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Australia
Beth Atkinson-Quinton
Director Broadwave
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Beth Atkinson-Quinton

 Beth Atkinson-Quinton is an award-winning audio producer, broadcaster and co-founder of podcast network Broadwave. They are the co-producer of Tender: Roia Atmar (Broadwave), a six-part series that follows one woman’s story after she leaves an abusive relationship and slowly—but surely—gets to know herself again. Beth’s recent work also includes podcasts Bad Taste (SBS) and Overwhelmed and Living (ABC). Currently, they are an Our Watch Fellow and a Supervising Producer at the ABC Audio Studios.

INDIA
Swarup B R
Co-Founder/Creative Director Stark Communications Pvt. Ltd.
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Swarup B R

Swarup nurtured Stark Communications Pvt. Ltd., from its inception in 1994 in Trivandrum, South India, to an agency recognized for its distinctive creative, work ethic, people-centric growth and outstanding client retention record. He played a key role in building the Kerala Tourism brand for two decades, actively partnering the brand’s journey from a non-entity to India’s No.1 tourism destination. Swarup’s tourism campaigns have consistently set benchmarks in the realm of destination marketing in India and won him many national and international awards.

Australia
Richard Baker
Founder/Director Southern Ocean Media
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Richard Baker

SCOTLAND
Ronnie Bergman
Independent Formerly U.W.S. & Radio Clyde
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Ronnie Bergman

India
Harrish M. Bhatia
President, Sales & Marketing Dainik Bhaskar Group
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Harrish M. Bhatia

Mr. Harrish M Bhatia is currently President - Sales & Marketing at Dainik Bhaskar Group.

 Dainik Bhaskar Group is into Radio, Newspaper and Digital.

He is one of the most respected corporate business leader, opinion maker and author in media, entertainment and consumer durable sector. Sharp business acumen, ability to run businesses as profit center and breaking new ground for business expansion are his core competence.

In his illustrious career of 39 years has created significant value in large corporation’s i.e MY FM (Radio channel of Dainik Bhaskar Group), Korean multinational corporation LG Electronics Ltd, JVC-Victor Company of Japan, ONIDA and Aristocrat Luggage through product innovations and customer centric marketing and sales strategy.

He has authored three books as well. The book ‘Management and Life Lessons from Ground Zero’ is based on his extensive and in-depth corporate experiences of 38 years while ‘Jiyo Dil Se - Live Your Dream’ is based on his own life journey and people he admires. ‘Values create Value – Learning’s from the life of Rajeev Karwal’ is his tribute to his mentor.

One of his mentee, also wrote a book ‘Professional Pursuit’ based on the lessons he learnt from him during his stint at MY FM.

He has been on the esteemed Jury panels for various international and national events, penned many articles, and has been bestowed with awards for his various HR-centric initiatives.

New Zealand
Andrew Biggs
Imaging Producer / Director Eyesound
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Andrew Biggs

Andrew Biggs is a five-time New York Festival winning audio producer. He has worked in radio for almost 20 years in New Zealand, Australia, the Middle East and currently owns and operates eyesound, working for New Zealand's largest radio and media organization NZME for Coast, ZM, Hits, Mix and more.

Malaysia
Olya Booyar
Head of Radio Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
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Olya Booyar

Olya Booyar is Head of Radio for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, an association of broadcasting and associated industry bodies reaching more than half the world’s population.

Based at the ABU’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Olya is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Radio as well as helping to drive an expansion of services to the ABU’s more than 270 member organisations across the region and around the world. She takes a hands-on approach to public service broadcasting and media development in the digital era, organising and presenting numerous development initiatives for ABU members.

Born in Ukraine and educated in Canada, Olya began her career as an on-air broadcaster-journalist with the multicultural, multilingual Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in Australia. She rose rapidly through the organisation’s journalism, programming and management ranks to become SBS’s first Corporate and Community Relations Executive, before leaving to become Deputy Director of the nation’s Classification Board. She has also been a General Manager in charge of content, consumer and citizen matters for the Australian media regulator the Communications & Media Authority (ACMA).

She is a past-President of the global International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) and is on the Board of the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation, the International Radio and Television Union (URTI) and Australia’s National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).

France
Benoit Bories
Director/Producer Faïdos Sonore/Créations sonores
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Benoit Bories

"Benoit Bories is a french sound artist from Occitanie. He has produced audio documentaries and sound art pieces for radio and live performances. He won several international awards for his work."

SOUTH AFRICA
Rina Broomberg
Director CliffCentral
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Rina Broomberg

Co-Founder of CliffCentral.com, Rina is a psychiatric social worker by profession with a MA (Social Science) degree. She started her career in radio in Johannesburg in 1981 when the first independent station, Radio 702, was launched in South Africa. She initially joined as a social worker to pioneer the Community Services and soon went on to start the research and human resource departments while consulting across all departments, becoming the Station Manager and company Director from 1986 to 1994.

Rina started her own management consulting business in 1994 which continued until 1999 when she was asked to return as Managing Director of 702 and Cape Talk (a newly established talk station for Cape Town), with the radio market now having grown considerably since 702’s pioneering days in the 80’s. It was during this time 702 won the American National Association of Broadcaster’s “International Broadcasting Excellence Award”. Rina was also a founder member of the National Association of Broadcasters in South Africa.

When 702 launched it was a Top 40 music station on AM, and as FM became increasingly competitive, the strategic decision was taken to introduce the  talk format, becoming the first 24 hour interactive talk radio station in South Africa. As Station Manager, Rina was responsible for managing this transition and in particular, oversaw all programming. 702 played a pivotal role as South Africa struggled its way to democracy – it was the only public forum where people could air their views, debate, express, and learn about each others parties and cultures.

Rina is a founding partner and Director of One on One Productions (Pty) Ltd (2005) which aimed to assist radio stations and clients with concepts for programming and marketing purposes. This evolved to the launch of CliffCentral.com in 2014 in conjunction with well-known radio and TV personality, Gareth Cliff.  CliffCentral.com was launched with the purpose of creating a global online content hub, being a hybrid of live online radio and podcasting. Now the biggest podcaster in Africa, Cliffcentral.com works collaboratively with brands to bring fresh insights and creative angles to powerful storytelling.

ARGENTINA
Diego Cannizzaro
Owner & Director DMC Studio Argentina
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Diego Cannizzaro

Since 1995 Diego has utilized his hybrid skills as a scriptwriter, sound designer, musician, radio producer, video editor, post producer, director and tv producer. His impressive career trajectory has seen Diego working within the best first-line radio stations in Buenos Aires as an independent audiovisual producer, creating an unmistakable style through sounds and graphics among all media productions.

As Owner and Director of DMC STUDIO in Buenos Aires, Diego specializes in radio arts, sound stories, commercials, field recording, sound design and mixing. An industry pro known for award-winning work, he creates audiovisual productions for radio, TV, social networks and movies. In his additional role as Head Director for Audiovisual Promotions Art Design & Graphics for Canal 9 | IP Noticias - he directs and leads a team of 35 people. Diego also serves as a Radio Producer for Urbana Play FM.

With 8 Gold New York Festivals Radio Awards, 1 Silver, and 6 Bronze, he has also twice earned the presitigious NYF Grand Award, the ultimate honor bestowed at the NYF Radio Awards Gala.

United Kingdom
Mike Cass
Content DIrector Virgin Radio UK
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Mike Cass

Mike joined News UK in 2017 to head Virgin Radio UK. He launched The Chris Evans Breakfast Show in 2019 alongside two new brand extensions – Virgin Radio Anthems and Virgin Radio Chilled. In January 2021 Mike signed and launched The Graham Norton Radio Show and that summer launched the now annual and award winning Virgin Radio Pride UK – a station to broadcast through Pride season and the summer months to bring together the LGBTQ+ community. Mike is also a member of the News UK Diversity board which was set up to drive diversity throughout News UK.

