2017 Journalists & Editors Workshop: Panelists Bios
Professor of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. His research and teaching interests revolve around the management and economics of the media and communication industries. The author of 14 books, he served as the founding Director of the Center for Spanish Language Media at UNT from 2006-2011, and served 12 years as the Editor of two scholarly journals. He has given workshops and presentations in over 20 different countries.
Chairman of Digicel Haiti, the largest mobile provider in Haiti with over 4.5m customers. Maarten joined Digicel Haiti as CEO in 2009. Prior to Digicel, Maarten was Group CEO at Effortel Europe and launched 8 MVNOs in Europe, Africa and Asia. Prior to that, Maarten held senior positions at Orange Group. In April 2012, Maarten set up his own social businesses in Haiti: SURTAB SA manufactures Tablet PC’s and eLearning solutions in Haiti and RE-VOLT SA provides pay-as-you-go off-grid electrification. In April 2014, Maarten returned to his role as CEO of Digicel Haiti, in December 2014 he was promoted to Chairman. He remains and shareholder and active board member of both RE-VOLT and SURTAB. Maarten has two children and speaks English, French, Dutch and Haitian Creole.
Deputy managing editor and senior director of digital news at Univision. She has been with Univision since 2006 working across various roles and going up the ranks as producer for Sunday show, Al Punto, hosted by Jorge Ramos. A digital pioneer, Colón championed the use of social media in the newsroom and created a team of multimedia producers to produce digital only videos in her role as director of digital integration.
Digital journalist and communications strategist with cross-functional expertise in Media Development, Knowledge Management; ICT4D; Social Web and e-Learning plans. Current Digital Journalist at Univision Communications Inc. Former columnist for TV Technology Latin America magazine (New York City, USA), and “La Ventana” section at ‘Página 12’ newspaper (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Former manager of Radio Nederland Training Centre - Latin America, was a member of the advisory board of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas (Austin, TX, USA) and director of the organizational strengthening project at the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation (FNPI, Colombia). He was also a magazine editor at IMAS Publishing Inc., USA, and section editor at El Espectador newspaper (Colombia).
Editor-in-chief at Periodismo de Barrio, an independent digital magazine focused on how climate change impacts vulnerable communities in Cuba, created in 2015. She contributes as a freelance journalist for The Guardian, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Univision, Global Voices, among others from Havana, Cuba, where she is permanently based. She recently finished a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University (2014-2015). She have got a degree on journalism from the University of Havana (2008) and a MA in Communication Sciences (2014). She has also worked as editor at the Inter Press Service bureau in Cuba.
Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President at Fusion. Daniel Eilemberg also founded Animal Politico, Mexico’s first news platform to launch exclusively on Twitter in 2010 and has built it into one of the leading political news and social media properties in Mexico. Prior, he served as Editor of PODER Magazine, a premier business magazine focusing on influential and innovative leaders in the fields of business and politics. Daniel also served as Editor of Hispanic Magazine and LOFT Magazine, which earned the prestigious Eddie Gold Award for Best Lifestyle Publication at the FOLIO awards.
Leader and innovator in the digital media space. Renowned journalist, speaker and writer. Innovative strategist, creator and producer of digital content and products, specialized in US & Latin America. A pioneer in the field of content marketing as founder of Mist | The Content Cloud and Nativo411. Creator and host of show “Zona Digital” (CNN en Español). Executive in charge of successful digital operations for Yahoo!, MTV, Univision, Sony.
Ferro, Juan Pablo
Colombian international consultant on digital education. He holds a Masters on Journalism from Boston University and he is a Ph.D. candidate on Society and Education from Universidad of Barcelona. He is a full time teacher and researcher in Communication and Journalism and Education and Digital Technologies at Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia.
CEO/Founder of Garcia Media. He is Senior Adviser for News Design/Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of Journalism; has consulted with over 700 media organizations in 120 countries, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, El Tiempo (Colombia), Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), Listin Diario (RD), Reforma (Mexico), and La Estrella de Panama. Specializes in visual storytelling for mobile. Winner Lifetime Achievement Award, SND; People Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the USA.
Leads growth and partnership efforts at 14ymedio, Cuba’s first independent digital news platform founded by acclaimed independent journalist, Yoani Sánchez. In this capacity, he is responsible for expanding partnerships, growing audiences and creating innovative revenue streams for the news platform. With correspondents and reporters around the island, 14ymedio is positioning itself as the news platform that accompanies Cuban citizens during these times of great change on the island. Alejandro is also the 2016-2017 Residential fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, where he is working to develop low-bandwidth technologies that allow for digital outlets to share and distribute news offline.
Co-founder and VP of Product and Editorial for WhereBy.Us, a local media startup that connects people to their cities through storytelling and experiences. Its publications, Miami’s The New Tropic and Seattle’s The Evergrey, produce email newsletters, original storytelling, merchandise and events that reach more than a million curious locals each year. WhereBy.Us became profitable in its first year and is currently expanding its tech offerings and scaling to new markets.
Chief Content Officer at Prowell Media, a native digital media company in Mexico producing content for around 14 million people across Mexico and the United States, and founder of its site Barrio. Romina has over a decade of experience in new. She is a print, television and web senior reporter and producer who was worked in Paris, Cuba, and Israel for France24, El Mundo, and Haaretz. Most recently, she worked for CNN out of Guatemala and The Associated Press, where she reported on key regional issues such as immigration and drug trafficking. Romina speaks English, Spanish, French and Hebrew fluently.
COO and co-owner of VAS Consulting, a Mexican IT business that tests smart phones, chipsets, internet of things (IOT), and apps from companies such as Qualcomm, Google and Facebook. She has ten years experience in the mobile telephony market as a business consultant, and three years of experience developing APPs. She holds a Master’s in Spanish-language Journalism from FIU, and a BS in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Queretaro.
Suárez, María del Carmen
CEO and co-owner of VAS Consulting, a rapidly expanding Mexican IT Company with operations in the USA and Mexico. The company’s strategy is “testing in the real world” on its proprietary testing platform, along with real user scenarios to improve customer satisfaction in apps, IOT devices and mobile phones. They work with Facebook, Qualcomm, AT&T and others. She has 18 years of experience in the telecom industry, working for private and public companies in Mexico and USA. She holds a Bachelor's’ degree in Business from Technology Institute in Queretaro, Mexico and a Master’s Degree in International Business from Adolfo Ibanez University.
Executive Director of the Inter American Press Association. He is a journalist, columnist and a blogger on free press issues. He studied journalism and communications in Argentina and the United States; recently he was a fellow at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University. He worked for El Nuevo Herald in Miami and El Liberal in Argentina, his home country. He is the author of several books such as The Painful Freedom of the Press: In Search of Lost Ethics; Impunity no More and 50 Great Ideas for Newspapers. He received many international awards for his work on press freedom, a recurring theme in his work as a visual artist.
ICFJ Knight Fellow & founder of SembraMedia, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial journalists. As executive director, she manages a virtual team in Latin America & Spain that researches digital media, builds a searchable directory and an online school. She has worked as a journalist in California and Director of New Media for The Miami Herald. Author of 25 books, including Web Sites For Dummies, and developer of online courses for Lynda.com, CreativeLive, and the University of Texas. She was an adjunct professor at UM and USC, and has been a guest lecturer at more than 30 universities in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.