Judges Profiles

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Mr. Ramanou Kouferidji

Mr. Kouferidji is currently the President and Director General of the Groupe Africoncept Broadcast Telecom SA. He is also Director of Radio Afrique Espoir based in Porto-Novo, Benin. Radio Afrique Espoir was a winner of 2003 AISI Media Awards under the Radio Category.

Ms. Cristina Muller
Communication Officer, Economic and Social Policy Division, ECA.

Cristina Muller was environment correspondent/editor for O Estado de SPaulo, one of Brazil's most reputed dailies, she also worked for the Associated Press as a Night Editor in Rio de Janeiro, and for Rio daily Jornal do Brasil as its Middle Eastern correspondent, first based in Cairo and then Jerusalem. From the Middle East, Ms Muller went to Angola, on a year's assignment as correspondent for Reuters during that country's civil war. Since 1996 Ms Muller has worked intermittently as a print and web journalist/editor and for the UN system in the UK, Brazil, Caracas, Washington, Rome, South Africa, and Angola. Having lived as a child in the United States, Haiti and Brazil, she holds a BA in English and German from Allegheny College. She was also a Ford Fellow at the School for International and Development Research (SIDR), at Duke University, both in the United States. More recently, she received a Masters degree in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex, in the UK. She is currently a Communication Officer for the Economic and Social Development Programme of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa, based in Addis Ababa.

Dr. Olivier Nana Nzepa 
Professor/Consultant, Institute Superieur de Management Public, Yaounde - Cameroon

Holder of a Ph.D. in communication from University of Montreal (Canada), Dr Olivier NANA NZEPA is also holder of M.A. in International relations from ENAP (Montreal); M.A in Business management (H.E.C. Montreal); M.sc in communication (University of Montreal) and a Bachelor in journalism from University of Yaounde (Cameroon).

He is actually Professor/Consultant, in Public Management at the Institute Superieur de Management Public (Yaounde - Cameroon) and ICT lecturer with the Advanced School of mass communication (University of Yaounde II). 

His involvement in the WSIS process dates back from the beginning and covers a large variety of activities (advocacy, research, social activities etc.). 

He is currently ICT Expert for: Atos KPMG consulting (for west and central Africa); UNDP; UNESCO; UNECA; CIDA; Francophonie.

His social engagement covers a variety of responsibilities: General coordinator of the Africa Civil Society for Information Society (ACSIS); Africa Region focal point on the International Civil Society Bureau for the WSIS; Member of the Africa Bureau representing Civil society; member of the RALO Africa, member of AT Large committee and NCUC of ICANN. Editor of a French quarterly dedicated to the Information Society titled " Le defi numerique".

Mr. Timothy Spence
Fellow, The Knight International Press Fellowship Program/International Centre for Journalists, Washington DC

Timothy Spence is a Knight International Press Fellow and visiting instructor at the Unity University College School of Journalism and Communication in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has been a reporter, editor and editorial writer for newspapers in the United States and overseas in his 22-year career. He is currently on leave from the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Hearst Newspapers.

Mr. Roland Stanbridge 
Roland Stanbridge teaches courses for international journalists at both Stockholm Universikty and Orebro University in Sweden. 

Mr. Stanbridge is a citizen of South Africa with considerable expertise and knowledge on media and ICT issues, working as a journalist for several major South African newspapers between 1965 and 1997. Mr Stanbridge has an MA degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town (1977) and is currently a doctoral student in journalism and communication at the University of Stockholm (JMK), Sweden. Whilst in Sweden, he is a part-time media/communication lecturer for three Swedish universities (KSM, Campus Norrköping, and University of Linköping), including supervising MA students and teaching a variety of Internet-related courses including a course for African journalists on online research and publishing. He has just been appointed Director of International Masters Programme in Global Media in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Örebro, Sweden, which will offer course in 2003 to media professionals from Africa and other parts of the world. Mr Stanbridge is also developing a project to link Swedish media researchers with African scholars for joint research activities on pressing media questions, focusing on academic research on ICT and media issues in Africa. From 1996 to 2001 Mr. Stanbridge was senior lecturer at the Department of Journalism & Media Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa where he is reputed to have founded the New Media Laboratory (NML), and appointed its Director teaching online literacy to undergraduate students and media practitioners as well as more advanced levels in Computer Aided Research (CAR) and Internet Publishing courses. Whilst at Rhodes, he initiated and convened the Highway Africa series of annual conferences over the last five years and was the founding member of the South African chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and a board member.

Ms. Benedicte Walter
Editor, Office of Policy and Programme Coordination and Officer-in-Charge, ECA Communication Team. Former Programme Officer for the European Youth Forum.


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