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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
Senior Investigative Journalist The Age, Melbourne
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Richard Baker

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

USA
Anthony Bero
Producer Interlochen Public Radio
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Anthony Bero

United Kingdom
Owen Blackhurst
Executive Producer Mundial Studio
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Owen Blackhurst

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).

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.

NEW ZEALAND
Paul Bushnell
Auckland Manager Radio New Zealand
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Paul Bushnell

Paul Bushnell is an experienced documentary and feature producer with many years’ experience in judging international radio award competitions. He is Auckland Manager for Radio New Zealand, the country’s public broadcaster.

ARGENTINA
Diego Cannizzaro
Producer - Owner DMC Studio Argentina
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Diego Cannizzaro

DIEGO CANNIZZARO
Producer – Owner DMC STUDIO
Scriptwriter, sound designer and music composer. Podcaster, radio and social media creative.

Diego also explores the Field Recording Area registering sounds using different kind of microphones and techniques such as in stereo and binaural.

He worked as an independent producer for the frontline radio stations in Buenos Aires, creating an unmistakable style through his writing, sound designing, editing and sound mixing.

Now, he is the Head of Audio Department at DMC STUDIO (original music and sound designing production company) specialized in advertising sound for radio, films and tv. Podcasts production, sound documentaries and radio Ids.

DMC STUDIO is a lab to create a new kind of texture made of words, music and sounds.

USA
Jennie Cataldo
Radio & Podcast Producer, Vice President of Programming BMP Audio
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Jennie Cataldo

Jennie Cataldo is an award-winning radio and podcast producer living in San Francisco. She has been studying the art of audio storytelling for over a decade, beginning with her Bachelor of Arts education in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University.

Jennie has been mentored by renowned radio producer Ben Manilla. She joined Ben’s company BMP Audio in 2011. During her time at BMP she has produced a variety of audio content including radio programs, documentaries, series, specials and podcasts.

Jennie has worked with celebrity host talent and has produced work for clients such as the United States Library of Congress and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Her productions have aired on national and international networks.

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.

Singapore
Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang
Chairwoman Rediffusion
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Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang

Ms. Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang is a Singaporean media executive, broadcaster, talk-show host, producer, actress, educator, and a thinker.  Ms Eeva is the current chairwoman of Rediffusion - an iconic radio station boasting 70 years of history and also the founder of Eeva Productions and Eduplus Language Centre.

People addressed her as the “Godmother of talent show in Southeast Asia, language visualisation expert, advocator of the power of the mind.” Her ideals and works have had great influence on Singapore's broadcast and media industry.

She is the first Mandarin TEDx speaker in Singapore.  In 2016, she shared about three-dimensional language visualisation on the TEDx stage, by her language guidance, it been able to transcend national boundaries. She also served as the Speaker Coach for TEDxPickeringStreet from 2016-2018.

She has won the Golden Bell Award for best social radio programme at the beginning of her professional career. She was also later awarded the ASEAN Literature Choice Awards for her essay collection. Recently, Ms Eeva also won the Best Narration Gold Award in New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs.

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.

New Zealand
Josh Couch
Senior Producer CBA - Christian Broadcasting Association
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Josh Couch

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.

Canada
Andrika De Lanerolle
Senior Show Producer AMI Accessible Media Inc
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Andrika De Lanerolle

Andrika De Lanerolle is an award-winning producer. She has been a New York Festivals Jury Member since 2016. 

Across her 11 years of experience, Andrika has produced several award-winning programs and documentaries including “St. John’s: In Through the Narrows,” a finalist at the 2016 New York Festivals Radio Awards. She also produced “Two Steps Forward: Indigenous and Disabled in Saskatchewan,” a finalist for a 2017 RTDNA award. 

She is currently the senior producer of “NOW with Dave Brown,” a daily morning news program airing live on AMI-audio and AMI-tv in Canada. 

Outside of producing, you can catch her discussing her favourite albums, what she had for lunch and her opinions on the latest Hollywood flicks. 

GERMANY
Evelyn Doerr
Director ARD
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Evelyn Doerr

Dr. Evelyn Dörr studied Theatre, Dance and Music in Berlin. Since 2001 she has worked as a radio director and writer. Her radio drama features have been nominated for prestigious European and American radio awards (Prix Italia, PRIX EUROPA, New York Festivals, Prix Marulic and Grand Prix Nova) and have been arranged by German theaters (Deutsches Theater Berlin) as theatre plays. She is the founder of the Edition Akustische Bühne with its first number The Man in the Moon. A Radioballett with Charlie Chaplin. Currently she is working for Swiss radio.

