22 - 23 February 2022

Global eSummit: Journalism and the Climate Crisis

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Aesha Data

Assistant Editor Environment, Economic Times, India
Assistant Editor Environment for @ETprime_com. Ex-@businessline

Audrey Tan

Assistant News Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore

I write about the planet we live on for The Straits Times.

Corinne Podger

Director, Digital Skills Agency, Australia

Corinne Podger is a results-driven consultant and training facilitator, through her consultancy, the Digital Skills Agency. She has a proven track record of supporting newsrooms, NGOs and social impact organisations in more than 50 countries to implement digital innovations that grow audiences and support business priorities. Corinne’s expertise draws on more than 30 years in the media industry as a reporter, editor, lecturer and author. Her specialisms include digital-first newsgathering, online verification, mobile journalism, social multimedia production, podcasting and audio storytelling, and strategic audience engagement that drives brand awareness and media revenue. Her clients include WAN-IFRA, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, European Journalism Centre, Thomson Reuters Foundation, BBC Media Action, and ABC Australia. She also works with science and public health organisations to tackle misinformation and disinformation. Corinne teaches on a sessional basis at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, and speaks regularly at international journalism conferences.  She is a firm advocate of media diversity and inclusion in all her work.

Fergus Bell

Founder and CEO, Fathm

Fergus Bell is the founder and CEO of Fathm, an independent news lab and consultancy. He is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering, verification, newsroom innovation and collaborative journalism projects.

Fergus’ experience spans both the business and editorial sides of the news industry. He spent eight years at the Associated Press, where he became their first International Social Media and UGC Editor. He then headed up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk.

In 2015 Fergus founded Dig Deeper Media, advising broadcasters, publishers and start-ups on social and digital newsgathering, newsroom transformation and innovation.

In 2017 he co-founded Pop-Up Newsroom, a framework for collaborative journalism projects that has already seen success in the US, UK, India, Sweden and with the multi-award winning “Verificado” – an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections. In 2019 Pop-Up Newsroom was a core architect and partner of India’s ground-breaking Checkpoint initiative that innovated heavily with WhatsApp to tackle misinformation in the world’s largest election.

Fergus has been a Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

Harry Surjadi

Journalist & Media Engagement Specialist

Harry Surjadi is a science journalist who specializes on environmental issues for more than 25 years. He is
passionate in developing citizen journalism movement, including building capacity in writing skills and media engagement. He has been providing training and workshop on environmental/science journalism,
environmental communications, and media training in Indonesia, the regions and global (Timor Leste, Malaysia, Cambodia, Ukraine, US, etc.). He received the Knight International Journalism Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists for two times. He has to manage around US$ 30,000 fellowship grant by himself for one year. Recently he found TempoWitness a citizen journalism channel at Tempo.co.

Ian Yee

Journalist, Editor, Producer, and Co-Founder of The Fourth

Ian Yee is a journalist, editor, producer, and co-founder of The Fourth, an investigative and impact journalism team that tackles social injustices through compelling multimedia documentaries and creative public action campaigns.

He is also executive director of the Environmental Reporting Collective, a UNICEF Malaysia national consultant, Human Rights Measurement Initiative ambassador, Acumen Fellow, and Obama Foundation Leader. He is a founding member of R.AGE, the youth news and lifestyle platform of The Star, Malaysia’s top English daily newspaper.

Imelda Abano

Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Senior Coordinator for the Philippines and the Pacific Region

Imelda is an environmental journalist and a media trainer for over 20 years covering climate change, biodiversity, energy, water, illegal wildlife trade, environment-health, and other environment-related topics in the Philippine and Asia.

As Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Senior Coordinator for the Philippines and the Pacific Region, she has managed various media activities such as series of climate change and environmental reporting workshops, mentorship, cross-border collaborative reporting, managing media and story grants, networking with media organizations and individual journalists, and development of resource materials.

Imelda has been covering the UN-backed climate change conference for 15 years as a UN and Internews EJN’s fellow and media trainer. She has helped train more than 15,000 international and local journalists.

For her contribution to climate change and environmental journalism, Imelda was recognized as the Philippines Climate Change Media Champion in 2018 and 2019 by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. She is Asia Development Journalists of the Year 2009, a United Nations Gold Medal Champion on Humanitarian and Development Reporting in 2009, IUCN-Reuters Asia Awardee on Environmental Reporting in 2002, among other international and national journalism awards.

Imelda is the founding president of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ). She is a former member of the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Kavita Chandran

Content Consultant & Journalism Trainer, Asia

Kavita Chandran is a trainer and news content advisor based in Singapore. As a journalist for more than 25 years, she has worked in newsrooms across the United States and Asia, reporting, writing and editing stories. She started her career in New Delhi as a business reporter and moved on to anchor shows for CNBC Asia. She worked as a breaking news editor with Bloomberg in New York, and then spent 10 years in Reuters’ newsrooms as a trainer and front page editor.

Kavita is currently a journalism trainer with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where she teaches working journalists across Asia about climate change, human trafficking, racial injustice, social inclusion and other world problems. She is also a mentor and speaker on ‘Solutions Journalism’ as a catalyst for change in the media.

