Friday, 05 September 2014 12:28

Speakers of 4M Jakarta Forum 2014

Published in 4M JAKARTA FORUM 2014


News Assistant Managing Editor | Indonesia

Johanes is at the moment working for www.kompas.com as News Assistant Managing Editor. He has been working for kompas.com as a journalist since 2000. Kompas.com is the online version of Kompas Newspaper, the largest circulating printed media in Indonesia. He is also a lecturer at Bakrie University in Jakarta, for online and multimedia production course and a trainer for online journalism for diverse organizations. His areas of expertise are online and multimedia journalism. He attended a short course about multimedia and online journalism at the International Institute of Journalism in Berlin, Germany. He graduated from Driyarkara School of Philosophy and got his master degree from Paramadina Graduate School, both in Jakarta.



President and Executive Editor of Rappler Indonesia

Maria Ressa is Founder and President and Executive Editor of Rappler: a social news network where stories inspire community engagement and digitally fuelled actions for social change. Rappler comes from the root words "rap" (to discuss) + "ripple" (to make waves). Rappler uses social media for crowdsourcing and big data. Maria Ressa areas of expertise are collaboration by new technology and connection by social media. She fights for uncompromised journalism that inspires smart conversations and ignites a thirst for change. She has studied at Princeton University. She spent 20 years with CNN (Jakarta bureau chief and Manila bureau chief) and Senior Vice President of ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs.



Deputy Chief Editor at CNN Indonesia  | Indonesia 

Nezar Patria is a Deputy Chief Editor at CNN Indonesia, and a chairman of international network commission at The Indonesian Press Council. Prior to his current position, he was a chairman of The Alliance of Independent Journalists. Mr Patria has been working on various media platform since 1999. He was an investigative journalist at TEMPO Weekly Magazine, and now he is focusing on online journalism.



Editor and chief executive officer, The Malaysian Insider | Malaysia

K A Jahabar Sadiq K A Abdul Kader is at the moment working for The Malaysian Insider as the editor and chief executive officer. The organization's mission is to provide the unvarnished truth and news that covers issues of the day in Malaysia, mainly in politics and business. The news portal is now owned by Edge Insider Sdn Bhd, a unit of The Edge Media Group. His areas of expertise are digital news for text, pictures and video. And he is also interested in furthering his knowledge in the field of online media. He has previously worked in Reuters as a correspondent and a television producer. He became a journalist in 1988.



Executive Director of the FCEM | Thailand

Chiranuch Premchaiporn was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She graduated in journalism at Thammasat University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, after which she took part in HIV/AIDS campaigns for more than a decade before joining Prachatai. She is strongly involved with issues of freedom of expression, internet access etc. In 2011-2012 she was prosecuted and convicted under the Computer Crime Law (CCA). She is currently Executive Director of the Foundation for Community Educational Media (FCEM), under which Prachatai is a project.



Publisher at The Independent | Singapore

Kumaran Pillai is at the moment working for The Independent Singapore as Chief Editor. The organization's mission is to provide fair and balanced reporting in an otherwise state run media environment. The business partners are PN Balji, Leon Perera and Alfred Dodwell and The Independent Singapore is self-funded. His areas of expertise are in new media and online activism. And he is interested in activism in the field of online media. He studied at the University of Queensland and holds a degree in Computer Science and Economics. He used to run his own IT business providing solutions to the banking and financial services industry.



President of Global Bersih | Malaysia

William de Cruz is the inaugural president of Global Bersih (GB), a Geneva-based NGO of volunteers that advocates globally for the electoral-reform demands of Malaysia's Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, Bersih 2.0. He holds a Masters in Journalism. GB's executive and steering committee members communicate mainly by email, phone and teleconference, because Global Bersih lives in 10 cities across six international time zones. Global Bersih is actively lobbying with media, government departments and supportive NGOs in our countries of residence. Global Bersih future vision is building GB as an online digital-resource and coordinating centre for advocates and supporters of electoral reform worldwide. Global Bersih is presently self-funded.


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Director, Elva Community Engagement | Georgia

Jonne Catshoek is the founder and director of Elva, a mobile phone platform that allows refugees and citizens affected by conflict to track and resolve local needs together with decision makers. He is currently coordinating conflict management projects in the Caucasus, Asia and Africa. Prior to founding Elva, he carried out extensive research and field work for crisis prevention and democracy support organisations, including the Eurasia Foundation (Tbilisi), the European Partnership for Democracy (Tbilisi) and the International Crisis Group (Dakar). He hold a Master's degree in International Relations from King's College London, specializing in Conflict Prevention and Diplomacy.



