11 Brain Trust members shared their time and expertise with more than 70 media partners in 2016.

WAN-IFRA’s Media Freedom Brain Trust served as trainers, mentors and facilitators in two major WAN-IFRA programmes.

Brain Trust members supported the “Media Freedom and Democracy Programme”, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Helje Solberg (CEO, VGT), Bernt Olufsen (Former Editor-in- Chief of VG and former Editor of Schibsted Media Group), Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen (Editor of Adresseavisen and Director at the Polaris Media Lab, Norway), and Hildegunn Soldal (Digital Editor, Dagbladet), all of Norway served as mentors, travelling onsite to Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam for in-house mentoring.

WAN-IFRA Brain Trust contributors to workshops included: Greg Barber, Director Digital News Products, The Washington Post, Michael Cooke, Editor-in- Chief, Toronto Star, and, Kirk MacDonald, Chief Revenue Officer, Toronto Star. Each contributed to a week-long strategic workshop series held in Yangon, Myanmar in February 2016.

Brain Trust members also contributed to WAN-IFRA’s “Strengthening Media and Society Programme”, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, including Soren Svendsen, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, JP/Politikens Hus A/S (MENA regional workshop in Amman), Julie Kennedy, Head of User Experience, DMG Group (Latin America regional workshop in Cartagena), Greg Barber, Director of Digital News Projects, Washington Post (Latin America regional workshop in Cartagena), Bryan Hooley, VP, Business Development, APAC for Newscycle Solutions (Asia regional workshop in Kuala Lumpur) and Claus Hovge Andersen, Chief Operating Officer at Nordjyske Medier (Africa regional workshop in Grahamstown).

WAN-IFRA’s Media Freedom Brain Trust is an informal association of media executives drawn from our membership community who have an active interest in supporting their peers in emerging and post-conflict markets. Members of the Brain Trust contribute their time and expertise to WAN-IFRA’s Media Freedom programmes as trainers, mentors or advisors.

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