Maria Ressa

CEO & Executive Director

Maria Ressa is CEO & executive director at Rappler, an independent social news website tailored for the Southeast Asian market, featuring content in Bahasa and English. She is a prominent figure in international journalism, having served as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta for 25 years. In 2005, as head of news and current affairs for ABS-CBN, the country’s largest media network, she was responsible for leading more than a thousand journalists in the Philippines across various platforms. She also authored “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” , published by Free Press in 2003, and “From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terror”, published by Imperial College Press in 2003.