Advisory Board

Owen Chan • Hong kong • BOARD MEMBER Chan Ka Chun (Owen Chan) is a 3D Animation Producer/Teacher at STFA Yung Yau College in Hong Kong, where he has lead his Junior Secondary students to produce more than 100 animation shorts in the past seven years. Owen has served on multiple juries for various international film festivals, including the Short Soup International Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. In 2011, he became a consultant for the Appreciation and Critique of Independent Films in Hong Kong. In 2014, he traveled to Croatia to present on How to work 3D with children and youth.  

Owen Chan  Hong kong  BOARD MEMBER

Chan Ka Chun (Owen Chan) is a 3D Animation Producer/Teacher at STFA Yung Yau College in Hong Kong, where he has lead his Junior Secondary students to produce more than 100 animation shorts in the past seven years. Owen has served on multiple juries for various international film festivals, including the Short Soup International Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. In 2011, he became a consultant for the Appreciation and Critique of Independent Films in Hong Kong. In 2014, he traveled to Croatia to present on How to work 3D with children and youth.  

Giovanni Malagutti  • ITALY • BOARD MEMBER Giovanni Malagutti is a psychotherapist and criminologist specialized in Trauma Psychology and Analysis of Child Abuse. He is the President of “Fondazione Malagutti onlus,” which cares for children who have been abused, maltreated, abandoned, and are without parental references. He is the supervisor of the “Diritti a Colori” network, which addresses the safeguarding of children’s rights and organizes the “International Drawing Competition” to promote the graphic expressiveness and creativity of young people from ages 3 to 16, and is the creator/director of the International Children’s Rights Festival.

Giovanni Malagutti   ITALY  BOARD MEMBER

Giovanni Malagutti is a psychotherapist and criminologist specialized in Trauma Psychology and Analysis of Child Abuse. He is the President of “Fondazione Malagutti onlus,” which cares for children who have been abused, maltreated, abandoned, and are without parental references. He is the supervisor of the “Diritti a Colori” network, which addresses the safeguarding of children’s rights and organizes the “International Drawing Competition” to promote the graphic expressiveness and creativity of young people from ages 3 to 16, and is the creator/director of the International Children’s Rights Festival.

  Marija Ratković VIDAKOVIĆ • Croatia • Board Member Marija Ratković Vidaković  earned her B.A. in Film, TV and stage production and her M.A. in Performing Arts Production at the Academy of Dramatic Art. Marija has also received extensive education in the fields of cinematography and drama, as well as in journalism. As of November 2012, Marija is coordinator/executive producer at the Croatian Film Association (producing approximately 5 short films per year) as well as the Manager of Festival Programs. As of February 2015 Marija became General Secretary (managing director) of the Croatian Film Association. 

 

Marija Ratković VIDAKOVIĆ  Croatia  Board Member

Marija Ratković Vidaković  earned her B.A. in Film, TV and stage production and her M.A. in Performing Arts Production at the Academy of Dramatic Art. Marija has also received extensive education in the fields of cinematography and drama, as well as in journalism. As of November 2012, Marija is coordinator/executive producer at the Croatian Film Association (producing approximately 5 short films per year) as well as the Manager of Festival Programs. As of February 2015 Marija became General Secretary (managing director) of the Croatian Film Association. 

SAPAN HAMAL • NEPAL • BOARD MEMBER Sapan Hamal is currently working for Nepal's most listened to youth radio show "Chatting with my Best Friend" which has over 7.2 million listeners worldwide. He has completed his undergraduate degree in Media and Communications from Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu. As an exchange student at the University of Oklahoma, he completed an intensive course in New Media in Journalism. He has over 12 years of professional experience working in Nepali media, especially radio and online.  His documentary ''Kathmandu'' was awarded in the best nonfiction category in Buds Film Fiesta, 2009.

