Speakers of the 3rd 4M annual meetings 2013


Abou Hattab Fathy

General manager of Al-Masry Al-Youm | Egypt

Fathy Abouhatab is the general manager of Al-Masry Al-Youm. Al-Masry Al-Youm is an Egyptian privately owned daily newspaper that was first published in June 2004.


Al-Nsour Khairaldin

CEO of Yemen Times | Yemen

Khairaldin Al-Nsour is CEO of Yemen Times. His role implies strategic planning, overall supervising and monitoring as well as team leading. The Yemen Times Establishment includes bi weekly English newspaper, community radio station, printing press, monthly Arabic magazine, and NGO.


Antheaume Alice

Vice-President of the School of journalism at IEP | France

Vice-President in charge of Forecasting for the School of journalism at IEP, Alice Antheaume is the author of the book Le journalisme numérique (Digital Journalism, Presses de Sciences Po), and the W.I.P. (Work In Progress) blog. She writes a weekly slot for the Sunday programme Médias le Magazine on TV channel France 5.


Badr Omar

IT Director & Independent ICT Consultant | Egypt

Omar Badr is IT Director and Independent ICT Consultant with more than 13 years of progressive experience in directing cross-functional teams of technical and non-technical expertise in multiple domains, including IT, web and desktop technologies, telephony applications, TV broadcasting and multimedia.


Ball James Robert

Data journalist | UK

James Ball is a data journalist working for the Guardian investigations team. He joined the Guardian from Wikileaks, and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He is the Washington Post Laurence Stern Fellow for 2012.


(de) Barochez Luc

Digital Chief Editor at L'Opinion | France

Journalist since 1983, worked for Agence France Presse (AFP), in particular as a special correspondent in Brussels, Berlin and Jerusalem. He started working for Le Figaro as from 2000, successively as diplomatic correspondent and head of foreign news, before becoming Chief Editor for lefigaro.fr. He is now Digital Chief Editor at L'Opinion, newspaper and online media launched on 15 May 2013.


Ben Haj Sofiane

Freelance journalist | Tunisia

As a cyber-activist since 2007 using the pseudonym Hamadi Kaloutcha, Sofiane Ben Haj was on the wanted list during Ben Ali's regime. After the Jasmine revolution, he was appointed to the High Commission for the Fulfilment of Revolutionary Goals, Political Reform and Democratic Transition. He is a freelance journalist and Secretary-General for the Tunisian bloggers association (ABT).


Bissakonou Johnny

Journalist & blogger | RCA

As a Central African journalist and blogger, Johnny Bissakonou has been handling the Echos de Centrafrique blog hosted by Mondoblog at RFI since 2010. He analyses and comments on Central African and international news. In 2006, he launched his first blog jvb-envers.over-blog.com. It took the form of an anthology of thoughts expressed as poetry. He is the president of the Collective of Central African Bloggers.


Botbol Maurice

President of SPIIL | France

Having trained as a journalist, Maurice Botbol founded Indigo Publications in 1981 as an independent news organisation using private capital, and without any advertising. Over the years, he has acted as Chief Editor for The Indian Ocean Newsletter, Intelligence Online and La Lettre A. Since 2009, he has acted as chairman of the Association of independent online publishers (SPIIL).


Broyer Karine

Web strategy for France 24, RFI et MCD | France

Editor-in-chief from 2006 to 2011 of France 24's French, English and Arabic websites, since September 2012, Karine Broyer has taken care of the development of France 24, RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya's websites.


Califano Benoît

Director of ESJ Montpellier | France

Benoît Califano has worked as a journalist and documentary filmmaker for TV (Arte and France 5) and radio (France Inter). Appointed Director of the Montpellier Higher School of Journalism (ESJ) in 2007, he is a regular contributor to ESJ and CFI assignments in the Mediterranean region.


Catshoek Jonne

Founder & director of Elva | Georgia

Jonne Catshoek is the founder and director of Elva, a mobile phone platform that allows communities to map local needs and to work with decision makers to develop a joint and effective response. Prior to founding Elva, Jonne conducted extensive research and field work for conflict management and democracy support organisations in the Caucasus, Europe and Africa.


Chamim Mardiyah

Director of Tempo Institute | Indonesia

He started his journalistic path in the college in 1995. He joined several news magazines and finally ended up in Tempo Magazine in 1998. In 2011, he got Senior Journalist Fellowship from East West Center, Hawaii. In 2008, he was assigned to run Tempo Institute, Tempo's wing, that dedicated to pursuing excellent journalism in Indonesia.


Cherruau Pierre

Founder of SlateAfrique | France

A marathon runner, writer and journalist, Pierre Cherruau has been producing reports in Africa for around 20 years. He handles the blog DakarParis on lemonde.fr. After living for several years in Nigeria and Benin, he headed up the Department for Africa at Courrier international for 14 years. He has written about a dozen books on Africa. He founded SlateAfrique in January 2011.


