Melisande Middleton (Founder - London, UK) advises CIME on a daily basis in addition to training with Simmons & Simmons LLP in Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) law. In March 2013 she was selected to be a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum. Melisande is an honors graduate of Stanford University and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), where she completed an MA/MPhil in international affairs and economics. In 2009 she was a visiting scholar at Oxford University's PCMLP, and in 2010 she coined the term "J-Ethinomics". Melisande also advises tech start-ups in her spare time.
Teresa Allen (San Luis Obispo, USA) is a prize-winning journalist with 15 years of reporting experience for major newspapers across the United States. Before coming to Cal Poly State University in 2001, she taught journalism at Boston University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has twice been named “Best Writer” of the year by the Gannett Newspaper Company. In addition to teaching all levels of reporting and writing, Professor Allen specializes in media ethics, and is currently researching and writing about new ethical challenges and the Web.
Alison Bethel McKenzie (Vienna, Austria) is an American-born journalist and editor and Acting Director of the International Press Institute (IPI). IPI, which has joined the Board of CIME in support of our mission, is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists. It is dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom and related causes, including the improvement of the practices of journalism. Since its founding in 1950, IPI has expanded to become a leading global press freedom organization.
Geoffrey Nyarota (Harare, Zimbabwe) is an award-winning journalist and editor of The Zimbabwe Times, an online newspaper that he publishes out of Massachusetts, USA. He is the former founder and editor in chief of the first independent Zimbabwean newspaper, The Daily News, now defunct. His work on press freedom led him to be forced out of his country in 2002. Since moving to the US in 2003, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and taught at Bard College. He continues to work toward establishing an independent press in Zimbabwe.
Dr. Damian Tambini (Oxford, UK) is a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics (LSE), and previously led the PCMLP program at Oxford University (2002-06). He is an expert in media and telecommunications, and has shared his research to fuel key policy debates in the field. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK and serves on the Boards of The Oxford Media Convention, the Creative Archive License Group, and Polis. He also teaches for the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program, an alliance of NYU Stern, the LSE and HEC School of Management.
Dr. Stephen J. A. Ward (Madison, USA) is the author of the award-winning The Invention of Journalism Ethics: The Path to Objectivity and Beyond. For 15 years, he was a Canadian political journalist covering conflicts in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. He was also the British Columbia bureau chief for The Canadian Press news agency in Vancouver. He has a PhD from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and he is Director & Professor at George S. Turnbull Center, Portland at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. Prior to this he wasy a professor and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Christopher Drake (Philadelphia, USA) has worked at National Public Radio in Washington, DC and CBS Radio Network in San Francisco, and practiced as an administrative lawyer for two years at a flagship Washington, DC law firm. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, focusing on behavioral ethics, corruption, and cultural diversity. Chris is a 2007 graduate of Harvard Law School (JD) and 2003 graduate of Stanford University (BA, International Relations). In 2007-08 he spent an academic year as a Fulbright Scholar in France.
Kayeromi Gomez (Founder - Chicago, USA) provides administrative and strategic advice for CIME. After working for several years as the American news correspondent to Citi FM in Ghana and Golfe FM in Benin, Kayeromi Gomez now serves as a contributor to radio and television talk shows in selected media in Africa. Kayeromi received an Associate degree with Honors from Ghana Institute of Journalism; a Bachelor degree with Honors and a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the overall best student in Marketing, Advertising and PR from G.I.J Ghana and a special acknowledgement by Roosevelt University’s president during his graduation.
Matthew Kwasiborski (Vice President/Treasurer - Washington DC, USA) is European Institutes Director at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS). Matt studied Executive Leadership at the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium, and has worked as an instructor in ethics. From 2001 to 2004 he was Director of the Loyola University Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program in New Orleans, becoming a 2004 nominee for the Leon J. Obermayer Award for outstanding alumni of Philadelphia's School District.
Martha Ivanovas (Brussels, Belgium) is a media professional in Brussels, and advises CIME in management strategy and public relations. She previously worked for the German Marshall Fund in Brussels, and has organized lectures and conferences on media and politics in Germany, Scotland and Belgium. She holds graduate degrees in European Politics and Administration from the College of Europe in Belgium, and in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Marketa Bilska (Istanbul, Turkey) received a M.A. in European Media Studies at the University of Exeter in 2009. She now pursues a PhD at Sabanci University in Istanbul and works as an Early Stage Researcher in ELECDEM - the Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Electoral Democracy funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. Marketa examines the effect of media exposure on electoral volatility in post-Communist countries. Relationship between media and political parties and the effect of media on democracy are among Marketa's research interests.
Martin Huckerby (London, UK) has trained journalists on ethical issues in countries as varied as Russia, China and Sierra Leone. He was a reporter and news editor at The Times, then Foreign News Editor of The Observer, and Editor of The Prague Post. As well as his international work in media development, he has authored the Unesco handbook, The Net for Journalists, and was consultant editor on the first guide to human rights reporting for Chinese journalists.