Mike has worked in major markets across the world in his previous roles as Operations Director for Newcap Radio in Vancouver; Network Content Director for the UK’s Bauer City Network; Deputy Group PD for Nova Entertainment in Australia and Galaxy Group Programme Director for Global Radio in the UK.

An award-winning programmer, Mike’s accolades range from Sony awards in the UK,  ACRA’s in Australia and an award from the United Nations for a series on World AIDS Day. In 2017 Mike was made an honorary lifetime member of the UK’s Student Radio Association.

USA
Jennie Cataldo
Owner & Producer Accompany Studios
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Jennie Cataldo

Jennie Cataldo is an award-winning radio and podcast producer. She is the creator of Accompany Studios, a radio and podcast production company based in San Francisco, California. Accompany Studios uses music, creative audio editing and sound design to produce audio stories that sing.


Jennie has produced a variety of audio content, including commercial and public radio programs, documentaries, short form series, specials and podcasts. The range of subjects in which she has produced programs includes history, music, culture, health, science, and technology. Her productions have aired on national and international networks. She has worked with celebrity host talent such as Dan Aykroyd, Susan Sarandon, and Reid Hoffman. Jennie has conducted hundreds of interviews with critically acclaimed recording artists, authors, critics, historians, entrepreneurs and academic experts. She works with clients such as the University of California at Berkeley, the United States Library of Congress, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
 

Jennie’s work has been recognized yearly at the International Radio Festival since 2015, where she has also served as a Grand Jury member and presenter. Jennie also serves on the New York Festivals Radio Awards Advisory Board.

Jennie’s interests include music history, cultural criticism and analysis, literature, narrative nonfiction, and record collecting. She studied Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, where she graduated with honors and received a BA in 2012.

 

USA
John N. Catlett
Broadcast Consultant Media Objectives International
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John N. Catlett

John Catlett is a life-long radio broadcaster, having been introduced to the medium as an undergraduate volunteer at WPRB-FM at Princeton University in 1960. He completed his studies with an MBA in marketing at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. After early experience at King Broadcasting Company in the Pacific Northwest and Time-Life Broadcast in New York City, he was tapped to manage CBS-owned WBBM-FM in Chicago just as the potential of FM radio was beginning to see its earliest realization. In 1972, he was transferred by CBS to take over WCBS-FM in New York City, where he installed the first major-market all-oldies format in July of 1972. Without any significant promotion support, the station suddenly became the first FM station to break into the top ten rated stations in the market, with a #5 ranking overall, and only six stations nationwide--AM or FM--had larger cumulative audiences. The oldies format survives to this day at WCBS-FM, with strong ratings.

USA
Aaron Cohen
Producer Aaron Cohen Productions
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Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen has a varied career centered on music, audio and media.  He is an award-winning radio producer and an accomplished musician, and also serves as New York Public Radio’s Director of On-Air Operations.  His most recent project, the podcast and radio series Embrace Everything – The World of Gustav Mahler, an independent production currently in its third season, has topped music history and commentary podcast charts around the world.

Aaron joined New York Public Radio in 2000 and has worn several different hats within the company since then, both as a producer of radio documentaries and an essential member of the on-air team.  A notable highlight of his time as a producer is The Ring & I, a one-hour radio documentary about Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which he co-produced with Jad Abumrad in 2004.  The program won more than ten awards and continues to be broadcast around the world to this day.  Aaron also produced the New York Public Radio documentaries Clash of the Titans: An Exploration of Verdi & Wagner in 2013 and Music is a Holy Art: A Celebration of Richard Strauss in 2014.

Additionally, Aaron has produced numerous programs beyond his work for New York Public Radio.  From 2007 to 2012, he produced more than 50 features for the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts.  He has also produced radio features for the CBC, opera broadcasts for WFMT, and classical music podcasts for American Public Media.

USA
Chris Colbert
Chief Executive Officer DCP Entertainment
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Chris Colbert

Chris began his career in audio production as an intern and consultant for Sirius Satellite Radio (now SiriusXM Radio). While simultaneously earning his degree from Seton Hall University, he helped create Oscar and Grammy award winner Jamie Foxx’s comedy and music channel “The Foxxhole”.

Upon successful completion and tremendous success with “The Foxxhole”, Chris joined SiriusXM full time and helped create “Carlin’s Corner”, a 24/7 George Carlin comedy channel and “Que Funny”, SiriusXM’s only bilingual Latino comedy channel. He also oversaw programming and operations for the “Urban View” and “Blue Collar Radio” (now “Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup”) channels. In addition to SiriusXM’s permanent stations, Chris also worked on pop-up channels such as “Richard Pryor Radio”, “Star Wars Radio”, “Comic Con Radio”, and “E3 Radio”.

As Director of Urban Talk and Comedy for SiriusXM, Chris worked on several audio documentaries. These documentaries provided his transition to the role of Vice President of Programming for Cadence13 (formerly DGital Media). While at Cadence13, he oversaw all documentary projects and produced top podcasts such as “Cover Up”, “Origins”, “What Really Happened”, and “Majority 54”.

Having worked with names like Jamie Foxx, Touré, James Andrew Miller, Joy Reid, Zak Levitt, Andrew Jenks, Joe Madison, ESSENCE, PEOPLE, Crooked Media, Sports Illustrated, WME, and the United Negro College Fund, Chris specializes in media partnerships and content development.

Chris is an award-winning documentary host, producer, and writer of the podcast series, Say Their Name, and his passion for conversations surrounding mental health have led him to create the series, Entrepreneur Struggle, where Chris talks about the various mental and emotional challenges that particularly impact business owners and executives.

With a passion for connecting audiences with innovative and inspiring content, Chris founded DCP Entertainment; a place to bring together audio and visual storytelling.

USA
Adell Coleman
COO DCP Entertainment
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Adell Coleman

Adell Coleman's career spans over 16 years, beginning as a producer and host of “2KNation” station on WPFW 89.3 at the age of 15. This early start paved the way for her to earn a degree in Mass Communications from Penn State University. She then moved back to her hometown of Washington DC to join the SiriusXM team. During her time at SiriusXM, Adell worked alongside DCP Entertainment’s Founder and CEO Chris Colbert, producing a number of shows and specials, and taking over as Executive Producer of SiriusXM’s “Urban View” channel.

Throughout her career, she has produced a number of high-profile broadcasts, winning numerous accolades. Adell has worked with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, actor/author Hill Harper, and inspirational speaker, author and television personality Iyanla Vanzant A multi-award winning producer Adell has received commendations from the Alliance for Women in Media, The National Association of Black Journalists, New York Festivals, the Webby’s as well as her alma mater Penn State University.

Her passion for audio storytelling led her to co-host and Executive produce the award wining podcast Say Their Name which shares the stories of families who lost their lives to police violence. She serves as Chief Content Officer for DCP Entertainment, a multimedia company that highlights storytelling and podcasting forunderrepresented communities.

United Kingdom
Jax Coombes
Producer BBC
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Jax Coombes

Jax Coombes is a Radio Producer with over ten years’ experience working at BBC Radio 6 Music making award-winning documentaries including a Palme D’Or in 2015 for John Grant’s Songs From A Dark Place, a documentary exploring the music, magic, and rise of Icelandic music.

ARGENTINA
Juan Pablo Cordoba
Productor Artístico Radio Mitre S.A.
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Juan Pablo Cordoba

Radio Mitre is the Nº 1 radio station of Argentina. It has great quality in its sound and promotions. There is one guy who is responsible for writing these promotions and monitor its editing and coordinate its airing. He is in charge of maintaining the highest quality standards in music and institutional jingles; he is the director of special reports; he is the Artistic Producer of the whole broadcast... He is Juan Pablo Córdoba. He studied Social Communication (UBA - University of Buenos Aires) and Multimedia Production (EMBA), and he is a vital part of Radio Mitre since 2004.

