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Daniela Kon (Executive Director & Producer, DEEDA Productions/SIMA)

Daniela Kon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with expertise in global humanitarian development. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she has worked with NGOs and aid organizations in Cambodia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Liberia, Senegal, and the US since 2005, creating documentaries and advocacy media about humanitarian and human rights issues. Her film credits range from the award winning documentary TALIBE, the United Nations FAO Ending Hunger Campaign and the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), to collaborations with grassroots initiatives in Education, Voluntourism, Youth Leadership, Girls and Women’s Empowerment, Water Management, Children’s Rights, and Modern-day Slavery. Kon is a member of the Creative Activist Community of Creative Visions Foundation, a board member of the HRW Film Committee and Women’s Rights Committee of Human Rights Watch in Los Angeles, a producer and consultant for social issue documentaries, impact media productions, and international advocacy campaigns.


Jon Fitzgerald (Director & Author, Exec. Director of Hollywood Film Fest)

Jon Fitzgerald has over 20 years of experience in the motion picture business with a comprehensive understanding of the principal communities connected by the independent film sector- film festivals, online movie exhibition and the entertainment industry at large.
 After working in production on a number of studio features, Fitzgerald directed his first film in 1994, and then co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival in 1995. He directed the event for the next two years before becoming the Festival Director at the American Film Institute and then the Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi International Film Festivals. He was a VP of Programming for, where he helped to create a new online exhibition model, before launching Right Angle Studios, a consulting firm that provided services to film festivals and indie filmmakers. After directing several critically acclaimed documentaries, (The Back Nine, The Highest Pass Dance Of Liberation). Fitzgerald launched, a company devoted to connecting socially relevant films to related causes. In 2012, Fitzgerald authored his first book, Filmmaking For Change: Make Films that Transform the World.


Trevor Hall (President & CEO, Creative Visions Foundation)

Trevor Hall is an experienced educator, writer, business consultant and the president of Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit incubator that provides tools, mentorship and resources to Creative Activists using media, arts and technology to solve global problems. Trevor founded Open Roads Creative, a business development consultancy, and Open Roads Academy, a month-long summer program for low-income high school students that combines outdoor travel with an immersion in the documentary arts. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University where he was the Head Teaching Fellow of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor Dr. Robert Coles and the recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching in each of his three years at Harvard. Trevor also served as the Associate Editor of DoubleTake Magazine, and as a Director of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program (CSCIP), where he managed corporate partner programs, establishing relationships with companies such as, Motorola, The Boeing Company, and United Airlines. Among other programs at CSCIP, Trevor initiated and managed CSCIP’s Genographic Project, uniting National Geographic with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.


Andrew McGregor (Journalist & Filmmaker, Founder of The Tiziano Project)

Andrew McGregor is a filmmaker, comic book publisher, film festival founder, chess boxing champion, photojournalist, TEDx speaker, and founder of The Tiziano Project, an NGO that teaches citizen journalism to people living in conflict zones and neglected parts of the world. By providing equipment, training and affiliations necessary, The Tiziano Project allows community members to report their stories and improve their lives. Training programs have been held in areas all over the world including Rwanda, Somalia, DR Congo, Iraq, slums of Kenya, South Central LA, and beyond.


Enat Sidi (Academy Nominated Editor)

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Enat Sidi is now one of the leading editors in the documentary film world. She is a frequent collaborator with directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, having edited most of their nonfiction feature films including “The Boys of Baraka” (2005 Emmy nominee), “Jesus Camp: (2006 Academy Award nominee), HBO’s 12th & Delaware (Peabody winner) and most recently DETROPIA for which Enat won the editing award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Enat has worked on many prestigious films for a myriad of diverse filmmakers including Ellen Kuras (“The Betrayal”) and Jennifer Vendiiti (“Billy the Kid”). She recently acted as the consulting editor on “Bully,” the high profile doc released in 2012 by the Weinstein Company. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Darius Fisher (Producer & Filmmaker)

Darius Fisher is the producer, founder and president of Digital Neural Axis (DNA) a production and post boutique based in Los Angeles. Darius’ work has been Oscar short-listed and featured at Tribeca, Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival. He produced and co-produced 6 award winning documentary features including, Bhutto (Emmy nominee, Peabody winner), Fuel (Sundance winner), The Big Fix (Cannes official selection), and numerous trailers, including the funding trailer that led to the financing of James Cameron’s Avatar.


