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Experts in Communications

Channel Four Finland
Helsinki, Finland

Pirjo Airaksinen today is the Senior Vice President of Programming at Channel Four Finland (Nelonen). From 1998-2000 she was the Head of Domestic Programming at Channel Four Finland and before that the Executive Producer/Programme Director of Crea Video, Finland (largest independent in Finland) producing feature films, TV programmes, industrial and commercial films. Airakasinen was a shareholder in Video Design Ltd. - primarily producing industrials for international audiences. She worked at the Finnish Broadcasting Company from 1978 to 1983 and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Finnish Film Foundation and also the Chairman of the Finnish Independent Producers Association as well as member in the Board of Advisors in the Promotion Center for the Audiovisual Culture in Finland. Airaksinen is an active member of the jury in several festivals and competitions.


Viacom Media Networks, The Americas
Miami, USA

Manuel Alvarez is currently the Head of Creative Content for the Public Affairs & CSR Department at Viacom Media Networks, The Americas (Miami Beach, Florida). From 1995 to 2009, he led the Creative Department of MTV Latin America where he developed new programming and the production of innovative content for different platforms and events. He was also the Creative Director for several channels and advertising agencies in the US for the Hispanic audience. He has been judge of the News & Documentary Emmy Award for the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences (United States).


Graphic Communiations Group Ltd.
Accra, Ghana

Berifi Apenteng has studied Law and Journalism. Presently he is the Managing Director of the GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS Group Limited, Accra, Ghana.


Corporación Medcom Panamá, S.A.
Panama City, Panama

Andrés Badra is a Venezuelan Publicist graduate with honors and 25 years of media experience. In the past, Badra planned and executed strategies for 4 major television companies including IPTV Deployments and Pan Regional Cable Television Stations. Now residing in Panama, and overseeing 3 Networks Operation for the country's leading multimedia company Medcom. He is an active member and 6 years' Juror for the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy's International). Andrés Badra had prepared over 50 television professionals in different countries and areas to become industry leaders and experts around the globe.


Founder & Organiser of the Audiovisual Media Days
Munich, Germany

From 1996, after studying marketing communications at university, Achim Beisswenger was head of sales at IA Television (now TV Berlin) and subsequently at the news station n-tv in Berlin. In 1999 he moved to Bavaria Film in Munich, and from February 2003 to September 2008 he was a member of the management team and head of marketing and distribution for Bavaria Film Interactive. Beisswenger is an expert in the cross-media use of audiovisual media. He has worked successfully with well-known brands such as Audi, Axa, BMW, the German Post Office World Net, Krones, O2 Germany and SAP. He is a founding member of the Corporate TV Association (CTVA), teaches at the FHAM Erding on the media management course, is a consultant and publishes specialist articles on the subjects of branded entertainment, corporate TV, online video and Web TV.


Professor of Surgery
Hamburg, Germany

Medical and postgraduate training at the University Hospital Hamburg Eppendorf. Specialist in surgery and visceral surgery at University Hospital Hamburg. 1980 qualified as Lecturer in surgery and became Professor of surgery, University of Hamburg in 1985. Appointment as Chief Surgeon at ELIM Hospital in Hamburg 1992. Awarded the Ludwig-Rehn Scientific Prize 1976, Middle Rhine Society of Surgeons donated by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Frankfurt am Main, and in 1981 Konjetzny Award for Cancer Research, Cancer Society in Hamburg.


Writer and Consultant
London, United Kingdom

Grant Eustace is one of the UK's most experienced corporate writers, with over 240 scripts to his credit across a wide range of industries, for clients in eight countries, and the winner of a dozen international awards. In addition, he writes for other media such as cinema, radio and audio, as well as working as a broadcaster and corporate communications consultant. He lectures at the British National Film and Television School, and regularly speaks at international meetings. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the US International Film & Video Festival in Los Angeles. Appointed March 2008 Editor-in-Chief World Trade Center Television.


Hélicon - Training Resources and Videos Ltd.
São Paulo, Brazil


Stensington Internationale Management Akademie
Hamburg, Germany

Frank Heinrich, Hamburg, studied media management and marketing and was a trainee at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr. In 1985 he became Head of Press and Information at RTL Television in Luxembourg and Cologne, then in 1988 Head of Communications and Programme Planning and a member of the board of directors. After subsequently working as Publisher at Kellerer & Partner (Ebner Group) in Munich and also editor-in-chief of Medien Bulletin, in 1994 he became Head of Press and PR, company spokesman and member of the board of directors of the Berlin-based TV broadcaster SAT.1. From 1996 he was CEO of Viscom Int. Medien- und Kommunikationsberatung S.A R.L. in Luxembourg, with major clients in both Europe and the US. Then in 2005 he became Head of Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Media in Hamburg, and a member of the presidency of the university and 2007 until 2011 Director of the European Media and Business Academy (EMBA) in Hamburg, Berlin and Düsseldorf. At present Frank Heinrich is Managaing Director of Stensington Internationale Management Akademie.


