Who we are

The Vanishing Worlds Foundation is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, registered in England (No. 7265872) and registered as a charity with the Charity Commission (No. 1137925).

The Foundation’s priority is the World Oral Literature Project. Dr Mark Turin, Director of the Vanishing Worlds Foundation, who has led the World Oral Literature Project, has a PhD in linguistic anthropology and over 15 years of fieldwork experience with remote indigenous communities in Asia.


Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey
Founder of the Chadwyck-Healey Publishing Group

Stefan Kosciuszko
Formerly a Schroders banker, Asia House CEO and Hinduja Group Chief of Staff

Professor Emeritus Alan Macfarlane, FBA
Anthropologist and Historian, Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge

Professor Emeritus Barry Supple, CBE, FBA
Historian and former Director of the Leverhulme Trust

Dr Gillian Tett
US managing editor and an assistant editor of the Financial Times

Steering committee

Charity Appell McNabb
Dr Laura Appell-Warren
Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey
Stefan Kosciuszko
Professor Alan Macfarlane

International Advisory Board of the World Oral Literature Project

There are 55 members of the Board and their names and affiliations are listed on the World Oral Literature Project website.

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