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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Future of Media Kick-Off Breakfast

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Session Description

Can Uncertain Times Help Catalyze a New Golden Age of Journalism?

The curated Future of Media track at the Skoll World Forum is designed to bring together experts to better understand the current global media landscape and its mounting challenges, and to identify the most promising short- and long-term solutions that can help support a thriving media ecosystem, and with it, vibrant civil society and democracy around the world.

The Future of Media track kicks off with a breakfast, featuring compelling conversations about the future of independent media, technology, and public policy. Breakfast will include an exciting announcement and a panel conversation about the global media ecosystem. Learn more.

Seating is limited, so this event is by invitation only. We are currently at capacity, but the panel will be livestreamed in Dining Room 2 and on! Please fill out this form to secure a spot in Dining Room 2.

When | Where

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Wednesday, April 5 Classroom 2 (WW)

Session leaders

  • Matt Bannick Speaker
    Managing Partner, Omidyar Network
    Matt is managing partner of Omidyar Network, where, since 2007, he’s led the expansion of the firm from its Silicon Valley roots. Omidyar Network now operates on four continents, across six initiatives, and has invested nearly $1 billion in early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures. Matt brings a wide range of executive, international, and multi-sector experience to his role. He served in a number of senior executive positions at eBay, and as the president of eBay International, he was largely responsible for building eBay’s global footprint and bringing the power of eBay to the developing world. Matt also served as PayPal’s first president after the eBay acquisition and established PayPal as the global standard for online payments. A recognized leader in the impact investing field, Matt serves as a member of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, and he led the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing as its co-chair. Matt teaches a course on new business models in emerging markets at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and he earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in international studies and economics from the University of Washington.
  • Drew Sullivan Speaker
    Co-Founder and Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
    Drew Sullivan is the Editor and co-founder of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a global non-profit media house and technology platform. OCCRP is the developer of Aleph, an investigative data platform, Investigative Dashboard, a global research tool, and VIS, a social network visualization system and other tools. He founded and is Executive Director of the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide. He also founded and edited the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has served on the board of directors of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, Investigative Reporters and Editors, CIN and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. As a journalist and editor, his teams have been awarded the European Press Prize (winner and three time finalist), the Global Shining Light (four time winner), the Daniel Pearl Award (two times); the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting (two times); the Tom Renner Award for Crime Reporting (two times) and many other international awards. Before becoming a journalist, he was an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell International Space Systems. He was also a professional standup comedian.
  • Stephen King Speaker
    Partner, Omidyar Network
    As a partner at Omidyar Network, Stephen brings exceptional experience in applying media and technology to create positive social impact. Stephen leads the global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative and a portfolio that includes a broad range of national and global organizations. Many are innovators in the use of technology to help make governments more responsive and aid citizens in holding their governments to account. The portfolio includes:, Global Witness, mySociety, Co-Creation Hub, Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente and Janaagraha, among others. Prior to Omidyar Network, Stephen served as the chief executive of BBC Media Action, where he led a period of sustained growth that included building programs in more than 40 countries in the developing world. Stephen helped establish the organization’s international reputation as one of the largest and most successful organizations using media and communications to improve the lives of the world’s poor and promote better governance and transparency worldwide. Prior to the BBC, Stephen held executive positions at several non-profit organizations based in the United Kingdom and the developing world. Stephen is based in London and is a board member of mySociety, Praekelt Foundation and the Advisory Board of Global Witness. He holds an MA in Oriental and African Studies from the University of London.
  • Laura Flanders Speaker
    Author, Writer, Founder & Host GRITtv, The Laura Flanders Show
    Journalist, author and media entrepreneur, Laura Flanders is the host of the Laura Flanders Show, "Where the people who say it can’t be done take a back seat to the people who are doing it.” Online, on TV and on radio, The Laura Flanders Show features real stories of shifting power from the few to the many. The Laura Flanders Show is a nationally syndicated co-production of New York's CUNY TV. Flanders is also a best-selling author of six books including BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species, and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians. She is a contributing writer for the Nation Magazine as well as the Media Fellow at the Next System Project, where her most recent paper is "Next System Media, An Urgent Necessity." You can find the LF Show week on KCET/LINKtv and public cable and satellite stations across the US. It’s also available as a free podcast. Follow @GRITlaura or visit