Couve Philippe

Independent journalist | France

Philippe Couve and Samsa.fr support the media and brands to draw up multimedia editorial strategies, harnessing innovation, training, consulting and coaching. He has worked all his life as a journalist, on internet for a long time, putting in stints at RFI, Rue89, OWNI and Newsring. Philippe Couve is constantly on the watch for r/evolutions under way in the media in France and elsewhere in the world.


Crehange Catherine

Media designer | France

A graphic designer since 1982, on computer from 1983, on the net since 1993, Catherine Crehange has always drawn. She has worked for 10 years at France 3 Nancy for television news, magazines, weather, dressing, and live in a daily magazine, before starting a business. She also writes and teaches. She has created several personal blogs, two of which are political cartoons.


Deniau Grégoire

Senior reporter | France

Special Correspondent Grégoire Deniau has covered many wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Iraq, Syria, etc. For two years, he directed France 24's editorial staff before creating the production company Keepshooting. Today he continues to make documentaries for all the French television channels.


Dipama Jean-Baptiste

Chief Editor and Administrator of RTB | Burkina Faso

Jean-Baptiste Dipama has been a journalist-reporter since 2003. For his postgraduate degree, he studied the use of internet to broadcast media content in Burkina Faso. He is also a former member of the committee to implement the Burkina broadcasting corporation website (2010-2011). He is now Chief Editor and Administrator of the RTB website (2011-2013), authoring blogs and websites and training others to do likewise.


Donati Caroline

Independent journalist | France

Caroline Donati freelances as a journalist specialising in the Middle East, and works for Mediapart. Author of L'Exception syrienne (La Découverte, 2009), she was the Beirut correspondent for La Croix and presented a programme on the region at Radio-Orient in Paris. She is preparing a web documentary on the Syrian revolution with Carine Lefebvre-Quennell, produced by DKP productions.


Dojcinovic Stevan

Editor for the Center for Investigative Journalism | Serbia

Stevan Dojcinovic is editor for the Center for Investigative Journalism in Serbia and regional network Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He specializes in investigating the role of the Balkan mafia in international cocaine smuggling, money laundering and privatization deals. Dojcinovic won the 2013 Jug Grizelj award for courage in reporting, the 2011 Daniel Pearl Award and others.


Elekhetyar Khaled

Freelance journalist & blogger | Syria

A Syrian freelance journalist and blogger, Khaled Eleketyar co-founded roznamah.net, an online diary of cultural events in Damascus. He has also organised several cultural festivals, such as Jazz lives in Syria and conferences. He has contributed to independent cultural projects, such as the DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival. He is now gearing up to publish an anthology of poetry.


El Hawary Dina

Program Manager at Meedan | Egypt

Dina El Hawary, Cairo Based Program Manager at Meedan, managing the « Developing Citizen Journalism Program – Checkdesk » with 5 outstanding Media partners across the region. Prior to joining Meedan, she has worked in Marketing for 10 years ; her former role was a Marketing Product Manager for Electrolux Egypt. She owns a B.A in languages and a Masters in Business Administration.


Elzelaky Ehab

Journalist | Egypt

Egyptian journalist, Ehab Elzelaky works as manager of digital development at Al-Masry Al-Youm media organization, which holds one of the most successful daily newspapers, and also a web portals update over the clock. He worked for the last 20 years in several media organizations including Alarabi, Aldostor, RosAlyousef, established Online one the most successful technology magazines in Egypt at 2001.


Fall Cheikh

Cyber activist & blogger | Senegal

As a cyber-activist and blogger, Cheikh Fall initiated the social-democratic web project www.sunu2012.sn to cover and monitor the presidential election in Senegal in February 2012. Sunu2012 is a web project based on a voluntary citizen's initiative for a transparent democratic process. Cheikh Fall also founded the humanitarian web project Sunucause. He coined the hashtag #kebetu.


Haski Pierre

Founder of Rue89 | France

Born in Tunis, Pierre Haski graduated from the Paris Journalists' Training Centre (CFJ). After stints as a journalist for AFP (1974-1981) and Libération (1981-2007), he founded Rue89 in 2007. He has authored several books including Cinq ans en Chine (Five years in China), Internet et la Chine (Internet and China) and Il ne suffit pas de manger bio pour changer le monde (Eating organic is not enough to change the world).


Hoog Emmanuel

President of AFP | France

As a graduate of IEP in Paris, ENA and auditor of the 56th national session of the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN), Emmanuel Hoog started out as Budget and Finance Manager at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. He then chaired the FIAT (International Federation of Television Archives) until 2006. He was the President of the Maison de la Poésie in Paris (2006-2012) and chaired the TV History Committee (2008-2010) and the Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) (2008-2010). He was Chairman and Managing Director of the French audiovisual institute (INA) from 2001 to 2010, and since April 2010 has been Chairman of Agence France Presse (AFP).


