Tom Trewinnard (UK) is Director of Programs at Meedan, a social technology non-profit working on the Check project to develop collaborative verification tools and open training curricula. He is a co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, which has led major collaborative reporting initiatives in the UK, US and Mexico since launching in 2017.
Tom has moderated panels and led workshops on digital journalism at Personal Democracy Forum, RightsCon, Stockholm Internet Forum, Prix Italia, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and the European Journalism Center’s News Impact Summit (Doha).
Tom has worked extensively with journalists in some of the Middle East, Europe and Latin America’s leading newsrooms, as well as with citizen journalists from around the world, to research eyewitness media and lead training in verification skills. With Wafaa Heikal, Tom curates the verification and viral debunk newsletter The Checklist.
Jakub is a Chairman of Media Development Foundation, a hub that works with journalists, newsrooms, civil society and public officials in Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe to help build stronger civil societies in post-authoritarian and low press freedom states by training journalists, promoting high ethic and professional standards, and supporting the development of a sustainable business ecosystem. Jakub is a former journalist who has written for New Eastern Europe, the Financial Times and the Economist. In 2013-2014 he served as CEO of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s leading English-language publication, during which time it became the first Ukrainian recipient of the University of Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Following an MBA at INSEAD, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey in London in 2015-2018 focusing on digital strategy and transformation.
Ilze is the Editor in chief of Baltic Outlook, co-founder of Frank's House publishing company. Ilze was a distinguished alumnus of the Future Media Management programme hosted by SSE Riga in 2020-21, and in addition to sharing her experience of delivering successful high-stakes presentations, she also shared invaluable experience as someone who has recently participated in the programme, the challenges she faced, how she addressed these, and what the programme has meant for her career post-graduation.
Natalja Tocelovska has more than 15 year experience in the banking sector, after which she focused on entrepreneurship and developing of her own company.
She is currently a Lecturer of BSc Courses in Financial Accounting and Managerial Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga as well as a regular speaker at various academic and professional conferences.
With more than 15 years of experience in executive education as a trainer and program director.
He also has considerable experience as an international consultant working on projects for the private sector (international business strategy and marketing) and the public sector (international projects with UNCTAD, the EU and GIZ). Peter’s interests and areas of expertise include international business & entrepreneurship, emerging markets, leadership, change management, and business & cross-cultural communications.
His cross-cultural skills are enhanced by the fact that he was born in Bulgaria, lived in Russia, now works and lives in Finland, Helsinki. Peter speaks Bulgarian, English, Finnish and Russian.
Mark Lee Hunter is an Adjunct Professor at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, where he is the founding member of the Stakeholder Media Project. He is a founding member and former guiding committee member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. His manuals for investigative reporters, Story-Based Inquiry (UNESCO 2009) and The Global Investigative Journalism Casebook (UNESCO 2012), are the most widely-distributed works in the history of their field.
Hunter earned his doctorate in Sciences de l’Information at the Université de Paris II/Panthéon-Assas, and his undergraduate degree at Harvard College. His recent scholarly articles have appeared in Sloan MIT Management Review, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Reputation Review, The New York Times Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, and many others.
He has won two Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards (for reporting and research on journalism), along with the Sigma Delta Chi Award for research on journalism, the H.L. Mencken Free Press Award for investigation of government abuses, the National Headliners and Clarion Awards for feature writing, and two EFMD Awards for case-writing on business issues. His documentary on France’s alcohol lobby, Liquorgate (Arte), was selected for the FIPA international festival. When not working, he plays slide guitar.
Fergus Bell 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 as a journalist and producer 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. Fergus is a 2019 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and is a faculty member of the European Broadcast Union’s Academy. He joined the Online News Association’s Board of Directors in 2020.
Kevin Davis is the principal of KLJD Consulting, a strategic revenue and development practice specializing in assisting independent news and information companies increase revenue and impact.
Davis was formerly the inaugural CEO and Executive Director of the Investigative News Network (INN), now known as the Institute for Nonprofit News, a consortium of more than a hundred nonprofit newsrooms in the U.S. For the organization’s first five years of operation, Davis oversaw efforts to promote the sustainability of its member organizations and increase the impact of public service journalism by nonprofits via digital distribution.
Davis has over 20 years of experience in strategic development and growth at news and media organizations. Before joining INN, he was responsible for operations at Los Angeles-based news organizations TheWrap.com, Variety.com and Video Business Magazine.
He has spoken and lectured about the nonprofit and independent journalism sector at conferences and institutions globally. Currently Davis works with mission-driven and nonprofit news organizations, public media stations and good government organizations in the US and Europe.
Co-founder of The Self-Investigation. She is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, digital wellness educator and Acumen fellow working on raising awareness on how technology is changing the way we interact with ourselves, each other and as a society. She writes a column in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial on this topic. She’s committed to creating a healthier working culture in journalism to prevent others from burning out like she did after leading the technology and data work for the Panama Papers investigation.