Confirmed speakers to date
CEO, Caribbean New Media Group, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Ken Ali has been the CEO of the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) since 2010. A state-run media company that operates the television station C TV and the radio station Talk City 91.1, CNMG is the successor company to the now defunct Trinidad and Tobago Television Company. Previously, Ali served as editor of the Trinidad Guardian and executive director of HCU Communications.
chairman, A24 Media; CEO, Camerapix, 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 “Mo” Amin, has grown into a modern media company with headquarters in Nairobi. 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, Amin has also worked as an executive producer and presenter. His documentary, “Mo & Me,” which chronicles the life of his father, won several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival.
managing director and editor-in-chief, Federation Media Group, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Clive Bacchus is the managing director/editor-in-chief of Federation Media Group, operators of the privately-owned WINN FM 98.9 and www.winnfm.com. He is an executive of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, president of the Media Workers Association of St. Kitts and Nevis, and a former managing editor of the St. Kitts-Nevis Observer newspaper. A Guyanese national, Bacchus is an experienced journalist who has worked as a stringer for the BBC's Caribbean Service, the Associated Press (AP), the Caribbean News Agency (CANA) and the Voice of America, among others.
Alison Bethel McKenzie
Executive Director, International Press Institute
Alison Bethel McKenzie has over 30 years of experience in journalism as a reporter, bureau chief, editor and media trainer. From 1995-2000, she was first deputy business editor and then senior assistant city editor in charge of City Hall and urban affairs at The Boston Globe. In 2000, she joined The Detroit News as features editor, then served as the paper’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief from 2001-2006. She joined the Legal Times in Washington, D.C. in 2006 as executive editor, and later the Nassau Guardian, in the Bahamas as managing director. Before joining IPI, 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. While in Ghana, she did a weekly radio programme on media issues and served as managing editor of Canoe lifestyle magazine. She has also worked at The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, Poughkeepsie Journal and the now´defunct State Times in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA). Bethel McKenzie has been IPI's executive director for just over two-and-a-half years, serving previously as deputy director.
director, new product strategies, The Seattle Times, USA
Ryan Blethen has worked as a reporter and editor in Washington state and Maine. A member of the fifth generation to own The Seattle Times, he joined the newspaper’s editorial page in 2005 as an associate editorial page editor. In 2009, he became editorial page editor. As editor, he wrote a regular column focusing on media, telecommunications and technology. On 1 January, he left the editorial page to become director/new product strategies of The Times, where he is responsible for crafting the newspaper’s digital strategy and creating new products to reach both existing and new readers. In addition, he oversees the Yakima Herald-Republic, a Times owned newspaper. Blethen is a graduate of Washington State University. He attended the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.
director, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Kingston, Jamaica
Kwame Boafo is the director of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean and representative to the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries. Born in Ghana, Boafo holds a PhD in mass communication media from Michigan State University, USA. He began his professional career as a lecturer in 1981 at the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana. From 1988-93, he was affiliated to the African Council for Communication Education, a regional NGO located at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In 1993, Boafo entered UNESCO as a population communication and research specialist in the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. From 2000-06, he worked as chief of the executive office in the Communication and Information Sector. In September 2006, he was named director of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean.
OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights named Colombian attorney Catalina Botero Marino as Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression in July 2008. Before assuming her current position, Botero worked as auxiliary magistrate in the Constitutional Court of Colombia for eight years. Previously, she held a number of posts, including director of the Consultancy for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the Social Foundation, adviser to the Colombia’s prosecutor general, and professor and researcher at the University of the Andes law school. The author of several books on freedom of expression, constitutional law and international criminal law, she received her law degree in 1988 from the University of the Andes.
editor, The Observatory, Columbia Journalism Review, Columbia University, New York, USA
Curtis Brainard has covered science, environment and medical news for the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) since 2006. In January 2008, he launched The Observatory, CJR's first full time department dedicated to critically analysing science coverage in the media as well as the opportunities and challenges facing science journalists today. Brainard has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, New York.
professor and head of journalism, City University; former managing editor, The Times, London, UK
George Brock became professor and head of Journalism at City University in September 2009. He began his reporting career at the Yorkshire Evening Press and The Observer, joining The Times in 1981. After starting at The Times as a feature writer, he became a features editor and, in 1984, op-ed page editor. He was foreign editor, Brussels bureau chief, European editor, managing editor, Saturday editor and most recently international editor in a 28-year career at the newspaper.
