G100 Media Arts & Communication is a global wing at G100. We are a sector network ofwomen using media arts and communication to impact the world. As creators & gatekeepers of information, we are on a mission to create a thriving support network, global opportunities and a collaborative ecosystem for women in different segments of media across the world - united in sisterhood, support and solidarity for greater impact.
G100-MAC connects, recognizes, empowers and supports women in creative media, broadcast media, print media, news media, electronic media, digital orinteractive media across domains like film, television, radio, print, music & sound, literature, publishing, photography, digital entertainment, PR and all media arts & communication segments, to expand their networks, amplify their voices and celebrate excellence.
G100-MAC is a G100 wing network of '100 Country Clubs' creating a circle of Connection, Coalition, Collaboration & Change with influential women in the media arts & communication sector in 100 different countries. We are a global wing out of 100 wings at G100 - an influential group of 100 global women leaders in 100 diverse sectors, supported by 100 He-for-She Champions for powerful advocacy and impact across global and government organisations towards a gender-equal future.
Our G100 wing focuses on women in the media arts & communication sector globally. As a multi-disciplinary group of women from different domains of media (creative, broadcast, print, news, digital and electronic), we are fostering a network of women in media with a global, cross-cultural, intersectional and intentional perspective toward economic and social empowerment, as we amplify our impact and celebrate our collective excellence. Together we will define, design and determine a new future for ourselves with equity, inclusion and parity for all.
G100-MAC is under the leadership of the G100 Global Chair - Alex Okoroji.
Meet Some of our Eminent Country Members & Advisory Members
The G100 is an influential group of 100 women leaders from across the world in 100 sectors leading 100 global wings, supported by 100 eminent He for She champions (Denim Club) and 100 Country Clubs for powerful advocacy, awareness & impact across governments, institutions and organisations for a gender equal future.
G100 comprises of a league of luminaries including Nobel Laureates, Heads of State, Ministers, Philanthropists, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Professionals, Corporate and Community Leaders. As an action think tank comprising 100 sector wings, led by 100 Global Chairs respectively, who further nominate 100 country chairs in 100 countries for global reach and impact. Country chairs foster a community of 100 influential members directly or through further distributed leadership.
Together, we provide thought leadership and concrete policy recommendations to a diverse set of stakeholders, governments and multilateral institutions worldwide, like the United Nations, EU, AU, G7 and G20. on whatever needs to be done for the economic and social empowerment of women and all globally.
G100 is supported by The Denim Club: Group of 100 He-for-She Champions globally, comprising leaders and luminaries from the business, corporate and political domains, each leading a sector of influence and having their companies and institutions in support of gender parity and equality. They will advocate for gender equity and balance, mitigate barriers to women’s leadership, commit to women’s greater C-suite representation, and fuel funding for female founders.
‘Denim’ is symbolic of our common ground. It belongs to all of us equally as a place of comfort for cool and candid conversations. The sturdy denim stands for the solid dialogue between genders and the strength of solidarity that we aspire for. Together we can co-create a better, balanced world for women, and for all, through the inclusive agency of women, supported by men champions. We are co-creating a bold and beautiful model of working together in shared vision and aligned actions with gender respect, balance and parity. Our stellar example of solidarity is a shining testimony to the power of women and men walking together in purpose and mutual empowerment for the greater good of a more sustainable, balanced, progressive and peaceful world for all.
Together, we will unite and amplify the collective voice and vision of women and men worldwide for our parity and progress in the full spirit and spectrum of gender equality, human fulfilment and sustainable development.
G100-MAC is non-political, non-religious, and non-dogmatic. We have a philanthropic vision and inclusive ethos of mutual empowerment by women helping women in the 'she-for-she' spirit of sisterhood, creating circles of support. Our core values include;
We are aware of the important role that different domains of the media play in framing conversations and narratives about women in different sectors and how we must elevate and improve the presentation and representation of women better if we are going to foster a gender-equal future in this decade.
We need more women working together in solidarity. Media is at the core of equitable development and having more women play at the centre of leadership in various domains is important to support the development and create balance - in terms of freedom, capacity, and sustainability. We can use our different domains to help facilitate trade and transmit ideas and innovation across boundaries. Our work also supports human development, bringing health, technology, education, culture, arts and information to those who need them.
As gatekeepers of information, content creators, communicators, artists, stakeholders and broadcasters of ideas, news or content; in whichever domain or segment of communication we operate in, we need to improve the way women are seen and heard, by using our platforms to speak out, co-creating synergies for advancement, encouraging women to be part of policy-making, amplify their voices and give them opportunities to claim space for the social and economic benefits of ALL.
G100 is a mutual auspice of the non-profit organisation and the world's largest international women's chamber, ALL Ladies League (ALL). In the long years through ALL's work, we have learned that there is nothing more powerful than a group of women united in purpose. A group of women, connected in sisterhood, share and care in mutual empowerment - opening unimaginable possibilities for ALL. Alone we strive. Together we thrive. The beautiful success of our various platforms is a testimony and tribute to the power of women’s groups.
