IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency
Global Management Team

Pablo Piacentini Director, IPS Columnist Service – Pablo Piacentini, born in Buenos Aires, founded IPS-Inter Press Service in 1964 together with Italian-Argentinean economist Roberto Savio. Having served as Editorial Director, Chief Editor and then Director of the Economics Service (1987-1989), Pablo now heads the IPS Columnist Service. Pablo holds a Master in Political Science from the “El Salvador” University, Buenos Aires. A professional journalist since 1963, he has worked as editor for the international section of several Agentinean publications, among them Clarín and Panorama. He is also the author of numerous essays on international and economic affairs.
Cecilia Ríos Internal Auditor. Cecilia has a degree in Economy from the University of Uruguay, and is post graduated in Internal Audit. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Uruguay. She has experience in administrative work with local and international non profit organisations, and has also worked as External Auditor for several projects funded by UNDP, UE, and the government of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. She joined IPS in 2007.- She is in charge of updating and controlling the global budgets, financial reports and analysis and annual forecast of IPS worldwide.
Giovanni Spinelli Born in 1942, is an Italian journalist. In the 1960s he was the national representative of Italian NGOs and worked as a political reporter. From 1979 to 1985 he served as Mayor of the Municipality of Historic Central Rome, and in 1980, UNFPA commissioned him to organise the First World Conference of Mayors in Rome. He also worked as a consultant for UNESCO on the creation of a Francophone African news agency.

Walter García Chief technical officer & Multimedia Director Walter García has been Chief Technical Officer for IPS since 2003. Based at IPS Headquarters in Rome, he is responsible for the implementation of IPS’s global online presence, for all telecommunications systems and all applications and websites.

Johanna Son Regional Director for IPS Asia-Pacific. A Philippine national, Johanna graduated with a journalism degree from the University of the Philippines, magna cum laude, and has covered the diplomatic and political beats in her country. She joined IPS as regional correspondent for the Asia-Pacific and became regional editor in 1997. She was appointed concurrent regional director in 1998, and oversaw the transfer of the regional headquarters from Manila to Bangkok in late 1999.

Kudzai Makombe Regional Director ­ IPS Africa. Kudzai Makombe has worked in the development sector for 19 years as a development communicator. She has worked previously with IPS Africa as a radio editor and supported our gender work. She has great experience as a fundraiser, manager, editor and evaluator.

Director, IPS Finland & Representative, IPS European Companies
Milla SundströmMilla Sundström is Director of IPS Finland and, being the longest serving among colleagues in the region, acts as the representative of IPS European Companies in the global management team of the organization. In addition to Finland’s official languages, Finnish and Swedish, she speaks English and Spanish.

President of IPS Japan
Katsuhiro Asagiri Katsuhiro Asagiri is President of IPS Japan, a member of the IPS-Inter Press Service Group, supporting the news agency’s global operations. IPS Japan is also authorised to sign media projects with Japanese sponsors on behalf of the international organisation.

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