Alexander Plushev is a journalist, Internet expert and a top-rate Russian blogger. When not pounding words into his keyboard, he also moderates several broadcasts on the independent FM radio station Echo Moskowi. He also produces the video program “All about the Internet” for the RIA Novosti news agency. Plushev wrote for the TV show “vesti.net” on the news channel “Rossija 24,” served as editor-in-chief of the Lenta.ru news portal as well as deputy editor-in-chief at the Axel Springer Russia publishing house and the magazine “Russian Newsweek.” In 2010, Plushev cofounded “Runet Premium” the first national, Russian-language Internet prize. Blog: plushev.com
Amira Al Hussaini is a Bahraini columnist, translator, editor and blogger whose work in print media started in 1991. In 2004, she started blogging and two years later joined Global Voices Online (GVO), as its Middle East and North Africa and Arabic Language Editor. In 2008, Amira ran Voices without Vote, a GVO project commissioned by Reuters, to track and summarize the reactions of citizen journalists to the US presidential elections and foreign policy. She has also been influential in Global Voices’ coverage of recent unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa, following bloggers and citizen media reactions as the region continues to revolt against dictatorship and push for democratic reforms.
Site: Amira Al Hussaini at Global Voices Online
Known as Kamangir (archer) online, Iranian blogger Arash Abadpour started blogging back in 2004, first in English but now mainly in Persian. Now living in Toronto, Canada, Arash writes about the Persian blogosphere and regularly provides commentary and analysis for international media outlets. Statistics show that his blogmis among the top 20 most-read Persian blogs. Arash has earned a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering.
Blog: Kamangir (Archer)
Claire Ulrich grew up in West and Central Africa. Claire has 20 years professional experience in print and TV media, but in 2004 she discovered the world of citizen journalism. Her work for Ohmynews brought her to the attention of Global Voices, and she now edits the French edition. As a journalist and linguist, Claire is particularly interested in translation tools, freedom of expression online and Internet skills in developing countries. Site: Claire Ulrich at Global Voices
Dubbed the “Father of Indonesian Bloggers,” Enda is the first Indonesian contributor to Global Voices. He was also a delegate to the Asia 21 Young Leader Summit (2006) in Seoul, South Korea. He chaired the first Pesta Blogger in 2007, Indonesia’s annual blogger conference and remains a member of the conference steering committee. He’s also a TED Fellow for TEDIndia Dec 2009.
Blogging since 2001 Enda now works to get more Indonesian young people to actively share, express, exchange ideas as a way to built the nation’s self-confidence, an underlying problem to the country. With 10 years of creative and online experience in Indonesia and in the region, he combined his creative talent and technical strength to found Politikana.com an online political discussion website as a part of an on progs web platform startup that he build, SalingSilang.com. He also consults, helps and encourages corporations and organizations to use social media effectively to communicate to their growing audiences. Blog: Enda Nasution’s Weblog
Contrary to popular belief, Erik Hersman is not from South Africa. He grew up in Sudan and Kenya, where he currently lives with his wife and children. Erik, who co-founded Ushahidi, writes two main blogs. The first, White African, is a personal blog about high-tech mobile and web technology change in Africa. The second is AfriGadget, a team blog he started a couple years ago, where talk centers on low-tech ingenuity and microentrepreneurs in Africa. Erik is also the founder of the iHub, Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the Kenyan technology community, and is the Chairman of the AfriLabs Association. Blog: White African
Isaac Mao is one of China’s best-known bloggers and the organizer of the Chinese Bloggers’ Conference, which first took place in Shanghai in 2005. Isaac is also a software developer, a social learning researcher, director of the Social Brain Foundation and sits on the advisory board of Global Voices and several Web 2.0 businesses. He has often spoken out courageously about censorship in China and has written an open letter to Google, asking the company to take a stand against the Chinese government’s filtering methods.
Blog: Isaac Mao
Joana Breidenbach is a co-founder of betterplace.org, an online platform for social initiatives. She heads the betterplace.lab, a think and do tank that aims to achieve improvements in the social sector by offering knowledge and online tools to financiers, project managers and investors to enhance their effectiveness. Born in 1965, Joana studied cultural anthropology in Munich, Berkeley and London. She earned a doctorate in 1994. Joana lives with her husband and two children in Berlin, where she writes books, articles and blog entries dealing with cultural globalization.
Lucie Morillon heads the Internet Freedom Desk at Reporters Without Borders in Paris. The non-governmental organization promotes freedom of the press around the world and supports imprisoned journalists and bloggers. Lucie has coordinated several of the organization’s international projects and played a role in the expansion of Reporters Without Borders in a number of countries. She has also served as the group US representative. Site: Reporters Without Borders
Rezwan started his career as a blogger in 2003 when he wrote reviews of the most influential south Asian blogs. He has volunteered for Global Voices since 2005 and officially joined the group in 2008. He has been a key part in the Rising Voices project, In which he coordinates volunteer translators in the Bengali language section. His work has appeared in numerous publications including UNFPA’s Conversations for a Better Planet, E-Bangladesh and Future Challenges.
Blog: The 3rd World View
Rosana Hermann is an author, script writer, TV host and one of Brazil’s most popular bloggers. In 2008, Rosanna won the BOBs Award in the “Best Portuguese Weblog” category. Rosanna studied journalism and nuclear physics at university. She has worked for the Brazilian TV stations SBT, Rede Globo and Band. She is currently creative director at R7, one of Brazil’s biggest internet portals and university professor in Sao Paulo. Blog: Querido Leitor
Vanina Berghella is an Argentinian journalist who specializes in social media. In 2005 she started witing her blog Lapropaladora.com, which deals with the Internet, cyber-culture, media and blogging. It is one of the most-read blogs in Argentina. Vanina was the Social Media Project Manager for Clarin Global from 2007 to 2010, during which time she launched Clarin Blogs, Latin America’s first blogger community. Today she participates in social media conferences and workshops. In 2010 and 2011, she help start the “Tu Bicententario” and “Project Walsh” projects. She is a media consultant and helps companies, media organizations and public institutes optimize content management systems, as well as develop social media strategies and communities.
Blog: La Propaladora