The Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA

EMPOWERING FOREIGN JOURNALISTS IN THE UNITED STATES

The original Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the United States (1918-1939) was founded in New York by foreign media representatives in the United States to protect the independence of the press across the globe.

The Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States (AFC United States) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization founded in 2019 and inspired by the principles of the original organization with an expanded mandate and mission to reflect the modern needs of the international journalists in the United States. The main body of our new organization is represented only by professional journalists who live and work in the country as foreign correspondents.

In the 21st century, the AFC United States was created to transform the movement of foreign correspondents in the United States and be their authentic voice of representation addressing and equipping them with greater access to informational resources, diversified skills, advanced knowledge seminars as well as networks of experts and enabling them to better serve their profession in the country.

Committed to writing a new chapter in the history of the foreign correspondents in the United States, our organization does not claim any history or ties with any previously existing or presently existing entity representing foreign press representatives in the United States.

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RECENT HIGHLIGHTS


Microsoft Donates $20,000 to the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States  in support of the Scholarships Program for foreign journalists.

Microsoft Donates $20,000 to the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States in support of the Scholarships Program for foreign journalists.

The AFC President, Thanos Dimadis speaks at  Nasdaq Closing Bell Ceremony  representing the Association of Foreign Correspondents.  Watch the video

The AFC President, Thanos Dimadis speaks at Nasdaq Closing Bell Ceremony representing the Association of Foreign Correspondents. Watch the video

CBS News Donates $10,000 to the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States  in support of of our educational resources and grants.

CBS News Donates $10,000 to the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States in support of of our educational resources and grants.

The AFC Vice President, Susan Modaress was recently invited on the podcast show " Building A New America: Law, Politics & The Constitution with host Jonathan Aries"  to talk about the current national & international media landscape, the role of social media in shaping the news as well as how her career as a journalist has evolved throughout the years, and her advice for up and coming journalists.

The AFC Vice President, Susan Modaress was recently invited on the podcast show "Building A New America: Law, Politics & The Constitution with host Jonathan Aries" to talk about the current national & international media landscape, the role of social media in shaping the news as well as how her career as a journalist has evolved throughout the years, and her advice for up and coming journalists.

Bayer Donates $50,000 to the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States  in support of our educational resources, grants and scholarships.

Bayer Donates $50,000 to the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States in support of our educational resources, grants and scholarships.

Save the Date  of our  Scholarship Awards Ceremony  in support of foreign correspondents enrolled in master’s programs in U.S.-based academic institutions.

Save the Date of our Scholarship Awards Ceremony in support of foreign correspondents enrolled in master’s programs in U.S.-based academic institutions.

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OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

Larisa Karr  is our Scholarship Awards Program Outreach Manager. She is a journalist and photographer pursuing an M.A. in International Reporting at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. To see her work her, check out Larisa’s  website .

Larisa Karr is our Scholarship Awards Program Outreach Manager. She is a journalist and photographer pursuing an M.A. in International Reporting at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. To see her work her, check out Larisa’s website.

Jeannette Hektoen  is the President of JH Media & Marketing and the former Vice President of Media Services and Talent Relations at NBC.

Jeannette Hektoen is the President of JH Media & Marketing and the former Vice President of Media Services and Talent Relations at NBC.

Dame Gloria Starr  Kins of the Knights of Jerusalem is the President of Society & Diplomatic Review- formerly known as the Diplomatic World Bulletin. She is a veteran UN Correspondent and the Dean of the United Nations Correspondents Association, society and diplomatic editor of many newspapers, such as the Jewish Post based in New York, Arab news wire Elpah, and has represented Irish examiner and Irish connections for thirty years since it was founded. Read full bio  here .

Dame Gloria Starr Kins of the Knights of Jerusalem is the President of Society & Diplomatic Review- formerly known as the Diplomatic World Bulletin. She is a veteran UN Correspondent and the Dean of the United Nations Correspondents Association, society and diplomatic editor of many newspapers, such as the Jewish Post based in New York, Arab news wire Elpah, and has represented Irish examiner and Irish connections for thirty years since it was founded. Read full bio here.

Ali Cinar  is a foreign journalist from Turkey representing Turkish media in the U.S. He is credentialed by the Foreign Press Center of State Department and a member of the United Nations Correspondents Association.

Ali Cinar is a foreign journalist from Turkey representing Turkish media in the U.S. He is credentialed by the Foreign Press Center of State Department and a member of the United Nations Correspondents Association.

Mamen Sala  is a U.S.-based foreign correspondent from Spain. She works as a foreign correspondent for three different foreign media outlets and you can find her on  Linkedin .

Mamen Sala is a U.S.-based foreign correspondent from Spain. She works as a foreign correspondent for three different foreign media outlets and you can find her on Linkedin.

Hamadou Lingane  is a foreign journalist in the U.S. originated from Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Hamadou Lingane is a foreign journalist in the U.S. originated from Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Ralph Engelman  chairs the Journalism Department at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. A member of the jury of the George Polk Awards and the coordinator of the annual George Polk Awards Seminar, he is the author of Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History.

Ralph Engelman chairs the Journalism Department at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. A member of the jury of the George Polk Awards and the coordinator of the annual George Polk Awards Seminar, he is the author of Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History.

Enzo Capua  is an Italian Journalist, writer, producer. He is the correspondent from USA for Musica Jazz magazine and the Artistic Consultant of Umbria Jazz Festival. He also wrote a book about NYC in 2006, called “New York Night&Day” for the Italian Publishing Company Touring Club.

Enzo Capua is an Italian Journalist, writer, producer. He is the correspondent from USA for Musica Jazz magazine and the Artistic Consultant of Umbria Jazz Festival. He also wrote a book about NYC in 2006, called “New York Night&Day” for the Italian Publishing Company Touring Club.

Natalia Kniazhevich  is a U.S.-based foreign financial broadcast journalist from Moscow. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Business and Economic Reporting at New York University.

Natalia Kniazhevich is a U.S.-based foreign financial broadcast journalist from Moscow. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Business and Economic Reporting at New York University.

Mariko Fukuyama  is a U.S.-based broadcast journalist originally from Japan and credentialed with the Foreign Press Center of the U.S Department of State.

Mariko Fukuyama is a U.S.-based broadcast journalist originally from Japan and credentialed with the Foreign Press Center of the U.S Department of State.

Stephanie Casella  is a freelance political writer who has covered American and international politics for Teen Vogue, Bustle, The Social Edge, Political Storm, Medium, and Thought Catalog.

Stephanie Casella is a freelance political writer who has covered American and international politics for Teen Vogue, Bustle, The Social Edge, Political Storm, Medium, and Thought Catalog.

Bruce McInnes  is a freelance foreign  correspondent for Onyx-magazin.de, based in New York.

Bruce McInnes is a freelance foreign correspondent for Onyx-magazin.de, based in New York.