Chief Editor, RFI | Cambodia 

Bona Pen is at the moment working for RFI (Radio France Internationale) in Khmer as Chief Editor. The organization's missions are providing the Independent and professionalism information to Cambodian people. The main business partner and source of funding is the French government. His areas of expertise are political and social issues. He writes articles and analyzes various important issues. He is also interested in Radio broadcasting and online media. He had studied at Department of French language of Royal University of Phnom Penh and had continued studying at the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille in France. He used to work at Cambodge Soir and Cambodge Soir Hebdo (French language Newspaper).



News Manager for PortalKBR.com | Indonesia

 Citra Prastuti at the moment working for PortalKBR.com as News Manager. PortalKBR is the online platform of KBR - Indonesia's first and largest radio news agency with 600 radio stations under its network. The organization's mission is to become an independent news source, with strong focus on tolerance and environmental issues. The business partners and source of funding are donors and also other clients. Her areas of expertise are radio & online journalism and blogging. She is interested in local media in global platform and also crowd-funding in the field of online media. She had studied at University of Indonesia and SOAS University of London and hold a degree in MA in media studies.



Singapore Bureau Chief for AFP | Singapore

Roberto Z. Coloma is currently working as Singapore Bureau Chief for the Agence France-Presse (AFP). He is also working as Deputy Sales and Marketing Director for Asia-Pacific and is a correspondent for Southeast Asia. His interests are numerous in the journalism field and he has an intensive knowledge on Southeast Asia. He holds two BA degrees: in History from the University of Sydney and in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. Before being AFP Bureau Chief in Singapore he worked amongst other postings as an editor for AFP in Manila at the Asia Pacific desk and at the bureau in Hong Kong, as a Reporter for the Kyodo news agency in Manila and as Deputy bureau Chief for AFP Manila. He was also President of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP).



Head of Social Media and Mobile at the ABS-CBN | Philippine 

Arlene Burgos is the Head of Social Media and Mobile at the ABS-CBN Corporation's News Division, and a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University. She was reporter for Philippine-based newspapers, and later editor. She also worked for the Japan-based wire agency Kyodo News. She hold a Master of Arts in Journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University through a full fellowship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. She was ABS-CBN lead for its citizen journalism project from 2009 to 2010, after which she helped put up special sites and build digital communities, mainly through social media. These communities are currently among the biggest in the Philippines.



General Director of La Netscouade | France

Benoît Thieulin is General Director of La Netscouade in France and the President of the French Digital Council CNNum. Benoît Thieulin is a personality in the digital world and a French entrepreneur. He founded and is the director of the agency La Netscouade and is presiding the French Digital Council since January 2013.



Advertising executive at Havas and Publicis | France

After 10 years in advertising, Pierre joined the Lagardere Group in 1994 where he was in charge of digital development ( internet and TV) and local media. Pierre is the former CEO of TLT a local television in Toulouse ( 2002, 2005) and co-founder and general manager of LCM a local television in Marseille ( 2005,2008). He left the Lagardère Group in 2009, and launched his own company Raj Médias, a local and digital news publisher, based in Marseille in the south of France. Raj Medias edited Marsactu in january 2010, the first local news pure player in France, and Marséco a digital weekly newsletter specialized in local business news in june 2014.



Editor for BaleBengong.net | Indonesia

Anton Muhajir is an editor of a Bali based citizen journalism BaleBengong.net, a blogger, and a freelance journalist. This nonprofit portal has been running since 2007 with about 200 contributors with different background such as student, activist, government staff, programmer, housewife, etc. The main missions of the portal are empowering citizen and providing space for them to involve in journalism product, citizen journalism. Not just giving space to citizen, Sloka Institute and Bali Blogger Community as host of the portal also run regular citizen journalism class for citizen since 2010. His areas of expertise are managing citizen journalists such as writing, editing, social media, and training.



Station manager and editor | Timor-Leste 

Eurico Pereira is working with community Radio Rakambia as a station manager and editor, operational management system and public relation. He hold a Bachelor degree at East Timor National University Graduated on 2003, the title of thesis is fertilize organic dose and kind influence the grown side and rice organic plat result.



President of AJTL | Timor Leste  

Tito de Jesus Filipe da Costa is at the moment working for Timor Leste's Journalists Association - AJTL as a president and at the same time working for Radio and Television of Timor-Leste as deputy Director of information and actualities of RTTL. EP
Asosiasaun Jornalista Timor Lorosa'e (AJTL) or the Timor Leste Journalists Association (TLJA)'s missions are:
-To develop and fight for press freedom,
-To improve and strengthen the professional standards of journalism.
-To defend and fight for dignity and the welfare of journalists and press workers.
The AJTL has been working closely with Southeast Asia press alliance and International Federation of Journalists-IFJ in the area of advocacy, journalism training and media.



