Ravina Aggarwal works on media access and rights in India from the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi office. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation in 2006, Ravina spent 12 years at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she taught in the anthropology department. Her scholarship focused on media studies, political anthropology, gender, and expressive culture. Her most recent research explored the significance of regional radio in India. Ravina’s extensive field research in the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh on the Indian border resulted in several publications, including an ethnographic book, two edited volumes and various articles. She is one of the founding editors of the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, and a founding trustee of LAMO, a nonprofit arts and media organization in Ladakh. She has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai.
Nidzara Ahmetasevic is a PhD candidate of the Joint Programme in Diversity Management and Governance. Her field of research is on democratization and media development in post conflict countries. Before coming to Graz, she spend one year at University of Kent, UK, after awarded with the Chevening Scholarship. Nidzara holds a Masters in Human Right and Democratization in South East Europe, a joint program of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna. Her thesis was on the political propaganda in broadcast media in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the wars of the 1990s. Before her master studies, as a Ron Brown Fellow, (US State Department award supporting young professionals from Central and Eastern Europe), she spent one year at DeWitt Walice Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University, North Carolina. Nidzara has a long career as journalist covering human rights, foreign policy and transitional justice issues in particular.
Sofiane Bouhdiba received a PhD in Demography from the University of Tunis, Tunisia. Currently, he is teaching Demography in the Department of Sociology in the University of Tunis. He has studied the role of communication in the Tunisian population strategies, and in particular concerning the politics to promote family planning and struggle against infant mortality.
He is now working on the role played by media in conducting and achieving the Jasmine revolution that took place on 14 January 2011 in Tunisia.
Dmitry Chernobrov is currently a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge. In 2010-2011 he completed a Fulbright research grant in International Security at the University of Denver, devoted to the research of conflict resolution and information management. Previously he had earned the degree of MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and was awarded BA in Regional Studies (hons) from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University, Russia).
His research interests include international images and the formation of public perceptions of political events, political psychology, and identity construction. His current research is looking at stereotyping in media images of recent wars and its contribution to changes in conflict potential through an impact on the popular perceptions of conflict, identity association and the subsequent change in the ‘self’ – ‘other’ relations. Dmitry has a number of publications on stereotyping in war and identity processes in conflict.
Seow Si Chin read law in the University of Malaya and received her Masters in Law (Information Technology, Computer and internet Law) from Queen Mary, University of London. She was in active legal practice in Malaysia for over twenty years before moving in-house to head the legal team of Malaysia’s largest pay-television operator. Before moving to Hong Kong, she headed the legal team the of a major regional bank group based in Malaysia. She is currently Associate General Counsel, Asia, News Corporation
Vuk Cucic is an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade, where he graduated from in 2007 and obtained his LL.M. degree in Administrative Law in 2009. He is currently on PhD studies. He was on a PhD exchange at the Ghent University, Belgium in 2010 on Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Before coming to the University, he worked at an Austrian law firm based in Belgrade. In 2009 he organized and coordinated Internet Law Course for students at the Belgrade Law Faculty. In 2011, he coached Belgrade University team for Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition. This year he is going to participate in media law workshops for journalists, organized by USAID-IREX and Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia. His research interests include public administration reform, public policies, e-government, media (especially Internet) regulation. He is looking forward to learning in multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
Ammara Durrani has served as Development Outreach & Communications Specialist at USAID Mission in Pakistan.
Earlier, she worked as Senior Correspondent and Assistant Editor with The News International, Pakistan. Durrani was also a Daniel Pearl/Alfred Friendly Press Fellow and worked at the U.S. daily Los Angeles Times and the U.S. weekly Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, in Los Angeles.
Durrani was awarded the WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Fellowship by Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, India. She won the WASH Media Award for her reporting on Pakistan’s water crises by WSSCC, Switzerland. It was followed by publication of a collection of her articles, entitled Troubled Waters of Karachi. Durrani has written on socio-economic and political issues confronting Pakistan for various newspapers and magazines, and has to her credit several peer-reviewed and published research papers. She has also appeared on national and international broadcast media as a commentator.