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SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FOR FOREIGN JOURNALISTS

Advancing the careers and skills of foreign correspondents in the United States through education is at the core of our mission. The Foreign Correspondents Association is devoted to providing scholarships and grants to international journalists who are legally based in the United States to pursue their studies in the fields that include but are not restricted to journalism, media relations, communications, film, videography, photography, visual arts, history, finance, business administration, marketing, data, consumer and audience analytics.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2019

AWARDEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY 10/30/2019

BOARDS OF DIRECTORS

CHAIRWOMAN FOR SCHOLARSHIPS & FOUNDING DIRECTOR     Nancy Prager-Kamel    Mrs. Prager-Kamel  is a strategic advisor at the UN and with the US Government on international issues and human rights with a special dedication and expertise on Anti-Traffiking.  Mrs. Prager-Kamel works, at the UN and within the leading advertising agencies and public relations companies, creating Public Private Partnerships to address and support the Sustainable Development goals. Benefiting worldwide aid organizations and numerous corporate and public stakeholders she creates and protects brand value through the alignment of corporate social responsibility efforts with marketplace needs.  In recent years, Mrs. Prager-Kamel has served as Chair of Board of Governors for the Foreign Press Foundation; US National Commissioner for UNESCO, Vital Voices Global Partnership Board of Directors and its Main UN Representative. Recently she organized and lead a series of UN Panels sponsored by Governments and Agencies on strategic development issues. Mrs Prager-Kamel was Co-director of the United Nations’s “World’s Children’s Day” and began the first program for disabled children at the Metropolitan Museum.  She was a founding member of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition bringing Arts to the men in the New York prison system. Mrs Prager-Kamel presently is US and UN Main Representative for an international think tank formulating government policies on gender issues. She has been awarded “la Grande Prix Humanitaire de France” from the French Government. (Read full bio  here )

CHAIRWOMAN FOR SCHOLARSHIPS & FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Nancy Prager-Kamel

Mrs. Prager-Kamel is a strategic advisor at the UN and with the US Government on international issues and human rights with a special dedication and expertise on Anti-Traffiking.

Mrs. Prager-Kamel works, at the UN and within the leading advertising agencies and public relations companies, creating Public Private Partnerships to address and support the Sustainable Development goals. Benefiting worldwide aid organizations and numerous corporate and public stakeholders she creates and protects brand value through the alignment of corporate social responsibility efforts with marketplace needs.

In recent years, Mrs. Prager-Kamel has served as Chair of Board of Governors for the Foreign Press Foundation; US National Commissioner for UNESCO, Vital Voices Global Partnership Board of Directors and its Main UN Representative. Recently she organized and lead a series of UN Panels sponsored by Governments and Agencies on strategic development issues. Mrs Prager-Kamel was Co-director of the United Nations’s “World’s Children’s Day” and began the first program for disabled children at the Metropolitan Museum.

She was a founding member of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition bringing Arts to the men in the New York prison system. Mrs Prager-Kamel presently is US and UN Main Representative for an international think tank formulating government policies on gender issues. She has been awarded “la Grande Prix Humanitaire de France” from the French Government. (Read full bio here)

HONORARY ADVISOR TO THE BOARDS     Suzanne Adams    Suzanne Adams  served for 21 years as the Executive Director of the “Foreign Press Association New York” established in 1993. She founded the “FPA Scholarship Fund” and served as the Director. During her tenure she had the pleasure of awarding 80 scholarships to foreign students enrolled at graduate schools of journalism in the United States.  Her husband, Maurice Adams, was a former president of the “Foreign Press Association” and the NY Bureau Chief of the Sydney Morning Herald. The “Foreign Press Association” was dissolved in 1993.  Currently, Suzanne Adams serves as the Honorary Executive Advisor to the boards of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States. The AFC United States was established with the mandate of transforming the movement of foreign correspondents in the United States towards future.

HONORARY ADVISOR TO THE BOARDS

Suzanne Adams

Suzanne Adams served for 21 years as the Executive Director of the “Foreign Press Association New York” established in 1993. She founded the “FPA Scholarship Fund” and served as the Director. During her tenure she had the pleasure of awarding 80 scholarships to foreign students enrolled at graduate schools of journalism in the United States.

Her husband, Maurice Adams, was a former president of the “Foreign Press Association” and the NY Bureau Chief of the Sydney Morning Herald. The “Foreign Press Association” was dissolved in 1993.

Currently, Suzanne Adams serves as the Honorary Executive Advisor to the boards of the Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States. The AFC United States was established with the mandate of transforming the movement of foreign correspondents in the United States towards future.

PRESIDENT     Thanos Dimadis    Thanos  ( ThanosDimadis.com ) is a foreign journalist credentialed by the Foreign Press Center of State Department. He is a member of the International Federation of Journalists and the Journalist’s Union of Athens, Greece. He is a distinguished recipient of the renown Knight-Bagehot Fellowship of Columbia Journalism School.  Since 2010, he has covered as a foreign correspondent the Eurozone financial crisis from Washington, D.C. and Brussels for major Greek broadcast, online, print, and broadcast media. In Athens he served as the head of the political breaking news unit of the major broadcast ALPHA TV Channel.  Thanos has been the producer and presenter of the most well-viewed documentary about the Greek financial crisis as well as the presenter of several political television talk shows in Greece. He is the author of the book  In the Daedalus of the Eurozone Crisis , documenting his coverage. He has been a member of the editorial board of the non profit media organization Fair Observer. Thanos has also worked in the fields of   marketing, communications, partnerships, and audience and business development with experience in the U.S. and Europe.  He is an alumnus of George Washington University, the Harvard Kennedy School and the City University of London. His master’s level studies are in the fields of European policy, Media, Communications and Management.

PRESIDENT

Thanos Dimadis

Thanos (ThanosDimadis.com) is a foreign journalist credentialed by the Foreign Press Center of State Department. He is a member of the International Federation of Journalists and the Journalist’s Union of Athens, Greece. He is a distinguished recipient of the renown Knight-Bagehot Fellowship of Columbia Journalism School.

Since 2010, he has covered as a foreign correspondent the Eurozone financial crisis from Washington, D.C. and Brussels for major Greek broadcast, online, print, and broadcast media. In Athens he served as the head of the political breaking news unit of the major broadcast ALPHA TV Channel.

Thanos has been the producer and presenter of the most well-viewed documentary about the Greek financial crisis as well as the presenter of several political television talk shows in Greece. He is the author of the book In the Daedalus of the Eurozone Crisis, documenting his coverage. He has been a member of the editorial board of the non profit media organization Fair Observer. Thanos has also worked in the fields of marketing, communications, partnerships, and audience and business development with experience in the U.S. and Europe.

He is an alumnus of George Washington University, the Harvard Kennedy School and the City University of London. His master’s level studies are in the fields of European policy, Media, Communications and Management.

VICE PRESIDENT & FOUNDING DIRECTOR     Susan Modaress Tehrani    Susan  is a New York-based broadcast and print journalist. She's currently a Diplomatic Correspondent at the United Nations. She has reported from some of the world’s contemporary hotspots, including Egypt, Lebanon, Haiti, Iran, and Iraq. She’s also covered stories across the U.S., from Detroit to Louisiana, California, and Wisconsin. Her work is featured in  Newsweek ,  Newsweek ME,   Al-Monitor ,  The Daily Journalist ,  Aljazeera ,  PressTV , and  Euronews , among others.  Her documentary about hunger in New Jersey and the new working poor was selected by the New York and New Jersey Councils for Social Studies at Hofstra and Rutgers Universities to be part of the 2015-16 high school curriculum in both states. Her documentary  The Spending Race , about the role of Super PACs in U.S. elections, was screened at NYU and is viewed and discussed in classes at the school's political science department.  Susan is a member of the U.N. Correspondent's Association and a frequent moderator and panelist at various U.N. events regarding international diplomacy.

VICE PRESIDENT & FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Susan Modaress Tehrani

Susan is a New York-based broadcast and print journalist. She's currently a Diplomatic Correspondent at the United Nations. She has reported from some of the world’s contemporary hotspots, including Egypt, Lebanon, Haiti, Iran, and Iraq. She’s also covered stories across the U.S., from Detroit to Louisiana, California, and Wisconsin. Her work is featured in Newsweek, Newsweek ME, Al-Monitor, The Daily Journalist, Aljazeera, PressTV, and Euronews, among others.

