Ebu academy

Academy Team and Faculty

Meet the EBU Academy Faculty

Working side by side with media professionals from all our Member countries, EBU Academy faculty encourage trainees to see with new eyes. Bringing their enthusiasm and expertise to the table with their well thought-out courses, our faculty ensure that trainees are challenged through their learning journey.

    Kevin Anderson

    He has 15 years of experience using a mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis to help organisations navigate complexity, reduce the risk of strategic choices, optimise business processes, align stakeholders and drive digital transformation to help businesses achieve their strategic goals. As a consultant and team leader, he has delivered ground-breaking digital products including social, video, and audio products as well as new digital platforms for businesses across North America, Europe and Asia including the BBC, The Guardian, Gannett, India’s Network 18 and Waggener-Edstrom UK.

    He is a curious leader focused on increasing my emotional intelligence, my domain knowledge and my leadership skills. From 2020 to 2021, he pursued a master's degree in innovation management and leadership from the University of York. He graduated with distinction and earned an award for excellence for academic achievement.

    Rui Barros


    Working in post-production since 1993, I’ve been witnessing the changes of a demanding but also highly creative industry. From tape to file, the passion for the emotional power of video and audio made me cross the Atlantic to learn more in the USA. By looking at the future while enjoying the present, I have been working on and leading the most complex projects of the RTP, such as the NOS ALIVE Music Festival, or designing editing networks and workflows. 

    Mathias Behn Bjørnhof

    Futurist & Founder, ANTICIPATE

    Mathias Behn Bjørnhof, founder of ANTICIPATE, is a leading expert in strategic foresight. With a background in innovation and a deep understanding of emerging trends, Mathias empowers organizations and individuals to thrive in an ever-changing world by guiding Fortune 500 companies, international institutions, and SMEs towards future readiness. As an experienced teacher in strategic foresight and anticipatory innovation, Mathias is dedicated to equipping business leaders with the skills to adapt to shifting paradigms, create meaningful change, and shape the future.

    Fergus Bell

    Founder, News & Media Consultant at Dig Deeper Media Ltd

    Fergus Bell is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering, verification, newsroom innovation and collaborative journalism projects. 

    Fergus’ experience spans both the business and editorial sides of the news industry. He has previously worked for CNN, ITN and spent eight years as a journalist and producer at the Associated Press, where he became their first International Social Media and UGC Editor. 

    In 2019 Fergus co-founded Fathm, an independent news lab and consultancy working with broadcasters, publishers and media start-ups. He is also the co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, a framework for collaborative journalism projects that has seen success in the US, UK, India, Sweden and with the multi-award winning "Verificado" - an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections. In 2023 Fergus co-founded Syli, a non-profit journalism organisation dedicated to supporting the news industry to cover the climate crisis equitably and sustainably.

    Fergus is a faculty member of the European Broadcast Union’s Academy and a graduate of the University of Leeds. He served on the Online News Association’s Board of Directors between 2020 and 2023.

    Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

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    Co-founder UGC Ethics Initiative

    Derek Bowler

    Head of Social Newsgathering

    Derek Bowler is the Head of Social Newsgathering at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), where he leads a global team of digital verification journalists and OSINT investigations specialists.

    He has over 10 years of experience in discovering, verifying, and clearing eyewitness media for the EBU membership and other media organisations. Derek has produced documentaries, investigations, and projects using eyewitness media and visual forensics. He has also co-authored Eyewitness Textures: User-Generated Content and Journalism in the Twenty-First Century, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, and co-authored the EBU Eyewitness Principles and Guidelines.

    He developed the Agile Newsroom event, a training model for visual verification skills, listed among the promising practices from Media and Information Literacy (MIL) training models in the Council of Europe’s Supporting Quality Journalism through Media and Information Literacy study.

    Derek holds a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism and New Media from the University of Limerick, certifications in Terrorism and Counterterrorism from Georgetown University, and Intellectual Property Law and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Tim Cullen

    Associate Fellow, Chairman, TCA Ltd

    Tim is the founder of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation. An experienced practitioner and teacher on all aspects of negotiation, Tim has taught on various programmes at Saïd Business School and he is a Visiting Professor at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China. Tim has extensive public and private sector experience and is also the Chairman of the negotiation consultancy, TCA Limited.

    Michael Curling

    Audio and video producer

    Michael Curling has lived and breathed radio for most of his life. At the age of 10 he built a radio studio in his bedroom and broadcast on a loudspeaker to his long-suffering family. By the age of 17 he was working for BBC radio where he quickly discovered a joy for breaking with the established technical and editorial norms, designing and implementing studio tools that are still in use today in the BBC. In the early nineties he was dragged kicking and screaming in to a bi-media age where he discovered the joy of creating content for both TV and radio. His freelance career, which now spans well over 10 years, has taken him around the world with athletics, horse racing and skiing and he enjoyed his own home-coming at London 2012. Michael has won awards for his sound design and radio production in a world shared equally between sport and music radio. Michael has a burning desire to create rich content for online, radio and TV audiences. His latest exploits have seen the birth of EBU’s Storyboard tool - first developed when he was part of an award-winning team at a hackathon in Stockholm.

    Alexandra Dalton

    Alex’s training work ranges from delivering bespoke creative leadership training to broadcast commissioners, to offering personal development tips to 200 lively teenagers.  She has launched a creative network in the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Ashe . She has also designed a strategic innovation model that has been adopted and that she continues to teach across all digital teams in the BBC.  She has earned the trust and respect of senior leaders in media and entertainment with an innovative and empowering one-on-one leadership development programme. Recently, she has coached production teams to pitch for and win business worth over £15 million.

