- Giles Duley
Giles Duley, Hon FRPS, worked as a successful fashion and music photographer for ten years. However, having become disillusioned with celebrity culture, he decided to abandon photography and left London to begin work as a full-time carer. It was in this role that he rediscovered his craft and its power to tell the stories of those without a voice. In 2000, he returned to photography, personally funding trips to document the work of NGOs and the stories of those affected by conflict across the world.
In 2011, Duley lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan whilst photographing those caught up in the conflict. He was told he would never walk again and that his career was over. However, characteristically stubborn, Duley told his doctors “I’m still a photographer”, and returned to work less than 18 months later. Duley has since documented stories in Lebanon and Jordan, and went back to Afghanistan in October, 2012, to complete his original assignment. His return was the feature of the award-winning documentary, Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline. His work has since been featured in numerous papers and magazines, and he has talked about his experiences on television, radio and at several international and national events.
His TEDx talk was voted one of the top ten TED talks of 2012. Duley is a Trustee for the Italian NGO Emergency and ambassador for Sir Bobby Charlton’s landmine charity Find A Better Way. In 2013, he won the May Chidiac Award for Bravery in Journalism and the AIB Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
- Poulomi Basu
Poulomi Basu is an Indian storyteller, artist and activist. She was born and raised by her mother in Calcutta. Although no exposure to photography growing up, she found early inspiration in the city’s rich cinematic history.
After her father’s sudden death when Poulomi was 17, her mother told her to leave home, to follow her dreams and live a life of breadth and choices that was denied to her. Since then, Poulomi prefers the path less trodden. Time and again, she has found herself amongst ordinary people who quietly challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of the world in which they live: rural women in armed conflict, women forced in exile, a mother’s pain for a son lost to ISIS. Poulomi is forever in awe of the resilience shown by those in extraordinary circumstance, by those who are bent but not broken. Her work has become known for documenting the role of women in isolated communities and conflict zones and more generally for advocating for the rights of women.
In December 2015, she shared a platform with the parents of the Nirbhaya Delhi rape victim talking about her social activist initiative, The Rape in India Project. And, in January 2016 at the UN Young Changemakers Conclave, Poulomi spoke on the social impact of sustainable development with specific reference to her long-term project A Ritual of Exile and her collaboration with NGO Water Aid and their To Be A Girl campaign, which raised £2 million, using her work. She was invited in January 2016 to speak at the National Geographic Annual Seminar in D.C.
Poulomi was featured alongside Hilary Clinton as one of the one of the ‘Amazing women from around the world giving their best advice’ by Refinery29. Poulomi was part of the VII Mentor Program.
She is the Director of Just Another Photo Festival, a traveling guerrilla visual media festival that democratizes photography by taking it to the people and forging new audiences. Her festival was shortlisted by BJP as 2015’s most ‘Cool and Noteworthy’ and in 2016 in JM Colberg’s Conscientious Photography Magazine as an alternate voice of the ‘audience’ in this rare photo land.
Poulomi’s ongoing work A Ritual Of Exile won the Magnum Emergency Fund 2016, and was a W.Eugene Smith Finalist 2016. Additionally the Magnum Foundation also awarded her the What Works 2016 Human Right Fellow grant and she was nominee for the FOAM Paul Huff award in 2015. She won the Firecracker 2nd place in 2015 for Mothers of ISIS Fighters which is due for an exhibition on Poetics of War and Secrecy in Oxford 2017. She was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellow in 2012 among many others.
Poulomi’s works has been exhibited in a variety of venues such as the Bronx Documentary Centre NY, House of Commons and Palace of Westminster, St. James’ Palace, London; Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting, Geneva, Human Rights Watch Fundraising Exhibition and to even the villages and fringe communities in the streets of India.
- Michael Vince Kim
Michael Vince Kim was born in Los Angeles, CA to Korean parents, but relocated to Argentina at a young age. He studied Film Directing at Fundación Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires and holds an MA Honours in Linguistics from The University of Edinburgh. He later went on to receive an MA in Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication.
