media for education, development and social change

I produce audiovisual and interactive media that explains, educates and inspires.
Born in Bangkok, raised in Virginia, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.







Biography

I'm a Thai-American living in Tanzania. I'm co-founder and managing director of Ubongo, a Tanzanian social enterprise that creates fun, localized edutainment for learners in Africa.

We produce the interactive cartoon series Ubongo Kids which teaches math through fun, local stories on Tanzanian TV. Students watching the series can interact live via SMS. We'll soon be expanding across Africa (and hopefully the world), bringing Ubongo Kids to learners everywhere!

I also make a variety of digital media with a focus on education, science and development. I love  Africa ,  football  (of the soccer variety) and telling inspiring stories.

Work

As MD of Ubongo and series producer of Ubongo Kids, I do whatever needs to get done to produce the show and keep the company going! That includes managing our awesome team in Dar es Salaam, co-writing the Ubongo Kids screenplays, promoting and marketing the series... and doing everything else in between, from accounting to social media.

In the past I've produced  podcasts, radio packages  and  videos  on science and development topics for the BBC, The Guardian and many other organizations from the London Science Museum to the Taarifa mapping platform.

Previously I worked as  Content Maestro for The Virtual School . There I scoped an online course to cover the UK GCSE science & maths curriculum, then worked with 30 digital media interns to take teachers' audio explanations and animate them into engaging learning videos.

In a former life as documentary filmmaker, my feature-length documentary  Twiga Stars: Tanzania’s Soccer Sisters  screened and won awards internationally from Vail Film Festival to Yaounde, Cameroon. Also check out my short docs  Risk  and  Sunday at Smith’s .

Education

I have an  MSc. in Science Media Production from Imperial College London  and a  B.S. in Biology from Yale University  (with an unofficial minor in Film, and a summer and fall term spent at the University of Dar es Salaam).

Skills

I specialize in making content that explains complex topics simply. I regularly teach workshops on instructional design and educational media production.

I produce broadcast quality  video ,  audio  and  animations , with Final Cut Pro, Motion, Pro Tools and other professional software packages. I  code  in html, css, javascript and php (as you can see on this lovingly hand-coded website).

I speak English, Kiswahili, Thai and a little bit of French and Mandarin.