Lisa Witter

As Chief Change Officer, Head of Europe and Partner at Fenton (currently on sabbatical), the largest public interest only communications firm in the world, she has been lead counsel for global political leaders, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, royalty, countless foundations such as the Atlantic Philanthropies, Open Society Foundations, The Ford Foundation, The Avon Foundation and more. She has partnered with non-profit organizations such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Transparency International, American Medical Association, The New York Academy of Medicine as well as organizations such as the International Criminal Court and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as numerous businesses.

She is the co-author of “The She Spot: Why Women are the Marketing for Changing the World and How to Reach Them” and is co-founder of the award-winning SheSource.org, an online brain-trust to help close the gender gap amongst commentators in the news media. She was awarded outstanding activist and expert on women’s issues by Oxygen.com and co-founded two organizations to encourage people to run for political office: EMERGE and Institute for a Democratic Future. She was award the Rising Star by the Washington State Democratic Party. In 2010, she was named one of 197 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

Salma Umber

Salma Umber is Chairperson/In charge, Department of Mass Communication G.C. University Faisalabad. She is PhD Fellow at University of Punjab Lahore/University of State Florida USA and working on the thesis entitled “Media Conflict Resolution: Portrayal of Kashmir Issue in the Editorial of US Press 1998 – 2008”. She has already worked for different media organizations covering different areas like Political Reporting, Parliamentary Reporting, Women Issues/ Human Rights, Special interviews/Articles. Salma Umber is official member of Legislative Watch Group Aurat Foundation (A Group Monitoring Women Related Laws) and Women Task Force Social Welfare Department Government of the Punjab.

Abebe Gellaw

Exiled Ethiopian journalist Abebe Gellaw was born and raised in Ethiopia. He currently resides in the United States. He was previously a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow and Yahoo International Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

He began his career in journalism in 1993 as a freelance writer focusing on human rights and political issues. In 1995, he was one of the founders and editors of an independent weekly, Addis Express, a weekly paper which was forced to close down in early 1996. From 1996-1998, he was a senior reporter and columnist for the Ethiopian Herald, the only English daily in the country. In late 1998, he was exiled to London.

Abebe won a number of awards and recognition for his work as a journalist and rights advocate. One of the recipients of the 2002 Champions for Change Millennium Award in the UK, he was honored a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. The following year he received the prestigious Human Rights Watch’s Hellman/Hammett award for persecuted writers. He was voted Person of the Year in 2012 by listeners and viewers of the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio. A few months earlier, he was sentenced in absentia to 15 years imprisonment, along with a number of prominent journalists and activists, under Ethiopia’s controversial anti-terrorism law. The Committee to Protect Journalists dismissed the sentencing as “baseless terrorism charges that tell the rest of the press corps that critical coverage of the government is an act of terrorism.”

Kevin Lu

Kevin W. Lu is Director for the Asia-Pacific region at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group. Lu serves as MIGA’s senior representative in the region and manages the agency’s regional presence in Singapore, Hong
Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. Lu is a member of MIGA’s senior management team.

Previously Lu was MIGA’s CFO and Director of the Finance and Risk Management Group. He has been an adviser to sovereign wealth fund clients of the World Bank, been responsible for investment portfolios totaling $16 billion, and participated in complex multilateral funding packages in excess of $25 billion for the World Bank’s concessional finance business. Lu served on various Bank Group committees and working groups, including the Emergency Management Team, the Business Continuity Management Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. Before joining the World Bank, Lu was associated with Credit Suisse First Boston and Global Risk Advisors LLC, both in New York. He was also on the adjunct faculty of American University’s Kogod School of Business.

Lu is a co-editor of Investing with Confidence: Understanding Political Risk Management in the 21st Century and a frequent speaker on emerging market finance at international conferences. He is a member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council of the Institute of International Finance based in Washington, DC and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on China. In 2010, Lu was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he co-chairs the Task Force on Emerging Markets Investments. Lu is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal.

Iqbal Jamil

Iqbal Jamil is an Assistant Professor/ Head at Department of Mass Communication & Media Sciences Greenwich University Karachi. Mr. Iqbal Jamil has over 26 years of experience in broadcast journalism. He served PTV for twentyfour years as Reporter, Producer and Senior News Editor. He also worked as Bureau Chief for Dunya TV. Master’s from Karachi University, Mr. Iqbal attended various workshops and courses organized by CNN, BBC, Reuters and PTV. He is heading the department of Media Sciences at Greenwich University.