Kavita is a published author of a book, a freelance journalist, and an adjunct faculty for Journalism and Communications at Murdoch University, Kaplan Institute, and S.P. Jain Global School of Management.
She has an M.A. in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications in New Delhi, and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

She can be reached at kavita.chandran@gmail.com.

Luba Kassova

Director, AKAS, UK

Luba Kassova is an award-winning evidence-based storyteller and TEDx speaker. Alongside her writing, Luba is also a researcher and audience strategist, having co-founded AKAS, an international audience strategy consultancy. Her passion lies in advancing the response to the climate crisis; working on gender and racial equity, supporting freedom of press and children’s wellbeing. Luba’s written work and articles have been quoted or published in over 300 news outlets in more than 75 countries across the world, including the Guardian(vaccines)The Washington PostThe IndependentReuters Institute for the Study of JournalismForbesPoynter InstituteEl PaisDeutsche WelleVoice of AmericaThe ConversationBloombergthe Guardian(women)Nation Media GroupbTVEUObserverBalkan Insightijnet and others. She has an academic background in sociology, European studies, and behavioural science.

Meera Selva

Deputy Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism & Director of RISJ Fellowship Programmes, UK

Meera is co-founder of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network within the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), where she is Deputy Director and leads the Fellowship programmes.

She is an accomplished senior journalist with experience in Europe, Asia and Africa.

She joined RISJ from Handelsblatt Global where she had been working out of Singapore, having helped launch the digital daily business paper in Berlin in 2014. Her previous experience includes several years as a London based correspondent for the Associated Press, and three years as Africa correspondent for the Independent based in Nairobi, along with stints in business journalism at a range of publications including the Daily Telegraph.

Meera knows Oxford and the Reuters Institute well. She studied for an MPhil in European Politics at St Antony’s College, was a journalist fellow at the Institute in 2007–8 where she conducted research on media coverage of the Darfur crisis and worked as the first Oxford-based English language editor of the European Journalism Observatory website in 2013–14.

Phil Chetwynd

Global News Director, AFP, France

Phil leads the global AFP newsroom of 1,700 journalists based in some 150 countries. Responsible for implementing the agency’s visual-first multimedia strategy and driving the digital transformation of the company. Built AFP’s leading position in the battle against misinformation. On advisory boards of First Draft News, Reporters Without Borders, World Editors Forum and the NewsXchange.

Rebecca Pazos

Interactive Journalist, The Straits Times, Singapore

Rebecca is an interactive graphics journalist @STcom

Richard Addy

Co-Founder, AKAS, UK

Richard Addy is a Co-Founder of AKAS an international consultancy founded in 2012, delivering impact, audience, corporate, narrative and communication strategies to a wide range of purpose-led organisations predominantly in the media, philanthropy, international institution and NGO sectors. In the media space AKAS has worked with The Guardian, BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Media Action, Channel 4 News/ITN, EUObserver, Balkan Investigative Reporters Network, Hromadske, CPJ (Committee To Protect Journalists), ICFJ (International Center For Journalists), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Thomson Foundation, Luminate, Adessium, Deutsche Welle Akademie, Rudolf Augstein Foundation, Wellcome, Civitates, Internews, Participant Media and Warner Bros. Prior to setting up AKAS, Richard gained 20 years’ experience working as a Strategist and a Government Economist advising CEOs, Government ministers, and organisational leaders, including being the Chief Advisor to the BBC’;s Deputy Director General who was BBC News. After being a trustee of Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity, for 8 years, Richard was appointed by the Board as Co-Chair of Mind’s Race Equality Committee and as a board advisor. Since 2020, Richard also sits on the Creative Council of Africa No Filter, an organisation that aims to change global narratives about Africa. In 2021, Richard was also invited to join the board of Guardian.org.

Ritu Kapur

Co-founder, The Quint, India

Ritu Kapur is the co-founder of Quint. She used to head Programming at History Channel, was Features Editor at CNN IBN, where she launched the popular CJ (Citizen Journalist) Show, among others. She has also conceived and produced Bhanwar, a docu-drama based on real-life incidents. Her shows ran to popular and critical acclaim, and went on to win several awards. She has also led successful campaigns like Register To Vote and Power Of 49, that championed a manifesto for women, who comprise 49 per cent of the population.

Sahana Ghosh

Contributing Editor, Mongabay, India

Sahana Ghosh is a science journalist based in India. She reports on biodiversity, climate change, disaster risk reduction, environmental health, and gender for Mongabay-India, the India bureau of the global news platform mongabay.com. Although desk-bound in the pandemic, her work takes her to diverse places and enables her to collaborate with journalists and scientists from across the country and beyond. She is featured as one of the 16 Women Restoring the Earth, 2021, by the Global Landscapes Forum. Sahana is an alumna of the 2019 International Visitor Leadership Program, the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, and has steered women-centric reporting projects augmented by the Solutions Journalism Network’s LEDE fellowship and Earth Journalism Network’s Bay of Bengal grant. She is also an executive member of the Science Journalists Association of India.

Sadhika Tiwari

Principal Correspondent, The Quint, India

Journalist| Principal Correspondent @thequint. Previously Principal Correspondent @IndiaSpend

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Warren Fernandez

Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times & SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Singapore

Warren Fernandez joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become a News Editor. He went on to serve as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor.

Fernandez then joined Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy Project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its Editor. He assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) from July 2016.

Fernandez graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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