Monday, 04 November 2013 16:06

Speakers of 4M Tbilisi 2013 Forum

Published in 4M TBILISI 2013

Vusala Alibayli

Journalist (RFE/Radio Liberty) | Azerbaïdjan

Vusala Alibayli was born in Baku, in 1986. She got her bachaleor degree in Baku State University. She had studied master degree in Tbilisi, Georgia, in GIPA.
She started working as the journalist in 2005 in newspaper. She is reporter for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty for 8 years.
She is multimedia trainer at Baku Journalism School and she had tought multimedia course in Khazar Universty this year.


Prune Antoine

Freelance journalist France

Prune Antoine (32) is a French freelance reporter, based in Berlin.
She works on social and political issues. Her stories, both print and multimedia, featured through Eastern Europe, Russia, Balkans, Caucasus or Turkey have been published in Le Monde Magazine, Elle, Arte, Madame Figaro, Médiapart… amongst many others.
Prix Louise Weiss 2009, European Young Journalist Award 2010.

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Caucasus Regional Director, Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Georgia

Ten years working experience in international development.
Implemented and managed complex good governance, conflict resolution, media development and election-related projects in all South Caucasus Republics.
Lead the staff of various ethnic and religious backgrounds and manage diverse programmatic areas. Extensive regional networking. Fluent in Eng, Rus, Geo and intermediate in Turkish.

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Eric barrett 

Executive Director, JumpStart Georgia | Georgia

Eric hails from Houston, Texas.
He has a degree in Russian literature from Boston University.
In 2005 he moved to Tbilisi to study and found a home. Since then he has worked with the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Transparency International Georgia.
A strong advocate for open government and an open data hacktivist, he is a self-taught coder and dataist.


Levon Barseghyan 

Council Chairman, Journalists' Club "Asparez" NGO | Armenia

Since 2000 chairman of the Journalists’ Club “Asparez” in Gyumri, Armenia.
Founder of other intellectual, education, community development, environmental defense NGOs, and human rights’ defender; was involved in numerous advocacy initiatives for defending TV companies, drivers’ rights, anti-corruption and environmental issues.
Currently directing FOI implementation projects in Armenia.

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JOhan birn

Head of Eastern Europe & Central Asia desk, Reporters Without Borders | France

I graduated in International Relations at Paris Sorbonne university in 2007.
After working two years in the humanitarian field in Kyrgyzstan, I joined Reporters Without Borders in March 2011.


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CEO Raj Medias | France

An advertising executive at Havas and Publicis, Pierre Boucaud has also been in charge of new media at Lagardère.
Co-founder and president from 2005 to 2008 of the Marseille TV channel LCM.
He founded the Marseille news website Marsactu.fr in 2010.

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JONne catshoek

Director, Elva Community Engagement | Georgia

Jonne Catshoek is the Director of Elva, an open source platform that allows citizens to report issues of importance (election violations, security developments, etc) and address them in cooperation with decision makers. Prior to joining Elva, Jonne conducted extensive research and field work for conflict management and democracy support organisations in Western Europe and Africa.

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ANne dastakian

Grand Reporter, Marianne | France

Holds a Masterof Philosophyand ahigher diplomain Czech, I startedin journalismin 1987 in Moscow (NBC News, and Libération).
Back in Francein 1989, then lived in Prague (1990-95 Reuters and AFPcorresponding to Le monde and Libération).
I workedas a consultant (Bernard Brunhes Internationalbefore joining Marianne in 1997.

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Max delany

Caucasus Correspondrny, Agence France Presse | Georgia



suren deheryan

President, Journalists for the Future NGO | Armenia

Suren Deheryan is a president of Journalists for the Future.
He is a co-author and editor of "Access Zone or e-Armenia" book and "The Best in Net" online journalism guidebook.
Deheryan has 13 years of experience within the Armenia media scene as a reporter, manager, journalism and new media lecture and alternative media advocacy.
His research focuses on online and digital media in Armenia.

thomas dworzak

Thomas dworzak

Photographer, Magnum Photos | Georgia

Dworzak became a Magnum nominee in 2000 and a member in 2004.
The decade after 9/11 Dworzak extensively covered the ensuing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and it's impact on US politics.
This led to the book M*A*S*H* IRAQ.
He covered these and the main international news stories in Chechnya, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Lebanon, Haiti, Chad, C.A.R, Ethiopia and the revolutions in the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and stories from the Ukraine and Iran mainly for TIME Magazine and The New Yorker

sylvain estibal

sylvain estibal

Photo Editor in chief Europe-Africa, Agence France Presse | France

AFP, photo editor in chief Saouth America.
AFP, photo editor in chief Europe-Africa (since 2013).
Director (feature movie "When Pigs have Wings", 2011)

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tAmuna gabisonia

Senior Journalism Education Officer, IREX/G-MEDIA | Georgia

Tamuna Gabisonia is a Senior Journalism Education Officer at IREX’s Georgian Media Enhance Democracy, Informed citizenry and Accountability (G-MEDIA) program.
She has more than 12 years’ experience in education field and has worked for projects focusing on education reform in Georgia dealing with issues of education management, curriculum development and student support programs.


nigar hAcizade

Social Media Editor, Al Jazeera Azerbaijan

Nigar Hacizade has been a Community Manager/Social Media Editor with Al Jazeera Turk and recently Al Jazeera English.
At AJT, she is also tasked with news-gathering and producing for the Caucasus region. Previously she had worked at a foreign policy think tank in Istanbul, the UN Bureau of the Inter Press Service and the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York. She is from Baku, Azerbaijan.

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mathias huter

mathias huter

Senior Analyst, Transparency International | Georgia

Soon after arriving in Georgia in 2009 as a freelance journalist, Mathias joined TI Georgia and is currently heading efforts to help improve the independence, sustainability and professionalism of the Georgian media sector, including through research into the ownership and finances of media outlets.

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ElzA ketsbala

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), mentor / BBC media action | Georgia


ONNIk james krikorian

Journalist, Photojournalist, New Media consultant | UK

Onnik James Krikorian is a journalist, photographer and new media consultant from the United Kingdom based in the South Caucasus since 1998.
He was also the Caucasus Regional Editor for Global Voices until 2012 and currently writes and photographs for international media.
He also trains journalists and activists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia in new and social media. 


mathieu Maire du poset

Director of Projects and Communication, Ulule | France

A journalist by training, Mathieuworked onweb projectsfor over 10years.
He was notably responsible for web strategy Marianne magazine and deputy editor of the weekly siteeditorial web managerat Acteurs Publics and Editor-in-Chief from desirsdavenir.org.

samira mammadova

samira mammadova

Project manager, IWPR Azerbaijan

I was born in March 13, 1978 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Graduated from the Baku State University Faculty of Bibliography in 2000.
Since 1998, I was worked as a journalist in different media.
Since 2006 I have been working in IWPR Azerbaijan.
The last 2 years I have managed of the project “Strengthening Civil Society in Azerbaijan” - US DoS conducted by IWPR Azerbaijan.

samvel martirosyan

samuel Martirosyan

Director, iDitord Armenia

Samvel Martirosyan is a social media and information security expert.
Director at iDitord crowdsourcing project of elections monitoring.
Lecturer at Yerevan State University and Yerevan State Linguistic University.

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Ayman mhanna

 Executive Director, Samir Kassir Foundation | Lebanon

Ayman Mhanna is the executive director of the Samir Kassir Foundation and a strong advocate for free speech in the Middle East.
He also teaches Policy Development and Communications at the St-Joseph University in Beirut. He previously worked on political and civil society programs with the National Democratic Institute.
He is a member of the Democratic Renewal Movement's executive committee.

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emin mili

Director, Meydan TV | Azerbaïdjan

Emin Milli was imprisoned in 2009 for two and a half years for his critical views of the government. He was conditionally released in November 2010, after serving 16 months of his sentence.
From 2002–2004, Emin Milli was director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and also advised the Council of Europe on more than 40 cases. He is currently the director of Meydan TV.


nAna naskidashvili

Journalist, Studio Monitor | Georgia

I work for nongovernmental organization Studio Monitor that is based in Tbilisi, the capital. Studio Monitor is an investigative journalism studio that conducts investigative documentaries on such topics as misleading of power, corruption and human rights violation. I have conducted 7 investigations by now.


Azar nazarov

Project Manager, "Voice of Youth" Internet Radio | Azerbaïdjian

Journalist, consultant and trainer on PR/ Media Strategy/media management strategy topics.
Chief editor of 724news.az web site, and Voice of Youth radio
, Lecture of Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) on Media Management and leadership.

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Angela nicoara

Country Director, IREX | Azerbaïdjian

Angela Nicoara is Country Director for IREX.
She has over 15 years of experience in journalism and program administration.
She served as a Chief of Party in Serbia, Sudan, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.
Angela worked as a freelance reporter and media trainer in Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Angela has a master's degree from Brandeis University.

natalia radzina

natalia radzine

Editor-in-chief, Charter97.org | Belarus

Natallia Radzine is the editor-in-chief of the most popular belarusian independent website charter97.org. Website is visited every day by more than hundred thousand unique visitors.
Three criminal cases for articles on the website were inspired against Natallia Radzina in 2010.
Police and security forces conducted five raids in the office of the website.
Journalist was beaten during one of it.

pierre romera

pierre romera

Chief Technology Officer, Journalism++ | France

Pierre Romera is CTO and co-founder of Journalism++, a European datajournalism company.
A specialist of the interactions between journalism and computer science, he also teaches programming in the Journalism School of Science-Po Paris.
Until 2011, he was in charge of online apps at OWNI.fr, where he worked for Wikileaks and other major media outlets.