Canada
Nick Davis
Executive Director, Engagement & Inclusion Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Nick Davis

Nicholas Davis has worked in radio, television and print for the past three decades covering everything from current affairs to the arts. He has won many awards for his journalism, including a 2006 Gabriel Award. For the past 24 years Nicholas has worked at CBC as a reporter and producer -- most notably as Senior Producer for Metro Morning, the number one morning show in Toronto. He’s currently the Executive Director, Engagement & Inclusion.  He was previously  Manager of Program Development for CBC, where he was responsible for the ongoing development of local programming in radio, television and online.

Ireland
Susan Dennehy
Radio Producer Independent
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Susan Dennehy

Susan Dennehy is a multiple award-winning radio producer based in Dublin.

She holds a BA Comms (Hons) with a major in radio production and completed her professional training as a Radio Producer with RTE in 2005.

Susan currently produces radio documentaries and series on a freelance basis for Ireland’s two most popular national broadcasters, RTE and Newstalk.

She is particularly motivated to tell the stories that reveal social injustice or, perhaps more interestingly, the flip side of that, the resilience, humour and dignity of people.

USA
Pat Duggins
News Director Alabama Public Radio
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Pat Duggins

Pat Duggins is News Director at Alabama Public Radio, an international award-winning journalist, and a published author. He’s recognized globally for covering 103 NASA Space Shuttle missions, the Challenger and Columbia accidents, and the construction of the International Space Station. Duggins spent 14 years covering NASA for NPR, and helped pioneer the network's earliest use of the internet to deliver domestic news stories.

Within a year and a half of re-organizing the APR newsroom, Duggins and his team were generously honored with the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence alongside NBC-TV, CBS Radio, and the AP. He and the APR news team have won 147 journalism awards under his leadership--one third of which are at the national or international level. APR is also the first radio news operation to be honored with the "John Seigenthaler Prize for Courage in Journalism" from RFK Human Rights, in addition to the 50th annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Radio.


Duggins’ first book on NASA came out in 2007, and the second in 2010. His second book, "Trailblazing Mars," came out in paperback in 2017.

 

United Kingdom
Elaine Dunseath
Radio Producer BBC Northern Ireland
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Elaine Dunseath

Elaine Dunseath is an award winning radio producer at BBC Northern Ireland. A journalist for 15 years at the organisation, she has a background which includes researching and producing television current affairs investigations and television news.  She has a particular interest in highlighting the plight of society’s most vulnerable and helping those who often don’t have a platform to be heard. In June 2019, she and reporter Declan Harvey won bronze at the New York Festivals Radio Awards Social Issues category for ‘Did A Serial Killer Murder My Sister?’ which explored how alcoholism can often mean domestic abuse victims go unnoticed. Her most recent documentary is ‘Silent No More: Fermanagh’s Abused Children’ which showed how one person speaking out has forced a rural community to confront how widespread child sexual abuse was allowed to go on for years. 

IRELAND
Padraic Flaherty
Head of Operations & Group Program Director Clare FM
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Padraic Flaherty

Padraic is now Head of Operations of Clare FM and Group Programme Director of Clare FM & Tipp FM. 

Over the past few years Padraic has directed & edited several documentaries including, “Vincent Hanley Cominatcha” the life story of one of Ireland’s greatest presenters, Vincent Hanley.

“Bullets & Ballads in the Banner County”.  2018 he produced “Top of the World” the story of a local Clare man becoming the first Clare man to climb Mount Everest.  It received a bronze award at the New York International Festival Radio Program Awards for The World’s Best Radio Programs in the Human-Interest category.

In 2019 Padraic and his colleague Gavin Grace produced “The Rescue” the story of Jim Warny a local Clare man that travelled to Thailand to aid in the rescue of the Wild Boar Soccer Team.  The documentary received a Gold award at the New York International Festival Radio Program and a silver award in the IMRO awards.

Over the years Padraic has produced several imagining packages for Clare and Tipp FM. 

Strong production and programming content remains Padraic’s passion in life.

United Kingdom
Rebecca Fortuin
Senior Audio Editor for HQ,M&B and Farshore HarperCollins Publishers UK
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Rebecca Fortuin

Rebecca Fortuin is HarperCollins Publishers UK’s Senior Audio Editor for HQ, Mills & Boon and Farshore. In 2019 she launched her award-winning casting partnership with East 15 Acting School with the aim to find emerging audio talent. She’s had the pleasure of working with many wonderful authors and narrators including Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Tuppence Middleton and June Sarpong. As a huge audiophile she’s thrilled to part of the 2021 judging panel and is looking forward to hearing this year’s innovative and creative entries.

USA
Michael Freedman
Professorial Lecturer - Journalism, Executive Producer - The Kalb Report & 113th President - National Press Club The George Washington University & National Press Club
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Michael Freedman

Michael Freedman is a 35-year radio executive, broadcast journalist, university administrator and professor. He has served with distinction as general manager of CBS Radio Network News, vice president and managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, leadership press secretary to the Democratic Whip of the United States House of Representatives, vice president and professor of journalism at The George Washington University.  In addition, Freedman serves as executive producer of the acclaimed public broadcasting series The Kalb Report, This Just In!, and GW Presents American Jazz (in collaboration with the legendary Tony Bennett). Over the course of his career, Freedman and his teams have earned more than 85 honors for broadcast excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow awards from RTNDA, five Gold World Medals and a Grand Award in New York Festivals International Radio Awards.

AUSTRALIA
Maddy Fryer
Executive Producer & Leader Independent
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Maddy Fryer

A Grand Jury member since 2009 and recipient of the New York Radio Festivals United Nations Silver Medal (UNHCR) 2008 - The Stolen Generation, SBS Radio - Alchemy. 
Executive Producer and Leader in radio, podcasts, TV and digital media production, having played a lead role in establishing the SBS PopAsia brand from a start-up radio show on SBS Australia into a 24/7 Digital Radio Station, TV Show and digital content hub. Over 25 years Maddy has built significant relationships with audience, industry and community stakeholders, focusing on diversity, music and culture. As an Asian Pop subject matter expert (artists, companies + media) Maddy has negotiated interviews and access to artists as talent for radio shows, podcasts and performance. 

SERBIA
Slobodan Govorcin
Editor of drama and fiction program RTV VOJVODINA
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Slobodan Govorcin

Slobodan Govorcin, holds B.A. in dramaturgy. He is Editor in Drama and fiction Department with the Public media institution RTV Vojvodina in Serbia. He has been a jury member of international radio drama festivals for several times now. He also served as a selector for national amateur theatre festivals and for the festival of monodrama for children. As the author of radio dramas he won awards at the Prix ex Aequo in Slovakia and at the Festival of Best Radio Shows in New York. He was preselected at Prix Europa in Berlin, Prix Nova in Bucharest, HearNow in Kansas and UK radio drama festival in Herne Bay.

India
Pooja Gulati
EVP & Senior Business Director Mirchi
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Pooja Gulati

Pooja is a legitimate veteran of the Radio industry with 19 years of prolific experience of selling creativity in the airwaves, Radio events, Digital events, Television IPs or an amalgamation of all.

Getting buyers/sponsors for the world of “Theatre of Mind”, has been the most satisfying part of her job and gives her as much kick as creating a masterpiece. 

Creating Hyper local campaigns, National IPs, Vernacular IPs, Tactical campaigns, CSR campaigns that get the most Sponsors/buyers have become her passion over the years

India
Viplove Gupte
Creative and Radio Consultant Independent
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Viplove Gupte

With over 24 years’ experience in the advertising, radio, movie content and newspaper industries Viplove has been at the forefront of  creating and curating multiplatform content, client led brand solutions, radio programming and music management.

A post graduate in English Literature, Viplove has been writing for newspaper and publications on films and film music since an early age, paving his way to advertising industry where he started heading a team of copywriters in no time.

Started his radio career in 2001, he has launched 29 radio stations across India, hired and trained many talents who went on to winning many international accolades.

With an intention to create a positive and meaningful impact on the radio industry of India, he is in the process of launching a podcast for radio professionals who are not finding radio as a challenging medium any more.