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. 

UAE
Kaushik Dutta
Head of Programming 89.1 Radio 4 FM
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Kaushik Dutta

Kaushik Dutta is a versatile Media Content Professional with over 10 years of experience in Radio, Digital Media, Television and Advertising. Kaushik currently heads the programing and digital for the Desi Channel 89.1 Radio 4 of the Channel 4 Radio network in the UAE. Kaushik has been credited with successful brand and content integrations on Radio and Digital for Brands like Vodafone, Jio, TATA AIG, Emirates NDB, Unilever, Landmark Group, Apparel Group, Sandvik, Monsanto,  Joyalukkas, Air Arabia and many more.  He has also won numerous Radio, Marketing and Advertising awards like Golden Mikes, IRF and ACEF. Kaushik is two time winner at the New York Radio Festival, the biggest radio award in the world. Kaushik has worked with organisations like Radio Mirchi, Radio City, TVF, NDTV and Gulf News (UAE). He also consults with various brands on media planning and content integration. He has many awarded and acclaimed campaigns under his name like “Abki Baar Dedo Akhbaar”, “Direct From Kisaan” and “Musical Republic of India”.

United Kingdom
Rebecca Fortuin
Senior Audio Editor for HQ, Mills & Boon 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.

Egypt
Kim Fox
Professor of Practice The American University in Cairo
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Kim Fox

Kim Fox is currently a professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) at The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt. She primarily teaches Audio Production and Multimedia Writing. Fox spent decades working in the radio industry in the U.S. and before arriving at AUC in 2009. She has a wealth of experience in both commercial and public radio including as a weekend radio host and reporter for WOSU AM/FM/TV, the NPR affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. 

She is active on Twitter and encourages others to participate responsibly in public discourse on issues that impact them and are of interest to them.

 

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
Creative Content Media Producer, Leader Independent
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Maddy Fryer

Maddy is a creative content media producer and leader who most recently worked for SBS Australia as the Executive Producer of SBS PopAsia. SBS PopAsia is a digital community for young multicultural Australians who are actively engaged in radio, podcasts and digital content. Prior to SBS PopAsia, Maddy led the youth team from the SBS radio program - Alchemy, who in 2008 became Silver Medal Recipients of United Nations Department of Public Information Award. The program looked at the Stolen Generation and the subsequent apology to Australia's indigenous people. Maddy creates and listens to media of all kinds and knows that nothing can ever beat great content, on any media platform.

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 & Sr. IP Solutions 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.

NEW ZEALAND
Phil Guyan
CEO CBA - Christian Broadcasting Association
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Phil Guyan

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.

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
Creative Independent
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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.

IRELAND
Mike Hogan
Producer Classic Hits 4FM
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Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan is a multi award winning radio producer and presenter based in Dublin, Ireland. Mike specialises in Entertainment Breakfast, Hot Talk shows and Documentaries. He has been very successful in each style. He currently produces The Colm and Lucy Breakfast Show on Classic Hits. and founded MikeUpMedia.com.  When he produced The PJ and Jim Show,  the programme has claimed gold in the Irish IMRO radio awards for two years running. Mike lives and breathes radio. He started his obsession at 15 years of age by purchasing a transmitter and aerial and broadcasting from his parents’ garden shed. He knows good radio when he hears it and is excited to listen to the best in the world by judging the New York Radio Awards. 

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.   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 founded Spiteful Puppet Entertainment, whose audio dramas have scooped numerous accolades from the BBC and New York Festivals.

United Kingdom
Will Jackson
UK Radio Academy Trustee UK Radio Academy & Anglia Ruskin University
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Will Jackson

Will Jackson has worked in the UK audio sector for thirty years, including BBC and commercial radio. Most recently, he 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. Will also contributes to international trade journals and events, is an elected Trustee of The Radio Academy, and now works at Anglia Ruskin University.

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. 

UNITED KINGDOM
Dinah Jones
Producer Silin
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Dinah Jones

USA
Judith Kampfner
Career Coach Jude Coaching
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Judith Kampfner

Judith Kampfner has spent thirty years working as a drama and documentary producer at Australian Broadcasting, BBC, and WNYC. In 2019 after training as a coach at NYU, she set up a company coaching creatives on their work process, self-marketing, and career development. At Jude Coaching she also helps clients create and design multi episodic projects and then pitches them to podcast agents or production companies. 