news editor, The Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica
Lovelette Brooks has been news editor at The Gleaner since 2005. She began her career in journalism in 1993 as a reporter for the Gleaner Company Ltd and edited Flair, a weekly women’s magazine. After working as executive manager of the Association for Women’s Organizations in Jamaica (1995-96) and as an environmental consultant for Environmental Solutions Ltd (1997-2000), she returned to journalism as a lifestyle editor at the Jamaica Observer from 2000-05.
associate editor, The Gleaner Company Ltd, Kingston, Jamaica
Byron Buckley is an associate editor at the Gleaner Company Ltd, a Kingston, Jamaica-based newspaper company, which publishes The Gleaner, the Sunday Gleaner, and the Star. A former president of the Press Association of Jamaica and press secretary to the prime minister, he is a managing partner of Buckley Communications, and has held several positions in media and communications during the past two decades, including associate editor, the Sunday Gleaner, public relations and marketing director, Northern Caribbean University, and communications consultant, Inter-American Development Bank.
head of news, Grenada Broadcasting Network, St. George's, Grenada
Odette Campbell began her career in journalism in 1987 as a reporter with the Grenada Informer. One year later, she joined the broadcast media as a reporter with the government owned Radio Grenada, moving up through the ranks to become director of news and current affairs at the Grenada Broadcasting Network in 2000. Currently news and current affairs manager at the Grenada Broadcasting Network, Campbell has played a pivotal role in the development and execution of a public education strategy for the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) in the post-Hurricane Ivan period.
editor-in-chief, El Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela
Cenovia Casas is editor-in-chief of the Caracas-based publishing company, El Nacional. She is responsible for its daily national newspaper, El Nacional, the newspaper’s website, and two magazines. Casas has a degree in journalism from Andrés Bello Catholic University and an MA in political science from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. In the United States, she worked as a foreign correspondent for the Venezuelan news agency, Venpres, during the early 1980s. Before being appointed editor-in-chief of El Nacional, Casas served as the newspaper’s managing editor, international editor and political editor. Casas has also held diplomatic positions, including press affairs counselor at the Venezuelan Mission to the Organization of American States, and taught journalism and political communication at Monteávila University and Andrés Bello Catholic University, both in Caracas.
Caribbean correspondent, Miami Herald, Miami, USA
Born in the English-speaking Turks and Caicos Islands of Haitian and British West Indian parentage, Jacqueline Charles is an award-winning foreign correspondent for The Miami Herald with responsibility for Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean. She began her journalism career at the Herald as a high school intern and was hired immediately after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The first to tell the world that Haitian President Rene Preval had survived the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, she spent 15 months living in Haiti chronicling the country’s struggle from earthquake devastation, cholera tragedy, electoral chaos and presidential rebuilding.
Anchor and Correspondent, CNN International, Atlanta, USA
Jim Clancy has covered the world for CNN International for more than three decades. 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 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. 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. An IPI member, during the Amman World Congress, he will serve as IPI's Chief Moderator.
founding director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism; Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, USA
Sheila Coronel began her journalism career in 1982, when she joined the staff of the weekly magazine, Philippine Panorama. She later joined The Manila Times as a political reporter, and also wrote special reports for The Manila Chronicle. As a stringer for The New York Times and The Guardian (UK), she covered seven attempted coups d'etat against the Aquino government. In 1989, Coronel co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to promote investigative reporting. The PCIJ trains journalists in investigative skills, and has provided an environment for in-depth, groundbreaking reporting. Under Coronel's leadership, the Center became the premier investigative reporting institution in the Philippines and Asia.
principal correspondent, Doordarshan News, New Delhi, India
Poonam Dabas is a veteran journalist with over 30 years of experience in both the print and the broadcast media. She is the senior correspondent for the state-owned TV news channel, Doordarshan News, serving the national broadcaster for the past 23 years. She also freelances for the Hindustan Times, among other publications. Dabas began her journalism career with the English-language daily, The Statesman, and worked for India’s largest news agency, the Press Trust of India, before joining “DD News.” She also has extensive teaching and training experience, working with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, among others.
founder and 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), and 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.