United Kingdom
Gary Haberfield
Managing Director/Executive Producer Spiteful Puppet Entertainment
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Gary Haberfield

After a 21 year career in the commercial radio sector, latterly as Managing Director at stations for groups such as Celador Radio, Gary made the side step into the world of scripted audio. Launching Spiteful Puppet Entertainment in 2013.

In just a few years, Spiteful Puppet was producing audio dramas and audio books on behalf of the BBC and Audible as well as developing their own original projects working with top talent like Alfred Molina, Richard O’Brien and Ray Winstone.

Gary also manged the diversification into Book Publishing and Theatre Production, working with the Pet Shop Boys in 2018 on their new cabaret show Musik, which premiered at The Edinburgh Festival before moving to off West End in 2020.

USA
Emily Harris
Media Producer Bioneers
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Emily Harris

A media producer, sound engineer and music enthusiast, Emily’s love for mixing audio tapestries helps to bring the Bioneers Radio series to life. Based in the Bay Area, Emily is also a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked on productions for Al Jazeera America and PBS.

USA
Michael Harrison
Founder & Publisher Talkers Magazine
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Michael Harrison

Michael Harrison, the Founder and Publisher of talk media industry trade journal TALKERS magazine, is an iconic radio figure and thought leader.  During a colorful 53 year career, he has consistently been an influential pioneer in trade publishing, station programing, show production, and on-air performing. 

NEW ZEALAND
Cathie Harrop
Producer/Performer Independent Producer
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Cathie Harrop

Cathie has worked for various Radio and Television companies internationally including those in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

This award winning broadcaster has been extensively involved on both sides of the microphone

Scripting, performing and producing a wide range of programmes for television, radio, and live performance, has given Cathie the opportunity to work with professional musicians and actors in various countries, and with young people both in entertainment and education. More recently she has specialized in researching and producing historical entertainments.

Cathie has had a long association with NEW York Festivals almost since its beginning days.

Her website is www.cathieharrop.com

INDIA
Saiam Hasan
Innovator Launglata Innovations
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Saiam Hasan

Saiam Hasan is a Creative Writer, Producer, Voice Artist, and an independent Musician. He has an experience of over 8 years. During these years he has worked in the most frontline radio stations, creating an unmistakable style through words & sounds. He currently is an independent writer and Musician in India. 2 of his releases are “Aye Sajni” & “Nodey – Krishna”. Saiam has been responsible for looking after many aspects of the Creative and sound output in Radio City, India, and for maintaining the highest quality standards for almost 5 years. His work has already won him 6 New York Radio Awards till now and many more national radio awards like ACEF, Golden Mikes etc..

United Kingdom
Dylan Haskins
Commissioning Executive for Podcasts BBC Sounds & BBC Radio 5 Live
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Dylan Haskins

Dylan Haskins is a multi-award winning audio commissioner and executive producer at BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Live responsible for podcasts including I’m Not A Monster, Have You Heard George’s Podcast?, Where Is George Gibney?, Bad People and Wheel of Misfortune. 

I’m Not A Monster and Where is George Gibney? won a total of six Golds, a Silver and the Grand Jury prize at the 2021 New York Festivals Radio Awards, contributing to the BBC also being awarded 2021 Broadcaster of the Year.  

In US and Canada, Dylan’s podcast commissions have also won a Peabody Award, an inaugural Podcast Academy ‘Ambies’ Award, the Banff World Media Festival ‘Rockies’ Award for Podcast of the Year, a RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award and multiple Webby Awards including Best Documentary and Best Sound Design. In Europe, they’ve won the Rose d’Or for Audio, multiple UK Radio Academy ARIAS Golds, Silver and Bronze, the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Podcast of the Year, NME Podcast of the Year, British Podcast Awards 'Moment of the Year' Gold and multiple Silvers, Overall Prize at the Justice Media Awards in Ireland and been Specially Commended at the Prix Europa.

UNITED KINGDOM
Paul Hollins
CEO Blue Revolution (UK) & Radio Express (USA)
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Paul Hollins

Paul Hollins is a London-based radio Broadcaster, Author and CEO of the multi award-winning digital content company Blue Revolution. His on-air CV includes many of the national UK brands including Capital FM, Heart & Smooth. In 2012 his first book on radio, called ‘Hang the DJ?’ became an instant Amazon best-seller in its category in both paperback & Kindle editions. Paul is also the founder & CEO at Blue Revolution, a company which syndicates radio content such as The Kim Wilde 80s Show internationally.

UNITED KINGDOM
Matt Hopper
Co-founder Trisonic
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Matt Hopper

Matt has worked in the radio industry for more than three decades, and in 2018 founded Trisonic, a specialist audio creative and media agency based in London.   Trisonic creates and promotes the use of audio in all its forms.

Matt was a pioneer in the field of radio commercial production, has extensive experience in creating editorial audio content and radio programme management.   He is a highly skilled radio copywriter, audio producer and director in his own right, and also co-founded Spiteful Puppet Entertainment, whose audio dramas have scooped numerous accolades from the BBC and New York Festivals.

United Kingdom
Will Jackson
Communications Manager World DAB
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Will Jackson

Will Jackson has worked in the UK audio sector for thirty years, including BBC and commercial radio. He's Communications Manager for WorldDAB, the global industry forum for DAB digital radio. He also serves as a Trustee for the Radio Academy, the UK radio and audio industry charity, dedicated to the promotion of excellence in UK radio and audio. Prior to this, Will was Managing Director of AudioUK, the trade body for audio and radio production companies. While there, he was a Director of the UK Government's Audio Content Fund, and worked to create the industry's Audio and Radio Emergency Fund in response to the pandemic. 

Canada
Caroline Jamet
General Manager,Radio, Digital Audio & Greater Montreal Radio-Canada
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Caroline Jamet

Caroline Jamet has been Executive Director, Radio & Audio, French Services, CBC/Radio-Canada since November 2017. She has some twenty-five years’ experience as a senior executive with some of Canada’s leading media and cultural players.

At Gesca (publisher of the Montreal daily La Presse), she was Vice-President, Communications from 2000 to 2017. As President of its publishing division Les Éditions La Presse from 2011 to 2017, she oversaw publication of more than 200 books. She was also President of Les Éditions Gesca (the company’s magazine arm) from 2011 to 2014.

She played a key role in the expansion of Gesca (owner of 7 Canadian newspapers), especially during its change-over to digital. Among other achievements, she mapped out the communications strategies designed to ease readers’ and advertisers’ transition to La Presse+, the tablet-based digital edition of the newspaper.

Caroline was with the musical entertainment group l’Équipe Spectra from 1986 to 1999, serving as its Vice-President, Communications between 1992 and 1999; she was also a named partner in 1996. In those capacities, she earned acclaim for her major contributions to the growth and reputation of the Festival international de jazz de Montréal and FrancoFolies de Montréal brands, both nationally and internationally.

In 1999 and 2000, she was Vice-President, Communications of Motion International, a leading Canadian television and film production company, which evolved into Zone3 and TVA International.

United Kingdom
Geoff Jein
Head of Audio TBI Media Ltd
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Geoff Jein

For over 20 years Geoff has been at the helm of some of the biggest shows in the UK & Australia. Recognised with multiple awards for creativity he has also held roles in TV and Events Communications. He is the Executive Producer of Claudia Winkleman for BBC Radio 2 and oversees a slate which includes programmes for BBC radio and TV, commercial radio, brand podcasts and Audible Originals. 

Australia
Aaron Kearney (OAM)
Director AKS Media International
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Aaron Kearney (OAM)

Aaron Kearney (OAM) is a multi-award-winning broadcaster, photojournalist, sports commentator, five-time New York Festival award winner, AIPS Sports Award Silver Medallist and Prodi Journalist of the Year.

He’s won a Walkley Award for emergency broadcasting and forged a career across newspapers, television, radio and social with Fairfax, Channel Seven Australia, the ABC and others.

He’s currently the Director of AKS Media International, ABC’s Pacific Disaster Preparedness Broadcast Unit Lead and host of “Pacific Prepared”.