    Alex works with a number of other organizations, including; The Welcome Foundation, Amnesty International, The NHS, Cambridge University, The Royal British Legion, L’Oreal, BP, Moneysaving Expert, IMG, Coca-Cola and Pernod-Ricard. During her career with the BBC, Alex produced major events such as The Olympics, The General Election, The Grand National and Wimbledon.

    Evie Daniels

    Psychologist, Communication Skills Trainer, and Creator of Theatre Interventions

    Evie Daniels is a psychologist, communication skills trainer, and creator of theatre interventions, in both healthcare and corporate setting. Throughout her career, Evie has conducted countless interviews with children, specializing in those who have endured trauma from sexual abuse, domestic violence, and wartime experiences. She now trains healthcare professionals nationwide in conducting conversations with children about child abuse. Her dedication to giving children a voice led her to train journalists in child interviewing techniques, notably influencing youth news programs in the Netherlands and Belgium.

    Owen Darbishire

    Academic Director and Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour

    Owen Darbishire is the Rhodes Trust Associate Professor in Management Studies (Organisational Behaviour and Industrial Relations) at Saïd Business School and Sue Cormack Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

    Gerben Dierick

    Chief Information Security Officer at VRT

    Gerben Dierick is Chief Information Security Officer at VRT, and co-chair of the EBU Media Cyber Security group. He has worked in and lectured on cybersecurity for over 20 years. Gerben enjoys digging deep into the technical details as well as working on the human and policy level.

    Mark Egan

    Video journalist, UK

    Mark is an experienced media professional with expertise in training and new ways of working both in television and multi-media environments. Prior to starting his own production and training company, he worked for 12 years at the BBC across a range of programming from documentaries to news and entertainment and helped roll out video journalism across the company.

    Academy experience

    Prix Italia focuses on Historytelling in Lampedusa

    Work history

    June 2011 – present: Trainer for organisations such as BBC, Guardian Academy, SKY,UNHCR
    Training staff on multi-skilling, videojournalism and programme-making.

    Nov 2008 – Mar 2010: Video journalist, BBC democracy in action Citizenship Programmes
    Shooting and editing 3 hours of content for BBC 2 for use by UK Schools in Citizenship classes. This
    involved filming around the UK and abroad including India, South Africa and Australia.

    June 2008 – Nov 2008: Video journalist Trainer, BBC London
    Training journalists to film and edit their own stories as well as creating pieces for the regional news
    programme. Working with Network producers to improve camera skills and encouraging more efficient
    workflows using the latest technology.

    Mar 2007 – June 2008: DV mentor, DV solutions Manchester
    Consulting for departments such as Current Affairs, Religion and Entertainment on programme making using
    DV and High Definition cameras and non-linear editing. This included testing cutting edge technology
    including HD cameras for landmark programmes such as Around the World in 80 Faiths.

    Oct 2006 – Mar 2007: Video journalst trainer, BBC People
    Making news packages and delivering training courses for journalists and technical staff around the UK. This
    also involved being part developing new multi-skilling practices for Nations and Regions. A key part of this
    was being part of the team overseeing BBC Scotland's move to Pacific Quay.

    Oct 2005 – Sept 2006: Video journalist, BBC local TV Midlands pilot projet
    As a trainer and video journalist was heavily involved in piloting the BBC Local TV project in the Midlands.
    The new ways of working and practices are now being adopted to form part of the new BBC Local plans.

    June 2004 – Oct 2005: Video journalist trainer, Sonar centre Newcastle
    My brief was to help roll out Video journalism in the nations and regions. I trained both journalist and
    technical staff to make television news packages. As a trainer I also worked with the BBC Young
    Filmmakers project, which involved teaching pupils from inner city schools about the film production. This
    involved liaising with schools in various parts of the UK and maintaining ties in subsequent years.
    Mar 2003 – June 2004: Video journalist UK-wide and for documentaries
    My role during this period included working around the country illustrating how video journalism could be
    used on programmes. I also jointly produced three documentaries. During this time I won a Ruby Award for
    diversity broadcasting and was short-listed for the National RTS Sports Awards.

    June 2001 – Mar 2003: Reporter / broadcast journalist, South East today
    Reporting, producing bulletins and researching stories for the regional television news in the South East.
    This involved assignments abroad and live reporting, working conventionally with crews and editors



    • - Degree in journalism from Rhodes University, South Africa.
    • - Co-producer for documentaries and inserts for Grandstand.
    • - Producer – Radio and television bulletins
    • - Reporter for regional news programmes around the UK.
    • - 5 years of experience as a producer, newsreader and reporter for BBC Radio Kent.
    • - My training roles have included multi-media journalism training and creative storytelling.


    • - Experienced in use of Z1, A1, PD 150, DSLR and EX1 cameras.
    • - Trained in using larger DSR cameras.
    • - Rigged the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with cameras for the “Helicopter Heroes” programme.
    • - Skilled in using minicams for secret filming and mounting in vehicles.


    • - Experienced user of Final Cut Pro and AVID, as well as a number of other editing systems.
    • - Good working knowledge of other editing software including Newsflash and Liquid Edition.


    • - Experienced making programmes related to school curriculums.
    • - Have developed online multi-media training modules for use by BBC staff..
    • - Undertaken training for the Training and Development Agency training teachers.
    • - Experience in planning and running extensive courses at BBC Training and BBC College of Journalism.


