Eugenia Covernton is the CEO of Lecturers Without Borders. She studied Biotechnology in Argentina and Science Management in South Korea, before moving to France in 2014 for a PhD in Virology. She is fascinated by viruses, but her true passions are education and science communication. She is currently involved in several teaching activities that aim to help students become active participants in their own education and that of others.
Chief Executive Officer
Anastasia Mityagina graduated from the Moscow Pedagogical State University, and worked as a school history teacher for several years while studying. She worked in public and media relations, working in the IT and Finance sectors. She was also the Head of the Communication Department of Absolut Bank (former KBC Group, Belgium) for five years. Between 2015 and 2020 she also volunteered for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
Dr. Ulysse Pedreira-Segade studied Earth Sciences in Lyon, France. He holds a PhD in geochemistry and astrobiology and is passionate about sharing knowledge and critical thinking values, hoping to work in favour of bridging science, art and humanities.
Ulysse is working as a science coordinator for LeWiBor. He manages larger scale projects (open lectures, webinar series, outreach events on a specific topic...), and focuses on crafting the programme of the event, recruiting speakers, and moderating sessions.
Cintia Stival is a Lecturer Consultant for LeWiBo, working to improve the quality of seminars. She is a researcher on mammalian reproduction in Argentina. She has travelled to Mexico and the USA, to work on international collaborations to develop her research. She also teaches undergraduate biology courses. Her love for both teaching and science came from the inspiration she got from her passionate high school teachers, so she recognises the power that motivation and committed mentorship has on young students.
Megan Dick studied English, Media and Political Communication at the University of Cape Town. She worked in print journalism, before moving into the non-profit sector, where she has worked in communications for over 10 years. Megan believes in the power of education to change lives and inspire the next generation, and echoes the belief of Nobel Laureate, Nelson Mandela, who said: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". She provides social media, PR and general communications support to Lectures Without Borders.
PR & Communications
Lis Puga Molina
Dr. Lis Puga Molina is a grant writing and fundraising coordinator at Lecturers Without Borders. She studied biochemistry in Argentina and conducted scientific research projects in the field of reproduction in Mexico, the USA, and Germany. In addition to doing research, she enjoys painting and dancing tango. "To me, science means imagination, creativity, curiosity, and wonder. Every child I know is a little scientist, and I have always found so much fun and beauty when those characteristics are encouraged to grow."
Dr. Liubov Tupikina is a researcher, working on stochastic processes and applications with research groups in France, Germany, Russia.
Liubov: "If not for my teachers of mathematics in childhood, I would never have started to be interested in solving mathematical problems, which originated from the physics problems. It is important to make children unafraid of mathematics, which is something we are working on in Lecturers Without Borders."
Delphine Clara Zemp
Dr. (Delphine) Clara Zemp is a researcher working in Germany and Indonesia on interactions between tropical forests, climate change and land use by humans.
Clara: "By sharing my knowledge and fascination with forest ecology with children, I hope to contribute to building landscapes of tomorrow that host biodiversity and humans in harmony".
Dr. Athanasia Nikolaou studied physics in Athens, Greece, holds a MSc in climate science and a PhD in planetary science. She has worked in the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands and in the German Aerospace Centre in Germany. She is part of the international science consortium of the ARIEL Space Mission, currently working at ESA in Rome, Italy. Her research focuses on planetary evolution, the stability of dynamical systems and climate processes on early Earth and on exoplanets.
Mikhail Khotyakov teaches mathematics. He currently works in German schools and organises maths clubs. He finds continuous sustainable education crucial for children's development and wishes for a network of scientists who can strengthen children's motivation through specially prepared lectures in their field of science. In LeWiBo, he is responsible for the schools and is always ready to review scientists' presentations for child-suitability.