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Brian Stelter

Host, Reliable Sources & Senior Media Correspondent, CNN

Brian Stelter is the host of "Reliable Sources," which examines the week's top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S, and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter reports and writes for CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com, and CNNMoney.com on a regular basis.

Prior to joining CNN in November 2013, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times. Starting in 2007, he covered television and digital media for the Business Day and Arts section of the newspaper. He was also a lead contributor to the "Media Decoder" blog.

In January 2004, while he was still a freshman in college, Stelter created TV Newser, a blog dedicated to coverage of the television news industry. He sold it to Mediabistro.com in July 2004, but continued to edit and write for the blog during the next three years until he graduated college and joined The New York Times.

Stelter published The New York Times best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV (2013), about the competitive world of morning news shows. He was featured in the 2011 documentary, "Page One: Inside the New York Times", directed by Andrew Rossi. He has been named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30: Media" lists for the past three years.

Stelter graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2007. He is on the board of Baltimore Student Media, a nonprofit that publishes Towson's independent student newspaper, The Towerlight.

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Peter Greenberger

Global Director, News Partnerships, Twitter

As Global Director for News Partnerships at Twitter, Peter sets the vision and strategic direction for the team charged with partnering with the leading news media publishers and broadcasters to help them understand, grow and monetise their audiences on Twitter.

Prior to taking on the News role, Peter was Director of Emerging Markets for Twitter based in Singapore. He oversaw the launch of Twitter’s business operations in Russia and large customer sales in Greater China by establishing an office in Hong Kong. In addition, he established and led the Global Brands & Agencies team across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Prior to moving to Singapore, Peter lead Twitter’s sales strategy for political and public sector business in the United States.

Before joining Twitter, Peter launched and led the Public Sector sales team at Google, Inc. while also serving as Head of Industry Relations connecting Sales and Policy. Before that, he worked on political campaigns and in government for a decade. He was campaign manager for Congressman Brad Carson’s Oklahoma US Senate campaign in 2004, named the best run Democratic Senate race of the cycle by Stu Rothenberg of the Cook Political Report. Peter worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs as the Director of Congressional Correspondence during the Clinton Administration.

Peter graduated from Yale University and earned a master’s degree with distinction in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three sons.

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Campbell Brown

Head of News Partnerships, Facebook

Campbell Brown is the Head of News Partnerships at Facebook, leading the team responsible for helping news organizations and journalists work more closely and more effectively with Facebook.

Campbell has nearly twenty years of experience in journalism, most recently as an award-winning anchor and correspondent for NBC News and CNN. At CNN, she anchored a weekday primetime news program from 2007-2010 focusing on politics. Campbell held several roles over the course of her 11-year tenure with NBC News, including co-anchor of the weekend edition of “TODAY” from 2003-2007 and White House correspondent during President George W. Bush's first term. She also served as the primary substitute anchor for “NBC Nightly News.” She began her career in local news, moving up the ranks of NBC affiliates in Topeka, KS; Richmond, VA; Baltimore, MD; and Washington, D.C. before going to the national network.

Campbell is also the founder of The 74, a non-profit news site covering education in America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Regis College and lives in New York with her husband and two sons.

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Margarita Simonyan

Editor-in-Chief - RT, Rossiya Segodnya

In 2005, Margarita Simonyan launched RT, Russia's first round-the-clock, English-language, international TV news channel, which has since expanded to a global, 24/7 news network with seven TV channels, digital platforms in six languages, and video news agency RUPTLY.

Under Margarita’s helm, RT grew its TV audience to 70 million weekly viewers and became the number one TV news network on YouTube with more than 5 billion views, as well as a 5-time Emmy finalist. In 2013, Margarita Simonyan also became Editor-in-chief of Rossiya Segodnya, an international news agency and radio service that broadcasts in more than 30 languages.

