Martha played a critical role in creating and executing Audible’s Podcast Development Program. The program offers development, audio production, writing, and marketing support to a selected group of talented storytellers from around the world. She manages Audible’s investigative documentaries, docudramas, fiction, and non-fiction series.
Martha serves on the Board of The Podcast Academy, the host of the Ambie Awards.
Named an Asia Game Changer by the Asia Society “for bringing news, information and entertainment to a barren landscape,” Mr. Mohseni launched his first network in Afghanistan in 2002, and has developed MOBY Group into one of the fastest growing diversified media companies in South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In 2012, 21st Century Fox became a strategic minority shareholder in the Group for 7 years. The Mohseni family assumed full control of MOBY Group following Disney’s acquisition of Fox.
MOBY Group has received several awards in recognition of its quality content and its activities span radio and TV broadcast, digital and online, creative solutions and strategic communications.
Awards for Mr. Mohseni include Time magazine’s 2011 ranking of “100 most influential people in the world”, Foreign Policy’s 2013 “100 Global Thinkers” and the Business Insider’s 2016 “100 Creators List”. The work his news and television networks have done in Afghanistan for empowering civil society and defending women’s rights earned him a place in the BBC’s 2015 ranking of the “10 Men Globally Championing Gender Equality”.
Mr. Mohseni serves on the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group and is a member of the International Advisor Council for the Middle East Institute (MEI). He spent 2 years on the board of the International Center for Journalists.
Jon Lee Anderson
The New Yorker
Jon Lee has also written about well-known contemporary figures, such as Gabriel García Márquez, Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro, Augusto Pinochet, Spain’s King Juan Carlos, and Saddam Hussein. He is the author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World, The Fall of Baghdad, and several other books. He has won a number of awards and distinctions, including several from the Overseas Press Club, as well as the Maria Moors Cabot Gold Medal for his reporting on Latin America
Jon Lee is on a number of journalism award juries, including the Swiss-based True Story Award, the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Fund, and as a member of the board of directors of the Fundación Gabo (formerly New Journalism Foundation), founded by Gabriel García Márquez, he helps choose winners for the annual Premios Gabo. Once a year, he gives workshops to young Latin American reporters.
Contributor to National Geographic and other magazines
A multi award-winning journalist, her work has been published in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times and many other outlets.
Her first book, No Turning Back, won The Overseas Press Club of America’s Cornelius Ryan Book Award for the best book on international affairs, and was a finalist for five other awards, among numerous honors, including being selected as a NYT Notable Book of 2018 and a Financial Times Best Book of the Year. No Turning Back was nominated for NYU Journalism’s Top 10 Works of Journalism of the Decade, while GQ Magazine named it one of The 50 Best Books of Literary Journalism of the 21st Century.
Rania is the recipient of several fellowships including from the European Council on Foreign Relations, New America, and most recently Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
Her investigative work has uncovered a secretive extremist organization operating in the US, disinformation network operators who manipulate social media on behalf of state actors, and online hucksters seeking to scam people out of their livelihoods. Presently, her journalism is focused on the war on Ukraine.
Jane has also shown how the online world can impact people offline and how politicians frequently profit from the disinformation environment. In 2020, Jane won the prestigious Emerging Excellence award. The Digital Publishing Award jury called her “a global leader in debunking disinformation” and noted her for the “impact on global media and ability to lead and train others in this important field.”
Johns Hopkins University
Peter Pomerantsev is a widely published author and one of the most important global thinkers when it comes to the war in Ukraine and its global implications. Peter is currently a Research Fellow at the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, but you will have seen his name on pages of the Financial Times, Time magazine, and the Atlantic to name just a few.
Earlier this year, he won the European Press Prize for his extraordinary essay on the importance of new, connected global narratives. Peter is an influential voice among Western policymakers. He has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee. His book on Russian propaganda, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House, and Gordon Burns Prizes. It is translated into over a dozen languages. His latest book is This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality.
