David Brewer

David Brewer is a Media consultant specializing in newsroom convergence & editorial, online and social media strategy. Brewer builds editorial propositions based on impartial, objective and reliable journalism. He also works one-to-one with media CEOs and news directors as a social media coach helping them understand and get started in social networking.

David’s journalistic career spans newspapers, radio, TV, and online. He was the launch managing editor of BBC News Online in 1997, moved to CNN in 2000 to set up CNN.com EMEA and CNNArabic.com, and was an editorial consultant for the launch of Al Jazeera English in 2006.

David works with a number of media development organisations in Asia, SE Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the CIS and Central America. He set up Media Helping Media in order to support media in transition and post-conflict countries and areas where freedom of expression is under threat.

Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali is a print and television journalist who has worked with some of the leading media outlets in Pakistan. He is also the first Pakistani to have won The Asia Foundation’s prestigious William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution.

Ali joined DawnNews in March 2007 and launched his own primetime television show on Pakistan’s foreign policy and regional security challenges. Eye of the Storm extensively analyzed Islamabad’s role in the U.S.-led war on terror, conflict in Afghanistan, Islamist insurgency in the troubled northwestern territories of the country, Pakistan’s ties with Iran and its ambivalent relations with India. Currently, Ali is working as Research Consultant with the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in Islamabad.

His research papers on Pakistan-based militant groups, their subtle indoctrination techniques and Islamabad’s responses to the threat of terrorism have been published in the organization’s quarterly journal, Conflict and Peace Studies. Ali has also participated as a speaker in a number of seminars focusing on religious radicalization and extremism and edited portions of a comprehensive research book, Understanding the Militants’ Media in Pakistan: Outreach and Impact. He has spent ten years in journalism. Before relocating to Islamabad and joining DawnNews, Ali was working in Lahore as Assistant Foreign Editor with a leading Pakistani English-language broadsheet, Daily Times.

David Hayward

David Hayward is head of the programme at the BBC College of Journalism, a series of conferences, masterclasses, debates and discussions on all issues surrounding journalism.

David has been a BBC journalist for 17 years. He began his career at Radio Leicester and has since worked across the BBC, as a reporter, producer and editor in network radio, TV and for the BBC World Service in Bosnia, Romania and Albania. Before taking up his current post, he was the TV Editor at BBC South Today in Oxford and ran the BBC local TV pilot in the West Midlands.

He lectures and writes about the changing nature of journalism and the importance of journalistic ethics, regularly speaking at conferences both in the UK and internationally.


Kirsten Mongensen

Kirsten Mogensen is an Associate Professor in Journalism at Roskilde University, Denmark. Her main research interest is journalism philosophy and professional norms.

In 2010 and again in 2011 she was program chair for the academic track of a major international conference at Stanford University exploring journalism and other forms of communication about innovation. In 2010 she was a visiting scholar at Stanford Center for Innovation and Communication, Stanford University, and during that time she interviewed a number of influential journalists in Silicon Valley.

From 2001- 2010 she published research about the professional norms and values related to the television coverage of September 11, 2001, on major American Television networks. This research project was done in cooperation with scholars at Louisiana State University.

Mogensen has a background in journalism. She graduated from the Danish School of Journalism 1976 and studied Television News Production at University of Minnesota 1976-77. She has worked as a journalist at newspapers and in broadcast.

Apart from university research, Mogensen is also involved in international post-conflict aid, working within the EU, OSCE and the Danish Foreign Ministry. Her international work experiences include visiting fellow at Louisiana State University 2001-02, Chief Press Officer for Aceh Monitoring Mission 2005-06 and visiting scholar at Stanford University 2010. She has been an international election observer in Sierra Leone (EU, 2007), Moldova (OSCE, 2009) and Kyrgyzstan (OSCE, 2010).

Dr. Asher Hasan                                                                                 

Dr. Asher Hasan is a 2009 member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a TED Fellow and a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur Fellow for 2009-2011. In addition, Naya Jeevan and he are the recipients of a $75,000 1st prize in the 2008 NYU Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition.

Prior to launching Naya Jeevan, Dr. Hasan served in the capacity of Senior Director of the US Medical Affairs Obesity team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

During his tenure in the biopharmaceutical industry, Dr. Hasan also completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from New York University’s Stern School of Business.


