Hugo Setzer

Hugo Setzer is President of the International Publishers Association, where he has also served on its Executive Committee from 2004 to 2010 and from 2013 to present. Since 1990 he has been the CEO of Manual Moderno, which is a leading publishing house in the fields of medicine and psychology in Spanish language, based in Mexico City and with subsidiary offices in Bogota, Colombia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the National University in Mexico and an MBA degree from the IPADE Business School.

Bodour Al Qasimi

Bodour Al Qasimi is vice president of the International Publishers Association (IPA). She is also the founder and CEO of Kalimat Group, the first publishing house in the United Arab Emirates dedicated to publishing high quality children’s books and educational content; and founder of the Emirates Publishers Association. Bodour also chairs the committee of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019–the esteemed title awarded by UNESCO. She has been pivotal in driving many global initiatives in the effort to develop the publishing industry worldwide–she particularly focuses on supporting efforts to transform the publishing and digital content industries to contribute to innovation and cultural exchange. She leads a number of initiatives to promote youth and gender empowerment, economic development, and cross-cultural exchange.

José Borghino

José Borghino has been Secretary General of the International Publishers Association, Geneva, since September 2015. He joined the IPA as Policy Director in 2013, and was in charge of policy development, organizing the Prix Voltaire (IPA’s Freedom to Publish Prize), and managing the IPA’s activities in the educational publishing sector, including the annual ‘What Works?’ conference and the Educational Publishers Forum. Before joining the IPA, José worked as Manager of Industry Representation at the Australian Publishers Association. He has been Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors, a lecturer in literary journalism and creative industries at the University of Sydney, and editor of the online news magazine José held senior positions at the Literature Board of the Australia Council and was the founding editor of EDITIONSReview.

Kristenn Einarsson

Kristenn Einarsson is Managing Director of the Norwegian Publishers association. Einarsson has been in the publishing business for more than 40 years. He is also the chair of IPA’s Freedom to publish Committee, the President of the Bjørnson Academy (for literature and freedom of expression) and the chair of the board of two companies in Television distribution. He has previously been CEO of The Norwegian Book clubs and Kunnskapsforlaget. He has also been the chair of the Norwegian Film Fund and the Norwegian Film Council.

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