MEET OUR EXPERTS & MENTORS
At RGNN Academy, you will learn first-hand from our prestigious experts and mentors: real journalists, editors, photographers, videographers, fashion designers, stylists, marketers, social media managers, entrepreneurs, executives and more.
You’ll network and train with true leaders in their industries with inspiring success stories.
Journalist, War Correspondent | New York Times, Newsweek, and more
Among the media he has worked for include The New York Times, Newsweek International (Special Reports), United Press International, Agencia EFE, Al Jazeera in English, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Europe Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN International, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and others.
In addition to his work as a journalist, for the past ten years Benjamin has been teaching two communications courses, Global Perspectives on the Media and Travel Writing and the New Media, at the Madrid campus of Syracuse University of the United States for its semester abroad program. Former students of his are now working for a number of prestigious media outlets including The Washington Post, CNN International and others.
Benjamin graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Journalism and moved abroad a year later.
Digital Marketing Expert, IE Branded Content Prof. | Microsoft, MSN, and more
Subsequently, he worked as Editor in Chief for both online and print magazines, as well as as Online Services Manager of the Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios (OCU).
He currently is working as a content specialist for different projects, such as the launch of the recommendation tool PeopleiTrust or as a social media consultant for the MadCool music festival. He has also participated in projects for Terra Networks, Smart Planet (Eduard Punset’s company) or Paraninfo Editorial.
Fashion & Lifestyle Stylist & Consultant | Vogue Spain, Harper's Bazaar, Netflix, and more
After finishing her studies in Bussiness Management and Fashion Promotion at Instituto Marangoni in London, she began her career in the fashion department of Vogue Spain.
In 2012 she became a fashion editor at Vogue Spain, Vogue Niños, Vogue Living, Vogue Joyas and Vogue Novias where she has worked over the last seven years. She has also styled fashion shoots for other magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar Spain and El País Semanal, and consulted and styled for brands such as Netflix and Rabat.
She is currently working as a freelance stylist in Madrid.
Photographer & Videographer | Getty Images, AP, New York Times, LA Times and more
Denis currently works for Getty Images on a freelance basis covering features, breaking news and sports events in Spain and abroad, as well shooting for Getty’s ever expanding advertising and corporate clients, including but not limited to Adidas, Nike, UEFA, the International Olympic Committee, and FIFA.
Denis also has a keen interest in both street photography and fashion, and their interconnection on social media. He holds a B.A. (Honours) in Politics and Geography from the University College Dublin.
Store Director, Fashion Marketing Expert | Dolce & Gabanna
He worked for two years in marketing and then devoted himself fully to the world of fashion retail. He has occupied positions of responsibility in signature brans such as Hugo Boss, G star, Inditex, Hoss Intropia and others.
He is currently Store Director at Dolce and Gabbana in Madrid, Spain.
Digital Visual Content Manager | Hello Magazine, ROOSTERGNN and more
HELENA MONTES RUIZ-GÁLVEZ
Senior Fashion Designer | Carolina Herrera, Pepe Jeans, and more
She has a joint Degree in Law and Oriental Studies (Chinese) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and an Executive Master’s Degree in Fashion Business Administration from the ISEM, Universidad de Navarra.
She speaks four languages due to her geographic mobility during her career, having lived in Shanghai, New York, Rome, Madrid and more.
Though her first professional steps were in law practice, her passion for design prevailed leading her towards the fashion design profession, first as an entrepreneur and most recently, at firms such as CH Carolina Herrera and Pepe Jeans.
NUALA PHILLIPS PORTASANY
Print & Web Editor | Vogue Spain
Prior to this position, she worked at El Mundo newspaper for five years. First as reporter for the company’s luxury magazine, Fuera de Serie, where she worked as a fashion, lifestyle and beauty reporter; and subsequently, for the new group’s Sunday magazine, called Papel, where she was named Editor at large for the lifestyle section, managing both the printed edition and the online one, and covering topics from fashion, to traveling and beauty.
