Speakers

Speakers & panellists

We’re expecting more than 85 people to join us across 4 amazing days of panels, keynotes and workshops. Have a look at who’s coming!

Sarah Gibson
Sarah Gibson
President – AMMPE
Sarah is the COO of Celebro Media Studios and was previously a senior manager in BBC News. Sarah started working as a journalist for the BBC in 1989, and has focused on international news throughout her career.
Helen Pankhurst
Helen Pankhurst
CARE International
Dr Helen Pankhurst is a leading women’s rights campaigner. Helen is great-granddaughter of suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst.
Photo: Virginie Naudillon
Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak
British Turkish author
Elif Shafak writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 16 books, ten of which are novels. Her work has been published in 48 languages and has been reviewed by major publications around the world.
Photo: Zeynel Abidin

 

 

Fiona Campbell
Fiona Campbell
BBC Studios – Head of Documentaries
Fiona Campbell has just been appointed Head of Documentaries for BBC Studios. She is currently responsible for the department’s strategy to engage and build relationships with the youth audience on and off BBC platforms.
Kate Grey
Kate Grey
Paralympic swimmer
Kate Grey competed in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. She now works as Sports Broadcaster covering Paralympic, Women and Minority sports for the BBC, she also work in school and communities as an Athlete Mentor.
Catherine Byaruhanga
Catherine Byaruhanga
BBC World Service
Catherine Byaruhanga is a BBC correspondent reporting on breaking news and investigative stories from East and Central Africa.  She also co-chairs the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU).
Photo: BBC
Blathnaid Healy
Blathnaid Healy
Director EMEA – CNN
Blathnaid Healy is based in the London bureau. She was previously UK Editor at Mashable, establishing the brand and opening its first office in London.
Caroline Wyatt
Caroline Wyatt
Foreign Correspondent – BBC
Caroline Wyatt has worked as a BBC foreign correspondent and reported in places including Kosovo, Chechnya, and the wider Middle East for over 20 years. She became the BBC’s Defence Correspondent in 2007, moving to Religious Affairs in 2014.
Maxine Mawhinney
Maxine Mawhinney
Award winning journalist
From Belfast in Northern Ireland, Maxine has been a journalist for 40 years, 20 as a senior BBC News anchor, working across the globe covering some of the major news events of the time including the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi, the Clinton Presidency, the Oklahoma bomb, the OJ Simpson trial.
Ros Atkins
Ros Atkins
Ros Atkins is the creator and presenter of Outside Source and he’s also the creator and director of the 50:50 Project which aims to increase women’s representation in the media.
Sharmaine Lovegrove
Sharmaine Lovegrove
Publisher – Dialogue Books
Sharmaine Lovegrove is the Publisher of Dialogue Books, the UK’s first inclusive imprint, part of Little, Brown Book Club and Hachette UK. In 2008, Sharmaine set up her own bookshop as well as a creative agency in Berlin.
Anabel Hernández
Anabel Hernández
Mexican investigative journalist
Anabel Hernandez is a leading Mexican investigative journalist who has spent the last 15 years investigating drug trafficking cartels in Mexico and the corruption and abuses of the Mexican government.
Inga Beale
Inga Beale
British business leader
Dame Inga Beale is a British business leader with over three decades of experience in global financial services. Most recently Inga led Lloyd’s of London, the first female Chief Executive in the organisation’s 330-year history.
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
Deputy Editor – gal-dem Magazine
Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff is deputy editor at gal-dem, an online magazine written by women of colour. She’s a writer of news and features, editor and creative with focuses on race, feminism, media, youth culture and social politics.
Hannah Ray
Hannah Ray
Social Strategy & Storytelling – Condé Nast
Hannah Ray is a journalist by trade. She worked for Guardian as the newsroom’s community coordinator, and later joined Instagram’s flagship editorial team as the company’s first international hire, launching six international Instagram accounts and Instagram Stories.
Megha Mohan
Megha Mohan
@meghamohan – BBC
Megha Mohan was recently appointed the BBC’s first Gender and Identity reporter. Her work focuses on digital subcultures and global issues with a focus on minority women and LGBT+ communities.
Neil Greenberg
Neil Greenberg
Consultant academic psychiatrist – King’s College London
Professor Neil Greenberg has published more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters many of which are on occupational and traumatic stress management.
Rachael Krishna
Rachael Krishna
Reporter – BuzzFeed News
Rachael Krishna is a Reporter for BuzzFeed News, based in London. She has reported extensively on Gen Z, internet culture and how these come together in communities around the world.