Muna AbuSulayman

Muna AbuSulayman is an influential Arab and Muslim Media personality. She is also the former founding Secretary General of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation,[1] the philanthropic arm of HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Company[2] and co-host of one of MBC TV’s most popular social programs, Kalam Nawaem (“Speech of the Soft”). In 2004, Ms. AbuSulayman was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In this capacity, she is often called upon to speak on issues related to challenges facing the youth around the world. In 2007, she became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to be appointed by the United Nations Development Program as a Goodwill Ambassador. As a goodwill ambassador she is often invited to promote certain humanitarian causes such as Tetenus Shot Campaign in 2011 for Yamen. In 2007, the Middle East Excellence Awards Institute presented Ms. AbuSulayman the Achievements in Regional and International Relations Award. In 2009, she was named one of the most influential Muslims in the world. Muna is an Advisory board member of the Muslim Women’s Fund (MWF) which aims to strengthen Muslim women, benefit families and communities.

Selene Biffi

Selene Biffi is a humanitarian and social entrepreneur, founder of several social ventures like Plain Ink – free, educational comics created for children and communities in developing countries. She has also recently opened a school to revive traditional storytelling in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has been a consultant, trainer and speaker for organizations including the UN, the World Bank, OSCE, Council of Europe, Columbia University and Microsoft. Formerly part of the Taskforce on Innovative Startups of the Minister of Economic Development of Italy, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Innovation in The Third Sector of Banca Prossima (Banca Intesa). Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and WIRED, and she has received over forty awards and fellowships, including the UNAOC Intercultural Innovation Award and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise (Young Laureate).


Dr. Naif A. Al-Mutawa

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Recently, Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and most recently, President Barack Obama praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. Al-Mutawa has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University where he also earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. He holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and an MBA, also from Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where he triple majored in clinical psychology, English literature and history. He received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media from Tufts University, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations “ Marketplace of Ideas” Award, The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award presented at the 2009 World Economic Forum and has been named as one of WEF’s Young Global Leaders for 2011. In May 2012, he was chosen to be a Curator of the Kuwait chapter of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. He is also a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media. Dr. Naif was named by Arabian Business as one of The 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World and by Gulf Business as one the Top 100 Most Powerful Arabs for 2012 and 2013. Dr. Al-Mutawa is also the Founder of The Soor Center for Psychological Counseling and Assessment, Kuwait’s leading professional source of a broad range of psychological services.


Biola Alabi

Alabi has been honored as the Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was recently named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Africa. Alabi has spent the last four years helming M-Net’s increasing portfolio on the continent, most notably by expanding and enhancing the range of AfricaMagic channels available to audiences in subSaharan Africa as its Managing Director. Biola has been responsible for the successful launch of the language channels, and in May 2012, Alabi led an ambitious restructure of the AfricaMagic channels, expanding the channel line-up from five general to eight specifically themed entertainment channels. In addition, during that time, she oversaw four editions of the massively popular reality superseries Big Brother Africa with audiences turning Big Brother Revolution, All Stars, Amplified, and StarGame into household names.

Dr. Ali Adnan Ibrahim

Dr. Ali Adnan Ibrahim is a Vice President of the Al Baraka Banking Group in Bahrain, the world’s largest Islamic banking network, where he specializes in market-based strategies to economic development, Islamic micro-and-SME finance, corporate sustainability, in addition to mergers and acquisitions and Shariah-structuring. Ali is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, Washington DC. Before joining Al Baraka, he was a Counsel at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie. Ali has extensive experience in structuring large Islamic finance transactions and has also worked on several multi-billion dollar transactions involving international project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments, capital markets etc. Ali has previously advised the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on a range of policy issues including and the financing of hydropower projects in AJK and linking them with economic development of the people of AJK.
As Fulbright Scholar, Ali received his doctorate in law (Doctor of Juridical Sciences—SJD) with distinction in the field of international financial regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center and LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the Washington University School of Law specializing in securities regulation and comparative corporate governance. Ali has twice served as Co-Chair of Islamic Finance Committee of the American Bar Association and currently serves as its Senior Adviser.

