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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

  • 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
    , The Laura Flanders Show
    Laura Flanders started out as a reporter covering Northern Ireland and social movements in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East for The Nation, In These Times and Pacifica Radio. Today she is the host of The Laura Flanders Show, a nationally syndicated, weekly program on which she interviews cutting-edge thinkers and doers with reality-based strategies for realizing radical change. Her independently-produced program is broadcast weekly on cable, satellite and public TV, as well as on YouTube. It is also available as a podcast. Flanders is also the author of the New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007) as well as the editor of several collections including At the Tea Party and The W. Effect. Flanders is a contributing writer to The Nation magazine and a regular guest on MSNBC. For more information, go to or follow @GRITlaura.
  • 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.
  • Rachel White Speaker
    EVP of Philanthropic & Strategic Partnerships, Guardian News & Media; President,, The Guardian
    Rachel White, Executive Vice President, Philanthropic and Strategic Partnerships, Guardian News & Media, and President, Based in Washington DC, Rachel joined the Guardian in 2014 to lead philanthropic and strategic partnerships, and has now also leading a new independent organization,, created by the Guardian. Prior to joining the Guardian, she served as executive vice president and interim president of the DC-based, journalism-centered think tank New America Foundation. Working across media, policy, government, the private sector, and philanthropy, she led the organization in advancing new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States, and launched New America NYC and New America Live. From 1995 to 2005, Rachel worked for World Wildlife Fund where she launched programs in San Francisco, New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and Houston, and played a central and lead role on the Living Planet Campaign.
  • Pat Mitchell Moderator
    Founder and President, Pat Mitchell Media
    Pat Mitchell is known for her leadership in the media industry as a CEO, producer and curator. Her career has focused on using media as a force for social change, with an emphasis on the representation of women’s stories. Ms. Mitchell is the former president of CNN Productions, where she executive produced programs that have received 35 Emmy Awards and five Peabody Awards. In 2000, she became the first woman president and CEO of PBS. Mitchell also served as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media. In 2011, Ms. Mitchell partnered with TEDTalks to co-curate the TEDWomen global conference, which will be held this year New Orleans on November 1st – 3rd. Ms. Mitchell is especially proud to have been recognized by The Women’s Media Center with its first Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given annually to other women for advancing women through media. She also advises foundations and corporations on women’s empowerment issues and leadership development as well as media relations and governance. She is the chair of the Jordan River Foundation US Board, the Women’s Media Center and the Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of V-Day, a member of the board of the Acumen Fund, the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, Mitchell holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.
  • 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.