Julia Martínez
Julia Martínez
Julia Martinez is a journalist and lecturer at the Faculty of Communications at the Universidad Católica in Chile. She is a former President of AMMPE and she organised the 2016 Congress.
Banu Güven
Banu Güven
Turkish TV journalist and columnist
In 2011, Banu Güven was dismissed from the news channel NTV, where she had presented late night and prime time news for 14 years. She wrote an open letter to the ex-prime minister Erdoğan, addressing his tightening grip on media.
Dorothy Byrne
Dorothy Byrne
Head of News and Current Affairs – Channel Four
Dorothy Byrne is Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel Four television. Films she has commissioned have won numerous international Emmy, BAFTA and RTS awards.
Zahera Harb
Zahera Harb
International Journalism – City, University of London
Zahera was a TV journalist in her native country Lebanon, reporting for local and international organisations and anchoring news and current affairs programmes. Zahera was a finalist of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, 2018.
Tom Felle
Tom Felle
Data & Social Media – City, University of London
Before coming to City, Tom has worked for a decade as a reporter covering politics and as a regional correspondent at the Independent in Dublin, as Bureau Chief for the Leb News Agency in Beirut, and as Deputy Editor of the Irish Echo in Sydney.
Suzanne Franks
Suzanne Franks
City, University of London
Professor Suzanne Franks is head of the department of Journalism at City, University of London. She started her career as a BBC TV trainee, and moved to work on programmes such as Newsnight, Watchdog, The Money Programme and Panorama.
Rima Maktabi
Rima Maktabi
London Bureau Chief – Al Arabiya
Rima Maktabi is a Lebanese TV presenter and award-winning journalist, and is currently the London Bureau Chief for the pan Arab channel Al Arabiya. Before this, Rima hosted CNN’s monthly program Inside the Middle East for two years.
Paul Curran
Paul Curran
President – City, University of London
Professor Sir Paul Curran is President of City, University of London. A former former NASA research scientist and advisor to the European Space Agency (ESA), his award-winning work in ecological Earth observation, involving the use of satellite sensors to monitor the environment, is published widely.
Lindsey Blumell
Lindsey Blumell
Lecturer – City, University of London
Lindsey specializes in human rights representation in news, with a special emphasis on gender. She has largely focused on how sexual violence against women is portrayed in traditional and new media.
Kate Kinninmont
Kate Kinninmont
CEO – Women in Film and Television UK
Kate Kinninmont is CEO of Women in Film and Television UK. A BBC trained award-winning TV producer and director, Kate is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, Women in Journalism, and Directors UK.
Jane Singer
Jane Singer
Professor Journalism Innovation – City, University of London
Professor Singer is especially interested in the impact of digital media on journalists’ roles, norms, practices and products. A former print and online journalist, she has been studying journalists’ responses to digital technologies since the mid-1990s.
Jane Martinson
Jane Martinson
Professor Financial Journalism – City, University of London
Jane spent 18 years as a member of the award-winning senior editorial leadership team at the Guardian, and her career included stints as city news editor and several years writing her own weekly interview slot, before becoming media editor and then head of media.
Greta Gober
Greta Gober
Postdoctoral Fellow – Stockholm University
Greta Gober’s research interests revolve around gender, journalism & media, gender relations and culture in organisations as well as gender based violence, cyber violence and online harassment.
Dina Matar
Dina Matar
Centre for Global Media & Communications – SOAS
Before moving into academia, Dina had worked as a journalist and editor in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the US. She is keen on bringing a non-Western approach to the theorisation and study of communication in its diverse forms, through focusing on the dynamics between media practices and socio-political contexts.
Carly Watson
Carly Watson
News Editor – ITV News
Carly Watson is a News Editor for ITV News working both in the ITN newsroom and also in the field. She previously worked as Producer for GMTV and a freelance online producer for Reuters Thomson.
Anna-Klara Bratt
