Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi
Associate Professor of Middle East History, California State University San Marcos
EJI Professor, Religion and Conflict Reporting
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi is an assistant professor of Middle East History at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Formally, he taught courses on conflict resolution in the Middle East and conflict resolution and the media at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey and at the UN University of Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has worked with organizations such as UNDP, UNESCO and other NGOs on developing media in post-conflict environments, particularly in Iraq.
His research focuses on the security issues in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq. Al-Marashi is the co-author of “Iraq’s Armed Forces: An Analytical History.” He obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, completing his thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He is also a 2001 graduate of the TFAS International Institute for Political and Economic Studies (IIPES) program in Chania, Greece. Al-Marashi is an Iraqi-American who lived, at various times, in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey, and has travelled extensively through the Middle East, Balkans, East Africa and South Asia.
Mr. Paul Glader
Associate Professor of Journalism, The King’s College in New York City
Executive Director, The Media Project
EJI Professor, Business and Ethics Reporting
Mr. Paul Glader teaches writing, journalism and business-related courses at The King’s College in New York City and is the executive director of The Media Project. He also directs the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute, The NYC Semester in Journalism program and is adviser to the student online newspaper, print magazine and video platform – The Empire State Tribune. He is residency director for the business reporting program of the Dow Jones News Fund.
An award-winning journalist, Glader spent 10 years as a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, covering a variety of beats including technology, travel, metals and mining, health and science, and finance. He’s written for countless other publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheNewYorker.com, The Indianapolis Star, The Associated Press, Der Spiegel Online, FastCompany.com, USA Today and ESPN.com. He has appeared on national TV and radio programs including CNBC, Fox Business and WSJ Radio. He currently writes for several national magazines including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, ChristianityToday and The American Legion and edits a page on creativity and leadership at Forbes.com.
Glader is a two-time alumnus of the TFAS programs, having completed the Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) in Washington, D.C. in 1999 and the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) in 2000 in Prague. Glader received a bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of South Dakota and his master’s degree from Columbia University in New York as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Graduate School of Business in 2007-08. He is currently an executive MBA candidate at The Berlin School of Creative Leadership at Steinbeis University in Germany. Glader lived in Germany from 2011-13, first as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow and then as a European Journalism Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin. He enjoys surfing, reading and traveling with his wife and daughters.
Dr. Terry Mattingly
USA Syndicated Columnist
Senior Fellow in Media and Religion, The King’s College in New York City
EJI Professor, Religion and Conflict Reporting
Dr. Terry Mattingly writes the nationally syndicated “On Religion” column for the Universal Uclick Syndicate and is a Senior Fellow in Media and Religion at The King’s College in New York City. Mattingly was the founder of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, which in 2015 was rebooted at The King’s College.
Mattingly’s father was a pastor and his mother a language arts teacher. Thus, it’s no surprise that Mattingly is a journalist and teacher who focuses on religion and that he continues to study both writing and religion. He double-majored in journalism and history at Baylor University and earned a Master of Arts in church-state studies at Baylor and a Master of Science in communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He has worked as a reporter and religion columnist for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and for the Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte News. In 1991, Mattingly began teaching at Denver Seminary. While teaching, he has continued to write the weekly “On Religion” column for the features department of the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., which is sent to approximately 350 newspapers in North America. Mattingly is the founder and editor of GetReligion, a website that critiques the mainstream media’s coverage of religion news.
In addition to his classroom duties, Mattingly has lectured at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, the Torreys Honors Program at Biola University, the School of Journalism at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Baylor University in Waco, Texas and in other settings across the nation.