Her own work has spanned a range of formats from live sports commentary to science and especially arts and culture features. She's written audio dramas, hosted and narrated shows, and is an Executive Producer for other independent companies.

Her BBC podcasts are available at 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/search?q=Judith+Kampfner

https://judekampfner.com/

 

USA
Ben Katz
Producer Figdonia
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Ben Katz

Ben Katz is a podcast producer most recently known for the mini-series ‘The Long-Distance Con’ on the New Yorker Radio Hour podcast which won a silver New York Radio Award and was a finalist for two Webby awards and an ASME Ellie award in 2019. ‘The Long-Distance Con’ was also featured on Refinery29 as one of most anticipated 2018 podcasts. Ben is also a video producer who has produced work for This American Life, Radiolab, Snap Judgement, Startalk Live, The Foo Fighters, Motion City Soundtrack, Dr. John and Miranda July.

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
Station Director,Channel 103 and Island FM Tindle CI Broadcasting
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James Keen


James Keen is Pan-island Station Director for Channel 103 in Jersey and Island FM which broadcasts to Guernsey. Both stations are part of the Tindle Radio group and enjoy the highest and second highest weekly reach percentages in the British Isles respectively.  

As Station Director, James Keen oversees 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.

CANADA
Greg Kelly
Executive Producer, Ideas CBC Radio One
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Greg Kelly

Greg Kelly is the Executive Producer of the CBC Radio Program IDEAS. Before that, he was Editor of the Radio Netherlands Program The State We're In and Senior Producer and co-creator of American Public Media's The Story. Greg's documentaries in both radio and television have won multiple international awards and honours. Unlike most of his peers, he does not have his own podcast.

USA
Kyra Kyles
CEO YR Media
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Kyra Kyles

Kyra Kyles is the CEO at Oakland-based YR Media (formerly Youth Radio), an award-winning national network of young multicultural journalists and artists who create content—including music, investigative journalism, and documentaries— for this generation. 

Prior to joining YR Media, Kyra worked as a Program Officer at Field Foundation, where she oversaw the organization’s inaugural Media & Storytelling portfolio, granting funds to organizations engaged in fact-based storytelling with a lens on racial equity.  

Kyra came to Field following a position as EBONY Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Editorial.  She originally joined the historic Black-owned brand as a Senior Editor for JET magazine in 2011 before being promoted to run all the digital editorial brands as well as the print media mothership itself. 

Before blazing a trail at Johnson Publishing Company, Kyra worked for the Tribune Company's millennial outlet, RedEye.

Kyra has been named to the Folio magazine Top 100 media executives, WVON and Ariel Capital’s “Top 40 Under 40 Game Changers.” She is a former two-time President of the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago chapter.

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. 

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

India
Astha Mandiratta
Head Client Solutions News18 Network
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Astha Mandiratta

I am working as Head Client Solutions for News18 Network.

 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.

ARGENTINA
Liliana Manna
Journalist Independent
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Liliana Manna

Liliana Manna is a journalist who graduated in 1972 from the School of Journalism of the city of Buenos Aires and 1974 from the Institute of Radio Education. She was the first woman in Argentina radio to be named a writer-broadcaster in the News Service of Radio Belgrano and served as producer on various radio and television programs. In 7 opportunities, Manna was awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies at the New York Festivals. The last occasion was in 2014 where she won the Gold for Best Documentary for “30 Years of Democracy: Everybody’s Story.” Also in 2014 she won the Ondas Award, awarded by the Cadena Ser Spain, for best documentary radio program in the world “Human Trafficking: Merchants of Innocence” which on December 3rd was delivered in a special audience with Pope Francisco. Other international awards have included: (with journalist Nelson Castro) the "King of Spain" International Award. First distinction achieved by Argentine journalist radio special prize

USA
Joyce McCullough
President Miller Group Media
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Joyce McCullough

President of Miller Group Media (included LaSalle County Broadcasting, News-Tribune and AgriNews publications), corporate offices located in LaSalle, IL

 Currently serves on boards of directors - Inland Press Foundation, St Margaret’s Hospital Regional Board and DePaul University College of Communications Dean’s Advisory Board.

Graduate of DePaul University.

