IPA Blog

IPA President 2017-2018, Dr Michiel Kolman, was appointed as IPA's Special Envoy for Diversity and Inclusion in January 2019. At Elsevier he is Senior Vice President of Information Industry Relations.

José was appointed Secretary General in September 2015, having joined IPA as Policy Director in March 2013. He came to the IPA from the Australian Publishers Association where he served as Manager of Industry Representation. His previous professional roles include lecturer in journalism and creative industries at the University of Sydney, editor of the online news magazine NewMatilda.com, executive director of the Australian Society of Authors, and senior positions at the Literature Board of the Australia Council. 

Guest blogger, Iman Ben Chaibah is the founder of Sail Publishing, an Emirati digital publishing house. She is also the editor in chief of Sail Magazine, a general interest online magazine about community and culture. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. She has also completed the Magazine Media Course in Yale University and is a Rosalynn Carter Fellow. Connect with her on twitter @ImanBenChaibah

Bodour Al Qasimi is the CEO and Founder of Kalimat Group, UAE. She is also the President of the Emirates Publishers Association and a member of the IPA Executive Committee.

Jessica Sänger is Legal Counsel and Director of European & International Affairs, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and is also a member of the IPA's Freedom to Publish Committee.

William Bowes is Director of Policy and General Counsel at the Publishers Association, the trade association representing book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. In this role, William is responsible for the Policy, Legal, Research and Public Affairs output and leads all interactions with Government and Regulators both in the UK and other countries. William is a qualified lawyer with a particular specialism in copyright. After qualifying and working in private practice, he subsequently worked as an in house counsel for Publishers covering the full range of consumer, professional and scholarly publishing including most recently serving as the General Counsel for the world’s oldest publisher, Cambridge University Press. He is a regular writer and speaker on issues relating to copyright and the role of Publishing in society with recent talks taking place in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Frankfurt and New Delhi.

Hugh Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, he is Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Vice Chair of the Canadian National Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (PECC) and Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. He also teaches in the MBA program at the School of Business at Royal Roads University, Victoria. Before returning to Canada in 2010, he was SVP (Public Policy) for Asia-Pacific for Time Warner, based in Hong Kong, after a career of 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service. While with Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stephens served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications, and served at six Canadian missions in Asia including as Canadian Representative in Taiwan. He has written extensively on Asia Pacific trade and investment issues, and on intellectual property topics, and has commented frequently in the Canadian media. He writes a weekly blog on international copyright issues under the title www.hughstephensblog.net.

Azadeh Parsapour is a publisher, copy-editor and journalist. She has worked in different publications as a copy-editor for years back in Iran. She moved to the UK in 2010 and studied journalism in London Metropolitan University.

She is the managing editor of Nogaam e-Publishing that launched in December 2012 in London. Nogaam Publishing uses crowdfunding to publish Iranian censored authors. Nogaam supports and empowers Iranian authors, advocates freedom of speech, promotes Farsi-language digital publishing and provides easy access to invaluable Farsi books.

Parsapour is also the founder of Tehran Book Fair, Uncensored which is an annual book fair for Persian books published outside of Iran by independent publishers free of censorship.

James Taylor joined the IPA As Director of Communications and Freedom to Publish in January 2018.

Prior to joining the IPA in Geneva, James was based in Brussels where he looked after communications and public affairs at the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA), the European grouping of collective management organisations for screenwriters and directors. He started his career in Brussels dealing with communication and membership services at the Independent Music Companies Association, IMPALA.

Tatiana Synodinou is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Cyprus, specializing in copyright, online, media and intellectual property law. She has been a teacher and researcher at universities in Cyprus, Greece and France, is a research associate with the Kluwer Law International publishing house, in its ‘Kluwer EU IP Cases’ database, and a reporter for the Kluwer Copyright Blog.

Trasvin Jittidecharak founded Silkworm Books in 1991 as an independent publisher of English-language books on Thailand and Southeast Asia. In 2005, Trasvin founded Mekong Press, later Mekong Press Foundation (2008), with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation, to strengthen publishing in the Greater Mekong Subregion and establish a regional network of publishers. She successfully campaigned for Bangkok’s designation as UNESCO World Book Capital 2013, and was appointed to serve on the Bangkok World Book Capital steering committee as the international focal person for the Bangkok World Book Capital 2013. Trasvin became a member of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee in 2008, and joined the IPA Executive Committee in 2012.

Richard Charkin is President of the IPA and Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. As well as being responsible for Bloomsbury's worldwide publishing activities, he represents the IPA at the highest level. He has held manifold senior posts at major publishing houses, including Macmillan, Oxford University Press and Reed Elsevier, and has led many other organizations, such as the UK Publishers Association and the Society of Bookmen. Richard has an MA in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge; was a Supernumerary Fellow of Green College, Oxford; and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School; and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London.
Matt Goolding is Head of Digital Marketing at Ribbonfish, a London-based company that creates cloud enterprise apps for major publishers in the UK and the US. Ribbonfish develops tools to help publishers adopt an agile approach, improve processes, and build a closer bond with their customers.

Ben Steward became the IPA's Director of Communications and Freedom to Publish in February 2016.

After leaving the UK, where he had been a newspaper journalist, Ben joined the Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s biggest alliance of public service broadcasters, where he worked for eight years as a news editor then communications officer in the Public Affairs Department. From 2014 to 2016 he served as the speechwriter and communications aide to the leadership of MSC Cruises, the world's fourth biggest cruise company. 

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Dougal Thomson is a journalist based in Geneva, where he works as Director of Communications for the International Publishers Association.
He reports on media and the creative industries, and on how the digital economy is disrupting business models and society.
From 2007 to 2013 he worked at The Economist, covering a range of range of sectors including trade, technology, energy, financial services and the environment.

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