His work concentrates on issues of migration and identity with a focus on the Korean diaspora in post-Soviet states and Latin America. He is the recipient of the Magnum ‘30 Under 30’ Award and the 1st prize in the People Stories category of the World Press Photo 2017 Contest.
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- Sam Gregory
Sam Gregory helps people use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights change. He is Program Director of WITNESS (www.witness.org), the leading organization supporting anyone anywhere to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights; he also teaches the first graduate level course at Harvard on harnessing the power of new visual and participatory technologies for human rights change. Sam leads WITNESS’ Innovation Initiatives, advocates to technology companies on how their platforms are used for human rights change, leads WITNESS’ work on the award-winning ObscuraCam and CameraV tools and helped co-found the global Video4Change network. In 2015, he launched the ‘Mobil-Eyes Us’ initiative focused on combining the experience of live and immersive video with the power of distributed networks to drive more meaningful and useful global activism.
He has worked on impactful campaigns worldwide, and video advocacy he has supported has engaged decision-makers in the U.S. Congress, the U.K. Houses of Parliament, and the United Nations and contributed to changes in policy, practice and law. He has created a range of innovative training programs and teaching texts and was lead editor on ‘Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism’ (Pluto Press, 2005). He has spoken at the White House, Davos, the WIRED conference and at the Amnesty Global Activism meeting and been published in WIRED, the Journal of Human Rights Practice, American Anthropologist and Information, Communication and Society. Sam was a 2010 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident on the future of video-based advocacy, 2012 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, in 2013 a ‘Future for Good’ Institute for the Future Fellow on the future of activism, in 2015 a Gifted Citizen prize awardee of the Ciudad de Las Ideas and in 2016 a WIRED Innovation Fellow. Sam has an MA in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, attending as a Kennedy Memorial Scholar, and a BA from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Human Rights, and of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court.
- Isabelle Gattiker
Isabelle Gattiker (born in 1978) is the General and Programme Director of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), in Geneva, one of the main international events dedicated to cinema and human rights.
She co-founded the FIFDH in 2003, and was the general coordinator of the first editions of Festival (2003-2005). In 2005, she became the assistant and production coordinator of the director Amos Gitai. In 2007, she joined Intermezzo Films, in Geneva, and produced several fiction and documentary features which all received international acclaim, including Unwanted Witness by Juan José Lozano in 2008 (Grand Prix SSA in Visions du Réel, selected in Toronto, Rotterdam, Locarno, Slamdance and Leipzig), Oil Rocks by Marc Wolfensberger in 2009, Le Ciel en Bataille by Bruno Ulmer in 2011 and short film Prora by Stéphane Riethauser in 2012, which traveled to 120 Festivals and received 18 awards. Between 2011 and 2013, she was in charge of the Master in Film at the Universities of Arts and Design of Lausanne (ECAL) and Geneva (HEAD). In 2013, she was appointed deputy director of the FIFDH, and became the general director of the Festival in January 2015. She lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Karen Oetling
Karen Oetling is a multidisciplinary creative, works as an Art Director and Project Manager of the Social Campaign department in FABRICA, Benetton’s Communication and Research Center. Born in 1990 in Guadalajara, Mexico, she graduated from a BA of Design at ITESO in 2012.
While studying abroad in London, at Central Saint Martins, she worked for Alexander McQueen in textile design. In 2012-2013 she wrote and directed award-winning short films, Equilátero and Zumbido. Invited by the Poster Biennial of Mexico to honor the centenary of J.G. Posada’s death with a poster part of “Burin of Fire” collection, exhibited in Mexico (2012), Taiwan and United States (2013); she continued exploring the Day of the Dead subject and intervened a sculpture for “Contemporary offerings” ( Querétaro, Mexico).
Karen also contributed to the collective exhibition “Concentric/Excentric” (LAJM, Guadalajara), “Sarajevo100” (Collegium Artisticum Gallery, Sarajevo) and “The future is unwritten” (Imago Mundi at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice).