Aaron is in demand across the globe for his experience in broadcasting, commentary, storytelling and innovation, working for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, the BBC World Service and universities and corporations on five continents.

An inaugural Summer Fellow at Reuters Institute for Journalism at the University of Oxford, he holds a Masters Degree and Graduate Certificate from Griffith University, specialising in broadcast for development. He designed and produced the world’s first Pacific indigenous language live broadcast of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, co-produced Papua New Guinea’s historic coverage of the 2015 Pacific Games and has mentored female journalists from six countries at several international events, including the Commonwealth Games.

In 2020, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to broadcasting.

Further information:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-kearney-oam-28772767/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Kearney

UNITED KINGDOM
James Keen
Managing Director,Channel 103 and Island FM Tindle Radio
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James Keen

James Keen is Managing Director for Tindle Radio’s Channel Island stations – Island FM in Guernsey, Channel 103 in Jersey and newly-launched Soleil Radio which broadcasts to all of the Channel Islands. Channel 103 and Island FM deliver the highest and second highest weekly reach percentages in the British Isles respectively.

As Managing Director, James Keen leads both the commercial and content sides of the businesses. Prior to joining Tindle, James was Managing Editor for Global’s Heart stations in the east of England before which he worked for GCap Media, UKRD Group and Turner Broadcasting Systems.

United Kingdom
Ivan Laskov
Head of Content Blue Revolution (UK) & Radio Express (USA)
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Ivan Laskov

Ivan is the Head of Content at Radio Express in the US and Blue Revolution in the UK.
He is the executive producer of the Official World Chart, the UK Chart (UK's Official Airplay Chart), The Kim Wilde 80s Show and the international version of the Joe Elliott Show, distributed worldwide by Radio Express. 

United Kingdom
Steve Levine
Founder Magnum Opus Broadcasting
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Steve Levine

STEVE LEVINE BIOGRAPHY 2019
Starting as a tape-op at CBS studios in 1975, Steve progressed to in-house engineer
and worked with many new wave, punk & pop acts including The Clash, The Jags,
The Vibrators, XTC & Sailor.
Beach Boy, Bruce Johnson was to play an important part in Steve's early career,
culminating with Steve producing an album for the Beach Boys several years later.
Steve produced all of Culture Club’s classic hits and the bands’ three multi-platinum
albums.
Artist collaborations include Honeyz, China Crisis, Gary Moore, Ziggy Marley,
Louise, The Creatures, The Angelic Upstarts, Lemmy & Motorhead, David Grant,
Jimmy The Hoover, Westworld, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Mis-teeq, 911.
Steve has collected a number of prestigious industry awards including a Brit Award,
Musicweek Award and a Grammy for his work with Deniece Williams.
He has appeared on many radio and TV programes, is a regular guest presenter of
the newspaper review on BBC weekend Breakfast and on BBC’s 6 Music with his
own show.
His radio production company produces original high quality radio content, in
particular, The Record Producers, a series for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.
Steve has won a SONY Radio Award and most recently 2 Gold Awards at the New
York Radio Festival.
He has also presented The Record Producers Live with special guests.
Busy producing new acts, recently XamVolo , Space, and a remix project for the
legendary Millie Jackson entitled “Exposed” for ACE records.
He is currently in the studio working with games producer MILKY TEA on the
soundtrack to a new exciting game HYPERBRAWL currently exclusive to the new
Apple Arcade platform .........more news soon ......and more tracks for
Electronic project Pretty Robotic.
Steve is a Director of PRS for music, a member of the MU, PPL,
and a LIPA Companion and recently elected to the new Liverpool Region Music
Council

India
Kankana Lohiyaa
National Music Head 94.3 MY FM (DB Corps Ltd)
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Kankana Lohiyaa

·      A Radio professional with over 12 years of experience in Radio

·      Programming & Production (Music & Product) I have launched 13 new stations where 9 new stations in Maharashtra, 1 in Rajasthan, 1 in Gujarat and 2 in Punjab. Where I have also hired a completely new team, groomed them and raised them to current performances.

·      My Ideas won awards on national and international platforms.

·      Track record of Creating & executing content ideas for- On air programs to enhance listenership, New Promos for shows and Stationality, On Air Special Shows & Celebrity Management, Contests & Game Shows

·      An effective leader with excellent communication, negotiation and relationship building skills

 

SCOTLAND
John MacCalman
Broadcast Producer/Consultant Independent
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John MacCalman

I was one of the original employees at Radio Clyde in Glasgow joining the station in November 1973. Through the 80s and 90s, I was Production Controller for Radio Clyde when the station won "Sony Station of the Year" 3 times and was nominated twice. I was also the producer on two Sony Award-winning shows for Best Rock and Pop Programme - Hue and Cry (1989) and The Big Day C1 (1991). I have 10 New York Radio World Medals as producer or co-producer. Among the other career highlights was the innovatory series of 17 annual open-air Kelvingrove Free Music Festivals which provided to launch pad for many local bands performing original music. I have always had an interest in aviation and have produced three critically acclaimed aviation documentaries. Doing the Continental – An hour-long examination of Continental’s first brush with Chapter 11 made in 1985/86 and featuring Continental pilots and crew, the FAA, and an exclusive interview with Phil Bakes. Britannia 300 Alph

United Kingdom
Kirsty MacKenzie
Senior Producer / Series Producer BBC
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Kirsty MacKenzie

I am a producer and series producer who has worked with BBC News, BBC Radio and BBC World Service. I have written and produced both long-form and magazine shows for both TV and radio as well as outputting the BBC’s flagship domestic, morning news show the Today programme. I am also a three-times winner of a New York Festivals award, each time for a long-form documentary, produced for the BBC World Service and for BBC Radio. 

India
Astha Mandiratta
Head Client Solutions Network18
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Astha Mandiratta

I am working as Head Client Solutions for Network18.

 I am majorly responsible for designing campaigns and events for big clients and Branding awareness for our network pan India.

 With almost 14 years in media ,I have served 9+ years with television Anchoring various celebrity talk shows in ETV & Star news while 4 years in radio With 94.3 MY FM - Dainik Bhaskar Group, where I was responsible for programming for Rajasthan and my focus had always been working towards gender sensitivity which is need of hour in our country and thus time to time I did such campaigns some of which like BOL & save girl child are recognised on national level as well.

·         I am winner of laadli media award for my work in the field of “gender sensitivity” in year 12-13 & 13-14 the campaigns were around saving girl child and respect women hood.

·         My name has been in list for top 100 successful women of Jaipur ( Rajasthan) for my work in media organised by a leading NGO of city in June 2015

·         I have also  Won “Women of eminence” award in 2014, given by Education Minister for exemplary work in media.

Australia
Siobhan McHugh
Associate Professor of Journalism University of Wollongong
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Siobhan McHugh

Siobhán McHugh is a multi-awardwinning podcast producer, critic, consultant and academic. Her book, The Power of Podcasting: Telling Stories Through Sound (CUP 2022), analyses podcasting as a new medium and reveals how to make compelling narrative podcasts. Siobhán was consulting producer on investigative journalism podcasts Phoebe’s Fall , Wrong Skin, The Last Voyage of The Pong Su and The Greatest Menace (2022), a queer history/true crime series dubbed ‘Australia’s S-Town’. All won gold awards at New York Festivals; The Greatest Menace also won a Walkley Award, Australian equivalent of a Peabody.  Siobhán founded RadioDoc Review to showcase expert criticism of notable audio stories and the Hub for Innovation in Podcasting to bring together podcast researchers, creators, fans and industry. Dr McHugh is Honorary Associate Professor at University of Wollongong (Journalism) and University of Sydney (Media/Communications), Australia.

