OUR TEAM

Founders & Directors

Mijal Iastrebner

Co-founder and Director, SembraMedia

Mijal Iastrebner is a journalist, entrepreneur, teacher and the managing director based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Janine Warner

Co-founder and Executive Director, SembraMedia

Janine Warner is journalist, author, entrepreneur, and a Knight Fellow with the International Center for Journalists.

Content & Operations Team

Melanie Pragier

Chief Financial Officer

Melanie is supervises all of SembraMedia's finances, financial processes and accounting policies. She oversees the review of financial statements of sub-grantees in programs such as the Velocidad.

Naimid María Cirelli Asef

Director of Institutional Communications

Naimid manages SembraMedia’s communication strateg. She is also the creator and manager of our Metis program, which provides business mentorship for women media entrepreneurs.

Felicitas Carrique

Director of Innovation

Felicitas is in charge of product design and systems development and oversees all of our technical implementation. She provides tech support and strategic guidance to participants in our initiatives.

Vanina Berghella

Velocidad's Director

Vanina manages Velocidad, a SembraMedia’s business accelerator for Latin American Media, which we manage in partnership with ICFJ. She coordinates a team of more than 40 consultants.

María Eugenia Álvarez

Director of strategic initiatives

María Eugenia manages several of SembraMedia’s initiatives. She also manages our diverse team of ambassadors and oversee the development of our media directory.

SembraMedia's Ambassadors

Elaíne Díaz

Cuban Ambassador

Elaine is the founder and director of Periodismo de Barrio, a nonprofit news site that covers environmental issues in Cuba.

Nilsa Varela Vargas

Ambassador of Venezuela

She says she founded "Diario el Vistazo" after taking Janine Warner’s online entrepreneurial journalism course at the Knight Center, where she was inspired by Janine’s message to “just do it.”

José Hernández Falcón

Ambassador of Puerto Rico

José is a journalist, blogger and director of Puerto Rico BloggerCon, a convention that brings together digital content creators from throughout the Island.

Desirée Esquivel

Ambassador of Paraguay

Desirée is a journalist, photographer, and the co-founder of Ciencia del Sur.

María Lilly Delgado

Ambassador of Nicaragua

María Lilly Delgado is a correspondent for Univisión News based in Nicaragua, where she reports about politics and human rights.

Abraham Torres

Ambassador of Mexico

Abraham is a professor of Digital Journalism at the International School of Communication and Entertainment of the University Anáhuac in Cancún, Mexico.

Natalie Van Hoozer

US Ambassador

Natalie Van Hoozer is a bilingual journalist and translator in Reno, Nevada. She works for KUNR Public Radio, Northern Nevada’s NPR member station, and Noticiero Móvil.

José Antonio González Alba

Spanish Ambassador

José Antonio has a Master’s degree in Management and Innovation from the University of Cádiz.

Miguel Loor

Ambassador of Ecuador

Miguel is a communications consultant and a professor at the College of Communications and Contemporary Arts (COCOA) at the University of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador.

Sara Trejos

Colombian Ambassador

Sara is a project manager at Magic Markers and the director of Presunto Podcast.

Paulette Desormeaux

Chilean Ambassador

Paulette is a journalist with a Master’s degree in Media and Globalization. She is the founder and president of Red de Periodistas, the first investigative journalism network in Chile.

Fabiola Gutierrez

Bolivian Ambassador

Fabiola has a Master’s degree in journalism and communication from the University Evangélica Boliviana. She is also a contributor to two experimental digital journalism projects.

Olivia Sohr

Argentine ambassador

Olivia is a sociologist and journalist. She is the Editorial Coordinator at Chequeado, one of the leading fact-checking sites in Latin America.

Indhira Suero

Ambassador of the Dominican Republic

Indhira is a professor at the Instituto Tecnológico in Santo Domingo, D.R. She is an experienced cultural journalist and broadcaster, and a Fulbright Scholar.

Sebastian Auyanet

Ambassador of uruguay

In addition to serving as SembraMedia’s ambassador in Uruguay, Sebastian Auyanet is a strategic media consultant for SembraMedia’s Velocidad Accelerator and SembraMex sustainability program.

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