Speakers & Workshop Leaders
Maria Elena Romero, Journalist
Maria Elena is a multimedia journalist and communicator with knowledge of storytelling techniques for digital and traditional media platforms. Maria core passion is ground-level storytelling focusing on the human condition of people who are in need of a voice. As a journalist, she has worked in the field in more than a dozen countries in the Americas covering key regional events such as the Haiti Earthquake aftermath, the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the 10th year anniversary of 9/11. Her passion for human rights and environmental issues has taken her to remote areas of the Amazon Forest to produce stories about the clash between environmental preservation and economic development. She has also planned and executed large-scale news coverages such as Pope Francis visit to the United States in 2015, and the US presidential race in 2016. Before becoming a journalist Maria Elena worked in international development in her native Colombia and the United States.
Agnieszka Wilson, Founder & CEO of Partners for Creative Development
Agnieszka Wilson is the the Founder and CEO of Partners for Creative Development in New York. Her responsibilities involve project management, coordination, partnership building and communication at the global level. Prior to P4CD she was the Executive Director at NFCC International, working on women's reproductive health. Further, she worked at the UN on post-conflict and gender-related issues. Her work involved the coordination of 22 UN agencies focusing on post-settings and war torn societies. She is also the co-founder and manager of a New York based women’s network and used to teach as a part time professor at St. Johns University on International Communications. She holds a Master's of Political Science from Uppsala University, Sweden. Her passion for collaboration and gender equality across the globe inspired her to create P4CD to support humanitarian organizations and drive social change through collaboration and a project based approach, that allows global experts to come together and create sustainable development results.