CEO, Telekom Austria Group, Vienna, Austria
Hannes Ametsreiter was born in Salzburg and studied journalism and communications at the University of Salzburg. After completing his doctorate, he continued his academic education with an MBA at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He began his professional career as an international brand manager with Procter & Gamble. In 1996, he switched to the telecommunications sector, working in product management for mobilkom austria AG. He was named department manager two years later, and was promoted to marketing manager in 2000. From July 2005 to June 2006, he was Chief Marketing Officer of Mobiltel, a member of the mobilkom austria group, in Bulgaria. Ametsreiter was named CMO of Telekom Austria TA AG, the Fixed Net segment of the Telekom Austria Group, in July 2007. He was named Chief Executive Officer of Telekom Austria TA AG in January 2009. On 1 April 2009, Ametsreiter was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Telekom Austria Group and CEO of mobilkom austria AG. He also remains CEO of the Fixed Net segment.
Chairman, A24 Media, Nairobi, Kenya
Salim Amin is chairman of A24 Media, CEO of Camerapix, and founder and chairman of the Mohamed Amin Foundation. A24 is Africa’s first online delivery site for material from African journalists, broadcasters and NGOs. Camerapix, launched from a small shop in Dar es Salaam in 1963 by Amin’s late father, the renowned photojournalist Mohamed Amin, has grown into a modern media company with headquarters in Nairobi and an office in London. Camerapix offers its clients a wide array of media services, including television production, publishing, and photography. Trained as a journalist in the UK and Canada, Salim Amin has also worked as an executive producer and presenter. His documentary, “Mo & Me”, chronicles the life of his father, Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim. Released in March 2006, the film has won several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary (Feature) at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. In January 2007, Salim Amin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Anchor and Correspondent, CNN International, Atlanta, USA
Errol Barnett hosts “iReport for CNN”, CNNI’s monthly show that reveals the most compelling videos, pictures and stories generated by CNN’s iReporters from all over the world. He also regularly anchors weekend editions of “World Report”. Since joining the network in 2008, Barnett has been integral in incorporating social media into CNN’s reporting of many breaking news events, including the aftermath of the Iran elections, the terrorist bombings in Jakarta, and the Israeli offensive in Gaza in early 2009. His career in journalism began in 2001, at the age of 18, when Channel One News, a news program broadcast via satellite to high schools across the United States, made him their youngest anchor/reporter. He has also worked for ReelzChannel, where he interviewed U.S. celebrities and covered film festivals and movie premieres. Born in Milton Keynes, England, Barnett received a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008.
Executive Director, Telegraph Media Group, London, UK
Guy Black has been Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group, a London-based multi-media news publisher (The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph) since 2005. From 2003-05, he was Press Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Michael Howard, and Director of Communications for the Conservative Party. From 1996-2003, he was Director of the Press Complaints Commission, an independent self-regulatory body which deals with complaints about the editorial content of newspapers and magazines (and their websites). Educated at Brentwood School, Essex, and Peterhouse, Cambridge, his first political job was in the Conservative Research Department from 1986-89, which he left to become Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy (Lord Wakeham) from 1989-92. After the 1992 election, he spent four years in public affairs, working for Lowe Bell Good Relations and Westminster Strategy.
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Alison Bethel McKenzie
Interim Director, International Press Institute, Vienna, Austria
Alison Bethel McKenzie has over 20 years of experience in journalism as a reporter, bureau chief, editor, and trainer. From 1995-2000, she was senior assistant city editor at the Boston Globe, supervising a reporting staff that covered City Hall, urban affairs and transportation. In 2000, she joined the Detroit News as features editor, and then became the paper’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief from 2001-06, overseeing coverage of the White House. She joined the Legal Times in Washington, D.C. in 2006 as executive editor, and the Nassau Guardian, in the Bahamas, in 2007 as managing editor. Before joining the International Press Institute, she spent a year in Accra, Ghana, for the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists, as a Knight International Journalism Fellow, helping Ghanaian journalists improve their reporting skills in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election.