    Philip Egan

    Video journalist, UK

    Philip is a video journalist who has worked on a range of content from BBC documentaries to sports programmes and travel videos.  He specialises in lightweight cameras as well as smartphones and pocket cameras.  He is also an experienced trainer and is involved with a project for the BBC's Outreach department which works with young people interested in the media.  Philip splits his time between London and Buenos Aires.

    Pedro Ferreira

    Software Developer, Trainer and Consultant, Portugal

    Pedro is a Software Developer, Trainer and Consultant, with over 20 years of experience in the broadcasting industry.

    Pedro started his career as a researcher at INESC and then became one of the founders of MOG Technologies, where he worked for 15 years, most of which as the CTO. He led the development of many innovative products, such as the MXF::SDK and mxfSPEEDRAIL, as well as several bespoke projects.

    He has also been actively involved in standardisation and EU research projects since he started his career.

    He is a member of the Eurovision Academy faculty, where he has trained over 200 people in subjects like MXF, File-based workflows and Live-IP.

    Pedro has an MSc in Telecommunications and Computers.

    Paul Fisher

    Programme Director

    Paul has 20 years’ experience in the field of communications, education, and capacity-building, helping private and public sector organisations achieve their full potential. He has worked alongside some of the world’s best known organisations across multiple sectors, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Emerson, IBM, and British Telecom through to smaller and mid-size companies.

    James Fletcher

    Responsible AI Team Lead

    I lead the BBC’s Responsible AI team. Our role is to ensure that the BBC’s use of AI aligns with our values, priorities and legal and regulatory obligations. We co-ordinate overall governance of AI to ensure responsible internal development, procurement and use; provide tools and support to turn principles into practice with teams across the BBC; and work to build a culture across the whole organisation of using AI responsibly. Previously I worked in the BBC’s conversational AI team, after many years travelling the world as a radio reporter and producer with a passion for technology.

    Jérôme Frizzera-Mogli

    Researcher, coach certified Psychological School, former lawyer - EDHEC Augmented Law Institute

    Jérôme Frizzera-Mogli is Director of Innovation and Business Development and researcher at the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute. A graduate of EDHEC, former lawyer from the Paris Bar, certified coach at the School of Practicing Psychologists, Jérôme Frizzera-Mogli has 18 years of experience in Internet and technological projects, in particular as an Accenture consultant, manager of 2 start-ups (leaders in their market) and account manager in investment funds.
    He has been working for 5 years on the transformation of legal professions. In particular, he supports law firms in their onboarding, talent development and transmission strategies. He also works for Les Echos Formation and The School of Life Paris.

    Michael Gates

    Associate Fellow, Vice-Chairman, Richard Lewis Communications

    Michael Gates is Vice Chairman of Richard Lewis Communications. He is an internationally recognised teacher and writer on cross-cultural management, and a regular speaker at corporate and government events.

    Mal Geer

    Managing Director

    Mal is Managing Director of UK based security and training company, Prime.While he is extremely focussed on developing the business Mal’s real passion is to pass on knowledge to others through training.His successful army career of 22 years included time with UK Special Forces, completion of the French Commando selection and global experience of specialist training and operations.Mal then moved into training management for telecommunications company Newbridge Networks Ltd, latterly Alcatel, with a global responsibility for specialist technical training.

    After a move to working with the broadcast media industry in 2000, he then created Prime in 2003.

    Peter Goldschmidt

    Associate Senior EU Law and Negotiations Expert

    Peter has held several prominent positions involving high level negotiation, lobbying, organizational leadership, and the defence of strategic interests. He has notably provided legal and legislative services in the US law firm Morrison & Foerster, represented the Danish Ministry of Trade and Industry, and managed competition files when seconded to the European Commission. He has also long directed the European Centre for Lawyers and Judges in Luxembourg where he fostered the learning and development of officials and legal professionals who are involved in the complex proceedings of decision-making, implementation, and enforcement, within the EU and well beyond. He holds a Master in Law.

    Clive Grinyer

    Head of Service Design at the Royal College of Art

    Clive is an acknowledged expert in service design, design thinking and digital and technology innovation who has led award-winning design teams for companies around the globe. Clive started in design consultancy Ideo in London and San Francisco before co-founding design company Tangerine with Martin Darbyshire and future Apple design chief and RCA Chancellor Jony Ive. He went onto build and lead design teams for Orange, Samsung and Cisco and was Director of Service Design at Barclays.

    As Director for Design at the Design Council, he created the Design Demand programme taking design into over a thousand UK companies and as a consultant has worked with the Cabinet Office Policy Lab and at Nesta. He has been a visiting lecturer at the RCA since 2017. In 2018 Clive was named in Creative Review's Top 50 as 'a passionate advocate for the transformational potential of design for some three decades.

    Clive speaks at national and international conferences, writes articles and blogs and has published Smart Design, a book on design and technology. He was a trustee of the Royal Society of Arts and is Chair of the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.

    Alain Guggenbühl

    Managing Director and Senior Expert in the Science of Negotiation

    Alain has developed an expertise in negotiation and strategic influencing both academically and in practice. He has been teaching and researching on negotiation mechanisms at various universities; in particular the processes prevailing within and between international or regional organisations, national public entities, or stakeholders in policy-making. He has also been preparing and working along with teams of operatives and decision-makers involved in multilateral legislative processes; the negotiation of international agreements; conflict resolution; and the advocacy of interests of third countries, regions, and international organisations. He has already carried out several training activities on the advocacy of Public Service Medias for the EBU Academy. He holds a Phd in Political Science and a Master in International Public Affairs from the University of Louvain, as well as two Masters from the College of Europe.