Durrani holds an M. Phil. in International Relations from University of Cambridge, U.K.; and M.A. and B.A. Honors degrees in General History from University of Karachi, Pakistan.
A Peruvian journalist and journalism professor, Jacqueline Fowks covers politics and researches about political communication, human rights and memory of violence in Peru. She teaches journalism at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya. She holds a MA Degree in Communication by Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and a Degree in Communications by Universidad de Lima. She has been researcher in Peru for the Landmine Monitor Report, the de facto monitoring regime for the Mine Ban Treaty.
From 2000 to 2005 she worked as foreign correspondent in Peru and Brazil for the Mexican newspaper Reforma. She has worked in Peruvian newspapers El Comercio and Peru21. In 2000, published the book ‘Suma y resta de la realidad: medios de comunicación y elecciones generales 2000 en el Perú’, documenting how the corrupt regime of Alberto Fujimori got editorial support paying bribes and using repression against the media of opposition. She contributes as a reporter for Peruvian investigative journalism website IDL-Reporteros, and for Brazilian website Opera Mundi. Since 2009 she also covers and writes analysis about politics, conflicts, violence and coexistence in her blog (Notas desde Lenovo).
Ms. Fowks lives in Lima, Peru; enjoys movies, music and long walks.
Candice Haddad is a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has a B.A. from Indiana University – Bloomington and a M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Haddad’s scholarly interests include researching the different intersections of identity in media and popular culture within a global context. She is particularly interested in examining potential sites of subversion and activism in the media from a critical race and feminist perspective. Her current project explores diasporic and national identity, particularly Palestinian, cultivation online.
Xianhong Hu, Assistant Program Specialist at Division of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace, Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO Headquarter in Paris since 2006. Her main responsibilities are promoting freedom of expression and right to information including on Internet, and following up the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS). Her expertise is in the Internet governance and media development. She used to be a researcher on “World Internet Project” in China. She has a Ph.D in communication from Peking University.
Jason Jarvis is a third year graduate student in the Public Communication program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Religion. His primary areas of interest are (1) the relationship between transnational media and social protest, (2) visual communication in new media platforms. Outside of school, he enjoys travel, spicy food, photography, basketball and the occasional rock concert.
Malcolm Wleemogar Joseph is the Executive Director for the Center for Media Studies & Peace Building, a leading Media development NGO in Liberia.
A professional journalist and civil society activist for more than a decade, Mr. Joseph has held important portfolios at the national and regional levels, including Vice President, Press Union of Liberia ; Vice president, West African Journalists Association; Executive Member, West African Civil Society Forum, and member Panel of Experts, 2003 IFJ Journalist of Tolerance Award. He currently Chair the Liberia Freedom of Information Coalition and the Liberian Coalition for Free Expression. Malcolm also leads the Liberian Media Law and Policy Reform Process.
Malcolm holds an M.A. in International Relations and B.A. in Mass Communication as well as over two dozen certificates in various disciplines of journalism, mass communication, NGO Management, Corporate Governance and Policy advocacy. He holds a Diploma in Human Rights, Peace and Security from Uppsala University, Sweden. Malcolm is a 2009 Stanford University fellow on Democracy, Development and the Rule of law. He lectured and chaired the department of Mass Communication, AME University in Monrovia for three years.
Maxat Kassen is an Associate Professor at the Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan, School of Journalism and Political Science, Department of Television and Public Relations. He has several scientific publications on digital media policy development published in Kazakhstan, USA and Russia. His research interest is about applying successful e-government projects and development of digital democracy via use of modern media technologies. He has participated as a consultant in realization of the national e-government consultancy service. Also, he worked in the National News Agency Kazinform as a head of foreign media service. He received his C.Sc./PhD degree in Political Science from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan in 2008.
Luan Latifi has been working in the media regulation field since 2003 when he joined the Office of Temporary Media Commissioner, OSCE Mission to Kosovo. He started working as a Media Monitor and Analysis Officer and later on he has been promoted at the position of the Director of Licensing Department at the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Kosovo’s Broadcast Regulator. During this time he has been part of leading important processes for the development of media sector in Kosovo, such as introduction of the secondary legislation for broadcasters, content providers and cable operations. He also was leading the working group for program issues which is part of strategy for digital switch-over process.
