Ismail Ahmed
CEO and Founder, World Remit

Ismail Ahmed is CEO and Founder of World Remit, an online money transfer business enabling customers to send money to family and friends using various payments options. Ismail has more than 20 years’ experience in international remittances as an academic researcher, compliance adviser for the United Nations and consultant for leading money transfer companies in the Horn of Africa corridor. He has an M.Sc. with distinction, a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and an Executive MBA from London Business School.

Anne Alexander
Buckley Fellow, Co-ordinator, Digital Humanities Network, University of Cambridge

Dr. Anne Alexander is Buckley Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. Her focus is on leadership, collective action and social movements in the Middle East, with particular reference to Egypt, Iraq and Syria post-1945 and labour movements across the region. Her current project investigates the relationship between the dissemination of new media technologies and mobilisation for political change in the Middle East by exploring how three distinct generations of political activists have used ICTs to build networks, create ‘spheres of dissidence’ and generate new activist cultures. It focuses on the technological ‘toolkits’ available to the generation of the 1940s (including newspaper printing, mimeographic machines and the telegram), the generation of the 1970s (including home-recordable audio cassettes), and the generation of post-2000, including digital technologies such as laptop computers, mobile phones, access to the internet, text messaging services, digital camera and video technologies).

Kevin Anderson
Knowledge Bridge Editor and Digital Strategist, Media Development Loan Fund

Kevin Anderson is the Editor and Digital Strategist for the Media Development Loan Fund’s Knowledge Bridge project. The Knowledge Bridge helps independent news businesses make the digital transition. Kevin brings more than 15 years of digital journalism experience to the role, including pioneering positions with the BBC and The Guardian. In 1998, he became the first online journalist for the BBC outside of the U.S., based in the BBC’s flagship Washington bureau. He joined The Guardian in 2006 as their first blogs editor, and two years later became digital research editor at the newspaper, helping identify and implement new technologies to support the newspaper’s world-class journalism. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as an independent journalist and digital strategist. He helped journalists and news organisations around the world identify and achieve their digital goals, including Al Jazeera, India’s Network18 and Reed Business Information.

Monica Arino
Director of International Affairs, OfCom

Dr. Monica Arino has been with OfCom since January 2006 and in February 2011 was appointed Director of International Affairs. Monica is responsible for overseeing OfCom’s international activities in the areas of telecommunications, content, consumer and spectrum. OfCom represents the U.K. on radio spectrum issues in key international groups and participates in international on both telecoms and broadcasting matters. Monica and her team lead OfCom’s regular engagement with the European institutions, regulators in Europe and across the globe, stakeholders, multilateral organizations and the academic community, with the aim to contribute to the development of international policy frameworks within which U.K. stakeholders operate, learn from developments elsewhere and share best practice in regulatory policy. Monica has also been Vice-Chair of the Board of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) since May 2009. EPRA is a network of 52 regulators from over 40 countries which aims to exchange views and experiences in areas related to EU media policy.

Monica graduated in law at the Autonoma University (Madrid) and in 2005 obtained a Ph.D. in law from the European University Institute (Florence). She has published widely and has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Columbia and Oxford. Prior to joining OfCom, Monica was a lecturer at Central European University (Budapest).

Shakuntala Banaji
Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics

Dr. Shakuntala Banaji lectures in international media and film in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. She has published widely on Hindi Cinema, Audiences, Creativity, News Reception and Online Civic Participation; her edited collection, South Asian Media Cultures is currently available from Anthem Press and her co-authored book The Civic Web: Young People, the Internet and Civic Participation is out from MIT Press in 2013.

Joan Barata Mir
Vice Dean for International Relations, Universitate Ramon Llull Barcelona

Dr. Joan Barata Mir is the Vice Dean for International Relations at the Blanquerna Communications School (Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona) and Associate Professor at the Law Department of the Open University of Catalonia.

He has also been Head of President’s Cabinet and Secretary General of the Catalonia Audiovisual Council. He gained his Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona, writing a thesis on television and public service theory.

His recent writings include work on democracy and the media and the objectivity of the BBC in the David Kelly case. His research interests are public services, regulation, media law, telecommunications law, privacy law, law and the Internet and e-government.