    Fabrice Guye

    Senior Manager and Business Director

    Experienced Senior Manager and Business Director within the Cyber Security field with extended management responsibilities from technical teams to principal consultants: development of strategies, development of products, services and solutions, processes and metrics, staffing plan, recruitment and operational management (cost, budget and efficiency).

    Currently General Manager at Senthorus and Leading the strategy, business development, marketing, partnership and sales activities at ELCA Security. Previously Director at Kudelski Security responsible for overseeing all Cybersecurity Advisory Services and Operations activities for the EMEA region. Acting as a trusted advisor for CISOs (from SMB to billion dollars companies).

    Henrik Keith Hansen

    Independent consultant, Former Editor-in-chief and head of TV News DR, Copenhagen

    Henrik Keith Hansen has worked with editorial leadership, management and organisational development primarily in public broadcasting for almost ten years at mid-management and top-management level at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Altogether he has 20 years of experience from the media industry.

    Today he is a senior management consultant and leadership trainer. He is part of the faculty of trainers at EBU and also works as a management consultant and trainer for a number of big international, national and regional European broadcasters.

    His leadership and management specialities are: Creating and implementing visions and strategies, creating and leading the fully convergent newsroom, organizational development, change management, branding of company identity and key values, communication strategy, workflow and editorial procedures, recruiting, HR and staff development, coaching, feedback.

    Nils Hanson

    Journalist and editor at SVT

    Nils Hanson was between 2003-2018 the editor-in-chief of Mission Investigate at Swedish Television (SVT), The program, aired prime time one hour a week, 39 times a year, makes a great impact on the Swedish society. During the last two years of his leadership, the program won ten in-ternational awards. He has himself received seven investigative awards. Today Nils continues work as an editor for Mission Investigate. He regularly teaches investigative methods all over the world and has written a book on the subject.

    Linn Hellstrand

    Digital strategist and project manager at SVT Sports

    Linn is a digital strategist and project manager at SVT Sports. Linn has worked with gender balance in the sport newsroom since 2015.  Since then, she has been a guest speaker and a trainer in this field for both international and national media companies as well as sports organisations.   

    Virginie Herz

    Foreign Affairs editor & Host of 'Actuelles'

    Virginie Herz is France 24’s Foreign Affairs Editor and host of Actuelles, a weekly show on women reshaping the world. A French and German dual national, Virginie studied political science, European affairs and journalism in France, Germany, the UK and Spain. She started her career as freelance correspondent in Thailand, and later reported for French public TV. She joined France 24 at its launch in 2006. As a senior reporter, she has covered a broad array of international crises, conflicts and high-level summits. Her report on the Guinean putsch leader, “Dadis Camara”, was nominated for two major French awards. She was the Gold winner of the Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast journalism at the 2018 UN correspondents association awards.

    Sofie Hvitved

    Senior Advisor & Futurist

    Sofie Hvitved, Senior Advisor & Futurist. Sofie is an expert in media & technology. She is currently working on the future of the Metaverse and how it will affect our lives. She has a solid strategic background in the media industry working with new media formats. Sofie is MA in Media Science from Aarhus University and has a solid strategic background in the media industry, among others from DR Strategy & Projects, and as project manager on the media conferences New Media Days & Radio Days. In addition, she has been working with magazine publishing, digitisation and technology and have handled a wide range of consultancy projects worldwide, where she draws on her broad knowledge in both theory and practice from the media and travel industry.

    Ville Juutilainen

    Journalist, Yle, Finland

    Ville Juutilainen is a journalist specialized in data-driven stories, visualization and new forms of storytelling. Juutilainen works at the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s (Yle) data and interactives team in Helsinki.

    Majd Kalifeh

    Journalist & documentary filmmaker

    Majd works as an investigative journalist for different news programs with diversity of subjects. Most of the stories he works on are related to the Middle East and North Africa region.

    He is a specialized researcher in UGC outsourcing and verification methods. How to create news stories and verify UGC during breaking news.

    He conducted several investigative news stories on the conflict in the Middle East and the refugee crisis in Europe. He is also responsible for the verification of a lot of the user-generated and social media content that makes its way on the VRT outlets across TV, digital and radio. "Belgium fighters in Syria and Iraq" and "the business of refugee smuggling" are two investigative topics he is working on based on information gathered and verified from the user-generated and social media content.

    Rowan Kerek Robertson

    Social media consultant, public speaker and trainer, former head of social media for BBC Television

    Rowan Kerek Robertson was the Social Media Lead for BBC Television from 2011 to 2014. She is a social media consultant, producer and trainer with over 15 years of wide-ranging experience in the field of online communications.

    Her work has involved setting the social media direction and strategy for very well-known broadcast brands including Doctor Who and BBC Earth, as well as ones without the benefit of global attention. While at the BBC, Rowan worked on hundreds of social media projects and was a key member of the BBC’s social media leaders, setting corporate direction, strategy and guidelines. She is also a highly experienced digital producer, writer and a keen content strategist. She has a unique and practical insight into the potential of successful social media, as well as the risks and required resources.

    Rowan was the first person to develop social media training for BBC Television, back in 2006. She now works independently with the BBC Academy, including recently having rewritten one of the BBC’s core social media training courses. She also delivers bespoke social media training courses for a range of organisations including the UK-wide Digital Cities initiative.

    Rowan started working in the online social world in 2001. Having been hands-on as a community manager, host and moderator, she has spent years helping people meet their needs in this area, from beginners to experts.

    Cho Khong

    Associate Fellow. Chief Political Analyst, Global Business Environment team, Shell International

    Cho has over 20 years of experience in leading and participating in country scenarios projects. He advises on political trends and political risk, and leads the external environment assessments for Shell’s country reviews. He was actively involved in developing the 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2005 sets of Shell Global Scenarios, the 2008 Shell Energy Scenarios and the 2013 New Lens Scenarios.