Her documentary about hunger in New Jersey and the new working poor was selected by the New York and New Jersey Councils for Social Studies at Hofstra and Rutgers Universities to be part of the 2015-16 high school curriculum in both states. Her documentary The Spending Race, about the role of Super PACs in U.S. elections, was screened at NYU and is viewed and discussed in classes at the school's political science department.

Susan is a member of the U.N. Correspondent's Association and a frequent moderator and panelist at various U.N. events regarding international diplomacy.

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DEPUTY VICE PRESIDENT & FOUNDING DIRECTOR     Clarissa McNair    Clarissa  is a foreign correspondent with World Radio Paris. Previously she worked as a journalist for CBC-TV in Toronto, produced documentaries, and wrote and presented the international news for  Radio Vaticana  in Rome. Her current show at  World Radio Paris  is called  Basic Black . Clarissa was born in Mississippi and graduated from Briarcliff College with a B.A. in American History. McNair has lived in several countries and has traveled from Afghanistan to Zanzibar, from the Canadian Arctic to Patagonia. She is also a published writer of novels, true crime and a memoir. (Read full bio  here )

DEPUTY VICE PRESIDENT & FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Clarissa McNair

Clarissa is a foreign correspondent with World Radio Paris. Previously she worked as a journalist for CBC-TV in Toronto, produced documentaries, and wrote and presented the international news for Radio Vaticana in Rome. Her current show at World Radio Paris is called Basic Black. Clarissa was born in Mississippi and graduated from Briarcliff College with a B.A. in American History. McNair has lived in several countries and has traveled from Afghanistan to Zanzibar, from the Canadian Arctic to Patagonia. She is also a published writer of novels, true crime and a memoir. (Read full bio here)

AMBASSADOR     Laura Haim   After coming to the United States in 1992,  Laura Haim  established the first New York office  Canal Plus , working there until 2001. After the September 11th attacks, she joined CBS News and served as Dan Rather's producer in Baghdad, covering breaking news from 2003 to 2006. After leaving Baghdad, she decided to follow a small political campaign as a freelancer. She then chose to follow Barack Obama, and  Canal Plus  quickly rehired her to follow the 2008 campaign for its 24-hour news channel.  When Obama won the 2008 election,  Canal Plus  appointed her its White House correspondent, and she worked in this capacity from 2009 until 2016. Laura secured several exclusives with the former president and different political figures while keeping an eye on other campaigns. She served as a strategist and spokesperson for French President Emmanuel Macron.

AMBASSADOR

Laura Haim

After coming to the United States in 1992, Laura Haim established the first New York office Canal Plus, working there until 2001. After the September 11th attacks, she joined CBS News and served as Dan Rather's producer in Baghdad, covering breaking news from 2003 to 2006. After leaving Baghdad, she decided to follow a small political campaign as a freelancer. She then chose to follow Barack Obama, and Canal Plus quickly rehired her to follow the 2008 campaign for its 24-hour news channel.

When Obama won the 2008 election, Canal Plus appointed her its White House correspondent, and she worked in this capacity from 2009 until 2016. Laura secured several exclusives with the former president and different political figures while keeping an eye on other campaigns. She served as a strategist and spokesperson for French President Emmanuel Macron.

GENERAL SECRETARY     Alan Jude Ryland    Alan  is an editor and reporter who has worked on interviews with such individuals as former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci; Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the current President of the United Nations General Assembly; and Mariangela Zappia, the Permanent Representative to Italy for the U.N. He has written about politics and LGBTQ issues for such publications as  Salon  and  The Huffington Post  and began his career working as an editor on actor and activist George Takei’s social media team, specializing in breaking news and pushing progressive policy initiatives.

GENERAL SECRETARY

Alan Jude Ryland

Alan is an editor and reporter who has worked on interviews with such individuals as former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci; Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the current President of the United Nations General Assembly; and Mariangela Zappia, the Permanent Representative to Italy for the U.N. He has written about politics and LGBTQ issues for such publications as Salon and The Huffington Post and began his career working as an editor on actor and activist George Takei’s social media team, specializing in breaking news and pushing progressive policy initiatives.

TREASURER     Manoj Rijal    Manoj  is a journalist from Nepal and has been a writer of non-fiction (international relations and political science) for more than 10 years. Here in the U.S., he represents Shubha Sanchar Media. His research about the dimensions of ethnic politics has been published in Germany (2015) and is available on Amazon. His second book is in the pipeline and will be published soon by a U.S. publisher. Here in New York, he is mostly interested in covering news related to the U.N., particularly news related to the matters of peace and conflict resolution.

TREASURER

Manoj Rijal

Manoj is a journalist from Nepal and has been a writer of non-fiction (international relations and political science) for more than 10 years. Here in the U.S., he represents Shubha Sanchar Media. His research about the dimensions of ethnic politics has been published in Germany (2015) and is available on Amazon. His second book is in the pipeline and will be published soon by a U.S. publisher. Here in New York, he is mostly interested in covering news related to the U.N., particularly news related to the matters of peace and conflict resolution.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS     Momoe Ban Braveman    Momoe  has been a business journalist and senior correspondent for  The Nikkei , Japan’s largest business newspaper with 3 million copes in circulation. Her coverage has primarily focused on U.S. business and financial markets, including banks and brokerages, venture businesses, and hedge funds. She also covers U.S. cultural and social issues and appears regularly on Japanese TV programs as a financial reporter. Momoe has published and contributed to several books on U.S. business in Japanese. She graduated from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, with a B.D. in Political Science.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Momoe Ban Braveman

Momoe has been a business journalist and senior correspondent for The Nikkei, Japan’s largest business newspaper with 3 million copes in circulation. Her coverage has primarily focused on U.S. business and financial markets, including banks and brokerages, venture businesses, and hedge funds. She also covers U.S. cultural and social issues and appears regularly on Japanese TV programs as a financial reporter. Momoe has published and contributed to several books on U.S. business in Japanese. She graduated from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, with a B.D. in Political Science.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS     Alain Coomlan Tchegnon    Alain  is a journalist hailing from Cotonou, Benin. His experience began in 2002 at  Radio Afrique Espoir , where he covered various topics specific to Benin. In 2006 Alain was afforded the opportunity to travel to Paris, France, where he joined the International Francophone Press Union. After returning to Benin in 2010, Alain covered political elections in West Africa as a television newscaster. As a freelance journalist, Alain writes and publishes articles for the United States Press Agency.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alain Coomlan Tchegnon

Alain is a journalist hailing from Cotonou, Benin. His experience began in 2002 at Radio Afrique Espoir, where he covered various topics specific to Benin. In 2006 Alain was afforded the opportunity to travel to Paris, France, where he joined the International Francophone Press Union. After returning to Benin in 2010, Alain covered political elections in West Africa as a television newscaster. As a freelance journalist, Alain writes and publishes articles for the United States Press Agency.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS     Negar Mortazavi    Negar  is a Consultant Editor at  The Independent , and a political commentator for BBC,  Al Jazeera , i24News, and CGTN. She has over a decade of experience as a bilingual journalist and television host covering Iran, the greater Middle East, and U.S. foreign policy in the region. She was named a Global Young Leader by Friends of Europe in 2017. She has a master’s degree from Brandeis University.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Negar Mortazavi

Negar is a Consultant Editor at The Independent, and a political commentator for BBC, Al Jazeera, i24News, and CGTN. She has over a decade of experience as a bilingual journalist and television host covering Iran, the greater Middle East, and U.S. foreign policy in the region. She was named a Global Young Leader by Friends of Europe in 2017. She has a master’s degree from Brandeis University.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS     Elena Lentza    Elena  is a correspondent for Lusa News Agency and a credentialed journalist at the United Nations. She covers political, diplomatic and economic affairs of Portugal and African Portuguese speaking countries and writes about Portuguese communities across the United States, focusing on their social and cultural aspects. Working for the news agency, with texts, audio and video recordings, her stories are featured in most of the Portuguese news media. Born in the Republic of Moldova, Elena studied and worked in Porto and Lisbon before moving to New York in 2018.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elena Lentza

Elena is a correspondent for Lusa News Agency and a credentialed journalist at the United Nations. She covers political, diplomatic and economic affairs of Portugal and African Portuguese speaking countries and writes about Portuguese communities across the United States, focusing on their social and cultural aspects. Working for the news agency, with texts, audio and video recordings, her stories are featured in most of the Portuguese news media. Born in the Republic of Moldova, Elena studied and worked in Porto and Lisbon before moving to New York in 2018.