Anna-Klara Bratt
Editor-in-chief – Feministiskt
Anna-Klara Bratt is a Swedish journalist and editor-in-chief of Feministiskt Perspektiv, an online magazine which has more than 2,000 subscribers. Its open access articles reach over 100,000 readers monthly.
Arzu Geybulla
Arzu Geybulla
Azerbaijani columnist and journalist
Arzu Geybulla (Kurtulus)focuses on human rights and press freedom in Azerbaijan. Her work has been featured in several international publications, and she is the recipient of the 2014 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Barbara Trionfi
Barbara Trionfi
Executive Director – International Press Institute
Barbara Trionfi has a background in international relations and human rights, and her expertise is focused on press freedom, freedom of expression, including self-regulatory media accountability systems, safety of journalists and international mechanisms to protect press freedom.
Caroline Bannock
Caroline Bannock
Community and UGC – Guardian
Caroline Bannock is The Guardian’s editor for Community and User Generated content, overseeing participatory journalism with readers. Before this she launched GuardianWitness, the newspaper’s award-winning open journalism platform, where readers from around the world submit videos, images and stories directly to journalists.
Jennifer Adams
Jennifer Adams
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Jennifer Adams is Media Freedom Project Officer in the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, based in Vienna. She specialises in programme management and development, communications and policy research for internet governance, digital participation and community-building.
Julie Wheelwright
Julie Wheelwright
Programme Director – City University, London
Dr Julie Wheelwright is the programme director of the MA, Creative Writing non-fiction. A former print and broadcast journalist, she has written widely on women in the intelligence services and in the military.
Louise Hastings
Louise Hastings
Managing Editor – Sky News
Louise has more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist in TV, radio and online. She’s currently managing editor of Sky News. She was previously editor of IRN which provides news for more than 300 UK commercial radio stations.
Liz Howell
Liz Howell
Professor Emeritus – City, University of London
Professor Lis Howell heads the Expert Women project which counts the number of women experts and authority figures used on six UK flagship news programmes. She is also an award winning television journalist and was Director of Broadcasting at City.
Richard Evans
Richard Evans
Programme Director – City, University of London
Before joining City, Richard Evans presented Newsbeat on BBC Radio One for 12 years, on BBC Radio Five Live for thirteen years and has reported at home and abroad for BBC radio and television. 
Saoussen Ben Cheikh
Saoussen Ben Cheikh
Country Manager – Internews
Saoussen Ben Cheikh leads a programme to support human rights and freedom of expression in the most closed and conflict-stricken contexts.
Verónica López
Verónica López
Chilean journalist & publisher
Verónica López is a Chilean journalist and publisher who has founded more than ten magazines in her country and abroad. She teaches journalism and is former secretary of the Women’s Association of Chilean Journalists.
Susan Greenberg
Susan Greenberg
Senior lecturer in creative writing – University of Roehampton
Susan L. Greenberg’s research focuses on narrative non-fiction, particularly our understanding of objectivity and subjectivity, and on publishing history and editorial practices.
Yu-li Liu
Yu-li Liu
National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan
Professor Liu is has had professional experience working in radio and TV. As well as collaborating with many international academic institutions, she is on the board of Radio Taiwan International, and is a member of the Media Ethics Commission of CTS, TVBS, and Eastern TV Channel.
Matt Cooke
Matt Cooke
Head of Partnerships & Training – Google News Lab
Matt Cooke is Head of Partnerships and Training at the Google News Lab – a global team dedicated to working with journalists to provide training, collaborating on industry challenges, and supporting innovation in the newsroom.
Kelly McEvers
Kelly McEvers
Embedded podcast – NPR
Kelly McEvers is the host of Embedded, NPR’s podcast that takes stories from the news and goes deeper. Kelly has also co-hosted All Things Considered, NPR’s award-winning afternoon news magazine.