    Pavlo Kondratenko

    Project manager in media production over IP

    Pavlo Kondratenko is a project manager, specialised in media production over IP networks at EBU Technology & Innovation. His background is in network engineering. He is a document editor of PICS for the SMPTE ST 2110 standards suite.

    Ievgen Kostiukevych

    Project manager, Media production over IP Networks

    Ievgen Kostiukevych is the member of EBU Technology & Innovation team.

    He is working on topics of Media over IP with a shift into Audio over IP topics, AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110-30 interoperability challenges.
    He has 8 years of experience in broadcasting and sound production industry, including experience in change management, solutions architecture and AoIP integration.

    Ievgen is a member of SMPTE and AES.

    Ulrike Köppen

    Head of AI and Automation Lab

    Uli Köppen is Head of the AI + Automation Lab and Co-Lead of the investigative data team BR Data at German Public Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. She and her teams are investigating AI and automation for algorithmic accountability reporting as well as using this technology for data-driven journalistic products. The teams are building on the lab experience to form a strategy for using AI and automation for journalism.

    Uli Köppen

    Head of AI and Automation Lab

    Uli Köppen is Head of the AI + Automation Lab and Co-Lead of the investigative data team BR Data at German Public Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. She and her teams are investigating AI and automation for algorithmic accountability reporting as well as using this technology for data-driven journalistic products. The teams are building on the lab experience to form strategy for using AI and automation for journalism.

    Trudi Lang

    Senior Fellow in Management Practice

    Trudi works with leaders to support them with the achievement of their strategic objectives. She has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner, educator and researcher in strategy, strategic foresight and scenarios. Prior to joining Oxford in her current capacity, Trudi served as Director and Head of Strategic Foresight at the World Economic Forum, and Consultant for Strategic Foresight at the OECD.

    Pierre Lucas

    Manager, Orgalime; Secretary General, Europump; Secretary General, Pneurop; Secretary General, EIA

    Pierre is senior representative of corporate interests and a professional accredited lobbyist with scientific expertise as an academic. He is the Secretary-General of several European associations and a manager at Orgalim, the European Technology Industries Association. He is a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence set up by the European Commission. He has contributed to a number of strategic papers and communication campaigns. He holds degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, the Free University of Berlin, and the College of Europe. He has lectured at the European Institute of Public Administration; he has been teaching lobbying and advocacy for more than 10 years at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Lille.

    Steven MacGregor

    Development Expert

    Dr. Steven MacGregor is an international speaker, bestselling author, wellbeing pioneer and leadership development expert. He has over 20 years of experience in wellbeing and positive leadership, is an advisor for McKinsey & Company and has worked with dozens of the world’s leading organizations.

    He delivers inspiring keynotes and workshops around the globe, sharing his vision of life/work with health, wellbeing, and sustainable performance at the core. He draws on a PhD in design thinking, an Honorary Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art and several hundred sessions teaching at the world’s best business schools.

    He is the author of a trilogy of books in the wellbeing space; Sustaining Executive Performance, Chief Wellbeing Officer, and The Daily Reset, is a former international Duathlete and national champion, and hosts the Chief Wellbeing Officer podcast.

    Gianclaudio Malgieri

    EDHEC Augmented Law Institute, trusted partner

    Gianclaudio Malgieri is Associate Professor of Law and Technology at EDHEC Business School in Lille (France), where he conducts research at the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute and teaches data protection, intellectual property, ICT law and business law. He is also a lawyer and was a doctoral researcher at the Research Center for Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he was responsible for the European project H2020 PANELFIT. In 2019, he is the only European academic to receive the Future of Privacy Award. He is also an external expert for the European Commission for the evaluation of ethics and data protection and was deputy editor of Computer Law and Security Review.

    Russell Mason

    Training consultant

    Russell assists with situational awareness training and security consultancy, working with UK based security and training company Prime, at both a domestic and international level. He completed 20 years in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces including extensive service working with the UK’s Airborne and Special Forces.

    Thereafter Russell forged a second career as a security and training consultant, living and working in south, central and north America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

    Eleanora Maria Mazzoli

    London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Senior Policy Manager at Ofcom

    Dr. Eleonora Maria Mazzoli is a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an honorary policy fellow at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and Senior Policy Manager at Ofcom. She has a PhD in “Data, Networks and Society” from the LSE and she specializes in digital media and platform regulation, with an interdisciplinary academic and professional background in media economics and broadcasting policy. Prior to her current roles, she worked as an independent advisor and research consultant for think tanks, research groups, and public institutions, like the Council of Europe, and she was European affairs advisor in the Legal and Policy Affairs department of the European Broadcasting Union and the international relations department of RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana.

    Georgie McClean

    Director at The Gist

    Georgie is a media/arts leader who has researched and shaped creative industries’ dynamics, programs and policy for 20 years. Most recently, she was acting CEO of AFTRS (the Australian Film, Television and Radio School) where she led Strategy and facilitated new thinking about Australian storytelling, industry practices, innovation and the Creative Economy push. Until 2016, she headed up Strategy and Communications at Screen Australia, and prior to that, was Manager of Policy and Research at Australia’s multicultural public broadcaster SBS. With an applied research Doctorate of Cultural Research, a Masters of Arts in Communications, an MBA underway and strong practical knowledge of the screen, arts and media industries, Georgie translates between ideas, research and practice. Georgie is on the Board of Diversity Arts Australia and the Advisory Board of QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre.