Hammad Siddiqui

Hammad has over 25 years of experience of working in the private sector development, training, capacity building and designing and facilitating advocacy campaigns. He has worked extensively with business associations (chambers and sectoral associations) in Britain, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Azerbaijan etc. Recently the United Nations Development Program, Malaysia for conducting regional workshops for Small and Medium Enterprises engaged him. Focus of the program was; understanding SME needs, increasing outreach, improving policy advocacy and effective use of social media. He is a public speaker on topics such as career development, social media, leadership development etc. From 1990 to early 2006, Hammad served at the UK Trade and Investment, British Deputy High Commission, Karachi.  Hammad joined Center for International Private Enterprise (www.cipe.org) as Program Consultant. CIPE is a non-profit affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. He is also producing a series of short entrepreneurship sessions in Urdu language. He also writes a personal blog that is mainly focused at entrepreneurship development, social media marketing, branding and career development. He is a the author of the book on career development titled “Bootstrapping Your Career”

Michele Wucker

Michele Wucker is President of the World Policy Institute, a New York City based center for global thought leadership focused on emerging challenges, thinkers, and solutions; and Publisher of World Policy Journal. Ms. Wucker is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right and of Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and as a Guggenheim Fellow. She speaks often about the global economy, financial crisis, immigration, and women’s leadership, and has been a source for U.S. and international media including CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio. Formerly Latin America bureau chief for International Financing Review, she has written for many major publications including AmericaEconomia, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Wucker is a graduate of Rice University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she is an Adjunct Associate Professor. She is an advisor to the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, PEN, and the Authors Guild.


Pier Luigi Parcu

Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, EUI/RSCAS. He is Professor part–time at the European University Institute and, from 2009, Director of the Communications and Media Area at the Florence School of Regulation/EUI. He is from 2004 the Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. From 2000 to 2003, he has been CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN). From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. Previously, he served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research in the area of media focuses on the effects of ownership concentration and internal governance of the media enterprise on pluralism and freedom of expression, he also works in the area of industrial organization and law and economics especially on themes concerning the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms’ behaviour in network industries.

Andrea Calderaro

Andrea Calderaro is a researcher at the Centre for Media Freedom and Media Pluralism at the European University Institute, from where he also holds his PhD and M.Phil in Social and Political Sciences. His research focuses on Internet and International Politics. He works on the relation between Internet and conflict transformations, and their opportunities to support resilience and enhance freedom of expression. His publications include the guest-editing of ‘Policy and Internet’ special issue on “Online Collective Action and Policy Chance” (2013), and the inaugural issue of the International Journal of E-Politics, IJEP – “E-Politics in a Global Context” (2010).

He serves as Chair of the ECPR Internet and Politics standing group, a member of the CSISAC board at the OECD, and he is an Executive Member of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association. Previously, he has been lecturer at the University La Sapienza of Rome in “New Media and International Relations”, Visiting Scholar at the California Institute of Technology, and coordinated the “ICTs for the Global Governance of Peace and Security” Project at the University of Oslo (2012).

Alina Dobreva

Alina Dobreva works in the research staff of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom. Her research interests focus in the areas of political communications, relations between media and political players, media effects and democratisation, public opinion, political behaviour and elections. She has extensive research experience ranging from academic and NGO research projects to partisan and market research. Her research record includes number of projects, for example COST Action “East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda”, British Academy funded “Political Communications in New Democracies. Government-Media Relations in Transition, Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems (collaborator for Bulgaria), Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence. Alina also had been teaching various courses at the University of Leeds, including Political Campaigning and Public Opinion, Understanding the Audience, Research Methods, Media and Public Opinion. She was involved in electoral campaigns planning and execution, worked for the European Commission (Directorate General Communications) and the Ministry of Finance in Bulgaria.
She holds a PhD in Political Communications from the University of Leeds, UK and MA degrees in Political Science (Central European University, Budapest) and Psychology (Sofia University, Bulgaria) and a BA in Public Relation.

Abdulsalam Haykal

Abdulsalam Haykal is CEO of Haykal Group, which includes Transtek Systems, maker of the Middle East’s successful ERP package Compass; Haykal Media, publisher of print and online media in the Middle East, known for Arabic business news weekly magazine and portal Aliqtisadi.com; TMS Mobile for mobile services, and GSM network infrastructure products; SAC for mobile payment and e-banking services; and Eastwards Projects Consultants, which is active in commercial representation of multinationals across the Middle East.