Leila Bičakčić

Leila Bičakčić is the Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was a founding member of CIN serving as its business manager from the day of establishment of teh organization.  In 2007 she became Director. 

Prior to joing CIN, she has worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UNICEF, and the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative, where she worked for nine years as a finance manager and regional financial trainer. A Sarajevo native, she holds a degree in basic physics and a degree in economy from the University of Sarajevo.

Air Marshal Masood Akhtar (R)

Air Marshal Masood Akhtar (R) has been a fighter pilot for over 33 years. He has worked at senior appointments in the Pakistan Air Force. He has also been Commandant Air War College and Chief Instructor at the National Defence Course at (National Defence University).

With a Masters in War Studies, he is a graduate of the Turkish Air War College and Armed Forces War Course at the NDU. He has lectured extensively on ‘Air Power Doctrine and Strategy’ at Staff and War Colleges and has been a visiting faculty for “Statecraft and National Security” at the National Security Workshop at NDU and at Institute of Public Policy Lahore. His lecture circuit also includes a talk at Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi on the subject of “Globalization, National Security and its impact on the Corporate World”. He has also defended Pakistan’s contribution to the War on Terror at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Institute of International Strategic Studies (IISS) in the UK. The Air Marshal also excels in “Strategic Leadership required in a Globalized World”, “Core Competencies for the Bureaucracy and for Political, Military and Corporate Leadership” and “Blue Ocean and Competence-Based Corporate Strategies”.


Afia Salam

Afia Salam did her Masters in Geography from the University of Karachi and in 1978 ventured into the field of journalism. Is Pakistan’s first female cricket journalist and writer. Diversified into the field of Advertising, and headed the creative departments of three key agencies of Pakistan. Salam has accumulated experience of print, electronic and web journalism. With the environmental agenda close to her heart, she headed IUCN Pakistan’s Education, Communications and Outreach Unit.

She is an adviser to National Forum for Environment and Health, an NGO and has served on the jury for the AEAA (Annual Environment Excellence Awards). She has facilitated several media trainings on environment, including “Communicating Climate Change” on behalf of IUCN and Oxfam GB, “Environmental Journalism” for PPF and UNESCO, “Impacts of mining on the environment” for LEAD Pakistan, and has been a panelist on many youth forums where the agenda of environment is being discussed.

She is a LEAD Pakistan Cohort, working on her Fellowship on the theme of “Green Economies.” She is currently with Pakistan’s first organized web tv channel and now hosts her web show Afia Salam Show and Off the Cuff on www.247online.tv and is the senior editor at www.speakforchange.org.


Fiyaz Mughal

Fiyaz Mughal is the Founder and Director Faith Matters has over 15 years experience in the community and voluntary sector in positions that have included social policy lobbying, project and general management and conflict resolution.

Fiyaz has worked in a number of organizations providing training to women right through to European transnational faith related programmes and advice and information projects.

Faith Matters works on reducing extremism and developing platforms for discourse and interaction between Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish communities right across the UK. It also works extensively on community cohesion, interfaith, conflict resolution and prevent programmes at a local, national and international level.



Johann Brandstatter

Johann Brandstatter, 49, native of the beautiful city of Salzburg in Austria. He started photography with landscape and nature after his father gave him a camera on his twelfth birthday. During his career in the armed forces he began to shoot photo reports, focusing on military and defense issues.

From 1989 onwards he documented several trekking and diving expeditions. With the digital revolution in photography, Johann began working as a freelance photojournalist for various newspapers and magazines in Austria and Germany.

Johann now is a freelancer for the British nes photo agency Demotix, mostly covering the Balkans and Turkey. He is also documenting crises and conflicts, like the Kosovo crisis. He is residing in Sofia, Bulgaria, with his wife, also a journalist.


Jamila J Aslam

Jamila Aslam is an Advocate- High court. She runs a law partnership firm called Jamila Aslam Law Associates.  Jamila has a vast and varied experience in the field of Civil, Criminal, Corporate, Family, Labour, Customs, Banking, Revenue, Services and various other laws. Jamila J. Aslam, Advocate – High Court is on the PTCL panel of lawyers and has attended to a number of cases assigned by PTCL at the lower and High Court level. Jamila J Aslam is also Vice President of the Autism Society of Pakistan. She is an alumnus of the National Defence University by token of the fact that she was a participant of the National Security Workshop 12.