Inizan Mael

Project manager for Silicon Sentier | France

Mael Inizan is Project manager for Silicon Sentier, the association which set up the first co-workers' spot for players on the leading edge in Paris, La Cantine. Having trained as a journalist, he now specialises in new media issues at the experimental laboratory of the association Silicon Xperience (SX).


Kamuntu Jolly

President President of the South Kivu Women's Media Association | DRC

After training as a lawyer and journalist, Jolly Kamuntu started out in 2000 at the Catholic Radio Maria, then at Radio Maendeleo which she now directs. As President of the South Kivu Women's Media Association and a blogger since 2008, Jolly Kamuntu has won several Congolese and international awards.


Kiwan Charif

Productor & member of Abounaddara collective | Syria

Charif Kiwan is a producer within the Syrian filmmakers' collective Abounaddara, which has been publishing short documentaries every Friday on internet since the onset of the Syrian revolution, in 2011.


Kouame Barthelemy

Director of Reelcom | Côte d'Ivoire

As a journalist, Barthelemy Kouame is Managing Director at Reelcom, a digital media publishing firm. In this capacity, he manages Acturoutes, which provides traffic info on various media (internet, mobile telephones, PMV, TB, radio etc.), and Fratmat Mobile, which provides news on mobile telephones. He also heads up the Internet newsroom for Fraternité Matin. He was president of the Online publishing network in Côte d'Ivoire from 2006 to 2012.


Krikorian Onnik James

Journalist & consultant in new media | Georgia

Onnik Krikorian est un journaliste et consultant en nouveaux médias, originaire du Royaume-Uni et basé entre l'Arménie et la Géorgie. Il a travaillé pour The Bristol Evening Post, The Independent et The Economist, entre autres. Il a été le rédacteur régional pour le Caucase de Global Voices Online.


Laurelli Olivier

Manager of Toonux et co-founder of reflets.info | France

Olivier Laurelli is the manager of Toonux, an open IT services and co-founder of the website reflets.info.


Lapoix Sylvain

 Independent journalist | France

A former editor from Marianne and Owni, Sylvain Lapoix is a freelance journalist, specialising in energy, politics and the economy. In addition to his work as a journalist and data journalist (C/Data for France 5), he is putting together a comic strip and a documentary about alternative energy.


Le Quoc Minh

Acting director for VNA | Vietnam

Minh Le Quoc started his journalism career in 1990. He became acting director for VNA's news department for foreign service in June 2008 and at the same time editor-in-chief of VietnamPlus at www.vietnamplus.vn which delivers news in five languages. Dedicated to journalism training, he has been running his personal nine-year-old website – Vietnam Journalism at vietnamjournalism.com.


Maalouf Ziad

Journalist for RFI | France

Ziad Maalouf has been working since January 2001 for Radio France Internationale (RFI). He worked for a long time as a reporter for society magazines. He now leads L'atelier des médias, a weekly participatory web programme with an online community of over 12 000 members.


Maire du Poset Mathieu

Web journalist | France

Having trained as a journalist, Mathieu Maire du Poset has been working on web projects for over 10 years. He was in charge of web strategy for the French weekly magazine Marianne and Assistant Chief Editor for its website, Editorial Manager for the Profession Politique and Acteurs Publics websites and Chief Editor of desirsdavenir.org.


Mbugua Melissa

Manager of education web programs | Kenya

Born and raised in Nairobi, Melissa Mbugua is passionate about designing processes for education and cultural development of young people. She involves herself in projects which seek to create new ways of educating young people in Africa using technology and global connectedness.


Mhanna Ayman

Executive Director of the Samir Kassir Foundation | Libanon

Ayman Mhanna is Executive Director of the Samir Kassir Foundation, based in Beirut, which defends the freedom of the press and culture in the Middle East. He graduated with a Master in International Affairs from IEP (Institut d'Etudes Politiques) in Paris. He teaches policy development and communication to Master students at the University Saint-Joseph in Beirut.


Moe Kywa Zwa

Democracy activist | Burma

Kywa Zwa Moe was a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley in 2005-2006. His commentaries and articles have been published in regional newspapers and on news websites around the world. Due to his pro-democracy work and for publishing a political journal during the 1988 student uprising, he was detained for eight years in Burma's prison.


Nabti Munir

Co-founder of AltCity | Liban

Munir Nabti works to support high impact innovation & entrepreneurship, & youth/alternative media. He is co-founder/CEO (Chief Entrepreneur & Organizer) of altcity.me, a new media/tech/social impact collaboration space & startup accelerator/support space in Beirut. He has been living in Beirut and Damascus since 2004, and has also conducted research in Cairo.