Haykal serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, and of University of Kalamoon in Syria, and on the President’s Advisory Board of the EARTH University in Costa Rica. In 2009, Haykal was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, the first Syrian to receive this recognition. In 2010, he represented Syria at President Obama’s Entrepreneurship Summit, and in 2012, he was profiled in Arabian Business magazine’s annual list of the 500 Most Influential Arabs. He is featured as a management role model in Pearson’s Arab world edition of the textbook: “Management.”

Haykal is the co-founder and president of the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association, and the founder of other NGOs focusing on education and youth empowerment. He holds a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut and an MA in International Relations from SOAS/University of London, and has completed executive modules at Harvard University.

Dr. Saleem H. Ali

Dr. Saleem H. Ali is Professor of International Studies and Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also a tenured Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Vermont in the US. His books include “Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future” (Yale Univ Press) and “Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan’s Madrassas” (Oxford UP). He has been a regular contributor for various Pakistani newspapers including The News, The Daily Times, The Express Tribune and most recently for The Friday Times. He also maintains a blog on the Huffington Post and National Geographic’s Newswatch. Dr. Ali has also produced several short documentary films on environmental conflicts and was a radio commentator for Vermont Public Radio. He received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry summa cum laude from Tufts University.

Dr Ghulam Shabir

Dr. GhulamShabiris the Professor and Chairman at Department of Media Studies, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Dr. Ghulam Shabir completed Ph.D. in Mass Communication (2001), from The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan under the supervision of Prof Dr. Miskeen Ali Hijazi and Post Doc. (2008-2009) from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Colin. B. Grant, Dean Faculty of International Relations, Communication, Sociology. Dr.Shabir have worked and currently working with various media organizations. Dr. Shabir writes articles, columns and features for the leading national and international newspapers on current political, economic and social issues in the perspective of Development Communication, International/Global Communication, Media and Democracy, Human Rights Media & Governance, Media Laws and Ethics, Communication Policy and Islam & Western Media.

Imran Ahmad Khan

Imran Ahmad Khan is a communications and population mobilization specialist, with over twenty years’ experience in the sector, which has necessitated close engagement with politics, diplomacy, government, the military and the media.
Imran has taken the lead on numerous donor funded projects throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan.Through his Non-Governmental Organisation Transnational Crisis Project (www.crisisproject.org), Imran has been involved in community engagement and communication for six years, including detailed on-ground research. In 2010 he founded the Pakhtoonkhwa Arts and Culture Project (www.pacp.org.pk). Currently, his organisation is also involved in on-ground media training in Syria (www.syrianvoices.org). The initiative is training citizen journalists in Syria who are caught in the ongoing conflict. Imran has lectured widely including at the National Defence University (NDU) in Washington DC, the Counter Terrorism Center, West Point (CTC) , The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the British Parliament and elsewhere. In 2010 he was appointed a ‘Leading Thinker’ by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy. Imran’s previous roles include Special Advisor on Terrorism and the Muslim World to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of Communications at the Syrian Media Centre in London, and Advisor to the first President of Belarus, Stanislav S. Shushkevich. Imran is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London.

Dr. Arshad Ali

Dr. Arshad Ali currently heads the NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, managing more than 100 faculty members and more than 1500 students. With over 30 years of research, management and teaching experience, he has demonstrated proficiency in establishing academic and research collaborations, securing funding, forging strong international industrial linkages. He is leading research in area of distributed computing applications, collaborating with Caltech USA and Center for European Nuclear Research (CERN) scientists, Switzerland. This research effort helped NUST in attaining “CMS-CERN Associate Institute” status. His active partnership helped in attracting USD 2.75 Mil fund from Stanford University USA, Caltech USA, CERN Geneva, Keyung Hee University Seoul Korea and European Union. Through his efforts, many students have availed exchange opportunities in Europe and USA. He has been instrumental in arranging faculty development programs at both national and international levels. His efforts were rewarded through numerous awards.

Zahid Hussain

An award-winning journalist and writer. Worked as Pakistan correspondent for The Times of London ( 1996-2012), The Wall Street Journal ( 2001-2012) and Newsweek (2000-2009). Covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for several other international publications, including the Associated Press, The Economist and India Today. He is senior editor Newsline and a regular columnist for the DAWN newspaper.
Have authored two books: Frontline Pakistan: The struggle with militant Islam (2007) and The scorpion’s tail: The relentless rise of Islamic militants in Pakistan (2010). The books have won widespread acclaim as seminal texts on the subject.