Founded and headquartered in India, All Ladies League (ALL) is a registered non-profit organisation with a strong sisterhood of 250,000 women, across 120 countries, en route to our Mission Million via the leadership of all members, chapter chairs and the eminent G100.
G100-MAC chapters are circles of support, driven by a tribe and vibe of sisterhood, uniting women globally as a ‘worldwide web of women’, for empowering our energy, engagement and economic enterprise in all walks of life.
Membership into our sector wing is FREE and ideal for professional women in creative media, broadcast media, print media, news media, electronic media, digital or interactive media across domains like film, television, radio, music & sound, publishing, internet and all media arts & communication segments - i.e. Filmmakers, Screen Actors, Voice Actors, Authors, Music &SoundRecording Artists, Broadcasters (Radio & Television), Speakers, Journalists, Media Personalities, Bloggers, Publicists, Magazine Editors, Book Publishers, Writers, PodcastHosts, Photographers, Visual and Graphic Designers, Digital Content Creators, Animators, Illustrators, Audio Publishers and any woman working in broadcast media, entertainment and communication arts.
G100-MAC is creating a sister circle, safety net and support network to help women in the Media Arts & Communication sector improve their industry skills and leadership capacity. We will join our voices to highlight women's social, economic, cultural and professional achievements in the media arts & communication sector and actively counter policies that threaten our core values and rights as women globally. We will proffer solutions and offer normative policy recommendations to multilateral institutions to help us achieve full gender equality and women empowerment across all ambits and domains of the media arts sector globally.
By the global leadership of the G100 Global Chair, along with her denim partner, the global advisory council and the inclusive insights fostered by the cross-continental and intersectional networks enabled by the 100 country chairs, their country advisory councils (CAC) and country club members across the world, G100 will gather a rich repository of expertise and experience with global and grassroots engagement - toward co-creating with the central G100 secretariat, a holistic "Vision Document" for policy suggestions and recommendations to multilateral institutions and governments agencies globally.
There are 3 different ways to be part of the G100 Media Arts & Communication Wing
Join a Country Club
You can join a G100-MAC Country Club HERE for FREE and connect with others in our global member's hub.
Lead a Country Club
If you are a seasoned professional who wants to make a difference, you can lead G100-MAC in your country.
Support our Mission
Support us by partnering with our country clubs, sponsoring an event or donating to our global projects.
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In this video, our Global Chair, Dr. Alex Okoroji invites YOU to join our community and other like-minded women and men who are co-creating a beautiful synergy of solidarity for a gender-equal future.
If you're already a G100-MAC member, you can log into our Private Community. If not, you can REGISTER to apply for a FREE invitation.
What We Offer Members
G is for Greatness - We've created amazing resources, projects and events to help our G100-MAC members amplify their global impact through connection, coalition, collaboration and celebration.
The G-Spot is one hour of (G)enius conversations with (G)lobal (G)amechangers. Each week you'll hear fresh voices across our sector, giving listeners strategic insights, tips and conversations to empower us to achieve greatness as women in media.
The G-Series is a monthly webinar that features LIVE interviews with high-profile global media executives, allowing our members to engage with these media experts, leaders and communicators in a virtual setting inside our member's G-Hub.
The G-Weekly is our G100-MAC's weekly industry newsletter featuring specially curated media-focused research, content from our media desk, professional development content and academic papers targeted at media arts & communication professionals.
The G-Centre is our Career Center, an active and expanding job bank. We curate monthly collaborative opportunities. We post announcements for open positions to enable our members to find better partnership projects, funding or employment.
Scholarship Support Program
TheG-Fundis an initiative that supports the next generation of women in media through education, by awarding scholarships to deserving young women pursuing media or communication careers across all domains of media arts.
G100 Awards in Media
Annual Award Gala
TheG100 Awardsin Media - is an annual gala that recognizes and honours exemplary women in all facets of media arts and communication. We celebrate and reward the women who have made inspirational contributions to the industry.
About G100-MAC Membership
The Tribe and Vibe ofSisterhood
As Soul Sisters & Brothers connected by our interest, dedication, passion and love for media & communication, through the G100-MAC tribe and vibe of sisterhood, our G-Wing helps connect positive and inspiring women in media arts and communication around a country club. It’s a free, sector network wherein every member takes part and contributes toward encouraging and enabling one another, and also setting goals and planning projects for developing engagement at all levels.
Guided by our Code of Conduct"All Positivity", the Global Chair provides overall direction for the entire sector while the Country Chair provides direction for each Country Club, but all members are equally custodians of our caring culture and empowering endeavours.
Having a spirited safety net and support network helps build our self-confidence individually and collectively. It is also a grooming ground for the leadership innate in one and all. By being part of a peaceful, positive, and purposeful community with a participatory ethos towards gender equality, we get ‘more done’ together and shift our mindset toward a “can do” spirit.
