onathan Diamond, chief executive. An award-winning journalist, Jonathan has contributed to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post, among others. He spent the better part of the 1990s as a literary agent, representing a diverse array of non-fiction authors, including then-New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, Civil War historian Shelby Foote and wedding website The Knot. Jonathan continues to represent “The Bang Bang Club,” a nonfiction account of South Africa’s transition to democracy by photojournalists Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva, which has been published in eight countries, translated into five languages and turned into a film that opened the Tribeca Film Festival. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a master’s in public policy from UCLA.
reg Marinovich, chief content officer and contributor. Greg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and co-author of “The Bang Bang Club.” He has spent 25 years doing conflict, documentary and news photography around the globe, including serving as the AP’s Tel Aviv-based photo chief. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian UK, among others. He was Editor-In-Chief of the Twenty Ten project, responsible for managing more than 100 African journalists’ work across all media. His new book, “Murder at Small Koppie: The Rebellion of the Rock Drill Operators and the Challenge of South African Democracy,” will be published by Random House in 2015. His is an editor-at-large for Daily Maverick and is making a documentary film about the former militants in Thokoza Township, South Africa. Now based in Boston, Greg has just completed a Nieman fellowship at Harvard.
eborah Cunningham, advisor. Deb is president of Fleuris Group, whose clients include Foreign Policy magazine, the Aspen Institute, Forbes Magazine, National Journal Group, New York Public Library, Georgetown University, Meridian International and Venture Philanthropy Partners, among others. She was responsible for building Foreign Policy’s events franchise, creating live gatherings to advance messaging and relationships with key audiences. She has spent more than 20 years developing ideas (and people) in marketing and event strategy, collateral material, strategic partnerships, and revenue generation for The White House, The Advisory Board Co., and Atlantic Media, publisher of The Atlantic magazine, where she served as executive director of marketing.
andra Itkoff, advisor. Sandy is managing partner at an infrastructure technology venture capital fund and a past COO at a Los Angeles-based technology start-up. She brings more than 25 years of experience in highly entrepreneurial environments, with broad experience in operations, business development, finance, fundraising, project management, manufacturing and strategic partnerships. She is also an award-winning documentary film producer whose latest project, “Love Free or Die,” premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA and a master’s degree from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
atrick Kann, advisor. Patrick is director of corporate development at Idealab, a Pasadena tech incubator that provides a full range of resources to infuse startups with support that will allow them to introduce innovative products and services. Patrick sits on the board of GameMix and has invested in eSolar, Cooking.com, Shopping.com, and Citysearch.
oao Silva, advisor. Joao is a staff photographer for The New York Times. He began his career with the Alberton Record in South Africa. He then moved to The Star, a Johannesburg daily, as a staff photographer and joined the Associated Press in 1994. He began working exclusively for The New York Times in 2000 and joined the staff full-time in 2011. He is the co-author, with Greg Marinovich, of “The Bang Bang Club” and is the author of “In The Company of God,” a photographic record of the Iraqi Shi’a during the American occupation and fragile democracy that followed. Widely regarded as one of the premier combat photographers in the world, Joao has won numerous awards. He was born in Lisbon and lives with his family in Johannesburg.
eonie Marinovich, advisor and contributor. Leonie is a documentary photographer who has worked for clients such as GEO and the Financial Times. She has shot and produced films for corporate giants like Bechtel, Nike, Arcelor Mittal and AON. She has managed multi-disciplinary projects across Africa, where she has shot video and stills for international organizations such as UNICEF, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Leonie obtained a BA Urbanology from the University of the Free State, South Africa.