Margarita began her journalism career in the Russian city of Krasnodar at the local TV and radio station, eventually heading up a regional bureau for Russia's largest nation-wide broadcaster, VGTRK. As a war correspondent, she reported from Chechnya during the Second Chechen War, from the Beslan School Siege, and from Abkhazia, which earned her several journalism awards.

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Julie Pace

Washington Bureau Chief, The Associated Press

Julie Pace is Washington Bureau Chief for The Associated Press, directing AP’s coverage of the presidency, politics and the U.S. government.

Previously she was AP’s White House Correspondent, contributing aggressive news reporting and sharp analysis to the AP news report.

Pace won the White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith award in 2013 for her work explaining the Obama campaign’s complex approach to voter turnout.

She joined AP in 2007 as a multimedia reporter, developing and executing AP’s plans for live video coverage of 2008′s Election Day and the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Pace began her career as a reporter in 2003 at South Africa’s only independent television network, before spending two years reporting on politics and elections at the Tampa Tribune and its partner television station WFLA. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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Mandy Jenkins

Editor-in-Chief, Storyful

Mandy Jenkins is Editor-in-Chief at Storyful, overseeing an editorial team that works with newsrooms to find, verify and publish eyewitness journalism and social insights from around the world. Mandy was previously the Managing Editor for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, overseeing a national newsroom which published to more than 200 local newspapers across the U.S. Prior to that, Jenkins was the social news editor for politics at The Huffington Post, where she coordinated the company’s citizen journalism program, OfftheBus, and the social media editor for Washington, D.C., local news startup TBD. Jenkins has also served in several roles in digital news for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors and the Vice President of the Online News Association.

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Ryan Broderick

Deputy Global News Director, Buzzfeed

Ryan Broderick is the Deputy Global News Director for BuzzFeed News. Having joined the company in New York in 2012, he is currently based out of BuzzFeed's London office and works closely with BuzzFeed's video news and international breaking news teams.

Ryan specializes in on-the-ground multimedia and social media reporting around the world. He's been central to BuzzFeed’s coverage of major international stories including the Paris terror attacks, the Brussels bombing, Brexit, the Rio Olympics, and the closure of the Calais Jungle migrant camp in France, but was also one of the first journalists to uncover the ‘Harlem Shake’.

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Jacqueline Simmons

Executive Editor, Global Business, Bloomberg News

Jacqueline Simmons is executive editor for Global Business for Bloomberg News. Simmons started in the Paris bureau and has since then she has held several roles in the European bureau, covering everything from luxury goods to investment banking. She was co-runner of the Deals team before becoming managing editor for Companies. She moved to London to take on the role of executive editor for Global Business.

Prior to joining Bloomberg she worked on the news desk for The Wall Street Journal and AP- Dow Jones. During her career Jacqueline has written and reported on business events and personalities. This includes profiles of senior banking and corporate executives, breaking news, executive moves and market trends for both print and multi-media (radio and TV).

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Mark Little

CEO and co-founder, Neva Labs

Mark Little is CEO and co-founder of Neva Labs, a new Irish start-up developing solutions for people who want conscious control of their news experience. Mark spent 20 years in broadcast news, as an award-winning foreign correspondent and TV anchor for Irish public service broadcaster, RTE.

In 2010, he founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, and was most recently Twitter's VP of media partnerships in Europe.

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John Pullman

Global Head of Video & Pictures, Reuters

John Pullman is the global editor of Reuters Video and Pictures, based in London.

He runs a team of more than 400 journalists around the world delivering video to broadcasting and online customers, and pictures to newspapers and websites.

He joined Reuters in 2010. Previously he worked a senior level in television news in the UK, and was one of the founding managers of the Al Jazeera English news network, based in Qatar.

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Waad al-Kateab

Citizen journalist

Waad Al Kateeb (not her real name) is a former student at Aleppo University, and was initially trained as a citizen journalist by a number of NGOs. She was later trained by both the DW Academy and Orient TV, and has since worked for Orient TV and al Arabiya in addition to Channel 4 News. She is 24, mother of a seven month old and married to a doctor in Aleppo.