United Kingdom
Daithi McMahon
Senior Lecturer in Media University of Derby
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Daithi McMahon

 

Daithí McMahon is a radio academic and critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning radio playwright, director, audio producer and sound artist. He has written and produced through Henchman Productions across numerous radio genres and formats and is best known for his audio dramas on Irish historical figures and contemporary Irish culture and society. He has won national acclaim in Ireland through the IMRO Awards and international recognition through six New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards and nomination to the prestigious Prix Europa Festival in 2015 & 2016 and the Grand Prix Nova in 2016. Daithí is a Senior Lecturer in Media at the University of Derby where he teaches scriptwriting and radio and podcast production. A specialist on the Irish Radio Industry, his research interests include the convergence of radio with digital media, the political economy of media industries and the consumption habits of contemporary audiences. He continues his art practice in audio drama and podcasting while experimenting with ambisonic audio and is currently leading an Irish diaspora oral history project. He was conferred his PhD by the University of Derby for his thesis which examined the impact of Facebook on the Irish Radio Industry 2011-2016.
 

UAE
Parvathi Menon
Media Constultant Independent
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Parvathi Menon

A media professional with 14 years of experience in India & the Middle East , Parvathi was part of the Radio and Entertainment business for the top media houses both in Indian and UAE . She headed CLUB FM in the UAE when the brand took a leap from India to UAE in 2015 & launched the station in Dubai . She began her radio journey in 2007 with Radio Mango as a producer when FM Radio was launching as a new medium in Kerala & also has won several national and international accolades .

ARGENTINA
Eduardo Morino
Presenter RADIO MITRE S.A.
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Eduardo Morino

Eduardo "Lalo" Morino is an Argentine based voice actor, broadcast journalist, scriptwriter and a professor. He's been working in the global Media Industry for the past 28 years.

Since 2000, he's been part of Radio Mitre, the leading radio station of Argentina, as a service journalist, voice talent, and radio host. Currently, Eduardo's hosting "Overnight, weekend edition" (narrative, music & news) and has been part of teams widely recognized by the industry and audiences all over the world (King of Spain Award, New York Festivals, Martin Fierro, among others).

He is the institutional voice of La100FM and Golf Channel Latin America, and he works as Voice Actor and Voice Talent in various fiction, commercial and documentary productions (DirecTV, MTV, Tenaris University-Techint Group, and others).

He is a full professor at ISER (Instituto Superior de Enseñanza Radiofónica) and an independent media & comunication consultant.

Eduardo strongly believes that Radio can empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

USA
Leslie Mullen
Writer/Producer & Host NASA/JPL
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Leslie Mullen

Leslie Mullen is the writer, producer and host of the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory podcast “On a Mission.” A science photojournalist for over 20 years, she also is a documentary filmmaker and was previously the producer for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “StarTalk” podcast.

Germany
Götz Naleppa
Drama Director & Sound Artist Naleppa Audio Productions
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Götz Naleppa

Götz Naleppa, Drama Director & Sound Artist of Naleppa Audio Productions, Germany. He is one of the most well-known and experienced directors of radio plays in Germany. He is a member of the Radio Advisory Board.

In the 90’s he constructed the radio play departments of Germany Radio (Cologne / Berlin) as a radio play director, and from 1997 to 2008 Mr. Naleppa acted as director and dramaturg for Germany Kultur (responsible editor for sound art). Since January 2009 he has concentrated his talents on projects serving as a freelance director (radio drama, media arts), translator, and composer in digital sound art.

The NYF Gold trophy for “ZENScapes – City, Land, River” for Sound Art is Gotz Naleppa’s fourth

MEXICO
Laura Elena Padron Hernandez
Producer Radio Educacion
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Laura Elena Padron Hernandez

In 1979 she began her work in Radio Education, has produced more than 60 series, experimenting with all kinds of genres and formats.

She has worked for the public radio and commercial radio service, and is a trainer in the field of radio throughout the country.

She has been sworn in several radio competitions in Mexico and abroad. She has received national and international awards for her work in radio and theater.

Since 1991 she became involved in the performing arts by participating in more than 60 national and international festivals

INDIA
Anurita Patel
Senior Vice President, Programming & Audacity Radio City
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Anurita Patel

Started my radio career in 2002 as a DJ with a renowned radio station in Delhi, moved on to become the Program director with Radio City91.1FM, Mumbai in 2009. Have been part of the Radio city family ever since. I now work in the capacity of Vice President & Programming director-west for Radio City. I head 11 markets including mumbai and Regional head- Audacity, creative solutions.

In all close to 17 years of experience in my favourite forever- Radio!

United Kingdom
Jason Phipps
Head of Content & Development Chalk + Blade
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Jason Phipps

Jason Phipps is Head of Content & Development at the London based independent podcast studio Chalk + Blade creators of titles such as 'Takin On Putin' and 'Spygate F1'. Previously he was a commissioning editor for BBC Sounds podcasts where his Peabody award winning Sounds team developed and commissioned podcast-first titles for BBC Sounds audio app including 'I'm Not A Monster', 'The Cipher', 'Where Is George Gibney?' and 'Have You Heard George's Podcast?'. His work is across genres from blue-chip journalistic serialised podcasts to blockbuster dramas. Previously he was Head of Podcasts at The Guardian newspaper, and is an award winning podcast/radio producer and believer in the unique power of audio in the digital age.

United Kingdom
Helen Quigley
Head of Production B7 Productions Limited
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Helen Quigley

HELEN QUIGLEY has nearly twenty years’ experience in producing audio for broadcast. As a producer, her work includes national radio promos for the BBC’s flagship TV programming, including Line of Duty, A Very British Scandal, The Apprentice and The Green Planet. Commercial production work includes mastering for Fresh Air Production’s The Big Steal podcast and campaigns for Digital Radio UK.


Her audio drama credits for B7 Media include the Audible Original psychological thriller series, The Effect, soap series Greenborne, the award-winning The Space Race, Dilation, Venna’s Planet and for BBC Radio 4 the courtroom drama, Barred.

Previously she was a Continuity Announcer and Producer for Comedy Central UK, working with up-and-coming comedians who are now household names. She also launched Robin Ince and Josie Long on their first forays into podcasting in 2006 as Producer of Robin Ince’s Show and Tell and Utter Shambles.


As a Voiceover Artist, she records in a variety of styles - from corporate to comic – supplied from her home studio to clients worldwide. She is best known for the worldwide viral hit, Porn Sex Vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained with Food, viewed nearly 20 million times on YouTube.


Helen loves sci-fi, gin, musicals and any excuse to listen to good audio.

India
Indira Rangarajan
National Content Director (Digital) Mirchi
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Indira Rangarajan

 Indira Rangarajan, National Content Director, Mirchi, is a multiplatform content specialist with over 20 years’ experience in advertising, media & entertainment. She has been associated with Mirchi for over 15 years and has been instrumental in ushering in a new era of audio-video content and celebrity shows. She now handles digital content with Mirchi developing mobile friendly content formats which include podcasts, web-radio and video originals. This former creative director for leading advertising agencies like Ogilvy and Mather is extremely vociferous about women’s issues and strives to promote mental health awareness.

USA
Morgan Ratner
Marketing Manager Pushkin Industries
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Morgan Ratner

Morgan Ratner is the podcast marketing manager at Pushkin Industries, where she is responsible for crafting and executing strategies for audience growth for Pushkin’s new and legacy shows, including Revisionist History and The Happiness Lab.. She has previously worked in audio marketing and publicity at Macmillan Publishers and partnerships at Barnes & Noble Education.

AUSTRALIA
Robyn Ravlich
Independent Producer Robyn Ravlich
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Robyn Ravlich

Australian writer and independent radio feature maker following a long creative career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a highly-regarded producer and presenter across a range of innovative, specialist programs, including The Listening Room and Into the Music. She has collaborated with composers, performers, writers, sound artists and musicians to create unique radio works for these shows and mentored emerging radio creators and artists in residence.

Recipient of international and national awards, including New York Radio Festivals Silver and Bronze awards, the Australian Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commission Radio Award and the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Prize for Radio.

