Patrons

Gillian Rose
Krogh_140807_6082Gillian Rose is Managing Director of PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Distribution, based in Boston. She has been with the company since 2013 and before that worked for several media companies in New York. She started her career as a journalist writing about television in her native London before taking a job in the US.  As well as her day job in television, she is the President of The Rosemary Pencil Foundation that supports the education of students in Malawi and Zimbabwe as well as having a role as Content Strategy and International TV Industry Relationships Adviser for the African Public Broadcasters Foundation.  Ms. Rose is a former two-term Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) New York and a regular juror for the International Emmy Awards. She has a Masters Degree in Communication for Development.

Matt Pritchett

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Matt Pritchett has been the pocket cartoonist on the Daily Telegraph since 1988. Matt studied graphics at St Martins School of Art in London before having his first drawings published in the New Statesmen. He later worked for Punch and The Spectator He is six-times winner of the Cartoon Art Trust annual prize, twice winner of UK Press Gazette’s Cartoonist of the Year and was awarded an MBE for his work in 2002. He was listed by the Observer as one of the 50 funniest people in the UK.

 

 

Chris Rogers

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Investigative journalist and BBC news presenter, Chris Rogers began in children’s television presenting BBC’s Newsround. Chris was nominated by the for Young Journalist of the Year and London Journalist of the Year before being awarded a One World Media Award, and Amnesty International Media Award for his coverage of child exploitation in countries throughout the world. He worked as a one of the main presenters for Sky News before joining ITV News in 2003. He returned to investigative journalism in 2008 covering Romania’s abandoned children with the Duchess of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. He released his first book “Undercover” in 2010 and continues to work as a BBC News presenter.

Maria Polachowska

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Maria Polachowska is the senior producer for BBC 2’s current affairs programme, Newsnight, since 1988. In 1995, she became the first journalist to get into Srebrenica, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian town that witnessed the worst massacre of the entire Balkan conflict. Much of the material in the film was used in the trial against Slobodan Milosovic in the Hague. She has covered many historical events such as the fall of communism in the former eastern bloc, the Balkan Wars of the 1990’s, Iraq, 9/11 and the changes in the Middle East. She has also interviewed many key public figures like Tony Blair and Mikhail Gorbachev the last Head of State of the Soviet Union. Maria has undertaken investigative reports including the poisoning of President Yukushenko in Ukraine and a special investigation uncovering CIA involvement and responsibility for the post 9/11 anthrax scare in America. Her films and journalism have won recognition when she was awarded a prize for her investigative journalism by Amnesty International and received a Golden Nymph award in New York. Some of her journalism has led to government investigations and changes in government policy.

Juan I Señor

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Juan Señor is a Partner at Innovation Media Consulting Group based in London where he has directed projects all over the world since 2002. From 1996 to 2002 he was a presenter for Wall Street Journal TV and CNBC Europe and served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television. In 1998 his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. From 1989 to 1996 he worked as a foreign affairs reporter and war correspondent for the NewsHour on PBS in the US. He covered conflicts and wars in Iraq, Bosnia, Central America and Somalia. At the NewsHour his team won a Dupont Journalism Award and was nominated for an EMMY for his interviews with the late Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin. While at the NewsHour he produced interviews with Nelson Mandela, Boris Yeltsin, Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Major, Helmut Kohl and many other world leaders. Juan is also a disability rights campaigner and fundraiser for Downs Syndrome since the birth of his daughter with Downs in 1998. He has organised and led expeditions to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert and Amazon rainforest to raise awareness about the condition and funds in aid of children’s charities.