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  • Managing Director, Dubai Media City (DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and Dubai Production City (DPC), UAE

    Majed Al Suwaidi was appointed as the Managing Director for Dubai Media City (DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and Dubai Production City (DPC) in March 2016.

    Prior to his current role, Majed was the Managing Director of Dubai Internet City (DIC), the MENA region’s largest ICT business community and Dubai Outsource City (DOC), a modern, hi-tech business hub dedicated to the growing outsourcing industry.

    Majed began his career at TECOM Group as the Director of Business Development for DIC and DOC where he developed the business parks’ strategy of business partner acquisition and retention. Under his leadership, both business communities witnessed success and the effective implementation of TECOM Group’s strategy, a world-class business community developer, by delivering maximum value to business partners, stakeholders, and community as well as improving the market share.

    He played a crucial role in supporting and fostering startups, entrepreneurs and technology SMEs within DIC, enhancing the technology ecosystem in Dubai. Under his leadership, Dubai Internet City launched in5 innovation centre to support start-ups in technology in 2012 and was named a Strategic Partner of Smart Dubai in 2015

  • Managing Director, Dubai Media City (DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and Dubai Production City (DPC), UAE

    Majed Al Suwaidi was appointed as the Managing Director for Dubai Media City (DMC), Dubai Studio City (DSC) and Dubai Production City (DPC) in March 2016.

    Prior to his current role, Majed was the Managing Director of Dubai Internet City (DIC), the MENA region’s largest ICT business community and Dubai Outsource City (DOC), a modern, hi-tech business hub dedicated to the growing outsourcing industry.

    Majed began his career at TECOM Group as the Director of Business Development for DIC and DOC where he developed the business parks’ strategy of business partner acquisition and retention. Under his leadership, both business communities witnessed success and the effective implementation of TECOM Group’s strategy, a world-class business community developer, by delivering maximum value to business partners, stakeholders, and community as well as improving the market share.

    He played a crucial role in supporting and fostering startups, entrepreneurs and technology SMEs within DIC, enhancing the technology ecosystem in Dubai. Under his leadership, Dubai Internet City launched in5 innovation centre to support start-ups in technology in 2012 and was named a Strategic Partner of Smart Dubai in 2015

  • Digital Strategist, Apple, USA

    Maha Al-Emam

    Maha is a digital strategy consultant and former Vice President of Product and Technology at NBC Digital Entertainment. Previously she was Head of Global Product at Bloomberg, responsible for the entire product suite and strategic direction for and overseeing the product and project management teams for news, markets, digital multi-media, and publishing applications. She was instrumental in advancing's Live & Video verticals to an industry leader in streams viewed on a News and Finance site.

    Before joining Bloomberg, Maha was the Director of International Markets Technology for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Asia Pacific where she played a crucial role as part of the executive team responsible for extending the Journal’s local language portfolio into larger European economies.

  • Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Middle East Committee, KSA

  • Chairman at UTURN, SA

    Kaswara Al-Khatib Chairman & CEO UTURN, a serial entrepreneur who is recognized as a pioneer of Media and film production in Saudi Arabia.

    From FullStop a small independent creative boutique agency established in 2002 to a fully-fledged communication group including Advertising, Digital & Social Media, Film Production, photography & 3D studios to UTURN the leading Online Entertainment network.

    His recent venture UTURN evolved from a content maker to an online entertainment network that provides edgy, Arabic, relevant, and quality online content targeting Arab Audience worldwide through innovation and creativity, with more than +1,650,000,000 views and a massive fan base not only in Saudi, but across continent boundaries, with +27,000,000 followers/subscribers across the different social media platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Yahoo), The Financial Times named UTURN the largest MCN in the region.

    Kaswara is an Endeavor Global Entrepreneur, he was named KSA’s first EY Entrepreneur of the year 2014, he was also nominated for EY WEOY (world Entrepreneur Of the Year) 2014 and Arabian Business Achievement Awards awarded him SME business of the year 2014.