Founder & Chief Executive, NN24, Lagos, Nigeria
Born in Bwari, Nigeria, Anthony Dara is a TV broadcast engineer by training. He studied at Kaduna Polytechnic and De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (B.Sc. in broadcast technology). He has worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), ITV Central and Bloomberg TV in the UK, and Snell and Wilcox Ltd, a leading global TV broadcast equipment manufacturer. He founded NN24 (Network News 24), Nigeria’s first 24-hour news channel, in 2008.
Joseph Guyler C. Delva
Secretary-General, SOS Journalistes; Correspondent, Reuters and BBC, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Guy Delva began his career in journalism in 1985 and currently reports for Reuters, the BBC, and several Haitian media outlets. He is the secretary-general of SOS Journalistes, a Haitian press freedom watchdog he founded in 2005, and president of an independent committee, comprised of eight journalists from different media outlets, which has been tasked with monitoring investigations into the cases of journalists murdered in Haiti since 2000, and with putting pressure on the political and judicial authorities to end the impunity surrounding these crimes. The committee, which was inaugurated in August 2007, is a joint initiative between SOS Journalistes and the Haitian presidency.
CEO, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna, Austria
Willibald Cernko was born in Knittelfeld, Styria, and studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). In 1985, he joined the Austrian bank, the Creditanstalt, where he worked in the Corporate Banking Division. In 2002, he was appointed Head of the CEE Division within Bank Austria Creditanstalt and, in 2003, was promoted to Management Board Member of Bank Austria Creditanstalt, responsible for various business divisions including Retail, Corporate and Private Banking. In 2006, he also became a member of the Management Board of Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG, with responsibility for the Retail Division. In 2008, he was named Head of UniCredit’s Retail Germany and Austria Division, with the group title of Executive Vice President. On 1 October 2009, Cernko was appointed Country Chairman Austria and Member of UniCredit’s Management Committee, with the title of Senior Executive Vice President. At the same time, he was also appointed CEO of UniCredit Bank Austria AG.
Strategic Partner Development Manager, Google, UK
Madhav Chinnappa joined Google in August 2010 to work on expanding Google News’s relations with publishers. Madhav has worked in the news industry since 1994 - first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and over 9 years at BBC News, most recently as Head of Business Development & Rights. At the BBC, Madhav was responsible for all main news agency agreements and also with distribution of BBC News content to digital platforms.
Anchor and Correspondent, CNN International, Atlanta, USA
Jim Clancy brings the experience of more than 30 years covering the world to every newscast on CNN International. His career includes reporting on the events that have shaped history over the last quarter century, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the siege of Beirut, the Rwanda Genocide, and the Iraq wars. From 1982-96, Clancy was a CNN international correspondent in the Beirut, Frankfurt, Rome and London bureaus. During this time, he won with the George Polk Award for his reporting on the genocide in Rwanda, the Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the war in Bosnia, and an Emmy Award for reporting on the famine and international intervention in Somalia. Clancy has taken viewers to places all over the world from Johannesburg, South Africa to Shanghai, China and Beirut, Lebanon, hosting several panels featuring some of the world’s most prominent figures. Based at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, he currently anchors “The Brief”, an executive summary of the most important international stories of the day.
Investigative Reporter, Rádio Expres; Blogger, SME.sk, Bratislava, Slovakia
A graduate from Comenius University (Department of Journalism) in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sergej Danilov has been a reporter for Rádio Expres since 2005, and a blogger on SME.sk since 2007. In his radio work and blog, danilov.blog.sme.sk, he has reported on racial extremism, football hooliganism, the Autonomous Nationalists and neo-Nazi movement in Slovakia, and alleged links between local representatives of Matica slovenská, the Slovak cultural and scientific institution, and right-wing extremists.