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan

Muhammad Ashraf Khan is the founder and chairman at Department of Mass Communication Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan. The Department of Mass Communication came into being with the bifurcation of the Department of Political Science and Mass Communication on 15.12.1996. Previously in its old shape the Department was pursuing an evening program of diploma course in Mass Communication since 1987, which was upgraded to Master’s level in 1991, fulfilling the desire and demand of the people of the region.Muhammad Ashraf Khan has done his Ph.D. from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan, Pre-doctoral Research from Turkey, and Post-Doc from USA and Broadcast Journalism Fellowship from (UK).

Suzanne Harris

Suzanne Harris is a PhD student at Hong Kong Baptist University looking into China’s soft power in Southern African. Prior to this, Suzanne has been working in the field of media and development for the past 6 years for organisations such as the Open Society Foundations Media Program overseeing their youth media work, Beyond Good Intentions as a citizen journalist and researcher covering the non/effectiveness of foreign aid in Malawi, MTV’s Staying Alive HIV/AIDS campaign, and for Amnesty International as public speaker on human rights. She is also trustee of the UK charity FORWARD which safeguards African women’s sexual and reproductive rights and is an associate for the Center for International Media Ethics.
In 2010, she also started her own business called Changing the Face of Africa which explores creative ways to teach critical thinking and media literacy that challenges mainstream media’s unbalanced view of Africa.

Mark Glaser

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He is a longtime freelance writer and editor, who has contributed to magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Wired and Conde Nast Traveler, and websites such as CNET and the Yale Global Forum. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Renee and son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal

Dr. M. Zafar Iqbal is Associate Professor and chairman, Department of Media and Communication Studies International Islamic University Islamabad. He aims to accomplish his department in such a manner that can be useful for the media professionals, academic scholars, researchers, NGOs, policy makers and regulators.

Patrick Butler

Butler oversees the development and execution of ICFJ programs and supervises program personnel. He previously worked as a reporter and writer for 10 years at The State (Columbia, S.C.) working on general assignment, business and feature news. Before joining The State, he worked at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the San Jose Mercury News. Butler completed a five-month Knight International Press Fellowship in Nicaragua in 1999. He has a B.A. in Spanish and journalism from the University of Missouri. He is fluent in Spanish and is proficient in French.

Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj

Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj  is the Associate Professor/Chairman at Department of Mass Communication Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. Dr. He has completed his PhD/ Mass Communication from B.Z. University Multan Pakistan and Post doctorate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Siraj was co-author in “Portrayal of Violence against Women in PTV dramatized programs” (2009) Global Media Journal. Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj attended the Conference on “War or Peace Journalism in Elite U.S. Newspapers: Exploring News Framing on Pakistan-India Conflict” Montreal, Canada (5/21/2008-5/24/2008). Dr. Siraj is heading the department with the passion to to strengthen media education and research in Pakistan for the working and budding journalists/media researchers/analysts and teachers.

Babar Taimoor

Taimoor oversees ICFJ media development programs, including the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism. He has managed ICFJ e-learning programs in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Peru and Swaziland and worked to create the International Association for Religion Journalists, an independent organization which was incubated at ICFJ and launched in March 2012. Before joining ICFJ, Taimoor worked as project manager for media at the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. He previously worked as a graduate assistant at Boston University’s International Relations Department and Journalism Department. He has a joint M.A. in international relations and international communication from Boston University and a B.Sc. from Lahore University of Management Sciences. He has also completed a course on Global Media and International Conflict at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is a native Urdu speaker, fluent in English.

Dr. Farish Ullah Yousifzai

Farish Ullah Yousafzai completed his post-doctorate fellowship in the area of health communication from WKW School of Communication, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2006-2007. He has done his Ph.D. in campaigns’ effects in the area of health communication from University of Karachi in 2002. His area of interest is health communication effects and several national and regional journals have published his articles. His second area of interest is war and peace journalism.

