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WAN-IFRA Media Policy Team

Elena PerottiElena PerottiElena Perotti is Executive Director of Media Policy and Public Affairs at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. She is responsible for identifying and studying major public affairs issues within the news industry, authoring reports and articles, animating debate on social media, and educating staff and stakeholders. Elena is also in charge of interaction and liaison with WAN-IFRA’s governing boards, national and regional member associations, and with many international bodies. She holds a Masters of Law in International Law and is experienced in media policy, senior management, global event organisation, and public relations. +33 1 47 42 85 38 


Fabrizio Di GeronimoFabrizio Di GeronimoFabrizio Di Geronimo graduated in law at Bocconi University magna cum laude in Constitutional law and privacy law. He spent a six months period in Washington D.C. studying at George Washington University. He currently works as a legal researcher for WAN-IFRA conducting researches on juridical hindrances to freedom of expression and media freedom. He also collaborates with Professors Pollicino and Bassini at the Chair of Media Law within Bocconi University in Milan. He is fluent in English and has a basic knowledge of French and Spanish. Fabrizio is passionate in Public law, human rights law, privacy law and national security law, with a focus for cyber threats.


Giovanni De GregorioGiovanni De GregorioGiovanni De Gregorio is a legal researcher at WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. He contributes to WAN-IFRA’s activities by monitoring legal issues related to privacy and copyright law. He graduated at Bocconi University in 2016 with a dissertation about the European Digital Single Market Strategy and he has attended courses at national and international level such as the Cyberlaw course at the London School of Economics. Giovanni regularly publishes articles in and other legal reviews whose focus is related to law and new technologies. His research interests are Constitutional Law, EU law, IT and IP law.


Media Policy Experts

Francisco Carvalho de Brito CruzFrancisco Carvalho de Brito CruzFrancisco Carvalho de Brito Cruz  is a co-Director of Brazilian InternetLab. Currently works with Internet policy monitoring and analysis-production. Francisco holds a master’s degree in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law from the University of São Paulo (Brazil), where he also earned his bachelor of laws degree (LL.B., 2011). He is a member of Brazil’s Empirical Legal Research Network \ (REED) and winner of the “Brazil’s Internet Framework Bill & Development Award” (Google/FGV-SP). In 2013, Francisco was a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Law and Society from the University of California at Berkeley. He was also a teaching assistant at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School. Between 2012 and 2014, he acted as the coordinator of the Internet, Law & Society Nucleus at the University of São Paulo (NDIS-USP).


Marius DragomirMarius DragomirMarius Dragomir is the director of The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the School of Public Policy of Central European University. Previously he was senior manager for the Open Society Foundations' Program on Independent Journalism. At OSF, he managed the research and policy portfolio and was one of the main editors in the portfolio's flagship research project, Mapping Digital Media.

Previously, Dragomir worked for 17 years as a journalist, the first eight for various Romanian media, and then for international media. He was a media critic with the Prague Business Journal. In 2002, Dragomir was a Senior Journalism Knight Fellow at the Washington, D.C.–based Atlantic Council of the United States, where he completed a thesis on the reform of the media in post-communist Europe. He signed media columns in publications such as Czech Business Weekly and wrote for several other publications, as well as conducting field training for Transitions Online. He is cofounded with a group of journalists and researchers, a community of experts in media policy covering trends in regulation, business and politics that influence journalism. @mariusdrag


Taís GasparianTaís GasparianTaís Gasparian: A partner since 1991 at the Rodrigues Barbosa Mac Dowell Gasparian Law Firm in São Paulo, Brasil, Taís Gasparian has a large experience dealing with Freedom of Expression, focusing on civil litigation, the internet and the advertising market. She is a renewed specialist in self-regulation, ethic rules and the advertising legal system in Brazil and abroad. She was involved in the making of several Internet Law subjects, such as Intermediary Liability and Consumer.

Ms. Gasparian teaches Law for Journalists at the ESPM University in São Paulo, Brasil, and has been a member of the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) since January 2014. In December 2014, she became a frequent collaborator for the Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression Website.

In 2002, Ms. Gasparian was Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Justice. Between 2004 and 2006, she participated in the Special Commission for immaterial Property of the OAB-São Paulo Chapter. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the São Paulo Lawyers Association (AASP) and of the Brazilian Copyright Association (ABDA). Ms. Gasparian is also a member of several NGOs Boards of Directors.

Ms Gasparian graduated from Law School and Humanities and the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and holds a Master in Philosophy and Jurisprudence form the same university.


Jaroslaw GoraJaroslaw GoraJaroslaw Gora: Experienced publishing industry executive and entrepreneur. Advisor to Media Development Investment Fund CEO and Co-founder of Deep.BI, Big Data analytics company focusing on real-time insight for digital media companies.

Co-funded Media Development Investment Fund ( which has invested over US$ 100M in over 75 media projects across 20 countries. Served as Chief Investment Officer for more than 15 years, responsible for investment recommendation, investment implementation, performance monitoring, and exit strategy. Represented in numerous Board of Directors overviewing strategy and performance, with special focus on digital transition. Holds a M.Sc. in Finance from Warsaw School of Economics and graduated from Harvard Business School.


Courtney RadschCourtney RadschCourtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a free expression advocate who works at the nexus of media, activism and technology, with a particular interest in the Middle East. Dr. Radsch has spent her career developing a 360-degree perspective on how journalism and human rights can empower citizens through her work as a journalist, an academic, an international civil servant, and program manager. As Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists she frequently speaks about these issues in the media and at events such as the Internet Governance Forum. She is editor of UNESCO’s flagship publication "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development" and contributed to the conceptualization of the “internet universality” framework. Dr. Radsch started her career in journalism at the Daily Star in Lebanon, followed by a position with The New York Times, and then Al Arabiya in Dubai,

Dr. Radsch holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University, a master's of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree with highest honors in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She blogs at Arab Media and the Huffington Post, and has written for a range of publications. She is also the author of several book chapters and monographs. @courtneyr


Brad WhiteBrad WhiteBrad White: Director of Global Media Affairs at ICANN, USA

  • Creator of pro-active international media relations and public affairs strategies involving traditional and social media.
  • Emmy-award winning network television journalist.
  • Professional senior staff member for two U.S. Senate Committees.
  • Entrepreneur who formed a successful television production enterprise.

Specialities: Developing and proactively placing media content | International media relations | C-Suite media training | Crises management | Broadcast quality video production | Social media tie-ins to global media strategies @bradrwhite



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2016-02-13 14:52

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