CEO of Rappler, Journalist, Author, Freedom Advocate
2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Maria Ressa is the CEO of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria’s courage and work on disinformation and ‘fake news’ culminated in her being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Her numerous awards include being named Time’s 2018 Person of the Year and listed among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
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.
A journalist for over 36 years, Maria has had 10 arrest warrants filed against her related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel in June. She is out on bail pending her appeal but true to form, Ressa, vows to keep fighting.
Maria was featured in the 2020 documentary “A Thousand Cuts,” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while also illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power.
Maria now travels the world speaking to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press, democracy, and corporate governance.
Read more on Maria’s work:
Maria Ressa, Dmitry Muratov’s 10-point plan to address the information crisis
THe Guardian Interview: Nobel peace laureate Maria Ressa: ‘In 2024, democracy could fall off a cliff’
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Darla C. Stuckey, President & CEO – (Society for Corporate Governance)
CJ Young, Lead – Commercial Engagement, News Group (Mediacorp Pte Ltd) (Virtual)
Eve Chiu,CEO, The Foundation for Excellent Journalism Award
Veslemøy Østrem, Program Committee – (World Expression Forum)
Nathalie Des Rosiers, Principal – Massey College, University of Toronto (Camden Conference)
“Thank you for joining us as a plenary speaker at the 2021 Skoll World Forum and for your thoughtful preparation in developing your keynote. The Closing Plenary aired this morning to a community of 1000+ and the admiration for you and your work was off the charts. There were more than 100 comments from attendees during your segment – I won’t post them all, but these encapsulate the sentiments:
- Maria Ressa is our hero
- I’m utterly in awe of this woman’s courage
- What a voice of reason and strength! Thank you @MariaRessa
- “Without facts we don’t have truth, without truth we don’t have trust” ..Amazing Maria
- Maria Ressa is an absolute legend, inspiration, and champion. #iLike3sToo
- This woman is just so amazing. It’s great to hear from her here.
- I am bowing deeply to Maria Ressa and her amazing courage, inspiration and crystal clear message. WOW!!!
- Thanks, I accept the assignment! Pulling for you!
Jessica Fleuti, Director & Curator, Convenings (Skoll Foundation)
“Maria was a delight to work with and a stand-out speaker at the conference. Her speaking style is engaging and her story is compelling – and frightening. Thank goodness she injects humor from time to time! Our survey results are not all in yet, but I know from verbal feedback that she was the crowd favorite”
Charlotte Singleton, Chair, Program Committee (Camden Conference)
Katie Cassetta, PM (Aspen Ideas Festival) (Virtual)