Married to Lee McCullough. Daughters Mary McCullough Faillo of Villa Park, IL, and Kat McCullough Braun of New York City.
 

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

Siobhan McHugh was consulting producer for the multi-award-winning investigative storytelling podcasts Phoebe’s Fall and Wrong Skin, in collaboration with The Age newsroom, Melbourne. Wrong Skin , about the clash between Indigenous culture and corporate interests, won Australian Podcast of the Year (2019) and gold at New York Radio Festival. Phoebe’s Fall, about the bizarre death of a young woman in a garbage chute amidst a botched police investigation, won gold at New York (2017). Siobhan is founding editor of RadioDoc Review, a free online journal that critiques audio documentaries and podcasts. She teaches podcasting and audio storytelling in diverse settings and writes on podcasting for The Conversation. Her podcast, Heart of Artness  about crosscultural aspects of contemporary Aboriginal art production, also won gold at New York 2019. Siobhan is Associate Professor in Journalism at the University of Wollongong, Australia. 

This article by Open Society Foundation, featuring Siobhan’s insights into podcasting as a new media format, has been translated into French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. Her article, ‘Subjectivity, Hugs and Craft: Podcasting as Extreme Narrative Journalism’, was published by Harvard University’s Nieman Storyboard (2019). Siobhan is consulting producer on The Last Voyage of The Pong Su, with The Age newsroom.

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.
 

UNITED KINGDOM
Tony McShane
NightOwls Producer Bauer Media
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Tony McShane

Tony McShane is an award winning producer who has been making programmes with Bauer Media for over 7 years, producing the legendary Night Owls phone in show which has been on the air for over 40 years. The show has taken home 2 GOLD NY awards whilst Tony has been the producer. He is multi skilled having worked both on-air and off air with over 14 years’ experience in commercial radio. Tony also produces shows for Pride Radio which is the leading LGBT+ station in the UK.

Russia
Oleg Medvedev
Head of Radio & TV Department Telecompass Consulting Agency
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Oleg Medvedev

Oleg Medvedev has more than 25 years of experience in the radio industry as News Director, Executive Director of Radio-7, General Director and General Producer of Melody and Finam FM radio stations in Moscow, Russia. Expert in media project management, journalist, producer, writer, business consultant.

 

United Kingdom
Charlotte Melen
Founder, Producer, Actor Almost Tangible
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Charlotte Melen

Charlotte is the founder and award-winning producer of Almost Tangible (NYFRA Production Company of the Year 2019), whose approach to audio content delivers hyper-real, high-quality, immersive audio experiences.  With creative development rooted in experimentation and collaboration, Almost Tangible’s core aim is to make audio the absolute best it can be at storytelling by putting listeners at the heart of the action and artists at the heart of the artistic process.   Weaving binaural recording with techniques from film and theatre to create a new audio paradigm, the result has been described by the RNIB as “like having a film running in your ears.” 

AUSTRALIA
Florencia Melgar
Editorial Operations Manager for News and Current Affairs SBS
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Florencia Melgar

Florencia Melgar Hourcade is a Uruguayan – Australian investigative journalist with almost 20 years of experience working across platforms in Latin America and Australia.

In Uruguay she published a number of investigative works, being “Sabotage to the Truth” the longest investigation, edited by Planeta publishing. The book brought to light new information on a cold case from the dictatorship involving the murders of two members of Parliament. The investigation led the Prosecutor to reopen the case that remains open in 2017.

She worked for Uruguay’s public television. She was also a media adviser for organisations like the United Nations for Development Program in Uruguay, the Canadian Embassy in Montevideo and the Spanish Government cultural affairs’ “Cervantes Institute” in Sydney.

In 2013 Florencia did an investigation published as “The Other 9/11”, a report that brought to light documents and testimonies of the participation of Australia’s intelligence in Augusto Pinochet’s coup in the 1973’s coup in Chile. The story also disclosed that a former Chilean intelligence official, who had escaped Chile after being prosecuted by Chile’s courts for torture and murder, was hiding in Australia. This investigation triggered the first extradition request from Latin America to Australia for a case of human rights.

This experience of collaborative investigations has allowed Florencia to identify the main opportunities and challenges of doing investigative journalism across cultures and across borders and led her to do a PhD by research that was completed in October 2019.

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 .

USA
Fran Minarik
Composer Independent
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Fran Minarik

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
Producer 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.

