Berry Liberman our publisher and editor, drives our passion and purpose.
Berry loves the garden at work. Especially the roses. Seriously, how beautiful are garden roses? Just saying…
While she’s not immersed in the heady scent of old fashioned flowers, she’s the Creative Director of Small Giants, the Publisher of Dumbo Feather, a director of the Melbourne Festival and a mum to the three cutest kids in the world.
A few years back, Berry used to write screenplays in LA and directed a few short films but decided to come home and get married to Danny (CEO extraordinaire of Small Giants). Very good decision.
Livia Albeck-Ripka our deputy editor, makes our words sing.
Livia Albeck-Ripka has a long surname. Writing it over and over again as a child probably helped her literacy skills, but it didn’t improve her handwriting.
In the office, Livia’s notorious for her terrible two fingered typing, and a tendency to repeatedly backspace. Still, she comes up with some pretty good stuff.
Having studied philosophy and creative writing, written for Broadsheet Melbourne, The Bureau Magazine Meanjin and The Australian Jewish News, Livia’s a bit of an all rounder with a passion for food, the wild, and making sense of the world with those odd little things we call sentences.
Michelle Tennant our advertising manager, brings in the bucks.
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If you’re wondering who to talk to about advertising in Dumbo, you can talk to Mich. Mich is as passionate about forming authentic business relationships for Dumbo Feather, and watching her favourite magazine grow, as she is about skateboarding down this sweet pedestrian ramp on the St Kilda foreshore.
Before joining the Dumbo team, Mich was raised in Woodend back when the women wore denim overalls – prior to the boutique-shop boom.
Scouted as an excellent communicator, lover of publishing and super ‘star’ of the Small Giants soccer team. Little did they know Mich is no good at soccer. Lucky she’s good at other things. Like board sports and making people laugh.
Vicki Likoudis our general manager, shifts our shape.
Vicki Likoudis is our shape shifter. She helps move Dumbo forward and shifts it in various ways so that all people who love Dumbo are able to read Dumbo.
Our shape shifter loves shifting the shape of projects she’s passionate about and shaping the shift in people with passion.
(now, try saying that fast three times)
Madeline Lucas our community manager, bosses us around.
Madeline Lucas runs the office and pretty much everyone at work. She has a few secret lives, one as a singer, one as a Cinema and Literature Honours student, but when she’s not living in them, she’s making sure that things are getting done in the land of Small Giants. Madeline does a bit of everything, from looking after our lovely Dumberino subscribers, organizing the Dumbo Feather issue launches, and making sure there are enough coffee pods in the cupboard to get us through. Without her, we at Dumbo are like lost little elephants.
She also makes the best scones, and that’s why we think she’s great.
Danny Almagor our CEO, leads us to greater things.
Danny is the ultimate entrepreneur, which means he is great at ideas and big picture stuff but don’t expect him to be the finisher – that’s why the rest of us are here.
He is the founder of Engineers Without Borders Australia (and was CEO for 8 years), started a company called Medivax (which he sold a few years back) and is now the fearless leader of Small Giants – Dumbo Feather’s parent company – which he started with Berry, who also happens to be the mother of his three children, the creative director of all things Small Giants and “the most awesome person in the world” (Danny’s words).
Danny is also the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT university and sits on a few non-profit boards. And to answer the question most people ask; no, he doesn’t sleep much.
Personality type: ENFP
Kaj Lofgren our chief operations guy, keeps the peace.
Kaj (pronounced Kai) is the Chief of Staff at the Small Giants group of companies. Small Giants partners with businesses (including Dumbo Feather) that are shifting us to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. Some people call this type of business social enterprise. We just think it makes sense.
Kaj works closely with the Dumbo team on operational strategy and making Dumbo into an even more incredible magazine, with a larger reach. Prior to this dream job, Kaj had a number of other dream jobs over four years with Engineers Without Borders and Engineers Australia.
Simon Matthee our chief finance guy, balances our chequebook.
The Chief Finance Guy at Small Giants and Dumbo, Simon lives and breathes small business finance. Coming from owning his own cafe (in ACCA) for many years, Simon was the Chief Finance Guy at Engineers Without Borders with Danny and Kaj before joining Small Giants where he is responsible for the chequebooks of all the little giants.
His other roles at Small Giants include: resident beekeeper, cake baker and table tennis enthusiast. When not in the office Simon can be found in Bunnings with Adam (the Chief Law Guy at Small Giants) looking for manly projects to fill their free time.
B1 & B2 live on our roof.
So far the honey Bees are quite enjoying their St Kilda residency at Dumbo HQ. Their agent (the Rooftop Honey guys) seems comfortable with the terms of their stay – which is approximately 20kg’s of honey at their leisure. We’re still trying to open trade for a few jars of Alphington Honey – we live in hope.
The White House is where we live.
Ok, ok, we know she’s beautiful. And yes, we do get to live here. Lucky us.
But she wasn’t always this way.
Touted as the second oldest building in St Kilda, this behemoth beauty received a lot of love and affection from the people at Small Giants to look this good – like a phoenix rising from some ‘questionable aesthetic’ ashes of yore.
She’s now known affectionately to us as ‘The White House’. In keeping, we’re pretty sure we know who plays the roles of Jed and Abbey around here but as for all the others, well, that’s up for grabs.
Small Giants are our workmates.
Like Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, Small Giants have made it their mission to take on the big guys from the ground up.
A collective of thinkers, doers and makers, it’s not so much about activism but more an agenda concerned with implementing change in the existing business model across a variety of different industries.
Their core values lie in being socially aware, environmentally conscious and ethically sound in every decision made – no matter how big or small – and in leading by example rather than waiting for the world to change itself. Think integration not separation.
We think what they do is pretty cool.