  • vice-président, Investissements, XPND Capital

    Eric Albert, XPND Capital

    Éric Albert, vice-président, Investissements, est un dirigeant chevronné possédant une vaste expérience internationale dans les opérations, la finance, les ventes, le marketing, le développement commercial et les fusions et acquisitions dans les industries des technologies, médias et des télécommunications. Plus récemment, Éric était v.p. exécutif avec Stingray Digital Inc., où il était responsable des différents aspects reliés aux opérations et a également participé activement aux initiatives de fusions et acquisitions de la société. Avant de rejoindre Stingray, Éric a travaillé à Radio-Canada où il était directeur général de Galaxie, le service audio numérique payant de la Société. Auparavant, Éric a été chef des opérations en Amérique du Nord pour Gameloft, un développeur de contenu mobile affilié à Ubisoft. Avant Gameloft, Éric a occupé plusieurs postes de ventes, marketing et opérations dans le secteur des technologies de l’information et de l’électronique de consommation. Éric est membre de l’Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec et détient une Maîtrise en administration des affaires avec concentration en gestion des technologies de l’École des sciences de la gestion à l’UQAM.

  • Investigative Reporter and Video Journalist, ICIJ

    Scilla Alecci is an investigative reporter and video journalist for International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Scilla heads ICIJ's Asia Desk, coordinating the investigative work of ICIJ's partners and members in Asia. A native of Italy, before coming to the U.S., Scilla was based in Tokyo where she worked for Bloomberg News and other news organizations. In 2016 she was a member of the Japanese reporting team that took part in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation. Her work has also been published by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Japanese magazine Shukan Asahi and others. Scilla holds master's degrees in East Asian studies and journalism. She recently published a book in Japanese about the Panama Papers and the new frontiers of investigative journalism. In addition to being a reporter with ICIJ, Scilla was invited to become an ICIJ member in 2017.

  • President, Global Partnerships, Google, USA

    Daniel Alegre

    Daniel oversees all of Google's partnerships worldwide, working with Google partners large or
    small to grow their businesses with Google products across all platforms, whether desktop,
    mobile or connected devices. His team’s activities range from inventory monetization, to mobile,
    commerce, travel and payments across the company.
    Prior to running Google's partnerships, Daniel was President of Google’s sales and operations
    for the Asia Pacific region based out of Tokyo, and prior to that, for Latin America sales.
    Daniel sits on the Board of Directors of Select Comfort (Nasdaq: SCSS), a Minnesota
    Corporation. He holds dual degrees from Harvard University: an MBA from Harvard Business
    School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree
    from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is
    fluent in English, Spanish, French and German, and is proficient in Russian.

  • Assistant Chair (UG), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University

    Hedwig Alfred is currently the Assistant Chair (Undergraduate Studies) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. A former award-winning news reporter with The Straits Times and The New Paper’s first news editor, she now teaches reporting and writing modules at the university, where she has received the NTU Teaching Excellence Award for her work.

  • Editor-in-Chief of Sayidaty, Al Jamila and Arrajol Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia

    وشهادة الماجستير في الصحافة الدولية من جامعة سيتي البريطانية، ويمتلك حصيلة خبرة تفوق العشرين عاماً في شؤون الإعلام التقليدي والجديد.

    بدأ مسيرته المهنية في جريدة الشرق الأوسط في لندن قبل أن ينضم كمراسل لجريدة عرب نيوز التي تصدر باللغة الانجليزية. وانضم الى صحيفة الفاينشال تايمز اللندنية كصحفي زائر

    أنتقل للعمل في جريدة الإقتصادية التي تصدر في المملكة العربية السعودية، ليصبح صحافياً منتظماً فيها، ثم مسؤولاً عن صفحتها الأولى ومدير تحريرها فيما بعد. عام 1997 تولى منصب رئاسة تحرير مجلة الرجل التي كانت تصدر في لندن، عن المجموعة السعودية للأبحاث والتسويق. ومن خلالها حصل على جائزة الخليج للتميز عام 2002  إثر النجاح الكبير الذي حققته المجلة في تلك الفترة.

    وفي عام 2004 أصبح رئيس تحرير مجلة سيدتي ومجلة الجميلة، الصادرتان عن المجموعة نفسها، لينتقل بهما بعد عام من لندن إلى المدينة الإعلامية في دبي. وقد لعب دورا رئيسيا في تحويل مجلة سيدتي الى مجموعة واسعة من المجلات المتخصصة والمواقع الالكترونية تحت مظلتها وهي "سيدتي ديكور" و "سيدتي وطفلك" و "سيدتي للازياء" كما اطلق مجلة سيدتي الشهرية باللغة الانجليزية

    تسلم رئاسة تحرير جريدة عرب نيوز الصادرة في السعودية عن المجموعة السعودية للأبحاث والتسويق من عام 2013 وحتى عام 2016. ودشن خلالها مشروع منتدى عرب نيوز الحواري الذي يستضيف ندوات بحضور مسؤولين ودبلوماسيين لمناقشة قضايا الساعة.

