Board of Directors

James Blake Wiener
James Blake Wiener Chief Marketing Officer

MA World History, New York University
BA History (Magna cum Laude), New York University

James is a writer, public speaker, and former academic who is interested in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He handles internal and external business communications at AHE and builds partnerships with international organizations.

Jan van der Crabben
Jan van der Crabben Chief Executive Officer

MA War Studies, King's College London
BA Journalism, University of East London

Jan is the Founder and CEO of Ancient History Encyclopedia, leading the non-profit company and its team to best fulfil its mission. He is passionate about history, education, and web technology.

Joshua J. Mark
Joshua J. Mark Author & Researcher

MA English, SUNY College New Paltz
BA English/Philosophy, SUNY College New Paltz

A freelance writer and former part-time Professor of Philosophy at Marist College, New York, Joshua J. Mark has lived in Greece and Germany and traveled through Egypt. He has taught history, writing, literature, and philosophy at the college level.

Mark Cartwright
Mark Cartwright Publishing Director

MA Political Philosophy, University of York
BA Politics (1st), University of Teesside

Mark's special interests include ancient ceramics, architecture, and mythology. He loves visiting and reading about historic sites and transforming that experience into free articles accessible to all.

Team Members

Amanda Iliadis
Amanda Iliadis Associate Video Editor

BA History (hons), Minor in curatorial studies/art history (Undertaking)-Ryerson University.

Amanda is attending Ryerson University for a BA in history (hons) and a minor in curatorial studies. She is aiming to specialise in the ancient near eastern world and strives to learn about ancient history while spreading her knowledge any way she can!

Emma Groeneveld
Emma Groeneveld Associate Editor

MA Teaching History, University of Utrecht
MA Ancient Studies (Research Master), University of Utrecht
BA History, University

Emma has studied History & Ancient History. During her Master's she focused on Herodotus as well as the juicy politics of ancient - in particular Roman - courts, but more recently she has been immersing herself in everything prehistoric.

Ibolya Horvath
Ibolya Horvath Editor

BA Archaeology, University of Leicester (undertaking)
BA Economics, Media Management, Budapest Business School

After years in publishing, Ibolya is currently studying Archaeology at the University of Leicester. Passionate about Roman military history with particular interest in the cultural impact of Roman conquest in the provinces.

James Lloyd
James Lloyd Video Editor

PhD Classics, University of Reading and Exeter (Undertaking)
MA Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter
BA (Hons)

James' main area of research is ancient Greek music, but he has general interests in mythology, religion, and art & archaeology. A self-confessed philhellene, James keeps at least one eye on the Roman pie.

Liana Miate
Liana Miate Social Media Editor

BA Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney

Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

Milad Alshomary
Milad Alshomary Programmer

BSc Software Engineering, Damascus University

Milad is in love with data mining and search. Reading about history and mythology is his favorite pastime and inspiration.

Patrick Tinkham
Patrick Tinkham Image Editor

B.S., Physics, Beloit College

I am a life-long, interdisciplinary learner, with special interest in the intersection of science and history.

William Brown
William Brown Review Manager

B.A. Northwest University, Cum Laude Graduate
M.A. University of Chicago (enrolled)

William Brown now runs The Biblical Review, acts as the Review Manager for Ancient History Encyclopedia, and is completing his MA at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is proficient with both Hebrew and Akkadian.

Board of Advisors

Carolyn Perry
Carolyn Perry Head of Philanthropy

BA Classical Studies, Queen Mary, University of London
PGCE Education, London South Bank University

Carolyn Perry is Head of Philanthropy at the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, a UK based charity which aims to promote better understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and the wider world.

David Tollen
David Tollen Lawyer, Trainer & Author

Harvard Law School, J.D.
Cambridge University, Queens' College, Ll.M.
U.C. Berkeley, B.A. - History

David Tollen is the author of the American Bar Association’s bestseller, The Tech Contracts Handbook, and an attorney specializing in IT and IP contracts. As founder of Tech Contracts Academy he teaches about technology agreements.

Frances Thapen
Frances Thapen Educational Consultant

MA Psychology of Religion, University of London
PGCE Religious Studies, University of London

Frances Thapen is an independent educational consultant with 10 years experience teaching in London. The belief that every child deserves the best education is at the core of her work, whether in the classroom or in the boardroom.

Jeremy Seeff
Jeremy Seeff Corporate & Finance Lawyer

MA Law Studies in Europe, Christ Church, Oxford University

Jeremy Seeff is a partner at Epstein Rosenblum Maoz's corporate, M&A, finance and banking practices. He has experience advising companies from their earliest stages all the way through to exit, on diversified corporate and commercial matters.

Mark J Tousey
Mark J Tousey Venture Capitalist

MBA International Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
BSBA Finance, Olin School, Washington University

Mark Tousey is a venture capitalist with a background in finance. He also spends time as a director on the boards of a number of charities and philanthropic organizations in the UK and the US, with a particular focus on classical music and opera.

Tanya Valle
Tanya Valle Professional Coach

MBA Management, Fordham University
BS Marketing Communications, Fashion Institute of Technology

Tanya Valle is an accomplished Executive MBA with 16-years+ experience in journalism, communications and public relations. She advises Ancient History Encyclopedia on matters of marketing and public relations.