2012 Fellowship Panel of Judges

Maria - IndonesiaMARIA HARTININGSIH, a senior editor for the prominent Kompas Daily
newspaper, based in Indonesia. In 2003, she obtained Indonesia’s prestigious Yap Thiam Hien human rights award for her long standing dedication to human rights through her articles. Working at Kompas since 1984, she has developed a reputation for her coverage of local, regional and global developments concerning urban poor, women and the environment. She also has produced investigative reports on the trafficking of women in Cambodia and Thailand, poverty and street children in Brazil, and Indonesian women migrant workers in Hong Kong.

Maria received her undergraduate degree (Dra) in Mass Communications from the Jakarta Institute of Journalism and her Master degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Indonesia. In 1995 she participated in the IVP USIS, Environmental Education in the US, USA, and previously, in the Leadership on Environment and development (LEAD) Programme in New York (USA) Jakarta (Indonesia), Chiang Mai
(Thailand) and Harare (Zimbabwe).

Saranarat - ThailandSARANARAT OY KANJANAVANIT, is known for her popular writings on natural history and sustainable development, and in particular the development of investigative environmental education programme in Thailand. She holds the position of the Secretary General of the Green World Foundation, a Bangkok-based local NGO. It is with the foundation that she founded “Environmental Detectives” education programme, which develops popular techniques for public biological monitoring that leads to creating better awareness of the state of local environment, and the empowerment of local community and/or civic society in the management of their natural resources. Started with “Stream Detectives” in 1997, her environmental monitoring techniques now cover coastal habitats and the urban environment. The techniques are now widely used by schools and local conservation groups throughout Thailand. Her most recent development is the use of lichens as indicator of air quality in cities and industrial zones, and is actively campaigning for cycling in Bangkok.

Ms Kanjanavanit was graduated in archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. She then went on to complete her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she studied the ecology of forest fire in the savanna forest of Thailand.

Zainon Bin Ahmad - MalaysiaZAINON BIN AHMAD, 67, is consultant editor as well as political editor of The Sun newspaper. He was assistant group editor of New Straits Times before he joined the Sun as its editor-in-chief in 2002. He did history (BA.Hons)  and international relations (MA) at the university of Malaya and was a teacher before  entering the world of journalism 35 years ago. He studied newspaper management at the Thomson Foundation, London and was a fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tuft University, Boston, USA in 1994. He was on the Commonwealth Election Observer Team in Sri Lanka (2001) and Pakistan (2005). He was National Press Club of Malaysia president (1995-2002) and president of Malaysian Forum of Environment Journalists (MFEJ) in 2003. In 2004 he served as a committee member of the Malaysian Centre for Environment Communicators (MACEC).

Besides editing and writing, he, also conducts training for young journalists in Malaysia as well as abroad. He received Malaysian Press Institute’s Journalist of the Year Award in 1986 and Malaysia 4A’s Media Personality Award in 2010.

 

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