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seda muradyan

Country Director, Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Armenia

Was born in Yerevan, and has a degree in TV journalism from Yerevan State Pedagogical University, a master’s degree in journalism from the Caucasus Institute.
She came to IWPR in 2005, as Armenia Editor and Country Director.
In 2008, produced documentary “From Home to Home”, about Azerbaijanis and Armenians who still honour a pledge to care for the graves left behind as communities fled.

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irina sak

CEO, Publicis Caucasus & Central Asia region | Georgia

Irina Sak is a marketing professional executive with more than 20 years experience in the industry and 12 years in CCAR region.
Irina is a CEO of Publicis in CCAR region and ZenithOptimedia Caucasus.
Amsterdam based Irina is currently responsible for more than 7 counties in CCAR region.
Opened all the Publicis, ZenithOptmedia and Saatchi&Saatchi offices in Caucasus.

liana sayadyan

lianna sayadyan

Deputy editor, Investigative Journalists NGO, Hetq.am website | Armenia

I have acquired my educational foundation as a journalist at Yerevan State University (YSU), the top school in Armenia.
My career as a reporter began in the print media, during my student days. A short while later I began to work at Hetq, the first internet news outlet in Armenia created by the country’s premier reporters. In 2005 I became the deputy editor of Hetq.

shorena shaverdashvili

shorena shaverdashvili

Owner, Publisher, LIBERALI | Georgia

EDUCATION: 1997-2001: Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA. BA in International Relations
WORK EXPERIENCE : 2009 May - till now: Liberali - weekly political publication; Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.


benoît thieulin

President of the French Digital Council | France

Benoît Thieulin is a personality in the digital world and a French entrepreneur.
He founded and directs the agency La Netscouade and is presiding the French Digital Council (CNN) since January 2013.

michele tobia

micheline tobia

Co-founder, Editor, Mashallah News | Lebanon

Micheline Tobia is one of the founders and editors of Mashallah News, a non-profit, transnational and urban online platform for social and cultural news.
Mashallah News is based in Beirut and covers over 20 cities from the Arab world, Turkey and Iran.

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tina tsomaia

Assistant Professor, GIPA | Georgia

Tina(Tiko) Tsomaia is an assistant professor at Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management (CSJMM) of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), the first western-style graduate school of journalism in the Caucasus.   
By education she is a medical doctor, later she has earned her master’s degree in journalism and media management. Currently she is a PhD student in Mass Communications at GIPA.
Her research interests are: journalism ethics, trauma coverage, health communications.

tinatin zurabishvili

tinatin zurabishvili

Research Directof, CRRC | Georgia

Dr. Tinatin Zurabishvili is the Research Director at CRRC.
Since 1999, she has taught B.A. and M.A. courses in sociology, focusing on research methods, at Telavi State University and Tbilisi State University Center for Social Sciences, where she was a Civic Education Project (CEP) Local Faculty Fellow (2001-2003) and Academic Fellowship Program Returning Scholar (2005-2006).

Monday, 14 October 2013 09:30

Speakers of 4M Nairobi 2013 Forum

Published in 4M NAIROBI 2013


Barefoot Law (U) Limited | Uganda

Gerald Abila is a founder of an innovative initiative called BarefootLaw, the first worldwide initiative of its kind, which offers free Internet based Legal education, advice and consultation online in various fields of law, including corporate law with a current monthly reach of 128,000 persons.



Agence universitaire de la Francophonie | Senegal

As an Information Systems Engineer, Stefano Komla AMEKOUDI oversees integration and innovation projects involving both educational and non-educational information and communication technologies for the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (Association of French-Speaking Universities), where he is also in charge of developing digital spaces and promoting and developing people's skills in free software. He is also the Director of the French-speaking Digital Campus in Dakar, and is jointly organising, with Jokkolabs, the inaugural Social Media Week in the city.



ENS, Université d'Antananarivo | Madagascar

Jean Claude Omer Andrianarimanana is a lecturer/researcher in inorganic chemistry and educational information and communication technologies (administration of long-distance and online training courses, instructional design, development of multimedia educational tools), and has been the Director of the Advanced Training College at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar since January 2010.