Luan has finished a degree in Sociology (BA), Philosophical Faculty at the Prishtina University (BA) and has earned a Master of Journalism Degree (MA) with a specialization in Broadcast Journalism from the Kosovo Institute for Journalism and Communication (KIJAC), a combined program and in cooperation with Cardiff University, University of Nebraska and Gimlakollen School of Journalism and Communication.
Phummara Mano received her bachelor in law from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and her master in international business from University of Nottingham, UK. She is currently working for broadcasting and telecoms regulator in Thailand. The organization has been transformed from telecom regulator to become broadcasting and telecoms regulator since December 2011. With regards her area of responsibility, she has been working on telecoms issue e.g. local loop unbundling and competition. She has also been working with prestigious academic institutions for training courses and seminars such as London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College London and Catalan Audiovisual Council. Since broadcasting is now under the competence of NBTC, it is thus a great opportunity for her to attend 2011 Annenberg-Oxford to learn from experienced academics on media law and policy in order to be well-prepared for regulating Thai broadcasting.
Alex Marciuc is in the process of obtaining a PhD degree in international law. He is a practicing attorney at law, licensed member of the Bar of the Republic of Moldova, and is engaged in various research and teaching activities. Alex is representing Moldova in the international project OpenNet Initiative and Eurasian Informational Policy Network. Several years ago, he co-founded the Informational Policy Institute, a non-governmental organization which supports such rights and freedoms as access to information; freedom of expression; training of specialists and dissemination of international experience in these areas; provision of legal assistance to media; and the establishment of legal and regulatory framework on informational policy in the Republic of Moldova. Alex has a large experience in lawsuits for protection of electronic and printed mass-media at the national level and also at the European Court of Human Rights. Over recent years, he has participated as a national expert in a number of Council of Europe projects. The most recent project deals with the development of “Human rights guidelines for Internet service-providers.” Alex is also the author of scientific and publicistic works on different aspects of human rights and on informational law and judicial practice in this field.
Sacha Meuter is lawyer and PhD candidate of the Fribourg University’s Chair of Constitutional Law, Switzerland.
His field of research is on the Legal Framework of Radio Operations in United Nations’ Peace Missions. His interest is to analyze the conditions of a better independence and accountability of these radios.
Sacha Meuter works as legal adviser of Fondation Hirondelle (FH), an NGO founded by journalists that creates media in various conflict and post-conflict countries. In this capacity, he notably elaborates and negotiates the framework agreements for the management Radio Okapi, a joint project of FH with the UN Peacekeeping mission in DRC; and of Radio Miraya, a joint project of FH with the UN Peacekeeping mission in Sudan.
Sacha Meuter also participated in the design and implementation of different prevention programs and urgent actions related to the killings of journalists.He published on the right to freedom of information and expression, and on the media in DRC. He also teaches MA courses on the right to information, as well as on the United Nations human rights monitoring mechanisms.
Davide Morisi is a postgraduate student in Media, Communication and Development at the London School of Economics. He gained a BA and an MA from the University of Bologna. He has worked as a journalist for two daily newspapers, as a communication manager for two election campaigns, and as a web content editor for several blogs and websites. Davide is also currently a member of the National Association of the Italian Journalists.
Zlatan Music was born in 1986 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration issued by the Institute for Commercial Management from Dorset UK and a Bachelor Degree in Management from the International University Philip Noel – Baker, Sarajevo. He is currently employed in the Press and Public Information Unit of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. His former engagements include Media Affairs Office of the EU Special Representative/Office of the High Representative in BiH and the Project Coordinator post at the Association Alumni of the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies of the University of Sarajevo.
As a young Afghan lawyer with academic and professional interests in media, establishing rule of law and coordinating legal aid, Zabihullah Nabil has attended workshops, training courses and conferences on human rights, rule of law, peace building and conflict resolution in India, Iran, Italy, Egypt and Afghanistan, and is excited to have the opportunity to attend the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute.
