The team behind microwav.fm is a group of journalists, music and radio enthusiasts from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Currently six people, they believe in the possibility of changing our reality through radio, free speech, art and creativity. With microwav.fm they would like to enable more people in South Caucasus to make their voices heard.
From Armenia is Mane Papyan, a journalist and trainer of Multimedia Journalism. Mane did her Master degree in Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management, Tbilisi, Georgia. Now she is working in the Vanadzor State University as a lecturer of Journalism. Mane is all around the social web, on Twitter and is a keen photographer, publishing her pictures in her photo blog. As she has spent a couple of years in Georgia during her studies, she knows quite some Georgian.
Anahit Vardanian is also based in Yerevan. She has a bachelor's degree in Economics and a master's degree in Computer and Information science. She manages the technical support for participants and helps them with a wide variety of technical matters. She is the Armenian editor for the microwav.fm website providing interviews, blog posts and useful information about technology, media and journalism.
From Georgia comes Khatia Shalamberidze. She is trained in journalism and has since gained quite some professional experience in reporting on international news for Georgian TV broadcasters. What links her to microwav.fm is, as she says it, her love for music and her interest in exploring different cultures. Her first international travel and experience studying abroad date back to the years when she was in her first year as a student at the journalism faculty of Tbilisi state University. As one of the finalists of the U.S. State Department exchange program she was granted the opportunity to spend one academic year in the U.S. After working for Georgia’s Channel 1 public broadcaster for three years she went to study abroad, this time as fellow of the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program in Aarhus, Amsterdam and Hamburg. Upon return to Georgia she started working for one of the national broadcasting companies as the Head of the International News Department.
Zviad Adzinbaia is also based in Tbilisi. He has a background in Political Science and has worked in civil society organisations before. He coordinates the content of the microwav.fm homepage and blogs and helps with the communication and coordination of the Georgian radio stations within the project.
Zamira Abbasova is from Baku and coordinates the Radio stations in Azerbaijan. She is the Country Director of Imagine Center of Conflict Transformation. She has a background in conflict transformation and post war development. She is also the Azerbaijani coordinator of the Microwav.fm project. With 6+ years of experience with international organizations, she is now leading a group of amazing youth who are advocating for a better future through radio activism.