SAPAN HAMAL • NEPAL • BOARD MEMBER

Sapan Hamal is currently working for Nepal's most listened to youth radio show "Chatting with my Best Friend" which has over 7.2 million listeners worldwide. He has completed his undergraduate degree in Media and Communications from Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu. As an exchange student at the University of Oklahoma, he completed an intensive course in New Media in Journalism. He has over 12 years of professional experience working in Nepali media, especially radio and online.  His documentary ''Kathmandu'' was awarded in the best nonfiction category in Buds Film Fiesta, 2009.

MASHHOUR MOHAMED • EGYPT • BOARD MEMBER Mashhour Mohamed is a director and a producer for the Nile Cinema Channel. After earning his B.A. in Radio and Television in Cairo, he worked as an assistant director in the department of children's program and in the department of documentary and short fiction production on Egyptian TV. In 2010, he moved to work on the Nile Cinema channel, and in 2015 he established his production company and is currently producing a documentary series about the refugees' movement to Europe, filming on location in Croatia, Serbia, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

MASHHOUR MOHAMED • EGYPT • BOARD MEMBER

Mashhour Mohamed is a director and a producer for the Nile Cinema Channel. After earning his B.A. in Radio and Television in Cairo, he worked as an assistant director in the department of children's program and in the department of documentary and short fiction production on Egyptian TV. In 2010, he moved to work on the Nile Cinema channel, and in 2015 he established his production company and is currently producing a documentary series about the refugees' movement to Europe, filming on location in Croatia, Serbia, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Anna Eriksson    • Sweden • BOARD MEMBEr Anna Eriksson has been a filmmaker and producer since 1992, and currently works as the Film Development Officer at the Cultural Department in the region of Halland, Sweden. Anna holds her Bachelors degree in film directing at Akademi Valand, Gothenburg University. She taught filmmaking at Katrineberg College for adult education from 2008 to 2013. She also is a member of Doris FIlm - a Project challenging and changing the gender balance in the Film Industry in Sweden - and has participated in the International Youth Media Summit for three years as an Advisor, 2012-2014.

Anna Eriksson     Sweden  BOARD MEMBEr

Anna Eriksson has been a filmmaker and producer since 1992, and currently works as the Film Development Officer at the Cultural Department in the region of Halland, Sweden. Anna holds her Bachelors degree in film directing at Akademi Valand, Gothenburg University. She taught filmmaking at Katrineberg College for adult education from 2008 to 2013. She also is a member of Doris FIlm - a Project challenging and changing the gender balance in the Film Industry in Sweden - and has participated in the International Youth Media Summit for three years as an Advisor, 2012-2014.

Birgitta Olsson  • Sweden • CHairman of the board Birgitta Olsson worked as an educator for 15 years, working mainly with creative writing, story telling and media literacy. She then became a film consultant at Film i Halland, a regionally based resource center for film & media. Over this 20 year journey, Birgitta helped to develop an organization ready to meet a growing creative film industry. Birgitta has been part of IYMS since 2006, its founding year. Birgitta strongly believes that media can challenge preconceptions through the generating of new images and new ideas, and that the most important action to achieve this is the gathering and sharing of experiences.

Birgitta Olsson   Sweden  CHairman of the board

Birgitta Olsson worked as an educator for 15 years, working mainly with creative writing, story telling and media literacy. She then became a film consultant at Film i Halland, a regionally based resource center for film & media. Over this 20 year journey, Birgitta helped to develop an organization ready to meet a growing creative film industry. Birgitta has been part of IYMS since 2006, its founding year. Birgitta strongly believes that media can challenge preconceptions through the generating of new images and new ideas, and that the most important action to achieve this is the gathering and sharing of experiences.

Evelyn Seubert  • USA • President • CoFounder Evelyn Seubert is a passionate educator and filmmaker with an extensive background in the arts and international youth media. Evelyn currently teaches television and video production for the Global Academy of Interdisciplinary Media Studies at Cleveland Charter High School in L.A., out of which Teen International Media Exchange (TIME) and IYMS were born. Together with James Gleason, her teaching partner of 22 years, Seubert was Executive Producer of the feature film Common Bonds, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was produced entirely by a teen crew.  She has co-created courses and workshops in video production and media craft for various institutions, including the Los Angeles Museum of Television and Radio.

