Cate Adams is currently a Vice President in the Warner Bros. Pictures creative group, which is responsible for developing and producing the feature films that WB distributes worldwide. Cate was part of the creative team behind last year’s TOMB RAIDER and THE MEG. In her early years as a creative executive, Cate worked on Jeff Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, Shane Black’s THE NICE GUYS, and Guy Ritchie’s KING ARTHUR. Cate is currently overseeing the development and production of a diverse film slate, including a re-imagining of Roald Dahl’s THE WITCHES, a live-action animation hybrid version of TOM & JERRY, and a SESAME STREET film. Cate joined Warner Bros. eight years ago as an assistant in the department, working her way up the creative ranks to her current position. Prior to joining Warner Bros, Cate worked at the production companies of Lynda Obst, Gail Berman and Alexandra Milchan. Originally from Nashville, TN, Cate graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Italian and a Certificate in Finance. Cate lives in Los Angeles. She serves as a NextGen Board Member for the Motion Picture Television Fund and sits on the Committee for the Science and Entertainment Exchange.
Jon Lee Anderson
Anderson has profiled a range of contemporary political and cultural figures including Barack Obama, Saddam Hussein, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nicolas Maduro, Augusto Pinochet and Fidel Castro.
Anderson has authored a number of books and is currently working on a biography of Fidel Castro.
Anderson began his reporting career in 1979 in Lima, Peru, moving on to cover the conflicts in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala for TIME magazine.
In 2011, Anderson was given a doctorate honoris causa from London’s Brunel University. Anderson has also been involved in a number of documentary films in Bosnia, Panama, Bolivia, and other places. He was chief advisor for the feature film, Che, (2008) directed by Stephen Soderbergh, and had a speaking cameo in Syriana, (2006) directed by Stephen Gaghan.
Anderson gives frequent talks on current affairs and journalism at universities, research institutes and at cultural and literary festivals around the world. He gives annual workshops to Latin American journalists on behalf of the New Journalism Foundation established by Gabriel García Márquez in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; he is also a member of the board for the Foundation and a juror of its annual journalism awards. He is also a founding member of the London’s Frontline Club, and a permanent juror of its annual journalism awards.
Valeri Chekeria is the CEO of Adjara Group, the leading Georgian company in hospitality, lifestyle development and agropreneurship. He has emerged as a key business leader in the region through his innovative approach to implementing modern business values to the Georgian community.
Under his leadership Adjara Group has built a diverse portfolio of internationally renowned hotels and trend-setting new entrepreneurial projects including a large-scale agricultural and farming development initiative in Eastern region of Georgia.
Valeri is a dedicated philanthropist involved in a number of charitable causes and leads the company’s CSR direction. He is a board-member of the Global Compact Network Georgia as well as the McLain Association Children.
Prior to taking leadership of the company in 2011 he served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of Finance. Valeri graduated from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, where he completed a Masters of Public Administration (MPA).
As a recognition of his achievements Valeri was nominated in 2018 by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Young Global Leaders’ joining the prestigious five-year programme along with one hundred of the world’s most promising, business leaders, public servants, technologists, social entrepreneurs and artists.
Jeremy Druker is the executive director of Transitions (TOL), one of Central and Eastern Europe's leading media development organizations, and editor in chief of TOL's flagship publication,Transitions Online. He is also founder/CEO of Press Start, the first global crowdfunding platform designed specifically to support journalists in countries where the press cannot report freely. Jeremy is a former chairman of the board of the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic and a member of the supervisory board of the Czech Journalism Prizes, the "Czech Pulitzers." Jeremy has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he now lives in Prague, which he has called home for almost 25 years.
Born in 1972 and growing up in the small town of Cham in the Bavarian Forest, Thomas Dworzak very early decided to become a photographer. Immediately after graduating from Robert-Schuman Gymnasium, Cham (specializing in English, French and history) he left Germany, always combining his travels and attempts to become a photographer with studying languages.
Affiliated with the Paris photographic agency Wostok Press, he began to cover news, especially the Kosovo crisis in 1999, mostly on assignment for US News and World report. Based in Moscow since 2000 Dworzak returned to Chechnya. His dramatic pictures of the Fall of Grozny were widely published and received several awards. He also continued his exploration of the North Caucasus.
Dworzak became a Magnum nominee in 2000 and a full member in 2004.
He spent the years following the 9/11 attacks covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as their impact on the U.S. During a several-months assignment in Afghanistan for The New Yorker, he discovered studio portraits of the Taliban. This became his first book, “Taliban.” Images taken during his many assignments in Iraq, most of which were shot for TIME Magazine.
From 2005 to 2008, as a TIME Magazine contract photographer Dworzak covered many major international news stories: Macedonia, Pakistan, Chechnya, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Lebanon, Haiti, Chad, C.A.R., the London Attacks, Ethiopia, Iran, US presidential campaigns, Hurricane Katrina, and the revolutions in the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
During breaks from conflict areas and war zones, he regularly photographed Fashion Weeks in major cities.
Dworzak spent 2009-2010 in Afghanistan, documenting the deployment of ISAF troops and their return home.
In 2013, a commission for the Bruges Museum led him to photograph the memory of WWI. This became a several year long project concerning the legacy of the First World War in about 80 countries around the world which was finish in November 2018, 100 years after the end of the conflict as a “Feldpost” box of 1568 postcards with texts written by Chris Bird.
Always an avid collector, Thomas started gathering Instagram screenshots of a variety of subjects and has been grouping them together into ever-growing collections of #instagram artist scrapbooks.
At the June 2017 70th AGM in New York Thomas Dworzak was elected President of Magnum.
Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News' International Editor and the author of In Extremis; the Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin. She has covered the major wars and refugee movements of the past three decades, including Syria, Ukraine, Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2011 she witnessed the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya and Egypt. She has also reported extensively from Iran, and was Channel 4 News China Correspondent from 2006 to 2008. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide started. She has been Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, and has won the Charles Wheeler Award and the James Cameron Award as well as the Patron’s Media from the Royal Geographical Society, and recognition from One World Media, Amnesty International and BAFTA. Her writing regularly features in the New York Review of books, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and Granta, among other publications. Before becoming a journalist, she was an aid worker, first in Latin America and then in Africa. Her first book was Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution.
BBC foreign correspondent Anna Holligan
Story-teller, journalist, film and documentary maker.
Working as a foreign correspondent for BBC News since 2011, Anna has been deployed to report on breaking news across Europe, including extremist attacks, migration and countless stories shaping history.
Anna has reported from the killing fields of Srebrenica, South African townships, an embed on a Norwegian frigate collecting Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles and while flying over the Arctic. Her ‘one to the the grandkids’ list includes interviewing the Spice Girls backstage in Vancouver.
Her career took off with an award winning documentary about teenage gun gangs in Birmingham, she joined the BBC via the network’s Radio 1Xtra music station.
As the BBC’s Hague correspondent Anna focuses on international justice, social affairs, politics and - unavoidably - Brexit. She has been involved in covering the MH17 disaster since the day the plane was shot down and has developed enduring bonds with many of the surviving family members.
Anna uses her free time to switch off and explore the world (especially her Scottish homeland) with her 2-year-old daughter, often by bicycle.
Cristian Lupşa is the founder and editor of DoR (Decât o Revistă), a quarterly magazine devoted to narrative journalism and telling the stories of modern day Romania. He also writes, lectures, and trains people on the transformational impact true stories can have on a culture still seeking its identity. Cristian graduated from the University of Bucharest in 2003, and then, in 2005, earned an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, the world’s oldest journalism school. He returned to Romania in 2007, and joined Esquire Romania as a senior editor. In 2009, Cristian and a group of rebellious journalists started DoR, a magazine – though some would call it a movement – predicated on the idea that good nonfiction storytelling can change people and communities. In 2011, continuing the mission of DoR, they started The Power of Storytelling, an international storytelling conference which has grown to be the largest in the region. Cristian is also an alumni of Aspen Institute Romania’s Young Leaders program. He spent the 2013-2014 academic year as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found," which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers’ Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s "Fresh Air" and "All Things Considered."
Mehta is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. His book about global migration, "This Land is Their Land," will be published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in June 2019. He is also working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Mehta has written original screenplays for films, including "New York, I Love You." Mehta was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
His critically-acclaimed biography, Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu was published in 2018.
Joe started his career as a founder of a digital lab at HBO, where his independent directing and remixing career took off with a viral recap of every season of the Sopranos. In 2010 he gave a TED talk on storytelling, co-hosted Boing Boing TV on Virgin America airlines, sits on the programming board of The Moth, and is co-founder of the YouTube channel “CDZA,” a 300,000-subscriber channel which featured over 150 conservatory musicians in high concept music videos. As a one-man creative shop, he has created ideas and videos for such companies as Google, CFDA Fashion Awards, Interscope Records, BBC America, Comcast, ATT and others.
Vivian Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She currently heads the Civil Foundation, an independent not-for-profit committed to the sustainability of trustworthy journalism around the world. She is also advisor to Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Prior to joining Civil, Vivian held a number of executive roles in the media industry. She was the Global Chair of News at Twitter. In this role, she led the company’s strategy for news and partnership with journalism organizations and the news publishing ecosystem.
Before that Vivian was Senior VP & Chief Digital Office, NBC News where she led strategy and operations for the networks’ presence on the web, mobile, devices, and social media.
Prior to NBC, Schiller served as President and CEO of NPR, leading all of NPR's worldwide media operations. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications. Earlier in her career, Schiller was the head of CNN Productions, where she led CNN's long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.
Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.
After graduating at the Rotterdam Art school, she took in 1993 her Masters Degree at the National Film and Television School in England. The Nipkow Program in Berlin granted her a fellowship in 2002/03.
With writer Arthur Japin she realized in 2001 her first feature Magonia (Golden Tulip Best Film IFF Istanbul, Circulo Precolombino Best Film in Bogota). Ineke's second feature, The Aviatrix of Kazbek (Commersant Press Prize IFF Moscow) closed the 2010 IFF Rotterdam.
Since 2003 she made several documentaries: Poetins Mama and Black Gold under Notecka Forest (Silver Wolf Competition IDFA), Transit Dubai (IDFA, Audience Award IFF Gdansk) and Stand By Your President (IDFA). Ineke is currently working on a new film in Abkhazia.
Since 2011 she cooperates with radio maker Jeroen Stout on sound/new media projects. She coaches (international) projects of young makers, gives workshops and advises funds and organizations. She lives and works between The Netherlands and Georgia since 1989.
Mary Walter-Brown is the founder and CEO of the News Revenue Hub, a nonprofit, mission-driven media organization that helps news outlets successfully develop membership programs. Formerly the publisher at Voice of San Diego, Mary is a trailblazer in the nonprofit news sector leading the charge for news outlets to build diverse and sustainable revenue through audience engagement. Working with dozens of news organizations around the United States, including Inside Climate News, The Marshall Project and Politifact, the News Revenue Hub provides a collaborative environment where digital news innovators can experiment, solve problems and trade best practices. Mary is a 2016 graduate of the Punch Sulzberger executive leadership fellowship at Columbia University. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.