    وفي عام 2015 أطلق برنامج بدون شك على قناة mbc وهو يقدم ويترأس تحرير البرنامج الذي يناقش بجرأة قضايا اجتماعية حقق البرنامج جدلا ومشاهدة عالية في العالم العربي.

    فاز في انتخابات مجلس ادراة هيئة الصحفييين السعوديين في 3 نوفمبر ٢٠١٦ واصبح عضوا في المجلس الذي يمثل قطاع الاعلاميين في  السعودية.

    عضو مؤسس لمنتدى القيادات العربية الشابة في دافوس الشرق الاوسط. وعضو في مشروع الخليج 2000 في جامعة كولومبيا في نيويورك. وعضو سابق في نقابة الصحفيين البريطانية  NUJ

    حصل الحارثي على جائزة الابداع الاعلامي في بيروت لعام 2014 لنجاحاته في الاعلام المطبوع والمرئي والالكتروني.

    يترأس حاليا ,بالاضافة الى برنامجه التلفزيوني بدون شك, مجلة الرجل التي تركز على حوارات الزعماء والشخصيات النافذة في العالم العربي. ويترأس تحرير مجلة سيدتي ومطبوعاتها التابعة لها ومجلة الجميلة ومواقعها الالتكرونية بالاضافة الى موقع سيدي المتوجه الى فئة الشباب العربي.

    مشارك فاعل في العديد من الملتقيات والمؤتمرات العربية والدولية، وحاضر فيها عن الإعلام المطبوع والإعلام الجديد. ويشارك بمقالات سياسية في جريدة الشرق الأوسط وجريدة البيان. وله مقال اسبوعي في مجلة سيدتي. ومقال شهري في مجلة الرجل

  • Editor-in-Chief, Sayidaty, Al Jamila and Arrajol Magazine - SRPC, Saudi Arabia

    Mohammed Fahad Alharthi is a Saudi media person, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters degree in International Journalism from City University, UK, and has a twenty years of experience in the traditional and new media fields.
    He started his career in Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper in London before joining as a correspondent for the Arab News newspaper, issued in English. He also joined the Financial Times of London as a visiting journalist.
    He moved on to work in Al Eqtisadiah newspaper published in Saudi Arabia, and was appointed as a regular journalist, then he became responsible for the front page and the managing editor later. In 1997 he became editor in chief of Arrajol magazine, which was published in London, for the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. During this period, he earned the Gulf Excellence Award in 2002 after the great success of which the magazine has witnessed.

    In 2004, he became the editor in chief of Sayidaty and Aljamila magazines, issued for the same group, he took them a year later from London to Media City in Dubai. He played a key role in transforming Sayidaty magazine to a wide range of specialized magazines and websites in the shade of Sayidaty, such as "Sayidaty decor”, "Sayidaty and your baby" and "Sayidaty Fashion ', in addition to issuing the monthly magazine Sayidaty in English.
    He became the editor in chief of the Arab News in Saudi Arabia for the Saudi Research and Marketing Group from 2013 until 2016. During this time he has launched the project of the Arab News talk show forum that hosts seminars attended by officials and diplomats to discuss topical issues.
    In 2015 he started the program “ bdoonshak” at the mbc channel, which he hosts and manages, the program discusses social issues boldly ,and has raised high controversy and earned a lot of followers in the Arab world.

    He won the election of the administration board of the Saudi journalists association in November 3, 2016 and became a member of the Council representing the media sector in Saudi Arabia.
    He is a Founding member of the Young Arab Leaders Forum in Davos Middle East. A member of the Gulf 2000 Project at Columbia University in New York, and a Former member of the British Union of Journalists NUJ
    Al Harthy earned the creative media award in Beirut in 2014 for his successes in the printed , visual and electronic media.
    He currently, in addition to his TV program, “ bdoonshak, heads Arrajol magazine that focuses on dialogues of leaders and powerful personalities in the Arab world. He is also the editor in chief of the magazine Sayidaty, and its publications, Aljamila magazine and its website, in addition to the site, Sayidy, which addresses the Arab youth category.

