OurĀ Team


Elliot is Close-Up's director and chief ethnographer. He's also an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and co-founder of Film For Humanity.

Elliot Manches

Founder & Director

Saskia is a documentary-maker with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies.

Saskia Albers-Bello

Filmmaker & Ethnographer

Ben's an all-round filmmaker, who turned to ethnography after working at the BBC's Politics Show.

Ben Pollard

Filmmaker & Ethnographer

Stacy's worked in international development for over ten years, with clients such as the UN and World Bank.

Dr Stacy Hope

Social Anthropologist
Naomi Tsai

Naomi is a design strategist and researcher, with an MA in Design Engineering.

Naomi Tsai

Design Engineer
Fatoumata Jatta

Fatoumata is a practising clinical psychologist and has researched for the NHS, third sector & several academic institutes.

Dr Fatoumata Jatta

Clinical Psychologist

Rebeca's worked on residential, commercial and heritage buildings, and been Editorial Producer of Medio Informativo.

Rebeca Ramos

Architect & Urban Designer

Min has an MSc in Behavioural Science, and worked as product manager for tech start-ups and FTSE 350 companies.

Min FitzGerald

Behavioural Scientist & Product Manager