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Integrity. Facts. Insights. These are our guiding principles.

Maya Plentz, Founder and Editor in Chief

Maya Plentz covers technology and innovation at the United Nations and its agencies, for The UN Brief, a subscription-based news platform, and digital-first news site, and newsletter that reaches diplomats, government officials, UN executives, and technology leaders in the US, the UK, and beyond. She started her career in business news as a science and technology reporter at Bloomberg TV, in New York City.  Ms. Maya Plentz thrives in fast-paced, data-driven news environments.

At the UN she covered international conferences, including the first gathering of world leaders to discuss the impact of new technologies in society and the economy, the World Summit on the Information Society organized by the UN agency for telecommunication, the International Telecommunication Union, and UNESCO.

As an international affairs news producer and editor she presented the UN official daily news bulletins and weekly features, audience reach of 30 million+ a week through partner stations, including BBC World and Radio France International. She covered Security Council meetings, the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, and all UN system specialised agencies including the WHO, FAO, UNESCO, UNICEF, and WIPO.

Ms. Maya Plentz also wrote, presented, and produced newscasts for the UN Radio website on the World Sustainable Development Summit, and the World Summit on the Information Society, where she managed international teams of news producers, engineers, UX/UI designers, and software developers to deliver broadcast news content and the daily website updates.

In 2016 Ms. Maya Plentz was appointed by the European Commission to the High Level Group of Experts to review the impact of Horizon 2020, the $100 Billion Framework Programme to fund Research and Innovation in the EU, and to make recommendations for the upcoming funding cycle, Horizon Europe.

After a career in the performing arts, she graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science, with a focus on digital media and international relations. Most of her coursework was taken at the  School of International and Public Affairs, and at Columbia Business School.

She also consulted in press relations and was a strategic communications advisor for SaaS, higher education, and consumer tech companies. She also developed international media relations campaigns for QS University Rankings, Florida International University, and the enterprise software alliance in the South of Brazil, Softsul.

Ms. Maya Plentz led strategic communications in Latin America for the first e-Government tech company that raised $60 Million in the US, from venture capital firms KKR and other Silicon Valley investors. She continues to advise tech startups, enterprise software trade bodies, and is a mentor and member of the selection committee at the tech accelerator and investment fund MassChallenge, for their programs in the US, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and Mexico.

She is a speaker and moderator at tech conferences on new technologies for news media, strategic communications, and women in tech. To invite her to moderate or speak at your conference, or teach a workshop in media training, please get in touch via LinkedIn, Twitter, or using the form above.

Our Editorial Board

Steve MacFeely is the Director of Data and Analytics at the World Health Organization. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies at University College Cork in Ireland and the Director of the IASE International Statistical Literacy Program. 

He is co-chair of the Committee of the Chief Statisticians of the UN System (CCS-UN), chairs the Advisory Board of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS, and is a member of the statistical advisory panel to the UNDP Human Development Index. He is an elected member of the International Statistics Institute.

He was a co-lead on the Data Strategy of the Secretary-General for Action by Everyone, Everywhere 2020 – 2022, and a lead author of the 2020 System-wide Roadmap for Innovating UN Data and Statistics.

Before joining WHO, Steve was the Head of Statistics and Information at UNCTAD. Prior to joining the UN, he was the Deputy Director-General at the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland and Programme Director of the joint CSO – Institute of Public Administration ‘Professional Diploma in Official Statistics & Policy Evaluation’.

Gerardo Diaz Bartolome is a career diplomat and currently Director of International Organizations at Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Keen advocate and passionate about foreign affairs, multilateralism and digital diplomacy.

He served in Argentina’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (2008-2014) and later as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Argentine Embassy in Washington DC (2018-2021), having previously headed the Political Affairs section of the Embassy (2016-2018).

Trevor Callaghan, is an emerging technology and policy lawyer and former General Counsel at Google DeepMind, and Legal Director at Google, where he worked with Google legal teams across the world on a range of operational and legal issues. 

Christopher Larouer, is currently Senior Speechwriter and Advisor, Emerging Technologies, at the ITU, previously he was Speechwriter & Strategic Communications Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Special Assistant & Speechwriter to the U.S. Ambassador to France, and Speechwriter for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.