Meet the team

Our experience in education, communications, multi-media production and client work is what makes Encounter Edu tick.

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop - Executive Director

Jamie runs Encounter Edu, which he founded in 2008 as Digital Explorer. Jamie's commitment for inspiring young people about the most pressing issues affecting our environment began when he taught teenagers in east London schools between 2004 and 2008. To reach out to thousands of young minds he has innovated the use of technology to bring faraway peoples and environments into classrooms, anchoring broadcasts from some of the most remote locations on the planet. Over the years Jamie's work has been recognised with a number of awards and media coverage. Jamie's work leading Encounter Edu's free, live steaming events sees him reach students worldwide, fielding questions, conducting live experiments and hosting researchers working on the frontiers of science to illustrate how human impact is affecting our natural environment.

Oliver Steeds - Co-founder

Oliver Steeds co-founded Digital Explorer with Jamie in 2008. He lends strategic support to Encounter Edu, with the rest of his time dedicated to running Nekton which he founded in 2015. Nekton is a deep ocean exploration outfit to advance scientific marine research. His experience as director, explorer and public presenter have been a valuable contribution to supporting Encounter Edu partnerships.

Irina Prentice - Communications & Partnerships Director

Irina heads up communications. She brings 17 years of experience working with the UN and as a journalist covering conflicts, humanitarian crises and current events in the Middle East, USA and Europe. She worked for the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), including setting up its Syrian crisis regional response and advocacy unit. Before embarking for the UN, her work as a journalist began at the American broadcaster, ABC News in New York and London. While at ABC News, she was nominated for the Livingstone Award for Young Journalists and was listed on three of ABC News’ Emmy Awards. She is delighted to be on board to grow Encounter Edu's footprint and business.

Maddy Street - Learning Designer

Maddy has worked in primary education for over decade both as a teacher and subject lead coordinator for English and Maths both abroad and in London. Passionate about conservation and sustainable development, she brings to the team a wide experience in designing lessons and resources to inspire STEM learning and spark student curiosity for wildlife, science and the environment. She joined Encounter Edu upon completing her Masters in Education, Gender and International Development from University College London. She’s thrilled to be part of the Encounter Edu team due to its dynamic and new approach to education.

Megan Folan - Learning Designer

Megan, a former teacher in east London and Brentwood schools, specialises in geographical and environmental learning. In the classroom, she used case studies and field excursions to make it easier for students to relate to the STEM subject they were studying. She noticed that increasing real experience of a subject could stimulate engagement and further understanding. At Encounter Edu, Megan is looking forward to building resources that give teachers the ability to easily integrate experiences as they seek to inspire a student love for learning.

Riccardo Guido - Senior Digital Producer

Riccardo joined Encounter Edu as a digital designer and video producer. A jack of all design trades, over the last 10 years, he has worked in the UK on a wide range of graphic design and video projects for the London School of Economics, Japan Foundation, and charities for the homeless. He studied Communication Design in Italy where he won a scholarship at the TEC de Monterrey in Mexico. For him, Encounter Edu presents as great way to expand his knowledge and expertise in the environmental education sector.

Daniel Metson - Digital Producer

Daniel works on Encounter Edu’s graphic and print production. He developed his multi-disciplinary talents while working in the med-tech industry where he created engaging learning materials to improve global healthcare education. He was drawn to Encounter Edu’s education work with young people understanding of environmental issues through the integrated Encounter live education model.

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