Nachawati Leila

Teacher and activist | Spain

Leila Nachawati Rego is a Spanish-Syrian human rights defender based in Madrid. She is a professor of Communications at Carlos III University, where she is currently pursuing her PhD in the field of online surveillance, and she contributes to several online media such as Eldiario.es, Global Voices Online, Global Voices Advocacy and Al Jazeera English.


Nassivera Marco

News director at d'Arte | France

After studying history and journalism, Marco Nassivera became an editor and reporter for Arte in 1994. He joined the newsroom of 8½, the Arte news in pictures, then 7½, the European magazine. In 1999, he joined the magazine Arte Reportage for which he has been Chief Editor since 2001. In January 2013, he became News Director at Arte.


Nyi Lynn Seck

Blogger & technologist | Burma

Lynn Seck is well known Burmese Pro Blogger and technologist who also have been initiating, engaging and collaborating many youth activities in Burma. Serving and volunteering as Executive Committee at Burma Computer Professionals Association (MCPA) and introduced Barcamp to Burma and actively participating in all of its activities.


Radzina Natallia

Web journalist | Belarus

Natallia Radzina is graduated from the journalism faculty of Belarusian State University in 2001. Since 1997, she worked in the Belarusian independent newspapers Imia, Nasha Svaboda, Narodnaya Volia, Naviny. Since 2001, she has been working in the most popular belarusian independent website charter97.org.


Sagna Olivier

Secretary-General of the Senegal Observatory on Information Systems | Senegal

Director of Studies, Policy and Cooperation (DEPC) at the Senegalese Ministry for Higher Education and Research, Olivier Sagna also teaches information science at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (UCAD). He is also Secretary-General of the Senegal Observatory on Information Systems, Networks and Info highways (OSIRIS-www.osiris.sn).



Web manager | Senegal

Bouba Saw graduated in Music Business Administration and radio production. He worked in music production and radio before specialising in the online press. He is also a tutor. He authors blogs and designs news websites, while managing website content for the Senegalese daily Le Soleil.


Semmar Abderrahmane

Chief Editor for Algerie-focus.com | Algeria

Abderrahmane Semmar has been a journalist in Algeria for nearly nine years. After working in several newsrooms, he has been specialising in the web for over three years. He co-founded the Algerian special correspondents' participatory news website, nessnews.com, and also works as Chief Editor for algerie-focus.com.


Servenay David

Investigative journalist | France

An investigative journalist having previously worked for RFI, Rue89 and Owni, David Servenay has co-written three books, on Rwanda, company managers and the French Socialist Party. He is a co-founder of La Revue Dessinée.


Surjadi Harry

Journalist | Indonesia

Harry Surjadi has been working as journalist for more than 22 years. He was granted the Knight International Journalism Fellowship to work with RuaiTV - a local tv station in West Kalimantan - to develop RuaiSMS. RuaiSMS is a citizen journalism model to empower indigenous people communities. The CJs submit their report using cell phones. The news is blasted to subscribers and aired in RuaiTV.


Ta Loan Thi Bich

Executive Director of VTV6 | Vietnam

Since 2007, Loan Thi Bich Ta is Executive Director of VTV6 (channel for youth) Vietnam television. Before that, she produced documentaries, TV game show, talkshow and reality show. Ph.D. in journalism, she is a member of Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) executive board, national coordinator for INPUT, juror for ABU television award and Emmy International award.


Pierre Gotson

Editor at AlterPresse | Haiti

Gotson Pierre is an editor at the online agency AlterPresse (part of Le Groupe Médialternatif) and presents programmes on Radio Kiskeya. Born in Port-au-Prince, he studied economics and politics. He started out in journalism in 1981, working for Haitian and foreign media, and also got involved in training young journalists. In 1994, he contributed to launching the movement of community radios and led the Group of Reflection and Action for Freedom of the Press (GRALIP). In 2001, he founded Le Groupe Médialternatif to promote communication rights.


Thieulin Benoît

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


Ulrich Claire

Editor at Global Voices | France

Claire Ulrich is a senior media professional in France with a passion for citizen media since 2003. She is an editor of Global Voices, a community of more than 1,000 volunteers writing and translating citizen news in more than 30 languages and also contributes to numerous grassroots and « tech for dev » communities in France and abroad.


Youssef Mostafa

Productor | Egypt

Mostafa Youssef's recent short film, Blue Dive, was selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam and Doha Tribeca Film Festival. In recent years, Youssef helped found thawramedia.com, a platform to empower citizen media. He is a member of the media collective Mosireen, which was founded by filmmakers and activists who got together to found a collective space dedicated to supporting citizen media. 


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