Melanie Walker, WIN Programme Director
Melanie brings a number of years experience to the WIN team, getting her feet wet in media development as a member of the press freedom team at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). She spent four years with the organisation, where she contributed to a broad spectrum of media development and press freedom programmes, including awareness raising, advocacy missions and training programmes with a particular focus on Africa and Asia.
Upon leaving WAN, Melanie took up a marketing and operations role with a start-up newspaper consulting group, iMedia Advisory Services Ltd, based in Ireland, before returning to her native Canada, where she joined the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), an organisation dedicated to the advancement of women in the workplace through the creation and delivery of mentoring, networking and professional development programmes. Today, Melanie is Vice President, Strategy and Programme Development with WXN.
Melanie lives in Toronto with her husband Ali, stepdaughter Layla, and dog, Rufus.
Catharine Fulton, WIN Programme Manager
Catharine is the Programme Manager of WIN, adding to the mix her fresh perspective, organizational talents and project management certification. She has been involved with WAN-IFRA since 2008 (then WAN), having begun as a student intern with the Arab Press Network (APN), researching and reporting on press freedom developments and violations throughout the Arab region; and continuing as a part-time contributor to APN through the end of 2009 while completing her Masters studies in Intercultural Communications.
Her capacity in the WIN programme includes overseeing all organisational aspects of the programme, from content development to logistics and correspondence with programme participants and affiliates. In addition to her work with WAN-IFRA, Catharine is a freelance writer, contributing regularly to English-language publications in Iceland.
Catharine has been studying, working and living throughout Europe since 2007 and currently splits her time between her native Canada and Reykjavík, Iceland.
Kajsa Törnroth, WIN Programme Advisor
Kajsa brings over 15 years of media experience to the WIN programme, both as a practicing journalist and press freedom and media development expert.
From 2003 to 2008, Kajsa headed the Press Freedom and Media Development department of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), where she was responsible for oversight of the organisation’s global press freedom and media development programmes. Prior to taking on this role, Kajsa launched and managed the African Press Network within WAN-IFRA. Under her leadership, the bi-lingual network grew into a key media management resource for media practitioners across Africa.
A native of Finland, Kajsa spent a number of years working as a journalist in print, radio and television. Today Kajsa is based in Paris, France. She is an independent media development consultant and freelance journalist.