Dawn S. Kissi
Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Dawn Kissi is an award winning international and cross platform journalist covering the world's emerging and developing markets. Her journalism career began in the New York newsroom of ABC News, and she has since reported on a range of topics from the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Dawn is a first generation American, multilingual and a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She also studied at INSEAD, Europe's leading business school.
In 2015, she was one of the first recipients of the Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation Grants, which she won through a competitive process overseen by the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. In 2017, she was named a Tow-Knight Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism, based at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. She is a member of the Women's Bond Club and the Paley Media Council, and is a board member of JazzReach, Inc., a nonprofit organization promoting jazz and arts education across the U.S.
Ms. Kissi is passionate about the potential of emerging economies, especially those of sub-Saharan Africa. She founded Emerging Market Media Associates, a new media and technology company dedicated to delivering high-quality, relevant, timely and actionable news on the world’s emerging economies. Through its flagship website, mobile app, events and industry partnerships, the company aims to bring together today’s major actors and thinkers across the emerging markets through this single-topic platform.
Joanne E. Gerber
A graduate of Wellesley with an MS in journalism from Columbia University, Joanne has more than two decades of experience in the publishing world. She started as a writer and researcher at the French Government Tourist Office, where she worked on publications about French travel and culture. She then moved on to American Express, where she was a research editor at their flagship luxury title Departures magazine, fact checking and occasionally writing stories on luxury travel and lifestyle.
Since leaving American Express, Joanne has served as an editor and researcher for a wide variety of media outlets, usually in the areas of travel, lifestyle and the arts. Several years ago, however, she radically changed direction. Although her academic training had focused on Western European studies, including a second master’s degree from Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) and a year at Sciences-Po in Paris, Joanne has been editing publications on economic, political and social development in Asia and the South-East Asia region. Her academic background also includes graduate studies in economics and political economy. Applying her academic training and professional skills, Joanne serves as Executive Editor handling all editing of articles and opinion pieces.