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MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS     Dawn Kissi    Dawn  is an award-winning business and financial journalist, executive producer, entrepreneur. She is the Founder of the digital media company  Emerging Market Media  and its flagship site  Emerging Market Views .  Kissi is a first-generation American, a graduate of Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She also completed specialized coursework in financial reporting and accounting at INSEAD, one of Europe's leading business schools.  She has served in staff, fellow and correspondent roles in some of the world's most prominent newsrooms including Women's Wear Daily, CNN International, Reuters, Securities Industry News, Dow Jones, and CNBC. She was named a 2017 Tow-Knight fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism, based in New York City at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism. Kissi currently resides in Forest Hills, New York.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dawn Kissi

Dawn is an award-winning business and financial journalist, executive producer, entrepreneur. She is the Founder of the digital media company Emerging Market Media and its flagship site Emerging Market Views.

Kissi is a first-generation American, a graduate of Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She also completed specialized coursework in financial reporting and accounting at INSEAD, one of Europe's leading business schools.

She has served in staff, fellow and correspondent roles in some of the world's most prominent newsrooms including Women's Wear Daily, CNN International, Reuters, Securities Industry News, Dow Jones, and CNBC. She was named a 2017 Tow-Knight fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism, based in New York City at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism. Kissi currently resides in Forest Hills, New York.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS     Betül Yürük    Betül  is a diplomatic correspondent who has been covering the UN and US politics for three years in New York for Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. She also worked in Switzerland covering the UN Office at Geneva focusing mainly on migration.  Betul was a diplomatic correspondent in the Turkish capital, Ankara, covering Turkey's foreign policy and routinely traveling with Turkey’s top officials abroad.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Betül Yürük

Betül is a diplomatic correspondent who has been covering the UN and US politics for three years in New York for Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. She also worked in Switzerland covering the UN Office at Geneva focusing mainly on migration.

Betul was a diplomatic correspondent in the Turkish capital, Ankara, covering Turkey's foreign policy and routinely traveling with Turkey’s top officials abroad.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS     Martin Jiangang Wang    Martin  is the Senior Correspondent for Xinhua News Agency. He has been covering the U.N. and diplomatic and cultural events in New York since 2016.  He was Executive Director of China Features for Xinhua from 2010 to 2016; Senior Correspondent of Xinhua’s North American Bureau from 2006 to 2010; Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Xinhua’s Diplomatic Desk from 2005 to 2006; Senior Correspondent of Xinhua’s New Delhi Bureau from 2002 to 2005, and Editor-in-Chief of  World Report , a magazine jointly published by UNESCO and Xinhua, from 1997 to 2002.  He is a graduate of the Journalism School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences with a master’s degree in law.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Martin Jiangang Wang

Martin is the Senior Correspondent for Xinhua News Agency. He has been covering the U.N. and diplomatic and cultural events in New York since 2016.

He was Executive Director of China Features for Xinhua from 2010 to 2016; Senior Correspondent of Xinhua’s North American Bureau from 2006 to 2010; Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Xinhua’s Diplomatic Desk from 2005 to 2006; Senior Correspondent of Xinhua’s New Delhi Bureau from 2002 to 2005, and Editor-in-Chief of World Report, a magazine jointly published by UNESCO and Xinhua, from 1997 to 2002.

He is a graduate of the Journalism School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences with a master’s degree in law.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS     Bobby Talukdar    Bobby  is from Guwahati, Assam, Northeast India. She represents  The North East Times , a daily newspaper. Guwahati is traditionally and socially a very rich part of India and Bobby is glad that she can share stories from Northeast India with the press community in the United States. Bobby is a registered member of the national press association of India and a foreign correspondent credentialed by the Foreign Press Center of State Department in New York.

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bobby Talukdar

Bobby is from Guwahati, Assam, Northeast India. She represents The North East Times, a daily newspaper. Guwahati is traditionally and socially a very rich part of India and Bobby is glad that she can share stories from Northeast India with the press community in the United States. Bobby is a registered member of the national press association of India and a foreign correspondent credentialed by the Foreign Press Center of State Department in New York.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD     Helen Whitney    Mrs. Whitney  is an award-winning filmmaker with over forty years of experience producing dramatic features and documentary films which have appeared on all the major networks: NBS, ABC, PBS, HBO. Her subjects have stretched across a broad spectrum of topics including youth gangs; Among her many awards: an Oscar nomination, the Peabody, the Emmy, the DuPont, the Edward.R.Murrow Journalism Award, the Humanitas Prize, the Director's Guild and The Writers Guild Awards.  Her films have been selected at national and international film festivals, and she was invited to participate as director/writer at the 1982 Sundance Film Festival. She has presented her films and lectured at various universities, churches, and museums including Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Pomona, Stanford, Harvard Divinity School, The National Cathedral, the Corcoran Gallery. Her recent book: "Forgiveness; A Time to Love and a Time to Hate" was praised by the Dalai Lama who wrote the Forward.  She served as a member and Chairman of the Board of Film Forum, 1986-1991. She was a member of the Board for New York Women in Film in 1983. She has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows since 2001.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD

Helen Whitney

Mrs. Whitney is an award-winning filmmaker with over forty years of experience producing dramatic features and documentary films which have appeared on all the major networks: NBS, ABC, PBS, HBO. Her subjects have stretched across a broad spectrum of topics including youth gangs; Among her many awards: an Oscar nomination, the Peabody, the Emmy, the DuPont, the Edward.R.Murrow Journalism Award, the Humanitas Prize, the Director's Guild and The Writers Guild Awards.

Her films have been selected at national and international film festivals, and she was invited to participate as director/writer at the 1982 Sundance Film Festival. She has presented her films and lectured at various universities, churches, and museums including Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Pomona, Stanford, Harvard Divinity School, The National Cathedral, the Corcoran Gallery. Her recent book: "Forgiveness; A Time to Love and a Time to Hate" was praised by the Dalai Lama who wrote the Forward.

She served as a member and Chairman of the Board of Film Forum, 1986-1991. She was a member of the Board for New York Women in Film in 1983. She has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows since 2001.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD     Anjali Sharma    Anjali  is a journalist, writer and public relations consultant based in Manhattan. She was born in India and raised in SOS Childrens Villages in Faridabad, Haryana.  She came into the care of SOS Village as an infant in 1971. She attended Bhartiya Vidhya Bhawan school in New Delhi and graduated from University of Delhi. She began her career in broadcast journalism and worked for Indira Gandhi National Open University Communications Division, Home TV/Sahara TV, BBC, NDTV New Delhi Television.  In her spare time she was active in the Yatrik Theater Group in New Delhi. She came to US in 1997 on full scholarship awarded by the Ohio University School of Fine Arts and enrolled in the MFA program in documentary film and MA in Theatre History and Criticism. She moved to New York in 2000 and worked for many Indian print publications since then. She is currently working as senior editor and writer for Society and Diplomatic Review magazine and a member of Foreign Press Center. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Ms. Sharma is married and lives in New York City.