The Wall Street Journal
Yaroslav Trofimov is the 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Ukrainian-born Italian author, and journalist who serves as a chief foreign-affairs correspondent at The Wall Street Journal.
Yaroslav’s extraordinary coverage of the Ukraine war has won him international acclaim. Months before landing in Ukraine, Yaroslav covered the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Yaroslav has received numerous awards for his work, including the Gold Medal of the Washington Institute Book Prize. He was also listed for the Lettre Ulysses Award for literary journalism and was a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers award. His upcoming novel will be about Ukraine.
Before founding Coda, Natalia was a BBC resident correspondent in the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. She has covered Russia’s invasion of Georgia and its first invasion of Ukraine and has reported on conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. Her undercover investigations into human rights abuses in Iraq, Yemen, the United States, and India have won her a number of awards and an Emmy nomination.
Award-winning British journalist
Independent Television News (ITN)
Under her leadership ITV News won a number of awards for domestic and foreign coverage, including Bafta, International Emmy and Royal Television Society awards. Rachel led the channel's deployment and extraordinary coverage of the Ukraine war. Previously, she was Editor of 5 News and ITV London, worked as BBC’s Senior Moscow Producer and as a Head of Channels at digital production company WebsEdge.
Ukrainian TV channel FREEDOM
Catalina Gomez Angel
Iran Correspondent | Freelance journalist covering the Middle East
Catalina Gómez Angel is a print and broadcast journalist based in Tehran specialized in the Middle East and Iran politics, social issues and cultural affairs. In the past decade she has covered some of the most important events in the region, including the 2009 protest in Iran, the Syria war, the fall-out of the Syrian war in Lebanon, the war against Isis in Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan. Lately she has been mostly in Ukraine.
Catalina is the winner of the Simon Bolivar prize of journalism in 2017 and the CPB (The Association of Journalists of Bogotá) prize as Best Foreign Correspondent in Colombia for the coverage of Syria and Iraq.
Andrey Boborykin is the executive director of Ukrainska Pravda, one of Ukraine’s most well-read and visited news websites nationwide.
Aside from steering the operational side of the newsroom, Andrey is a member of local news emergency fund Media Development Foundation, which fundraises and raises awareness to increase support for the local independent news publishers in Ukraine. In addition, Andrey has written extensively about the role of Big Tech in fueling the Russian propaganda machine.
Volodymyr received the Sheveliov Prize for best Ukrainian essays book in 2018, the Petro Mohyla Prize in 2021, and the Book of the Year prize in several nominations in 2018 and 2015.
Polina Ivanova is a foreign correspondent at the Financial Times covering Russia and Ukraine. After reporting from Kyiv on the start of Russia's invasion, she has spent the subsequent months covering the war with a focus on Russia, from the Kremlin's crackdown to the effect of sanctions and attempts to evade them. She was shortlisted this year for the George Orwell Prize for Political Journalism for her coverage of Russia's political climate in the run up to the invasion.
Clooney Foundation for Justice
Neistat has been involved in international human rights work for more than two decades. Before joining CFJ, she was Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, responsible for leading the organization’s global research agenda and crisis response.
Previously, Neistat worked as associate director for Program and Emergencies at Human Rights Watch. She led fact-finding missions in conflict areas and was responsible for developing investigative methodology and training. Neistat has conducted over 60 investigations in conflict areas around the world, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Kenya, Yemen, Chechnya, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.
Neistat is the Chair of the Board at Crisis Action, an international organization working with global civil society to protect civilians from armed conflict. She holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology. She has authored numerous reports and opinion pieces, and regularly contributes to legal and human rights debates in academic and policy institutions. Neistat’s work has been profiled in the media and in the award-winning documentary, E-team.
Rest of World
Khushbu has launched and led more than two dozen newsroom partnerships while leading an award-winning global newsroom start-up with The New York Times, AP and The Guardian, among dozens of other publications, including a TIME magazine cover with an all-women Afghan newsroom.
