Ambassador Katoucha Fall

Ambassador Katoucha Fall

Growing up between Cameroon, Mauritania, Senegal, Ivory Coast and South Africa, she was introduced to the nomad life at an early age. Outside schooldays she would spend her time playing with her uncle’s analog camera. Her move to Paris fueled her already vivid imagination, this time through illustrating and painting. Once she passed her Mathematics degree, Katoucha moved to the UK and graduated in English Literature from the Goldsmiths University of London. After spending six years working in PR and marketing, she went backpacking through Europe then Asia for several months. Inspired by the various environments and lifestyles she encountered, Katoucha was as insatiably as ever curious of human nature.

Katoucha immerses herself daily in the realm of mythology, poetry, anthropology and sciences to explore her various work projects. She would spend some time with her subjects to be able to feel their inner energy and represent them at their best in her portraits “I see art-photography as a way to express consciousness, a sense of wonder, to enlighten, to feel various emotions whether it’s fear, dismay, mystery. Universality.”

When she can, Katoucha combines her artistry with humanitarian projects, empowering cultural minorities through her visuals as well as her writing. "To tell human stories, it’s how well you connect with the heartful people you’re trying your best to help [and communicate your understanding back to them]. From there that human connection, that understanding can only transcend the message of optimism around the world."

Katoucha uses digital and analog photography, painting, collage and illustration to explore her artistic medium, combined with her writing. Her photography work has been featured in Afropunk, Mashable and Newsweek. In addition to her extensive photography experience, her PR work allowed her to collaborate not only in Suba Biennale, Dak’Art in Senegal, but also many cultural events in Paris, including Paris Hip Hop Festival, Afropunk Festival. An avid sports enthusiast - a former sprinter, longtime Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and rock climber - she was most recently involved in the 2024 Olympics campaign

Today Katoucha is currently working on her first photography book and is developing new projects aiming to connect visual artists, sharing ideas and learning.

Katoucha also landed her first exhibition amongst other artists in London, upcoming in 2018.

 

Ambassador Jenna West

Ambassador Jenna West

Media studies graduate who's currently working in PR and Comm. Past PWB Marketing Assistant with a passion for photography. Love learning about new cultures and wants to learn French. Day to day musts: posting on FB, Twitter, and IG + coffee.

 

Ambassador Gavin Gough

Ambassador Gavin Gough

Gavin Gough is a freelance photographer and writer. His work for editorial, commercial and NGO clients has received wide recognition and his work has been described as "original, very social, with a particularly humanistic way of seeing the world and its people". Gough's documentary work in Asia, African, and the Indian sub-continent has been published in The Guardian, New York Times, Telegraph, National Geographic Traveler, GEO and others. His images have been exhibited in London, Bangkok and New York. Gavin Gough’s photography is represented by Getty Images, Lonely Planet, and 4Corners. He is currently based in Thailand.

 

Ambassador Jessica Tym

Ambassador Jessica Tym

Jessica Tym is a graduate of Indiana University's Media School where she studied Telecommunications and minored in Human-environmental Geography. She's held an internship position under both the Archival and Field Producers for documentary production company, Ark Media, where she worked on a PBS historical documentary film. She has also been a photography intern for IU's College of Arts and Sciences's Themester Program and is a contributing writer for several online publications. 

 

Ambassador Ashkan Shabani

Ambassador Ashkan Shabani

Photojournalist at Iranian Students News Agency and documentary photographer based in Iran

 

Ambassador Matilde Simas

Ambassador Matilde Simas

Matilde Simas is a freelance visual storyteller, whose photography straddles the line between
fine art and documentary work. She received a BA in Liberal Arts and Science from Suffolk
University and is currently enrolled in Social Justice program at Harvard University.
Partnering with non-profit organizations, Simas has traveled to over 50 countries, bearing
witness to the enduring power of the human spirit. Simas is passionate about how photography can be used for social change, how it is essential to storytelling and enables social change groups and organizations to demonstrate the impact of their projects. Recently she has turned her lens to compelling human trafficking stories and documenting the recovery process of human trafficking survivors. Simas was awarded the 2017 Lucie Foundation International Photography Award under the category of Social Cause. She was also one of the recipients of the 2017 Black and White Portfolio Award. Her fine art prints are included in numerous private and corporate collections, including the African Union, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Organization for Migration (UN Migration).
Though the majority of her photos appear in humanitarian organization collateral, her images have appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Black & White Magazine and Professional Photographers Magazine. Her client roster includes, among others, Genesis Fund Boston, MA; Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, Boston, MA; Foundation for Puerto Rico; Big Life Kenya; HAART Kenya.

Ambassador Javed Sultan

Ambassador Javed Sultan

Javed Sultan is a self-taught photographer based in Delhi, India, who works on social issues. He is currently working as a freelance photographer with Anadolu Agency and has contributed to various national and international agencies as a freelance artist.

His work has been published in leading Indian and international publications such as Guardian, Getty, LensCulture, TRT World, SIPA Press, Xinhua, Puzzle Pix, Sunday Guardian, Quint, Yahoo, Kindle Invisible Photographer Asia and India Legal

Javed’s work has been featured in various photography exhibitions in India and abroad, which include a photojournalistic exhibition in Canosa di Pulia, Italy, organized by the Foundation of the The South and Pro Loco UNPLI, Multimedia projection at 10th Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia and Centre for Social and Development Studies photo exhibition in India. 

His photo project "Of Traditions, Threads and Threats” won Humanity Photo Performance Award in the category of Living and Production Custom organized by China Folklore Photographic Association & UNESCO.

Maggie Kent
Marketing Assistant and Ambassador Program Lead