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Anjali Sharma

Anjali is a journalist, writer and public relations consultant based in Manhattan. She was born in India and raised in SOS Childrens Villages in Faridabad, Haryana.

She came into the care of SOS Village as an infant in 1971. She attended Bhartiya Vidhya Bhawan school in New Delhi and graduated from University of Delhi. She began her career in broadcast journalism and worked for Indira Gandhi National Open University Communications Division, Home TV/Sahara TV, BBC, NDTV New Delhi Television.

In her spare time she was active in the Yatrik Theater Group in New Delhi. She came to US in 1997 on full scholarship awarded by the Ohio University School of Fine Arts and enrolled in the MFA program in documentary film and MA in Theatre History and Criticism. She moved to New York in 2000 and worked for many Indian print publications since then. She is currently working as senior editor and writer for Society and Diplomatic Review magazine and a member of Foreign Press Center. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Ms. Sharma is married and lives in New York City.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD     Jane Isay    Jane  is the author of Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today.  Her earlier books include Walking onEggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship between Adult Children and their Parents, Mom Still Likes You Best: Overcoming the Past and Reconnecting with Your Siblings, and Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths that Change Our Lives. She spent over 40 years as an editor, publishing Robert J. Lifton’s Nazi Doctors, Melissa Fay Greene’s Praying for Sheetrock, Patricia O’Connor’s Woe is I, K.C. Cole’s The Universe and the Teacup, Antonio Damasio’s Descartes” Error, and Buzz Bissinger’sFriday Night Lights.  An executive VP at Basic Books, Simon& Schuster, Addison Wesley, Putnam, and Harcourt, she has served on many nonprofit boards, including The New Press, Journalist and Women Symposium (JAWS), and several university presses. She serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Mount Sinai Medical School and Hospital System.

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Jane Isay

Jane is the author of Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today.

Her earlier books include Walking onEggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship between Adult Children and their Parents, Mom Still Likes You Best: Overcoming the Past and Reconnecting with Your Siblings, and Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths that Change Our Lives. She spent over 40 years as an editor, publishing Robert J. Lifton’s Nazi Doctors, Melissa Fay Greene’s Praying for Sheetrock, Patricia O’Connor’s Woe is I, K.C. Cole’s The Universe and the Teacup, Antonio Damasio’s Descartes” Error, and Buzz Bissinger’sFriday Night Lights.

An executive VP at Basic Books, Simon& Schuster, Addison Wesley, Putnam, and Harcourt, she has served on many nonprofit boards, including The New Press, Journalist and Women Symposium (JAWS), and several university presses. She serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Mount Sinai Medical School and Hospital System.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD     Thomas Barat    Thomas  is a journalist, photojournalist, foreign correspondent/editor and Head of the NY Branch Office of a Hungarian based Press Agency (WBPI) and TV Channel (Heti TV) in New York. He is the Founder Editor in Chief of CCO MAGAZINE - the Magazine of the Chief Communication Officers. He has expertise in writing, editing and publishing. He was TV talk show host on one of Hungary's tv-channel called Budapest Television.  Thomas Barat is a retired Professor of Communication and he was the Education Director of European Media and Communication Institute. He wrote 17 books in the field of Applied Communication. Mr. Barat was the President of the Ethical Committee of the Association of Hungarian Journalists and also the President of the Media Self-Regulatory Body of Hungary. Thomas Barat is the member of different professional organizations.  Among others: Society of Professional Journalists USA, Association of Hungarian Journalists, Hungarian Public Relations Association, Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK, he is the Founder and President the American Hungarian Chamber of Commerce.

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Thomas Barat

Thomas is a journalist, photojournalist, foreign correspondent/editor and Head of the NY Branch Office of a Hungarian based Press Agency (WBPI) and TV Channel (Heti TV) in New York. He is the Founder Editor in Chief of CCO MAGAZINE - the Magazine of the Chief Communication Officers. He has expertise in writing, editing and publishing. He was TV talk show host on one of Hungary's tv-channel called Budapest Television.

Thomas Barat is a retired Professor of Communication and he was the Education Director of European Media and Communication Institute. He wrote 17 books in the field of Applied Communication. Mr. Barat was the President of the Ethical Committee of the Association of Hungarian Journalists and also the President of the Media Self-Regulatory Body of Hungary. Thomas Barat is the member of different professional organizations.

Among others: Society of Professional Journalists USA, Association of Hungarian Journalists, Hungarian Public Relations Association, Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK, he is the Founder and President the American Hungarian Chamber of Commerce.

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MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD     Marilyn Haft    Mrs. Haft  is an an entertainment and digital media attorney. She specializes in the business and legal affairs of multimedia and communication . industries including the film, television, digital and publishing sectors. Ms. Haft has been a partner at a number of firms and was a test case constitutional law litigator at the national level for the American Civil Liberties Union. Over six years, she litigated in state and federal courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.  She was then appointed Deputy Counsel to Vice President Walter Mondale in the White House where, among other duties, she was the White House’s representative and liaison with the intelligence agencies for the re-writing of their charters. She also participated in the pre-Camp David negotiations. Ms. Haft then ran the New York City campaign for the re-election of the President along with then-Lieutenant Governor Mario Cuomo, who ran the campaign for New York State. Finally, she was appointed as a U.S. Representative to the United Nations, where she was one of the six official representatives of the U.S. to the U.N. Read full bio  here.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD

Marilyn Haft

Mrs. Haft is an an entertainment and digital media attorney. She specializes in the business and legal affairs of multimedia and communication . industries including the film, television, digital and publishing sectors. Ms. Haft has been a partner at a number of firms and was a test case constitutional law litigator at the national level for the American Civil Liberties Union. Over six years, she litigated in state and federal courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

She was then appointed Deputy Counsel to Vice President Walter Mondale in the White House where, among other duties, she was the White House’s representative and liaison with the intelligence agencies for the re-writing of their charters. She also participated in the pre-Camp David negotiations. Ms. Haft then ran the New York City campaign for the re-election of the President along with then-Lieutenant Governor Mario Cuomo, who ran the campaign for New York State. Finally, she was appointed as a U.S. Representative to the United Nations, where she was one of the six official representatives of the U.S. to the U.N. Read full bio here.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD     Lena Tabori    Lena Tabori  has been in visual book publishing since 1967 when she joined Harry N. Abrams, Inc. She left, as their first female vice president, in 1980 to co-found her own publishing company, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and her own book packaging and licensing firm, Welcome Enterprises where, with her partner Clark Wakabayashi, she continues to package books for publishers like Disney, Rizzoli & National Geographic, nonprofits like God’s Love We Deliver, and organizations like Turner Broadcasting. In 1982 she won an Emmy for producing the animated film, Ziggy’s Gift.  In 1995, Welcome Enterprises created a publishing division, Welcome Books, for which she was Publisher. It sold to Rizzoli in 2014. In November 2016, she co-founded with Mike Shatzkin, a publishing icon, a climate change website:  www.climatechangeresources.org  which will launch in June 2019.She sits on a number of boards and blogs for The Huffington Post.