Conrad Bird
GREAT Campaign Manager, Prime Minister’s Office & Cabinet Office Communications

Mr. Conrad Bird currently manages the GREAT Britain campaign from the Prime Minister’s Office at No10 Downing Street. The £37m international campaign is a cross-government, integrated effort to derive the maximum economic benefit for the U.K. from 2012 and beyond. Government partners include the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Visit Britain, the British Council, UK Trade & Investment, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Previously, Conrad was Head of Public Diplomacy and Strategic Campaigns at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he is responsible for a wide range of policies and campaigns, including soft power, the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and campaigns in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Before that he was Deputy Director, Government Communication at the Cabinet Office where he worked with the first Permanent Secretary of Government Communication on a range of cross-government communication issues and launched ‘Engage’ a new approach to strategic communication.

Before that, Conrad spent 18 years in the private sectors working with a number of advertising agencies on national and international business. During this time, he also set an award-winning communication consultancy that he successfully ran for 8 years.

Mostafa Bassiouny
Head of News, Al-Tahrir

Mostafa Bassiouny is Head of News at the independent Egyptian daily Al-Tahrir. His career in journalism spans a period of immense political change in Egypt, which has also seen the independent press move from the margins to play an increasingly influential political role as a competitor to the state-run media. As industrial correspondent for the independent daily Al-Dustur from 2005 to 2010 he covered the eruption of the biggest wave of strikes and labour protests in Egypt since the 1940s. He reported on the Tunisian Revolution of 2011 for Al-Fagr newspaper, before returning to Egypt to participate in the uprising against Mubarak.

Paul Bradshaw
Reader in Online Journalism, Birmingham City University

Paul Bradshaw is Course Leader of the M.A. in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, which he established in 2009, and a visiting professor in online journalism at City University London. He has a background in magazine and website management, and speaks about the subjects in the media regularly both in the U.K. and internationally.

Paul is best known as the publisher of the Online Journalism Blog, described by UK Press Gazette as one of the country’s “most influential journalism blogs” and by the Telegraph’s Shane Richmond as “The UK’s Jeff Jarvis”. He is also the founder of the investigative journalism crowdsourcing site Help Me Investigate, which was shortlisted in 2010 for Multimedia Publisher of the Year.

In 2008 ,Paul was ranked the U.K.’s 4th ‘most visible person on the Internet’ by NowPublic, and in 2009 ranked 36th in the ‘Birmingham Power 50’. In 2010, he was listed on both’s list of leading innovators in media, and the U.S. Poynter Institute’s list of the 35 most influential people in social media. In 2011, he was ranked the U.K.’s 7th most influential British journalist on Twitter by PeerIndex.

Paul’s ‘Model for the 21st Century Newsroom’ (a new version was recently commissioned by the BBC College of Journalism) and ‘BASIC Principles of Online Journalism’ series have formed the basis for newsroom operations and journalism education around the world, where they have been translated into a number of languages.  He is the co-author of the Online Journalism Handbook with former Financial Times web editor Liisa Rohumaa, and of Magazine Editing (3rd Edition) with John Morrish. Other books which Bradshaw has contributed to include Investigative Journalism (second edition), Web Journalism: A New Form of Citizenship; and Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives.

In addition to teaching and writing, Paul acts as a consultant and trainer to a number of organisations on social media and data journalism. You can find him on Twitter @paulbradshaw.

Paolo Cavaliere
Research Fellow, CMCS, Central European University

Dr. Paolo Cavaliere earned a Ph.D. in International Law and Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. As a teaching fellow, he has taught public law, Italian and European constitutional law, media law, regional law and constitutional justice. He also holds a law degree from the University of Pavia and an LL.M. in Public Law from University College, London.

As his main background is in constitutional law, his main research interests are e-democracy and regulation of media pluralism. He is currently developing research on the different regulative toolkits in the news market within the European countries and their effectiveness in enhancing pluralism and fostering a supranational European identity.

He is also member of the scientific advisory board of the newly launched, a website which aims to provide a forum for discussion within the international community of media lawyers.

Jean K. Chalaby
Reader, City University, Department of Sociology

Dr. Jean K. Chalaby is Professor of International Communication in the Department of Sociology, City University London. He is the author of The Invention of Journalism (1998), The de Gaulle Presidency and the Media (2002) and Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks (2009), and has published extensively in leading journals on a wide range of media-related topics.