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Sam Dubberley

Co-Founder, Eyewitness Media Hub

Sam is the co-founder of Eyewitness Media Hub and executive producer of News Xchange. Previously, he headed the Eurovision News Exchange, managing the world’s largest exchange of television news content and was a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he conducted research into UGC and broadcast news. He is heading Eyewitness Media Hub’s research into the impact of vicarious trauma which is supported by the Open Society Foundation.

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Dahlia Lithwick

Writer and journalist, Newsweek and Slate

Dahlia Lithwick is a writer and journalist. Lithwick is currently a contributing editor at Newsweek and senior editor at Slate. She primarily writes about law and politics in the United States. She writes "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues for Slate.

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Dr. Anthea Butler

Ass’t. Prof of Religious Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as the Chair of the Council of Graduate Studies in Religion, and in 2005 was the President for the Society of Pentecostal Studies. She is the author of and Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World on The University of North Carolina Press.

Professor Butler’s career as a scholar, public intellectual, and professor embraces academy, the public and the church in various forms. From starting her public writing as a blogger for Religion Dispatches, she now writes opinion pieces on contemporary politics, religion, and race at The Guardian, Washington Post, and the New York Times. She has also been a media commentator on religion politics and race on the BBC, MSNBC, CNN, and ABC. She has also served as a consultant to the PBS series God in America and  the American Experience on Aimee Semple McPherson.

A historian of American and African American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing spans religion and politics, religion and gender, African American religion, sexuality, media, religion, and popular culture. She is currently completing a book on Evangelicals, Politics, and Race, and is starting work on a project on reading, race and religion in the 19th Century.

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Zahra Rasool

Editorial Lead for Contrast VR, Al Jazeera

Zahra Rasool is the Editorial Lead for Contrast VR — Al Jazeera’s new immersive media studio where she focuses on the production of compelling 360-degree video, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content. Before joining Al Jazeera's Innovation Team, she was the Managing Editor of HuffPost RYOT where she was responsible for RYOT's editorial strategy, managing the content team and combining journalistic storytelling with VR and 360-degree technology. In 2015, she founded her own startup Gistory. Her background is in documentary filmmaking and she is very passionate about new emerging platforms and immersive storytelling in shaping the future of the media.

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Yusuf Omar

Founder of Hashtag Our Stories

Yusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist and Co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a TEDx speaker, former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones.

He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. At Hashtag Our Stories, he’s empowering mobile video storytelling communities around the world, creating shows in every language.

Yusuf won the International Journalists' Network's Journalist of the Month  in September 2016, for his use of Snapchat to tell the stories of sexual abuse survivors in India — or rather, to allow them to tell their own stories through selfie journalism.

In 2015, Yusuf won Vodacom Journalist of the Year Editor's Choice, recognizing five years of mobile journalism and virtual reality stories in Africa. He has been named a ‘Top 20 Global Millennial To Watch In 2016’ by Cliff Central. 

At this year's Mobile Journalism Conference in Dublin, Yusuf won Mobile Journalist of the Year 2016. He has been researching Snapchat storytelling as #DukeMediaFellow in North Carolina, USA. 

Yusuf also recently graduated from the Thomson Foundation Media Convergence course in London. 

Omar's first forays in mobile journalism began in 2010, when he hitchhiked from South Africa to Syria with nothing but his smartphone and a small handheld camera to tell his story. Since then, he's used mobile technology to report from the frontlines of the Syrian war to the #ZumaMustFall protests in Johannesburg.

He was born in the UK, raised in Australia, studied in USA, worked in South Africa and currently lives in London. 

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Alan Soon

Founder & CEO, The Splice Newsroom

Alan Soon is Asia's leading expert on newsroom operations and the business of media. He is the Founder & CEO of The Splice Newsroom, an editorial consultancy that builds, develops and transforms newsrooms.

