Members (2008, 2012, & 2016)
This page lists the members of GFMD Steering Committees which were elected by general members in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
For details about the composition, role and tenure of the GFMD Steering Committee during previous terms visit:
The configuration of the Steering Committee is expected to be updated at the 2021 General Assembly. For more information see:

2016-2021

The 2016-2021 Steering Committee was elected at the Global Forum for Media Development - Jakarta, 2016.
Five incumbents were elected to third and final terms. This was provided for by an additional article to the GFMD constitution 2016-2021: 5.12.4.
GFMD’s regional caucuses were represented by 14 members.

Executive Committee

  • Chairperson: Ricardo Corredor, Fundación Gabo (Colombia)
  • Secretary-General: Jan Lublinski, DW Akademie (Germany)
  • Treasurer: Thierry Vallat, CFI (France)

Asia

  • Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) (Pakistan) - Owais Aslam Ali, Secretary-General
  • The Indonesian Press Council (Indonesia) - Nezar Patria, chairman of the IPC's international network commission & Digital Editor in Chief at The Jakarta Post

Eurasia

  • Independent Association of Broadcasters (Ukraine) - Kateryna Myasnikova, Executive Director
  • South Eastern European Network for Media Professionalization (SEENPM) (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Tihomir Loza, Executive Director of the

Latin America

  • Association of Caribbean Media Workers (Guyana) -
    Denis Chabrol, Second Vice President
  • Fundación Gabo (Colombia) - Ricardo Corredor Cure

Middle East/North Africa

  • Samir Kassir Foundation (Lebanon) - Gisèle Khoury, President
  • Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)
    (Palestine) - Mousa Rimawi, Co-founder and Director

North America

  • Internews (USA) - Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO
  • International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) (USA),
    Michael Mirny, Director of Information and Media Practice

Western Europe

  • DW Akademie (Germany) - Jan Lublinski, Head of Policy and Concepts*
  • French media cooperation agency (CFI) (France) - Thierry Vallat, Chairman and Managing Director**

Sub Saharan Africa

  • Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA) (Senegal) - Diana Senghor, Founder
  • Panos Institute Great Lakes (Burundi) - Cyprian Ndikumana, Director-General

Incumbent members

  • FreePress Unlimited (Netherlands) - Leon Willems, Director for Policy and Programmes
  • International Media Support (IMS) (Denmark) - Jesper Højberg (Denmark), Executive Director
  • BBC Media Action (UK) - James Deane (UK), Director for Policy and Learning
  • International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) (USA) - Joyce Barnathan, President
  • Albanian Media Institute (Albania) - Remzi Lani, Executive Director
Changes to the Steering Committee during the term:
*Alan Dreanic, Deputy Managing Director of the French media cooperation agency (CFI) was replaced by Thierry Vallat CFI's Chairman and Managing Director
**DW Akademie's Head of Policy and Concepts, Jan Lublinski assumed his position during the term of the Steering Committee

2012-2016

The 2012-2016 Steering Committee was elected at the Global Forum for Media Development in Makhanda/Grahamstown, South Africa 2012.

Executive Committee

  • Chairperson: Leon Willems, FreePress Unlimited (Netherlands)
  • Vice-chairperson: A.S. Panneerselvan, Panos South Asia (India)
  • Treasurer: Amie Joof, FAMEDEV (Senegal)
  • Chairman Emeritus: David Hoffman, Internews Network (USA)

Africa

  • FAMEDEV (Senegal) - Amie Joof
  • African Media Initiative (South Africa) - Jeanette Minnie
  • Alternate: Media Institute for Southern Africa (Zimbabwe) -
    Luckson Chipare

Asia

  • Panos South Asia (India) - A.S. Panneerselvan
  • Indonesian Press Council (Indonesia) - Bambang Harymurti
  • Alternate: Hong Kong University (China) - Ying Chan

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo (FNPI) / (now Fundación Gabo) (Colombia) - Jaime Abello Banfi
  • Agencia de Noticias dos Direitos da Infancia (ANDI) (Brazil) - Veet Vivarta
  • Alternate: Association Caribbean Media Workers (Trinidad and Tobago) - Wesley Gibbings

Eurasia

  • Association Independent Broadcasters (Ukraine) - Katerina Myasnykova
  • Albanian Media Institute (Albania) - Remzi Lani
  • Alternate: South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM) (Hungary) - Sandor Orban

International Caucus

  • BBC Media Action (United Kingdom) - James Deane
  • International Media Support (Denmark) - Jesper Hojberg
  • International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) (United States) - Joyce Barnathan
  • FreePress Unlimited (Netherlands) - Leon Willems
  • Alternate: Internews (United States) - Jeanne Bourgault
  • Alternate: DW Akademie (Germany) - Patrick Leusch,

Middle East/North Africa

  • GFMD had no active members in this region at the time of the 2012 Global Forum.

2008-2012

The 2008-2012 Steering Committee was elected at the Global Forum for Media Development in Athens, Greece on December 7-10, 2008.
  • Chairperson: Joyce Barnathan - International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) (USA)
  • Vice-Chair: Manana Aslamazyan - Internews Europe (France)
  • Chairman Emeritus: David Hoffman, Internews Network (USA)

Asia

  • South East Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) (Thailand) - Roby Alampay
  • Panos South Asia (India) - A.S. Panneerselvan
  • Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong and Shantou universities (China) - Ying Chan

Africa

  • IFJ Africa Office (Senegal) - Gabriel Baglo,
  • Zambezi FoX (South Africa) - Jeanette Minnie,
  • Kenya Media Institute (Kenya) - David Makali,

Eurasia

  • South East European Network for Professionalisation of Media (SEENPM) (Albania) - Remzi Lani
  • Independent Association of Broadcasters (Ukraine) - Katerina Myasnykova / sharing with Media Development Center (Bulgaria) - Ognian Zlatev

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI) (Colombia) - Jaime Abello Banfi
  • Agencia de Noticias dos Direitos de Infancia (ANDI) (Brazil) - Veet Vivarta
  • Association of Caribbean Media Workers (Trinidad and Tobago) - Wesley Gibbings

Middle East/North Africa

  • Al Khabar (Algeria) - Ali Djerri,
  • Radio Farahalnas/Hashemite Fund for Human Development (Jordan) - Haitham Shibli
  • Chada FM (Morocco) - Hassan Nadir

International Caucus

  • BBC World Service Trust (now BBC Media Action) (UK) - James Deane
  • International Media Support (Denmark) - Jesper Hojberg,
  • Press Now (now FreePress Unlimited) (the Netherlands) - Leon Willems
  • Panos Institute (UK) - Mark Wilson
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