Raman Jit Singh Chima
Senior Policy Analyst, Google

Raman Jit Singh Chima is a senior policy analyst with Google, based in Delhi. He currently helps lead Google’s public policy and government affairs work in India, having joined the company at the start of 2010. He holds a Bachelors in Arts and Law (Honours) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, where he was Chief Editor for Volume 5 of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology. He has studied Internet regulation as an independent research fellow with the Sarai Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and contributed to Freedom House’s 2009 Freedom on the Internet report.

Danlin Li
Department Head, Department of Law, School of Political Science and Law, and Director, Centre for the Study of Media Law and Policy, Communication University of China

Professor Danlin Li, Ph.D, head of the Department of Law, School of Political Science and Law, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Media Law and Policy, Communication University of China (CUC). She has taught economic law for many years. She has also taught media law and policy since 2002. Current portfolio of teaching includes “Introduction to Media Law” and “Fundamentals of Media Law” for undergraduate students, and “Media and Copyright” at the postgraduate level. Her research area is in media law, and she has published widely on media law and regulation.

William H. Dutton
Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute

William H. Dutton is Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, Bill was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he continues an affiliation as Emeritus Professor. In the U.K., Bill was a Fulbright Scholar, then National Director of the UK’s Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT), and founding director of the OII during its first decade (2002-2011). He is editing The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (forthcoming 2013) and writing a book on the network society’s Fifth Estate.

Simon Haselock
Co-Founder and Director, Albany Associates

Simon Haselock is Co-founder and Director of Albany Associates and an expert in media intervention in countries emerging from violent conflict. Following the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in late 1995 and throughout 1996 he was the NATO Spokesman in Sarajevo. He stayed on in Bosnia from 1997 until early 2000 as Deputy High Representative for Media Affairs in the Office of The High Representative responsible for the public presentation of policy and media reform. As Temporary Media Commissioner in Kosovo in 2000 he began the process of building the professional, legal and ethical structures necessary for the independent media to flourish there. He then served as the Director of Public Information for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from 2001 to spring 2003 when he went on to head the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Media Development and Regulatory Advisory Team in Iraq. Since co-founding Albany he has directed projects in Kosovo, Darfur, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Deepak Jacob
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Star TV, India

Deepak Jacob is currently the Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Star TV group in India. He is responsible for all legal & regulatory matters that impact Star’s businesses in India. He also manages the government relations portfolio along with the CEO for Star and is the point person for all policy and strategic matters involving the government of India and the regulators. As a lawyer he has rich and varied work experience across a variety of industry sectors such as media, telecom, information tech and ecommerce businesses. His prior roles have been as the head of Legal for eBay India where he was responsible for all India related legal, regulatory and law enforcement issues. He also has done a 3 year stint in the telecom sector as Senior Legal Counsel at Reliance Infocomm Ltd, in the Broadband & Corporate Wireless Division and prior to joining the corporate sector he practiced as a litigation lawyer in the Delhi courts for over 6 years and did a 3 year stint as a corporate lawyer with a leading law firm in Delhi.

Yuan Luo
Director, NTDTV United Kingdom

Yuan Luo obtained the degree of B.Eng. in Electronics and Communications at Chongqing University, China in 1983, an M.Sc. in Communications and Electronics System at South China University of Technology, China in 1986, a Ph.D. in Computing Science at Staffordshire University, U.K. in 2001, and a P.G.Cert.HE at Middlesex University, U.K. in 2004. Yuan currently works as a senior lecturer at Middlesex University, and was appointed as the Director of NTDTV’s U.K. Divison in 2011.

Dan McQuillan
Lecturer in Creative & Social Computing, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dan McQuillan earned his Ph.D in Experimental Particle Physics, after which he worked with people with learning disabilities and as a mental health advocate.  He founded Multikulti, a community-led multilingual website for asylum seekers & refugees which won a Global Ideas Bank Social Innovations Award. He joined Amnesty International as global web manager just as web 2.0 was emerging and headed Amnesty’s first delegation to the UN’s Internet Governance Forum. He has been Head of Digital for the Make Your Mark campaign, using social media to promote and support entrepreneurship, and Head of Digital at Media for Development, using participatory digital innovation as a way to empower marginalised communities. He is a former director of The Open Rights Group and blogs about social technology and social change at internet.artizans.