    Charlie McGrath

    Director, Objective Safety Travel Ltd, UK

    Charlie spent 15 years in the British Army, leaving in 1997 at the rank of Major. In the immediate years prior to his departure he managed the Army's prime intelligence cell in Northern Ireland for 2 1/2 years and then became Second in Command of the 1st Bn Irish Guards.

    For 3 years he worked for Railtrack PLC as Facilites Manager and in 2002 Founded Objective Team plc, now Objective Travel Safety.

    Specialties: Overseas safety training for business travellers, NGOs & journalist operating in hostile and/or post conflict countries. Risk assessments and general secuirty advice.

    Objective Travel Safety ltd specialises in providing safety training for a range of clients working or travelling abroad. They offer hostile environment courses for journalists, NGOs and business travellers operating in conflict and post conflict countries. In addition they run courses for expedition and gap year students. Their business clients include BAe Systems, Exxon Mobil, the European Broadcast Union and they trained Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman prior to thier Long Way Down and Round expeditions.


    Jan Metzger

    Leadership consultant & former DG of Radio Bremen/ARD

    Director-General of Radio Bremen (ARD) until 2019. Editor-in-chief of the national news program ZDF heute-journal. Head of Program Management of Television at Hessischer Rundfunk (Frankfurt a.M.). Program manager TV program “hr fernsehen” (Hessischer Rundfunk). Program manager radio program „hr1 – Das Informationsradio“ (Hessischer Rundfunk). ARD foreign-correspondent for the Iberian Peninsula and  Czechoslovakia (Madrid, Prague). Research trips to Central America, USA and the Philippines. Radio reporter, editor and moderator at Hessischer Rundfunk. Research / working stays in Mexiko, Israel and Palestine. Studies of history, politics and sociology (MA) in Freiburg, Berlin, Mexico D.F. and Frankfurt a.M. Teaching at HKB Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland. Working for European Broadcasting Union (EBU): "Peer-to-peer reviews on Public Service Broadcasting Values" (RTE / Ireland, Cesky Rozhlas / Czech Republic).


    Brendan Miller

    Freelance film-maker

    Brendan Miller is a filmmaker specialising in explainers and films about politics. He has produced films for The New York Times, the BBC and the Financial Times.

    He is the author of the Video Ideas email list, designed to give video journalists and nonfiction filmmakers regular ideas and inspiration from different corners of the internet. brendanmiller.co.uk 

    Jeremy Myerson

    Professor, Royal College of Art (London)

    Jeremy Myerson is the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, with a remit to encourage 'design that improves quality of life'. An academic, author and activist in design for more than 35 years, he began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986. He co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999, and his research interests focus on the role of design in social, demographic and technological change. He was director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design from 1999 to October 2015.

    A graduate of the RCA, Jeremy Myerson is the author of many books, chapters, papers and articles on people-centred and inclusive design. He is also director of the WORKTECH Academy, a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing, and sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Hong Kong, Switzerland and Korea.

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    Tove Mylläri

    AI Innovation Lead for the Finnish Broadcasting Company - Yle

    Tove Mylläri is the AI Innovation Lead for the Finnish Broadcasting Company - Yle. She is a long-standing technology and innovation professional, keynote speaker, and the host of Yle’s AI Demo Event. At the recent Nordic Women in Tech Awards, she was the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award 2023. She also received the WomanITy Award in 2022 for her work in tech.

    Caroline Neil

    Risk management consultant - security awareness training, crisis management and train the trainer

    Caroline is an experienced trainer and security and risk management consultant, who has trained UK and foreign nationals both in the UK and overseas. She brings over 25 years of experience to RPS and has worked in Africa, the Middle East and South America, providing management and security training and advice for a broad range of companies and NGO’s; from large global media Corporations to oil and construction multinationals, as well as international charities, NGO’s and some Governments.

    She is the former Head of High Risk Safety and Security at the BBC, where she advised journalists and other BBC staff on travel security and other security related matters.

    Caroline undertook a PGCE in 2008, is a qualified teacher and achieved qualified teacher status (QTS) in 2009. She is a member of the General Teaching Council and a qualified trainer. She provides Train the Trainer courses.

    She also has vast first aid experience and is a first aid trainer.

    Sébastien Noir

    Head of Software engineering

    Active since 2012 in the Broadcasting industry, first at RTS the french speaking Swiss National Broadcaster as a software developer, Sébastien Noir evolved to lead the development of multiple digital products and mobile applications.

    He then became the Product Manager of the VOD Platform PlaySRG for Switzerland, coordinating development teams, and delivering multilingual products for the different linguistic region.

    In 2017, he joined the European Broadcasting Union to work as Product Owner for PEACH, the Personalisation and Recommendation System developed by Broadcasters for Broadcasters.

    He is now head of Software engineering in EBU Technology and Innovation Department, coordinating teams and developments effort of innovative Services like PEACH, EuroVOX, and the EBU News Pilot making use of artificial intelligence.

    Rubina Pabani

    Head of Short Form at ITN Productions

    Rubina Pabani is a video producer and podcaster and is currently working as the Head of Short Form at ITN Productions, makers of Channel 4 News and the Oscar nominated For Sama.
    Her role includes pitching to broadcasters and platforms and making short form video and podcasts.

    She has made a range of video content for BBC Three, Channel 4 and Snapchat and has co-hosted a podcast called Brown Girls Do It Too on BBC Sounds.
    She was selected to be part of the Edinburgh Television Festival’s Ones To Watch scheme in 2019 and her work has won a Mind Media Award and a Broadcast Digital Award. 

