Mariana Santos

Founder and CEO
Chicas Poderosas

Mariana Santos is a portuguese girl who wants to change the world, and is working on it right now.

Founder and CEO of Chicas Poderosas, a global community that promotes female leadership and generates knowledge to shape the future of the media, one chica at a time. This project started five years ago at Stanford

Mariana developed and runs an accelerator for women led indepedent media organizations in Latin America having mentored and coaching start-ups and their funders, to become sustainable ventures.

Public speaker and moderator on media innovation, women empowerment through technology and digital leadership. 

Alumini of JSK Journalism Knight Fellowship at Stanford, 2015.  

Until 2016, Director of Interactive and animation at Fusion Media, a joint-venture between Univision and Disney ABC. 

Knight Chair of Innovation at Florida International University in 2015/16.

2014 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow, where she worked all across Latin America in major newsrooms and with independent journalists.

Mariana Santos is a visual storyteller, who did groundbreaking work as a member of the interactive team at The Guardian in London. A trained animator, she pioneered the newsroom’s use of motion graphics to make data stories more compelling. She leads design thinking workshops to increase multidisciplinary approach to storytelling, and she is a leader in community transformation and digital training.


Content Management Systems: new issues, new solutions

Greek National Opera (ground floor)

Digital newsrooms need more than just content management platforms, they must find tools to enhance revenue generation and audience engagement in an era dominated by platforms and the “attention economy”. During this session, Newspack, the new WordPress platform and collaborative project funded by Google, Civil Media Foundation, Knight Foundation and other philanthropic institutions will be […]

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