chairman of IPI; former director of legal affairs, ZDF - German Television, Mainz, Germany
Carl-Eugen Eberle was director of legal affairs at the German public service television broadcaster, ZDF, from 1990-2011. He studied law at Freiburg and Munich universities, and earned his doctorate at the University of Regensburg in 1976. In 1974, he joined the University of Konstanz, where he completed his postdoctoral lecture qualification in public law and administrative sciences in 1982. From 1984-90, he was professor of public law and administrative sciences at the University of Hamburg. From 1988-90, he was also the managing director of the Institute for Administrative Sciences at the University of Hamburg.
executive director, Earth Journalism Network, Internews, Washington, DC, USA
A journalist who has primarily focused on environmental issues in developing countries, James Fahn is executive director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and global director of environmental programs. He writes a monthly “Earth Journalism” column for the Columbia Journalism Review, and has also written for Newsweek, The New York Times and The Economist, among other publications. He previously worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development. During the 1990s, Fahn was based in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily. His book, “A Land on Fire” (2003), recounts the issues and scandals he uncovered while working on the environmental beat in Southeast Asia.
Knight International Journalism Fellow; journalist, O Eco, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gustavo Faleiros is a former editor of O Eco online (www.oeco.com.br), a Brazilian environmental news agency. Previously, he worked as environment correspondent for Valor Econômico, the largest financial newspaper in Brazil. Born in São Paulo, Faleiros graduated in journalism studies at the Catholic University of São Paulo and has a master’s degree in environment, politics and globalization from King’s College London. He is currently a Knight International Journalism Fellow, and continues to write for O Eco.
head, haqqin.az; chairman, Public Union for Human Rights, Baku, Azerbaijan
The former editor-in-chief and founder of the Russian-language weekly Realny Azerbaijan and the Azeri-language daily Gundalik Azarbaycan, Eynulla Fatullayev is currently chairman of the NGO, Public Union for Human Rights, and head of the internet portal, haqqin.az. In 2007, he was imprisoned for convictions based on alleged violations of the anti-terrorism law after he reported on the potential ramifications of Azerbaijan’s support for the United States. Following his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, he was sentenced to additional prison time after authorities claimed they found heroin in his prison cell. He was released under a presidential pardon on 26 May 2011 following advocacy on his behalf by IPI and others.
President, Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers, Trinidad and Tobago
Wesley Gibbings is the president of the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers, a network made up of journalists, media workers and media associations across the Caribbean basin. Gibbings' background in journalism spans 20 years and includes covering Caribbean public affairs and press freedom activism. Numerous papers on Caribbean media and contributions to several books are included in his publications, as well as editorial management of many technical books and journals, including the "Elections Handbook for Caribbean Journalists" (2009).
senior writer/science news, Chunichi Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan
formerly a research and development engineer of heavy duty diesel engines, Hajime Hikino currently works as senior writer (science news) for the Chunichi Shimbun. He has worked as a reporter for the Tokyo Shimbun and Chunichi Shimbun newspapers since 1986, and was in charge of the coverage of such incidents as the Great Hanshin Earthquake that killed 6,434 people in 1995, the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, and events surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, in particular the subsequent anthrax attacks. Since 2009, Hikino has served as the secretary general of the Japanese Association of Science & Technology Journalists.
director, Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
A former Caribbean correspondent for The Financial Times (UK), Canute. James was appointed director of the University of the West Indies’ Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) in 2009 after serving as acting director from January 2008 to July 2009. He is a past president of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) and a former editor of the now defunct Jamaica Daily News. He also worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a radio reporter, presenter and producer. James is a recipient of the 1995 Maria Moors Cabot Prize for Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York.
CEO, Government Information Services; former host, "Morning Edition," TV6, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Andy Johnson attended York University in Toronto, Canada, studying Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His first job as a journalist was in 1972 at MOKO, a now defunct political weekly newspaper. The founding president of the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT), he has held various positions in the print and electronic media, including head of news and current affairs at Power 102fm Radio, editor at the Trinidad Guardian Newspaper, and director of programming; current affairs director; and head of news and current affairs at the Trinidad Broadcasting Company. In 2003, he became the regular host of the CCN TV6 programme, "Morning Edition." Johnson was appointed CEO of the Government Information Services Limited (GIS) in 2010.
head of investigative unit, Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar
Ahmad Ibrahim heads the investigative unit of the Doha, Qatar-based Al Jazeera network. Launched in 2010, Al Jazeera’s investigative unit produces its own investigations, but also commissions stories from external sources. Ibrahim also runs Al Jazeera Arabic’s Syria desk, and is responsible for the channel’s coverage of the Syrian revolution and its network of citizen journalists inside Syria. A British citizen of Syrian origin, he joined Al Jazeera in 2002. Prior to his current position, he worked as senior producer at Al Jazeera English, where he was responsible for producing numerous films and investigative documentaries, including the award-winning “Prisoner 345”.