We give the Invitation of Honorary Membership to women in media arts & communication with an inclusive and inspired attitude of positivity, passion and purpose. We invite those who believe in the values of care, concern, courage, commitment and collaboration and shun negativity of any kind. We value positive energy and a positive attitude, as we need those in our lives and work to make a lasting difference in our sector. We also work and partner with supportive men. We welcome as “Affiliates,” and "champions" like-spirited NGOs and other organizations that are doing excellent work for the advancement of women in media arts & communication.
G100-MAC is a G100 wing under the auspices of ALL Ladies League (ALL). Membership into G100-MAC gives you automatic membership into the All Ladies League (ALL).
Volunteer to lead as a G100-MAC Country Chair in your Country Now! Or Connect to an existing Country Club HERE.
G100-MAC is under the leadership of the G100 Global Chair - Dr. Alex Okoroji. We're committed to creating a global circle of connection, coalition, collaboration, and change by developing the best guideposts and mandate for our global vision.
G100Global Chair - Media Arts & Communication
Dr. Alex Okoroji is a Nigerian Actress, Multiple Award-Winning Media Personality and Creative Leader - who has reinvented herself at every stage of her creative career as a Performing, Visual and Literary Artiste - navigating the world of Art, Media and Entertainment for almost two decades.
She has dedicated her career to multimedia content development across various applications, from film to television to radio, digital media, and print, as an Actor, TV Presenter, Talk Radio Host, Speaker, Author, Publisher and Voice Artist. She is also a Brand Communication Specialist and Creative Consultant who helps high-performing experts around the world to amplify their influence and create a bigger impact with their brands, platforms, message, products or services.
Listed as one of the Top 250 Most Influential Women in the World by Richtopia in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is the Founder of The BRAG Media Group, and CEO at The BRAG Media Company - a service arm offering brand consulting and creative media services.
The Global Advisory Council is made up of directors and advisory members who are influential women and men in media arts & communication working with the Global Chair and the Global Denim Partner to amplify the vision and mandate of the sector globally.
Director of Communications
Frankie Picasso is a Talk Show Host, Author, Artist, International SocialPreneur and Champion for Change who has been transforming lives and influencing culture for the past 30 years. She is a Certified Life, Business and Master Coach Trainer, Mentor and Activist. Frankie founded The Good Radio Network, a socially conscious radio platform as a vehicle for social impact and change. As a professional Artist, Frankie’s paintings have been featured in the International Book of Contemporary Artists Volume 6 and can be found on Fine Art America. Frankie’s book Midlife Mojo won her recognition and the Finalist WINNER award as one of the “50 Great Writers you should be Reading in 2015” and she now has 5 Best-Selling books to her credit. Frankie is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Founder of both The Good Radio Network and The Good Media Network.
Stella Damasus is a critically acclaimed Actor, Singer, Podcaster, Speaker, Acting coach, Publisher and Film Producer with over 20 years as an entertainer and over 100 films as an actor. She has won many awards globally like the Award for Best Actress at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2007) and Best Actress at the Golden Icons Academy Awards in Houston, Texas (2012) amongst others. Stella has been a strong voice for the education of women, consistently fights against underage marriages and injustice against women and young girls. She is the founder of ADIVA Networks, a media and consulting company; Stella Damasus Arts Foundation, An Actor's Playhouse, and is the Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of ADIVA Magazine. She is also a certified relationship coach and a mother.
Michelle Madina Sow Jeanty is a born dancer, writer, and storyteller, who navigated from working in Finance to her Heart Passion by creating her organisation: Connecting Africa & Diaspora LLC, a Delaware-based company. Since then she's been advocating for Art and Culture around Afro Culture, Peace, Women, and Indigenous communities worldwide, especially in Latin America. She defines herself as the Voice of the Voiceless, a Panafricanist, and a Spiritual Entrepreneur who believes Love and Unity will save the day. She is also an MBA and has passed the US CPA examinations in Pennsylvania. She has been working for almost 15 years in the World of Audit and Finance, first for the Big 4 (EY then PwC) in Abidjan and Paris, then as an expatriate CFO for CFAO in Dar Es Salaam and a Head of Finance (Assistant VP of Global Controls) for Kayak in Copenhagen. Her current projects include Art and Culture for Peace - upcoming event, A TV show and a movie currently being co-written, a book and obviously the big one with Pr Ryo Takahashi: Global Peace Mission and United States of Afrika-Afrika56.
Clara Rufai is a Speaker, Writer, Podcaster, Author, Coach, Compliance Professional, Entrepreneur and Corporate Lawyer. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with 3 decades of experience under her belt, mainly within the financial services sector. She is also a Book Consultant, Storyteller, Business Leader and Mentor building a network-marketing community of over 3000 partners. Clara Rufai is the author of 3 Books including "Prison Break: The 9-5 Escape Agenda". She is also co-author of the book, "40 Pearls of Wisdom". In 2020, Clara was inducted into the World Book of Greatness as a Creator of Greatness. She is the Founder and President of The SHINE Zone, a social enterprise specialising in leadership, personal development and empowerment while creating platforms, resources, and tools for individuals and businesses to find their Shine Zone(s) and thrive. She is also the Editor-In-Chief of SHINE Magazine, the Host of the Shine Capsules Podcast, the Convener of the annual Leap And Shine Conference, and the Creator of the annual Shine Legacy Awards.
