Jakob Kirstein Høgel is the Artistic Director, New Danish Screen, Danish Film Institute. He has recently supported feature films such as Volcano (directors’ fortnight Cannes 2011), R (2010, Rotterdam and main prizes in Mumbai and Gothenburg) and Applause (2009, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Mumbai FF) and documentaries such as The Ambassador (2011, Idfa and Sundance) and Ballroom Dancer (2011 Idfa). He founded and co-owned Danish production company, Cosmo Doc in 2004-7, producing award winning films, such as Prostitution behind the Veil (Emmy nominee 2005) and Gasolin (2006, the best grossing Danish documentary ever). From 1999-2004 he was commissioning editor for Documentaries & Shorts at the Danish Film Institute. He supported Family (Idfa winner 2001), The 5 Obstructions (Venice 2002) and Tintin et Moi among others. He has directed two films Warhol Nation (1996) and Child Veterans (1999). He has an MA in Anthropology from University of Copenhagen and an MA (distinction) in Visual Anthropology from the Granada Centre, University of Manchester, where he was lecturer for a year. Born 1967.
Nick Fraser was born in London in 1948 and educated at Oxford. He has worked as a journalist, independent television producer and a programme editor. Currently he is editor of STORYVILLE, the BBC's long-running and successful series of international documentaries. Programmes shown on STORYVILLE have won many awards, including an Oscar, Sundance prizes, Peabody awards, IDFA trophies and Griersons. Nick Fraser has written five non-fiction books, including The Voice of Modern Hatred, Encounters with the European Far Right, and he is a contributing editor of Harper's magazine, New York. He describes his interest in STEPS as a consequence of STORYVILLE. 'There is a future in programmes made anywhere in the world, and about any subject, which can then be shown anywhere in the world. There is a global audience now, for documentary films just as there is a readership for the Internet.' Nick was series editor on Why Democracy?
Don Edkins is a documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town. With an academic background in Development studies and African languages, he has extensive work experience in the field of media and development. He produced the multi-awarded Steps for the Future (2001/4), - a collection of 38 films from Southern Africa about life in the time of HIV/AIDS. He was executive producer for the STEPS global documentary project Why Democracy? of 10 long documentaries and 17 short films, screened by 48 broadcasters in 180 countries. With more than 30 international awards for the films, including an Oscar, two Peabody’s, and a Grierson, the films are now being distributed world-wide for educational outreach. He is co-author of a book about documentary filmmaking, training and outreach published by Jacana Media: STEPS by STEPS. Don is Director of Steps International, and Executive Producer of the new STEPS project Why Poverty?
Igor Blaževic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia. From 1992 he was engaged with People in Need (PIN), Prague-based nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "to inspire a largeness of spirit in Czech society by helping others in need, and to promote democratic freedoms for all." PIN is one of the largest organizations of its kind in post-communist Europe and has administered projects in more than forty countries over the past seventeen years. He is also founder and director of One World, the biggest European human rights film festival with an audience of over 100,000 viewers. He has together with his wife Jasmina co-directed 10 documentaries for Czech Television. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy and since 2006, a Board member of the Czech branch of the Open Society Fund. In 2010 he spent six months on CEE Trust Individual Fellowship and Research program working on evaluations of the Czech democracy assistance programs.
Jesper Højberg is Executive Director of International Media Support (IMS), an international media NGO based in Denmark assisting media in conflict areas around the world (www.i-m-s.dk). He has worked for 15 years within the field of journalism, social research, media development, communication planning and development of conflict management programmes in Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Arab World and South-Eastern Europe. He has worked as director of the UNESCO Film School in Zimbabwe and has coordinated the development of a regional Media and Civil Society Development programme for South-Eastern Europe for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As founder and executive director of International Media Support he has led a team of media experts in the development of a Media Programme for the Arab World and Iran. He is a trained journalist.
Carne Ross founded Independent Diplomat in 2004 and serves as Executive Director. He has over fifteen years of diplomatic experience in the British Foreign Office and United Nations, working on a wide range of issues and regions including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the global environment, terrorism and post-conflict reconstruction. Between 1997-1998, he served as the speechwriter to the British Foreign Secretary, preparing speeches on all areas of British foreign policy. He then spent four and a half years in the UK delegation on the UN Security Council, where he was the delegation's Middle East "expert" (with the rank of First Secretary). Ross resigned from the British foreign office in 2004, after giving then-secret evidence to an official inquiry into the use of intelligence on WMD in advance of the 2003 Iraq war. Carne Ross is a trained negotiator, economist, playwright (“The Fox” enjoyed a short run in New York in early 2001) and author.
Mette Hoffmann Meyer is commissioning editor of documentaries & factual programming at DRTV. She is responsible for approximately 700 hours of programming per year. She is also chief executive of co-production at the Danish public broadcaster, DRTV. While previously in charge of the sales department at TV2/Denmark it became the largest distributor in Scandinavia with world-wide sales. The output included drama, animation, series, children programmes, documentaries and formats. Her films have won awards, including an Oscar, prizes at Sundance Film Festival, IDFA, Peabody awards and a Grierson Award. She has commissioned and distributes films such as Why We Fight, Liberace of Baghdad, Control Room and To Live is better than to die. Mette was series editor on Why Democracy?
Emmy Award winning Klara Grunning-Harris is commissioning editor for documentary and short films at the Danish Film Institute (Armadillo, Into Eternity, Burma VJ, The Good Life, Love Addict, Why Democracy, Why Poverty etc.). Her background is freelance production, distribution, financing consultant and executive producer for film, TV and media world-wide. Recently Grunning-Harris was the Vice President and International Commissioning Editor, Acquisitions, Co-production & Documentary Executive of KUDOS Family, a start up media co-production and distribution company based in Stavanger, Norway. Prior, she worked as the Coordinating Producer for ITVS International (The Independent Television Service), to bring international and domestic documentaries, series and dramas to US television broadcast and digital platforms (Lion in the House, New Americans, Be Like Others, Please Vote For Me, My Country My Country etc.).