Bay Fang
Bay Fang
Executive Editor – Radio Free Asia
Bay Fang supervises Radio Free Asia’s coverage across all of Asia. She has a 20-year career in journalism, most recently as the Diplomatic Correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.
Camila Ruz
Camila Ruz
Digital Current Affairs – BBC
Camila Ruz is a senior journalist with BBC Digital Current Affairs. She produces investigative documentaries and is currently the virtual reality editorial lead for BBC Stories. Camila directed their first interactive VR experience, Is Anna OK?
Deborah Kelly
Deborah Kelly
Thomson Foundation
Deborah is head of training and communications at the media development and training organisation, the Thomson Foundation. She runs training sessions across the globe most recently in mobile journalism and storytelling.
Elena Tarifa Herrero
Elena Tarifa Herrero
Global Alliance on Media and Gender
Elena Tarifa Herrero is a journalist and expert in gender and communication, and gender equality public policies. She is a co-founder of La Independent, the first newsagency with a gender perspective in Catalonia, Spain.
Hannah Storm
Hannah Storm
International News Safety Institute
Hannah is an expert in the safety of women journalists and co-authored No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters and Violence and Harassment Against Women in the News Media, amongst other publications.
Herng Su
Herng Su
National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Professor Herng Su has long been interested in the interaction between traditional media, new media and public policy in Taiwan. Professor Su was formerly a newspaper journalist, and served as the Chair of the National Communications Commission from 2010 to 2012.
Jess Brammar
Jess Brammar
HuffPost UK – Head of News
Jess played an integral role in HuffPost UK’s ambitious ‘HuffPost Listens’ project, which involved moving the 45-strong team to an open newsroom in Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre.
Julie Posetti
Julie Posetti
Journalism Innovation – Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Julie Posetti is the author of Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age and co-editor of Journalism, ‘Fake News’ and Disinformation. Julie spent two decades as a news editor, documentary reporter and political correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Leonor Suárez
Leonor Suárez
Spanish video journalist
Leonor has won six international prizes, including from the Thomson Foundation, Circom Regional (European network of regional public televisions) and Mojofest. She was among the first journalists to shoot and edit entire documentaries and long form stories with a mobile phone.
Max Murrain
Max Murrain
Digital Current Affairs – BBC
Max Murrain is a filmmaker with an interest in storytelling, emerging technologies and journalism. He is currently working in story telling and journalism with the BBC in its Digital Current Affairs department, is workingon the research and coordination of short-form documentaries for digital platforms.
Rob McGibbon
Rob McGibbon
Producer – Scoop Films
Rob McGibbon is a freelance journalist, who has worked across various sections of the media for the past 30 years. His principal focus has been writing celebrity interviews for national newspapers.
Sue Greenwood
Sue Greenwood
Lecturer – Staffordshire University
Sue Greenwood is a senior lecturer in the Journalism department at Staffordshire University. She is the author of Future Journalism: Where we are and where we’re going (Routledge), which analyses significant trends and practices shaping contemporary journalism and its future.
Yuen Chan
Yuen Chan
Hong Kong – Journalist
Yuen is a journalist who has worked in print, television and radio as a reporter, anchor, presenter and columnist based in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Yuen’s work has appeared in many international outlets. She has recently relocated to London and is currently working on a Hong Kong-themed book.
Yumna Al-Arashi
Yumna Al-Arashi
Yumna Al-Arashi’s work has been featured in many major publications such as Vogue, the New York Times, Artsy, Dazed&Confused, i_D, Vice, HuffingtonPost, The Cut, the National Abu Dhabi.
Sarah Redohl
Sarah Redohl
ImmersiveShooter
Sarah Redohl is currently the editor of VR/AR/MR news site ImmersiveShooter.com and a producer for StoryUp, an XR company that has produced content for major media outlets and blue chip companies like Google and Facebook.