She attended Antonio de Nebrija University (Madrid) thanks to a full scholarship, where she obtained a triple major in Journalism, Audiovisual Communications and Advertising. She continued her education at San Diego State University through a one year program abroad. During her time in the U.S., she obtained a recognition diploma for her work as a Costume Designer in filmmaking, and worked as an intern for the local TV station KPBS. Back in Spain, she finished her last year of college and won the national contest that El Mundo ran all over Spain to recruit new talents. As a result of that award, she earned a full scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Journalism, Production and New Technologies (by the San Pablo Ceu University) and started at the Unidad Editorial Group.
FEDERICO PAREJA LUNA
Executive, Marketing, PR, eComm & Customer Experience | Trasmediterranea, Qatar Airlines, and more
JULIO C. MUÑOZ
Photographer | National Geographic, BBC, and more
In the field of photography, Julio is known as the “Cowboy Photographer” and creator of the “John Wayne” Street Photography style, based on using your camera rapidly, and anticipating the scene about to be captured.
In addition, along with his wife Rosa, Julio is the driving force behind the “Project Diana,” a social initiative that promotes the care of horses, educating local cowboys in traditional equestrian training techniques.
Amongst his works, we also highlight the publication of the highly acclaimed book “Trinidad de Cuba,” an introduction to the colonial city, its architecture, people, events, traditions and religions.
Julio was one of the selected Cuban businessmen to meet with Barack Obama during his historic visit to the island in March 2016.
Journalist & Translator | Reuters, The Times, Al Jazeera, and mroe
Prior to May 2012, Martin worked as a correspondent for Reuters for 16 years, during which he was posted in Mexico, Portugal, Washington, D.C., Toronto and, finally, Madrid, although he has reported from many more countries. Major events he has covered range from earthquakes to football World Cup finals, and amongst many other topics he has reported on politics, current affairs, economics, the environment and culture. Personalities Martin has interviewed include the Dalai Lama and he has grilled George W. Bush and Fidel Castro in news conferences. Also during his career at Reuters, Martin spent four years as an editor of the reuters.com website.
Before migrating to journalism, Martin originally studied Engineering Science, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters Degree, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, from the University of Oxford.
In addition to journalism, he has translated four books from Spanish into English, which have earned critical acclaim from The New York Times and other publications. Martin’s interests include reading, cycling, cinema, theatre, opera, travel, cooking and photography.
NATALIA MARTÍN CANTERO
Journalist & Educator | The Washington Times, El Pais, and more
A multifaceted professional, her areas of interest also include psychology, health, wellbeing and sustainability. She has written about these topics extensively for a variety of media, including Spanish newspapers El País and El Mundo or Rtve.es, the Spanish Public Television website, where she held her own blog, “Vuelta y Vuelta,” for eight years.
Natalia holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, which she completed with a Fulbright Scholarship. She also holds a Master’s degree from the El País-UAM School of Journalism and a BA from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
In her free time, she loves reading short stories, and practising and teaching yoga.
MIGUEL GÓMEZ VÁZQUEZ
Editor-in-chief | El Mundo
Miguel previously worked as Section Editor of El Mundo for more than ten years, and also as Writer of the Press Office of the Education Ministry of Spain, given that he specializes in education and university issues.
Miguel obtained his Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Information, specifically in Journalism, at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He also holds a degree in Spanish Philology from the same university. During his university career, he was the founder and director of two university newspapers.
Deputy Director of Cultural and Corporate Communications | Matadero Madrid, Madrid Destino and more
At Matadero Madrid, Iñigo coordinates all the communication, distribution and social media strategies of the center, positioning the brand and its general identity within the cultural landscape of Madrid and beyond. He supervises the optimization of resources and designs tools related to marketing and communications, managing the existing audiences while at the same time, attracting new visitors, both by direct relationships and through the media. By analyzing the profiles and both online and offline behavior of the users of Matadero Madrid, he convertes them into loyal evangelists.