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Group Editor, English News, NDTV, New Delhi, India
Barkha Dutt is Group Editor, English News, at New Delhi Television (NDTV), a privately-owned news and current affairs channel. One of India's best known journalists and TV anchors, she has won over 30 national and international awards for journalism, including a Global Leader of Tomorrow award from the World Economic Forum, a Commonwealth Broadcasters’ award for “Journalist of the Year,” and an Asian Television Award for “Best Talk Show.” Dutt has reported on some of the most sensitive and troubled regions of Asia and has influenced public debate through her talk shows on many of the most compelling issues of Indian society. Her weekly talk show, “We The People,” recognised as the most popular programme of its kind in India, has won many awards for its ability to be an agent of change. Dutt is also the host of an award-winning daily prime time show, “The Buck Stops Here,” and writes a weekly column in The Hindustan Times. She studied at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York.
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Editor-at-Large, The Week Magazine (UK); former Editor, The Sunday Times; Author, New York, USA
Born in Manchester, Harold Evans began his career in journalism as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Lancashire at the age of 16. After completing his national service in the Royal Air Force, and studies at Durham University, he became an assistant editor of the Manchester Evening News and won a Harkness Fellowship in 1956-57 for travel and study in the United States. Upon his return from the U.S., he was appointed editor of the regional daily, The Northern Echo, where one of his campaigns resulted in a national programme for the detection of cervical cancer. During his 14-year tenure as editor of The Sunday Times, Evans was responsible for its crusading style of investigative reporting which brought to public attention many stories and scandals that were officially denied or ignored, including the plight of British Thalidomide victims. When Rupert Murdoch acquired Times Newspapers Limited in 1981, Evans was appointed editor of The Times. However, he left the paper after only a year, resigning over policy differences relating to editorial independence. In 1984, he moved to the United States, where he taught at Duke University. He was subsequently appointed editor-in-chief of The Atlantic Monthly Press and became editorial director of U.S. News & World Report. From 1990-97, he was president and publisher of Random House trade group, and editorial director and vice chairman of U.S. News & World Report, the New York Daily News, and The Atlantic Monthly from 1997 to January 2000, when he resigned to concentrate on writing. He is the author of “Good Times, Bad Times” (1984), “The American Century”, “They Made America” (2004), and “My Paper Chase” (2009). Evans became an American citizen in 1993, and lives in New York with his wife, journalist Tina Brown. He was knighted for services to journalism in 2004, and is one of IPI’s “World Press Freedom Heroes.”
General Manager, News and Knowledge, Future Media & Technology, BBC, London, UK
Phil Fearnley is responsible for the product delivery of News, Weather, Homepage, Nations, Local, Knowledge and World Service sites on web, mobile and IPTV for the BBC. Previously, he was Programme Director for the launch of BBC iPlayer and then Controller, Vision & Online Media Group, the later responsibilities including design and delivery of all of BBC Vision’s products and programme sites. He also had operational responsibility for the teams responsible for the underlying technologies that powered delivery of the BBC homepage, iPlayer, Search and the social media products. Fearnley has an MBA from London Business School and is a serial entrepreneur, founding and running SmashedAtom (an interactive TV services company), iRights (a digital rights exploitation business), and Huge Entertainment (a digital consultancy).
Federal President of the Republic of Austria
Born in Graz, Styria, Heinz Fischer took office as President of Austria on 8 July 2004 and was re-elected for a second term on 25 April 2010. After receiving his Doctor of Law from the University of Vienna in 1961, he first pursued a judicial clerkship. From 1963-75, he was Secretary of the Socialist Group in the Austrian Parliament. He represented the Vienna constituency in the National Assembly from 1971–2004, and was Executive Chairman of the Socialist Group in Parliament from 1975-83. From 1979-2004, he was Vice-Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ). He was Federal Minister of Science and Research from 1983-87 and Chairman of the Social Democratic Group in the National Assembly from 1987-90. Fischer was President of the National Assembly from 1990-2002 (he was re-elected in 1994, 1996, and 1999) and Second President of the National Assembly from 2002-04. He was elected Federal President of the Republic of Austria on 25 April 2004.