Saorla McCabe
Saorla McCabe
UNESCO
Saorla McCabe’s work focuses on activities aimed at monitoring, protecting against and preventing attacks against journalists, within the framework of the UN Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists.
Radharani Mitra
Radharani Mitra
Global Creative Advisor – BBC Media Action
Radharani Mitra formulates strategies to tell stories using new and legacy media to bring about social and behavioural change. She has won several Indian and international awards including at Cannes, a GSMA Global Award, and a Vodafone Mobile for Good Awards.
Mevan Babakar
Mevan Babakar
Head of Automated Factchecking – Full Fact
In 2016, she co-authored the seminal report The State of Automated Factchecking and regularly speaks in the UK and internationally about misinformation, factchecking, and civic technology.
Katie Sanders
Katie Sanders
Managing Editor – PolitiFact
Katie Sanders is based at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, she helps assign and edit PolitiFact’s coverage of the White House, Congress and Florida politics.
Ian Reeves
Ian Reeves
KMTV – University of Kent
Ian Reeves is deputy head of the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent, where he teaches digital storytelling, among other things. Ian is author of the Newspapers Handbook and is a former editor of Press Gazette.
Gonzalo Mata
Gonzalo Mata
Chilean screenwriter, director & producer
Gonzalo Maza is an award-winner Chilean screenwriter, director and producer. His film Una Mujer Fantástica was awarded the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2018.
Eliza Mackintosh
Eliza Mackintosh
MENA Reporter – CNN International
Eliza Mackintosh is the project coordinator for As Equals, a CNN series funded by the European Journalism Centre which looks at the challenges women face in the world’s least developed countries.
Carmen Luz Parot
Carmen Luz Parot
Documentary filmmaker
Carmen Luz Parot is a journalist and documentary filmmaker from Chile. Her 2015 TV documentary series Chile en LLamas: El Arte de la Censura (Chile on Fire: The Art of Censorship) was named the Best Television Show in Chile by TV critics.
Karen Cox
Karen Cox
Vice-Chacellor – University of Kent
Professor Karen Cox took up the joint roles of Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent last year. Before that, Karen was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham, a post she took up in 2013.
Fiona Glover
Fiona Glover
Journalist – BBC Radio 4
Fi Glover is a radio journalist for the BBC. Having started her career in local radio, she has presented programmes for BBC Five Live, Radio 2 and now Radio 4 where she hosts the Listening Project, an ambitious oral history project in conjunction with the British Library.
Beatriz Sánchez
Beatriz Sánchez
Chilean journalist & politician
Beatriz Sanchez is an award winning Chilean journalist and politician. A year ago she quit her job to run in the presidential race in Chile.

Roxana Ibarra
Roxana Ibarra
Business Journalist – El Mercurio
Roxana Ibarra is an experienced Chilean business journalist, working for the newspaper El Mercurio and other publications. She’s a partner at the company Update Content, Information and Analytics.
María José Acuña
María José Acuña
International Strategic Communications Executive
María José Acuña is an international strategic communications executive, with more than 20 years experience in mass communications in the retail, entertainment and media industries across Latin America.
Eliza Anyangwe
Eliza Anyangwe
The Nzinga Effect – Bureau Local
Eliza Anyangwe is community organiser at Bureau Local. She’s also the founder of The Nzinga Effect, a media project focused on telling the stories of women across Africa and the diaspora, online and offline.
Janice Pereira
Janice Pereira
Creative Access – The Times/ Sunday Times
Janice Pereira is a Social Media and Community journalist with the Audience Development team at The Times and The Sunday Times.
Cait FitzSimons
Cait FitzSimons
Editor – 5 News
Cait FitzSimons has planned coverage for a general election and two referendums focusing on how people across the country felt about the political parties and their policies.
Robin Britton
Robin Britton
Channel Director – KMTV
Robin Britton has built three newsrooms, launched websites and social media services and worked with news teams to find the best way to introduce new technology and workflows.

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