CEO & FOUNDER
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.”
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 US Press Freedom Tracker of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
EXHIBIT CURATION AND DESIGN OVERSEER
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).
MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS
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.
MAKERSPACE & ARTIST STUDIO ADVISOR
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.
REAL ESTATE REPRESENTATIVE
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.
International Advisory Board
NOBEL LAUREATE IN LITERATURE
RETIRED EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WASHINGTON POST
PAST CHAIR, IFEX
NBC NEWS ANCHOR
DIRECTOR OF FREE EXPRESSION, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
Board of Directors
CONSULTANT, THE HILL GROUP INC.