USA
Tim Rohan
Independent Journalist Independent
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Tim Rohan

Tim Rohan is an independent journalist who writes for audio and print. He started his career working as a sportswriter for The New York Times and Sports Illustrated, where he wrote features and investigations. For several years now, he’s been making narrative podcasts, serving as the reporter, writer, and host. He made “Fall of a Titan,” a nine-part series investigating the death of NFL quarterback Steve McNair, and then “False Idol,” a seven-part series re-examining the rise and fall of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympian who murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. “False Idol” won Gold in the Sports Podcast category and Silver in the Narrative/Documentary Podcast and Serialized Podcast categories at the 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards.

ARGENTINA
Nicolas Harry Salvarrey
Journalist Urbana Play 104.3
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Nicolas Harry Salvarrey

Nicolás Harry Salvarrey is an Argentinian radio journalist, producer and works as a co-host in Perros de la Calle, Urbana Play 104.3. He also writes about beer, food and lifestyle as a freelancer.

India
Kanwar Sameer
Founder & Chief Creative Officer Copper Eye Media
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Kanwar Sameer

An astute media professional with an insightful & cross cultural work experience of more than 18 years, comprising of Radio, Television, Digital Marketing & Events. Expertise in revenue optimization through branded content and creative client solutions.

Previously, Vice President, Radio City (Dainik Jagran)

India
Abhishek Sharma
Founder & Chief Creative Officer Bhopuwala
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Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharrma is one of India’s most applauded Audio Programmers. His work saluting the Indian forces, shows on polio awareness, menstrual hygiene, organ donation and more are awarded at the New York festivals, India Radio Forum, Golden Mikes, ACEF and Radio Duniya awards. His recent work is for the Art of Living Radio that was set up, launched worldwide during the pandemic by the Global ambassador of peace Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. An expert with branded content, Abhishek currently head Bhopuwala and provides top class audio solutions to Radio Stations/Podcasters/other businesses worldwide.

IRELAND
Helen Shaw
Founder/Director Athena Media
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Helen Shaw

Helen is an awarding winning producer/director and has been a judge with the New York Radio Festival since 2013. She runs Athena Media, in Ireland, a digital and broadcast storytelling agency, and Athena Media has previously won the Grand Award, six Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze for its work at the New York Radio Festival. Athena Media has also been a multiple awardee at both the Celtic Media Festival Awards and the Irish Radio Awards. Helen is a graduate of UCD, DCU and was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University at the International Affairs Centre. She has worked as a news reporter with the Irish Times, a current affairs producer with RTE and she was editor news and current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland before taking up the post as Head of RTE Radio. RTE is Ireland's public broadcasting service. She ran RTE Radio for five years, launching RTE Lyric fm and leading the digital transformation before taking the sabbatical at Harvard University and post that she set up Athena Media. Athena Media creates award winning podcasts and runs Podcasting Ireland. Some of its recent work includes a new transmedia project called Mother's Blood, Sister Songs www.mothersbloodsistersongs.com exploring the intricate relationship between Ireland and Iceland, through story and song. Helen sits on the board of Arts Council Ireland and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy's Social Sciences Committee. 

UNITED KINGDOM
Des Shaw
Co-Founder Zinc Media
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Des Shaw

Des Shaw is Co-founder and Director of Ten Alps Radio, a multi-format independent radio production company based in London, England. Des has over 35 years experience programming radio stations and producing multi-format projects for clients including the BBC, Austereo, Sky, BP, Orange, O2, Capital Radio, Xfm, Channel 4, Absolute Radio, SiriusXM and Universal Music. Ten Alps Radio has won numerous international broadcast awards for projects featuring a diverse range of presenters including Johnny Depp, Bono, Antonio Banderas, Susan Sarandon, Jerry Hall, Cameron Crowe, Tony Visconti, Deborah Harry, John Sebastian and Anthony Daniels. Ten Alps is now re-branded as Zinc Media.

UNITED KINGDOM
Peter Shevlin
Director c60media ltd
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Peter Shevlin

Peter has been in Radio his whole working life. Straight from University in 1996 he joined a small station in Manchester called Fortune 1458 and went on to work at BBC World Service as a Studio Manager and then as a Producer for human interest show ‘Outlook’. Radio has taken Peter around the world for stories in South East Asia Central Europe and the US. BlokMedia was set up with former BBC colleagues and Peter now produces long-form docs for BBC as well as other media outlets. Trivia – Peter used to be a club DJ in North London.

South Korea
Mikyung Shin
Executive Producer BeFM / Busan English Broadcasting Foundation
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Mikyung Shin

Mikyung Shin is the executive producer at Busan English Broadcasting Foundation(BeFm), the one and only English Radio Broadcasting in Busan, South Korea.

She has been a dedicated member of the broadcasting field since 1996, at first as a host for various shows across television and the radio in TBC, UBC and TBN in South Korea

She began her tenure at BeFM as a producer, in charge of programs spanning various genres, from news to entertainment.

Mikyung has also created many radio documentaries on multiple issues. She has received the Gold Award at the 2018 New York Festival International Radio Program Award.

USA
Lou Simon
Vice President, Music Programming SiriusXM Radio
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Lou Simon

Lou is Vice President, Music Programming at SiriusXM Radio. He has been on the air and in management of radio stations across America, as well as hosting syndicated shows. At SiriusXM, he builds and oversees channels in various genres and hosts a weekly talk show about pop music.

Croatia
Katja Simunic
Producer, Drama Department HRT Croatian Radiotelevision
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Katja Simunic

Katja Šimunić, formerly a student of the contemporary dance school of Ana Maletić in Zagreb, she is a graduate in dramaturgy from the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Zagreb and has a Master’s by research in dance from the University of Paris VIII. She is a producer in Drama Department /Croatian Radio and Television, as well as the author and director of numerous audio works produced by CRT. Katja Šimunić is also a dance researcher who approaches dance from her double position as a choreographer and as a researcher in dance theory. She has been awarded as a director (in collaboration with sound engineer Marija Pečnik Kvesić and composer Maro Market) for the short audio drama “Notturno” from Grand Prix Nova the Silver Prix 2017 and for “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” (in collaboration with sound engineer Tomislav Šamec and music editor Franka Meštrović) from Prix Marulić Festival the Silver Prix 2022. As a producer, she has been awarded for Jasna Mesarić’s “Munch and Munch – Dyptich”  from the BBC the Best European Audio Drama 2019 as well as for Jasna Mesarić’s “Byzantine Soap Opera” from Prix Marulić Festival the Grand Prix 2019 and  for the short audio drama Kamov’s “Earthquake” from the BBC the Best European Audio Drama 2021.

UNITED KINGDOM
Neil Sloan
Group Programming Director Communicorp UK
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Neil Sloan

Neil is the Group Content Director for commercial radio group Communicorp UK leading the programming teams across stations in England, Scotland and Wales.

He is a former BBC Radio 1 producer where he produced Greg James’ first shows for the BBC.  Neil then worked as an executive producer at independent production company Wise Buddah for their Radio 1, Asian Network, 6 Music and Radio 2 programmes

Ireland
Fyona Smith
Managing Editor, Today FM Bauer Media Audio Ireland
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Fyona Smith

IRELAND
Ken Sweeney
Radio Producer Independent
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Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney is an independent radio documentary maker working with RTE Radio in Ireland. His first doc, an RTE Radio Doc One One, 'Michael Jackson's Irish Driver' won an Irish PPI Radio Award and was a finalist in the New York Festivals in 2014. Since then his music docs on artists including influential Scottish band The Blue Nile have aired on RTE Radio, BBC Radio 6 Music, and CBC. His latest RTE music doc 'REM Out Of Athens' won Silver at the 2018 New York Festivals. An ex-musician, he is a regular contributor to Irish radio as Irish Showbiz Writer 2016 and 2018 at the Irish Newspaper awards ENDS.

Australia
Pariya Taherzadeh
Producer Independent
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Pariya Taherzadeh

Pariya is a multi-award winning freelance executive podcast producer. 