For more than 20 years, Alan has worked in radio, TV, news wires, magazine and online across Asia. This gives him a 360 view on how various newsrooms get things done — and how things get stuck. He started out as a reporter and grew into other operational roles including producer, editor, newsroom manager and eventually a business leader.

In his last position, Alan led one of the largest digital news teams in the industry as Yahoo’s Managing Editor for India and Southeast Asia. He’s also worked at CNBC and Bloomberg across Asia.

Alan is a regular speaker at international media conferences where he discusses the changing newsroom, the evolving business of journalism, content marketing and distributed content strategies. He is also a co-founder of the Online News Association in Singapore.

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Tine Gøtzsche

Anchor, Senior Correspondent, Executive Producer

Tine Gøtzsche is the anchor of TV-Avisen, the flagship news program of Danish Broad-casting Corporation, DR.

Throughout her career, she has anchored and edited a wide variety of news and current affairs programmes with Danish Broadcasting Corporation. She worked as a commissioning editor at DR2, and since 2004 she has also served as anchor and live commentator on broadcasts of national and international events, ranging from parliamentary elections over the wedding of the Danish Crown Prince and other events in the royal family, to the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Tine Gøtzsche has been with Danish Broadcasting since 1996, she graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 1994, holds a bachelor in Business Languages from Copenhagen Business School, and has studied European Journalism with Journalistes en Europe in Paris, and International Finance and Economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain.

Apart from Danish, she is fluent in English, French, Spanish and German.

Tine Gøtzsche is 47 years old and lives with her 11 year old son, Jakob, who is adopt-ed from Ethiopia.

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Ibrahim Helal

Editorial Advisor, Aljazeera Network

He has more than 25 years of experience in international media organisations including the Egyptian TV, BBC Arabic radio and TV, BBC World Service Trust, Abu Dhabi TV and Aljazeera Network. He started his career in Egyptian TV as a librarian then worked as a journalist until he left Egypt for the BBC, where he worked in 3 separate spells; as BBC TV Producer 1994-1996, as Editor in BBC Radio 1999-2000 and as the Middle East Project Director in the BBC World Service Trust 2004-2006.

In Aljazeera Network he served as Director of News of the Arabic Channel twice (2001-2004 and 2011-2015). He ran the editorial line of Aljazeera Channel during its 9/11 coverage, as well as the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He managed the Arabic Newsroom again during the very sensitive period that came after the Arab Spring, between November 2011 and June 2015. Additionally, Ibrahim played a leading role in the launch of all Aljazeera channels; as Programme Editor of the Arabic Channel in 1996, as Deputy Managing Director of the English Channel 2006-2010 and as launch manager of the Balkans Channel in 2011.

Ibrahim holds a university degree in Political Sciences from Cairo University in 1992. He was chosen in 2004 and 2005 by the World Economic Forum in Davos as one of the Young Global Leaders. He is a member of the International Press Institute in Vienna, the National Union of Journalists in the UK, the Front Line Club in London and the Arab Thought Forum in Jordan.

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Sisonke Msimang


Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer whose work is focussed on race, gender and democracy.

She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.  

She has held fellowships from the Aspen Institute, Yale University and the University of Witwatersrand.  Her first book - Always Another Country: a memoir of exile and home - will be published in October 2017.

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Guido Baumhauer

MD of Distribution, Marketing and Technology, Deutsche Welle

A background in journalism and years of strategic experience have lead Guido Baumhauer to his current position as Managing Director of Distribution, Marketing and Technology at Deutsche Welle. Prior to that, he worked as Editor-in-Chief for the DW website, turning it into a multimedia, online platform available in 30 languages.

The trade magazine “Cable & Satellite” recognized him as one of the top 50 experts in the world for broadband and pay TV. Guido Baumhauer is the substitute of the Director General since April 2015.