Mattingly is a prodigal Texan who has “never met a mountain that he didn’t love.” He is a music fanatic whose interests range from Celtic acoustic guitar to Russian chant. His wife, Debra Bridges Mattingly, is a public librarian, and they have two grown children, Sarah Jeanne Wagner and Frye Lewis Mattingly. The Mattinglys are members of St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Mr. David Rocks
Editor at Large, Bloomberg News, Berlin, Germany
EJI Professor, Business Ethics and Reporting
Mr. David Rocks is the senior editor of Bloomberg News and Bloomberg BusinessWeek in Berlin, shepherding European coverage for the magazine and helping journalists from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa tell their stories and improve their writing. Previously, he was senior editor for global news at BusinessWeek, overseeing correspondents and coordinating bureaus from Mexico City to Mumbai. Rocks was the magazine’s Asia editor for four years, leading coverage in Asia and writing his own stories about technology, politics, design trends and more. He also served as managing editor of e.biz, a monthly technology supplement to BusinessWeek, and as a correspondent in the magazine’s Atlanta bureau.
Before joining BusinessWeek, Rocks spent eight years in Prague as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to that, he was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse. His work both for BusinessWeek and other publications has taken him to scores of countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Rocks has taught journalism and led seminars at universities in Colorado, Indiana, California, India and Jordan. He has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and a Master of Arts in international communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Vladimir Vano
Chief Economist, Sberbank Europe AG
EJI Professor, Economic Reporting and Analysis
Mr. Vladimir Vano is alumnus of Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien’s Carlson School of Management. A laureate of the Rector’s Academic Award of Comenius University in Bratislava, he studied at its College of Management. Vano has obtained competitive scholarships at the College of Charleston, Georgetown University and New York University. He also attended courses at Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Sun Yat-Sen University (China) and the Indian School of Business.
Vano’s overseas professional experience includes internships with an economic think-tank NGO, the Employment Policy Foundation in Washington, D.C. and with the global headquarters of Merrill Lynch in New York City in 2001. Vano’s experience with Central European economic development began in the 1990s with Deloitte & Touche. In 1999, he completed the TFAS American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) program in Prague and entered the financial sector as a research assistant to the chief economist of Slovak branch of ING. He later became the head of research with treasury division of Slovenska sporitelna. Since 2002, Vano has been regular columnist on regional and global financial markets in the economic and business magazine, TREND.
In 2011 and 2012, he served as external advisor for monetary affairs to the deputy prime minister and minister of finance of the Slovak Republic. Since 2011 he has been included on the list of vetted experts for public finance with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In 2007, he assumed the position of chief analyst of SBERBANK Slovensko. In July 2013, the board of Sberbank Europe AG appointed him to serve as head of CEE Research Competence Center. Since July 2016, he has held the position of chief economist of Sberbank Europe AG in Vienna.
Vano serves on the Committee for Macroeconomic Forecasts at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, which operates under stipulations of the “Constitutional Act on Public Debt Ceiling.” He also serves on the board of the Pontis Foundation in Bratislava, as well as on the international alumni board of the WU Executive Academy in Vienna.
Vano is a regular lecturer for domestic and international universities, as well as international professional conferences.
Mr. Matthew Kwasiborski
Director, European Journalism Institute
The Fund for American Studies (TFAS)
Mr. Matthew Kwasiborski joined The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) in February of 2005. He has directed the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) since 2005. In this position, Kwasiborski has worked with more than one thousand students, alumni, faculty and staff representing more than 50 countries.
Kwasiborski has served as the vice president and treasurer of the Board of Advisors for the Center of International Media Ethics (CIME) and is a current member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Free Ukraine. In addition, Kwasiborski facilitates workshops titled, “Liberating Leadership in the 21st Century,” for universities, NGOs and businesses around Europe and the United States.
A native Philadelphian, Kwasiborski earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium.
Prior to joining TFAS, Kwasiborski taught English as a second language (ESL) in Fonyód, Hungary. He also served as an administrator and teacher of world religions and cultures for the Summer in Switzerland program located at the Leysin American School. Kwasiborski previously taught world religions, morality and computers, and served as a basketball coach for Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana.
From 2001 to 2004, he served as director of the Loyola University Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program in New Orleans, creating the largest-ever student organization at Loyola. This program initiated a citywide effort creating relationships between Loyola students and the elementary and primary school students in the city. Kwasiborski was nominated as Outstanding Alumnus of the Philadelphia Public School District in 2004.