Australia
Greg Muller
Journalist & Podcast Producer Victorian Supreme Court
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Greg Muller

Greg Muller is an award-winning TV, radio, online journalist, and podcast producer, with 20 years' experience in the Australian media. Based in Melbourne, Greg's currently making Gertie's Law, an award-winning podcast series from the Supreme Court of Victoria. In an Australian first, Supreme court judges openly discuss the reasons behind the difficult decisions they make. Greg recently worked as Executive Producer for The Age’s multi award winning investigative true crime podcast, 'Wrong Skin'.

Greg was a reporter and producer for ABC TV’s flagship current affairs program '7.30' and for many years as a presenter and reporter on ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph program. Other roles have included on ABC TV’s top rating 'Back Roads' series, reporter for Network Ten’s The Project and SBS Radio news.

Greg has produced numerous podcasts and radio documentaries with multiple awards including two Gold New York Festival Radio awards, two Australian Podcast Awards including Best Podcast for 2018, a Melbourne Press Club Quill award and Best All Media from Australia’s Rural Press Club.

He is also an accomplished sound engineer, and a qualified white water raft guide. When not chasing down yarns, he can be found paddling a river or falling off a mountain bike.

India
Vipul Nagar
National Solutions Director, Mirchi Brewery Mirchi
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Vipul Nagar

"Paradox" is a word that defines me.I can logically prove my creativity. I can write poetry on complicated mathematical formulas. To define a popular Bollywood character, I can develop an Algorithm. I can quote a Sanskrit verse while talking about cricket.Overall I am an ambivert, energetically calm, playfully disciplinarian, rationally passionate & a bibliomaniac.Oh yes... I am also a storyteller, like 99.96 percent of people on LinkedIn.

Mirchi (Entertainment Network India Ltd.) 7 years 9 months

Sr. Vice President & National Creative Director (Brand Solutions) November 2020 - Present (7 months)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & NATIONAL CREATIVE HEAD (Brand Solutions)
April 2019 - November 2020 (1 year 8 months)
Mumbai Area, India

VP & NATIONAL CREATIVE HEAD May 2015 - April 2019 (4 years) MUMBAI

AVP & Cluster Programming Head, Gujarat September 2013 - April 2015 (1 year 8 months)

Handling Programming of 4 Gujarat Stations i.e. Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat & Rajkot.

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

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
Nitin Pandey
Sound Designer & Mixing Engineer Radio City 91.1 FM
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Nitin Pandey

I have eighteen years of multifaceted experience in audio pre and post production, and also have more than fourteen years of experience in Radio industry.  In these years my work has been recognized and were awarded from not only the world’s best Radio awards “New York Festivals” but also from the India Radio Forum, Golden Mikes Awards and ACEF. Out of them two were from the individual Sound Design Category.  All the show jingles and Rj Intros are produced by me.

I have also been instrumental in sound designs for TVC and dubbings for discovery in Hindi language.My broad skill encompass strong dubbing direction, music composing, arranging, recording,  Mixing & Mastering.  

INDIA
Anurita Patel
Vice President - Programming 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
Helen Quigley
Head of Production B7 Productions Limited
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Helen Quigley

Helen is a Voiceover Artist and Producer with nearly twenty years’ experience in producing audio for broadcast. As a Producer, her work includes network radio trails for the BBC’s flagship TV programming, including Poldark, Line of Duty, Doctor Foster, The Apprentice and Blue Planet II. Previously she was a Continuity Announcer and Producer for Comedy Central UK, working with up-and-coming comedians who are now far too famous to call her any more. She also launched Robin Ince and Josie Long on their first forays into podcasting as Producer of Robin Ince’s Show and Tell and Utter Shambles. As a Voiceover Artist she records commercials, training modules, telephone messages for major tech companies and narration for web videos – from corporate to comic – including the worldwide viral hit, Porn Sex Vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained With Food, viewed more than 17 million times on YouTube.

India
Mohammed Rafi
RJ/Radio Host Club FM
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Mohammed Rafi

RJ Rafi is a Multi Tasker:  Radio Host,  Programing Incharge, Creative and Concept creator, Interviewer  with 9 Years of radio experience. He hosts the morning breakfast show at clubfm Also  hosts the celebrity chat show. He has won multiple awards for Creatives and campaigns in Indian Radio Forums and NewYork Radio Awards.  Also in 2018 won New York Radio Awards Gold, which was the only Gold trophy in India awarded by NYF  that Year.

