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Louise Umutoni is a Rwandan publisher, communications expert and writer. The University of Oxford alumnus is the founder of Huza Press, a ground-breaking Rwandan-based publishing press devoted to supporting African literary craftsmanship. The organization sells fiction, non-fiction and academic books in an effort to develop Rwanda's reading culture. Umutoni started her career as a journalist and worked for one of Canada’s largest newspapers, Ottawa Citizen. She also worked in the legal field before returning to Rwanda to create the country’s first women’s writing group, Andika Ma and eventually establishing Huza Press.
Freelance journalist based in Istanbul. Keeping an eye on Turkish politics.
I was born in 1987 in Bucharest. I studied Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Bucharest. For two years I worked in a psychotherapy practice, dealing with gambling addicts. I'm an independent reporter, writing and doing video reportages mostly about social and political issues.
Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Canberra. He has worked in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, as well as other universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.
I am an Australian freelance journalist focussing on conflicts, politics, and warzones around the world. I have been working as a journalist for over 5 years, having reported from Australia, Germany, China, Egypt, Palestine, and Ukraine. I am especially interested in the way that new technologies are being used in conflict zones in unexpected and often disturbing ways. During my time working as a journalist, I also co-founded open-source war reporting site Conflict News.
Melissa Hutsell is an award-winning freelance journalist with a deep rooted passion for both community and international journalism. She was born and raised in Northern California, and has lived, studied, worked, and traveled in more 20 different countries. Melissa holds a Masters degree in Global Journalism from City University London, as well as degrees in Journalism and Globalization from Humboldt State University. Though she covers various topics as both a writer and editor, she specializes in business and cannabis journalism.
Rosebell is a multimedia communications specialist and award-winning blogger with experience in gender, migration, peace and security. Currently works on public interest litigation for gender justice with focus on Latin America -Africa learning. Rosebell holds a Masters in media, peace and conflict studies from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Prague-based media development worker from Poland with a journalistic background. Previously worked on digital issues in Brussels. Piqs about digital issues, digital rights, data protection, new trends in journalism and other tech-focused topics.
My name is Kait Bolongaro and I am an award-winning journalist. My work has been published by Al-Jazeera English, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, VICE, Deutsche Welle and the Middle East Eye. I’ve covered politics, science, business, human rights and the environment from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
Laleh is a professor of Middle East politics at SOAS University of London. She has thus far lived 1/3 of her life in Iran; another 1/3 in the United States; and 1/3 in the United Kingdom. She works on the politics of the Arab world and is currently writing a book on maritime politics and ports in the Arabian Peninsula.
Danielle Batist is an experienced freelance journalist, founder of Journopreneur and co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Project. She lived and worked all around the globe and covered global and local stories of poverty, exclusion and injustice. Increasingly, she moved beyond ‘problem-reporting’ to include stories about the solutions she found. She witnessed the birth of the new nation of South Sudan and interviewed the Dalai Lama. She reported for Al Jazeera, BBC and the Guardian and regularly advises independent media organisations on innovation and sustainability. She loves bringing stories to the world and finding the appropriate platforms to do so. The transformation of traditional media fascinates rather than scares her. While both the medium and the message are changing, she believes the need for good storytelling remains.
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Emily Dische-Becker is a writer, filmmaker and producer, who lives in Berlin and Beirut. She has contributed to Harper’s Magazine, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, FAZ.net, The Towner, Block Magazine, among others, as well as TV and radio. She previously worked for the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture in Beirut. Emily is co-founder and managing director of Friendly Fire Films, and is currently co-directing her first feature documentary, about the soft bigotry of good intentions. She also co-produced "Street of Death" by Karam Ghossein, which won the Audi Short Film Prize at the Berlinale in February 2017.
Mo is a born-and-bred Capetonian who has spent much of his adult life in England, Holland and Germany. He has had the privilege of holding senior marketing and strategy roles in the financial services and consulting industry. Most recently, he looked after the global account of a premium German auto manufacturer at a multinational ad agency.
Bangalore-based Rashmi Vasudeva's journalism has appeared in many Indian and international publications over the past decade. A features writer with over nine years of experience heading a health and fitness supplement in a mainstream Indian newspaper, her niche areas include health, wellness, fitness, food and nutrition. Her articles have appeared in various publications including Mint-Wall Street Journal, Deccan Herald (mainstream South Indian newspaper), Smart Life (Health magazine from the Malayala Manorama Group of publications), YourStory.com (India's media technology platform for entrepreneurs), Avantika (a noir arts and theatre magazine), ZDF (a German public broadcasting company) and others. With a Masters in Globalisation and Media Studies from Europe, she has also dabbled in academics, travel writing and socio-cultural studies. Mother to a frisky toddler, she hums 'wheels on the bus' while working and blogs about her life and loves at www.rashmi-vasudeva.com
German economist with a sense of humor, not just relative to accountants. Chief economist at the London-based Centre for European Reform (CER), recently brexited to Berlin. Former fellow at The Economist, economics PhD at Stockholm University in Sweden. Christian covers European economics and integration and has, as a former Londoner, a pathological interest in the economics of real estate.