In 2015 her team won 1st Prize in the competition Design for Change/Lille with the project “Water Culture” which encourages people to change their perception towards weather with the placing of hydrochromic textile structures in public spaces.
She has worked in worldwide campaigns such as “I Belong” for United Nations, “Women Empowerment Program” for Benetton, as well as art projects like “FACING”, regarding acid attacks, and “For the Disappeared”, a performance and permanent installation in Venice in memory of 43 missing students back in Mexico.
She recently did the screenwriting and editing of two short documentaries of the Italian paralympic medalists Beatrice Vio and Francesco Bettella.
She lives and works in Treviso, Italy.
- Veronica Gomez
Veronica Gomez is an expert on international law and human rights protection in Latin America with extensive experience in international litigation and advice involving governmental agencies, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Currently she is Director for Education of the Latin American Programme on Human Rights and Democratization (LAT.MA) at the University of San Martin in Argentina and is the Global Campus of Human Rights’ Chairperson.
- Christian Elia
Journalist, editor of Q Code Mag, he reported as envoy about more than 40 countries for more than 20 newspapers.
He coordinates the Centre for Studies and the cultural campaign for the abolition of war at the NGO Emergency.
He is author of the books “Oltre il muro” – “Storie di comunità divise”, “Storie in fuorigioco” e “Memorie del Ring”, author of the documentary The Empty House, The New Europe, The City Rises and History of a bullet.
Thanks to its reportages for magazines and radio he won The Baldoni Prize 2011, the Journalists of the Mediterranean Award 2012, Siani Reportage Prize in 2012 and the IMMaginario Web Festival in 2013.
- Denis Curti
Denis Curti is Director of the monthly magazine “IL FOTOGRAFO”, Director and founder of STILL – Milan www.stillfotografia.it . From 2005 to 2014 he has been also director of Contrasto – Milan and vice president of the Fondazione Forma in Milan. He is working as Artistic Director of Civita Tre Venezie and of the House of TRE OCI in Venice. Since 2010 he has been Artistic Director of the Capri Photography Festival and supervisor of the postgraduate Master of Photography Festival organised in collaboration with NABA and FORMA Foundation. Since 2009 he is a consultant of the Venice Foundation for the management of the photographic heritage. Previously, he held various positions as artistic director of the Photography Festival of Savignano sul Rubicone, of the International Biennial of Photography in Turin. For over 15 years he has been photo journalist and critic for Vivimilano pages and BBC.
In the years 2002-2003 he was curator of the first auctions of Sotheby’s photographic in Milan and he has been curator of several exhibitions, among them: Elliott Erwitt – Gianni Berengo Gardin – Franco Fontana – Maurizio Galimberti – Magnum America – Two Minutes from the world (with Magnum Photos) Sebastiao Salgado – Helmut Newton – Henri Cartier Bresson – Giovanni Gastel and Exhibitions Capri travel Trend.
- Adebayo Okeowo
Adebayo Okeowo is the founder of White Code Centre, an organization that creatively uses pictures, videos and multimedia tools to inspire social change and educate around issues of human rights. His expertise in the area of law and digital media has made him a resource person for establishments such as the U.S. embassy in South Africa and the YALI Regional Leadership Centre in Southern Africa.
Some of his photographs have won awards including the maiden edition of the Global Campus Photo competition. His video campaigns, which have struck hard at social justice issues, have been featured on TV stations.
Adebayo presently works as the Advocacy Coordinator at the Centre for Human Rights based in Pretoria, South Africa and is a Board member of the Global Campus Alumni. An alumnus of the International Institute of Human Rights France, he holds an LLM from the University of Pretoria and is currently undergoing his LLD in International Criminal Law at the same institution.
- Elisa Aquino
Currently working as Fundraising, PR and Communication Manager at EIUC/Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice. She is lawyer and she holds an LLM in International Law from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Always interested in the Arts, she graduated from summer courses on Cinema from London St. Martin’s School of Arts and London Film Academy. She was a volunteer for events related to the Venice Biennale Foundation and other cultural institutions such as Belgian Museums like Magritte and Autoworld one in Brussels.