In 2008, Dan co-founded Social Innovation Camp, which brings together ideas, people and digital tools to build web-based solutions to social problems in just 48 hours. Successful projects that started at Social Innovation Camp include Enabled by Design, The Good Gym and MyPolice. His current action-research includes leading Social Innovation Camps in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Dan is co-convenor for the MA/MSc in Creating Social Media and leads the undergraduate course on Social Computing.

Alex Mou
CEO and Co-Founder, Zuosa, China

Dr. Alex Mou is a China native and an Internet entrepreneur. In 2007, he created one of the first Chinese microblog services, He is a social media technology pioneer and practitioner in China and contributed to its mass acceptance. After 5 years of operations, Zuosa was forced to close due to insufficient resources for sustaining it, for the cost of running such a service is beyond money. Currently he is an Internet business adviser and in his spare time, he leads the volunteering translation effort as the Mandarin Advocate of Khan Academy.

Through a government scholarship, he went to study in France after graduation from University of Sciences and Technology of China in 1984. He earned a Doctorate in Telecommunications from University of Paris Sud in 1989. In 1991, he went to Stanford University for post doctoral research. Consequently he has worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley for over 13 years. He published about 30 articles and authored 5 patents in the field of information processing technology.

Amy O'Donnell
Radio Project Manager, Frontline SMS

Amy O’Donnell joined FrontlineSMS at the beginning of 2011 to lead the FrontlineSMS:Radio project which builds tools to assist radio stations engage more effectively with their listeners via SMS and represent their views over the airwaves. Amy has also been pivotal in the redesign and development of the new version of the software, FrontlineSMS Version 2. She is now working on FrontlineSMS’s Knight News Challenge project, which is building digital newsgathering tools for journalists. Prior to FrontlineSMS, Amy was a Project Coordinator at the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization based in The Hague, where she supported minority groups and indigenous communities to develop human rights campaigns and access international fora, such as the UN and European Parliament. She held previous positions at the humanitarian organization, Action Against Hunger and in the Press Office at Amnesty International. Amy holds an M.A. in Human Rights from UCL.

Gill Phillips
Director of Editorial Legal Services, Guardian News & Media

Gill Phillips is a media law specialist. She currently works in-house as the Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited (publishers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers and She advises on a range of content-related matters including defamation, privacy, contempt of court and reporting restrictions. She read History (Part I) and Law (Part II) at Selwyn College, Cambridge. She trained at Coward (now Clifford) Chance and spent three years PQE in the litigation department there specialising in commercial / civil litigation. In 1987, she escaped from private practice, joining the BBC as an in-house lawyer dealing with pre and post publication and litigation matters. Between 1996/7 she was an in-house lawyer at News Group Newspapers (The Sun & The News of the World) before moving, in 1997, to the College of Law, where she lectured in Civil and Criminal Litigation and Employment. In 2000, she joined Times Newspapers Limited (publishers of The Times and The Sunday Times) as an in-house lawyer, becoming Head of Litigation. In May 2009, she moved to Guardian News & Media Limited. She was a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Working Group on Libel Reform. She was involved in the Trafigura super injunction case and was a member of the Master of the Rolls Injunction Committee. She has recently been involved in advising the Guardian on phone hacking, Wikileaks and the Leveson Inquiry, at which she has been a regular attendee on behalf of the Guardian. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge and co-authors the College of Law Employment Law handbook.

Monroe Price
Centre for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Monroe Price serves as Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London. Professor Price is the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law, where he served as Dean from 1982 to 1991. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Associate Justice Potter Steward of the U.S. Supreme Court and was an assistant to Secretary of Labor W. Wilard Wirtz.

Price was founding director of the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, and a Member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was deputy director of California Indian Legal Services, one of the founders of the Native American Rights Fund, and author lf Law and the American Indian. Among his many books are Media and Sovereignty; Television, The Public Sphere and National Identity; and a treatise on cable television.