University of Applied Sciences
Kiel, Germany

Peter K. Hertling studied at the University of Political Science, and the School of Journalism, both in Munich, before he became a freelance TV-journalist at the Bayerischer Rundfunk. For more than ten years he worked at ZDF, a national German TV network, and after that for various TV stations like NDR, MDR, SWR, BBC, RAI, ORF, Studio Hamburg.

Peter Hertling took part in several international scientific expeditions to Antarctica and to the Arctic as well as to the Atacama desert. His film productions were shown at many national and international film festivals and won several awards. He became a lecturer for film and montage theories, dramaturgy and TV-journalism at the Academy for Advertising, Graphic Design and Printing (AWGD) in Hamburg and since 2002 he has been a lecturer for AV-productions at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel.


University of Applied Sciences
Kiel, Germany

Whilst studying film, languages, literature and cultural studies in Hamburg, Kiel and Liverpool, Tobias Hochscherf worked for various media corporations and as a free-lance film producer. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Liverpool (UK) analysed aspects of the impact of continental filmmakers in Britain. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as senior lecturer in film and television studies at Northumbria University (UK). He joined the University of Applied Sciences at Kiel in September 2009 where he teaches various undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MA) modules on media, film and television.


Executive Producer/Electronic Cinematographer & Editor
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Janetbon is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Jigsawrian Pte. Ltd., a true high-definition and film Production Company headquartered in Malaysia that is visionary in its approach, resulting in niche digital video and film-making. As a specialised Creative Content Provider in Modern Media Digital Creations and Applications, its variety of productions caters to an international audience, gracing a diversified clientele across the globe that includes aerial and underwater filming. As an established Electronic Cinematographer since 1986, Janetbon has shot a variety of productions for directors from Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, New York, London, and clients such as ICI, Toyota, and Versace. Highly respected for her professionalism and as a fully qualified Digital (HD) Cinematographer recognised by SONY, accompanied by her ability to also speak Mandarin, Cantonese, including the Chinese dialects of Hakka and Hokkien, Janetbon adapts especially well to the demands from the clients throughout the Asia-Pacific, and Asean regions.


Media Consultant
Cologne, Germany

Following degree courses in history and philosophy at the universities of Cologne and Bonn, ending up with a master's degree, Dieter Kaiser completed an extensive traineeship working for radio and television. He then went on to work as a freelance author and director, producing numerous documentaries for various television channels. After taking up a permanent post as editor at Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), a public channel, he worked as executive and commissioning producer in the editorial department specialising in political subjects and in the "Culture and Society" and "Science/Ecology" departments. In 1990, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the animal and nature programmes section, where he supervised a large number of both individual films and major series produced by German producers and / or on the basis of international cooperations. Many of these films won awards at national and international festivals. He has been working as an independent media consultant since 2008 and has already been chosen for the judges' panel at several festivals in Germany and abroad.


Springfield, VA, USA

For many years Chris Kater was the President of Video Placement Worldwide (VPW) taking care of an efficient and reliable video-based promotion and placement service, offering creative solutions to specific corporate personalities and needs. Kater specialized in working with corporate, government, trade association and non-profit organizations. Kater is a past VP of International Competitions for the Council on International Nontheatrical Events (CINE) festival, a Blue Ribbon Panel Judge and Award Presenter for the New York Festivals and also President of Inforfilm International, a group of international informational distribution specialists. Today he passes on his wide experiences as a media consultant.


Amman, Jordan

Information in Arabic

Sandra E. Kawar is a renowned Jordanian/ International Film & TV Producer/ Director with International slate of projects. A renowned effective media expert throughout the Middle East region, with media projects that made an impact on local communities. A former judge at the Earth Journalism Awards 2009, and served as a Judge for the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 'Emmy Awards' in 2008.


University of Applied Sciences
Kiel, Germany

Yuliya Kolesnykova studied literature and German philology at the Bohdan Khmelnytsky State Pedagogical University of Melitopol, Ukraine, and at the Christian-Albrecht-University (CAU) in Kiel, Germany, she did pedagogical and media studies, focusing on rhetoric, visual rhetoric and film science. From 2013 to 2017 she was a lecturer in rhetoric, creative writing, advertising and film studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, with a focus on researching Ukrainian film. She is writing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Flensburg on the same topic. She has also been a speaker on the subject at several scientific conferences. She was part of the organising team for the international congress "effects and rhetoric"; and for the international summer school for journalism in Kiel. Since 2017 she has been at the University of Flensburg focusing on media education and the culture of schools.


National Park Foundation
Washington, DC, USA

Mark Kornmann is the Senior Vice President for Grants and Programs at the National Park Foundation, the charitable partner for the National Park Service.
Kornmann is responsible for administering grants to the national parks in the areas of youth, conservation, professional, and community engagement. The National Park Foundation grants over 28 million dollars each year in support for the national parks.


