The Team

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Greg Victor

CEO & FOUNDER
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Greg Victor worked as a journalist for 35 years, as publications director and U.N. Correspondents Association liaison for the Committee to Protect Journalists, and as East Asia representative for the American Friends Service Committee before founding IFEP in 2016. He mentored foreign journalists for 20 years through the Alfred Friendly Press Partnership and sits on the partnership’s advisory board. Victor also curated the poetry side of a 2016 art-poetry gallery exhibition and book titled “Verse Envisioned.”

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Daria Locher

CREATIVE COORDINATOR
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Daria Locher, having lived in France and Russia over the past decade, studied the confluence of language, cultural values, and foreign policy in college. In 2019, she delved into the international free-expression field while writing for Transparency International-Moscow and teaching media literacy at the American Center of the Moscow U.S. Embassy. Before joining IFEP, Daria worked as a contributing reporter with the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Olga Pogoda

MARKETPLACE CREATIVE LEAD
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Olga Pogoda is co-founder of KRNLS, a consulting firm that works at the intersection of technology and economic development. She has worked on on high-tech initiatives with cities, states, counties and national organizations, including NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Olga is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Carnegie Mellon University and is on the board of two nonprofit organizations working towards building equity and equality in the tech industry.

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Shawn Amsler

REAL ESTATE REPRESENTATIVE
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Shawn Amsler has more than 20 years of experience in real estate development, investment and construction management in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. His work has included financial feasibility analysis, preconstruction oversight and strategic advisory services. His projects have included the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, Calif. and the Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy, which was recognized in 2017 by Travel+Leisure as the Best Resort Hotel in Europe.

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Alex Bandar

MAKERSPACE & ARTIST STUDIO ADVISOR
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Alex Bandar is an engineer, materials scientist, founder of Columbus Idea Foundry in Ohio, and international evangelist for the Maker Movement. He describes the Foundry makerspace as “a machine shop with a maitre d' ... a place where people can feel warm and welcome to learn how to use novel equipment to explore new hobbies or businesses.” He previously worked for a software company as a "computational metallurgist" writing computer programs that simulate manufacturing processes.

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Amir Zwickel

MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS
DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

Amir Zwickel is co-founder of and chief real estate officer for SHOWFIELDS, an immersive retail experience with locations in New York and Miami. Like the proposed Marketplace of Ideas, Showfields combines mission-driven retail, pop-up shops, art exhibitions, theatrical experiences, food and drink, community and charitable events and robust online sales. Showfields is an expression of Zwickel’s concept of "C" Commerce, which encompasses Convenience, Curation, Content, Community and Connection.

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Juliandra Jones

 EXHIBIT CURATION AND DESIGN
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Juliandra Jones is an artist, muralist and proprietor of PBJ Customs, which “creates custom art for custom people.” She is a self-taught artist and began to explore social justice through her artwork after moving to Pittsburgh. Her pieces have been exhibited in prominent local venues such as the Canvas of Words series. Jones also paints live while interacting with audiences, participating in performances such as The Black Student Unions’ Sip & Paint (Binghamton, NY).

Read her artist page here.

International Advisory Board

Svetlana Alexievich

NOBEL LAUREATE IN LITERATURE

Martin Baron

RETIRED EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WASHINGTON POST

 

Jose Omar Rabago Vital

PAST CHAIR, IFEX

Michael Douglas Keaton

ACTOR, DIRECTOR

Mai Khoi

SINGER, ACTIVIST

David McCullough

HISTORIAN, AUTHOR

Tom Brokaw

NBC NEWS ANCHOR

 

Jillian York

DIRECTOR OF FREE EXPRESSION, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION

Board of Directors

Greg Victor

FOUNDER, IFEP
EX OFFICIO

Sara Longo

CONSULTANT, THE HILL GROUP INC.
CHAIR

Henry J. Simonds

ARTIST, FILMMAKER
VICE CHAIR

Tony Norman

COLUMNIST
TREASURER

Phil Hallen

RETIRED FOUNDATION LEADER
SECRETARY

Cahssey Augenstein

ART ENTHUSIAST

Arthur Steven Beeman

BEEMAN & MUCHMORE LLP

Thank You to our Primary Contributors

William W. Victor


Cahssey and Don Augenstein


John Oller


Jill and Norbert Buelsing Gifting Fund


Jonathan Friendly