Editor-in-Chief, Die Presse, Vienna, Austria
Michael Fleischhacker studied theology at the University of Graz before joining the Austrian regional newspaper, Kleine Zeitung, in 1990.
After serving in various positions, including deputy editor-in-chief, he joined the national newspaper, Der Standard, in 2000. In January 2002, he moved to Die Presse and was named editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper in September 2004.
Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard, Vienna, Austria
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid studied communications and media, as well as political science and history, at the University of Salzburg. From 1988-90, she freelanced for the regional weekly, Mühlviertler Rundschau, and has worked at the Austrian national daily newspaper, Der Standard, since 1990. She was the paper’s correspondent in Germany from 1993-98, and again from 1999-2005. She was the editor of the foreign politics department from 1998-99, EU correspondent in Brussels in 2005, and chief editor of the business news department in 2006. She was appointed editor-in-chief of Der Standard on 1 July 2007.
Editor-in-Chief, City Press, Johannesburg, South Africa
Ferial Haffajee took over the editorship of City Press, a national Sunday newspaper, in July 2009, after a five-year stint as editor of the Mail & Guardian, a leading weekly investigative newspaper. She became the first woman editor of a major South African newspaper in 2004 when she took over the editorship of the Johannesburg-based Mail & Guardian. Previously, she worked at the Financial Mail as senior editor responsible for political reporting and at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as a radio producer and television reporter. Haffajee sits on the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, and the Inter Press Service (IPS). A former chairperson of the South African National Editor's Forum, she is also a judge for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards.
Press Ombudsman, Dublin, Irelad
John Horgan began his journalistic career on the Evening Press in 1962 and subsequently worked as a staff journalist on the Catholic Herald and the Irish Times. He has been a frequent contributor to a wide range of print and electronic media in Ireland and abroad. He was a member of Seanad Eireann (the Irish Senate) from 1969-77, and subsequently served in Dail Eireann (the Irish parliament) from 1977-81 and in the European Parliament from 1981-83. He joined the staff of the School of Communications in Dublin City University (then the National Institute of Higher Education) in 1983 and was appointed Professor of Journalism in 1999. He has been a member of the Interim Radio Commission, the Commission on the Newspaper Industry, and the Forum on Broadcasting. The author of a number of books on Irish media, Horgan was appointed as Ireland’s first Press Ombudsman by the Press Council of Ireland in August 2007.
Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine, San Francisco, USA
Jeff Howe is a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covers the media and entertainment industry, among other subjects. In 2006, he published “The Rise of Crowdsourcing” in Wired. He has continued to cover the phenomenon in his blog, crowdsourcing.com, and published a book on the subject, “Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business”, for Crown Books in September 2008. Before coming to Wired, Howe was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at The Village Voice. In his 15 years as a journalist, he has travelled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications.
Managing Director, Media Frontiers; Deputy Director, International Media Support (IMS); Copenhagen, Denmark
Thomas Hughes has worked with media development and press freedom in countries affected by conflict, human rights repression, and democratisation worldwide for the past decade, currently as the IMS deputy director, as well as previously with the European Commission, OSCE, and United Nations. He is also managing director of the recently established “social purpose” company, Media Frontiers, which provides commercial advertising and online security services to web-based media with the goal of building their financial and operational sustainability. He has also previously worked in humanitarian emergencies in the Balkans with the United Nations and international NGOs. He has a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
President, Vienna Chamber of Commerce, Vienna, Austria
Brigitte Jank is a Viennese entrepreneur and real estate expert. In 2004, she was named chairwoman of the Vienna branch of the Union of Enterprises and elected as president of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2010, she stood for re-election and was confirmed by the electorate of the Viennese business community. Jank is also chairwoman of the university council of MODUL University Vienna and deputy chairwoman of the council of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Director, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Alex S. Jones is a journalist, author, and academic. In 2000, he became Director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also the Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy. In 1987, Jones was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his articles in The New York Times on the collapse of the Bingham family’s newspaper empire in Kentucky. From 1983-92, he covered the press for The New York Times, writing on a wide range of media issues. His most recent book, “Losing The News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy”, was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. From 1993-97, Jones was host of National Public Radio’s “On the Media”, a weekly talk show examining press issues. He was also the host and executive editor of the PBS programme, “Media Matters”. A graduate of Washington and Lee University in Virginia, Jones is a member of the fourth generation of a Tennessee newspaper family, and he remains active in the ownership and management of the family’s group of small dailies and non-dailies.