Dixie Gillaspie is the author of Just Blow It Up - Firepower for Living an Unlimited Life and co-author with Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Bernie Siegel, and others, of The Thought That Changed My Life Forever. She is a past member of the Forbes Coaches Council and has also been an Executive Editor for The Good Men Project and a weekly columnist for Entrepreneur.com, Her articles have also been featured in numerous publications including HuffPost, Fox News, Thrive Global, and MariaShriver.com. As a revered speaker, she is the TEDx presenter of “Feminine Traits and the Business Economy” and in 2017 she was honored as a “Woman of the Decade in Enterprise and Innovation” by the Women Economic Forum. Dixie's 30 years as a business leader and entrepreneur, combined with her deep passion for creation, innovation, and bringing out the highest and best in her fellow humans, adds a wealth of inspiring wisdom and grounded pragmatism to all her enterprises.
Cresta Durojaiye, CPO® is a Certified Professional Organizer, and one of Africa's leading Productivity Experts, Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Life Strategist who teaches and empowers people with practical tools and strategies to live fuller and perform optimally. She is the host of the weekly podcast, Life Lessons w/ Cresta Durojaiye. She is the author of the book, MAD HOUSE, and co-author of the book, ‘40 Pearls of Wisdom’, - an anthology featuring 40 inspiring stories by 40 women. She serves as the Founding Chairperson of the Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals in Nigeria (APON). She is the Founder of Cresta Durojaiye Productivity Academy (CDPA) and the Founder of PineTree Group of companies. She is a WEF London 2019 Speaker and Recipient of the WEF London 2019 Iconic Woman Award. She is also the recipient of the London 2020 Shine Legacy Award in Productivity. Cresta is passionate about creating systems and structures for organized workflow and personal transformation.
Shilpi Shah is a Digital Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Writer & Geologist. Shilpi is an alumna of the Indian Institute of Calcutta with 12 years of experience working in diverse domains. From being a Geologist to conducting Interviews with Entrepreneurs on a global level. Shilpi is currently serving in the PR & Digital Marketing Domain and has expertise in media publications, Influencer Endorsements, Sponsors & Brand Collaboration. She has been helping women in their start-ups to build media relations and fetch them periodicals and trade through her network. She served as chair of the Ladies Club from 2014 to 2017 and has been awarded the Fuzia Star three times. She has also worked as a Content Writer, writing blogs on platforms like JFH, Budding Star, Momspresso and more.
Nana Karikari is a Multiple Award-winning Broadcast and Digital Journalist. She received Emmy nominations for her contribution to CNN’s reporting of the 2013 War in Syria and the live coverage of 2013 Israel-Gaza conflict. Karikari is also a Peabody Awards Recipient for the network’s 2011 reporting of the Arab Spring, 2010 coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the coverage of 2008 U.S. Presidential Primary Campaigns and Debates. Additionally, Karikari is a member of the United Nations Correspondent Association. As a National Producer at Fox News Network, Karikari produces original content and global affairs. In addition to her role in the newsroom, Karikari is assigned to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where she reports and produces high-stakes meetings and events.
Sandra Adu is a design director, multidisciplinary design educator and cultural policy researcher, who has harnessed her myriad design talents over the sprawling decade of her illustrious design career. She has always associated herself with branding and design initiatives that have effectively fostered positive organisational growth and behavioural changes. She is the founder of Black Girls in Design and has over the years played a crucial role in helping agencies to deliver exceptional creative projects for a diverse and exciting client base across multiple platforms. Her journey as a designer began with a mission to help small businesses to fight their corner. Her notable clients have been Hsbc, Net-A-Porter, REN, L'Artisan Parfumeur, META, JP Morgan, and Puma.
Eshani Mathur is a Digital Audience & Newsroom Specialist, Painter, Writer & Speaker. She is also the Head of Social Media at Editorji, a news app startup. During the course of her career, she has held strategic and leadership positions in India’s biggest news organizations, including Hindustan Times, NDTV, and India’s national broadcaster Doordarshan News and BloombergQuint. She is experienced in setting up integrated newsrooms, building digital audiences and driving digital business. At BloombergQuint, Eshani played a vital role in building the organization from the ground up. A graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, with a Master's in Journalism from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication, she began her versatile career in the media industry as a reporter with the national daily Hindustan Times and went on to build the Digital Wing of Doordarshan News.
Jyoti Tiwari is an Author, Gender Rights Activist, Citizen Journalist, Podcaster, and POSH Trainer. She is the Gold Medalist of Dr Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Essay writing contest, and the winner of Sri Prem Chand Kahani Puraskar, Punjab University Woman of Substance by SRL Diagnostics 2016. She holds a PG Diploma in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a PG diploma in Translation from IGNOU, and a BA(Hons) from Punjab University. Jyoti is a published author of the Amazon best-selling book “Anuurag”, and has published a new book, “Ladka Hua hai.” with rave reviews from fans, supporters and readers alike. She has vast experience dealing with the media as she has previously worked with All India Radio (Akashwani Lucknow) as a newsreader cum translator. Jyoti is a Podcaster and host of The Jyoti Tiwari Show. She is a blogger and citizen journalist and has also Co-authored research reports to the Government of India.