    Christophe Pasquier

    Head of Audio & Innovation, Eurovision Sport

    Christophe is secretary to the EBU's Radio Sport Group which is concerned with all matters pertaining to radio sports rights acquisition policy and coverage of sports events. The Radio Sports Group helps promote and coordinate cooperation and to draft policies which enhance and protect Members' interests.

    Michele Pekar

    Associate Fellow, Said Business Schoo & Executive Director and Founding Partner at Co-Dev, Inc.

    Michele Pekar is an international education management professional and senior trainer in negotiation and leadership, with 20 years of experience in higher education in the USA and abroad. She is a coordinator and service provider for executive courses, and develops, negotiates and manages programmes in higher education in Asia, Europe and North America.

    Jakob Pfister

    IT security engineer at ARGE Rundfunk-Betriebstechnik's Information Security and Technology dept

    IT security engineer at ARGE Rundfunk-Betriebstechnik's Information Security and Technology dept. (common subsidiary of ARD and ZDF in Germany).
    Jakob started as a broadcast system engineer (mainly testing NLEs/Storage) and shifting focus to security over time.  Since 2012, Jakob has been working full time in IT security covering topics such as Penetration-Testing Broadcast (and other IT-) Systems, building custom testing-software and auditing concepts and deployments. Furthermore, Jakob has been giving training courses on IT security and pushing open source software. Jakob is active in EBU MCS group with focus on security testing.

    Rafael Ramirez

    Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and Professor of Practice

    Rafael is a world-leading expert on scenario planning. As a researcher and advisor, Rafael has worked extensively with NGOs, corporations, inter-governmental organisations, governments and think tanks. He is the author of several books and many scholarly papers, and he is on the editorial boards of three scenario planning journals.

    Simone-Eva Redrupp

    Simone-Eva Redrupp is Adjunct Professor & Key Note Speaker & Business Coach at INSEAD. She has partnered with Erin Meyer (INSEAD) and The Culture Map methodology for over two decades.

    With a lot of humour, she coaches international leaders to leverage cultural differences as assets in addition to helping multicultural teams improve their cross-border collaboration in a global environment.

    Accompanying Executive Boards in their strategy around Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) have been her most recent projects: linking company values to inclusive leadership behaviors. She also contributes to research on the topics of: Cultural Agility, Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership and Global leadership.

    Simone-Eva is tri-cultural (English, French, German). She was educated and worked in five countries on two continents.  Originally from the financial & hospitality services, and the consulting field, she held senior operational, and key account management positions with multinational companies (Citibank, Disney, Club Med, etc.). She now designs and facilitates sessions with Fortune 500, CAC 40 and DAX multinationals and International Business Schools. She has partnered with Erin Meyer (INSEAD) and The Culture Map methodology for over two decades.

    Simone-Eva holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas, coursework from the Albert Ludwigs Universität in Germany, an MBA/MIM (Master in International Management) from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.  As a Co-Active Business Coach, she is also certified on psychometric tools like the: MBTI, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the Global Competency Inventory (GCI), etc.

    Christophe Roquilly

    Head of EDHEC Augmented Law Institute

    Christophe Roquilly, Ph.D, is a law professor at EDHEC Business School. He also holds the position of Director of the EDHEC Augmented Law Institute and Honorary Dean of Faculty and Research. His research and publications focus on the relationship between law and strategy, the place of law in business and legal performance, the evolution of legal professions through technological change, law and innovation. He is co-creator of the Augmented Lawyer Skills Framework. 

    Alexandre Rouxel

    Data Scientist

    Alexandre is a Data Scientist and AI project Engineer at the EBU Technology and Innovation department. He holds a Master's Degree in Statistical Signal Processing as well as Data Science. He has an extensive background in Research and Development acquired within Nasdaq listed high tech companies. During his 18 years of experience, he contributed to research projects and innovative product design involving machine learning and signal processing. He has 12 patents granted and four publications in conferences. He is a data enthusiast, passionate about algorithms designed to extract meaningful information from a large dataset.

    Cynthia Selin

    Associate Fellow

    Cynthia’s research explores the nature of future-orientation, methods for handling uncertainty, and the intersections between sustainability and innovation. As a social scientist, she investigates the social, ethical and political dimensions of emerging technologies. She leads the Center for the Study of Futures at Arizona State University.

    Remy Siegrist

    Senior consultant and Coach

    Qualified in electronics, Remy has spent more than 16 years in the heart of a multinational computer company where he held several positions including head of Customer Service, head of vocational training, vocational trainer, and Human Resources Director for Eastern and Central Europe. He then took over an outplacement company in the Swiss Romande for four years until joining forces with a Human Resources consultancy as Senior Consultant.

    Since April 2000, he has been an independent consultant working in a close-knit network of HR specialists. Director of his own company specializing in coaching and Training and Development, Rémy is also a partner of Gesport Management, unique company committed to redeploying and coaching professional sportsmen and women. His prime objective is ensuring the personal development of each individual and defining the identification of his/her potential.

    He is certified in the use and analysis of CAPP – Computer Assessment of Personal Potential, a tool developed by Professor Scherer of Geneva University. His educational background includes courses at INSEAD Paris, IMI Geneva and BABSON College, Boston.

    Based on his large experience Rémy see himself as a “coach mentor“ helping individuals or teams to improve performances.

    Experience in coaching

    Coach more than 200 senior managers in career transition or personal assessment.  Run executive coaching programs for : Cargill, Sicpa, Radio Suisse romande, Sylvan, Rolex.

    Run regular leadership coaching seminars.