Her most recent audio feature - 'Jaleh's Drive For Freedom' which was commissioned by ABC's 'Days Like These' program won a Gold prize for the Personal Lives Podcast category, and was a Finalist for two other categories at the 2022 New York Radio Festival Awards. Pariya was also given two Honouree awards at the 2022 26th Annual Webby Awards for the same feature.

In 2020 Pariya received a Gold Prize in the History category, together with a Silver in Social Issues for her audio documentary 'Escape From Iran', again at the NY Festival Radio Awards. That same year she decided to start her own business and work as a freelancing podcast producer. 

Pariya is currently teaching at the world renowned Australia Film and Television Radio School (AFTRS) and has previously been a guest lecturer and mentor to students in the MAS Documentary course, as well as the Postgraduate Radio and Podcasting course.

Since her freelancing journey she has taken on a variety of different roles - these being an executive producer for Netflix's new podcast, 'Lived It', Finder.com's podcast 'Two Broke Chicks', King’s College London’s podcast the  'Future Law Podcast', and the sound designer for 'The Trap', just to name a few.

Back in 2018 Pariya was the recipient of the Selwyn Speight Diversity Scholarship, awarded by AFTRS and ABC. The scholarship was a catalyst for her career and because of this she is offering a scholarship of her own - the ‘AFTRS Pariya Taherzadeh Radio & Podcasting Scholarship’ which is open to students who are experiencing financial hardship.

USA
Mark Travis
Director Media Production New York Philharmonic
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Mark Travis

Mark Travis has over 20 years of experience in the music industry as a writer, producer, broadcaster, lecturer, and audio engineer. Since 2011, he had been the Associate Director of Media, Production for the New York Philharmonic and is now Director of Media Production.   He has produced the orchestra's broadcasts since 2003. Mark has also served as a writer and producer for Chicago’s WFMT Radio Network where he wrote and produced over 800 nationally syndicated programs--notably the Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts. As a freelance producer, he has produced English-language broadcasts for the Berlin Philharmonic, The Suisse Romande Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony. Mr. Travis also has an extensive discography as a music-producer that ranges from recordings by the New York Philharmonic to recordings by William Warfield, Jenny Lin, Jeffrey Siegel, Susan Merdinger, Maria-Luisa Rayan-Forero and the Chicago Chorale for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos

INDIA
Saajan Victor
Regional Programming Head – Telugu States Radio City 91.1 FM
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Saajan Victor

My Radio journey started off when I was 17 as a voice over artist after which I paved my way as a Radio Jockey in Bangalore. With more than 15 years of experience the love for radio still burns bright and now in my current role I am the Regional Programming Head of Hyderabad and Vizag for Radio City 91.1 FM.

ARGENTINA
Juan Villalba
Radio U General Director National University of Cuyo
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Juan Villalba

Juan Villalba is director of Radio U of the National University of Cuyo, one of the largest public universities in Argentina. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the media and radio is his main love. He understands that radio is a stage where literature, theater and music are mixed. In his professional career, he has received numerous awards. He was a four-time finalist at the New York Radio Festival. In 2018 he won the Silver Award with his documentary "Grandma". In addition, he won two Martín Fierro Awards, the most important award for the media in his country.

USA
Stephanie Welch
Senior Producer Bioneers
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Stephanie Welch

Stephanie Welch is Senior Producer at the nonprofit Bioneers, and since 2004, has produced its award-winning syndicated program Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature. She is also a filmmaker. Welch directed and produced the recently released documentary film A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream.

UNITED KINGDOM
Will Wilkin
Producer British Broadcasting Corporation
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Will Wilkin

Will is one of BBC network radio’s youngest producers. Having secured several programme commissions for Asian Network he is now one of the creative leads at the forefront of redesigning the network for a new generation of listeners. He has presented and produced in commercial stations as well as across the BBC. His work in both entertainment and documentary radio has seen him win Sony Radio Awards, New York Radio Awards, Gillards, two nominations for the Radio Academy’s Producer of the Year and, in each of the last three years, he been named as one of the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30. 

USA
Ryan Woodhall
Executive Producer DCP Entertainment
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Ryan Woodhall

Ryan Woodhall is an award-winning Producer, Audio Engineer, and Sound Designer based out of New York City working in Podcasts, Film, and Music. For over a decade he has worked on a diverse array of visual and audio content for Red Bull, Supreme, Nike, Condé Naste, and more. In his current role as an Executive Producer for DCP Entertainment, Ryan works across the network's slate of podcasts including Toure Show, Say Their Name, Who Was Prince?, and Edges.

UNITED KINGDOM
Andrew Wright
Managing Director Wright Communicators Ltd
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Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright started his career in the radio and television industry working in some of the world's most dangerous locations as a news sound recordist. He spent 10 years as a broadcaster and latterly programme producer where he developed his production and media management expertise working with programmers, advertisers, official regulators, and talented broadcasters. His company. Wright Communicators, now helps broadcasters develop content, and businesses communicate their brand, marketing and training messages. Andrew’s diverse and valuable experience has also led him to become a leading trainer in creative, personal communication, technical and management disciplines as well as soft skills development. Areas of specialty, past, and present. TV and Radio Broadcaster Broadcasting resources Manager Commercial Copy Writer Professional trainer. (Advert and promotional writing, Digital production, talent development, Core skill development, Business skills.) Company Man

AUSTRALIA
Karena Wynn-Moylan
Presenter/Producer Bay FM radio 99.9
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Karena Wynn-Moylan

I describe myself as a Creative Artist and Content producer because  my work is divided between Radio, Fine Art and Music and Web Content creation.

I have  produced and presented  two hours of radio on the Arts  for over 20 years on my show Arts Canvass on Bay FM 99.9 in Byron Bay in Australia. I have also written and  produced  a number of radio documentaries including ‘Memories of Sarajevo which won me the Bronze medal  from New York Festivals World’s Best Radio .

I founded the website  The Narratives Library which contains hundreds of authors,  reading from their own work for just 5 minutes which was awarded the Hermes Gold Award for Web Design.

I am also a  professional Fine Artist and  songwriter and composer and my music  has been used in hundreds of T.V shows and documentary films.

I originally trained as an  independent filmmaker and still make   short films for competitions and performances.

I consider it a privilege and a joy to be on the judging panel as the range of wonderful  work produced by presenters from all over the world is such an inspiration.

USA
Carole Zimmer
Journalist & Host "Now What?"
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Carole Zimmer

Carole Zimmer is the host of the podcast “Now What?” about big life decisions, transitions and how you navigate all those curves in the road. She worked at Bloomberg Multimedia as a digital video and television producer as well as a radio reporter for 15 years and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Edward R. Murrow award for her radio documentary “Stalking a Silent Killer.” Before joining Bloomberg, Ms. Zimmer worked at NPR and the CBS and NBC radio networks. She has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s and other publications.

USA
Sue Zizza
Owner Sue Media Productions & Radio Waves Studios
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Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza is a transmedia producer, director, writer, and sound designer. Sue is the owner of both SueMedia Productions, a full service audio production company, and also Radio Waves Studios, a premiere audio facility capturing and producing sound for all media: Audiobooks, TV, Film,VR. Etc.

Sue has produced award winning audio fiction for public radio, audiobooks, and podcasts for more than 3 decades. Her work has been honored by The Audies (9 nominations, two wins); The Gabriel’s; The International Festival of New York; The National Federation of Community Broadcasters; and the Communicator Awards. In 2021 Sue received the Norman Corwin Award for Excellence in Audio Theater for her many achievements in producing audio fiction. Sue’s sound clients have also included: Cleo TV, PBS, Audible, Blackstone, Macmillan Audio, and USA Networks Scy-FiChannel.

From 1996 -2008 she served as the Executive Director of the National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF) – an audio arts training organization.  In 2013 Sue co-founded with NATF, the HEAR Now Festival.

When she’s not producing and directing, Sue specializes in and manual SFX (Foley) effects for audio productions, film, television and the stage. Sue also teaches audio arts and sound production at New York University’s Kanbar Institute for Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts.