President – Alan Capper
United Kingdom, LBC/ITN Radio/TV, South-South News
FPA Member since 2002
Alan Capper began his career as a journalist in London working on the daily Express, the Evening standard and the Sunday Times. He worked on features for Thomson regional Newspapers, the sister company of the Sunday Times. In 2001 he became the New York correspondent for LBC 97.3, London’s commercial talk and news station and ITN. He anchors and is a correspondent for South-South News.
Vice President – David Michaels
Uruguay, Mercopress News Agency
FPA Member since 2005
David is the Bureau Chief for MercoPress, the South American news agency focused on the Mercosur region, which includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. David was born and educated in England. He contributes to the policy and strategic planning debates through commentaries and publications on strategic business/economic planning and restructuring; international debt, trade, investment, and economic restructuring and development.
General Secretary – Agnes Niemetz
Hungary, GEO Media
FPA Member since 1995
She began her career as a journalist in 1981 in Hungary as an editor of the countrywide publication Information Technology. After completing post-graduate training at the School of Journalism, she moved to the United States and began reporting for several Hungarian publications. Agnes has also served as the editor of the FPA Newsletter. ”She also runs the Hungarian translation and interpreting services in New York City.” www.agnesniemetz.com
Asst. General Secretary – Hadar Harel
FPA Member since 2001
Hadar Harel is a correspondent for Travel News and HOME publications in Israel, covering international destinations, events and projects. She holds a Master’s degree from the “Baruch College of Business” and graduated with excellence. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from “The College of Businessmen, The New School of Communications” in Tel-Aviv, where she also graduated with excellence.
Treasurer – Jan Latus
Poland, Polish Daily
FPA Member since 1997
Jan Latus was born in Warsaw, Poland. Since 1991, he lives in New York, where he is employed as an editor of the Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik. Currently, he is also a New York correspondent for the Polish Radio. He has published two books in Poland. Jan Latus holds a MA degree in Theater Theory from The National Drama School in Warsaw and a MS degree from The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
Assistant Treasurer – Roberto Socas
Paraguay, La Nacion
FPA Member since 1990
Roberto Socas has served as the US Representative of the Argentine daily, La Nacion, and more recently, of La Nacion of Paraguay, in addition to freelancing for Latin American media. He is currently embarked on general media coverage and focusing on several projects including analysis of the relation of the Christian Right and American local politics; technological aids in speech pathology; and the challenge of ethnomathematics, among others.