Chief Editor, Times Internet Ltd, India
Rajesh Kalra is Chief Editor and Editor/Innovations at Times Internet Ltd, the digital arm of The Times Group. With over 20 years of experience in electronic and print media, both as a journalist and an internet entrepreneur, he has worked in senior positions at Dataquest, The Times of India, Business Standard and Economic Times. As editor of Times Online, he was instrumental in launching the three major online innovations of the Group: The Times of India, Economic Times, and Indiatimes. Specialising in IT and telecommunications, he writes opinion pieces and blogs for several publications, including The Times of India and the Hindi news portal, NavBharat Times.
Miroslav Lajčák, Former High Representative and EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Miroslav Lajčák became the Foreign Minister of Slovakia on 26 January 2009. A career diplomat, he has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1988. His main expertise is in the Balkans, where he spent almost 10 years in different positions, including the High Representative and EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. As the Personal Envoy of the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, he helped organise and oversee the referendum on the independence of Montenegro. He was also Slovak Ambassador in Belgrade (for Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania) and Special Assistant of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Balkans, Eduard Kukan. A law graduate from Comenius University in Bratislava, he began his diplomatic career at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Czechoslovakia, was posted at the Embassy in Russia, and also served as the Slovak Ambassador to Tokyo. He was Director-General for Political Affairs from 2005-07.
Editor-in-Chief, APA – Austria Press Agency, Vienna, Austria
After studying law at the University of Vienna, Michael Lang began his career in journalism in 1985 as a freelance journalist for various Austrian media organisations. In 1988, he joined APA, Austria’s largest national news agency, and was named head of the general news department in 1994. In 1997, he was named deputy editor-in-chief of APA, responsible for the APA Audio project targeting the newly established private radio stations in Austria. In 2000, he set up the APA MultiMedia unit. From 2003-05, he was head of project management for the planning and construction of the new APA building, including the new APA newsroom. He was named APA editor-in-chief in 2005.
Investigative Reporter, Index.hu, Budapest, Hungary
Gábor Miklósi has been working for Index.hu, one of Hungary’s leading news websites, since 2008, covering domestic politics, social policy, ethnic and sexual minorities, refugees, human rights and civil liberties. He is currently covering the Hungarian radical right-wing party, Jobbik, during the 2010 parliamentary election campaign. Previously, he worked for the weekly Magyar Narancs (2003-08) and the monthly Manager Magazin (2006-07) as an investigative reporter. From 1997-2003, he was the international correspondent for the Budapest-based minority news agency, Roma Press Center, where he participated in shaping and realizing projects on media sensitization, minority reporting standards and minority coverage diversification in the Hungarian mainstream media.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Vienna, Austria
Dunja Mijatovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was appointed OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media on 11 March 2010. Based in Vienna and supported by an international staff of 15 people, the OSCE Representative observes media developments in all 56 OSCE participating States, providing early warning on violations of freedom of expression and promoting full compliance with OSCE press freedom commitments. Mijatovic is an expert in media law and regulation. In 1998, as one of the founders of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she helped to create a legal, regulatory and policy framework for the media in a complex post-war society. She was also involved in setting up a self-regulatory Press Council and the first Free Media Helpline in South East Europe. In 2007, she was elected Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies. She was the first non-EU Member State representative and the first woman to hold this post. Previously, she chaired the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists on freedom of expression and information in times of crisis.
