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 has a Knight Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists that supports her work at SembraMedia.

Content & Operations Team

Lupita Ruiz-Tolento

Institutional Development

Lupita has done fundraising and managed financial aid programs for universities and nonprofit organizations.

Melanie Pragier

Chief Financial Officer

Melanie studied business management and has experience in accounting and corporate finance. At SembraMedia she leads the accounting area.

Naimid María Cirelli Asef

Director of Institutional Communications

Naimid is the Director of Institutional Communications at SembraMedia and leader of Metis, a business mentoring program for women media founders in Latin America.

Felicitas Carrique

Director of Innovation

Felicitas Carrique is responsible for SembraMedia’s web design, optimization, performance and development projects. She is a journalist specialized in business, technology and innovation.

Vanina Berghella

Velocidad's Director

Vanina Berghella is a journalist and was a consultant in the strategic management of projects, contents and digital platforms.

María Eugenia Álvarez

Director of strategic innovation

María Eugenia Alvarez is a journalist with a background in radio and television production. In addition to managing SembraMedia’s team of ambassadors, she teaches a radio workshop at the TEA.

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 is a journalist and program assistant for the Knight Fellowships program at the International Center for Journalists.

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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