Doctor Zilda Arns Neuman, a pediatric and public health physician, is the founder and international coordinator of Pastoral da Criança (Children’s Pastoral Action), an ecumenical organization of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB). Pastoral da Criança helps 1,8 million children and pregnant women in poor Brazilian communities. She is also the founder and national coordinator of the Pastoral of Elderly People. From 1994 to 1996, she was a member of the Brazilian National Council of Children’s and Adolescent’s Rights (Conanda). As the result of her commitment to children’s rights, she has been awarded a number of prizes, such as the Special Honour by UNICEF (1988); the Human Rights Prize from the government of Brazil and from the University of São Paulo (1997); the Human Rights Medal from the Jewish entity B’nai B’rith (1999); the Human Rights Prize offered by the United Nations, Brazil (2001); the Human Rights Prize of the King of Spain (2005).


Renowned author and researcher, Jan Servaes has undertaken research, development and advisory work across our globe. With more than 350 scientific articles and numerous books published in several languages, Jan is a recognized authority on such topics as international and develoment communication; ICT and media policies; intercultural communication and language; participation and social change; and human rights and conflict management. Currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. An academic authority, Jan Servaes is a dynamic speaker known for his grounding in contextual realities.

Steven GAN

Steven Gan began his career in journalism in Hong Kong 15 years ago. In 1996, Gan was arrested while covering the Asia Pacific Conference on East Timor in Kuala Lumpur. In prison he was adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience. Three years later he launched in Malaysia the country’s first and only independent media, Malaysiakini (Malaysia Now). Since it went live, and despite police raids and severe political harassment, Malaysiakini has become one of the most influential news websites in the country and in Asia. Malaysiakini received the Free Media Pioneer 2001 award from the International Press Institute. In 2007, Gan was selected as a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council.

Michael HERTL

Michael Hertl was born in 1968 in Wiesbaden, Germany. He studied Catholic Theology and Communications Sciences and worked several years as a journalist in different media. Since 1996 he has worked for the German Conference of Catholic Bishops where he is responsible for the biweekly live transmission of the Mass on the German public television channel, ZDF and other programmes. He also was the producer of the web tv for the World Youth Day in Cologne 2005 and worked as video reporter for the Catholic News Agency Germany and Bild online. Recently he has researched at the University of Frankfurt on the subject of Catholic television and web tv.

Dr. Angeline KHOO

Angeline Khoo obtained her PhD in social psychology from the Australian National University. She served as the chairman of the Education subcommittee of the Parents Advisory Group for the internet (PAGi) for 6 years, and played a key role in the development of its training resources. She is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, and volunteers as a member in the Film Consultative Panel. She is also the Principal Investigator for two research projects studying the positive and negative effects of digital games on children and teenagers in Singapore.