2017 Catalyst Conference Keynote: Sean Maguire, Plan International


Event live date: April 27, 2017 at 15:00UTC (11amET), recording below

As the Director of Global Influence and Partnerships, Sean Maguire leads efforts by Plan International to persuade politicians, policy-makers and the public to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International is a global, child-focused development and humanitarian organization that runs the innovative Because I am a Girl initiative. It works in over 70 countries, mainly in the developing world, to improve the lives of millions of children.

Sean’s background is in journalism. He spent more than 20 years as a reporter and editor for Reuters, the international news agency, covering conflicts, politics and economic transition in eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Sean has also worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross as a spokesperson for the organization’s life-saving humanitarian work. Thanks to News Decoder for organizing this event and to Christ Church Episcopal School for hosting.

A Message from 2016 Conference Award Winner Sultana Qureshi


Sultana is a graduate of Jakarta Intercultural School in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is currently an intern at the country’s largest English-language publication, The Jakarta Post.

In 2016 she took Gender Studies at GOA. Her project, I’m Not Exotic, I’m Exhausted —The Asian Women Photo Series, was the 2016 Catalyst Conference’s winner of both a GOA Citation and the Audience Award.

She’ll be attending American University in Washington, D.C., USA, in the fall, and is planning on double majoring in communication studies and women’s studies. A theatre kid since birth, one of the issues she is most passionate about is the representation of minorities, especially on stage and on screen. You can read her work here.



2017 Catalyst Conference “Warm Up” Event: Robert Mahoney, Committee to Protect Journalists

On March 23, 2017, we hosted an online conversation with Robert Mahoney. See recording below!

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. CPJ defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Robert Mahoney joined CPJ in August 2005 as senior editor and became CPJ’s deputy director in January 2007. He has worked as a journalist in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He reported on politics and economics for Reuters news agency from Brussels and Paris in the late 1970s, and from Southeast Asia in the early 1980s. Mahoney covered South Asia from Delhi for three years from 1985, reporting on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the civil war in Sri Lanka, and the fallout from the Soviet presence in Afghanistan. In 1988, he became Reuters bureau chief for West and Central Africa, based in the Ivory Coast and spending considerable time in Liberia covering the civil war. He served as Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief from 1990 to 1997, directing print and, later, television coverage of the Palestinian intifada, the Iraqi missile attacks on Israel, the Oslo peace process, and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Mahoney worked as chief correspondent in Germany from 1997 to 1999 before moving to London to become news editor of politics and general news for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2004, he taught journalism for the Reuters Foundation in the Middle East, and worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch.