AMIC 28th Annual Conference
Profile of Initial List of Plenary Speakers


Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, author, lecturer, and social critic—one of the most influential contemporary intellectuals. He is known as “the father of modern linguistics” and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. Chomsky is Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the author of more than a hundred books on linguistics, politics and mass media, many of them bestsellers. His landmark work Syntactical Structures, is a major reference in remodeling the study of language. He has influenced various other fields such as philosophy, computer science, mathematics, childhood education, and anthropology.

Leon Barkho

Leon Barkho is professor of media and communication sciences at Sweden’s Jönköping University. He holds an M.Sc. in applied linguistics and a Ph.D. in media and communication science. Previously, he held positions at Reuters News Agency as bureau chief and the Associated Press as staff writer. He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies. He has written numerous papers on discourse analysis, language, impartiality, translation and media and communication studies. Barkho is the author of “News from the BBC, CNN and Aljazeera” and editor of “From Theory to Practice: How to Assess and Apply Impartiality in News and Current Affairs” and “Towards a Praxis-Based Media and Journalism Research.” His most recent book “A Critique of Arab Media Discourse” was published in Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers Inc.

Jeff Canoy

Jeff Canoy is a journalist for ABS-CBN News. His coverage focuses on conflicts, disasters and public safety. His work in the last decade has received recognition both locally and internationally. His documentary on the siege of Marawi City by an ISIS-linked terror group won the Gold World Medal at the 2018 New York Festivals and the Gold Dolphin for Best Documentary in Cannes. In 2020, his documentary on persons with different needs, filmed entirely on camera phones, won the Bronze World Medal at the 2020 New York Festivals. He is also a Palanca award-winning writer, a Marshall McLuhan fellow for journalism and received a citation from the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for explanatory reporting in Hong Kong. He received professional training from Columbia University in New York, the Lauder School of Government in Tel Aviv and the Malaysian Press Institute in Kuala Lumpur. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University. In addition to his reportorial work, he currently anchors ABS-CBN’s morning news show, “Sakto”.


Mira Desai is Professor Communication Technology and Head at the University Department of Extension and Communication, S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai. She has formal qualifications in commerce, development communication, distance education, women and gender development, among others. Her research interests are audience reception, research methodology, women’s studies/gender development, sociology of technology and Indian television. She has experience in print, television, Internet and alternative media. She has presented papers in various conferences in Singapore, Spain, Australia, Malaysia, and Philippines, and is a member of various academic professional bodies. She is also on an editorial board of three research journals published from India.


Mohan Dutta is the Dean’s Chair Professor in Communication, School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, New Zealand. He is the Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), developing culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change, advocacy, and activism that articulate health as a human right. Dr. Mohan Dutta’s research examines the role of advocacy and activism in challenging marginalizing structures, the relationship between poverty and health, political economy of global health policies, and the ways in which participatory culture-centered radical democracy serve as axes of global social change.


Mohamed El-Guindy is a cyber security expert, technologist, speaker and researcher specializing in cybercrime, cyber terrorism and technology. He works as cybercrime consultant and resource person for international organizations. Mohamed is also the official representative of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA International) in Egypt. He runs Tech Talk, a weekly TV program in the Middle East that tackles controversial technical or scientific topics such as digital espionage and internet surveillance, 3D printing and reverse engineering of the human brain. His research studies on cybercrime are published in leading journals and research websites and cited in UN reports and university research around the world. He has authored many books and pamphlets on cybercrime and related issues.


Sadia Jamil earned a Ph.D. In Journalism (University of Queensland), a Master of Science in Media Management (University of Scotland Stirling), and an M.A. in Mass Communication (University of Karachi). She has taught courses at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi and in the past, at the University of Queensland. She is currently doing research on Artificial Intelligence in News Media Industry, Sustainability Education and Sustainable Development. Jamil is Chair of the Journalism Research and Education Section of the International Council of IAMCR. She sits in the editorial board of six international journals in the areas of journalism, digital media, political communication, and media practices in the Middle East. She is also serving as honorary advisor of Media Action Nepal.


Masato Kajimoto is an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong. He specializes in news literacy education and misinformation ecosystem research in Asia. He founded a region-focused education NPO called ANNIE (Asian Network of News and Information Educators) and leads a student-driven fact-checking project called Annie Lab. Masato was the chief producer of the massive open online course on Coursera titled Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens as well. His recent publication includes an entry on News Literacy in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Before beginning a career in teaching and research, he worked as an online reporter and web producer for CNN International.