  • Marina Gorbis Speaker
    Executive Director, Institute for the Future
    MARINA GORBIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR THE FUTURE Marina Gorbis is a futurist and social scientist who serves as executive director to the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization. In her 18 years with IFTF, Marina has brought a futures perspective to hundreds of organizations in business, education, government and philanthropy to improve innovation capacity, develop strategies, and design new products and services. Marina’s current research focuses on how social production is changing the face of major industries, a topic explored in detail in her book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World. She has also blogged and written for, FastCompany, Harvard Business Review, and major media outlets. A native of Odessa, Ukraine, yet equally at home in Silicon Valley, Europe, India, and Kazakhstan, Marina is particularly well suited to see things from a global viewpoint. She has keynoted such international events as The Next Web Conference, NEXT Berlin, the World Business Forum, the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges annual conference. She holds a BA in psychology and a master’s of public policy from UC Berkeley.
  • Chief Strategy Officer, Media Development Investment Fund, Inc.
    Patrice Schneider started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia in the 1980s. Following a 20 years career in publishing (Time Warner Group, Lagardère Active) and international organisation (World Economic Forum), he now works as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) which invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. Since 1996, MDIF - a three consecutive years winner of the ImpactAssets 50 awards - has provided more than $153 million in affordable financing in more 100 clients across 39 countries, writing off less than 7% of the total loaned and invested. MDIF has returned $33.2 million to investors. It has a current portfolio of $59 million in outstanding loans and investments. Patrice is a Board Member of the EVPA – the European Venture Philanthropy Association.
  • Pat Mitchell Moderator
    Founder and President, Pat Mitchell Media
    Lifelong advocate for women and girls, known as a journalist, producer, television executive, program curator and advisor to foundations and media organizations on issues relating to women's leadership and empowerment. Advises foundations and corporations on women's leadership and empowerment, serving on the boards of Participant Media and the Skoll Foundation Fund. During her years as a producer and media executive, Pat Mitchell initiated, produced and hosted award winning programs, including the historically significant multi-hour documentary series, Women in War: New Voices from the Frontlines; Cold War and Century of Women, the history of women in America. She was also the first woman to host and produce a national program focused on the stories of women- Woman to Woman. As the first woman president and chief executive of PBS, Mitchell led the public broadcasting service through the digital transition of 349 public television stations, added significant new programs to the PBS schedule and founded the PBS Foundation. Following her tenure, Mitchell became the president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media in New York, an institution focused on documenting media's role in society. Ms. Mitchell serves as Chair of the Women's Media Center and is especially proud to have been recognized with their first annual Lifetime Achievement Award--The Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award now given annually to outstanding media professionals who have used their work to empower other women through media. Mitchell is also the Chair of the Sundance Institute board, a founding board member of VDAY, a movement to end violence against women, a member of the Acumen Fund board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2016, was appointed by Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the Congressional Commission to establish the first American Museum of Women's History. She serves on the Civil Society Advisory Council for UNWOMEN.
  • Tami Hultman Speaker
    CEO, All Africa
    Tami Hultman is co-founder and chief content officer of AllAfrica Global Media/ and CEO of the AllAfrica Foundation. She oversees AllAfrica’s content expansion, working to extend innovative social software and information-delivery technologies for communities and media and to expand collaborations with AllAfrica’s media partners across the continent. She has reported, edited, consulted and produced for a range of international news organizations, including the BBC, CNN, South African Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio (U.S.), International Television News (UK), NBC Television (U.S.), the Washington Post, the New York Times and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her prize-winning reporting and production work includes designing and serving as Executive Producer for a U.S. National Public Radio/AllAfrica collaboration – a year-long project involving teams of researchers, reporters, hosts, producers and engineers in eight countries. She also oversaw pan-African coverage for the launch of SABC Africa, a South African Broadcasting Corporation television channel for Africa. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University and her Masters and PhD are from the University of North Carolina. She was founding Director of the Center for Africa and Media at Duke University, where she conducted one of the first Internet courses, “News in a Global Village,” linking classes at universities in Ghana and South Africa with Duke and with Florida A&M. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (U.S.) and the International Women’s Media Foundation. In 2001, she was named co-recipient of the Special Recognition Media Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Africa America Institute in New York.