Nabil has over eight years of experience in the fields of rule of law, legal aid and judiciary, and since 2009 he has worked as Rule of Law Officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Nabil graduated from the Sharia Faculty Department of Kabul University with a degree in Sharia and Law. Additionally, Nabil has worked as a legal assistant with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a legal counselor with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and has experience working with various judiciary organs within the Government of Afghanistan. He is also an active member and representative of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association in Kunduz province.
Hard work, honesty, tolerance and creativity are values that Nabil upholds, and he looks forward to expanding his knowledge in issues pertaining to good governance, peace, and media.
Russell Newman is a Doctoral Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served as the research director for the national nonprofit advocacy group Free Press. There, he focused on media and telecommunications policy, tracking current issues, writing issue briefs, creating Web content, and speaking publicly regarding emerging debates. With Robert McChesney and Ben Scott, he is the co-editor of The Future of Media: Resistance and Reform in the 21st Century (Seven Stories Press, 2005), named as one of Working Assets’ Recommended Reads for July 2005. He spent several years as a freelance multimedia designer and as a production designer for a number of independent films. He was active in noncommercial radio in Boston for nearly a decade. Russell was a Waterston Fellow at Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management, where he earned a master’s degree focusing on the political economy of mass communication, nonprofit management and documentary production; he earned his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Norouzi studied computer engineering at University. He started his work as a journalist in 2006 when he passed the BBC World Service Trust’s one year online learning program in journalism (iLearn). Since then, he has had many different working experiences mostly as an online journalist, translator and researcher on Internet Freedom, Internet Governance and Media Policies and Development.
Norouzi has lived in Germany for the past two years. He spent six months working for Reporters without Borders to establish a website for monitoring the situation of Press Freedom, journalism and journalists’ situation in Iran. This past February, Norouzi joined Deutsche Welle Persian as a techno-politics journalist, and is working on a project that is focused on social media.
He has also been managing the AzadCyber website which is covering Internet censorship and press restrictions and systematic violations of freedom of expression in Iran. He is the editor-in-chief for this project which is funded by Internews Europe and has more than 10 contributors from all over the world.
Shameem Reza teaches at the University of Dhaka. He did his BA and MA in Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Dhaka. He also obtained a masters degree in Media Education from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. As a Ford (ASIA) Fellow (2006-07) at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Reza conducted studies on children and global media in Malaysia. He is interested in media policies, laws and regulations in South Asia in general and Bangladesh in particular. Broadly, his research interests lie in the arena of communication policies, public service broadcasting, community media, children and media, globalization, and issues concerning freedom of information and access. Over the last several years, he has been working as a social advocate for community media, particularly community radio and broadcast policies in Bangladesh. Apart from teaching, research and community services, he occasionally anchors talk shows on TV channels. He conducted two popular TV talk shows – ‘People and Politics’ and ‘Women in Politics and Governance’. Reza attended workshop, received training and presented papers at regional and international seminars held in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Norway and Thailand.
Interested in alternative media distribution strategies in emerging markets, Wyatt Rockefeller recently returned from an energy distribution start-up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to his hometown New York to pursue a dual MBA/MFA degree in film production at NYU. Prior to his work in East Africa, Wyatt served in the Obama administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, before that, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He graduated from Princeton University with an AB in History.
Jaclyn Selby is a doctoral student at USC and conducts research at the intersection of content industry economics, media and technology policy, and public diplomacy. Her current work is particularly concerned with questions of balancing public/private intellectual property interests, harnessing disruptive innovation, and emerging content industry business models. Prior to PhD life, Jaclyn worked for several years in marketing and tech strategy and held a senior position at an intelligence contractor where she headed research projects on global markets, trade, technology, and disaster tracking. She contributes to Foreign Policy Digest and has served as an overseas consultant for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Jaclyn is originally from Indonesia and holds a BA (Economics; Media Studies) from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA (Communications, Culture & Technology) from Georgetown University with certification in Business Diplomacy from the Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Sana Soroghli earned her LLB from An-Najah National University, Palestine, and LLM from Durham University, UK. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Law at Lancaster University, UK.