Patricia Chica is a Canadian Producer, Director, Coach, Speaker and Chi Energy Educator born in El Salvador and grew up in Montréal, Québec, Canada. She is the President of Flirt Films and ChicArtProductions. Since her teens, Chica has directed and/or produced over 50 hours of content for film and television and won over 60 international awards. She has over two decades of experience writing, directing, producing and promoting award-winning films and TV for major networks and clients in North America, France and the UK. Exceptionally skilled at supervising every aspect of the filmmaking process from conception to promotion. Creative producer, coach, mentor, and trilingual public speaker. She now divides her time between Los Angeles and Montreal. She is a member of Women In Film, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Canadian Academy, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Film Fatales and an alumna of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, among many others.
Yasmina Azhari is a Forbes-listed Businesswoman, leader and International Speaker who has spoken on many prestigious platforms across the world including the World Bank, the Arab-Australian Chamber of Commerce and many more. Yasmina was selected 4 times by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Powerful Arab Business Women and was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women in the Arab World by the Arabian Business and CEO Middle East and was awarded by E&Y as the "Best Entrepreneur of the Year". She was honored at the Hall of Fame in Shanghai by E&Y. In March 2019, Yasmina was honored in “Arab Women Creators” by Diwan Ahel Al Qalam in Beirut, Lebanon and was appointed at the beginning of 2021, in G100 as one of the 100 Global Women Leaders. Yasmina Azhari served as the G100 Global Chair for Public Relations from 2021-2022.
Yuri Cataldo is a Techo-optimist working at the intersection of technology and art. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, best-selling author, podcaster and emerging tech strategist who combines the mindset of an artist and a technologist. Once named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders in Indiana, Yuri brings years of experience in the arts, design, entrepreneurship, marketing, innovation, and publicity, in addition to advising founders, artists, and startups. Mr. Cataldo graduated from the Yale School of Drama. He is a classically trained set and costume designer (with a BA in Communications, Theatre, and Drama from Indiana University, a degree in Set Design from The Julliard School, and a Master's Degree in Production Design from Yale University). He is an Artistic Designer turned entrepreneur with credits on Broadway, Dance, Film, and Opera. He previously founded the highly publicized bottled water company - IndigoH2O, the only multiple award-winning bottled alkaline water in the world and the 2015 best-tasting water in the world.
John Njamah is a Nigerian Film Director, Actor & Writer and has since carved a niche for himself for over 32 years in the Nigerian Creative Industry. He is a Dramatic Arts graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife where he majored in Directing. He also has a certificate in Music Arts from the same University. John Njamah has taken part in several stage, television and film productions, and has won several awards. He was also involved in a BBC Voices Project and Radio drama called STORY STORY. In the early years of his career, he worked with Collective Artiste, a Theatre Organization affiliated with the U.S.I.S (United States Information Service) with Chuck Mike as Artistic Director. John Njamah is a member of the Director's Guild of Nigeria (DGN). Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and Association of Movie Producers (AMP). He is also a member of the Nigeria Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC). He is the founder and Director at The Actor's Resource Group and Founder & Creative Director at ColorbarMedia 707.
Sanjeev Pundir is a Writer, Content Creator, Voice Actor and Poet. He worked as a copywriter and content creator for One Network Entertainment Pvt.Ltd from 2016 - 2021. His recent copywriting work includes writing TV commercials for brands like Nykaa, Kingfisher and Big Basket. Together with that, he has written Radio Jingles, a Pan-Indian Travel and Food show for Dainik Jagran in collaboration with Radio City. A chat programme featuring various artists for the channel Showbox, Together with digital content for brands like Tata Sky and a Rap Anthem for Kingfisher. He has done voice-overs and dubbed several projects along with songwriting. He also developed a concept and screenplay for the brand, BASF.For TV Broadcasts, Sanjeev wrote ten episodes for the show called "Bollywood Icons" broadcasted on TaTa Sky and Shemaroo and the music show, "Swag in the City" for TV Channel Showbox. He has also written Radio Jingles for the Government in India, a short film titled "House Husband" for Humara movies, Digital Gags for Comedy One, and has reviewed many films under the channel “Review Jockey”.
Funmi Eko is a Media Personality, Communication Specialist and Trainer with focus on personal branding, and cultural, social, and health issues. She was awarded the Global Diaspora Champion Award by the American Caribbean Chamber of Commerce for her work in advocating for diaspora affairs in the United States and for her extensive work in improving health education with a focus on Sickle Cell in West Africa under her nonprofit, RedConnectNg. Funmi Eko has over a decade of experience working in Television, Radio, Film and Documentary in organizations like DAAR Communication, Classic FM in Lagos, Nigeria, and consulted for various media and government agencies (foreign and local). She hosts ‘The Village Meeting’ on YouTube and Anchor FM. She is also a trainer in communication and customer service and has a background in Mass Communications. She actively headed the Marketing team for the transport revolution in West Africa located in Lagos Bus Rapid Services which is still running. Her NGO tackles the horrors of Sickle Cell and its long-term side effects.