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Lena Tabori

Lena Tabori has been in visual book publishing since 1967 when she joined Harry N. Abrams, Inc. She left, as their first female vice president, in 1980 to co-found her own publishing company, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and her own book packaging and licensing firm, Welcome Enterprises where, with her partner Clark Wakabayashi, she continues to package books for publishers like Disney, Rizzoli & National Geographic, nonprofits like God’s Love We Deliver, and organizations like Turner Broadcasting. In 1982 she won an Emmy for producing the animated film, Ziggy’s Gift.

In 1995, Welcome Enterprises created a publishing division, Welcome Books, for which she was Publisher. It sold to Rizzoli in 2014. In November 2016, she co-founded with Mike Shatzkin, a publishing icon, a climate change website: www.climatechangeresources.org which will launch in June 2019.She sits on a number of boards and blogs for The Huffington Post.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD     Monique Tapie    Monique  is the co-founder of Triomphant Communications, the sister PR-Public Affairs agency to Gravity, bringing with her over 20 years of Communications & Public Affairs experience working for and advising some of the world's leading companies, government entities and organizations. Gravity and Triomphant were acquired by the Dentsu Aegis Network in 2016.  Prior to founding Triomphant Communications and leading Gravity’s communications practice, Monique headed strategy and communications for a leading agency and its clients throughout the U.S. and Europe. She spent nearly 10 years at Philip Morris U.S.A. in the media relations and public affairs departments where the primary areas of focus were on grassroots communications, crisis communications, reputation management, public affairs and stakeholder engagement, working with influencers, global media and in markets throughout the country.

MEMBER, EDUCATIONAL BOARD

Monique Tapie

Monique is the co-founder of Triomphant Communications, the sister PR-Public Affairs agency to Gravity, bringing with her over 20 years of Communications & Public Affairs experience working for and advising some of the world's leading companies, government entities and organizations. Gravity and Triomphant were acquired by the Dentsu Aegis Network in 2016.

Prior to founding Triomphant Communications and leading Gravity’s communications practice, Monique headed strategy and communications for a leading agency and its clients throughout the U.S. and Europe. She spent nearly 10 years at Philip Morris U.S.A. in the media relations and public affairs departments where the primary areas of focus were on grassroots communications, crisis communications, reputation management, public affairs and stakeholder engagement, working with influencers, global media and in markets throughout the country.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGER     Ibukunoluwa (IBK) Adebayo    IBK  is a Nigerian Human Resources and Diversity Management professional and an advocate for freedom of the press in Africa. He is currently working as an HR consultant with global technology and news media company Thomson Reuters and is an MBA candidate at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, U.K.  His work as an advocate for press and media freedom has seen him support various causes and campaigns supporting freedom of the press and freedom of speech in Nigeria and West Africa. He is a prominent member of the Raising New Voices Initiative in Nigeria whose goal is to encourage the presence of young people in Parliament and promote the introduction of youth-friendly reforms.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGER

Ibukunoluwa (IBK) Adebayo

IBK is a Nigerian Human Resources and Diversity Management professional and an advocate for freedom of the press in Africa. He is currently working as an HR consultant with global technology and news media company Thomson Reuters and is an MBA candidate at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, U.K.

His work as an advocate for press and media freedom has seen him support various causes and campaigns supporting freedom of the press and freedom of speech in Nigeria and West Africa. He is a prominent member of the Raising New Voices Initiative in Nigeria whose goal is to encourage the presence of young people in Parliament and promote the introduction of youth-friendly reforms.

PRESS CREDENTIALS

Everyone who supports the initiatives and purposes of the organization can apply for annual membership. The Foreign Correspondents Association in the United States grants recognized PRESS CREDENTIALS to Active Correspondents who are able to prove their status as international journalists in the United States.

ADVISORS & PATRONS

AMELIA AUGUSTUS     Dr. Augustus ’ extensive professional background spans the business, economic, public relations, human rights, academic, global and national non-profit sectors. She held the offices of President, CEO, Executive Director, Advisor, Research Associate, International Representative, Supervisor, and Teacher. Her achievements were recognized by Amnesty’s founder, Sean MacBride, who hired her as his advisor when he won the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Augustus’ responsibilities including calling the First UN Disarmament Conference convened at the U.N. in 1978, publicizing the Bradford Peace Proposals and assisting with Mr. MacBride’s work as UN Commissioner for Namibia. In 1978 Dr. Augustus worked with Maria Rolfe to create the Women’s Economic Round Table (WERT), a 501 (c)(3) organization. It educates the public and policy makers about national and global economies, business, and finance. In 2005 the organization was absorbed in perpetuity by the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program in Business and Economics at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and it’s archive was housed at Harvard University Ten years later, it’s mission was transformed into a $2,000 global journalism prize given by the Columbia University Journalism School. It is “The WERT Prize for Global Business Journalism by a Woman Journalist.” For twenty-six years, she was CEO of Augustus Associate, Inc., a managerial consulting firm. Furthermore, in addition to representing Amnesty International at the United Nations from 1971-75, she also represented the International Peace Bureau there from 1975 – 1986.

AMELIA AUGUSTUS

Dr. Augustus’ extensive professional background spans the business, economic, public relations, human rights, academic, global and national non-profit sectors. She held the offices of President, CEO, Executive Director, Advisor, Research Associate, International Representative, Supervisor, and Teacher. Her achievements were recognized by Amnesty’s founder, Sean MacBride, who hired her as his advisor when he won the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Augustus’ responsibilities including calling the First UN Disarmament Conference convened at the U.N. in 1978, publicizing the Bradford Peace Proposals and assisting with Mr. MacBride’s work as UN Commissioner for Namibia. In 1978 Dr. Augustus worked with Maria Rolfe to create the Women’s Economic Round Table (WERT), a 501 (c)(3) organization. It educates the public and policy makers about national and global economies, business, and finance. In 2005 the organization was absorbed in perpetuity by the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program in Business and Economics at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and it’s archive was housed at Harvard University Ten years later, it’s mission was transformed into a $2,000 global journalism prize given by the Columbia University Journalism School. It is “The WERT Prize for Global Business Journalism by a Woman Journalist.” For twenty-six years, she was CEO of Augustus Associate, Inc., a managerial consulting firm. Furthermore, in addition to representing Amnesty International at the United Nations from 1971-75, she also represented the International Peace Bureau there from 1975 – 1986.

DARIUS GRANT     Darius Grant  has over 25 years’ of finance experience in the US and UK. He runs his own advisory firm Sandown Advisory which advises on strategic issues surrounding fintech.  He is on the Advisory Board of several technology start-ups. His most recent assignment was to launch a portfolio risk management product for endowments and foundations for London based software firm RiskFirst.Prior to this he worked as a portfolio manager at a hedge fund and in the fixed income departments of Citibank and Greenwich NatWest. He started his career as an actuarial trainee with Mercer, subsequently joining the investment consulting division of Towers Watson.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in London and has an Honors degree (First Class) from City University / Cass Business School. Darius is also on the Board of two 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, and is Chair of the US Alumni Board for City, University of London and Cass Business School.

DARIUS GRANT

Darius Grant has over 25 years’ of finance experience in the US and UK. He runs his own advisory firm Sandown Advisory which advises on strategic issues surrounding fintech.

He is on the Advisory Board of several technology start-ups. His most recent assignment was to launch a portfolio risk management product for endowments and foundations for London based software firm RiskFirst.Prior to this he worked as a portfolio manager at a hedge fund and in the fixed income departments of Citibank and Greenwich NatWest. He started his career as an actuarial trainee with Mercer, subsequently joining the investment consulting division of Towers Watson.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in London and has an Honors degree (First Class) from City University / Cass Business School. Darius is also on the Board of two 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, and is Chair of the US Alumni Board for City, University of London and Cass Business School.

