Meet our Global Editorial Team: Part 6



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Kai Gittens

Kai Gittens is a full-time web designer at Revlon Cosmetics and also does freelance web design and WordPress customization. He also blogs at; mostly about web design and development and social media.  Kai is also a HUGE soccer fan!




Shawn Griffiths

Based in Toronto, Shawn is an experienced communications, marketing and digital media professional with print and television journalism expertise. He’s worked in non-profit, government and international organizations. Shawn likes to read, listen, learn and enjoy life to its fullest – online and offline. Follow him on Twitter @shawngriffiths and connect with him on LinkedIn.




Emily Leary

Emily Leary is a UK-based communications consultant & blogger, Head of Digital at Lava, and co-founder of #CommsChat, the weekly Twitter chat for comms professionals.

Emily has been working in comms for about a decade, holding a range of senior marketing and communications consultancy roles along the way. Her experience spans across ten years and both corporate and consumer facing clients, including the likes of BT (where she recently held the role of Senior Digital Content Manager), Oval, Prima Poker and the Post Office.

Emily writes regularly about PR, marketing and social media on her blog, Thinking Comms, and you can find her on Twitter (@emleary)Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Amanda Lehner

Amanda Lehner is the Director of Interactive Services at the Ad Council, the leading producer of Public Service Ads in the US. She has years of experience in using social media for social good. Before joining the Ad Council, Amanda worked for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline where she managed Lifeline’s online presence. She is a former volunteer crisisline counselor who answered calls to the Lifeline. Amanda also blogs for Ad Council’s blog for social marketers — Follow @AmandaLehner and @AdCouncil for more social marketing fun.



Natalie Maroun

Natalie Maroun-Taraud (PhD) is an Assistant Professor and a Researcher in Storytelling and Digital Humanities  in French University (Paris- Troyes). She lectures as  well in Saint-Joseph University (Beirut). Her doctoral dissertation was about the narrative structure in american tv series. Since, her research is focused on Social Television and the new narrative forms of connected tv. French resident with lebanese origins, she also writes an lectures on social media in the Middle East.
She collaborates with Fabula research team. Her latest article is about Twitter and the french politicians. It can be found in french (click here) and is being translated to english. You can follow her on Twitter @nat_Sanzach


Maeve O Sullivan

Maeve O’Sullivan is Content Director for social specialists Headstream. Headstream helps brands work better in social spaces by creating programmes and campaigns for b2b and b2c brands, creating the right mix of paid, owned and earned media to get people talking. In 2011 Headstream published the Social Brands 100, a ranking that helped define the principles that sit central to becoming a better brand. Find Maeve on Twitter @maeve_os and @Headstream.


Sharon Paz

Sharon Paz has just recently been hired to manage Social Media for Canada’s most recognized supplier of giftware, Abbott. She is the co-founder of Odette Manon, a lifestyle product guide to a life well lived, a proud member of Ladies Lotto, an exclusive network of cultured, go-getting Women and has contributed as a writer of street culture & fashion to such publications as Format MagVerbalisms Magazine & Frank 151. Sharon has also contributed articles to the SocialTimes.She loves horror flicks, collecting vintage eye-wear and boxing. Find her @Sharon__Pazor Breakthatbread.


Christopher Renz

Christopher Renz is Chief Geek at the award-winning social media agency, The brpr Group.  Prior to co-founding the agency, Renz lent his talents to some of the most prestigious advertising agencies in the world including Crispin Porter + Bogusky & Omnicom where he worked on clients including Virgin Atlantic, Burger King, McDonald’s & Absolut Vodka.  In 2010, Renz was named among the “Power 30 Under 30” in technology in Miami and is a current contributor to Advertising Week.  Renz is an avid tweeter and can be followed @ChristopherRenz.



Elspeth Rountree

Listed as a “2009 Silicon Alley Insider 100” and one of the “25 Need-To-Know Bloggers” by, Elspeth “Ellie” Rountree has appeared as an internet culture expert on major media channels including NBC, FOX, hosted her own show in conjunction with Conde Nast, and was Lucky Magazines guest video blogger for July 2010. She has also recently been cited in the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post regarding internet culture.  She was also a writer, senior producer, host, and co-creator of both highly successful Rocketboom Tech and Know Your Meme series.

Prior to working at Rocketboom and starting her current freelance consulting career in Social Television Strategy at BBCA, Rountree graduated with a BS in Cinema and Photography from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Rountree has also spoken at many conferences including Web 2.0 San Francisco (Keynote),  Social Media Week Brazil, Case Camp in Toronto, among many more.  She is also an active member of the International Academy of the Digital Arts and Sciences, serving as a judge for the Webby Awards.  Rountree lives and works in New York City.  Follow her on twitter  @elspethjane.

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