Director of TLMDC - Radio Liberdade | Timor Leste 

Francisco Da Silva is currently director of TLMDC/ radio Liberdade. He graduated from Timor Lorosa'e National University (UNTL) at the Education Faculty majoring in English. He also holds a Master degree majoring in Human Resources Management from the University of Gajayana Malang (UNIGA) Indonesia. He attended non formal courses such as: Journalists TOT training in Anti Polo City in Philippine, USAID Rules and Regulation training in Thailand, Diplomacy in Thammasat University in Thailand, Mediation and Negotiation Skills Training in Australia, International Relations and Contemporary Problems in the Government. He used to work as local staff for the UN mission. Francisco became Founder and Director of the Timor-Leste Media Development Centre (TLMDC). He has more than eight years of experience organizing training initiatives and managing activities for both the TLMDC and at the USAID-funded media development program implemented by Internews. During his three years with Internews, Francisco performed media training needs-analysis for Timor-Leste journalists, monitored local media products, and assisted with skills-training for community radio stations.



Station manager at Radio Comunidade Lorico Lian | Timor Leste  

Prezado De Meneses is at the moment working as a station manager at a small radio station in Dili named Radio Comunidade Lorico Lian. The organization missions are firstly to provide an opportunity for the community to articulate their aspirations. Radio Comunidade Lorico Lian work together with different elements of Timorese society including the government and civil society to assist the community in identifying and attaining their goals. Secondly, to increase access to information and knowledge, as an independent and nonprofit media, the Radio broadcast fair and balanced news to strengthen the ability of the community to be active in determining every aspect of their lives. Thirdly, it aims to provide programming for and by the community.



 Journalist for Wartani | Thailand

 Mahamsabree Jehloh is at the moment working for Wartani as a journalist, an editor, a technician, a film maker and a coordinator. The organization's mission is to be an alternative media for the Southern part of Thailand. The main business partners and sources of funding are coming from the Asia Foundation. His areas of expertise are Patani or Southern Thailand. And he is interesedt in Multimedia in the field of online media. He studied at Ramkhamhaeng University.



Journalist for Myitmakha News Agency  | Myanmar 

May Thingyan Hein has been writing news article since 1993. Currently, she is working for Myitmakha News Agency under Shwe Myitmakha Co. Ltd that she founded in 2008 and which has been officially registered as a news agency since 2011. The Agency is an independent news agency and also has website news. In2 004, the military government banned her to write under her own name or using other pen-names. Yet she used many other pen-names to be able to keep working as a journalist. In 2007, she received the Knight Award from the International Center for Journalist, based in Washington.



Editor in Chief of Jubit | West Papua

Victor Mambor is Editor in Chief of the Jayapura-based newspaper and website Tabloid Jubi, Chairperson of West Papua's Alliance of Independent Journalists. Since 1996 he worked as a reporter at the Pikiran Rakyat Daily, Bandung, for desk of Arts and Culture. Victor Mambor is a prominent advocate for freedom of the press and open access for international journalists and UN monitors to Papua. His outspokenness is courageous given that journalism is a risky profession in West Papua. He also supports grassroots journalism and devotes his skills and experience to the training of NGO activists in media and communication skills.



International journalist | Indonesia

Harry Surjadi has been working as a freelance journalist for 15 years. From 2007-2008 and 2011-2012, Surjadi was a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Indonesia. A partner with RuaiTV, he developed a mobile phone citizen journalism model for indigenous people community members to empower them to fight for their rights on forests and lands in West Kalimantan. He has trained 200 community members in West Kalimantan and another 250 people in Central Kalimantan. In 2013, he received the Communication for Social Change Award from the Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland for his work in West Kalimantan.



Director for Mobile for the Inquirer Group  Philippines

Javier Vicente Rufino is at the moment working for the Inquirer Group as Director for Mobile. The organization's mission is to tell the Filipino story worldwide. The sources of funding are from multiplatform advertising, subscription sales, events and services. His areas of expertise are digital and mobile content creation and management. And he's interested in mobile journalism, business development and revenue models in the field of online media. He had studied at the Ateneo de Manila University and hold a degree in Management Information Systems. He used to work at Global Source as Special Projects Officer for Interactive Media..



Web journalist, The Observers, France 24 | France

Web Journalist and TV presenter in both Arabic and French, I worked from July 2010 to July 2014 with France 24 'Observers' team. I worked with bloggers from "Arab spring" countries like in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya (ex : the "Libyablog" project with RFI). I'm moving to Kuala Lumpur this September to start a new career as a freelance journalist..