Jamila J Aslam was summoned by the High Court Toronto as an expert on Muslim Family Law and the decision of the Honourable Court was taken on the basis of her testimony and expert opinion. The judgment propounded on the intricacies of the Sharia law on family matters.  Jamila J Aslam has had the singular honour of having being elevated to the bench of the Lahore High Court as a Justice.  During her tenure as Judge of the High Court she was recommended by the Chief Justice of Pakistan to attend a Training of Trainers, three-week course in Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto in Canada. Jamila J Aslam has also had the appearing before a Field General Court Martial. This was the first time in the history of the Pakistan Army that a female lawyer was given right of audience before a Martial Law Court. This was also the first time in the legal history of the country that a DNA was admitted as evidence. Jamila J Aslam won this case. Jamila J Aslam has also served as Prosecutor NAB.


Geoff Wright

Geoff Wright is an Australian who trained as a civil engineer and hydrologist and now has
around 40 years experience in the management and planning of water resources and the coastal zone, as well as policy development, hydrology and computer modelling.

He has worked in both the public and private sectors on a wide range of water related projects. From 1988 to 1999 held high level executive positions (Director or Executive Director) in the Departments of Water Resources, and Land and Water Conservation, in New South Wales. Has been responsible for the direction and management of a division of over 300 engineers, scientists and support staff engaged in research, planning, design and implementation of projects of a wide range of water resource development and management projects.

Since 1998 Geoff has worked as an independent consultant, working in more than ten countries in Asia, Africa and Australia on projects for the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, AusAID, Danida and UNDP.

These days he lives in Indonesia.

Naveen Naqvi

Naveen Naqvi is Executive Director of Gawaahi, a nongovernment organisation that makes videos for awareness and advocacy campaigns, especially for the benefit of women. Prior to this, she was a Senior Anchor at DawnNews and Bureau Chief and Producer Pakistan for NBC News in Islamabad.




Margie Fishman 

Margie Fishman (USA) is an award-winning journalist with more than a dozen years of experience contributing to  national newspapers, magazines, websites, and trade publications. She is a CIME Fellow 2012.

As a former beat reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Raleigh News & Observer, she covered politics, business, housing, and education, and was dispatched to the field to report on Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Margie’s list of freelance clients includes National Geographic, Newsday, Wise Bread, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Emory University, Georgia Magazine, and many more. She writes frequently about trends in higher education and personal finance on her website, www.margiereports.com.


Shamim Zaidi

Shamim Zaidi has 35 years of processional experience of working with the Government of Pakistan as well as International Organizations. Currently she is Chairperson, department of Communication Sciences Program at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. She was the Former Director of Heritage Museum Ministry of Culture & Tourism. Shamin Zaidi was also a director at the Lok Virsa Museum, engaged in research, documentation and dissemination of cultural heritage of Pakistan. Shamim Zaidi has been associated with several national & international organizations and is an active member/ officer Leader of a number of NGO’s including Rotary International & SOROPTIMIST International. She has traveled extensively and represented her Institution/ Government on international forums as leader of delegation.


Rolf Rosenkranz

Rolf Rosenkranz serves as editor at Devex, a leading online platform for the global development community which provides business and career intelligence, breaking news and more to half a million people working or interested in international cooperation, humanitarian aid and global health. Rolf oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Recent Pakistan coverage has focused on a variety of issues including infrastructure development, civil society engagement and security. Prior to joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf was managing editor at a subscription-based news service in Washington covering health policy. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.




Tarek Mounir

Tarek Mounir is an Egyptian journalist, and traditional and new media relations reporter. At the same time he is the head of the Cultural Section of Al-Raai newspaper, as well as a columnist, translator, and producer. He has served as an Egypt correspondent for the Paris-based watchdog organization Worldwide Press Freedom and Reporters Without Borders since 2005, and as a team member of the cross-cultural joint project HijabSkirt Info since 2010.





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