“Journalists Field Safety” Training School – Meet the speakers

Christos Frangonikolopoulos

Christos Frangonikolopoulos (https://auth.academia.edu/ChristosFrangonikolopoulos) is Professor of International Relations at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on European Integration Journalism (http://jeanmonnetchair.jour.auth.gr/?page_id=2112). He is also the Director of the English-taught Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism (http://media.jour.auth.gr) at the University of Aristotle is the first of its kind among Greek public Universities (http://media.jour.auth.gr), He studied Politics and Government (BA Honors) and International Relations (Ph.D.) at the University of Kent at Canterbury (England).


Nikos Panagiotou

Dr. Nikos Panagiotou is Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle University and DAAD Scholar to Deutsche Welle. He has been a Google Research Scholar, Chevening Scholar of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Scholar at Sabanci University Scholar of the State of Luxembourg, and RCAP Scholar, APU University, Japan, Scholar to Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is the initiator and organizer of Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy. He is a member of the advisory board for Networking Knowledge, War and Media Network, Member of the board of Municipal Company of Information, and Communication of Thessaloniki, member of Radicalization Awareness Network of European Union and member of International Relations Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has participated in a series of scientific researches, has published articles in International and Greek journals and in edited volumes. His research interests are upon International Journalism, Audience Studies, Mass Media Literacy Conflict Analysis, and Resolution.


Anna Kynthia Bousdoukou

iMEdD Managing Director, SNF DIALOGUES Executive Director, Journalist- Anna Kynthia Bousdoukou co-founded iMEdD, incubator for Media Education and Development, where she serves as Managing Director. Since 2016, Anna-Kynthia also serves as an advisor to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) on grants related to journalism and she curates and presents the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s monthly forum SNFDIALOGUES. During her 13 years of experience in journalism, she worked as a reporter on the radio, and then as a news editor, journalist, and broadcast producer, while at the same time she has been a regular columnist in various outlets. In 2011 she was assigned as SKAI TV’s news presenter and until 2018 was also responsible for SKAI TV’s morning news program, which focused on domestic as well as international news, politics, economy, science, and innovation. She holds a degree in Sociology from Panteio University, specializing in the Sociology of Mass Media and is in the team of TEDxThessaloniki, which she has been presenting in recent years.


Stratis Trilikis

Programs Director, Journalist – Stratis Trilikis is a journalist who has served as director and editor-in-chief in various radio and TV stations as well as a war correspondent for print media for more than 20 years. He was also the editor-in-chief of the morning news program of the National Television and SKAI TV for 15 years. He holds a degree in Sociology from Panteio University with a specialization in the Sociology of Mass Media.


Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper is a professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he teaches international reporting and media law. During a lengthy career in journalism, he reported for ABC News, The Associated Press, Newsweek, and The Washington Times, from Beirut, Cairo, New York, Rome, and Washington, D.C., on a variety of subjects, including several wars in the Middle East and numerous incidents of terrorism. He is the author of seven books and numerous commentaries on the historic and contemporary roles of the media.


Andreas Veglis

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Andreas Veglis is a Professor of media technology, and head of the Media Informatics Lab at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has served as an editor, member of scientific board and reviewer in various academic journals. Prof Veglis has more than 150 peer-reviewed papers on media technology and journalism. Specifically, he is the author or co-author of 12 books, he has published 74 papers on scientific journals and he has presented 125 papers in international and national Conferences. Prof. Veglis has been involved in 30 national and international research projects. His research interests include information technology in journalism, new media, data journalism, big data, social media, open data, and fake news – verification.


Ilias I. Kouskouvelis

Ilias Kouskouvelis is Professor of International Relations, Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He is the Director of the “Institute of International, European and Defense Analysis” (idea.uom.gr), and holder of “The Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS) Chair in Strategic Studies ‘Thucydides’”. He is currently serving as the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. From 2006 to 2010, he has served as the University’s Rector. Professor Kouskouvelis was awarded (1989) his Doctorat d’Etat with “summa cum laudae” from the University of Grenoble (France) and received the dissertation prize from the French Air and Space Academy. During his career, he has worked as a researcher for the UN (COPUOS and SC), and also for French and American Universities (Nantes; Washington, Seattle), where he has also taught as a Lecturer (CU, Boulder, Co.) and Assistant Professor (UW, Seattle, Wa.). He has been a member of several scientific boards, among them the board of the Hellenic Diplomatic Academy, and also a member of the Parliament’s National Council of Foreign Policy (2004-2007). In 2010 he has been awarded by the French Republic the title of “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques”. His fields of expertise include international and regional politics, European integration, strategic studies, and crisis management. Overall, his publications include the authoring of eight books (in Greek and English), the editing of another thirteen, as well as more than fifty journal articles and book chapters.


Franak Viačorka

Franak Viačorka is the Vice President of the Digital Communication Network. He concurrently works as the consultant for U.S. Agency for Global Media, and Creative Director of RFE/RL Belarus service. As a journalist, he is a co-author of award-winning multimedia projects, documentaries, and feature films. Franak has conducted more than 50 training courses on digital communication and New Media for activists and journalists from Europe and the United States. Franak is the organizer and mentor of LaunchMe Media Accelerator, aiming to build collaboration between media and IT in Eastern Europe. Franak graduated from American University in Washington D.C. and Warsaw University in Poland; he also studied at Georgetown University and the College of Europe and European Humanities University.