 Executive Director of SEAPA | Thailand 

AGayathry Venkiteswaran is working as the Executive Director of the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance, a network comprising groups that advocate for media freedom and freedom of expression in the region. SEAPA focuses on media safety and freedom; journalism development; enabling legal environment for the media and sustainability of media NGOs as its core work. Prior to taking this position, she was the head of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) in Malaysia, where she headed a project to raise awareness on the rights to privacy and access to information in Malaysia. She has worked as a journalist, taught journalism in several institutes in Malaysia.



Head of Advisory Body of Legal Aid Centre for The Press | United Kingdom 

Megi studied Cyber Law at the University of Leeds, UK and is now Head of Advisory Body of Legal Aid Centre for The Press and member of Legal Working Group of the Press Council. His expertise areas as well as his research fields are the internet and media law.



Co-Founder of The Online Citizen | Singapore

Zheng Xi co-Founded popular Singaporean socio-political news website The Online Citizen ("TOC") in 2006. TOC attracts more than 30,000 unique viewers a day, and has played a crucial role in shaping political discourse in Singapore. Zheng Xi is a lawyer in private practice specializing in criminal defense and free speech litigation and has acted in some of Singapore's leading human rights cases. Zheng Xi is active in free speech and media advocacy, and was a founding member of the #FreeMyInternet campaign in 2013 against restrictions on internet freedom in Singapore. Zheng Xi has a Bachelors of Law from National University of Singapore and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from NYU.



President of Asean Blogger Community | Indonesia

Iman Brotoseno is, since 2011, working for the ASEAN BLOGGER COMMUNITY as President / Founder. The organization's mission is to create collaboration between the ASEAN community of bloggers. His areas of expertise are social media and film directing. He is also working as a social media consultant for companies or organizations. He was Chairman of Pesta Blogger Indonesia – the largest bloggers gathering event in the country. He participated in 2012 at the Stockholm Internet Forum and in 2013 at the International Leadership Visitor Program in USA – Topic: ASEAN – Connecting new media.



Blogger for Tonycruz.com  | Philippines

Anthony Ian Cruz is at the moment working for tonyocruz.com as a blogger. It is a blog about politics, technology and current events. He is also an Op-Ed columnist for Manila Bulletin, a national English-language newspaper. His areas of expertise are advocacy, social media, citizen journalism, internet freedom and others. And he is also interested in public policy, human rights, and community-building in the field of online media. He studied sociology at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos. He used to work : as press officer for Rep. Satur Ocampo, as reporter for English-language newspaper Malaya (Free), as digital OIC for ad agency TBWA\SMP, and as chief social media strategist for digital agency Movent.



HR and Legal Manager for Malaysiakini.com | Malaysia

After studying in University Malaya, Shamini spent a dozen years in human resources, corporate secretary work and handling legal matters. She currently serves as the Group HR and Legal Manager for the organization Malaysiakini.com (a Malaysian news website published in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil). Unlike most news sources in Malaysia, Malaysiakini remains free from government regulation has gained both praise and notoriety by regularly covering subjects and viewpoints deemed taboo by the mainstream broadcast and print media.



SVP New Media Business and Development at NBC | Thailand

Chutintra Watanakul is at the moment working for NATION BROADCASTING CORPORATION PLC. as SVP New Media Development and Business. The organization's missions are the Multimedia Group that reaches every household to inform, educate, entertain and inspire in the most trustworthy, timely and creative manner . Her areas of expertise are new media to bring the advantage readiness in content expand to new products and services such as website, mobile device. And she is now interest in Multi screen and second screen in the field of online media. She had studied at Chulalungkorn University and hold a degree in master degree. She used to work at Pacific Communication as webmaster and system administrative for 5 years.



Chairman of AJI Persiapan Kota Purwokerto | Indonesia

Aris Andrianto is the Chairman of AJI Persiapan Kota Purwokerto. He works as a correspondent for Tempo and reporter photo for AFP. He is interest in building network, especially for journalists. He holds a citizen journalism training programme for rural youth in the studio of Pena Villagetertarik membangun jaringan kerja jurnalistik khususnya untuk jurnalis warga. The center aims to develop journalist and journalism ethics in rural areas.



Media consultant  | Cambodia

Kounila Keo graduated in Media & Communication at Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2010. She is now working as a media consultant. She has been freelancing for various foreign media publications since 2008. When she is not writing news reports, she blogs about social issues and everything Cambodian at www.blueladyblog.com. She has been blogging since 2007 and has conducted workshops on blogging and social media for university students, artists and professionals. She has helped found Kon Khmer Koun Khmer/ Khmer Generations Khmer Films (khmerfilm.org), was one of the main organizers of BlogFest Asia 2012, FilmCampKH, and involved in other events.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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).

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Speakers of 4M Nairobi 2013 Forum

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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.

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