He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism of the World Economic Forum. Since the middle of the 1990s, he has been in charge of many media seminars. He also lectures at the Macromedia College for Media and Communication. Guido is co-author of a handbook for TV journalism. He is married and has one daughter.

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Dr. Masato Kajimoto

APAC Digital Citizens Project, University of Hong Kong

Dr. Masato Kajimoto specializes in news literacy education, multimedia storytelling and social media in journalism.

He launched the Asia Pacific Digital Citizenship Project in 2013 as a way of institutionalizing an international collaboration to develop pedagogical methodologies and teaching materials in the field of news literacy that incorporate critical thinking skills that are suitable for the culture and media landscapes in different countries in Asia. He has led seminars and workshops on news literacy in Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon and also in New York since then.

Masato is the creator and the chief producer of two massive open online courses in this field: HKU04x Making Sense of News on edX and Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens on Coursera. As of January 2017, the two public online courses had more than 4,500 active learners from over 140 countries.

Before beginning a career in teaching and research, he worked as an online reporter and “Specials” editor (web producer) for CNN. Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, Masato earned his bachelor’s degree in English and American literature at Chuo University in Tokyo. He holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the U.S.

He obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong.

As a professional journalist, Masato has written news articles, features and columns in English and in Japanese. As a journalism educator, he has supervised many online projects integrating broadcast and internet technologies. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the Center for News Literacy, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University.

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Martin Bashir

Religious Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

After initially gaining prominence on British television with his BBC interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, and then his documentary with pop singer Michael Jackson on ITV, Bashir was a political commentator for MSNBC, hosting Martin Bashir, and a correspondent for NBC's Dateline NBC. He was previously an anchor for ABC's Nightline.

Bashir was appointed as BBC News Religious Affairs correspondent from October 2016.

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Steve Gaisford

Journalist and consultant

Stephen Gaisford works as a consultant for broadcast and corporate clients, with a particular focus on creative content production and new digital solutions able to support non-linear customer engagement.

Stephen led Brunswick’s video offer across the Americas, where he advised and delivered across countless creative comms projects for tech, pharma and financial clients. 

Before that he worked as a Broadcast Consultant for ITN Consulting, launching new television stations and programmes, rebranding existing shows and training staff in a number of key roles. 

A seasoned journalist, with more than 20 years' experience working for major UK and international broadcasters, the majority of Stephen's career was spent in front of camera, fronting news programmes for Sky News, ITV News, BBC, and Al Jazeera.



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Molly Bingham

President and CEO, Orb

Molly is the driving force behind Orb. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Molly has covered news and conflicts around the globe. 

Her work has been featured in leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Independent, Vanity Fair, and she has appeared on top network and cable television and radio news programs. 

Named in 2012 by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of “20 Women to Watch,” Molly is at the cutting edge of defining journalism in the digital age, with a unique vision for discovering and covering global stories while making original content accessible and engaging. Molly serves on the boards of The Overseas Press Club and The Listen Campaign.

A graduate of Harvard University, Molly was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 2004, where she first began developing Orb’s core concepts.

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Mary Hamilton

Executive editor for audience, The Guardian

Mary Hamilton was the Guardian's executive editor, audience, for two years, after pioneering the news organisation's approach to audience development, community management and participatory journalism in Sydney and New York. She began her career in print journalism in Norfolk, and has also founded a small tabletop games studio. She is on Twitter as @newsmary.

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Sameer Padania

Consultant: innovation in journalism

Sameer Padania is an independent consultant focusing on innovation in journalism, human rights and philanthropy. He has worked for leading organisations in those fields - from Open Society, Bertha, The Philanthropy Workshop and GFMD to Tactical Tech, WITNESS, Global Voices and Access Info Europe - on a wide range of journalism, digital media and policy initiatives. In 2016, he was an Independent Assessor on the Google Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, prior to which he served for 3.5 years as a grant-making Program Officer in the Open Society Foundation's Program on Independent Journalism, where his focus was to track and fund experimentation in the field of journalism around the world. He is a trustee of 360Giving, which supports grantmaking organisations in the UK to publish their grants as open data, and is a member of the Editorial Board of UK open journalism start-up Publish.org.

