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    Paul Jay is the CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network. He has overseen the production of over 4,500 news stories and is the host of TRNN news analysis programming. Previously, he was Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld's independent flagship debate show counterSpin for its 10 yrs on air. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 20 films under his belt including Hitman Hart, wrestling with shadows; Return to Kandahar; and Never-Endum-Referendum. He was the Founding Chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival (now the largest in North America). (Canada/USA)

    Mary Cornish (Canada), is a senior partner at Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish, a leading Canadian public interest law firm. Cornish taught as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the fields of human rights and labour law, pay and employment equity, social protection, judicial reform and alternative dispute resolution issues.

    Sashi Kumar (India), Journalist, national television anchor, producer and entrepreneur. Pioneered India's first regional language satellite TV channel, Asianet (which began telecast in the Malayalam language in 1992) and the first state wide cable TV network in the south Indian state of Kerala. He is the Founder- Chairman of Media Development Foundation.

    Michael Ratner (USA), President of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York. Taught at Yale Law School, lectured at Columbia Law School and was President of the National Lawyers Guild.

    Jonathan Schell (USA), Writer and journalist, Peace and Disarmament Correspondent for The Nation magazine, a fellow at the Nation Institute, visiting lecturer at the Yale Law School, was a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine from 1967 to 1987, author of The Fate of the Earth, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

    Robert Lang (Canada), is founder and president of Toronto-based Kensington Communications, a television production company with an established international reputation for documentary specials and innovative series. He is a founding member of the Canadian Independent Film Caucus, and an honorary board member for Maison Emmanuel, a community north of Montreal for young people with mental and physical disabilities.

    Alan Mak (Canada), is a Chartered Accountant at Rosen & Associates Limited, a Chartered Business Valuator, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics (USA), and a Fellow Certified Public Accountant (Hong Kong). Mr. Mak also lectures in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting and auditing at The University of Toronto.

    Harriette Draper is an artist, Producer and filmmaker. The Grand Adventure of Aix-en-Provence", a film series on the genesis of the Opera festival at Aix-en-Provence is one among the many films she has made. She filmed, edited and produced "Take It Back, The Movement for Democracy and Howard Dean". She joins the real news board hoping to grow it into greater visibility in the future.

    T.M. Scruggs is an ethnomusicologist whose geographical specialty is Latin America and the Caribbean.  He taught at the University of Iowa from 1994 to 2009, as well as universities in Nicaragua and Venezuela.  He now lives in Berkeley, North California.

    Robert Lee is a graduate of University of Toronto with a Masters in Japanese literature. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School, he worked as a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie. In 1984, he founded his my own firm with offices in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong. His clients are mainly Japanese and Chinese companies doing business in the region.

    Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer called to practice in the State of New York and the Province of Ontario, Canada, where he is a Securities Class Action Lawyer. Dimitri was a securities lawyer for a major Wall Street law firm in their New York and Paris offices. He represented the underwriting syndicate in what was, at the time,the largest initial public offering of common stock in United States history. He also acted on behalf of the Republic of France in the privatization of state industries, and the government of Greece and the German development bank in numerous cross-border securities offerings.

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