Head, Entrepreneurial & International Programs, The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, USA
Bill Mitchell is leader of Entrepreneurial and International Programs at Poynter, and writes the NewsPay blog (www.poynter.org/NewsPay) focused on emerging economic models for news. Mitchell joined Poynter in 1999 and directed the Institute’s Web site for ten years. He has facilitated workshops on the topics of ethics, leadership and online publishing and led sessions in newsroom leadership in Poland, where he worked as a correspondent in the early 80’s, and in South Africa and Denmark. Before joining Poynter, Mitchell worked for the new media arm of Universal Press Syndicate (editor and director of development), the San Jose Mercury News (director of electronic publishing), Time Magazine (Detroit bureau chief) and the Detroit Free Press. He started at the Free Press as a reporter in 1972 and worked as city-county bureau chief, Washington correspondent, European correspondent, city editor, and assistant managing editor for projects.
Presenter, BBC, London, UK
Sarah Montague attended the University of Bristol and began her career in journalism in 1991 as a reporter/presenter with Channel Television in Guernsey and Jersey. She joined Reuters in 1994 to work on a daily business programme and Sky News in 1996 as a business presenter. She began her BBC career in 1997 as a presenter on BBC News 24, and has presented “Newsnight”, “Breakfast with Frost”, evening news bulletins on BBC One, and BBC World’s “HARDtalk”. She is currently a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme, the United Kingdom’s leading morning news and current affairs programme.
Managing Editor, Politico, Arlington, USA
Bill Nichols joined Politico, a political news outlet that distributes its content via the internet, newspaper, television and radio, after more than 20 years at USA Today. A native of Anchorage, Kentucky, he began his career in journalism at the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, and was on the staff when the paper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1983. Nichols came to Washington – and USA Today – in 1984, where he was a reporter, cover story editor, and national correspondent specialising in politics. In 1991, he began covering the presidential campaign of Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, an assignment that would take him to the White House press corps when Clinton won in November 1992. Nichols covered the White House until 1999, when he moved to the State Department, a post he kept until 2003, when he became a senior Washington correspondent.
News Presenter, Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar
Ghada Oueiss is a Lebanese journalist and has worked since April 2006 as a news presenter for Al Jazeera Arabic channel, the television network headquartered in Doha, Qatar. At Al Jazeera, she has presented all the main news programmes, including the morning, midday and evening news broadcasts. She also conducts political and other interviews inside and outside the main news formats. Before joining Al Jazeera, Oueiss worked for two years as a presenter and reporter at ANB TV, a Beirut-based regional news channel. From 2001-04, she was a presenter/reporter/news producer at New-TV in Lebanon. In 2000, she spent the year working as a reporter for Al-Afkar, a weekly Lebanese political magazine. Prior to that, she was a presenter and producer for Voice of Lebanon Radio. She holds a BA in Information and Communications from the Lebanese University in Beirut.
Director, Public Policy & Government Relations, Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Google Inc., London, UK
Prior to joining Google Inc., Susan Pointer spent six years as Director of European & EU Public Policy for the global on-line retailer, Amazon.com, based in Brussels and then London. Before entering the world of dot coms, she headed the Confederation of British Industry’s European Policy Unit in Brussels for four years, spent just under four years prior to that working as a Parliamentary Advisor in the European Parliament, and spent a year as a Researcher in the UK’s House of Commons. She has been with Google Inc. for just over two years, and is based in London.
