ZEG2019 - Speakers

Jon Lee Anderson

Jon Lee Anderson

John Lee Anderson, is an American biographer, author, investigative reporter, war correspondent and has been staff writer for The New Yorker since 1998.
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.
Thomas Dworzak

Thomas Dworzak

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.

Vivian Schiller

Vivian Schiller

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.