BEATRIZ BUARQUE: 33-year-old Brazilian journalist with more than ten years of experience in the newsroom and a Politics PhD student at the University of Manchester with a research project entitled “When experts spread antisemitic conspiracy theories on the internet: how digital media has contributed to the legitimisation of hate speech”. Beatriz also holds a Distinction Degree – MA in International Relations and Security (University of Westminster) and recently won the Transcendence Award given by Michigan State University in recognition of her work with young people
DIRECTOR – LATIN AMERICA DIVISION
JAMES GATICA: journalist graduated from Cardiff University with a Master degree in International Journalism. A native of Santiago, Chile, he worked for several years for Canal 13 – the largest private TV station in the country – covering world news on a daily basis like the Colombian peace process and the Paris terror attacks. His experience has been enriched with field assignments in places such as Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Argentina, Peru, and the Falkland Islands. James believes words can heal the world because there is always good news to tell.
DIRECTOR – WORDS HEAL BRAZIL
ISABELLA GUERREIRO: Brazilian journalist graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and expert in Organizational Integrated Communication (Superior School of Advertising and Marketing – RJ). Isabella has worked for newspapers and private media companies over her ten years of experience in the newsroom. She believes words can heal the world because words carry the message that is in our hearts. Words can be prayers, solution, forgiveness, gratitude.
STUDENTS FROM UFRJ (BRAZIL): group of students that has been writing stories based on academic reports about extremism/radicalisation, making videos, producing short-documentaries and developing social media campaigns to challenge hate in Brazil. Although the country has not been directly affected by jihadism, it has faced problems with the rise of far-right and the spread of narratives inciting hate towards refugees, Jews, African-Brazilian religions, black people and homosexuals.
STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER (UK): group of students from the University of Westminster from different backgrounds that has been writing stories, making videos to deconstruct extremist messages, producing short-documentaries and developing social media campaigns to challenge hate on the internet.
COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIES AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA / JIHADISM
HIND SHUAIB: English teacher who completed her Masters in International Relations and Democratic Politics at the University of Westminster (UK). Before studying in the UK, Hind used to work as a human rights trainer in Gaza, Palestine.
NATHALY CIFUENTES: Born and raised in Bogotá Colombia, Nathaly moved to the United States in 2013 where she graduated at Rockhurst University in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Public Relation. She also studied the concept of “familiarismo”, focusing on how it has affected new Latin America generations in the United States. Nathaly has recently moved to London, the United Kingdom, and she believes words can heal the world as long as we reshape negative words and fill them with love.
LEGAL ADVISOR – WORDS HEAL BRAZIL
MARCIO CRETTON: Brazilian lawyer with more than ten years of experience in civil and criminal law. Marcio is currently based in Rio de Janeiro and he believes words can heal the world because they can bring people together if they are spread for the common good.
COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIES TO TACKLE ANTISEMITISM
ELENA CUOMO: Elena, 19 years old, is a Political Sciences student who lives in Argentina. She works with subjects linked to the Holocaust since 2018, giving talks in schools, working as a volunteer guide for Anne Frank Center Argentina, and also writing articles for Words Heal the World. Elena was recently invited to attend the World Youth Conference on Kindness organised by UNESC-MGIEP. During this event, she was one of the speakers on the panel for preventing violent extremism through education. Besides her volunteering work with Anne Frank Center Argentina and Words Heal the World, Elena also has her own project: the YouTube channel “Lena To The Roots”, in which she does genealogical research to preserve and acknowledge identity through family history. Elena believes words can heal the world because they are the key to show compassion, and this is the only way to break the violence circle. By talking, by hearing, by showing love.