Hope Design | Burundi

Melance BUREGEYA is the founder and current manager of the company Hope Design (www.hopedesign.bi), which publishes the weekly socio-economic newspaper Burundi ECO (www.burundi-eco.com). He holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science and has proven experience in computer graphics. He is convinced that development stems from good communication.



mPedigree | Ghana

Selorm Branttie is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, educator, marketing strategist and widely consulted technologist. Currently, he oversees the execution of a marketing plan for mPedigree's fascinating, and intricate, strategy of interweaving enterprise and consumer mobile and web technologies to completely transform the global practice and market for "supply chain transformation" technologies.



BiziTech | France-Togo

Komivi Edem DJEHA, aged 25, is from Togo and holds an engineering degree in embedded software and mobile computing. Together with the trained lawyer Tido Adokou, he set up the company Bizitech in a bid to establish mobile telephones across the whole of Africa.



Free-lance - Artiste Visuel | Senegal

Visual artist Omar Victor DIOP, aged 33, is a photographer from Senegal. His eclectic portfolio ranges from conceptual photography to fashion shots and posed portraits. His conceptual projects principally focus on socio-cultural phenomena such as consumer habits and self-identification. His work can be viewed on his website, www.omarviktor.com.



iHub | Kenya

Jimmy studied physics and applied maths in university, he furthered in electronics at the Kenya Polytechnic. He went into graphic design, web design, Flash development and motion graphics; after which he went into animation, being involved in the pilot project of the now famous "Tingatinga Tales". Jimmy is a founding member of the ARK, and now the iHub Manager, with the title, "Hype Master".



Mara Group | Kenya

Julius Kawino is the Business Development manager at Mara Group.



Forbes Afrique Magazine | France

Jacques Matand' Diyamby is an online journalist who writes most notably for the business magazine Forbes Afrique and for the website slateafrique.com. He is also a radio journalist, a contributor to the Ambiance Congo blog and the GrandslacsTV.com website, an international trainer of journalists, a Consultant/Assessor for Internews (Kinshasa), Deputy Chief Editor of the website GrandslacsTV.com, an Editorial Manager, and a Special Envoy to the International Criminal Court.



Magilatech | Tanzania

Godfrey Magila is 21 years old! He has been doing software development for seven years currently graduated his first bachelor degree in accounts and finance founded MAGILATECH COMPANY LIMITED 6 years ago. Developed mobile parliament, incubated at DTBI in 2011 and Tanzania biometric voting system representing his country at the ITU Dubai as young entrepreneur worn 3 international programming competitions.



MUCODEC | Congo Brazzaville

Privat Tiburce Martin Massanga is the Manager of Radio MUCODEC (Congolese savings and loans cooperatives), and was awarded an international Master's degree in media management in October 2013 after completing an 18-month course at the training consortium run by CFI, Lille Higher College of Journalism and the Business Administration Institute of Lille.



eLearning Africa News Portal | Germany

Alicia Mitchell is a Writer and editor for the eLearning Africa News Portal. Areas of special interest include education, training, technology, social media, development and innovation.



UNCTAD | Switzerland

Bita Mortazavi is the inter-regional coordinator of the Business Facilitation Programme at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Since 2005 she monitors the implementation of the eRegulations system in 25 countries worldwide. eRegulations is an eGovernement tool designed for governments to provide citizens free online access to clear information on business rules and procedures.



Mzalendo | Kenya

Jessica Musila is a Communication Specialist and Policy Analyst. She currently runs mzalendo.com, a Kenyan online civic engagement platform which keeps an eye on parliamentarians. In collaboration with mySociety, UK, she also promotes the development of similar platforms in other African countries.



Text to change | Uganda

HHamidah Naishur Nakimuli is a communications Person at Text to Change (TTC) Uganda. Her primary areas are online media, Traditional media and Public Relations. Hamidah joined the communications department at TTC in March 2013. She oversees social media updates for TTC, increasing organization profile both locally and internationally focusing attention on the Uganda run projects, writes press release among others. 



24Labs | Cameroon

Entrepreneur acting for several firms



nnenna.org | Ivory Coast

Nnenna Nwakanma is an FLOSS activist, community organizer, development adviser and development consultant originally from Nigeria. She is the co-founder of The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, The Africa Network of Information Society Actors, and the African Civil Society for the Information Society.



Your BudgIT | Nigeria

Oluseun Onigbinde is the co-founder of BudgIT, a member of the OpenSpending Steering Group, Open Knowledge Foundation Ambassador and also a consultant to DFID Federal Reform projects. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Ashoka fellowship, 2012 Future Awards and the World Youth Summit Awards.