Luis BARRUETO is a journalist from Guatemala, currently working in trade policy at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA). Studied business and finance journalism at Aarhus University in Denmark and City University London.
Elvia Wilk is a writer and editor living in Berlin, covering art, architecture, urbanism, and emerging technologies. She contributes to publications like Frieze, Artforum, e-flux, die Zeit, the Architectural Review, and Metropolis. Currently she's a contributing editor at Rhizome and publications editor for transmediale festival for arts and digital culture.
Ciku Kimeria is a Kenyan author "Of goats and poisoned oranges" - (https://www.amazon.com/goats-poisoned-oranges-Ciku-Kimeria-ebook/dp/B00HBBWPI6), development consultant, adventurer and travel blogger (www.thekenyanexplorer.com). She writes both fiction and non-fiction focusing on African stories that need telling. She has worked on diverse pieces for various international and local publications including Quartz, Ozy, The East African etc. She has travelled to 45 countries – 16 of them in Africa. 153 countries to go and 63 territories!
"Of goats and poisoned oranges" has been extremely well received in Kenya and beyond. It tells the story of a Kenyan middle aged power couple and their complicated marriage. The novel explores issues of greed, revenge, betrayal and murder. It runs from the 1960s to 2013. It has been described as “Wicked, funny, poignant, wacky, human, a big ball of fun and danger”, “A unique and captivating book”, “Fun and intriguing”, “Impossible to put down once you start reading.”
She recently moved to Dakar, Senegal from Kenya to work on her second novel. She also works at as the Africa Communication Manager at a leading global strategy consulting firm.
She holds a B.S. in Management Science from MIT with minors in Urban Planning and International development studies.
I'm a freelance journalist, currently based in Madrid. I used to be a News Producer at CNBC in London before, but I thought a little bit more sun might do me good. Now I keep an eye on Spanish, Southern European and Global politics for a few interesting outlets home and abroad.
MSc. in pure Mathematics at Exeter University, UK
PhD in Philosophy at Tübingen University, Germany
Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, NJ, USA
Co-owner of a Fund Management firm in Munich, Germany
Wrote two books on finanace and economics
Currently working on a book on mathematics in the early 20th century
Erdem Arda Güneş is an Istanbul based journalist, covering Turkey and the region for eight years. He graduated from Ankara University’s Political Sciences Faculty, International Relations department. In the following four years he reported for the Hürriyet Daily News. He received journalism education at the Berkeley and Minnesota Universties in 2013. He still writes and does interviews for various national and international media outlets focusing on diplomacy, politics, arts.
Cristina is a Spanish journalist based in London, she holds master’s degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation at City University London and Aarhus University (Denmark). She currently works at the International Maritime Organization and collaborates with various publications such as El País, Huffington Post, Equal Times, eldiario.es, etc. You can follow her on Twitter: @belda_font
Co-founder of nethood.org
Daria Sukharchuk is a freelance journalist based in Berlin. She studied Chinese history and culture at Moscow State University, then got her MA from Erasmus Mundus Journalism program. She specializes in human rights, but is also a history nerd, and is happy to educate people about her "exotic" country.
Pamela works as a Programme Assistant for an international NGO (IWGIA) defending indigenous peoples' rights. She holds an Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism, Media & Globalisation from Hamburg and Aarhus University and an MA in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires. She will be putting the eye on international media coverage of indigenous communities and their demands.
German media and technology journalist. Founding editor of piqd. Most of his piqs are digging into the new digital public sphere. How is the web changing public opinion? Who defines what's relevant and what's not? How can we make sure relevant information still finds an audience? How could alternatives to Facebook, Twitter and other commercial social networks look like?
Frederik is director of the media innovation think tank vocer.org. He's teaching "digital journalism" at the Hamburg Media School.
Brussels-based communications specialist, originally from Barcelona with a journalistic background. Currently working as Communications Adviser (social media, content editor & press) for a European political party. Piqs mostly about European and EU politics and the interlink between media and politics.
Emran Feroz is an Afghan-Austrian journalist currently based in Stuttgart, Germany. He is regularly writing from Afghanistan, often focusing on the Middle East, Central Asia, drone warfare, refugee policies and human rights. Emran is writing in both German and English. His work has already appeared in international media outlets such as Al Jazeera, TeleSUR, Alternet, The Atlantic or the New York Times and in various German and Austrian news papers and magazines.
Eve lives in Atlanta, where she works as a journalist and professional skeptic. Even in her free time, she is skeptical of feminists who mansplain; environmentalists who are not, also, vegetarians; and reporters who are not skeptical of the state and its terminology. She saves all remaining skepticism for people who do not actively adore Beyoncé.
Works at REScoop.eu and WiseGRID.eu. Passionate about solutions that empower citizens in their fight for energy democracy. She will be curating an online discussion about the current energy transition, covering news on smart grid developments, new legal solutions supportive of citizen-owned renewable energy and much more.
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