She has been interested in the media since she was sixteen years old. She worked for eight years as a presenter in a local TV station in Palestine. After receiving training from Internews –Palestine, she joined Women Media and Development (TAM), a Palestinian NGO and became a host of a television show on the Palestinian National TV, which focused on changing the stereotype of Palestinian women in the media.
In addition to being a presenter, she also had the chance to produce a documentary movie, “No comment,” about the rights of Palestinian prisoners, which won the first prize in a United Nations competition among all law colleges in Palestine. Apart from her interest in women’s position in the media, she is also interested in strengthening freedom of expression in emerging states such as Palestine. Being a lawyer specializing in constitutional law has helped her greatly in drawing attention of the Palestinian public and authorities to the issue of freedom of expression, as well as in demanding a proper media law which can protect the aforementioned freedom.
Natchaya Taweewitchakreeya received a BA in Political Science, majoring in International Relations, from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She also completed Master of Public and International Affairs, majoring in Global Political Economy, from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Natchaya is currently working as an assistant secretary to commissioner at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications commissions (NBTC), Thailand. Natchaya is interested in globalization, new media and politics, public service broadcasting, and media policy and broadcasting regulation. She then attended several training programs and seminars in media and broadcasting regulation, for example, Seminar on Broadcasting and Media Regulation at the Blanquerna School of Communications, Barcelona, Spain, and Observed and Advanced Course in Broadcasting and Media Regulation at University of Oxford, England.
Judith Townend is an MPhil / PhD student at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London. Her research focuses on legal restraints on the media, in particular, the pre-publication process; the interaction between media organizations and privacy/defamation law; and notions of self-censorship and the ‘chilling effect’. Her research interests include: injunctions, defamation/privacy law, legal data, open justice, online publishing and blogging, media ethics and accountability.
Judith completed a degree in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2006 and trained in journalism at City University London in 2006/7. She has worked and freelanced for a number of news organizations, before specializing in media reporting for the industry site Journalism.co.uk. She currently contributes to several digital publications and helped develop a series of ‘Hacks and Hackers’ events for the online data scraping start-up, Scraperwiki. She keeps a media law blog at http://meejalaw.com and is @jtownend on Twitter.
Sahana Udupa has submitted her thesis on news production and urban politics in the globalising city of Bangalore (India), as a doctoral candidate at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, India. She will soon begin postdoctoral research on news and religion in urban India at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Studies, Germany. She was a visiting scholar at CGCS, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania in Spring 2010. In 2008, she received a scholarship from the University of California (Irvine) to participate in the Summer Seminar on Experimental Critical Theory (SECT) Creative Societies/ Cultural Industries/New Humanities. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she worked as a research associate for a sociological study on the IT professionals in Bangalore and Europe. Her articles have been published in Economic and Political Weekly, India in Transition series (hosted by CASI, UPenn), Contributions to Indian Sociology, e-social sciences and others.
ShinJoung Yeo is a PhD student and Information in Society fellow in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Currently, she is working on her dissertation proposal about geopolitics and political economy of global search engine industry. Before returning to academia in 2008, she worked as a librarian at Stanford University and the University of California at San Diego. Shinjoung is a founding member of Radical Reference (http://radicalreference.info), a collective of volunteer library workers who use their professional skills to answer information needs from the general public, independent journalists, and activists and also involved in a number of other projects including Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info) and Question Copyright (http://questioncopyright.org).
Amanda Ting Zhou graduated with a Ph.D. degree from Journalism School of Fudan University in China, now she lives in Beijing and is working as an Associate Professor in National Center for Radio and Television Studies, Communication University of China. She gives lectures to both undergraduate and graduate students, on the history of mass communication and the research of media production. In her recent researches, she pays close attention to how the media policies, the economic structure, the organizational and cultural factors shape the production of media content. She has authored and coauthored four books and published many papers in Chinese .She has been a visiting scholar at Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong and a part time media adviser and analyst to China Central Television Station (CCTV) and some local televisions.