    Al Harthy is an active participant in many Arab and international conferences and forums, in which he has spoken about printed and new media. He shares political articles in the Journal of Asharq Al-Awsat, and Al-Bayan newspapers. He in addition to that has a weekly column in Sayidaty and an article in the monthly magazine Arrajol.

  • Managing Director, Jang Media Group, Pakistan

    Sarmad Ali is Managing Director at the Jang Media Group, Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate having presence in Print, Broadcast and the Digital space.

    Sarmad Ali has over twenty-five years of experience in marketing, advertising and media management.  He has been associated with the Jang Group since 1994 when he joined the group as Executive Director of the English daily “The News”.  Under his stewardship, The News became one of Pakistan’s two premier English dailies.  In 1997 he took over as the Group’s Executive Director, Marketing & Sales and in 2006 was promoted as Managing Director.

    Prior to joining the Jang Group, Sarmad has been associated with some of the country’s leading advertising agencies including IAL/Saatchi, where he worked as Director Client Services from 1987 to 1993.

    He is presently President of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and has previously served as its Secretary General and Joint Secretary.  He is also President of the International Advertising Association’s Pakistan Chapter and serves on IAA’s Global Board of Directors.  Sarmad also serves on the council of the World Branding Forum.  He is Board member and Treasurer of the Management Association of Pakistan. Sarmad is the Chairman of the Ad-Asia 2019 Organizing Committee.

    Described as one of Pakistan’s marketing thought leaders, Sarmad has been thrice the President of the Marketing Association of Pakistan.  In 1999, he was awarded the coveted Marketing Excellence Award for his contribution in the field of marketing,  Ranked amongst Pakistan’s top 100 Business Leaders, Sarmad received the Asian Brand Leadership Award from the Asian Brand Congress in 2007 and the 50 Most Talented CMOs Award at the World Marketing Summit in 2013.

    In 2013, the President of Pakistan conferred upon Sarmad the Sitara-I-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s third highest Civil Award.

    He serves on the Governing Board of the Intellectual Property Organization, Cabinet Division, Government of Pakistan and on the Board of Directors of the Associated Press of Pakistan. He has  served in the past, as member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Privatisation and Investment in 2003 and as member of the Sindh I. T. Board from 2000–2003.

    Sarmad has also been on the Jury of the Global AME Awards (Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness) as well as the M&M Global Media Marketing & Advertising Awards and INMA (International News Media Association) awards.

    Sarmad is on the Board of Directors of the Pakistan Parkinson’s Society and Board of Governors of the Friends of the Burns Centre.

    He holds a Master degree from Villanova University, Pa, USA.

  • Bureau Chief Quito, El Universo, Ecuador

    Mónica Almeida is Quito's bureau chief of El Universo newspaper. For the last 20 years she has managed the main regional office creating a talented team of journalists that is responsible for all the content generated from the capital of Ecuador. She has also worked as a reporter and editor for Agence France Presse in Paris. A fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in 2009, she specialized in investigative journalism and regularly takes part in the Latin American Conference of Investigative Journalism organized by IPYS. She was part of the global team of reporters working on the Panama Papers with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that won the Pulitzer Price 2017 for Explanatory Reporting. She has become a defender of investigative journalism and high journalism standards in a time press freedom has been under attack in Ecuador.

  • SEA Correspondent, El País, Spain

    Paloma Almoguera is a Spanish reporter with over 10 years of international experience. She has been correspondent of EFE (Spanish News Agency) in East Africa (Kenya), Europe (Switzerland) and China, where she lived over the past five years. She has recently moved to Singapore and currently freelances for Spanish newspaper "El País", reporting on Southeast Asia current affairs.

  • Co Founder & CEO, Ghinwa Media,UAE

    Mohammad Al-Munaikh is the co-founder and CEO of Ghinwa, the first Kuwaiti startup to win the MITEF startup competition in 2016.

    Ghinwa is a karaoke mobile app for amateur singers to showcase their talents and build a fan base.

    Ghinwa (Arabic for song), earned $50,000 participating in the Arab Startup Competition, the first and only competition it has taken part in.

    The app allows everyone who likes Karaoke to further explore their talents and share their performances on social media. Arabic music lovers can vocalize their favorite songs that will be licensed from copyright owners. "Every song can be followed, shared, saved, and promoted across different social media platforms.”

