STEERING COMMITTEE BIOS
President - Steven Antalics
Steven Antalics has a degree in English literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a student, he placed in a succession of poetry competitions, won a prize for technical communication, and served as the Business Director, interim Project Manager, and Media Relations Lead for the U-M Solar Car Team. His career has been varied and includes a stint moonlighting as a freelance journalist for The Holland Times, where he also published chapters in two flash-fiction novellas. His private-sector career has been focused in commodities trading and shipping, and he now works in IT in the same sector. He’s resided in France and worked in Geneva since 2013, and he is currently working on a nonfiction book about the shipping industry as well as a novel.
Treasurer - Christine Fashugba
Christine Fashugba is a former journalist and editor, who has written for multiple publications internationally, with content ranging from fashion and celebrity gossip to construction and environment. After studying political and social sciences she transitioned to a career in human rights and is currently working on child rights. She recently began pursuing her childhood dream of becoming an author and is currently working on a fantasy fiction novel based on ancient African civilisations and kingdoms during the middle ages.
Executive Secretary - Caroline Thonger
Caroline Thonger’s The Banker’s Daughter was published in the UK in 2007, the year before she emigrated to Switzerland. She worked as Chief Ed of Hello Switzerland for over 3 years, contributing many articles on Swiss life; and was also Chief Ed for the GWG’s Offshoots 13. A freelance translator and editor, she is currently working on a memoir-in-flash with her sister (living in New Zealand), and finds writing inspiration on high-level hikes usually undertaken solo from her Alpine village.
Christine Breede-Schechter is a fiction writer and graduate from Columbia University in Speech-Language Pathology, who divides her time between Geneva, Berlin and New York City. Writing keeps her rooted. Her work has earned her third prize in Glimmer Train’s 2014 Fiction Open contest and numerous honorable mentions. She is currently working on her first novel. She is an active member of the Geneva Writers Group and the International Women’s Writers Guild.
Rosalind Yarde is a former journalist and broadcaste, she wrote for local and national newspapers in London, including the Guardian and the Times Higher Education Supplement. She was a scriptwriter, producer and broadcaster at the BBC World Service for 16 years, then headed a BBC humanitarian radio project in Darfur, Sudan, from 2006-2008. Rosalind lived in Tanzania from 2008-2011, where she set up a media consultancy business. She moved to Geneva in 2011, where she is Chief of News and Media at the International Labour Organization. She writes fiction and completed her first novel last year.
Ximena Escobar de Nogales’ career spans over 25 years across the public, private and non-profit sectors. She initially trained as an economist in Colombia and at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Later she completed a masters in international trade and an MBA, both in Geneva. She co-authored a book on impact investing (Allman, K. and Escobar de Nogales, X, Impact Investment: A Practical Guide to Investment Process and Social Impact Analysis, Wiley, 2015). More recently she has discovered a passion for creative writing. Ximena has three adult children and in her free time volunteers as a language teacher in prison and for a restaurant with a social cause https://lecinquiemejour.com/ .
Aja Lynne was born in New Zealand, living in Australia, Austria, and Romania before moving to Geneva in 2012. She is a former opera singer (specialising in early music) and now teaches music and drama at the International School of Geneva. She has a masters in baroque stagecraft and is a prolific song-writer, mostly in the genre of folk-pop. Aja also writes poetry, science fiction and fantasy. Her science-fiction story for children, The Extinct Hunter, was published in Frostfire Worlds in 2015. Currently Aja’s main focus is on writing plays and musicals, primarily aimed at adolescents, which she does in collaboration with Viennese composer Alexander Wagendristel.
Robert (Bob) Bartram hails from the north-east of England. He moved to Geneva in 2010, via London and - more briefly - Lebanon. He currently freelances as a writer for both the UN and non-governmental organizations, helping them craft the stories about the great work they do across the world. More widely, he can often be found performing with the Renegade Saints, Geneva's highly acclaimed comedy improv troupe, which allows him to fully indulge his passion for not having a clue what he's going to say next. When he gets round to it, he can also sometimes be seen on stage as a member of the Geneva English Drama Society, which, despite the major imposition and inconvenience of actually having to learn lines, he finds equally enjoyable.
Tom Miles is a freelance writer based in France, close to the Swiss border with Geneva. He is a non-fiction writer and editor, having spent the last 18 years as a correspondent and sub-editor at Reuters, the world’s largest news agency, writing and editing news about international politics and economics in Geneva, Beijing, Moscow, Brussels, Hong Kong and London, frequently republished and cited in the international press and broadcast media. He has edited several non-fiction books and plays and has long been an (anonymous) critic writing reviews of books and films. Since leaving Reuters he has branched out into non-fiction essays and blogs, and is considering getting into fiction and cartooning.