investigative journalist, Global Center for Investigative Journalism, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
David Kaplan is an investigative journalist and media consultant based in Washington, D.C. From 2008-11, he served as director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, an award-winning network of 100 reporters in 50 countries. Until 2007, he worked as chief investigative correspondent for the Washington-based U.S. News & World Report, where he wrote the magazine’s popular Bad Guys blog. Kaplan has reported from two dozen countries and his stories have won or shared more than 20 awards. A four-time winner of the coveted Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, he serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime and is an editor at large for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
deputy CEO and executive director of communications and public affairs, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Paris, France
Larry Kilman is deputy CEO and executive director of communications and public affairs of WAN-IFRA, a global organisation representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and 3,000 companies in over 120 countries. With WAN-IFRA and its precursor, the World Association of Newspapers, since 1998, he has had a privileged position from which to witness the evolving newspaper business. Before that, he had a long career in the news business on three continents, notably with the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse.
online editor, Trinidad Express, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Kwame Laurence is online editor at the Trinidad Express, responsible for overseeing the newspaper’s online product. He took up the post in 2010, introducing new elements to the paper’s website in a successful bid to keep trinidadexpress.com ahead of the competition. Kwame began his career in journalism in 1991 with the Trinidad Broadcasting Company (TBC), working as a reporter and sportscaster. He moved to the Trinidad Guardian in 1995 and the Trinidad Express in January 1996. From 2005, he worked as a sports anchor/reporter for CCN TV6 while continuing to work fulltime as a writer/assistant sports editor. In December 2011, he was named SOSA (Spirit of Sport Awards) Journalist of the Year (print).
press freedom coordinator, Institute for Press and Society (IPYS), Lima, Peru
Adriana León Cantella is press freedom coordinator at the Lima, Peru-based Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (Institute for Press and Society). She is also head of press and communications at IPYS, overseeing investigations for INFOS, IPYS’s investigative journalism website. An experienced journalist, she has covered politics for several newspapers in Peru, including Expreso and La República. Since 2005, she has also worked as a stringer for The Los Angeles Times.
founder and director, LaSillaVacia.com, Bogota, Colombia
Juanita León graduated from the University of the Andes school of law in Colombia before moving to New York to enter the M.S. program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked for the Wall Street Journal in New York, and the newspaper El Tiempo and Semana magazine in Colombia. She was editor-in-chief of semana.com and collaborated on the TV programmes “Tiempos difíciles” and “Regreso a la Esperanza.” León was one of the first journalists to reveal links between Colombian politicians and paramilitary groups. In 2006 she was awarded the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and was named a Nieman Fellow by Harvard University. León taught at New York University’s Graduate School of Journalism and worked as editor-in-chief of Flypmedia.com, an online news magazine based in New York, until June 2008. In 2009, she founded LaSillaVacía, a news website focused on Colombian politics.
editor & executive vice president, The Los Angeles Times, USA
As editor of the Los Angeles Times Media Group, Davan Maharaj oversees a daily newsgathering organization that includes the flagship Los Angeles Times, latimes.com, LA Times Magazine, Times Community News, and the Spanish-language Hoy and Fin de Semana newspapers. Before being named editor in December 2011, Maharaj, a 22-year veteran of The Times, had been managing editor, with oversight of the news departments. He has worked as a reporter, assistant foreign editor and deputy business editor. A native of Trinidad, he holds a political science degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s degree in law from Yale University.
president of the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Kiran Maharaj is currently president of the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association, having been re-elected to a second term in June 2011. She is the general manager and shareholder/director of Caribbean Lifestyle Communications, which comprises Music Radio 97, Ebony 104, Radio 90.5, Heartbeat 103.5, I.E.TV Channel 1, and VA Films. She began her career in media as a freelance journalist with local newspapers and magazines, and was a freelance correspondent for CNN World Report for two years. In addition, she has done on-air work as a radio presenter and producer. She also has experience in film production and screenwriting, and has worked as a line producer for feature films.
