MEET THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
FIBEP is governed by an Executive Committee made up of one President, six Vice-Presidents and one Secretary General. Each Executive Committee member serves for a specific period, in which they are then replaced by either a lower ranking member of the Executive Committee or an elected FIBEP Member.
The federation was founded in 1953 in Paris and now hosts a broad range of activities including the FIBEP World Media Intelligence Congress, annual workshops and webinars, senior-networking sessions and a variety of high-impact research studies.
Laura Maria Garcia
María Laura García is President and Founder of GlobalNews® Group, an organization created to collect all of the information that is produced by media outlets in latin america and process it in order to better power communications professionals.. Founded in 1998, and covering 17 countries from its 10 offices, GlobalNews® Group has become the premier source of media monitoring in Latin America.
GlobalNews® Group has received multiple awards and commendations, including the Eikon 2004 and 2010 Communications Award.
María Laura also holds leadership positions outside of GlobalNews® Group, serving as the vice president of the Federation Internationale Des Bureaux D’Extraits De Presse. In 2017, María Laura was invited to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India, and in 2018 the Indian government invited her to participate in IndiaSoft, while Bank of America and Vital Voces chose her for the Global ambassadors program in New York City.
Before founding GlobalNews® Group, María Laura worked as a press advisor for several large governmental organizations. She has also worked as a media analyst and foreign press coordinator, and as a journalist for various radio, magazine, and news sources.
Laura has shown a strong commitment with the development of women in business and economical activities, as a mentor in Vital Voices since it was launched in Argentina and in other women organizations such as WCD (Women Corporate Directors).
María Laura has lectured at conferences and seminars throughout Latin America, and has taught communications at El Salvador University in Argentina. She has contributed to two books on media and is working on a novel about migration and culture from a woman's perspective.
Magdalena is a sales and marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience in media monitoring and measurement industry. Currently, she is CEO of NEWTON Media SEE, a group of media monitoring and measurement companies across the Adriatic region and a FIBEP Secretary General. In the past, Magdalena was responsible for managing companies of NEWTON Media Group in Poland and Slovakia. Her experience also includes automatic speech recognition of Slavic languages mainly focused on dictation into computer and TV and radio automatic transcription. She has a university degree in Business administration, marketing and management.
Gabby Begas, CEO of IFAT Group, the leading business information company in Israel with more than 325 people providing media intelligence, advertising monitoring and analysis, tenders and business opportunities and strategic business research and analysis. He has a strong passion for technology as a former computer programmer. He leads the integration of technology to the media intelligence business. He studied economics and business administration at Tel Aviv University. IFAT Group is also the owner of the public company Trendline (TREN in TLV) a leading provider of stock exchange, finance, legal, tax information transforming Big Data into insights and supporting intelligent decision making.
Global Copyright Director
Global Copyright Director at Kantar Media a global leader in media intelligence, providing clients with the data they need to make informed decisions on all aspects of media measurement. Christophe works directly with the publishers and the Reproduction Right Organisations in Europe. He is the head of the AMEC & FIBEP joint Copyright Committee.
Global Strategy Manager
Romina Gersuni is pressrelations‘s Global Strategy Manager. She has more than twelve years of experience in the media intelligence industry. Since 2013 she has been part of pressrelations where she consolidated the company’s software business division. Romina is responsible for improving strategies, products, and partnerships as well as for commercializing pressrelations’s services and software solutions. Romina holds a degree in Business Administration and attended postgraduate studies in International Economic Relations at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Communications and Marketing Executive
Sophia Karakeva has been active in the media industry for over 20 years and she currently holds the position of Communications and Marketing Executive at DataScouting, leading software research, and development company in Greece. Sophia is also a news correspondent for the Czech TV, while in the past she worked as a journalist at the Czech News Agency. Sophia has extensive experience in providing expert consulting, analysis and media monitoring in the area of media intelligence.
She has a PhD in Mass Communication and Journalism from the Charles University in Prague.
Sophia is currently a member of the FIBEP Copyright and Fair Trade Commission. She has also served as Vice-Chair of the European Chapter for AMEC.
Sophia is a conceptual media thinker, communication believer, marketing digger and analysis enthusiast.
Oresti Patricios ist CEO of OrnicoGroup in South Africa. He has long been on the cutting edge of the media and advertising industries. Started in the industry in 1984.Oresti was doing his social media MBA at GIBS when Twitter was barely a tweet and has always driven his vision of dominating African media and brand intelligence. He now fronts an organization of more than 200 dedicated individuals that services the top 450 local advertisers and is also chairman of SAMMA (SA Media monitoring and measurement association) as well as a board member of FIBEP (World Media Intelligence Association) and PAMRO (Pan African Media Research Foundation). Oresti also won the “Achiever of the Year” award at the PAMRO conference in 2017 and the Boabab award in 2019. This was in recognition to what he has done for the Research industry in Africa. When not preaching his African vision Oresti can be found tweeting & instagramming.
Thomas Vejlemand, CEO of Infomedia, is a digital front runner in the Nordics. With more than 15 years of CEO-experience from digital agencies and tech-companies, he is now leading Infomedia into a new era of media intelligence through technology and performance culture as driver for digital transformation. In addition to the role of CEO in Infomedia, Thomas is an active board member in several digital/tech-companies and has lately been appoint to the board of the newly established Danish FinTech organization.