World Federation of
Science Journalists

Members of the Executive Board 2011-2013

World Federation of Science Journalists


President Vesa Niinikangas Turku
(Finland)
Journalist, author
Past President Pallab Ghosh Europe
(UK)
Science Correspondent, British Broadcasting Corporation
Vice-President Natasha Mitchell Asia
(Australia)
Journalist, 
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 Member-at-Large Christophe Mvondo Africa
(Cameroon)
Journalist, 
La Nouvelle Expression newspaper
Treasurer &
Chair of Finance
Committee
Kathryn O'Hara Ottawa
(Canada)
Journalism professor, CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism
Synopsis
General Counsel
and Secretary
Lucy Calderon Guatemala City
(Guatemala)
Science journalist at Prensa Libre
 Member-at-Large Pallava Bagla New Delhi
(India)
Science Editor – New Delhi Television






















 
Vesa Niinikangas - President

Europe
Journalist, author   

Vesa Niinikangas is the president of the World Federation of Science Journalists. He is a science journalist, author, trainer, and publisher from Turku, Finland. He has his own media company Enostone Ltd (est. 1999). Before his entrepreneurial career he worked for almost 20 years as a freelance journalist for radio, magazines and newspapers and as an information specialist, journalist and head of publishing unit at the university of Jyväskylä.

Among his interests are science policy, science journalism, science communication, social sciences, cultural studies, education, oral history, social media, capacity building, international cooperation and networking. He has been active as a trainer to promote skills and cooperation in writing, editing, journalism, publishing and networking both nationally and internationally since 1985.

He has served the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists and FASEJ as a board member, Vice President, President and Secretary General from 1991. He was a member of the financial committee of the WFSJ 2009-2011 and a member of the financial committee of the WCSJ 2011. He was also a member and treasurer of the board of the EUSJA 2006 –2011.
              
Pallab Ghosh - Past President

Europe UK
Science Correspondent BBC


Pallab Ghosh is one of the BBC's Science Correspondents, working across TV, radio and the BBC News Website. Before working for the BBC Pallab was Science News Editor for New Scientist. He is also Past President of the World Federation of Science Journalists. In his time with the Federation he has tried to promote a culture of "Kick-Ass" journalism. Pallab believes that it is now more important than ever for us to challenge the information given to us and to be aware that much of it is one-sided and comes from those representing the interests of "Big Science". The job of journalists is to be the eyes and ears of our audience and to be constructively critical of the field we cover. Pallab's favourite dictum is from British Newspaper proprietor, Lord Northcliffe: "news is something, someone wants to keep secret. Everything else is advertising".
              
Natasha Mitchell - Vice-President

Asia Australia
Journalist Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Natasha Mitchell is a science & health journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she currently hosts the national, daily morning radio show Life Matters. She was the founding host and producer of the popular science & culture program & prodcast, All in the Mind, on ABC Radio National and Radio Australia (2002-12). Her work has received accolades internationally, including the overall Grand Prize and 4 Gold World Medals at the New York Radio Festivals, 4 Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Broadcast Media Awards, amongst other awards. She was recipient of a prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT/Harvard in 2005-6, and a Marine Biological Laboratory Science Journalism Fellowship at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She currently serves on the board of World Federation of Science Journalists as Secretary and General Counsel, and is a member of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council’s Human Genetics Advisory Committee. Natasha originally trained as an engineer, and has been an ABC broadcaster for over a decade. She also regularly facilitates public events on critical issues in science and culture, at festivals and forums, and her writing appears in Australian newspapers and magazines. 
             
Christophe Mvondo - Member-at-Large

Africa Cameroon
Journalist, La Nouvelle Expression


Christophe Mvondo is a full time science journalist. He is working in La Nouvelle Expression daily newspaper in Yaounde Cameroon. He works as coordinator of science desk in his newspaper. Christophe Mvondo is the current president of Cameroon Science Journalists and Communicators Association called Science For Life (SCILIFE). He was elected board member of the World Federation of Science Journalist in London, on June 2009. He is conducting a national mentoring Programme on Forest and climate change report in Cameroon in collaboration funded by the CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research). His main objective is to
promote science reporting in his country Cameroon.
 