minister of information and communication, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria
Labaran Maku was appointed minister of state for information and communication in April 2010, and elevated to full minister of information and communication in December 2010. Prior to that, Maku served for four years as deputy governor of Nasarawa State (2003-07), commissioner of information, youth and sports (1999-2002), and commissioner of information and internal affairs (2002-03). Before joining the public service, Maku had been a senior manager with USAID-Nigeria’s democracy and governance program (1997-99). Previously, he had a successful career in journalism, working as a reporter for Standard Newspapers in Kano State, deputy editor-in-chief of Meridian Communications Ltd in Lagos, and political editor and member of the editorial board of Champion Newspapers Ltd, Lagos.
founder and editor-in-chief, Samoa Observer, Apia, Samoa
Savea Sano Malifa is the editor and publisher of the Samoa Observer, Samoa’s only independent daily newspaper. Since its founding in 1978, the Observer has repeatedly fallen afoul of the government for its exposés of government corruption. The paper has faced a number of lawsuits over the years, and government advertising was withdrawn in an attempt to silence the Observer’s critical reporting. Malifa, who is also a poet, playwright and novelist of renown, studied engineering in Wellington, New Zealand, but later changed to a career in journalism. He founded the Observer as a weekly in 1978 and started a second publication, the Sunday Samoan in 1987. Malifa was awarded the Pacific Islands News Association’s Freedom of Information Award in 1994. In 2000, he was named one of IPI’s World Press Freedom Heroes.
head, science news department, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), Vienna, Austria
Born in Bregenz, Austria, Günther Mayr studied mass media, journalism and political science at the University of Vienna. He has been chief editor for science news at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) since April 2007. Prior to that, he was producer of the ORF science programme “Modern Times” (1996-98), editor-in-chief of “Modern Times” (1998-2005) and editor-in-chief of the ORF science programme “Newton” (2006-07). Mayr began his journalism career in 1985 as a trainee with the Austrian newspaper, Kleine Zeitung, in Graz. From 1987-90, he worked as a freelancer for ORF Kärnten (ORF Carinthia). From 1990-92, he produced features for radio and TV for the ORF, Südwestrundfunk Baden-Baden, NDR und Deutschlandfunk. From 1991-93, he also worked as a freelancer and editor for the Austrian news magazine profil.
executive director, Centre for Law and Democracy, Halifax, Canada
Toby Mendel is the executive director of the Centre for Law and Democracy, a Halifax, Canada-based international human rights NGO that focuses on providing legal expertise regarding foundational rights for democracy, including the right to information and freedom of expression. Prior to that, he was for 12 years senior director for law at ARTICLE 19, an international NGO focusing on freedom of expression and information. He has provided expertise on these rights to a wide range of actors, including the World Bank, UN and other intergovernmental bodies, and governments and NGOs around the world. Before joining ARTICLE 19, he worked as a senior human rights consultant with Oxfam Canada and a human rights policy analyst at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
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, 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. As one of the founders of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she helped create a legal, regulatory and policy framework for the media. In 2007, she was elected chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies. Previously, she chaired the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists on freedom of expression and information in times of crisis.
Latin American and Caribbean editor, Associated Press, Mexico City, Mexico
As Latin America and Caribbean editor for the Associated Press in Mexico City, Marjorie Miller oversees about 100 reporters and editors and is responsible for coverage in a region stretching from the U.S. border in the north to Tierra del Fuego in South America, plus the Caribbean region from Trinidad to Bermuda. She also has oversight of AP’s global Spanish news service, including reporters, editors and translators working in Spanish inside the United States and across Latin America. From 2002-08, she was the foreign editor of the Times. Prior to serving as foreign editor, Miller worked as a Los Angeles Times correspondent for 17 years in Latin America, the Mideast and Europe. Before joining the Times as a staff writer for the San Diego County edition in 1983, she was a staff writer for the San Diego Union.
journalism consultant, Mertek Media Monitor;
editor, atlatszo.hu, Budapest, Hungary
Attila Mong worked for Hungarian Public Radio as host of the daily morning programme, “180 Minutes,” until May 2011. On 21 December 2010, he protested against Hungary’s controversial new media law by holding a minute of silence during his live programme. Subsequently, he was suspended from his post for four months before leaving the station for good. From 2000-10, Mong hosted a daily political talk show at Inforadio, Hungary’s only 24-hour private news radio station. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of the Hungarian business monthly Manager Magazin, and has worked for various print and broadcast outlets in Hungary. The holder of numerous investigative journalism prizes, he was a visiting research fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2011.