She began her career in Kabul, Afghanistan where she spent two years at Moby Media Group, the parent company of TOLO News. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, The Guardian, Washington Post, Businessweek, and elsewhere. Khushbu holds a MSc from the London School of Economics in Comparative Politics and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an advisor to Report for the World and a yet-to-be named effort to support Afghan newsrooms in exile. She is a CFR Term Member. Khushbu is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and a member of the South Asian Journalists Association.
Rest of World
Previously, Michael co-founded and served as the executive editor of OneZero, a tech and science outlet underwritten by Medium. For nearly half a decade prior, he led the award-winning longford and features program at The Verge, where he also established an enterprise reporting team responsible for groundbreaking investigative work. He also spearheaded and managed The Verge’s partnership with organizations including Type Investigations and the Marshall Project.
Born in Russia and raised in the US, Michael has also reported from countries such as Colombia and Iceland for various outlets.
Committee to Protect Journalists
Kerry Paterson is deputy director of emergencies at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She helps guide CPJ’s emergency assistance and journalist safety work worldwide and to shape CPJ’s response to crises. She is an advocacy and communications specialist.
Before joining the emergency department, Kerry served as deputy director of advocacy and communications at CPJ. Before joining CPJ, Paterson worked with the Initiative for Conflict-Related Trauma, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Women’s Media Center’s Women Under Siege Project, and the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights.
Kerry has also engaged in human rights-related work and research in East and Central Africa and the Balkans.
Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Andrey Shary is a Russian journalist and non-fiction author. Educated in Moscow, he joined the Russian Service of U.S. funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in 1992, right after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Shary covered dramatic events in former Yugoslavia in 1993-1996 as a field reporter based in Zagreb. Then he moved to RFE/RL’ headquarters in Prague to pursue further career as writer and radio host. For the last six years he heads Radio Svoboda, currently the loudest independent Russian-speaking voice which openly confronts the Kremlin’s political censorship and persecution of journalists.
Shary debuted as a writer in 2002 and since then has authored and co-authored 15 non-fiction books, focused primarily on Yugoslavian conflict, history and current affairs of Central and South-Eastern Europe, as well as the history of world mass-culture. He also writes travelogs. His latest includes Czech Time: Great History of a Small Nation (2022). His books and texts are translated into English, Czech, Romanian, Ukrainian, Polish. Shary lives in Prague.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ukrainian Service
In 2021 Natalie was recognized for her reporting and received the Transatlantic Leadership Network's inaugural "Freedom of the Media" award. In 2019 Sedletska was selected for the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In 2017 she was awarded the "Light of Justice" Award for "Moral and Spiritual Leadership in Ukraine". In 2015 Natalie went undercover as part of a British Channel 4 television documentary, "From Russia With Cash". The film became an important element of the recent anti-money laundering campaign in the UK. In 2014 Natalie also participated as an investigator in the YanukovychLeaks project - when a group of journalists and volunteers rescued from a lake, dried and analyzed 200 folders of documents that shed light on the scale of corruption of Ukrainian ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia in the result of Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. The project was awarded the Global Shining Light Award in Norway in 2015 - an international award in the field of investigative journalism. In 2013-2014, Sedletska was a Vaclav Havel Fellow through a joint program of RFE/RL and the Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Hanna started her career at the only independent Belarusian TV channel based in Warsaw, where she worked as a correspondent and TV presenter. Hanna has reported from various countries and regions, including Belarus, Poland, the UK, France, and Chechnya. She was a recipient of the Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Czechia and a World Press Institute Fellowship in the United States. Hanna received a bachelor’s degree in Art History from The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, in 2010 and a Master of Art with distinction in International Journalism from Brunel University in London in 2017. She was awarded the Peter Caws Prize for best postgraduate dissertation.
She teaches photography workshops and is available for lectures on the topic she specializes in, which deals with different aspects of transformations in the countries of Central Europe, in particular the Caucasus and Ukraine.