  • WAN-IFRA Associate Consultant, Digital Transformation & Revenue, Venezuela

    Néstor Altuve

    Néstor has been a leader and co-leader in projects for modernization and transformation of digital media organization Cadena Capriles - Venezuela investing more than 60 million dollars in eight years and impacted more than 1,700 employees and direct collaborators. He was also responsible and project leader for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Foreign Intra-Entrepreneurship. He has over 28 years of professional experience in business and finance, over 14 years of professional experience in media in the areas of planning, business, finance, strategy, process of publishing and multimedia processing area and has more than eight years dedicated to the comprehensive strategic analysis of the media industry.

  • Editor Digital Content Hub BBC World Service, United Kingdom

    Hernando Alvarez is a journalist with over twenty years of experience. Currently Editor of the Global Content Hub of the BBC, he is at the frontline of digital innovation in the World Service. He started his career in 1992 as a reporter in his native Colombia and after working on national newspapers and press agencies, he joined the BBC World Service in 2000. He worked as a radio producer and correspondent and covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2006, he was appointed editor of BBC Mundo and in 2012 became the regional editor of the Americas. This region is seen by senior management as the digital hot house of the BBC World Service, and an example of editorial innovation.

  • CEO, RPA Media Place, Argentina

    Alejandro Alvarez is 40 years old. He is a lawyer and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA). 

    He is currently the CEO of RPA Media Place, a company engaged in commercializing the digital media of Argentina's 5 most important publishers (Grupo Clarín, La Nación, Infobae, Perfil, and Telefé) under the programmatic purchase model.

    RPA Media Place was founded in 2015 and is the first Premium Programmatic company in the region, concentrating more than 90% of the reach of unique browsers in Argentina according to ComScore, throught the 57 news and entertainment websites of its members. Mr. Alvarez has been responsible for this company from the start.

    Previously, he spent more than 20 years working in the advertising industry, having worked for companies such as Canal 13, CIE Rock & Pop, Pramer and LA NACION. For the past 5 years, he was Google’s Commercial Director.

    During 2013 and 2014, he held the position of Vice-president of the Argentine Chamber of E-Commerce (CACE - 

    Among his most important accomplishments, Mr. Alvarez did an excellent job with the development of the retail business ─ while working in Google, he made it grow tenfold during his last three years there.   

  • Founder & Director of the Knight Center for Journalism, University of Texas, USA

    Rosental Calmon Alves is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and the UNESCO Chair in Communication and is also the founder and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Created in 2002, the center has benefited thousands of journalists around the world with training programs. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the center has helped journalists to create a new generation of organizations dedicated to elevating the professional and ethical standards of journalism in their countries. In 2016 was awarded with the Maria Moors Cabot Prize.

  • Director, Disney Interactive, The Walt Disney Company Latin America

    Marcos Amadeo is Director, Disney Interactive for the The Walt Disney Company Latin America in charge of development and operations of all interactive vertical platforms, whether it is games, apps or websites. His responsability includes the managment of teams, tools and proceess to enable platforms that expand the reach of Disney stories and create unforgettable interactive moments. 

    He has been a part of Disney since 2009 but his experience expands over 20 years as an entrepreneur, producer, and a journalist. He holds a BA from Universidad Austral and Masters Degree in Entertainment and Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.

  • Head of Publisher Partnerships, Middle East and Africa, Google, UAE

    Dina Amin is head of Publisher Partnerships, Middle East and Africa for Google. She is responsible for developing publisher relationships in the region through strategic planning, new business growth, and digital channel development, she has over 13 years of experience in product development, marketing and sales. Dina joined Google in January 2015, and in her current role works with the largest clients in the region to help them monetize their display, video & mobile inventory through programmatic advertising.

    Dina’s background is in FinTech. Before moving to Google, she previously held senior positions at Barclays, including Vice President & CMO of Retail Banking and Head of Digital Banking in the Middle East and Africa. Her previous roles focused on improving the user experience via integrated digital marketing and channel management. She received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Manchester before being awarded a scholarship to read for an MBA from London Business School.