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Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic
Iveta Radičová began her academic career studying sociology at the Comenius University in Bratislava, earning a PhD in 1981. After working as a sociologist at the Slovak Academy of Sciences from 1979-89, she pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Oxford. Upon her return to Slovakia, she founded the Social Policy Analysis Centre (S.P.A.C.E.) in Bratislava, and served as its executive director until 2005. From 2005-06, she served as Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family in the government of Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda. From 2006-09, she was a member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic on the party list of Dzurinda’s liberal-conservative Slovak Democratic and Christian Union-Democratic Party (SDKU-DS) and Deputy Chair of the Social Affairs and Housing Committee. In 2009, Radičová was selected as the SDKU-DS’s candidate in the 2009 presidential election. In the first round of the election, she came in second place to incumbent President Ivan Gašparovič, who failed to receive a majority of the vote. Radičová was defeated by Gašparovič in the second round of the election held on 4 April 2009. In early 2010, Radičová was selected as the SDKU-DS’s election leader for the 2010 parliamentary election. In the election on 12 June 2010, the SDKU-DS came in second behind the centre-left Smer party of Prime Minister Robert Fico. However, Fico’s coalition partners performed poorly, with the national conservative HZDS party failing to win any seats in parliament, and Radičová was installed as Slovakia’s first female prime minister on 8 July 2010, heading a four-party centre-right coalition government.
Solicitor, Finers Stephens Innocent LLP, London, UK
Jennifer Robinson graduated from the Australian National University with a double degree in Law and Asian Studies. After working for a judge and qualifying as a solicitor in Australia, she took up a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford. She graduated from Balliol College with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and an MPhil in Public International Law. Prior to joining Finers Stephens Innocent, she worked for several years with Geoffrey Robertson QC, leading counsel in media, criminal and human rights law. In 2009, Robinson joined the human rights, media and international litigation group at Finers Stephens Innocent. She specialises in media, defamation, human rights, Privy Council and international/cross-jurisdictional disputes.
CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, OMV, Vienna, Austria
Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer received his doctorate from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) and started to work at OMV, Austria's largest oil production and refining company, in 1976. In 1985, he joined OMV’s Planning and Controlling Department and in 1989 assumed responsibility for Strategic Development. After being appointed Head of Marketing in 1990, he joined the Executive Board in 1992, responsible for Finance and Chemicals. He remained on the Board until the beginning of 1997, when he became Deputy Minister of Finance. In January 2000, he rejoined the OMV Executive Board and was responsible for Finance until April 2002 and Gas until December 2006. He became CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board on 1 January 2002.
Patricia Santa Marina
Corporate Affairs Director, Grupo Infobae, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Patricia Santa Marina is Corporate Affairs Director of Grupo Infobae (since 2003), which is owned by the Argentine businessman and journalist Daniel Hadad and includes Canal 5 Noticias (C5N), a cable news channel, Infobae.com, a news website, and Radio 10. She is also Corporate Affairs Director of VI-DA Digital (since 2008), which belongs to the same group. Previously, she was Director of Public and Corporate Affairs at Canal 9, a privately-owned TV station based in Buenos Aires. Patricia Santa Marina studied political science at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina ‘Santa María de los Buenos Aires’ (1992-98) and political economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Executive Editor and Vice President, GlobalPost, Boston, USA
A longtime foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe, Charles M. Sennott served as its Middle East Bureau Chief based in Jerusalem from 1997-2001 and as Europe Bureau Chief based in London from 2001-05. He began his journalistic career as a contributor to National Public Radio and moved into print journalism, becoming a regional reporter for the Bergen Record in New Jersey, and later a special assignment reporter and a city editor for the New York Daily News. He joined The Boston Globe as an investigative reporter in 1994. Together with Philip S. Balboni, he founded GlobalPost, an online international news agency, in January 2009. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, GlobalPost’s declared mission is “to redefine international news for the digital age.” With over 65 correspondents in nearly 50 countries, the GlobalPost offers original daily reporting from every region of the world. Nearly 20 syndication partners, including newspapers, broadcasters and such influential websites as The Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and Reuters.com, have already reached agreements to use GlobalPost content – stories, videos and photo galleries – in print, on-air, or online.
