EJN Welcomes New Staff to our Asia-Pacific Project

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Our new project focused on boosting the quantity and quality of environmental coverage in Asia and the Pacific region, supported by SIDA, necessitates our expansion into more areas across the region. EJN is scaling up and with that, we welcome five new staff members onto our team!

Imelda V. Abaño is EJN Content Coordinator for the Philippines and Pacific. She is an award-winning Philippine environmental journalist and media trainer who has been covering climate change, energy, agriculture, biodiversity and other environmental issues for over 18 years. Abano is the founding President of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists, an organization which was established in 2010 with the assistance of the EJN.

As one of EJN's Council of Partners, she has led and managed various EJN activities and projects in the Philippines such as environmental reporting, training, mentorship, networking, climate change and biodiversity grants and developed mobile-based reporting. She is one of the first recipient of the Climate Change Media Partnership in 2007 covering series of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

 

Stefano Wrobleski is the EJN GeoJournalism Consultant and a data journalist at InfoAmazonia (one of the various GeoJournalism websites that have been supported by Internews) where he writes about social and environmental issues.

He also participated in the development and coordination of special reports platforms such as the Cartography of Attacks Against Indigenous Peoples, a mapping of indigenous people killed in the last 30 years in Brazil, and Digging into the Mining Arc, a four-month work on the issues of huge mining project in Venezuelan Amazon.

 

Geoffrey Smith is EJN Content Coordinator for Fiji and the Pacific. He has 22 years of experience in mainstream print and television broadcasting in Fiji and across the South Pacific.

He is an award-winning Fiji-based journalist who has undergone many specialist trainings with the Asian Pacific Institute of Broadcast Development (AIBD) as well as the Asia Broadcasting Union (ABU) both based in Malaysia.

Geoffrey is a recipient of industry placed mentorship with France-based Reuters global news agency as well as the former Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Over the years, he has produced many documentaries ranging from a special coverage of COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009 and the impacts of locally marine protected areas in some of Fiji’s remote islands, to a special 4-part documentary series titled “Greening the US” – highlighting climate friendly innovations across several major American states in 2011.

He is also a founding producer of Fiji’s first and longest running weekly TV business show “Talk Business” and a former Head of News and Current Affairs at Fiji Television before departing the organization as its CEO in January 2017.

He is part of the recently formed Pacific Environmental Journalism Network (PEJN) and the Fijian Media Association. He also serves as a Strategic Media Advisor to leading Pacific based public relations firm, Pacific Reach.

Surachart (Tob) Somma is EJN Information Officer. He is responsible for the management and development of EJN’s online presence, including its Geojournalism websites.

Surachart has more than ten years of experience in Digital Communications, Knowledge Management and Information Technology Management at global organizations in Europe and Asia, including the UN Environment’s Compliance Assistance Programme for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in Asia-Pacific region and other international organizations in the environmental technology industry.

Surachart holds an M.Sc. in Management from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and B.A. in Geography from Chulalongkorn University.  

 

Ben Kedoga is EJN Content Coordinator for Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. He has spent over a decade as a reporter in PNG and has covered many environmental stories. He has mentored and trained journalists who are now working in the mainstream media in PNG. He was one of the few journalists in PNG selected by SPREP to undergo training on climate change reporting, and has since used this knowledge to cover environmental issues and also train local journalists. He hopes to create a Network of Environmental Journalists in PNG to ensure that environmental stories get the level of attention it deserves.