co-founded muvee in 2002 where he was involved in everything from writing the music analysis code, building their first website, designing the company logo, raising investment, hyper-recruitment, business development, sales and marketing, PR and global negotiations. muvee now has its headquarters in Singapore with a presence in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Seoul and Shenzhen. After becoming the CEO of muvee in 2007, the company gradually moved its focus to mobile video expertise with an emphasis on new, high growth use cases in Action Cams, Drones and VR. He believes, ultimately, that the viewer's attention span is short so, for all videos captured, content needs to be edited and condensed. Faster, smarter and easier ways of achieving that are always needed.
Terence has a degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Singapore and has negotiated multi million dollar deals with the likes of Nokia, HP, Sony, Nikon, Olympus, LG, Samsung, TCL and many other partners.
Ron Leach, web editor of Shutterbug magazine, is a long-time veteran of the photographic industry with considerable experience on both the editorial and business sides of the publishing industry. He has previously served as publisher and editor of magazines for photo enthusiasts and spent 10 years running a boutique advertising, public relations and marketing company in Manhattan Beach, California.
After earning a B.A. and M.A. in journalism at the University of Michigan, Ron taught journalism courses there and spent a year as an investigative reporter at the Ann Arbor News.