World Federation of Science Journalists

Members of the Executive Board 2009-2011

World Federation of Science Journalists

President Nadia El-Awady Middle East
Past President Pallab Ghosh Europe
Science Correspondent, British Broadcasting Corporation
Vice-President Valeria Roman Latin America
Journalist, Clarìn newspaper
General Counsel and Secretary Natasha Mitchell Asia
Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Treasurer &
Chair of Finance Committee
Hepeng Jia Asia-Pacific
Editor-in-chief, Science News Bi-weekly
Member-at-Large Deborah Blum North America
Journalist & author
Member-at-Large Christophe Mvondo Africa
Journalist, La Nouvelle Expression newspaper

From left to right: Christophe Mvondo, Jia Hepeng, Valeria Roman, Nadia El-Awady, Deborah Blum, Pallab Ghosh, Natasha Mitchell 

WFSJ President

Nadia El-Awady
 (Middle East Egypt) Journalist 

Nadia El-Awady is the president of the World Federation of Science Journalists and co-director of the World Conference Science Journalists 2011. She was the first president and a founding member of the Arab Science Journalists Association. Her journalism career has been spent working as a science editor, science writer, lecturer of online and science journalism, and program manager of journalism training programs. She is based in Cairo, Egypt and has a B.Sc. in medicine and surgery from Cairo University and an MA in journalism and mass communication from the American University in Cairo.
WFSJ Past President

Pallab Ghosh
 (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”.
WFSJ Vice-President

Valeria Román
 (Latin America Argentina) Journalist Clarìn newspaper

Valeria Román is a science journalist for Clarín Newspaper in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the vice president for World Federation of Science Journalists. Argentina’s Konex Foundation selected her as one of the 100 best journalists in the country in 2007. She was a 2004-2005 Knight science journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (MIT), USA, and the Medical Journalism Program Fellow at the WHO, Geneva (Switzerland) in 2003. She was speaker at several science and medical journalism workshops and conference in Chile, Bolivia, Brasil, Venezuela, Nicaragua, México, Trinida & Tobago, Spain, and England. She published her first book for lay people: Darwin 2.0 La teoría de la evolución en el siglo XXI. The book is about evolution theory, its updates, and applications. It also reveals the barriers to teach evolution in Argentina, Chile and other Latinoamerican countries. She was lecturing at different cities to promote evolution education in 2009. Her science weblog has been awarded by University of Buenos Aires in 2009:
WFSJ General Counsel and Secretary

Natasha Mitchell
(Asia Australia) - Journalist Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Natasha Mitchell is a science & health journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and host and producer of the popular program & prodcast, All in the Mind, on ABC Radio National and Radio Australia. 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. 
WFSJ Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee

Jia Hepeng (Asia-Pacific China) Editor-in-chief, Science News Bi-weekly 

Jia Hepeng is a pioneer science journalist, he is the founder and executive director of China Science Media Centre and former editor-in-chief of Science News Bi-weekly, China's first magazine targetting science community. China Science Media Centre is entitled with three major missions: 1. Improving science capacity and hence evidence-based approaches of journalists; 2. Improving the communication capacity for scientists and science institutions; 3. Equipping civil society with science to promote rational dialogues on hot social issues.

Upon his graduation from Tsinghua University in 1999, Jia has joined China Daily and worked there for eight years. Since June 2005, he has been working as UK-based SciDev.Net's regional coordinator for China and is responsible for the Chinese version China Gateway of SciDev.Net. He also writes for the Science magazine and UK magazine Chemistry World.

In November 2006, Jia became the regional co-winner of Reuters-IUCN world awards of the environmental reporting. In April 2007, Jia was elected as the executive board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists at the fifth World Conference of Science Journalists in Melbourne and he was re-elected to the position in July 2009. He is also an active member of the Chinese Society of Science and Technology Journalism (CSSTJ) and the founding director of China Science Reporting Network.

Jia has been reporting climate change since early 2000s and organised dozens of climate change communication activities since 2006. He is the editor and chief author of the book How to Report Climate Change (British Council 2008).

He is the author of the book Science Communication in An Era of Globalisation (China Popular Science Press 2007), Science in Controversies (China Popular Science Press 2011), Climate Change Journalism (Nanfang Daily Press 2011), and the translator of political science masterpiece The Ruling Class (Nanjing: Yilin Press 2002). Jia is also the writer of many science journalism papers presented to top levels of international science journalism/science communication meetings. So far, he has trained more than 3000 journalists across China, with funding from UNESCO, British Embassy and British Council,on climate change, science, and environment since 2006.

Jia is newly selected as Knight Science Journalism Fellow in 2011-2012 at Masachusette of Technologies and Harvard University.
WFSJ Member-at-Large

Deborah Blum
 (North America USA) Journalist & author

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prize winning science writer and the author of five books, mostly recently The Poisoner's Handbook, named by Amazon as one of the top 100 books of 2010. She also writes for a wide range of publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, New Scientist and Science News. Her blog Speakeasy Science - which focuses on chemistry and culture - is part of the Public Library of Science blog network. She teaches science writing and narrative story telling at the University of Wisconsin where she is the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism.
WFSJ Member-at-Large

Christophe Mvondo (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.