Who is who

The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) concluded its fourth World Forum for Media Development in September 2016 with the election of a Steering Committee of five incumbents elected to third and final terms and 14 new members representing GFMD’s regional caucuses/groups in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the MENA countries:

  • Michael Mirny(USA), Director of the Information and Media Practice at IREX;
  • Ricardo Corredor (Colombia), Executive Director of the Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation (FNPI);
  • Denis Chabrol (Guyana), Second Vice President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers;
  • Owais Aslam Ali (Pakistan), Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF);
  • Mousa Rimawi (Palestine), co-founder and Director of the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) since 2006 and chief editor of MADA’s magazine “MADA Al-Elam”;
  • Gisèle Khoury (Lebanon), President of the Samir Kassir Foundation;
  • Petra Berner (Germany), head of Strategy and Consulting Services at DW Akademie;
  • Marc Fonbaustier (France), Deputy Managing Director of the French media cooperation agency (CFI);
  • Diana Senghor (Senegal), founder of the Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA);
  • Tihomir Loza (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Executive Director of the South Eastern European Network for Media Professionalization (SEENPM);
  • Cyprian Ndikumana (Burundi), Director General of the Panos Institute;
  • Jeanne Bourgault (USA),President and CEO of Internews;
  • Kateryna Myasnikova (Ukraine), Executive Director of the Independent Association of Broadcasters;
  • Nezar Patria (Indonesia), Digital Editor in Chief at The Jakarta Post, and a chairman of the international network commission at The Indonesian Press Council.

The 14 newly elected members of the Steering Committee join incumbent members:

  • Leon Willems (Netherlands), Director for Policy and Programmes of Free Press Unlimited;
  • Jesper Højberg (Denmark), Executive Director of International Media Support (IMS);
  • James Deane (UK), Director for Policy and Learning at BBC Media Action;
  • Joyce Barnathan (USA), President of the International Center for Journalists; and
  • Remzi Lani (Albania), Executive Director of the Albanian Media Institute.

The Steering Committee elected Ricardo Corredor (Colombia) to serve as Chair of GFMD. Kateryna Myasnikova (Ukraine) was chosen as Vice-Chair, Petra Berner (Germany) as Secretary-General and Marc Fonbaustier (France) as Treasurer.