CMPI conferences bring together a world-wide group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines —economics, sociology, public administration, political economy, business, anthropology, law, political science, information technology, journalism, education, etc. Below are some of the speakers at the center’s different conferences:


Sheila Coronel, Director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Dr. Michael Schudson, Media historian and member of faculty, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Will Stevens, Chief of Public Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Rick Angiuoni Director, Africa Global Business Development Division Export-Import Bank of the United States

Dr. Nkechi Agwu, President, American Association of University Women, New York City Chapter, 

 Heinz Noeding Managing Director Global Head of Structured Export Finance Standard Chartered Bank,

Kevin Whitmer, Editor of The Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey

Tim Sun, Executive Director of Educational Outreach, New Tang   Dynasty (NTD) Television: The Right to Know and Media Censorship in China.

Dr Joseph Katema, MP Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services ,Republic of Zambia

Prof. Tapio Varis, UNESCO Chair in Global E-Learning

Bill Miller Anchor, Global Connections, United Nations TV

Carole MARCHAL Former Public Affairs Officer United Nations Information Centre – (UNIC) Canberra, Australia

Jay Hauben Columbia University

Ronda Hauben Correspondent at the United Nations for (Die Tageszeitung)

Jamesa Wagwau Executive Director, Peace Crusade – Africa, Kampala, Uganda

Astrid Høgmo, Coordinator, The Studies Center of Norway: The Web of Learning – A Systems View: Media – a Higher Education Community Learning.

Daniel Metcalfe, Executive Director, Collaboration on Government Secrecy; Founding Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information and Privacy (1981-2007); Adjunct Faculty, Washington Law School, American University, Washington DC:  An Academic View of the “Reporter’s Privilege.”

Ronald Miskoff, President of the Foundation for Open Government and Instructor of Journalism, Rutgers-New Brunswick:  Reminiscences of Open Government.

 John Paff, Chairman, New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project: New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and Common Law Right of Access.

Joyce Lanier, Manager, Archives & Records Management Center/OPRA, City of Newark, NJ:  Information in the Public Domain: Accessing Government Records.

Mr. Kahraman Haliscelik, United Nations Bureau Chief for Turkish Radio and TV,

Ms.Tando Ntunja, Multimedia journalist and Fulbright

Mr. Milton Allimadi, Publisher, The Black Star News, New York,

 Ms.Salma Ghalyoun, Syrian pro-democracy activist.

 Mr. Osama Abdelkhalek, Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations

Dr. Susanna Dodgson, Publisher, MJoTA Institute of Medical Writing

Ms. Amani al-Khatahtbeh, Founder, Muslim Girl,

Ambassador Sire Dione Conde, president of UNESCO Center for Peace, New York State Chapter and founder of African Women for Good Governance and UNESCO, and veteran UN reporter Mr. George Alan Baumgarten.

Jennifer Dunham, a senior research analyst for Freedom of the Press and Freedom in the World at Freedom House

 Mohamed Keita, Africa Advocacy Coordinator Committee to Protect Journalists, New York

Arao Ameny, Founder/ Executive Director, Association of African Journalists and Writers,

 Chibaula Silwamba, Head of Press and Public Relations, Zambian Mission to the United Nations

Dr. Kwame Akonor, Professor of Political Science, Seton University, New Jersey

Dr. Cyril Obi, Director, Africa Peace building Network, Social Science Research Council, New York

Lawrence Freeman, Head of Africa Desk, Executive Intelligence Magazine

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