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Maria Angelita Ressa is a Filipino-American journalist and author, best known for co-founding Rappler as its chief executive officer. She previously spent nearly two decades working as a lead investigative reporter in Southeast Asia for CNN.

Ressa was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Ressa has been honoured globally for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation and attempts to silence the free press.

Maria advises organizations and corporations on corporate governance, values, and strategy. Her experience as a journalist and an entrepreneur in the digital world makes her a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist.

Speaking topics

  • Corporate Governance: How Companies Thrive with Transparency
  • Fighting Back with Data
  • Technology's Impact on Democracy
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Maria Ressa on her arrest and the fight for press freedom
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Maria Ressa keynote at GIJC2019

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