Carolyna Hutchings is a Scottish-Nigerian actress, film producer and CEO of Kinetic Media. She has been an actress and producer for over two decades. Carolyna Hutchings has featured in over 100 movies, including Netflix. She was nominated in the category for best supporting actress in the maiden edition of the NEA Awards, Maryland USA. She won the best actress in the year 2007 in the maiden edition of the Tinapa Movie Awards. Carolyna founded Kinetic Media, a film production company that has successfully produced two award-winning movies, IN THE CUPBOARD which received 16 nominations both locally and internationally and won 6 award awards at the 2012 GIAMA Awards, USA. 2012. She is currently the Director of Investment for the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). Her second movie, STALKER (2016) received 12 nominations at the 2015 GIAMA Awards and won Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress. It also received 12 nominations and won 3 awards at the 2016 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards. Stalker also won the best film at the Harlem Film Festival in New York.
Sneha Kala is a Speaker, Communication Specialist, POSH Trainer and a seasoned professional with over ten years of experience in organizational development consulting, excels in empowering employees through communication, behavioral, and soft skills to boost productivity. Notably, Sneha is an acknowledged expert in workplace safety laws, particularly the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013. She serves as a government-appointed resource person and has successfully trained over 12,000 employees across diverse sectors, contributing to a safer and more gender-neutral workplace. Her overarching aim is to advocate for equality in all spheres.
Dr. Nabila Fash is a PR expert, anchor of the wildly popular TV show, Footie Moments with Nabila and owner of the multi-enterprise; Diamante Global Ventures Ltd, a public relations and business consulting company. She is an Associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. An avid football fan, who works with professional footballers both home and abroad. She has a BSc degree from the University of Lagos, a Professional Diploma from the London School of Public Relations amongst other certificates. Nabila Fash is also an MBA graduate with distinction. She received a doctorate award from the Commonwealth University, July 2022. Her professional career started in London, United Kingdom before relocating back to Nigeria where she also worked with MultiChoice Nigeria as a PR/Social Media Executive.
Our Country Chairs are influential media arts and communication professionals leading their Country Club, taking the mission forward into deep interiors, and into the hearts and minds of every woman and ALL within their communities.
South Africa Country Chair
Mayuri Naidu is a South African actress trained in film, television, theatre, and voice. She is a familiar face in the Durban theatre scene and has done numerous television dramas, including Muvhango, High Rollers, Broken Vows, and currently, Generations. She has also dubbed hundreds of Spanish telenovelas over the years. She is best known for her starring role as Dhananjay "Dhanny" Rangila in the SABC3 telenovela High Rollers.
Mayuri is trained in contemporary, modern, hip hop and Latin America Dance and has a keen ear for languages. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Africa (Unisa) and currently studying animal welfare through Unisa. She has a strong interest in educating people about domestic animal care and changing legislation to protect animals as much as possible.
Natalie Fort is a multiple award-winning Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor and Television Host based in Ghana, West Africa.
She serves as Patron of the Ghana Philanthropy Forum, a Board Member supporting Grant & Partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (Ghana), and Advisory Board Member of the World Sustainability Organisation.
Beginning her career in Broadcasting with TV3 Network of the Media General Group, Natalie quickly grew to become the network’s youngest and most sought after news anchors, presenting its prime-time bulletin - News 360 every weekday. Natalie’s success in media begun in her work anchoring the weekday news.
Dr. Naomi Osemedua is a Storyteller, Speaker, Podcaster & Global Strategic Communicator who has been featured in High impact events and spoken on stages across Four Continents. She is passionate about Human Capacity Development and loves to speak with humor, using real-life stories to keep her audience captivated.
She has also been listed as one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspiring women 2020 by Leading Ladies Africa and in June 2022, she was listed among the 100 Most Impactful Women by Richer Woman Inc and the Vanguard Allure for her work in contributing towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is fondly called the SPARKLE QUEEN, for sprinkling her “Sparkle Effect” on everything she touches. As the CEO of the CentreStage Company - she is on a mission to help entrepreneurs turn their stories into profits and impact their world like only they can.
Aalia Lanius is a multiple award-winning Novelist, Media Executive and producer, seasoned businesswoman, and recently debuted filmmaker based in Los Angeles.
As Founder and President of UNSUGARCOATED Media, a 501c3 media production enterprise, Lanius uses her creative skills to mentor and facilitate media and live events that empower survivors of trauma—largely through storytelling.
Nominated for “Mother of the Year 2019” for American Mothers, Lanius shares her heart wrenching, yet inspirational personal story in an effort to remind others of their own resilience. Featured in interviews around the globe, Lanius takes the representation of underdogs to another level as the media industry comes to appreciate her message.
Swapna Abraham is a multiple world record holder, singer-songwriter, actor, author, interior designer, mentor, and marketing and branding enthusiast with her roots and formation in India and prime experience in the UAE. She is a multiple world record holder and award winner.