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Nienke Venema

Director Democracy and Media Foundation

Nienke Venema is the director of Stichting Democratie en Media, a foundation committed to independent journalism and a strong and vigorous democracy through media-ownership and proactive grant programs. SDM co-founded the European Press Prize and is a shareholder of De Persgroep Nederland, De Correspondent and MediaHuis Nederland.  Previously, Nienke was the national director of Humanity in Action in The Netherlands, an international educational organization that runs Fellowship Programs on issues of social justice. She holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.

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Kristin Becker

Reporter and editor at ARD/SWR

Kristin is a journalist with the German public-service broadcaster ARD. She works in news reporting and is a member of the fact checking team ARD-faktenfinder which was launched this year to counter fake news and disinformation ahead of the German election. In this function she has been closely working with Tagesschau, Germany's leading daily news programme. 

As TV reporter Kristin has covered both national and international topics for ARD, its southwestern branch SWR and the French-German joint-venture ARTE.

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Jon Boogz

Movement artist, choreographer, and director

Jon Boogz is a movement artist, choreographer, and director who seeks to push the evolution of what dance can be – sharing with audiences of all backgrounds an appreciation of the melding of art forms while inspiring and bringing awareness to social issues.

Originally motivated to dance by the work of Michael Jackson, Boogz has choreographed for notable icons including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell, Gloria Estefan; for Pharrell’s Adidas Originals campaign to creative direct, choreograph, and perform in Movement Art Is: Standing Rock at ComplexCon; and as creative consultant for ads launching campaigns for Apple and Lexus. Boogz’s collaborators include TriBeCa Film Festival, DAIS, Lil Buck, and Flying Lotus; his choreography is used in FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”; Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE; and he was featured at the Geffen Playhouse’s “Backstage at the Geffen” with his dance company Control Freakz, Lil Buck, and spoken word artist Robin Sanders to honor Morgan Freeman and Jeff Skoll.  

Boogz recently wrote, choreographed, directed and danced in Color of Reality, a short film in collaboration with visual artist Alexa Meade.  The work continues to receive coverage internationally and won Great Big Story’s Art as Impact Award; Best Experimental at Toronto International Short Film Festival; and Concept Video of the Year from World of Dance, among others. His forthcoming projects seek to merge movement with fine art, film, technology, and the stage.

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Tirana Hassan

Crisis Response Director, Amnesty International

Tirana Hassan is the Director of Crisis Response for Amnesty International where she leads the organisation’s crisis response team, which specialises in rapid deployments, document IHL and human rights violations in times of conflict and crisis. Her team is also responsible for developing new technology to strengthen evidence gathering, including satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and video verification tools. She was previously the Senior Researcher for emergencies at Human Rights Watch and worked with humanitarian organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, Save the Children and UNICEF .

She has spent the last 15 years living and working in war zones around the world and specializes in investigating human rights violations and war crimes in conflict. She has carried out investigations in a multitude of crises including Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Egypt, Bahrain, Mali, Burma, Thailand and Bangladesh. Before joining Amnesty she worked in humanitarian operations across Africa and Asia focusing on the protection of women and children in conflict, including in Darfur, Aceh post-Tsunami, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Somalia and Liberia.

An Australian national, she started her career as a social worker, working on issues of youth homelessness. She was a founding member of one of Australia’s first NGOs to provide legal representation to refugees and asylum seekers and an advocate against mandatory detention, for which she was awarded the Australian Government’s centenary medal in 2001. 

She holds honors degrees in Social Work, from the University of South Australia and Law from the University of Adelaide and a masters in International Human Rights Law from Oxford.

With art installations by The Academy of Design.

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