Jonathan Lynn

Jonathan Lynn is Head of Communications and Media Relations at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Before joining the IPCC in November 2011, he worked as a foreign correspondent and editor for Reuters news agency for 32 years, reporting from over 30 countries around the world. Jonathan has an MA from Cambridge University, where he studied modern languages at Clare College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. From December 2021 he will be Senior Communications Advisor at the IPCC.


Crispin Maslog is a journalism practitioner and academician, started out as a full-time journalist with the Agence France-Presse before he went to the University of Minnesota on a Fulbright-Smith Mundt scholarship. After getting his Ph.D., he returned to the Philippines and became director of the School of Communication, Silliman University. He later became a professor, College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los Baños. After “retiring” from UPLB in 1998, he was invited to be Senior Vice President and Dean, Graduate School, Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, in Manila. After retirement, he has been a visiting professor in the United States, Norway, and Singapore. He has published 37 books, including topics in Science Writing, Biotechnology, and Climate Change.


Jan Servaes (PhD, 1987, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium) has been UNESCO Chair in Communication for Sustainable Social Change and Chairperson of the Scientific Committee for the World Congress on Communication for Development (WCCD), Rome, 2006. He has taught International Communication and Communication for Social Change in Australia, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, the United States, The Netherlands, and Thailand, in addition to several teaching stints at about 120 universities in 55 countries. Servaes has undertaken research, development, and advisory work around the world and is the author of journal articles and books on such topics as international and development communication; ICT and media policies; intercultural communication; participation and social change; and human rights and conflict management. He is known for his ‘multiplicity paradigm’ in “Communication for Development. One World, Multiple Cultures” (1999).


Cheryll Ruth Soriano is Professor and Research Fellow in the Department of Communication at De La Salle University. Her research examines the implications of digital communication on social, cultural, and political processes with a focus on the intersections of digital cultures and marginality. She sits in the Editorial Boards of the Asian Journal of Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication, Culture and Critique, and Plaridel: Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society and has co-edited books and a number of scholarly articles, policy briefs, and op-ed pieces on digital media and communication in the Global South. She also leads various research and advocacy initiatives in the areas of digital labor, open access, and democracy and disinformation. Prof. Soriano held Visiting Fellowships at the Center for Communication, Politics and Culture at RMIT University, and at the Institute of Sociology and Anthropology in Peking University. She completed her Ph.D. in Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore.

Nina Trang Nguyen

Nina Trang Nguyen is a British Government Chevening scholar with a master’s degree in Multimedia Journalism. She has an almost 10-year work experience including a 7-year stint at Vietnam National Television (VTV). She has contributed to both international and national journalism events and projects and built up her own identity as creative producer, storyteller, and multimedia journalist. In 2019, Ms. Trang was the first woman field reporter to cover the South Sudan civil war. Her stories included Vietnam’s first field hospital and the life of Vietnamese peacekeepers serving the United Nations peacekeeping mission. Among her numerous awards are the Vietnam National Press Awards 2017 and Top 5 best TV hosts in the VTV Awards 2018. In 2014, Ms. Trang was among the 29 Vietnamese youth ambassadors who took part in the 41st Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program.

She is currently a guest lecturer at the Academy of Journalism and Communication. She also works as strategic designer, UX researcher, and design thinking facilitator for Doodle Design.


Tran Le Thuy is an award-winning journalist. Among her numerous recognitions are first prize and a special prize as Young Development Journalist of the year in Developing Asia Journalism Award in Tokyo, 2004 and winner of the Panos London/GKP journalism award in the United Nations’ 2005 Information Society Summit. She has served as panelist in various international and local conferences, including the 2010 Women’s Leadership Summit in India. Tran Le Thuy has worked with leading international and national media agencies including The Saigon Times, Vietnam Economic Times, Tuoi Tre, Reuters, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, the International Herald Tribune and Project Syndicate. She also works as media consultant and expert on media development and communication for international agencies, including the United Nations, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. She holds an M.Phil in Development Studies from University of Oxford.

Le Thanh TRIEU

Le Thanh Trieu is the Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Communications, University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam National University. She completed her master’s degree in International Communication Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden in 2007 and her doctoral degree at the Academy of Journalism and Communication in Hanoi in 2016. Among her areas of specialization are intercultural mass communication, journalism and digital technology, media audience, and environmental journalism. Dr. Trieu Tranh Le is currently leading a research study on Vietnamese journalists’ perceptions of their roles in society and how they are able to perform these perceived roles. She is also a key member of projects related to media literacy programs including developing tools for information verification.
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