Jamlab | Kenya

Simeon Oriko is a Digital and Innovation Strategist passionate about using digital tech to respond to real world challenges and opportunities. He is the founder of Jamlab, a co-creation community for African youth and the Community Lead at the Open Institute. He is a recipient of the 2012 Google Zeitgeist Young Mind Award and the 2013 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award by SXSW among others.



Jokkolabs | Burkina Faso

Cheick Omar Ouedraogo has always been a Geek as far as he remembers. Then, he managed to follow studies that would allow him to mix professional life and fun. He's also always wanted to be his own boss. After HighSchool he started his first business then a new one after his first Degree. For more than 15 years he has been working and he is ready now to share and help. That's why he got involved in JokkoLabs Initiative.



Wougnet | Uganda

Moses Owiny is an ICT4D Practitioner and has been involved in ICT4D work in Uganda and internationally for over 6 years. He is passionate about web 2.0 and Social Media. Previously he worked in the United States with the YWCA of Genesee County Inc. in Batavia City, New York, USA. He is currently the Information and Youth ICT4D Officer at WOUGNET and a web 2.0 and Social Media Trainer at WOUGNET. 



Ecofund | Senegal

Assane Seck specialises in the development of web and mobile applications, and has been involved in setting up many applications in Africa. He firmly believes that "it would be fabulous to bring together people from different horizons and have them work towards a common ecological goal at a local level". At Ecofund, Assane is in charge of developing the web platform.



Orange | Ivory Coast

Samba Sene has been active in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in Africa for almost 30 years. He has spent 17 years in managerial positions at various telecom companies, and is currently the Director of the Orange Technocentre in Abidjan. Samba Sene has made it his life's mission to develop ICT further in Africa, and his chosen theme of 'Innovation and Success' arouses interest, provokes thought and encourages self-introspection.



Jokkolabs | Senegal

Karim SY is the founder and figurehead of Jokkolabs, an initiative aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and innovation through a network of co-working spaces and of entrepreneurs sharing the same values of openness and cooperation. He has been identified by Jeune Afrique as one of French-speaking Africa's 25 leading lights of tomorrow, all of whom embody the future of the continent.



Burkina 24 | Burkina Faso

Justin Yarga est professionnel des nouveaux médias, journaliste web, blogueur et web-activiste. Depuis juin 2012, il est le rédacteur en chef du site d'informations générales Burkina 24. Justin YARGA est juriste de formation, titulaire d'une maîtrise en Droit Public de l'Université Ouaga 2.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 01:58

Speakers of 4M Cairo Forum 2013

Published in 4M CAIRO 2013

Allam Rasha (Egypt)Allam Rasha

Dr. Rasha Allam is an Affiliate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. Allam is a specialist in Media Management with a specific reference on Broadcast Media Regulations. She serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Social Studies and the Journal of Telecommunication and Information Technology. Allam's research interests include Egyptian and Arab media systems, Arab Press Laws and Arab Broadcast Media Laws and Regulations.



Abo El Dahab Randa

Abo El Dahab Randa (Egypt)

Randa Abo El Dahab is an independent film-maker and news producer. Graduated in Art faculty (History department), she worked in several human rights organizations in Egypt and Italy. She studied film-making and started as a blogger in 2007. In 2010, she started her first long documentary on women rights.



avata hommeAbou Hatab Fathy (Egypt)

Fathy Abou Hatab is general Manager of Al Masry Al Youm.





Alfakharany AbdullahAlfakharany Abdullah (Egypt)

Abdullah Ahmad al-Fakharany was born in the United Arab Emirates and currently in his 6th year of medical school at Ainshams University. He is a founding member of Rassd News Network (RNN) and its Director of Foreign Affairs. In addition, he founded UFUK, an Egyptian-Turkish dialogue.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 01:58

Schedule of 4M Cairo Forum 2013

Published in 4M CAIRO 2013

Download the schedule in english | in arabic

February, 20th, 2013


How new media have been integrated in the journalistic routines?
How to collect content from the web and how to check the credibility of the information circulating on the internet? What is data journalism and how to use the large amount of data that new media make available?
Building journalistic stories from the fragmented content of the web through creative and innovative editorial forms?
Creating a more participatory journalism via the availability of amateur sources? How to use mobile communication for production content and to augment the audience outreach?

  09:00 - 09:30   REGISTRATION

  09:30 - 10:00   INTRODUCTION
(Room Opéra 2)

David Hivet, Managing director Mediterranean-Asia, CFI – France
Fathy Abo Hattab, General manager, Al masry Al Youm – Egypt

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