Evelyn Seubert  • USA • President • CoFounder

Evelyn Seubert is a passionate educator and filmmaker with an extensive background in the arts and international youth media. Evelyn currently teaches television and video production for the Global Academy of Interdisciplinary Media Studies at Cleveland Charter High School in L.A., out of which Teen International Media Exchange (TIME) and IYMS were born. Together with James Gleason, her teaching partner of 22 years, Seubert was Executive Producer of the feature film Common Bonds, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was produced entirely by a teen crew.  She has co-created courses and workshops in video production and media craft for various institutions, including the Los Angeles Museum of Television and Radio.

Wais Yameen • Afghanistan • Board Member Wais Yameen is a human rights activist and one of the founding members of Afghanistan Victims’ Families Association (AVFA). He actively mobilized Afghan victims and civil society to call for justice against those who committed war crimes and has been involved in educating responsible citizens.  Yameen studied computer science and works as an IT expert System and Processes for USAID Road Sector Sustainable Program. Wais has been engaged with IYMS activities since 2006, working with delegates on "Afghan Girls Connect" and the TIME project, "A Day In the Life: Afghanistan".

Wais Yameen • Afghanistan • Board Member

Wais Yameen is a human rights activist and one of the founding members of Afghanistan Victims’ Families Association (AVFA). He actively mobilized Afghan victims and civil society to call for justice against those who committed war crimes and has been involved in educating responsible citizens.  Yameen studied computer science and works as an IT expert System and Processes for USAID Road Sector Sustainable Program. Wais has been engaged with IYMS activities since 2006, working with delegates on "Afghan Girls Connect" and the TIME project, "A Day In the Life: Afghanistan".

JOHN LATIMER • USA • BOARD MEMBER John Latimer grew up in Ohio and moved to California in 1986. He has worked on several political campaigns in California and was a representative for two San Diego City Council members working on neighbourhood issues and various city policies for almost nine years. Afterwards, he served in the U.S. Navy for eight years specializing in Asian affairs and operations. Latimer then attended San Jose State University and received his Bachelor's of Science in Political Science and his Master's Degree at CSUN. He has been teaching at Cleveland High School since 2006 and currently teaches World History, American History, AP Economics and AP Psychology. Latimer is the coordinator for the GAIMS (Global Academy of International Media Studies) small learning community, the Model United Nations advisor, and participates on Cleveland's Curriculum Council.

JOHN LATIMER • USA • BOARD MEMBER

John Latimer grew up in Ohio and moved to California in 1986. He has worked on several political campaigns in California and was a representative for two San Diego City Council members working on neighbourhood issues and various city policies for almost nine years. Afterwards, he served in the U.S. Navy for eight years specializing in Asian affairs and operations. Latimer then attended San Jose State University and received his Bachelor's of Science in Political Science and his Master's Degree at CSUN. He has been teaching at Cleveland High School since 2006 and currently teaches World History, American History, AP Economics and AP Psychology. Latimer is the coordinator for the GAIMS (Global Academy of International Media Studies) small learning community, the Model United Nations advisor, and participates on Cleveland's Curriculum Council.

JAMES GLEASON  • USA • Head of Production • Cofounder James Gleason has produced, directed and taught film and video production for the last 33 years, 13 of which he has spent teaching media studies at Cleveland Charter High School in L.A. For his various video productions, he has won four AFI "Visions of USA" awards and First Place in the National Lucas Films/MGM "Make Your Dreams Come True" contest. Together with Evelyn Seubert he served as Executive Producer of the feature film Common Bonds, produced entirely by a teen crew.  Students from his classes have won hundreds of awards, including two student Emmys. 

JAMES GLEASON   USA  Head of Production • Cofounder

James Gleason has produced, directed and taught film and video production for the last 33 years, 13 of which he has spent teaching media studies at Cleveland Charter High School in L.A. For his various video productions, he has won four AFI "Visions of USA" awards and First Place in the National Lucas Films/MGM "Make Your Dreams Come True" contest. Together with Evelyn Seubert he served as Executive Producer of the feature film Common Bonds, produced entirely by a teen crew.  Students from his classes have won hundreds of awards, including two student Emmys. 