Sotiris Danezis

Sotiris Danezis is an experienced documentary producer, war correspondent, and Head of International News Desk at “OPEN Beyond” TV station. For over two decades, he explores and documents the world’s most compelling stories, through documentary film, video, and photography. He collaborates as a Communications & Media Consultant with Greek and foreign companies and NGOs. As a documentary producer and war correspondent he has worked in more than 80 countries and in several of the world’s top “hotspots” and areas marked by various crises: from isolated North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia, to Falkland Islands, Haiti, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Congo, Rwanda, El Salvador, Colombia and the regions of the Amazon forest, the Sahara Desert and Alaska. He is the creator and presenter of two of the most popular Greek tv documentary series in Mega Channel (Greece): “War Zone” and “Horizontas”. He has received numerous awards as a journalist, such as the “Athanasios Botsis Foundation Award” – the highest distinction in the field of journalism in Greece. He teaches Reporting, Interview Techniques and Television Production in IEK AKMI.


Lefteris Pitarakis

Lefteris Pitarakis is The Associated Press Chief Photographer for Turkey, based in Istanbul. A photojournalist since 1995, he began his AP career in 1998 and following several years of covering Greece and the Balkans, he was assigned to AP’s Middle East operations. Therefrom 2000 to 2005, he mainly documented the Palestinian uprising against Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and also extensively covered the greater region. Additionally, he chronicled stories of conflict in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Libya and Pakistan and the aftermath of the U.S. – led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was based in London from 2005 to 2015 covering Europe and Africa while continuing to travel to the Middle East on multiple assignments. His work has been published in major international publications and online media and has been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States. In addition to photography, he also works in video and text formats and multimedia. He has received various awards and his coverage of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon was part of a group of AP photographers who were finalists for that year’s Pulitzer Prize. A strong advocate of ethics in photojournalism, he designs and holds workshops and regularly presents his work and lectures about the value of ethics to universities and conferences throughout the U.K., U.S., and Europe. He holds an MA Photojournalism from the University of Westminster and he is a founding member and curator to the annual Athens Photo World festival, the first festival in Greece dedicated to photojournalism.


Adrien Collin

Adrien Collin worked for the International News Safety Institute (INSI) as a project officer from 2004 to 2009. He then joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) where he managed IFJ’s safety programmes in Africa, the Middle East, and The Former Soviet Union. In 2019, he took the position of Project Officer at the European Federation of Journalists. He holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism. He has 15 years of extensive experience in working with journalists unions, civil society, media development, media organisations, and academic institutions on capacity building programmes on media freedom and media safety including training, Training of Trainers, research and manuals. He contributed or edited a series of publications including: Supporting Journalism in Conflict Societies (Contributor, 2016) Media Under Attack (Editor, 2014), Running Scared, Azerbaijan’s Silenced Voices (Contributor – 2012), Killing the Messenger, A Global Inquiry into the protection of journalists (Researcher and Contributor, 2007), Women Reporting War (Researcher and Contributor, 2007), Live News Africa, a survival guide for journalists (Contributor, 2007).


Sidsel Wold

Sidsel Wold is a Foreign Affairs Reporter at NRK, the main public non-commercial TV, and Radio-station in Norway. She started her career as a reporter in 1990. She has since worked as a news reporter and at the foreign news desk over many years. In 2003 and 2004 she was a freelancer for NRK, based in Jerusalem, and from 2007-2011 she held the prestigious post as Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. In 2012 she produced a TV-documentary about the AHLC – the donor group for Palestine. Since 2016 she has been Correspondent, based in Istanbul, covering Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Ms. Wold’s academic background is in European History, Political Science and Russian language & Literature. She also attended the Journalist College in Oslo. Ms. Wold has published several books.


Elisabeth Lothe

Elisabeth Lothe is the Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy in Athens, where she has served since August 2017. Her field of expertise and interest in conflict mediation and peacebuilding. From 2007 – 2011 she worked with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York, Timor Leste, Haiti, and South Sudan. From 2013- 2017 she worked with the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue at the regional office in Singapore. She worked directly on both national and local peace processes in Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Ms. Lothe has also worked with UNDP in Cyprus. Ms. Lothe entered the Norwegian Foreign Service in 2011, and worked for two years in Oslo, before taking leave and spending four years in Singapore. Ms. Lothe holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo and a BA in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and Sciences Po in Paris.


Ilias Nikezis

Ilias Nikezis is a Public Affairs and Strategic Communications practitioner. He graduated from the Hellenic Military Academy. He has taken part in peace operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan and has also served as United Nations Military Observer in South Sudan. Since August 2014, he serves in NRDC-GR as a military public affairs officer. Additionally to relevant military training in Public Affairs and Strategic Communications, he holds a Master of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism, specialized in risk communication and crisis journalism, by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of AUTH, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of media, war and conflict and he is a senior member of the International and Peace Journalism Laboratory. He lectures at Aristotle University and he has participated in significant projects with organizations such as the Center for International and Strategic Studies, European Journalism Training Association, Personal Democracy Forum, and others. His field of research interest lies in interdisciplinary themes such as Strategic Communication and Public Relations, War Reporting, Tackling Disinformation, Informational Resilience, Peace Journalism, Media Role in Crisis Management, Media Literacy and Media Diversity.


Christos Smilianis

Smilianis Christos is a Military Public Affairs instructor of the Greek Armed Forces. He graduated in 2007 from the Hellenic Military Academy. He holds a Master of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism, with a specialization in risk communication and crisis journalism. He serves on the Hellenic MPSOTC, as instructor and Course director, with specialization in the fields of media relations and Public Affairs. He is a NATO trained Public Affairs Officer and has provided Public Affairs training in Greek and foreign military institutions and training centers. He served as a Public Relations officer in Greek units, in MPSOTC and participated as media advisor and Public Affairs Officer in NATO exercises.


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