Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Conference on Media, Development and Poverty Eradication, 1-2 May 2006

  • Rajpal Abeynayaka
    Editor, Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
  • Shatha Al Jobory
    Bureau Chief of BBC Arabic Radio, Iraq
  • Walid Al-Saqaf
    Walid Al-Saqaf is a journalist, former publisher and Editor-In-Chief of “Yemen Times” in Yemen. He led the newspaper for seven successive years since the 1999 demise of his father, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Saqaf, who established the journal in 1991. Al-Saqaf is a member of a number of international media associations and has been active in promoting press freedom and human rights in the Republic of Yemen and the Arab world.
  • Indrajit Banerjee
    Secretary General, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore
  • Steve Buckley
    Steve Buckley has been President of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) since 2003 and a member of the AMARC International Board since 1992. He is also a member of the International Council of IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange. Steve is Managing Director of Community Media Solutions, a UK-based media development agency. He has authored numerous reports and policy papers on media and development including, among others, for the UK Department for International Development, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Government of Ghana and the Ford Foundation. Steve was a founder of the UK Community Media Association in 1983 and as its chief executive from 1991 to 2004, he established the organisation as the sector body for community media in the UK.
  • Agnès Callamard
    Agnès Callamard took up the post as Executive Director of Article 19 in October 2004. She has evolved a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work. She is a former Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International, and as the organisation’s Research Policy Coordinator, she led amnesty’s work on women’s human rights. She has written and been published widely in the field of human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements and accountability and holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.
  • Teck Peng Chang
    Chang Teck Peng is Editor-in-Chief of an Independent Chinese news portal in Malaysia, www.merdekareview.com and co-founder of the Malaysia-based volunteer group called” Writers’ Alliance for Media Independence”. He is also a founder of the Media Studies Department, New Era College, a community-funded higher learning institution in Malaysia.
  • Sheila S. Coronel
    Sheila S. Coronel is Executive Director and one of the founders of the “Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism”. She is also editor of “I Report”, the Center’s quarterly publication, and previously worked for the “Philippine Panorama Magazine”, “The Manila Chronicle”, and also filed reports from Manila for “The New York Times”. In 1993, she published a collection of reportage entitled “Coups, Cults and Cannibals”. She has also edited and co-authored several books, including the PCIJ’s recently launched “The Rulemakers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress”. In 2003, Sheila Coronel received the “Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and the Creative Communication Arts”.
  • James Deane
    James Deane is Executive Director of the Panos Institute in London which seeks to facilitate informed and public debates in developing countries. A writer and journalist, he was formerly Director of the Panos AIDS Programme and of its Communications and Social Change Programme and was one of the founding members of the Institute.
  • Sunanda Deshapriya
    Spokesperson, Free Media Movement, Sri Lanka
  • Kunda Dixit
    Kunda Dixit is Editor and Publisher of the “The Nepali Times”weekly newspaper in Kathmandu. He is a well known journalist and editor, a strong defender of democracy and press freedom and has been promoting the networking of journalists in South Asia and the rest of the world. He also teaches journalism and is the author of several books, including Dateline Earth: Journalism As If the Planet Mattered.
  • Joergen Ejboel
    Joergen Ejboel is Chairman of “JP-Politikens Hus Denmark”, Denmark’s leading media company. He has an outstanding career in the Danish press as Editor-In-Chief of the main dailies and weekly magazines. He is also chairing the “Board of Serbian APM Print and Trans Press” on behalf of the WAN (World Association of Newspapers). Furthermore, Board member of the Danish-Egyptian Dialog Institute and participator in other media initiatives.
  • Catherine Gicheru
    Catherine Gicheru is the News Editor of “The Nation” group of newspapers. She has distinguished herself writing dispassionate, critical stories of the government of President Daniel Arap Moi. In 1992 her reporting was honored with a “Courage in Journalism Award” from the “International Women's Media Foundation”, which cited her exposé on the involvement of senior government officials in the embezzlement of funds from the country's national pension fund. Catherine Gicheru also investigated the involvement of Kenyan government officials in the assassination of a local political figure.
