the reach team

Maria Ressa
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Maria is President and Executive Editor of Rappler, the fastest growing news site in the Philippines. She has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years - nearly a decade as CNN's bureau chief in Manila and another decade as the global network's Jakarta bureau chief. She became CNN's lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism networks, and in 2003, the Simon & Schuster group published her book, Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda's Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia, the first from the region documenting the growth of Jemaah Islamiyah and its links to Al-Qaeda.

Russell Shepherd
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Russell is a data analyst focused on the intersection of technology and society, with experience ranging from international counter-terrorism to social media marketing. He is co-author of "The Strength of Tweet Ties: How Twitter Helped Frame the Egyptian Protests" and "Mining Twitter Data from the Arab Spring." Previous clients include The Carter Center, the United States Department of Defense, and Rappler, Inc.

Carla Yap-Sy Su
Brand Strategist, Sales & Marketing

Carla is a marketing leader whose communication strategies were developed over a decade in the telecommunications and technology industries. As the Senior Product Manager & Head of Brand Equity Management of Smart Communications, her integrated campaigns spanned telecom and broadband categories. She heads Sales & Marketing for Rappler, Inc., and has spearheaded new engagement and digital strategies for award-winning campaigns for partner brands in different industries that have contributed to the growth of both Rappler and its brand partners.

Joseph Benjamin ("Joben") Illagan
IT Consultant

Joben is Co-Founder and President of Seer Technologies, an 11-year-old software consultancy, design, development and managed-services company focused on mobile, cloud and data technologies. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of Codesignate, a software services startup focused on mobile and web applications development. Before that, he spent nearly 10 years in Oracle Philippines handling various roles such as Solutions Architecture, Software Development, Education, Technology Pre-sales and consulting for some of Oracle's largest customers in the country.