MR. DINESH LAKHANPAL, Lakhanpal Productions
Mumbai, India

Basically a creative writer/journalist-turned-film maker Dinesh Lakhanpal is based in Mumbai, the Mecca of Indian Film Industry. Having to his credit a feature film as Director-Script Writer and experience of six other feature films as Associate Director and Dialogue writer, he also has to his credit more than 30 documentaries with Four International Awards and Two major National Awards. Lakhanpal had been contributing as a freelancer to almost all the major publications of India, articles on socio-political, socio-economic and cultural issues besides having participated in major International as well as National conferences on as varied subjects as environment, language and humanity. Till recently, he had been Vice-President of Indian Film Directors Association and is member of various crafts associations and Film Industry representative bodies.


Grömitz, Germany

Andreas Martens studied economics at the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg, and has many years' experience as a Senior Vice President and Director of an organisation working worldwide with more than 6000 employees. As an experienced entrepreneur his main focus is marketing and branding. He has showcased his creative ideas in integrated marketing projects using several communication channels in a complementary and coordinated way. The success of the projects was based on a clear branding concept with an international view of the brand and its character, and the development of national variations for the different regions of the world was integral to the overall concept. Projects such as these have led to several awards, especially for sales promotion films, as well as for corporate tv. Since 2009 Andreas has worked as a consultant in this sector, with the aim of developing creative, innovative and profitable solutions together with his clients.


AKA Association of Communications Agencies
Prague, Czech Republic

Jiri Mikes graduated from Prague University of Economy and has been engaged in advertising since 1965, working in state owned agencies (Rapid, Merkur). He was the Director of McCann-Ericksson in Prague and has been Director of the Association of Communications Agencies of the Czech Republic since 1992. Mikes is a member of the Board of European Association of Communications Agencies and a Professor for Marketing Communications at Prague University of Economy, he also lectures at the Film Faculty Prague.


Creative House Okumura
Producer, Director, Writer
Osaka, Japan

Information in Japanese

Emiko Okumura launched "Creative House Okumura" in 1986, and since then she has made many promotional video programmes for companies and industry, and also colleges. Her special concern is in making films that focus on Japanese culture. Her short films touch the core of Japanese aesthetic sensibility - and have led to the organizing of the "JICP (Committee of Japanese Identity and Culture Promotion)", a co-operation between creative people, introducing the essence of Japanese culture to foreigners. She has received a number of international awards at film festivals and producer networks in Europe and North America. Emiko is a member of the Japan Association of Audiovisual Producers, Inc., and the Osaka Japan-France Association.


Author and Director
Hamburg, Germany

His dream at school was to work in the theatre. So after leaving school he started as an assistant director at ‚Theater am Turm’ in Frankfurt. At that time theatre was becoming very political, so he developed an interest in learning more about the mechanics of politics, and went to ‚Freie Universität’ in Berlin to study Political Science. After finishing his studies he became assistant professor at ‚Technische Universität’ in Berlin, later research fellow at Science Center Berlin. While writing books about rock music and subculture, he changed profession and started to work as a freelance for radio and tv-stations, mainly making documentaries on all kind of subjects. Ten years later he started ‚Tempomedia Filmproduktion’ with Ralf Schipper. The company's' focus at the beginning of the Nineties was producing corporate image films, documentaries and commercials. Ten years later the partners split and Boris worked as a freelance again. From 2002-2005 he was the artistic director of Germanys most important festival for young German film-makers: ‚Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis’ in Saarbrücken. He has received more than fifty national and international awards for his films.


Consultant on Global Media
New York, NY, USA

Barbara Sue-Ting-Len has extensive experience in the communication field, particularly the audio-visual area of Public Relations, Promotion and Marketing. After finishing her Communications & International Politics studies at Queens College in New York, she did an MA Programme for International Politics and Law at the Graduate Center, City University, New York. Her professional training includes Entertainment Law, Global/International Marketing & Planning, Planning & Implementation of International Digital Satellites, Negotiating Contracts in the Entertainment Industry, Competition Law, International Broadcasting Feedback & Evaluation Systems, Public Relations & Personal Administration. Sue-Ting-Len has worked for Warner Bros. Pictures, Canadian Broadcasting Systems, Press and Publications/United Nations, New York, the Office of the Under-Secretary-General - Department of Public Information/United Nations, New York, as well as at the United Nations Radio. In 1998 she published a book: White paper on "Violence in Children's Television Programmes", Barcelona, Spain. For many years Sue-Ting-Len was the Chief of the Audio-Visual Promotion and Distribution and Officer-in-Charge of the Multimedia Resources Unit at the United Nations in New York. Today she is a consultant on global media.


Melbourne, Victoria

Peter Wilson has now retired after over 35 years as CEO of Business Films. He works from home consulting on audio visual projects as required.

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