ROB TAUB     Rob Taub  has enjoyed an eclectic media career. He has interviewed everyone from pop stars to presidents and he has written more than 500 articles for People Magazine, Foxnews.com. SI/Cauldron, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global and his current Newsmax column,  Centrist Sentiments . Rob’s work in television has encompassed everything from scripted comedies to producing World Wrestling Entertainment, and his distinctive voice can be heard in commercials and movies, including the Coen Brothers Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink. He played weatherman Russell Carlton on The Onion News Network and works regularly as a pundit and humorist on television and radio. Rob is a respected Diabetes Ambassador, writing and speaking about Type 2 diabetes and health. You can also visit Rob’s website:  www.robtaub.com

ROB TAUB

Rob Taub has enjoyed an eclectic media career. He has interviewed everyone from pop stars to presidents and he has written more than 500 articles for People Magazine, Foxnews.com. SI/Cauldron, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global and his current Newsmax column, Centrist Sentiments. Rob’s work in television has encompassed everything from scripted comedies to producing World Wrestling Entertainment, and his distinctive voice can be heard in commercials and movies, including the Coen Brothers Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink. He played weatherman Russell Carlton on The Onion News Network and works regularly as a pundit and humorist on television and radio. Rob is a respected Diabetes Ambassador, writing and speaking about Type 2 diabetes and health. You can also visit Rob’s website: www.robtaub.com

CHRIS LODER     Chris  is responsible for developing external communications strategies for Bayer U.S. and its affiliates in the United States, including Consumer Health, Crop Science, and Pharmaceuticals. He also oversees executive engagement strategies for U.S. senior leaders and external digital media/communications.   Chris joined Bayer in January 2014 bringing strong global experience in crisis communications, brand management and corporate reputation, and developing external communications strategies.   Prior to joining Bayer, Chris was Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Pfizer where he served as one of the lead company global spokespersons for all corporate matters including the $63 billion acquisition of Wyeth and $2.3 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Before that, he spent five years at Merck as a director of media relations working on many proactive engagements including executive communications and the Vioxx recall.   Chris began his career as a reporter and later became a Deputy Bureau Chief at the The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J. (the state’s largest newspaper and nation’s 15th largest daily). During his nine years at the Ledger, Chris specialized in hard news, features and profiles. He was the top contributor from the bureau of Page One.

CHRIS LODER

Chris is responsible for developing external communications strategies for Bayer U.S. and its affiliates in the United States, including Consumer Health, Crop Science, and Pharmaceuticals. He also oversees executive engagement strategies for U.S. senior leaders and external digital media/communications.

Chris joined Bayer in January 2014 bringing strong global experience in crisis communications, brand management and corporate reputation, and developing external communications strategies.

Prior to joining Bayer, Chris was Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Pfizer where he served as one of the lead company global spokespersons for all corporate matters including the $63 billion acquisition of Wyeth and $2.3 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Before that, he spent five years at Merck as a director of media relations working on many proactive engagements including executive communications and the Vioxx recall.

Chris began his career as a reporter and later became a Deputy Bureau Chief at the The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J. (the state’s largest newspaper and nation’s 15th largest daily). During his nine years at the Ledger, Chris specialized in hard news, features and profiles. He was the top contributor from the bureau of Page One.

ROBERT CLAUSER     Robert Clauser  has a broad and deep experience in all forms of journalism and storytelling, from print (the New York Times, McGraw-Hill magazines, to Simon & Schuster) to radio (including IheartRadio) to television (PBS/WNET, Viacom, NBC, and Comcast). Experiences include:  COO of Tina Brown Live Media, Women in the World Media, and the American Justice Summit – a collection of media companies which, respectively. give a platform to global women on the front lines who have saved or enriched lives as well as the policy makers or practitioners championing US judicial reform.  20+ years in media and entertainment strategy and operations, having served as the Lead Partner for Accenture’s Media & Entertainment practice in the Americas (with clients including SONY, MTV, BMG, NBC, Comcast, AKQA, and Young & Rubicam) and having served as the COO/CFO of WNET, the #1 PBS affiliate. Deep financial experience including a successful NYSE IPO, start-up seed funding, Series A/B/C funding, bridge and mezzanine funding, non profit and foundational fund raising, debt issuance and restructuring, as well as crowd sourced financing.  TED Resident focusing on philanthropy and social impact. Leveraging unique and deep experience in corporate, start-up and non profit worlds, having been a founder as well as having had C-suite roles, commercial fundraising including public IPOs as well as contribution and earned revenue generation for small and large non profits.  Proud philanthropist with roles including CEO and founder of Philanthropy Sharktank, founding board member of  icouldbe.org , CEO and Producer at Montage Entertainment, Vice Chairman of Alliance for the Arts, director of the EcoArtProject, External Affairs Trustee Committee member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and founding director and Treasurer of StartOut, the LGBT entrepreneur organization.

ROBERT CLAUSER

Robert Clauser has a broad and deep experience in all forms of journalism and storytelling, from print (the New York Times, McGraw-Hill magazines, to Simon & Schuster) to radio (including IheartRadio) to television (PBS/WNET, Viacom, NBC, and Comcast). Experiences include:

COO of Tina Brown Live Media, Women in the World Media, and the American Justice Summit – a collection of media companies which, respectively. give a platform to global women on the front lines who have saved or enriched lives as well as the policy makers or practitioners championing US judicial reform.

20+ years in media and entertainment strategy and operations, having served as the Lead Partner for Accenture’s Media & Entertainment practice in the Americas (with clients including SONY, MTV, BMG, NBC, Comcast, AKQA, and Young & Rubicam) and having served as the COO/CFO of WNET, the #1 PBS affiliate. Deep financial experience including a successful NYSE IPO, start-up seed funding, Series A/B/C funding, bridge and mezzanine funding, non profit and foundational fund raising, debt issuance and restructuring, as well as crowd sourced financing.

TED Resident focusing on philanthropy and social impact. Leveraging unique and deep experience in corporate, start-up and non profit worlds, having been a founder as well as having had C-suite roles, commercial fundraising including public IPOs as well as contribution and earned revenue generation for small and large non profits.

Proud philanthropist with roles including CEO and founder of Philanthropy Sharktank, founding board member of icouldbe.org, CEO and Producer at Montage Entertainment, Vice Chairman of Alliance for the Arts, director of the EcoArtProject, External Affairs Trustee Committee member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and founding director and Treasurer of StartOut, the LGBT entrepreneur organization.

MAEVE DuVALLY     Maeve  is a managing director in the Media Relations department of Goldman Sachs, primarily responsible for covering the Securities Division. She serves on the Structured Products Committee and is a steering committee member of the Legal, Compliance, Internal Audit and Executive Office Asian Professionals Network.  Maeve joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Maeve worked in media relations at Merrill Lynch. Before that, she was a financial journalist at Bridge News for nearly 15 years.  Maeve serves on the Advisory Board for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship. She earned a BA in English from Providence College in 1983 and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism School in 1994.

MAEVE DuVALLY

Maeve is a managing director in the Media Relations department of Goldman Sachs, primarily responsible for covering the Securities Division. She serves on the Structured Products Committee and is a steering committee member of the Legal, Compliance, Internal Audit and Executive Office Asian Professionals Network.

Maeve joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Maeve worked in media relations at Merrill Lynch. Before that, she was a financial journalist at Bridge News for nearly 15 years.

Maeve serves on the Advisory Board for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship. She earned a BA in English from Providence College in 1983 and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism School in 1994.