Jehan Ara

Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA. She has been spearheading efforts at P@SHA for the past 10 years during which time she was responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners. Jehan has 29 years experience in Marketing, Communications and interactive New media in Hong Kong, the Far East, the UAE and Pakistan. She is a motivator, an entrepreneur, a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of Information and Communication Technologies beyond pure traditional business, to empower and enable communities. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and at colleges and universities across Pakistan and the region. She also writes for various industry publications.

Ms. Noshina Saleem

Institute of Communication Studies has been the centre of attention for hundreds of students and teachers of communication in South Asia since 1941. It was started from a single room, at the old campus in 1941, under the chairmanship of Pirthvi Paul Singh. The department was upgraded on February 24th, 2006 as the “Institute of Communication Studies”.

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 Mediain order to support media in transition and post-conflict countries and areas where freedom of expression is under threat.

Dr. Anjum Zia

Dr. Anjum Zia is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of Department of Mass Communication Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. She has been in the teaching profession since past 24 years. She took the charge of Chairperson of department of Mass Communication in 2012. The topic of her Ph. D research thesis was “Effect of Cable Television on women in Pakistan; a comparative study of light and heavy viewers in Lahore, Pakistan”.

She has been awarded Post Doctorate Scholarship by HEC in 2012, Best University Teacher Award in 2011 by HEC, Frogh-e-Taleem Gold Medal Award in 2011, Excellent Performance Gold Medal 2010, Presented by Azeem Ara Foundation, Lahore and Journalism Fourth Estate Award 2008, presented by Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

The fervent efforts of Dr. Anjum Zia have made it possible the collaboration of various NGOs and organizations with Lahore College for Women University to conduct various research projects which proved beneficial for both the faculty as well as students of Department of Mass Communication.

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.

Pr. Dr. Muhammad Nawaz Mahsud

The Department of Communication Studies was established in 2003. It aims at equipping students with theoretical knowledge and comprehensive understanding of media production. The media industry now totally depends upon digital technology for capturing, processing, transmitting, storing and outpouring the images, texts and sounds that they communicate. Media courses at University of Sargodha have been designed to meet national and international development needs.

Thomas Baerthlein

Thomas has more than 15 years experience working in media and international development. Before moving to headquarters, he was Internews Europe’s Project Director in Pakistan for 2 years, running the successful and innovative Media for Early Flood Recovery project.
Prior to joining Internews, Thomas worked for Deutsche Welle in Germany for more than a decade as a journalist for their radio, online and TV programmes and also running their South Asia service. He has a Master of Arts in Modern Asian Studies from the University of Heidelberg. He is a German national and speaks English, German, Chinese, Urdu and Hindi.

Phyza Jameel

Working for UNESCO Islamabad office as Communication and Information Expert, Phyza Jameel is working in Pakistan, with the mandate; to contribute towards ” freedom of expression” and ” access to information”. issues. Currently she is implementing a program on “Safety of Journalists and Impunity issues in Pakistan” as part of UN Action Plan. She had been a Broadcast journalist in her earlier life, and has studied in National College of Arts, Stanford University and Central European University.

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. She is Pakistan’s first female cricket journalist and writer. She then diversified into the field of Advertising, and headed the creative departments of three key agencies of Pakistan.

She 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 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 forums where the agenda of environment is discussed.
She is member of the LEAD Pakistan Cohort, working on her Fellowship on the theme of “Green Economies,” and a course from ILO Gender Campus.

Afia contributes to different publications and web forums on the subject of environment, and is also involved in media trainings on the subject of gender, aside from research on media issues.

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.

Ujjwal Acharya

Ujjwal Acharya is the Digital Editor of Annapurna Post, a Nepali national daily published from Kathmandu, Nepal and chairs the Digital Media Committee at the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ). During his 12 years as professional journalism, he worked for three major daily newspaper – both in English and Nepali – in various positions. Before taking up current position, he was online editor at Republica national daily and sports bureau co-ordinator at The Kathmandu Post national daily before that.

As the pioneer blogger in Nepal, Acharya led the Internet-based media’s fight for democracy in 2004/5 when mainstream media were tightly censored through his blogs and is a leading advocate of Internet freedom and Freedom of Expression. He also teaches journalism, part-time, at Tribhuvan University and is associated with Center for Media Research – Nepal (CMR-Nepal) as a media researcher.

Apart from his Masters’ Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Tribhuvan University, he has attended academic and non-academic courses at the International Summer School of University of Oslo, International Academy of Journalism (Intajour) Germany and Ohio State University.

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.