Rob Procter
Director of the Manchester e-Research Centre and Professor of e-Social Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Dr. Rob Procter is Director of the Manchester eResearch Centre ( Prior to this, he was Research Director of the ESRC-funded National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS) (, where he was responsible for developing research within the NCeSS Hub, and for coordinating the research of a ‘virtual’ centre, consisting of nine research ‘nodes’ distributed around the U.K. Within the University, he is an active member of the Manchester Informatics Advisory Group.

Prior to moving to the University of Manchester in 2004, he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, where he initiated the teaching of Human-Computer Interaction at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. In 2000, he founded and subsequently led the Social Informatics Cluster, a group within the School of Informatics dedicated to inter-disciplinary research into the development and use of ICTs.

He has been conference co-chair of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th International Conferences on e-Social Science. He is editor of the Health Informatics Journal, on the editorial boards of Interacting with Computers, the Enterprise Information Management Journal, the International Journal of Data Curation, International Journal of Distributed Technologies and Systems and the International Journal of IT Standards and Standardisation Research. He has been a co-editor of special issues of the Social Science Computing Review and the Journal of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work.

He is also a member of a number of U.K. e-Science committees, including the EPSRC e-Science Strategic Advisory Team, the JISC Virtual Research Environments Programme Advisory Board, the JISC e-Infrastructure Programme Advisory Board, the e-Science Institute Scientific Advisory Board, e-Science Usability Task Force and the e-Science User Group. He also sits on National Science Foundation research panels.

Jacobo Quintanilla
Director of Humanitarian Information Projects, Internews

Jacobo Quintanilla is the Humanitarian Director for Internews and Board Member of the Infoasaid project, an Internews/BBC World Service Trust joint initiative that is providing lifesaving news and information and advocating for the role of information in humanitarian response. He speaks and publishes frequently on humanitarian communication, including posts for UNOCHA, the Huffington PostUN Dispatch.

Quintanilla was part of the Internews emergency response team that responded to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti and was also the first Coordinator of Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) in Haiti.

CDAC is a global working group of humanitarian and media development agencies that, deployed for the first time ever in Haiti, brings together experts in outreach and communications, humanitarian workers and government officials in a collective effort to improve the two-way communication flow between the humanitarian community and affected populations by working with local media, non mass media communications and using new technologies.

Quintanilla has been working in media, communications and media development for over seven years. As a journalist in Spain, Quintanilla worked for a national radio station, Amnesty International and ActionAid. Head of Communications for ActionAid for two years in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, Quintanilla joined Internews in 2007 to lead the Lifeline Humanitarian Information Service for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka.

Marc Raboy
Professor, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications, Media @ McGill

We live in a society where information abounds but has that improved our capacity to communicate? Where are the spaces where ordinary people can make their voices heard? Why have the media developed as they have?

Marc Raboy has been addressing questions such as these for nearly thirty years in an internationally recognized body of work focused on media and communication policy – which he defines as a field of political struggle among different actors seeking to influence and orient media in line with their own broader interests. His current research looks at media and communication governance issues in light of increasing globalization and closely monitors the role of new international policy venues such as the World Summit on the Information Society and the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum.

Marc Raboy is the Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications and is a Professor within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill. He has been a visiting professor in the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication at Stockholm University, and the Department of Media, Communication and Culture at New York University, as well as senior research associate in the Programme on Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the international council of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and has been a consultant to various international organizations including the World Bank, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union. In the early 2000s he served as expert advisor to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for its two-year study of Canadian broadcasting and was a founding member of an international advocacy campaign: Communication Rights in the Information Society. Marc Raboy was the Director of Media@McGill from its creation in 2006 until May 31, 2012.

Harish Salve
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Harish Salve is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and a former Solicitor-General of India, one of India’s foremost commercial, taxation and constitutional lawyers practising in the Supreme Court of India.   He has appeared as counsel in a number of important cases in the Supreme Court, particularly during the last two decades, on issues of constitutional importance ranging from environmental protection, civil liberties, police and administrative reforms and affirmative action.

As a senior member of the Bar, he has assisted the Supreme Court as amicus curiae in a number of cases in the field of public interest jurisprudence. Notable examples include an ongoing case aimed at developing a regulatory regime to protect India’s forest cover and another case investigating alleged acts of violence against a minority community in an Indian state.   In the past decade, he has acted as an arbitrator in a number of international commercial arbitrations in London and in Singapore, under the auspices of the LMAA, ICC and the SIAC.   In recent years, he has frequently appeared as a panellist and expert commentator on national television channels on various issues ranging from law to politics.