LAWRENCE J. PARNELL     Lawrence J. Parnell , M.B.A. is an award winning Public Relations professional and academic who is an Associate Professor and director of the George Washington University Master’s in Strategic Public Relations program. He has served in this role for 10 years, and built the GW Master’s program into one of the best known and admired programs in the US.  He also operates Parnell Communications, a strategic communications and leadership training advisory firm. In this role he advises government, corporate and non-profit organizations on executive development and strategic communications. Prior to coming to GW, he had a successful 35-year career in the private and public sector. He has worked in government, corporate and agency settings and in national, state and local political campaigns. He was recognized as PR Professional of the Year (2003) by PR Week and was named to the PR News Hall of Fame in 2009. The GW Master’s program was named the “Best PR Education Program” for 2015 by PR Week.  He is a frequent author and speaker on communications strategy, crisis and issues management, leadership skills and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at industry conferences and universities around the world. He routinely is consulted for comment and observations on communications issues by the national, business and PR trade media. He is the co-author of a new public relations textbook – “Introduction to Strategic Public Relations – Communicating Effectively in a Socially Responsible World” from Sage Publishing. In its first year, (2018) the text has been adopted by over 30 leading undergrad PR programs across the country. He also contributed as a co-author of a chapter in Nation Branding and Public Diplomacy (Peter Lang Publishing) published in Spring 2017. The chapter he co-wrote focuses on CSR and government communications on a global scale.

LAWRENCE J. PARNELL

Lawrence J. Parnell, M.B.A. is an award winning Public Relations professional and academic who is an Associate Professor and director of the George Washington University Master’s in Strategic Public Relations program. He has served in this role for 10 years, and built the GW Master’s program into one of the best known and admired programs in the US.

He also operates Parnell Communications, a strategic communications and leadership training advisory firm. In this role he advises government, corporate and non-profit organizations on executive development and strategic communications. Prior to coming to GW, he had a successful 35-year career in the private and public sector. He has worked in government, corporate and agency settings and in national, state and local political campaigns. He was recognized as PR Professional of the Year (2003) by PR Week and was named to the PR News Hall of Fame in 2009. The GW Master’s program was named the “Best PR Education Program” for 2015 by PR Week.

He is a frequent author and speaker on communications strategy, crisis and issues management, leadership skills and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at industry conferences and universities around the world. He routinely is consulted for comment and observations on communications issues by the national, business and PR trade media. He is the co-author of a new public relations textbook – “Introduction to Strategic Public Relations – Communicating Effectively in a Socially Responsible World” from Sage Publishing. In its first year, (2018) the text has been adopted by over 30 leading undergrad PR programs across the country. He also contributed as a co-author of a chapter in Nation Branding and Public Diplomacy (Peter Lang Publishing) published in Spring 2017. The chapter he co-wrote focuses on CSR and government communications on a global scale.

PENELOPE MANIS     Penelope  is the Senior Director of Business Programming for CNN International based in New York. In this role she oversees the network’s New York-based business shows including  Quest Means Business ,  First Move with Julia Chatterley  and  The Express  and leads the multi-platform editorial teams in New York, London, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and South Africa.  Manis is also instrumental in the network’s coverage of major global business stories including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Brexit and International Monetary Fund/World Bank Meetings. She previously served as a senior producer for “AC360”, a primetime CNN program hosted by Anderson Cooper. Manis oversaw a staff of over 30 production personnel, and played a leading role selecting and launching stories and guest segments.  Manis joined CNN 25 years ago as an associate producer for CNN en Español in the Washington bureau where she covered U.S.-Latin American relations. She then transferred to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters to become an editorial producer, booking and pre-interviewing newsmakers and analysts on CNN/U.S., CNN International and CNN en Español. Manis has worked overseas in CNN’s London offices for several years, selecting and producing stories for CNN’s European and Middle Eastern audiences. She brings both domestic and global journalistic expertise to her current role as a member of CNNI’s Management Team.

PENELOPE MANIS

Penelope is the Senior Director of Business Programming for CNN International based in New York. In this role she oversees the network’s New York-based business shows including Quest Means Business, First Move with Julia Chatterley and The Express and leads the multi-platform editorial teams in New York, London, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and South Africa.

Manis is also instrumental in the network’s coverage of major global business stories including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Brexit and International Monetary Fund/World Bank Meetings. She previously served as a senior producer for “AC360”, a primetime CNN program hosted by Anderson Cooper. Manis oversaw a staff of over 30 production personnel, and played a leading role selecting and launching stories and guest segments.

Manis joined CNN 25 years ago as an associate producer for CNN en Español in the Washington bureau where she covered U.S.-Latin American relations. She then transferred to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters to become an editorial producer, booking and pre-interviewing newsmakers and analysts on CNN/U.S., CNN International and CNN en Español. Manis has worked overseas in CNN’s London offices for several years, selecting and producing stories for CNN’s European and Middle Eastern audiences. She brings both domestic and global journalistic expertise to her current role as a member of CNNI’s Management Team.

SISSEL McCARTHY     Sissel McCarthy  is an   award-winning international business journalist as well as a Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Journalism Program at Hunter College. She has been teaching news literacy and multimedia reporting and writing for more than 14 years at Hunter College, NYU and Emory University following her career as an anchor and reporter at CNN and CNBC. Before her career in television news, she worked on Wall Street as a vice president of proprietary trading at Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust. McCarthy earned her bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and two master’s degrees at Columbia University. She lives in Westchester with her husband, Steve, and four sons.

SISSEL McCARTHY

Sissel McCarthy is an award-winning international business journalist as well as a Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Journalism Program at Hunter College. She has been teaching news literacy and multimedia reporting and writing for more than 14 years at Hunter College, NYU and Emory University following her career as an anchor and reporter at CNN and CNBC. Before her career in television news, she worked on Wall Street as a vice president of proprietary trading at Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust. McCarthy earned her bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and two master’s degrees at Columbia University. She lives in Westchester with her husband, Steve, and four sons.

BLAIR ZHANG     Blair Zhang  is the Executive Chairperson of Compass Innovation Alliance, a HK registered NGO platform to help oversea innovation projects enter Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Greater Bay Area, as well as boosting technology cooperation between HK and Beijing, with the support from different governments, corporates, investors and entrepreneurs.  Blair served as Global Partnership Director of COMB+ till August 2018, an international accelerator focusing on investing into worldwide startups and expanding them into China market. To help with COMB+’s global expansion, Blair has successfully launched tech cooperation in Nordics, covering Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. As a youth leader, Blair frequently delivers speeches to encourage young entrepreneurs in European communities.  In Nov 2018, Blair joined Qingyan to take responsibility for global partnerships and investor relations with oversea family offices. Prior to come back to China, Blair spent a long time living New York City. Blair has a background in politics and business and previously served as Economic and Social Consultant to the United Nations. She was a Legislative Intern to the New York City Council.

BLAIR ZHANG

Blair Zhang is the Executive Chairperson of Compass Innovation Alliance, a HK registered NGO platform to help oversea innovation projects enter Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Greater Bay Area, as well as boosting technology cooperation between HK and Beijing, with the support from different governments, corporates, investors and entrepreneurs.

Blair served as Global Partnership Director of COMB+ till August 2018, an international accelerator focusing on investing into worldwide startups and expanding them into China market. To help with COMB+’s global expansion, Blair has successfully launched tech cooperation in Nordics, covering Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. As a youth leader, Blair frequently delivers speeches to encourage young entrepreneurs in European communities.

In Nov 2018, Blair joined Qingyan to take responsibility for global partnerships and investor relations with oversea family offices. Prior to come back to China, Blair spent a long time living New York City. Blair has a background in politics and business and previously served as Economic and Social Consultant to the United Nations. She was a Legislative Intern to the New York City Council.

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