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.

AUSTRALIA
Robyn Ravlich
Producer (Independent) 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.

UNITED KINGDOM
Jamie Ryan
Radio Producer BBC Radio Stories
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Jamie Ryan

Jamie Ryan, a BBC radio producer and journalist from the UK.

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
Vice President, Radio City Radio City
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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.

Vice President, Radio City (Dainik Jagran)

USA
Stacey Samuel
Executive Producer, The Take Al Jazeera Media Network
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Stacey Samuel

A reporter and producer with over 20 years of experience, Stacey Samuel now serves as the Executive Producer of Al Jazeera English’s flagship news and current affairs podcast, The Take. As a journalism fellow with the East-West Center and the German-American journalism exchange program: Radio In the American Sector (RIAS), Stacey’s focus has broadened over the past few years to include covering international news and ultimately telling news through a global lens.

She considers herself a third-culture kid, as the daughter of immigrant parents from Haiti and Trinidad.

Prior to her current post, she was supervising editor for National Public Radio (NPR), where each day her job was crafting the news that shaped our national discourse and highlighted the human condition. The stories she edited touched all the newsmagazine shows aired on NPR’s premium broadcasts that feature News, Arts & Culture coverage. Stacey speaks nationally to wide audiences about shaping and pitching stories. She sits on the board of the Washington Association of Black Journalists and is a long-time NABJ member.

Before radio, Ms. Samuel covered politics, national security and the Supreme Court for CNN, where she was part of the team that won an Emmy for the coverage of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. She also has field produced for CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning. Her reporting experience includes reporting on education for an ABC affiliate in Florida.

Stacey’s local reporting earned her an Edward R. Murrow award, amongst others. Along with award-winning talent, she has completed two HBO documentaries on children focusing on music and another dissecting diversity in America, which won Emmy Awards and numerous other acknowledgments. Her many credits include stories she's produced for ABC's 20/20, CNN, Court TV, History Channel, Discovery Health and A&E, WNBC, Lifetime, and Nickelodeon. Ms. Samuel has taught journalism at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and frequently speaks about journalism to university students. A New York native she has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in French and economics from Wesleyan University.

India
Abhishek Sharma
Programming Director Radio City, New Delhi Radio City 91.1 FM
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Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek’s radio career spans over a decade with experience of working with popular Indian Radio brands like the Radio city and Radio Mantra. His work for Radio has been recognized and awarded by the most prestigious awards forums in India and Abroad.  Abhishek also a radio mentor, is known for giving gigantic execution to simple ideas. His work has been awarded at the New York festivals, India Radio Forum, Golden Mikes, ACEF and Radio Duniya awards.

He has hosted and executed campaigns like Shukriya Soldier that was broadcasted in countries like USA, India, New Zealand, Australia and UAE. This was much awarded and recognized by award forums in India and Abroad. Another important campaign being Dil Deke Dekho that was one of the most appreciated initiatives of the year 2015-2016.With admirers not just from Indian Cinema, politics but also competition Radio stations. Dil Deke Dekho was the most awarded radio campaigns of the year 2015-16 from India.  

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
Producer BlokMedia
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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 is currently the producer of the flagship morning news program for the station.

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.

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.

UNITED KINGDOM
Neil Sloan
Group Programming Director Communicorp UK
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Neil Sloan

Neil is the Group Content Director for Communicorp UK, overseeing the output of ten radio stations across the country. Neil joined Communicorp UK as the Programme Controller for Capital South Wales.

Neil is also the Content Director of Voiceworks, a "voice first" production company that specialises in digital and short form audio content production.

 

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

Australia
Fyona Smith
Head of Radio Australian Film Television and Radio School
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Fyona Smith

Fyona Smith is Head of Radio at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), responsible for the development and delivery of AFTRS Radio and Podcasting courses.

She is EP of AFTRS Audio Boom channel, showcasing student work and industry research and holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.

Prior to AFTRS, Fyona produced and presented SCA’s national top rated School of Rock radio show, hosted Southern Cross Television’s, Australian music TV show ‘School of Rock Oz Made’ and held the position of Network Music Director for Triple M Localworks.

Fyona has produced and presented award winning local and national shows and is a multi-Australian Commercial Radio Award winner.

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.

