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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Hugo is, since 1990, CEO of Manual Moderno, which is a leading publishing house in the fields of medicine and psychology in Spanish language, based in Mexico City and with subsidiary offices in Bogota, Colombia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the National University in Mexico and an MBA degree from the IPADE Business School.
At present Hugo is Vice-President of the International Publishers Association, where he has also served on its Executive Committee from 2004 to 2010 and from 2013 to present.
Hugo has taken part, also as speaker, at several IPA congresses since 1984, when it was held in Mexico City.
He has participated in the Mexican Publishers Association since 1995, where he has served on its executive board on several occasions and was Vice-President from 2004 to 2006 and from 2010 to 2013.