Editor-in-Chief, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich, Switzerland
Markus Spillmann was named editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) and a member of the management board of the NZZ Media Group in April 2006. His appointment followed over a decade of service with the Swiss daily newspaper. From 1995-2001, he worked for the paper’s foreign news department, first at the news desk, then as a correspondent for international security policy, NATO, the United Nations, the Indian subcontinent, and the Balkans. In 2001, he was named head of the international section and deputy chief editor of the NZZ am Sonntag, a new publication launched by the NZZ AG in March 2002. Prior to joining the NZZ, Spillmann held positions as a part-time country risk analyst for UBS Switzerland, an assistant at the University of Zurich, and a domestic news editor for the Badener Tagblatt, a regional Swiss newspaper.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics (LSE), London, UK
Damian Tambini was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE, in September 2006. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research interests include media law and policy, and ethics and regulation in a changing media environment.
From 2002-06, he was Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University. Before that, he was at Nuffield College, Oxford (Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998), Humboldt University, Berlin (Lecturer, 1997), and the European University Institute, Florence (PhD, 1996). His publications include “Codifying Cyberspace: Communications Self-Regulation in the Age of Internet Convergence” (Tambini, Leonardi and Marsden, Routledge, 2008); “Privacy and the Media” (IPPR, 2003); “New News: Impartial Broadcasting in the Digital Age” (edited by Tambini and Cowling, IPPR, 2002); and “Cyberdemocracy” (edited by Tambimi, Bryan, and Tsagarousianou, Routledge, 1998).
Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of News, ZDF German Television, Mainz, Germany
Since 1 June 2007, Elmar Thevessen has been Deputy Editor-in-Chief/Deputy Director of the Main Editorial Office of ZDF German Television, as well as Head of the Editorial Division, “News and Current Affairs”. From 1987-93: Studies in Political Sciences, History and German Philology in Bonn (Magister Artium). From 1990-91: Studies in Foreign Policy and Journalism at American University, Washington, DC, and freelancer with Channel 5 Fox and the German Broadcasting Agency RUFA. From 1991-95, Thevessen was a freelancer with the ZDF domestic bureau, Bonn; editor/producer for “Bonn direct”, a weekly programme on current affairs; and a reporter for domestic and educational politics and national security matters. From 1995-2001, he was North America correspondent at ZDF’s bureau in Washington, from January 2001 to December 2002, reporter and editor at ZDF’s investigative programme, “Frontal21”, in Berlin, and from 2003-07, managing editor of ZDF’s Editorial Division, “News and Current Affairs.”
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Chair, Department of Journalism, College of Communication; Boston University, Boston, USA
Lou Ureneck has broad experience as a print and online journalist. He was the deputy managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, in charge of the newspaper’s front page and nightly news operation. Before joining the Inquirer, he was the editor and vice president of the Portland Press Herald (Maine), which, under his leadership, developed into one of the best medium-size newspapers in the country. A former editor-in-residence at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, his writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times and the Boston Globe. His work also includes the development of two websites that were named among the best in the country.
Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki, Finland
Janne Virkkunen studied at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Political Science, and at the Sanoma School of Journalism. He began his career in journalism in 1972 as a staff writer for domestic news, politics and parliament at the leading Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. In 1977, he became the daily’s assistant editor for politics and parliament and in 1985 its managing editor. From 1989-90, he was editor-in-chief (news). In 1991, he was appointed senior editor-in-chief of Helsingin Sanomat. Virkkunen served as chairman of the Association of Political Journalists in Finland from 1981-83, and has been a member of the Editorial Committee of the Finnish Newspaper Association since 1994. From 1999-2006, he was a member of the board of Sanoma Corporation. A member of IPI since 1989, he was named IPI chairman in June 2008.
Master of Ceremonies (MC)
Steve Chaid moved to Austria in 1992 after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Having worked as a newspaper reporter in Santa Barbara during his college years, he continued his journalism career as a radio news presenter for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). After earning an MBA from Webster University in Vienna, he further expanded his professional activities as a business news presenter for Germany’s international satellite broadcaster, Deutsche Welle TV. As a Vienna-based reporter, he has worked as a contributing editor for NPR, the BBC, and CNN. He also works with Austria’s leading media consultancy, IntoMedia, to help individuals prepare for radio and TV appearances.