government relations and public affairs/Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Google, London, UK
Simon Morrison is responsible for Google's government relations and public affairs on issues related to copyright and IP in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also works with arts and journalism organisations in the region on projects aiming to increase online access to cultural works and business opportunities for copyright owners. He joined Google in 2007
founder and former CEO, SITA-Slovak News Agency, Slovakia
Pavol Múdry studied English and sports at Commenius University from 1968-73 and received a PhD in 1986. From 1975-91, he was a professor of economics at Bratislava University. In 1992, he worked as a correspondent for the Austrian Press Agency (APA) and Reuters in Bratislava and also freelanced for Slovak media. From 1992-95, he was deputy editor-in-chief of the News Agency of the Slovak Republic, TASR. In 1997, under difficult political and economic conditions, he founded SITA-Slovak News Agency, the only successful independent private news agency in the region, and was its first CEO. He retired in September 2010 and is now a media consultant in Slovakia. He has been a member of IPI since 1994, vice chairman of the IPI executive board for the past two years, a member of the board of the South East European Media Organisation (SEEMO) since 2007, and a member of the board of the Association of Private News Agencies (APNA) since 2005.
Julio E. Muñoz
executive director, Inter American Press Association, Miami, USA
Julio Muñoz has been an employee of the Miami, Florida-based Inter American Press Association (IAPA) since 1982, first as manager and later director of IAPA’s technical center, then as deputy executive director and finally executive director of IAPA since 1994. From 1969-82, he held a wide range of positions in the field of journalism. He was also a professor of journalism at the Catholic University of Chile in Concepción. Muñoz holds a PhD in mass communications from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Minnesota, and an MA in communications from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
partner, Gaisberg Consulting; former spokesperson, Austrian Mission to the United Nations; former spokesperson of the Austrian federal chancellor, Vienna, Austria
Verena Nowotny worked as a journalist for the Austrian magazines profil, Cash Flow and News from 1988-96 before becoming the spokesperson for the Austrian federal minister for economic affairs (1996-98). She was a crisis management consultant at Control Risks, in Berlin, from 2000-01, then spokesperson for European and foreign affairs for the Austrian federal chancellor (2001-06). From 2007 -08, she was head of the China office of the Austria Wirtschaftsservice, an federal development and financing bank, in Shanghai. From 2009-10, she was spokesperson for Austria’s non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council. Since 2010, she is a partner at Gaisberg Consulting, offering expertise in crisis communications, public affairs and inter-cultural communications.
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
In May 2010, Kamla Persad-Bissessar became the first woman to hold the office of prime minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. An attorney-at-law by profession, she entered the political arena in 1987. Representing the United National Congress, she took the Oath of Allegiance at a sitting of the Senate on November 1, 1994. Since 1995 she has been the Member of Parliament for Siparia, serving as attorney general, minister of legal affairs and minister of education between 1995 and 2001. On April 26, 2006, Persad-Bissessar was appointed leader of the opposition, the first woman to ever hold that position in Trinidad and Tobago. She was appointed leader of the opposition a second time on February 25, 2010. On May 26, 2010, two days after a victory at the polls, Persad-Bissessar created history yet again, becoming the first woman to hold the office of prime minister.
editor-in-chief, Stabroek News, Georgetown, Guyana
Anand Pesaud began his career in journalism in 1989 as a trainee reporter with the Stabroek News, a privately owned newspaper founded in Guyana in 1986. He became assistant editor of the newspaper in 1992 and editor in 1993. He has been editor-in-chief since 2008. Persaud holds a BSc in cellular biology from the University of Kansas.
columnist, The Guardian and The Observer; former editor, The Guardian, London, UK
Peter Preston is a columnist for The Guardian and The Observer, addressing a wide range of political, social and media-related issues. He was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and St John’s College, Oxford, where he edited the student paper, Cherwell. He joined The Guardian in 1963, and was its editor for 20 years, from 1975-95. He was a member of the Scott Trust, the company which owns Guardian Media Group, from 1979 to 2003, chairman of the Association of British Press Editors, and chairman of IPI from 1995-97.
