John Naughton (Director) is an academic and a journalist. He is also Vice President of Wolfson, a graduate supervisor for the Cambridge Centre of International Studies , writes a weekly column for the London Observer and is a well-known blogger. His books on the history and significance of the Internet -- From Gutenberg to Zuckerburg: what you really need to know about the internet and A Brief History of the Future: the origins of the Internet, have been translated into several languages, including Chinese. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University.
Richard Synge (Assistant Director) is a freelance journalist, editor and writer, specialising in the politics and economics of Africa. He has contributed to a wide variety of Africa-focused publications, writing extensively on political evolution and economic development in Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and many more countries. In recent years, he has helped to establish two influential and successful magazines The Africa Report and Global.
Michelle Heydon (Programme Administrator) has been a founding employee of several Cambridge start-ups, including Ndiyo and DisplayLink, having experience in all aspects of administration, finance and technical support and marketing. For many years she was a Systems Administrator at the Anglo Australian Observatory in Sydney, and in Cambridge at Computervision and the Xerox Research Centre Europe. When not working, Michelle can be found doing her other jobs - mum to three children, and a Governor at her kid's primary school.
Bill Kirkman founded and directed the Programme for its first 14 years and still plays an active role in it. He is a former Africa and Commonwealth Correspondent of The Times and was until recently Editor of the magazine Cambridge.He currently writes a regular column for The Hindu.