Maria Luisa Gambale (Director/ Producer/ Cinematographer)

Gambale’s directorial debut Sarabah, premiered at the 2011 Movies That Matter Film Festival winning the Matter of ACT prize for Best Documentary. It screened at forty festivals around the world, has been broadcasted on Link TV in the US, France and Sweden and won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Independent Television Documentary in 2012. Gambale has worked as a cinematographer and producer in both fiction and documentary for the past 18 years. She was a mentor with teen filmmaker organization Reelworks from 2004-2012, a Shooter-Producer for the acclaimed ABC News documentary series “NY Med”, a producer on the Link TV series “Rappers, Divas and Virtuosos” and served as a Post-Production Consultant on Jehane Noujaim’s film “The Square” in 2011. Gambale also produced the large-scale hybrid art/theater installation “Habit” by David Levine, winning an Obie in May 2012; and works in casting with a range of international directors including Christian Frei and Albert Maysles.


Kimberley Hassett (Editor)

Kimberley Hassett provides years of experience in editing documentary and films. She began her career alongside Enat Sidi, an Academy Nominated editor. She has worked with such accomplished people as Lawrence Weiner, Kristin Oppenheim, Shimon Attie and most recently Henry Corra on “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan,” which premiered at Silverdocs in 2010 and was an inaugural film for DOC NYC. Other films that Kimberley has worked on have been featured at the Whitney Museum and Deutsche Guggenheim. In 2011, she edited the award-winning documentary ‘Talibe-The Least Favored Children of Senegal’ for Deeda Productions, and in 2012, her work in the Nepalese film “Highway” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Kimberley is currently editing another feature length documentary with Director Henry Corra.


Claudia Flores (Creative Director, Consultant)

Claudia Flores is a social and political communications consultant, with expertize in audiovisual and digital media messaging and strategy. Dedicated to advancing social consciousness and reform through integrative design thinking, Claudia’s career includes working as a counselor for the presidency of Mexico through the Representative Office of Development for Indigenous People, ORDPI, and for the General Consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles, launching programs dedicated to the empowerment and support of immigrant families. She is the Founder and Creative Director of “The Angel Station” and “Servicios y Practicas de Integridad” specializing in strategic communications,  and collaborative work for conscious creative media and interactive methodology for societal advancement. Claudia designs and implements creative ways for media to be interactive and have universal access. In addition to graduates and studies in Sociology and Anthropology, Claudia is a certified Professional Life Coach. She holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science and a Masters degree in Psychology. By virtue of Claudia’s experience, her work focuses on strategies in problem solving by “building reliable bridges” allowing empathetic connectivity to be as dynamic as technology, activating integrative communications for the development of communities and the human condition all over the world.


Kristi Manning (Development Consultant)

For more than 15 years, Kristi Manning has been dedicated to help maximize humanitarian relief efforts, working as a consultant, field operations manager, project director, and international event organizer for non-profits worldwide. She combines expertise in both institutional aid and grassroots initiatives, providing support in fundraising, planning, implementation and monitoring of local and global development programs. Manning is the co-founder of The Next Right Thing, non-profit connecting critically ill or injured children from developing nations with free medical treatment and transport. Her clients include Dubai Cares, The Starbright Foundation, Carrie-On, Paul Newman’s Painted Turtle Camp, and the Strongheart Fellowship.


Jennifer Lentfer (Development Consultant & Writer)

Jennifer Lentfer works to place grassroots-driven development initiatives, which can be more genuinely responsive to local needs, at the forefront of international aid, philanthropy, and social enterprise. She is the creator of the blog,, and was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter.” Lentfer has worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, focused on organizational development and learning. Over the past decade, she has served with various international organizations in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, and the U.S. including Oxfam, American Red Cross, Firelight Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, and UNICEF.


Daniela Papi (Development Consultant)

Daniela Papi is the founder of youth leadership and education organization, PEPY CAMBODIA, and PEPY Tours, a travel company devoted to learning opportunities in the development sector. She completed her MBA as a Skoll Scholar at Oxford’s Said Business School and works as an adviser for NGOs, foundations & CSR programs. Daniela has received numerous awards from such institutes as the Notre Dame’s Social Venture Business Plan committee, National Geographic, Ashoka’s Changemakers, and the Cartier Women’s Initiative. She is a TEDx Speaker and active writer about voluntourism and development challenges on her blog, Lessons I Learned.


Maryann Bylander, PHD (Educator & Development Consultant)

Maryann Bylander received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas. She is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London where she teaches on issues of development, globalization, inequality, and migration. Maryann has worked with several NGOs in Southeast Asia, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for PEPY, an educational development organization in Cambodia.