Swapna has authored and produced 21 musical albums and performed extensively on the international gospel music platform. Holding 4 world records in singing and songwriting with the Golden Book of World Records, her book entailing the journey and lessons through the 1000-day world record journey is soon to be published.
A mentor in singing and songwriting, Swapna championed the first branded karaoke cafe “Kafeoke” in India with a school for singing and songwriting and a recording studio. She is also known for her acting performances as Donna in the Mamma Mia musical directed by the late Mithran Devanesan, and Meenakshi in the Tamil feature film Nadunissi Naaygal directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon.
Lisa Burke is an experienced broadcaster having spent the bulk of her career presenting live television with Sky News, plus BBC, Channel 4, Fox News, many other Sky channels, RTE (Ireland) and RTL (Luxembourg). Her reporting has covered national and international assignments, documentaries and radio.
In Luxembourg, Lisa created RTL Today which has now become the biggest English news platform in the country. Now, she hosts and produces a weekly radio show and podcast: 'The Lisa Burke Show'.
Lisa is in high demand as a host and moderator, covering TED talks, all Luxembourg Space Agency work, finance, health, entrepreneurship, tech, science, European Institution events and many more. She is a public speaking coach, and launched the first Presenting & Debating Society at the University of LUxembourg. Additionally, Lisa is a sought-after voice-over artist, a trained classical singer and pianist. Whilst living in Abu Dhabi for two years, Lisa wrote for The National newspaper.
Machérie EKWA BAHANGO is a Congolese writer and director passionate about cinema. Machérie is self-taught. Maki'la is her first film as a director. Machérie was invited to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in 2017 as a young talent invited to a round table organized by the OIF and the French Institute.
In December 2017, Machérie was selected for the Berlinale Talents 2018 program but was unable to participate because Maki'la was selected the same year at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival in the Forum section.
Her film Maki'la has made about twenty festivals around the world and has won several awards such as the JCC Jury Prize and the Golden Screen at the Festival Écrans Noirs in Yaoundé. Machérie participated in the film Félicité by Alain Gomis. She was in charge of translating the script into Lingala..
Jannette Riffo M. is a Media Specialist, Journalist and Editor born in Chile and lives in Argentina. She is the owner of Agencia Milla Turismo S.p.A. and founder of "Tu Revista Emprendedora", a trilingual digital magazine and the first media in Latin America that connects entrepreneurs and professionals, establishing entrepreneurial journalism. She leads a team whose essence is based on the contribution of supportive and collaborative women. Her journey as a journalist and digital press at APEC in Chile started in 2007-2008, when she created the CCTV program "Mundo Emprendedor" in the city of Venado Tuerto and later created a radio program on Radio Nacional de Rosario called "Mujer Siglo XXI”.
Specialized in communication, she is also the Author of the workshops "Let's sell", "From Doing to Being", "The Entrepreneurial Footprint" and "What Do You Want to Communicate?
Vanessa Garduno is a Brand Strategist, Writer and Speaker Manager with a passion to make purpose-driven personal brands shine. She has a double master's (Internationalization of Companies and Marketing Administration) with a degree in International Business and more than 10 years of wealth of marketing & sales experience in LATAM & UE across a wide range of sectors (Horeca, recycling, consulting, corporate finance, events & editorial), including local and international brands.
She defines herself as a constant learner and barrier breaker. Five years ago, she co-founded Branding for Writers (a branding and representation agency for authors and speakers) with the aim of making the content in non-fiction books shine and build authentic personal brands that create permanence and leave a mark on people's hearts through the voice of their authors, marketing, design and brave creativity.
Gabriela Mitri is a Podcast Host, Speaker & Founder of Speakhers Co. She helps amplify women’s voices and increase female representation in leadership positions. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, she is a Communicator from the University of Monterrey and has a master's degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Alcalá, Spain.
She began her career as a journalist and later migrated to Corporate Communications, leading the internal communications strategy, work environment and employee experience for multinational companies such as Whirlpool, GE Healthcare, Industrias Peñoles and Nemak. After 15 years of work experience, she found her purpose of helping more female professionals reach and act in decision-making forums. She created a community of professionals and entrepreneurs called Speakhers, which encourages them to find their voice and become persons of influence in their industry, increasing visibility and female representation.
Carmen Gloria Arroyo Garcia is a TV Host & Lawyer. She has served as the host of popular television programs dedicated to providing legal help and guidance to citizens. Among them “La Jueza” (CHV), “Gente como tú” (CHV), “Se Busca” (CHV) and “Carmen Gloria at your service” (TVN). Before her participation in television, she achieved public notoriety in her profession in 2004 when she took on emblematic cases of national relevance such as: The case of Rodrigo Orias (murder in the Cathedral) and Gemita Bueno (Spiniack case). It was at that time that she began her relationship with television, being invited on several occasions as a panelist on the program "The Thermometer" of Chilevisión.