  • CEO Digital, Adline Media Network, UAE

    Tarek Amin is a successful serial entrepreneur & angel investor who founded the premier online recruitment and career development portal in the MENA region, before the turn of the millennium, which was acquired by OT Ventures and later

    Amongst his ventures Tarek establishing Connect Ads, the first digital media house bringing the likes of MSN Messenger and Hotmail to the Digital ad space in the MENA region. He served as managing partner & executive producer at Alkarma Edutainment providing content development, production, post production, outreach a well as product licensing through a master licensing agreement with Sesame Workshop. Tarek also founded the first creative hotshop in the MENA region with a core competency in video animation and brand character development.

    Having diverse experience in founding, monetizing, and managing businesses across Print, TV, and Digital Media, Tarek has served as an advisor, strategist and has successfully executed M&A's with some of the leading media platforms across the Arab world.

    With a passion in creating and nurturing a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurship, Tarek is as a mentor, advisor, speaker & judge in numerous events and networks including Riseup Summit, Startup Weekend, Turn8 Accelerator, Flat6Labs, Arabnet and the AUC School of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program amongst others, and continues to mentor startups and entrepreneurs from various parts of the world.

    Currently, Tarek is Group Head of Digital in Adline Media Network one of the biggest independent media-marketing networks with strong local operations in all major Arab markets, were he established the Digital Business for the Group.

  • Head of Digital Publishing, The Telegraph Media Group, UK

    Chei Amlani is head of digital publishing at the Telegraph Media Group where he leads a team that delivers editorial development and innovation across platforms, building better tools and defining best practice for the newsroom. He has worked in the editorial digital team at the Telegraph for over a decade, driving integration between online and print, delivering engaging products and ensuring complete editorial coverage of major events, first as digital sports editor and more recently as digital Olympics editor, heading the Telegraph's award-winning cross-platform coverage of the London 2012 Games.

  • Director of Products, Digital and Editorial Strategy, Editora Abril, Brazil

    Isabel Amorim is currently Director of Products, Digital and Editorial Strategy for all brands of Editora Abril. Previously, she launched the digital version of the newspaper El Pais in Brazil, accumulating responsibility in the area of copyright for the Prisa Group.

    From 2001 to 2013 she directed The New York Times Syndicate in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    Isabel holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, a post-graduate degree in communication from the School of Communication and Arts at the University of SP, has an MBA from Business School SP and Rothman School in Toronto, and a postgraduate degree from IE Madrid in Global Management. 

    In June 2016 Isabel was Fellow of the course taught by Francis Fukuyama and Roger Leeds for Stanford LAD and Insper in Brazil. Today she participates in the LAD group of Stanford.

    Isabel is a member of the LATAM advisory committee of WAN-IFRA, part of the board of INMA-International News Marketing Association, and a member of the jury of the journalistic award offered by the Inter-American Press Association since 2011.

  • Editor and Publisher, The Daily Star, Bangladesh

    Mr. Mahfuz Anam is the Editor–Publisher of The Daily Star, the highest selling English newspaper in Bangladesh commanding 75 percent of the English newspaper market. During his Editorship (1993 - till date), The Daily Star has become the most respected and trusted English language newspaper of the country. He pursued a vigorous editorial policy of strengthening democracy, freedom of expression, freedom of media and fundamental rights. His occasional column "Commentary" has gained tremendous popularity among readers.

    In 1998, Mr. Anam was made the Publisher and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Mediaworld Limited, the owning company of the paper.
    Before co-founding The Daily Star in July 1991, he worked for 14 years with UNESCO from 1977 to December 1990 in various public affairs and media capacities in Paris, New York and Bangkok. His last position with UNESCO was in Thailand, Bangkok as “Regional Media & Public Affairs Representative” for Asia and the Pacific, covering 31 countries from which he resigned in December 1990, returned to Bangladesh, and started this paper.

    Mr. Anam holds B. A. Honours and a Masters Degree in Economics from Dhaka University. During his student life, he was the winner of All Pakistan Debating Championship for 3 consecutive years, winning championship in Karachi, Dhaka and Lahore in 1967, 1968 and 1969 respectively.

    He started his journalism career in March 1972 and worked as Staff Correspondent of Bangladesh Observer and Assistant Editor of Bangladesh Times before starting his overseas career in 1977. He was awarded Jefferson Fellowship in Journalism in 1976 by the Honolulu based East - West Center. He was given the “Courageous Journalism” Award, 2016, by the East-West Centre, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
    He is the founding President of Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB). He is presently Secretary General of the Editors’ Council of Bangladesh.