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Asian Investment Conference 2022

Maria Ressa

2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner; CEO, Rappler; journalist

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa is CEO of Rappler, a journalist and a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner. A journalist for nearly 35 years. Rappler, the digital news platform, is the subject of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival documentary, A Thousand Cuts. Most recently, Ms. Ressa co-founded The Real Facebook Oversight Board, designed to rival Facebook’s own board and comprises 25 academics, journalists, and activists.

For her courage and work on disinformation and 'fake news’, Ms. Ressa was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, was named Time’s 2018 Person of the Year and listed among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019. She has also been named one of Time's 100 Women of the Year, BBC's 100 Women 2019, and Prospect Magazine's world's top 50 thinkers 2019.

Ms. Ressa’s journalism awards include the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Knight International Journalism Award from the International Center for Journalists, the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University, the Columbia Journalism Award, the Free Media Pioneer Award from the International Press Institute, and a Magnitsky Human Rights Award.

Before Rappler, Ms. Ressa focused on investigating terrorism in Southeast Asia. She opened and ran CNN's Manila Bureau for nearly a decade before establishing the network's Jakarta Bureau.