Mareike Schomerus
Research Consortium Director of the Justice and Security Research Programme, Department of International Development, the London School of Economics

Based at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Mareike Schomerus is the Consortium Director of the DfID-funded Justice and Security Research Programme. Since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, she has done extensive fieldwork in South Sudan, publishing on human security, violence, small arms, civilian-military relations, and the impact of democratisation processes on local violence. Her doctoral work was on the peace process with the Lord’s Resistance Army. Her research projects include work as analyst during the Sudan referendum for The Carter Center, the Small Arms Survey, Conciliation Resources, DfID, USAID, and UNICEF. Before returning to academia, Mareike trained at Columbia University School of Journalism and worked as a broadcaster for ARD, BBC, Arte and the Discovery Channel, among others.

Weiwei Shen
SJD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania School of Law

Weiwei Shen is a SJD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received his Juris Master from the Tsinghua University, his M.Sc. in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford and his LL.M. with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a founding editor of Tsinghua China Law Review, and an International Editor of the UPENN Journal of International Law. He co-translated Lawrence Lessig’s Code: and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0 into Chinese in 2009.

Mark Thompson
Open Society Foundation

Mark Thompson works for the Media Program of the Open Society Foundations ( His experience includes policy and media work for missions of the United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has consulted on media development for a range of governmental and non-governmental employers, and his publications include: Forging War: The Media in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina (1994, 1999), and – co-edited with Monroe Price – Forging Peace: Intervention, Human Rights and the Management of Media Space(2002).

Daya Kishan Thussu
Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre, University of Westminster

Daya Kishan Thussu is Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre, the world’s first academic centre dedicated to the study of media in India and its globalizing tendencies ( Daya teaches mainly on transnational aspects of media and communications, including leading on an MA programme in Global Media.

Daya has published extensively in the field of global media and communication. His International Communication – Continuity and Change (Arnold: London and Oxford University Press: New York, 2000, second edition published in 2006) has already established itself as a key text in the field of global communication, adopted for courses in universities around the world. A Chinese and a Korean edition of this book were published in 2004.

His latest publications are the edited collections International Communication: A Reader and Internationalizing Media Studies, while his last authored work is News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment (Sage, London, 2008), the first book-length study of the globalization of the infotainment phenomenon. Other notable publications include: Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow (2007, Routledge, London and New York); Electronic Empires – Global Media and Local Resistance (Arnold: London and Oxford University Press: New York, 1998); War and the Media, Reporting Conflict 24/7, co-edited with Des Freedman (Sage, London, 2003); Contra-Flow in Global News: International and Regional News Exchange Mechanisms (John Libbey, in association with UNESCO, 1992), co-authored with Oliver Boyd-Barrett, and Ideologies of the Internet (New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2006), co-edited with Katharine Sarikakis.

Daya has a Ph.D. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before joining the University of Westminster, he was Course Leader for the M.A. in Transnational Communication and Global Media at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was Senior Lecturer in Mass Communications at University of North London and prior to that at Coventry University, specialising in international journalism and transnational media and communication.

Weiwei Zhang
Professor of International Relations, Geneva School of Diplomacy

Weiwei Zhang is Professor of International Relations at Fudan University, China, and a visiting professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Switzerland. Zhang holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Geneva. His main publications include Ideology and Economic Reform under Deng Xiaoping (Kegan Paul, London, 1996), Transforming China: Economic Reform and its Political Implications (Macmillan, London and St. Martins, New York, 2000), Reshaping Cross-Strait Relations: Ideas and Reflections (CAS, Geneva, 2006), Zhongguo Chudong Quanqiu (China Touches the World) (Xinhua Press, Beijing, 2008) and the China Wave, Rise of a Civilizational State (World Century, New Jersey, 2012). He has written extensively in Chinese and English on China’s political and economic reforms, the China model of development, China’s foreign policy, comparative politics, and Beijing-Taipei relations.

He worked as a senior English interpreter for Deng Xiaoping and other Chinese leaders in the mid-1980s. He has travelled to over 100 countries.