Kathryn O'Hara - Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee

North America
Journalism professor, CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism
Synopsis


Kathryn worked in TV, first as the consumer columnist for the nightly Pulse News at CFCF in Montreal in 1982, moved on to CBC’s national Midday program and then to co anchor the supperhour newscast in Ottawa in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s she hosted CBC radio’s eclectic afternoon live drive show in Toronto. Always interested in science, she decided to commit to understanding more about its role in society earning an MSc in Science Communication from the Queen’s University in Belfast and Dublin City University in Ireland in 1998. After that she worked as a producer for BBC Northern Ireland and freelanced science stories to CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and Ideas. As of 2001, she has held the CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa.

In the past decade, Kathryn has served on federal science and technology advisory boards in health and environment including Canada’s cancer prevention research initiative. She has judged numerous journalism awards, the National Magazine Awards in health/ science, chaired health research peer-reviews and scholarships, and selected candidates for the International Space University. She recently was a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ expert panel on research integrity. She is currently on the board of Directors of the open access journal openmedicine.ca and on the Ethics Advisory Committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada as well as serving on the Senate of Carleton University. 
 
Lucy Calderon - General Counsel
and Secretary


Latin America
Science journalist at Prensa Libre

Lucy Calderón Pineda is a science journalist and has a Licenciatura degree in Science Communication, who in June 2011 was elected as a new board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

She started her career in journalism in 1998, in Prensa Libre, the mainly and biggest newspaper in Guatemala. Currently, she is the General Editor of the Reader’s Development Department at Prensa Libre, which publishes three magazines addressed to young audiences as well as various educative projects.

She also publishes in the daily newspaper, since 2007, the biweekly publication Science and Technology in Guatemala that informs about the research that Guatemalan scientists are doing and how it will benefit the country.

On April 2010 she got the Central American Award to the Excellence in Journalism: “Minimizing the Vulnerability and Environmental Degradation”, a recognition for the scientific-journalistic coverage about climate change made in the Arctic Ocean in June, 2008. That year she was one of the 14 winners and the only Latin American science journalist who sailed the Arctic Ocean on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS Amundsen). This award was given by the WFSJ and the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study, one of the Canadian largest projects involved in the Fourth International Polar Year.

She has won scholarships to attend to the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists, in London, 2009; the workshop 'The Science in the Media: The challenges of the scientific journalism in Iberoamerica'. which took place at Santa Cruz of the Sierra, Bolivia, sponsored by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (AECI), the Science and Development Network, and the Iberoamerican Program of Science and Technology for Development, in August 2007; and the 3rd Jack F. Ealy Workshop in Science Journalism, in San Diego, California, in July 2006.

She has also been professor of the first Science Journalism Seminar held at a private university in Guatemala City and was the co-organizer of the First International Workshop in Science Journalism held in Guatemala City, in November 2009.
 
Pallava Bagla - Member-at-Large

Asia
Science Editor – New Delhi Television

Pallava Bagla is an award-winning Indian journalist who has spent a quarter century covering news from New Delhi. He is passionate about science, environment and health and has published more than 900 news stories and features in mainline Indian and international media in print, and contributed more than 350 television stories with several hours of live programing. Reporting extensively from deep inside India’s highly secretive nuclear and space programs.

Bagla is currently Chief Correspondent (South Asia) for the Science magazine; one of the world’s most prestigious science weeklies published by the AAAS, and is concurrently the Science Editor for New Delhi Television (NDTV), one of India’s leading global private 24-hour news channels. His work is defined by simplicity, depth, authenticity and courage, and many of his news stories are driven by his innate ability to swim against the tide and raise difficult questions. Bagla is also a widely published photographer of international standing with publications in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American and The Economist.

He is author of several books, the most recent being `Destination Moon: India’s Quest for Moon, Mars and Beyond.’ published by HarperCollins in 2008. Another book `Trees of India’ is a large format pictorial book published by Timeless Books in 2000.

Bagla has received several awards recognizing his work as a journalist over the years, distinctive among them being the prestigious David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, 2010 given by the American Geophysical Union for his landmark writings which exposed the Himalayan glacier blunder by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); in 2005 he was honoured with the highest National Award from the Indian government for his `outstanding efforts in science and technology communications in print medium’. In 2003, he became the first Indian to win the `Outstanding Journalism’ award from the United Nations sponsored Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Washington DC.

Married and with two children working out of that new powerhouse called India where both journalism and democracy flourish he says: `I will continue to ask the tough and probing questions till I die, for I know no other way of practicing journalism.’