USA
Howie Sylvester
Executive Producer 98.5 The Sports Hub
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Howie Sylvester

Responsible for the production of over 200 professional sports broadcasts per year Documentary Producer/Writer: programs include: Kraftwork: 25 Years of Patriots Ownership Rough Injustice: the Story of the 1976 New England Patriots Too Many Memories: the Bruins-Canadiens Rivalry All In: the Cam Neely Story Call to the Hall: the Willie McGinest Story Gil & Gino Behind the Mic Hail McHale: the Kevin McHale Story Number 33: the Larry Bird Story

SIngapore
Choon-ping Teoh
Associate Director Eeva Productions
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Choon-ping Teoh

Choon-ping Teoh is the Associate Director for Programme Quality Control at Rediffusion and also the Soundscaping Engineer at Eeva Productions. Ping managed to clinch the Best Sound Gold Award for his international debut with the New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs.

Ping graduated with a Bachelor of Audio Production at SAE Institute Perth, Australia in 2013.

IRELAND
Alison Toomey
Producer/Director/Co-founder Real Films Ltd
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Alison Toomey

Alison Toomey is a Producer/Director/Co-founder at Real Films TV & Radio Production Company in Ireland. Real Films TV/Radio Production Company & Radio work has been awarded six IFTA nominations (Irish Film & Television Awards) and has won three IFTA s. Alison's radio work has won a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals 'World’s Best Radio Programs' in the 'Best International Educational Documentary' category and achieved two finalist certificates. Real Films specialize in producing high-end documentaries in Film, Television and Radio. Alison Toomey has been a Grand Jury member at the New York Festivals 'World’s Best Radio Programs' International Radio awards festival for the last five years. You can listen to Alison's work on https://soundcloud.com/alison-toomey-ireland “Being a Grand Jury Member for the World’s Best Radio Awards is now part of my working calendar. I absolutely love it! I get to listen to radio producers work from all over the world. I always learn so much

USA
Mark Travis
Director of 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 Filippini is a journalist, radio producer, screenwriter, editor and communication professor, with more than twenty years of experience in the media, especially on radio. He worked on radio stations in Argentina and made works for England, Spain and Colombia. He has made documentaries on social issues and also radio shows on sound experimentation. One of the central concepts of his work is to relate the language of radio with the tools of art. He received more than ten national and international awards, including the Silver Award of the New York Festival and two Martín Fierro in his country. Currently, Villalba is the general director of Radio U of the National University of Cuyo, one of the largest public universities in Argentina.

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. 

ITALY
Megan Williams
Correspondent Freelance Reporter-Producer
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Megan Williams

Megan Williams in a Canadian Rome-based foreign correspondent, writer, and radio documentary producer who can be heard regularly on CBC, Deutsche Welle, PRI-BBC's The World and other outlets around the world. Megan has reported from throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. International recognition for her work includes numerous N Y Festivals awards including two Golds; a James Beard Award for best radio broadcast, a Gabriel Award and second place in Prix Italia for Works on Music. For the past several years, Megan has headed the jury and co-produced the Italian Golden Globe film awards. She is the author of the story collection Saving Rome.

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

Karena Wynn-Moylan has a long-standing weekly show Arts Canvass on Bay FM 99.9 in Australia. She has a background in filmmaking, fine art, and music as well as radio documentary. She is also the founder of the Narratives Library which is the world’s only online archive of authors reading short extracts from their own work. She has won National and international awards for her work. She lives in Bangalow, a small village near Byron Bay.

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 SUEMEDIA Productions
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Sue Zizza

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

For more than 25 years Sue has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks.  She is an Audie award-winning producer of audiobooks, audio drama, radio plays and much more. Her work has also been honored by The Gabriel’s, The International Festival of New York, The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and the Communicator Awards. 

Sue’s sound clients have also included: Cleo TV, PBS, Audible, Blackstone, McMilian Publishers, and USA Networks - SciFi Channel.

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

When she’s not producing and directing, Sue specializes in 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.

South Africa
Tim Zunckel
Media Consultant Connect
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Tim Zunckel

Tim is an award winning creative programmer, problem solver and lover of audio. With a experience in the radio, music and audio space, Tim loves creative ideas and innovation. He is passionate about developing talent and is actively involved in radio training, coaching and consulting across Africa. Tim is always keen to engage and share thoughts and ideas. He is terrible at telling jokes but likes to laugh. Pastimes included running out of petrol on his retro Vespa.