  • Daniel Kaufmann
    Daniel Kaufmann is the Director of Global Programs at the World Bank Institute (WBI) where he oversees the governance and knowledge agenda. Regarded as a leading expert, researcher, and adviser on governance and development, with his colleagues he has pioneered new empirical approaches and survey methodologies resulting in action programs and supports countries on good governance and anti-corruption programs and capacity building. He previously held positions at the World Bank heading Capacity Building for Latin America, managed a team on Finance, Regulation and Governance, and was as a Lead Economist in economies in transition in the research department.
  • Larry Kilman
    Larry Kilman is the Director of Communications, World Association of Newspapers (WAN).
  • Daoud Kuttab
    Daoud Kuttab is Director of “AmmanNet Jordan”. He has worked for several Arab and international publications and was the Co-Director of “Internews Middle East”. In 1995, he established the “Arabic Media Internet Network”. “AmmanNet” is the region's first radio station to broadcast solely on the internet.
  • Remzi Lani
    Remzi Lani is Executive Director of the “Albanian Media Institute”, an independent organization set up in 1995 whose main mission is to provide assistance to the Albanian media in order to strengthen their professional standards. Remzi Lani has worked as Chief Editor of "Zeri i Rinise" and as media coordinator with Soros. He has also worked as a correspondent for "El Mundo" and "Zeri" and has written a number of articles on Balkan affairs. He is co-author of "My Albania Ground Zero" and "Masters of Humanist Philosophy" and is the first President of the “South East Network of Media Centers and Media Institutes” and a founding member of the first human rights group in Albania.
  • Champika Liyanaarachchi
    Ms Champika Liyanaarachchi is the Associate Director of “Daily Mirror”. She is also an Executive Committee Member of the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) based in Trinidad, and a member of the Women in International Security Forum at Georgetown University in Washington. She has received the award ‘Women of Achievement in Media’ granted by the Sri Lanka Chapter of the Chicago-based international professional women’s group Zonta International.
  • Pippa Norris
    Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at theJohn F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. A political scientist and public speaker, her research compares election and public opinion, political communications, and gender politics. She is currently writing a new book, “Driving Democracy”, which examines the role of the free press as part of power-sharing arrangements in new democracies. It builds upon her 2001 paper “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Good Governance, Human Development, and Mass Communications.”
  • Anne-Sophie Novel
    Anne-Sophie Novel holds a Masters Degree in Economics of International Relations from the Institut de d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) of Paris. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Economics of International Relations, at the Groupe d'Economie Mondiale (Sciences-Po), on the subject of Trade Policies, Security and Transnational Terrorism. She has received awards and scholarships from the French Ministry of Defense, the German Council on Foreign Relations, as well as from the University of California at Berkeley, and has spent a year at the University of Edinburgh. Anne-Sophie Novel has also worked in several capacities for the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI, a think-tank based in Paris), as a research assistant on international trade policy analysis and global economy issues.
  • William Orme
    Bill Orme is chief of External Communications for the United Nations Development Programme. Before joining UNDP in November 2002 he served as the UN bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times, and as a Middle East correspondent for The New York Times. From 1992 to 1998 Orme was the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He was the founding editor of LatinFinance, a Miami-based business monthly, following a decade of reporting from Latin America for the Washington Post, The Economist, and other publications. He is the author of “Understanding NAFTA: Mexico, Free Trade and the New North America” (University of Texas, 1992/1996) and “A Culture of Collusion: An Inside Look at the Mexican Press” (University of Miami, 1997). He is an alumnus of Friends World College and has taught post-graduate courses in international journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.
  • Ananth Palakidnar
    News Editor, Daily News, Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd, Sri Lanka
  • Olena Prytula
    Olena Prytula is Editor-In-Chief of “Ukrayinska Pravda” in Ukraine. She was a correspondent for “Interfax Ukraine News Agency” from 1993 to 2000 and a stringer for Reuters from1993 to 1996. From 1995 to 1999, she covered all the events in President Leonid Kuchma's administration. Prytula began the Internet news site “Ukrayinska Pravda” in 2000 with opposition journalist Georgy Gongadze, who was later found murdered.
  • Alex Quarmyne
    Alex T Quarmyne is a community radio volunteer. He started his broadcasting career in Liberia in the 1950s. His professional involvement with community radio began with the Pacifica station KPFK in Los Angeles in the 60s. He served UNESCO as a Communication Specialist of the Division of Communication and Information for 26 years, working throughout in the field in Asia and Africa. While serving as UNESCO Regional Communication Adviser for Africa, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Homa Bay Community Radio Station in Kenya, which, though short-lived, is credited as being the first community radio station in Africa. On retirement to his home in Ghana, his first activity was to facilitate the establishment of the community radio station, Radio Ada. As Executive Director of Ghana Community Broadcasting Services (GCBS), he is a volunteer both of Radio Ada and the community radio movement in Ghana.
  • Lucian Rajakarunanayake
    Since 1960 Lucian Rajakarunanayake has worked as a journalist in Sri Lanka. Currently he works with Prajathanthra, the Foundation for Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka, and acts as Director for the Policy Research and Information Unit of the Presidential Secretariat. He contributes to The Guardian and The Observer news services in the United Kingdom, and is Director and Bureau Chief of NewsWatch, a Sri Lankan News Agency. M. Rajakarunanayake has been a columnist for the Daily News and the Sunday Observer since 1988. He has won numerous awards, including the 1994 Fellowship in Human Rights & Media Freedom from the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development, and the Award for Services Toward Media Freedom and Human Rights from the Sarvodaya Foundation in Sri Lanka. From 1997 to 1998 M. Rajakarunanayake acted as a member of the Governing Council of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX).
  • Narasimhan Ram
    Narasimhan Ram is Editor-In-Chief of “The Hindu”. He has been in reporting, editing, editorial writing, investigative journalism and magazine journalism since 1966. He was Associate Editor of “The Hindu” and the journal’s Washington correspondent as well as Editor of the fortnightly news magazine “Frontline” and the weekly “The Sportstar”. Since June 2003, he is Editor-In-Chief of “The Hindu”. In 1990, he was awarded the “Asian Investigative Journalist of the Year”.
  • Ashish Sen
    Ashish Sen is Director of “Madhyam Communications and VOICES”, and President of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) for the Asia Pacific Region. He has over two and a half decades of professional experience in print, broadcast and development communications. He was earlier Manager of Communications of “ActionAid India” and began his career as a journalist with” The Business Standard” and the “Ananda Bazar Group of Publications” in Calcutta. He writes regularly on development issues for mainstream newspapers development journals and publications. These include newspapers like the “New Indian Express”, “Asian Age” and “Bangalore Bias”. Among the recent publications he has edited are: “Community Radio – Step by Step” and “Our World, Our Voice, Our Media”.
  • Eduardo Matarazzo Suplicy
    Eduardo Matarazzo Suplicy is the first elected senator in the history of the Brazilian Labour Party (PT). Current Senator of Sao Paulo, he is one of the founders of PT and Member of the Executive and the National Directory of the Party. Elected Senator of the Republic for the mandate from 1991 to 1999, Suplicy occupied the position of leader of PT in the Federal Senate for three times. He obtained his MA and PhD at Michigan State University and his post-doctorate at Stanford University. Eduardo Suplicy is the author of several publications, including “The Effect of Mini devaluations in the Brazilian economy” (1975), “Commitment” (1978) and “The Program of Guaranteed Minimum Income” (1992).
  • S. Thillainathan
    Emeritus Professor of Tamil, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and Consultant of the National Integration Programme Unit of the Ministry of National Integration of Sri Lanka
  • Joe Thloloe
    Joe Thloloe is Chair of the “African Publishers Association South Africa” and Editor-in-Chief of a South African e-tv. He has spent 43 years in print and electronic media. He was Managing Editor and Deputy Editor of “Sowetan”, the country's most read daily newspaper, and he played a key role in the transformation of “SABC Television News” as the television program’s Editor-In-Chief.
  • Mike de Villiers
    Mike de Villiers is Development Director of IREX Europe and is leading the organization’s geographic expansion and project development in partnership with European governments and agencies and the European Union. He is a journalist and media program manager with over 10 years of international experience. From 2000 through 2004, de Villiers managed IREX’s development program in Macedonia. He has a strong background in international affairs and has covered global events as a reporter and editor with “BBC World Service Television”, “BBC World Service Radio”, and “British Columbia Television in Canada”.
  • Christopher WarrenChristopher Warren is the President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
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