She has led important private and government campaigns focused on overcoming poverty, gender violence and protecting vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children. Since March 2018, she is part of the Grupo Defensa law firm, where she frequently participates in talks and other activities aimed at promoting education on family issues and other legal matters.
Freda Liu is a Broadcast Journalist, Speaker, Author and Moderator. She is a vivacious communicator who has lived and breathed business in the past decade with Malaysia's only business radio station and has conducted over 5000 interviews with some prominent names including Simon Sinek, Former Prime Minister of Finland Alexander Stubb, author Stephen Covey, Pocket Rocket Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser Price, motivational speaker Nick Vijucic, former GE CEO Jack Welch to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Freda is highly sought after as a moderator, emcee and trainer too. She has moderated and emceed many corporate events with major names like SAP, Microsoft and many others. She has also trained on personal branding and women empowerment with the likes of Accenture and Intel to name a few. Freda is the author of several books including "PR Yourself" and “Shake & Spear Your Business. She's now working on her 7th book called "Audacity". She was awarded the ASEAN Rice Bowl Awards for Malaysia Startup Journalist Of The Year and a nominee for MaGIC’s Social Enterprise journalist.
Kesi Gardner is a storyteller, educator, and marketing strategist who develops media relations and public relations campaigns for personal brands and companies. Her site is regarded as one of the world’s best marketing blogs by FeedSpot. For more than two decades, she has worked in non-profits, public relations, and marketing positions, and now serves as the Director of The Storyteller Agency. Co, which specializes in public relations, content development, marketing counseling, and influencer marketing.
Kesi is a commentator who has been on CVM’s In Live at 7 with Simon Crosskill, TVJ’s Smile Jamaica, CVM-TV Sunrise, Global Voices.org, Caribbean Radio.com, Jamaica Observer’s Page 2, Buzz Caribbean, Caribbean Business Report, and Philanthropy.com, among others. She has a master’s degree in strategic communication with a focus on social media marketing from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Kesi began her career as a graphic designer for a variety of firms, including McCann-Erickson Jamaica, a multi-national advertising agency, where she obtained vital experience in developing and bringing to life the “big idea.”
Reim El Houni trained in the BBC and worked her way up the ladder primarily working on the production of corporate films, TV commercials, webcasts and events. She moved to Dubai in 2007 where she was catapulted back into the broadcast world, producing & directing the first English language locally produced TV show for broadcaster, Dubai One. She became an Executive Producer and Head of Events at the channel, responsible for developing a range of lifestyle programming and for live TV coverage of key events in the Dubai calendar everything from the opening of Burj Khalifa to the then-popular Dubai International Film Festival.
Reim launched her own production company Ti22 Films in January 2011 servicing both corporates & broadcasters. Ti22 Films has won 11 New York Festival Awards & an additional 13 finalist awards and in 2014 was awarded its first Cannes Corporate Media and TV Award. Reim has worked with some of the globes largest multinationals such as Amazon, Reebok, Swarovski, LG Electronics, to name a few, and broadcasters such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Times of India, BBC and many more..
Zeina El Akhawi is a Media Consultant and Executive Producer for Radio and Tv who's passion for media is beyond description. Zeina is the Chief Executive Officer "CEO" at Radio Press Akhawi Production House based in Lebanon where her team’s combined experiences have created Award winning Programs in collaboration with BBC, Monte Carlo, Qatar Media Corporation, Radio Holland (Arabic ) Radio Abu Dhabi, and many others producing Series, Documentaries, Educational, Social, Medical & Musical in collaboration with "Moods By Z" where a range of additional services put more information in front of the audience via Social Media, Video ads Photography, Websites Content Creation & more.
Zeina was born in Lebanon into a family that instilled in her a love of Radio & Media by spending a lot of time in studios with her very famous parents who were also media professionals. After school, Zeina decided to take her interests to the next level by studying Mass communication & Photography at Beirut University College, (BUC) Lebanon. She is a firm believer that Images and Photography is the perfect medium to navigate ideas around the world.
Odaz Lightbourne CIM, Inst.M also known as Dazzy The Demi is a Personal Brand Strategist and Senior Digital Media Strategist, EQ Master Practitioner, and Media Personality. She is a published author and an award-winning professional in the Sales & (Internet) Marketing Industry. Odaz was also the co-host of the now voluntarily retired, popular morning show on Guardian 96.9FM with international reach: Rush Hour w/Howard & Dazzy and has been regularly featured on internal print and audio media within the last 5 years.
Odaz enjoys conversations about personal development, branding, neurodivergence and biohacking. She also writes an active newsletter on Linkedin. .
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Ike Nnaebue is a Multiple Award-winning Nigerian Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer. He is also a Cultural Entrepreneur and Personal Development Coach. Ike’s new film No U-Turn made the Panorama special selection at the Berlin International Festival - Berlinale 2022. The film received a Special Jury Mention in the Best Documentary category and was rated by critics as one of the top 10 films in the 72nd Berlinale. No U-Turn was commissioned by ARTE with additional funding from World Cinema Fund (WCF), CNC Selective Fund, and Region Ile-de-France.