writer, political commentator, and broadcaster; director of communications under British prime minister Tony Blair, London, UK
Lance Price studied philosophy, politics and economics at Hertford College, Oxford University. After university, he joined the BBC as a news trainee and worked there continuously from 1980-98. He worked for three years in Northern Ireland and was then a general news reporter, foreign affairs and defence correspondent, and finally a political correspondent based at Westminster. In 1998, he left journalism to become special adviser to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 2000, he became the Labour Party’s Director of Communications and helped plan and then run the 2001 general election campaign. Since 2001, he has been a freelance writer, broadcaster and commentator. He is the author of “The Spin Doctor’s Diary: Inside Number 10 with New Labour” (2005) and “Where Power Lies: Prime Ministers v The Media” (2010).
director, freedom of expression program, Association for Civil Rights (ADC), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Eleonora Rabinovich is a lawyer and a journalist. With a Fulbright/Antorchas scholarship, she pursued an MA in Latin American studies at New York University with a focus on politics and media. After graduation, she returned to Argentina and soon joined the Argentinean NGO, Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), where she is currently director of the freedom of expression program. Rabinovich is a member of the International Media Lawyers Association (IMLA) and teaches media law at the university level.
director, The Hindu, Chennai, India
Narasimhan Ravi is the director of The Hindu, India’s second-largest English-language daily newspaper. Headquartered at Chennai, The Hindu has a circulation of 1.4 million and became, in 1995, the first Indian newspaper to offer an online edition. Ravi was the newspaper’s editor from 1991-2003. Prior to that, he was an editorial writer, Washington correspondent and deputy editor. He is currently chairman of the India Chapter of IPI, and was chairman of the Press Trust of India, India’s largest news agency, until 2008. He has also served as a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India. Ravi was a visiting fellow at Harvard Law School in 2000 and a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 2004.
Javier Darío Restrepo
head, Fundacíon Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Bogota, Colombia
Javier Darío Restrepo is the head of the Fundacíon Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), a training centre for journalists created in 1994 by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. A veteran journalist with more than 50 years of experience, Restrepo has covered wars, chronicled major events and presented the daily news for Colombian TV. He continues to write columns for El Tiempo and El Colombiano. Renowned throughout Latin America as a teacher of journalism ethics, he has won numerous journalism awards.
George Maxwell Richards
president of Trinidad and Tobago
George Maxwell Richards took the oath of office as president on 17 March 2003 and was inaugurated for a second term in 2008. Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, he obtained a BSc and an MSc in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1955 and 1957, respectively, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1963. From 1957-65, he held a number of managerial posts at Shell Trinidad Ltd. and then joined the University of the West Indies as a senior lecturer in chemical engineering. In 1970, he was appointed professor of chemical engineering and lectured until 1985. He was appointed principal and pro vice-chancellor in 1985, and held this position until 1996.
David S. Rohde
investigative journalist and foreign affairs columnist, Thomson Reuters, USA
David Rohde is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning U.S. author and foreign affairs columnist for Thomson Reuters. He received his first Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for reports in the Christian Science Monitor exposing the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. Bosnian Serb police arrested Rohde in 1995 at the site of a mass grave he had discovered and detained him for 10 days. He was also part of a New York Times team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for its coverage of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan”. In 2008, members of the Taliban kidnapped Rohde and two Afghan colleagues who were conducting research in Afghanistan. Rohde and his colleagues managed to escape after more than seven months in captivity. Rohde began his career in 1990 as a production secretary for ABC News. He worked as a freelance reporter in the Baltic republics, Cuba and Syria before serving as a municipal reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He later covered national news for the Christian Science Monitor and joined The New York Times in 1996.
chief digital officer and advisor to the board, Grupo Ferré Rangel, Puerto Rico, USA
Fernando Samaniego is the chief digital officer of Grupo Ferré Rangel, the largest communications and media group in Puerto Rico. A former COO of publications, online & IT of the Arab Media Group (AMG), Dubai, UAE, he has over 15 years of experience on four continents transforming traditional media companies into new media market leaders and managing complex digital operations with massive traffic.
investigative reporter and columnist, Posta, Istanbul, Turkey
Nedim Sener, a reporter and columnist for the daily newspaper Posta, was detained on 3 March 2011 following a raid by security services targeting journalists and others connected with Oda TV. Authorities said the news website acted as the media wing for the so-called “Ergenekon plot,” in which secularists and ultra-nationalists allegedly planned to use terrorism to overthrow the government of Turkey’s ruling AK party. A court ordered Sener’s release in March 2012 following advocacy on his behalf by IPI and others, but the Oda TV trial continues. If convicted, Sener faces a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Prior to his detention, Sener was an investigative reporter for the daily Milliyet. In 2010, IPI named Sener its 56th World Press Freedom Hero.