    Jonathan Stoneman

    Trainer, consultant, coach, public service values

    Jonathan became a freelance trainer and consultant in April 2010 after having completed a 20 year career in the BBC.

    Originally a specialist in Central European affairs, he worked as a researcher, reporter, producer, editor and latterly as head of training at the BBC World Service. Jonathan managed the BBC's Macedonian and Croatian services in the late 1990s, and was responsible for establishing the Croatian service's first production office in Zagreb.

    As a trainer and manager he was a key member of the team which authored the BBC's training response to the Hutton Enquiry - a 3 hour seminar which was delivered to all the BBC's 8000 journalists.

    Advice for journalists from Jonathan Stoneman, click here

    Hannah Storm

    Media Consultant, Founder/Co-Director

    Hannah Storm is a media consultant, specialising in journalism safety, wellbeing and leadership. She is the Founder and Co-Director of Headlines Network, a community to improve mental health conversations in the news media. She is the former CEO and Director of the Ethical Journalism Network and served as Director of the International News Safety Institute. She began her career at Reuters, and has spent more than two decades working internationally across diverse forms of media, including broadcast, print and digital. Her book 'Mental Health and Wellbeing for Journalists: a Practical Guide' is published by Routledge in 2024.

    Willem Vermost

    Manager Design & Engineering, VRT

    Willem Vermost recently moved to VRT as Design & Engineering Manager. Prior to this role, he was the subject lead of the transition to IP-based studios at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). With 20 years of experience in broadcast, he is an expert and project manager of international strategic, expert groups and events. Willem has a master in electrical engineering and a master in applied computer science. He worked on several projects, including the multi-award winning VRT Live IP proof of concepts, the JT-NM Tested Program. He acted as deputy in the JT-NM admin board and the AWMA board of directors. As a faculty member of the EBU Academy, he provides training on the transition to live IP-based media facilities and is passionate about the underlying mechanisms of IP-based media. Willem started the open-source project EBU Live IP Software Toolkit project (LIST) which has grown into an international project.

    Lovisa Volmarsson

    Lovisa is an advisor and futurist engaging in the futures of cities through explorative, speculative, and critical practices. With a background in architecture, her work lies at the intersection of design, storytelling, and research focusing on the future of architecture, cities, and the impacts of urbanisation. Furthermore, she is invested in exploring how future studies and design can become complements to each other and how it can act as an aid for our imagination in different practices and processes to facilitate dialogs around extraordinary imaginaries of tomorrow, alternatives to the present and the many challenges facing us today.

    John White

    Associate Director

    Malinda Wink

    Global Director of Good Pitch, Doc Society

    Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. Before joining the Doc Society team, Malinda was Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Shark Island Institute from 2013-2019. During her time as Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia, Malinda raised more than $AUD14 million in philanthropic grants and built over 400 strategic partnerships for 19 social impact documentaries including: That Sugar Film, The Hunting Ground, Frackman and Gayby Baby. 

    Malinda’s work in Australia transformed the social impact documentary landscape, proving the case that documentary film can serve as a key strategic tool to shift consciousness, change behaviour and influence policy. Her contribution has been formally recognised in a number of awards including the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence, and the B&T Women in Media Award for Social Impact. In 2018 Malinda delivered a TEDx talk on the role that social impact documentary and campaigns can serve as a tool to strengthen democracy.

    Malinda has worked as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Good Pitch programs in South East Asia, Miami, Mexico, Brasil, Kenya and Colombia, an impact consultant at IDFA Festival, and on the jury a number of festivals including Festival International du Film documentaire Océanien (FIFO), Hawaiian International Film Festival, Antenna and Environment Film Festivals.

    Malinda is Executive Producer of 2040 (dir. Damon Gameau), The Final Quarter (Dir. Ian Darling), and Big Deal: Is Our Democracy for Sale? (Dir. Craig Reucassel). She also currently serves as Deputy Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, Board Director of Australian Communities Foundation, and is Trustee of The Reichstein Foundation. Malinda is an adviser to Mannifera Democracy Funders Network, served on the Screen Australia Gender Matters Taskforce (2020 - 2022), and the Editorial Advisory Board of Pro Bono Australia (2020-21).

The EBU Academy Committee

The EBU Academy Committee

The EBU Academy Committee is an elected body representing the training and development activities of the EBU’s Membership. The current committee was elected during the EBU Academy Committee Workshop in Segovia on 5th October 2023 and serves a 2-year term, 2023 -2025 .

It has the key role of providing support, expertise and advice to EBU Academy with a view to caring for the validity, relevance, value and impact of the learning programmes managed by this unit and devoted to EBU Members.

The Committee organizes and sets the agenda for the annual EBU Academy Committee Workshop aiming at developing an EBU Learning Ecosystem in Broadcast organizations to offer talent and development managers and chief learning officers the opportunity to network and to exchange views about the development of media professional in order to create an innovative, sustainable and future-skills framework.

The EBU Academy Committee aims to help shape concrete avenues for successful and relevant public media organizations and promote high standards at all levels of public service broadcasting.

Committee Members

Frédéric Olivier (RTBF)

Members (From left to right)

Nela Gudelj (HRT),

 Frédéric Olivier (RTBF),

 Jean Chretien (France Télévisions University), 

Riitta Jäälinoja-Jussila (YLE),

 Eduard Traian Nicolau (ROR),

 Verena Luckscheiter (DW),

 Daniela  Pomo (RAI),

 Andreas Heindl (ORF),

 Irena Lazarova (BNR),

 Gurdip Bhangoo (BBC Academy),

 Mohammad Abu Soufeh (JRTV) not present