Kate Randolph  • USA • Director of Outreach and development Kate Randolph is an actor, director, producer and teaching artist who is deeply committed to projects that foster and develop youth. She served as the Managing Artistic Director for YOUR OWN SKY, a professional theatre company, for 7 years and subsequently produced herself in the Tony-award winning one-woman play, The Belle of Amherst. Currently as a Theatre Artist-in-Residence, she uses the Arts to enrich the lives and learning of thousands of young people each school year and conducts professional development workshops for classroom teachers.  She has been involved with IYMS since 2011 and has served on the Advisory Board since 2012.

Kate Randolph   USA  Director of Outreach and development

Kate Randolph is an actor, director, producer and teaching artist who is deeply committed to projects that foster and develop youth. She served as the Managing Artistic Director for YOUR OWN SKY, a professional theatre company, for 7 years and subsequently produced herself in the Tony-award winning one-woman play, The Belle of Amherst. Currently as a Theatre Artist-in-Residence, she uses the Arts to enrich the lives and learning of thousands of young people each school year and conducts professional development workshops for classroom teachers.  She has been involved with IYMS since 2011 and has served on the Advisory Board since 2012.

VahID VAHED   • AUSTRALIA • BOARD MEMBER Vahid Vahed grew up in Tehran, Iran and studied Visual Arts and Communication in the UK. After residing in Germany for nearly 3 years working as a photographer and editor, Vahid immigrated to Sydney, Australia, where he earned his BFA and MFA at the University of New South Wales. Vahid has worked as a freelance researcher, television journalist, university lecturer, radio, film and television producer, media educator, digital media artist and is currently working as Artistic Director of Cinewest, a non-profit organization which he founded in 1999. Cinewest implements screen culture and audience development projects, media literacy workshops, and film festivals for children and young adults.

VahID VAHED  
 AUSTRALIA  BOARD MEMBER

Vahid Vahed grew up in Tehran, Iran and studied Visual Arts and Communication in the UK. After residing in Germany for nearly 3 years working as a photographer and editor, Vahid immigrated to Sydney, Australia, where he earned his BFA and MFA at the University of New South Wales. Vahid has worked as a freelance researcher, television journalist, university lecturer, radio, film and television producer, media educator, digital media artist and is currently working as Artistic Director of Cinewest, a non-profit organization which he founded in 1999. Cinewest implements screen culture and audience development projects, media literacy workshops, and film festivals for children and young adults.

HIROKO OKAMI • JAPAN • BOARD MEMBER Hiroko Okami was born and raised in Tokyo. She founded Children's Express Japan in 2001 and has served continuously as its Executive Director. The mission of Children’s Express Japan is to provide children aged 8 to 18 with the training and means to express themselves publicly about the vital issues they face through journalistic activities, and to help children develop self-esteem and media literacy. Hiroko also worked for Refugees International Japan, an organization that has raised funds to help refugees all over the world since 1982. She was a Japanese Representative of the U.S. NPO consulting company (1994-2000) and the U.K. NPO consulting company (2002-2010) specializing in fundraising, board development and the management of non-profit organizations.  Hiroko has participated as an advisor at six IYMS Summits.   

HIROKO OKAMI • JAPAN • BOARD MEMBER

Hiroko Okami was born and raised in Tokyo. She founded Children's Express Japan in 2001 and has served continuously as its Executive Director. The mission of Children’s Express Japan is to provide children aged 8 to 18 with the training and means to express themselves publicly about the vital issues they face through journalistic activities, and to help children develop self-esteem and media literacy. Hiroko also worked for Refugees International Japan, an organization that has raised funds to help refugees all over the world since 1982. She was a Japanese Representative of the U.S. NPO consulting company (1994-2000) and the U.K. NPO consulting company (2002-2010) specializing in fundraising, board development and the management of non-profit organizations.  Hiroko has participated as an advisor at six IYMS Summits.