Tarek Atia is the CEO and Founder of EMDP (Egypt Media Development Program), which offers professional development services to the Egyptian and regional media sector. EMDP is also the publisher of Mantiqti (My Neighborhood), Egypt’s first hyper local print newspaper covering downtown Cairo. For two decades, Atia has been a journalist, trainer and online innovator.
Lanre Arogundade is a widely travelled journalist with passion for press freedom. He is the Director of the International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos- Nigeria, He engages in research, training, editing and publishing in Nigeria, Liberia and Gambia. He is a member of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Freedom of Information Coalition.
Steven Gan is co-founder of Malaysiakini (Malaysia Now). Since it went live in 1999, Malaysiakini has become the country’s top political news website. Gan is recipient of New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award 2000. He is co-editor of Asian Cyberactivism (2004). Malaysiakini won the bronze prize at the Putra Brand Awards twice – in 2010 and 2014.
Lesia Ganzha journalist, Editor-in-Chief of the Editors’ Portal (www.redactor.in.ua). Author of investigations into Ukrainian media market and anti-corruption research in field of media. Member of the Ukrainian journalists’ movement “Stop censorship”. Writer for Telekritika (www.telekritika. ua), Zerkalo Nedeli (www.zn.ua), Ukrainskaya Pravda (www.pravda.com.ua) and others.
Sanela Hodžić has been involved in the numerous research projects tackling with issues such as labour relations, media freedom and economic and political pressures, hate speech, communication practices and e-governance at the level of local communities in Bosnia and Hercegovina, etc. (most of the reports available at: http://www.media.ba/ bs/o-mediacentru/publikacije). His report was produced within Mediacentar Sarajevo.
Suzanne Moll is a Danish media leader with over 25 years working as editor in chief and managing editor. She was a main driver in the launch of two national radio stations and in projects to reorganise newsrooms. She works internationally advising on media projects in Southern Africa, Myanmar, China, and the Middle East with coaching, broadcast, Newspapers and gender related discussions.
Elva Narcia is a Mexican journalist and a media development specialist with professional work experience in Norway, Spain, UK, Mexico, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. For 15 years she worked for the BBC World Service as a producer, foreign correspondent and journalism trainer. She is currently the Director General of Glifos Comunicaciones.
A.S. Panneerselvan is the Readers Editor of The Hindu, an independent internal news ombudsman with clear terms of reference. He is a regular columnist and a journalism teacher at the prestigious Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He has wide experience in print and television journalism and he headed the regional media development group Panos South Asia for ten years between 2004 and 2014.
Rich Peppiatt is a journalist and filmmaker who came to prominence after publicly resigning from the tabloid Daily Star in 2011, citing the newspaper’s Islamophobia. He subsequently gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards in the UK, toured a comedy show about his tabloid experiences and his first feature documentary, One Rogue Reporter, was released in December 2014.
Oleksii Pogorelov is General Director of the Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers. Head of the Editors’ portal. Co-author of several books on effective media and newsroom management. More than 15 years experience in managing and editing of the periodical media, more than eight years experience in managing professional publishers’ association.
Melinda Quintos de Jesus has worked as journalist in print and broadcast media, writing critically against the Marcos dictatorship in the 1980s. In 1989, she founded the Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR), developing programmes on press freedom protection, media ethics, and awards for journalism excellence.
Mohamed Abdel Rahman is an Egyptian journalist and media critic. He has worked as a producer for several news and talk shows on satellite channel ONTV, as well as the coordinator for the Egyptian Editors Association (EEA). He writes a daily column in Tahrir newspaper.
Ceren Sözeri is an Associate Professor and faculty member at the Communications Department of Galatasaray University. She received her Ph.D. from Marmara University in 2009. She has published on political economy of the media in Turkey, ethical issues, discrimination and hate speech in traditional and online media.