Christopher Slaney is a freelance journalist and television news producer with thirty-five years experience, much of it in the Middle East and Africa. He started out as a television news cameraman when stations shot film which needed processing in a lab, editing was a skill involving scissors and glue, and getting stories on air when satellites were still a novelty often meant finding airline crew who would carry a spool of film to London or Paris. In 1990 he covered the release of Nelson Mandela from prison as a live transmission and thus began a new career producing live coverage of major news events. Notable credits include the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat returning to Gaza, US presidential elections and the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Since 1998 he has worked mainly for the Associated Press, the world's global news agency but still welcomes the chance to use a camera and was recently in northern Iraq for PBS fliming a report on the Yazidi and Kurdish communities.
Emmanuel Koro is a Johannesburg-based environmental journalist who has written extensively on environment and development issues in Africa. He has trained Southern African journalists on ESD, working with UNESCO. Additionally he has trained African journalists on Environment and Development Reporting working with the British Council, the Africa Resources Trust and the Netherlands-based Hilversum Television School. He holds a Rhodes University master’s degree in journalism and media studies, with a first class thesis pass.
Julie Saito is a Programme Specialist of Communication in the Section of Education for Sustainable Development at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. She started her 20-year journalistic career as Television coordinator for Nippon Television in New York and NBC News in Tokyo, which brought her an Emmy Award in 1986 as Associate Producer of KNBC’s production “Ring of Fire,” a series of stories on earthquake preparedness in Japan. After receiving her M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, USA, she worked for Japanese daily, Asahi Shimbun, as staff writer for 16 years. She joined UNESCO in 2007 as attaché de Press for the Director-General. Ms. Saito was born in Tokyo and has lived many years abroad: Bangkok, Nairobi, New York, Lyon (France) and currently in Paris.
Malgorzata Luszczek (Gosia)
Gosia graduated university with a degree in environmental engineering, and has 18 years of experience working in environmental education. She has been implementing these ideas successfully in Poland for 12 years, engaging over 750 schools in that time. Gosia is an ecologist, educator, trainer, and initiator of many activities with schools and youth that have helped to enhance their roles in opinion formation and culture animation within their local communities. She is a co-author and implementer of the nationwide Schools for Sustainable Development Program and initiated and launched the international Eco-Schools Program and ‘Green Flag’ Certification System in Poland. Gosia is a founder and Executive Board member of Foundation of Active Places and People in Poland. Currently she is working for Foundation for Environmental Education in its head office in Denmark as the YRE International Director and project manager. She is developing a global programme to inspire youth from all around the world to actively participate in local development and increase their environmental awareness, knowledge and critical thinking.
Mona Zoghbi is a sustainable development consultant. She has conducted research, expert consultations, teachings and trainings with international organizations such as UNESCO and UNDP, as well as various universities, research institutes, and NGOs including in Lebanon, South Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, on climate change, sustainable development, and youth environmental education and leadership. She also worked as national coordinator of youth projects at UNESCO Office in Beirut Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States and as a University Instructor on sustainability. Holder of a Master in Environmental Sciences and PhD in Sustainable Development.
Pedro Marcelino is an award-winning Toronto-based documentary film producer and director. Pedro's involvement with YRE started in 1995, as one of the first-ever students to participate in an international mission (Mission Antarctica). He later mentored students in Mission Azores and Mission Algarve, hosted by YRE Portugal. Over the last decade, he has collaborated with FEE and YRE in various events, and has produced the new YRE video tutorials and handbooks. Having started his career as a reporter in his school paper, he later became a photo reporter in Germany, and soon after an international correspondent and editor with a leading Chinese magazine, where he would focus on urban planning and the politics of urban space. A graduate in International Politics and International Development, he has worked all around the world with various governments, and with institutions such as the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and the International Organization for Migration, on issues related to identity, migration, and security. An author with a dozen titles to his name, Pedro is currently a full-time filmmaker.
The Global Forest Fund
This non-profit fund invests 90% of its income directly in tree planting and other CO2 compensation efforts.