uma ramiah

currently based in: washington, d.c.
+1 415 324 0136 (whatsapp + mobile)


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washington, d.c.
Editor, Current
A platform highlighting the creative work of women of color: a nice little letter in your inbox, pointing you to women and queer, non-binary and trans people of color doing creative work around the world (with some original content occasionally thrown in there for good measure).

 globetrotter magazine     jakarta, indonesia
Editor-in-Chief, September 2015 - November 2017
Editor-in-Chief for Globetrotter Magazine, a 9" by 12" biannual lifestyle print journal distributed worldwide. Globetrotter pushes the conversation around media, style, music, movements, design and arts and culture worldwide - with particular focus on Africa and Asia and their diasporas. The magazine is headquartered in Jakarta with satellite offices in Chicago, New York, Lagos + London. I was responsible for overseeing editorial and visual commissions, production and editing alongside Founder and Creative Director Kennedy Ashinze. I co-founded Globetrotter Digital.

 yale world fellows     new haven, connecticut
Director of Communications and Outreach, August 2013 - September 2015
I created and implemented communications and outreach strategy for Yale World Fellows, a boundary-pushing global leadership program. That included website and social media strategy and design; creation of digital and printed materials and stories and management of media, donor and partner relations. I managed the dynamic, beautiful World Fellows network, a group of more than 275 creative global leaders, keeping them connected to Yale and to each other. And I branded, co-curated and co-produced the four-day 2013 World Fellows: Rethink Forum and Rethink: Africa party for more than 150 Fellows and guests in New Haven, CT in October of 2013. I also co-curated, hosted and produced President Obama's inaugural 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Yale.

freelance media consultant   cape town, south africa
September 2012- June 2013
As a freelancer, I worked with non-profit organizations in South Africa and Zimbabwe to provide media services including: storytelling, documentary, photography, videography, web production, design and event planning. Clients and partners included The Ninevites, Live Magazine, The Africa Centre, The Africa Centre for Cities, Oxfam Canada and PEER and Associates (Zimbabwe). 

freelance multimedia reporter  
new haven, connecticut
In New Haven, I provided multimedia news reporting (research, writing, sound collection and recording, photography and videography) for Connecticut based media outlets and organizations including WNPR Radio, NPR, Daily Nutmeg, The CT Mirror, the New Haven Independent and United Way of Greater New Haven

freelance journalist  
west and central africa
I created hard news reporting, radio, television and magazine features for publications and news wires including Voice of America, France 24, Prospect Magazine, etc. I provided timely news and in-depth reporting for humanitarians in West Africa through the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN). I researched, interviewed, wrote and edited articles; took and edited photos; recorded, edited, collected and voiced sound for story production and more. 

human rights watch   dakar, senegal
Research Assistant, 2005- 2006                                                                                                                    
I assisted in research, writing and interviewing of victims to publish reports of human rights abuses in West Africa while providing logistical, technical and administrative support to the West Africa Director and office. 


yale university Master of Arts in Religion; African Studies - 2008-2010
university of minnesota Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication and International Relations - 2005

activities and awards 

women's march on washington   Academic Outreach Coordinator, 2017
artspace    Board member, 2014
the new haven arts council   Board member, 2014
business new haven  Rising Star, 2013
the ninevites   Co-Founder, 2012-present
beluma arts   Co-Founder, 2010
yale journalism scholar  2010
new haven alliance for congo Founder and Director, 2008-2010  


English: Native, French: Advanced proficiency, Swahili: Basic

tech and digital media  
Comfortable with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Audition, and Audacity. Adept with computers including graphic and website design and development (Squarespace); and sound, photography and basic film editing. Experience with digital photography and sound recording and editing.

Canon 5D Mark II body with accompanying 35 and 55mm and zoom lenses.
Marantz Professional Audio Recorder with Electro-Voice Microphone.