Charles M. Sennott
executive editor and vice president, GlobalPost, Boston, USA
A longtime foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe, Charles Sennott served as its Middle East bureau chief from 1997-2001 and Europe bureau chief from 2001-05. He began his career in journalism 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 before joining the Globe 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 correspondents in some 50 countries, GlobalPost offers original daily reporting from every region of the world.
chairperson, Foundation for Investigative Journalism – Foundation 19/29; former editor-in-chief, Sovershenno Secretno, Moscow, Russia
Galina Sidorova is chair and co-founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism – Foundation 19/29 and vice chair of IPI’s executive board. She was the editor-in-chief of the independent investigative monthly, Sovershenno Secretno (Top Secret), from 2001-10. Sidorova graduated from the journalism faculty of the Moscow Institute for International Relations in 1978. She worked as a staff writer, correspondent and member of the editorial board of the news weekly Novoje Vremia (New Times) from 1978-91. From 1991-95, she served as political adviser to the foreign minister of Russia. From 1995-2000, she was an adviser with the general secretariat of the foreign ministry.
senior legal advisor/company secretary, The Gleaner Group of Companies, Kingston, Jamaica
Sheena P. Stubbs has been senior legal advisor of the Gleaner Group of Companies since 2008 and senior legal advisor and company secretary since October 2011. Previously, she was a tutor in public international law at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (1999-2003), deputy registrar of the Court of Appeal, Jamaica (2001-02), an associate in the litigation departure at DuunCox Attorneys- at-Law (2002-06), and legal adviser at the Gleaner Group (2006-08). She holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, and a legal education certificate from the Norman Manley Law School, Mona, Jamaica.
group chief executive officer, One Caribbean Media Limited (OCM), Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Dawn Thomas is currently the group CEO of One Caribbean Media Limited (OCM). Prior to her present appointment, she served for four years as the group CEO of Caribbean Communications Network Limited (CCN), a subsidiary of the OCM Group. Prior to her tenure with the OCM Group, she spent 15 years with the Neal and Massy Group and held the position of CEO of Tracmac Engineering Ltd. She currently serves on the board of directors of the OCM Group and IPI. She is also the chairman of the Caribbean News Agency (CANA) and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), Barbados.
Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)
Pansy Tlakula was appointed a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in July 2005, and currently holds the portfolio of Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa. She is also the chief electoral officer of the Electoral Commission of South Africa, a position she has held since February 2002. She was member of the South African Human Rights Commission for six years, prior to joining the Electoral Commission. From 1997-2003, Tlakula served as the chairperson of the Council of the University of the North-West. She holds a B. Proc degree from the University of the North, an LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLM degree from Harvard University. She is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa.
journalist, Proceso, Mexico City, Mexico
Marcela Turati is an award-winning journalist for the Mexico City-based magazine Proceso, where she has been covering the social effects of violence related to drug-dealing. She is a co-founder of the Mexican journalists network “Red de periodistas sociales, Periodistas de a Pie”, which promotes human rights in journalism, and author of “Fuego Cruzado: Las víctimas atrapadas en la guerra del narco,” about the impact of drug violence on Mexican society.
founder and editor-in-chief, 34 Multimedia Magazine, Minsk, Belarus
Iryna Vidanava is the founder and editor of the independent Belarusian youth publication, 34 Multimedia Magazine (www.34mag.net), the winner of IPI’s 2012 Free Media Pioneer Award. A recipient of a Muskie Fellowship, she received an MA in public policy in 2006 from the Institute of Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University in the United States. She is an author of numerous publications on new media, youth, civil society and public policy in Belarus, and was named one of the “World's Top Dissidents” by Foreign Policy magazine in 2010.
world editor, The Miami Herald, USA
John Yearwood, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, is world editor of The Miami Herald, a position he has held since 2003. Previously, he served as national/international editor and assistant city editor for government and politics with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Before joining the Star-Telegram in 1999, Yearwood spent two years in the Caribbean as founding publisher/editor of IBIS, a general lifestyle magazine. Prior to IBIS, he spent ten years at the Dallas Morning News, where he reported from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Yearwood was also a newsman for the Associated Press in Connecticut and Oklahoma, a national correspondent for Focus magazine and the news/public affairs director for WHUS Radio in Connecticut.
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