Prior to joining Matadero, Iñigo served as Communications Coordinator of the documentary film festival “Punto de Vista”, has coordinated external relations for “La Noche en Blanco” and has contributed to Spanish newspaper El País.
Journalist | El País, El Confidencial, and more
Elena began her career as a freelance contributor for music, arts and trends magazines. She worked for ten years at the Benicassim Festival, managing its website and as an editor for its daily newspaper. She also was Online Manager at MTV Spain, in charge of mtv.es. Subsequently, she continued working as a desk journalist, reporter and editor at the culture and lifestyle sections of online news media, such adn.es, lainformacion.com and eldiario.es. She was also the managing editor of Desigualdad, a website with stories poverty and inequality in Latin America for Univision Digital Noticias. Now, she works on migration issues for porCausa foundation.
Elena has written several books about music, hundreds of articles, several podcasts and directed a series of radio shows. She studied Journalism at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
LORENA ÁLVAREZ FERNÁNDEZ
Journalist | El Mundo, Radio Marca, and more
Lorena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communications, Publicity and Public Relations from the CEU San Pablo University. She completed her studies obtaining the First San Francisco de Sales Prize for her senior thesis on “The historical trajectory of the radio,” a radio documentary she completed alongside journalist Luis del Olmo. She also holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and New Technologies from El Mundo.
CARLOS RODRIGUEZ LAIZ
Videographer | RTVE, Telecinco, and more
DANIEL HERNÁNDEZ TERRADO
Marketing & Social Media Expert | Microsoft, Xbox and more
More than 6 years of experience in those companies helped him to acomplish one of his main goals: working for Xbox Spain at Microsoft Iberia. He currently is working as a Social Media Manager for Xbox Spain.
Daniel Hernandez holds a bachelor’s degree from Burgos University and Paris 13 University in Communication and Media Studies.
Photographer & Artist | Fábrica de Arte (Havana, Cuba)
In April 2013, he participated in the International “Nordic Light FotoFestival,” where he presented his most well-known series, “La estafa.”
Most recently, he was invited by the PuNcTuM gallery to exhibit his “Campos de Batalla” series, organized by the prestigious Cuban curator Antonio Molina Cuesta, as part of the International Photography Festival “Foto México” in 2015.
JOSE LUIS BARRIONUEVO Q.
Founder & Manager | Facthous, ROOSTERGNN, and more
FACTHOUS’ current clients include General Electric, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, GlaxoSmithKline, TetraPak, Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, Women’Secret, Talgo, Essilor, and Cione, amongst others.
Always up for a challenge, Jose Luis is passionate about communication and education: “Education is the first and foremost way in which to fight inequality,” he says.
Jose Luis has been supporting ROOSTERGNN Global News Network and ROOSTERGNN Academy from the very beginning, with FACTHOUS being the primary benefactor providing financial and technological support for both news agency and the Academy.
Photographer | New York Times, Washington Post, and more
He has participated in more than 30 collective exhibitions in various countries around the world. His works are collected in several museums in Cuba, Mexico, USA, Russia, Brazil and others. Some of his photographs are collected at the Aperture Foundation in the USA. Aperture Magazine even dedicated a cover and a large number of pages to his work. The Spanish magazine Fotografía also dedicated some pages to his photographic work in Africa.
As staffer for Agence France-Presse for 26 years, his photographs have been published in practically every newspaper in the world, including The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Der Spiegel, etc., especially related to photographic reports with the late Fidel Castro. He has made several documentaries and collaborated in Cuban fiction films.
Adalberto has published three photographic books between 2010 and 2013, in addition to reporting in video on practically all the events of the social, political and cultural life of Cuba for dozens of television stations around the world. He has collaborated closely in the education of young Cuban photographers and has given workshops to several foreign students in Cuba.
ENRIQUE ANTÓN DE LAS HERAS
PhD in Economics, Marketing Expert | UC3M
Enrique has strong teaching experience at graduate and postgraduate level. He has served as Director of Postgraduate Programs at Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona (UPF) and he has been teaching as a visiting teacher at several Spanish universities.
Enrique holds a PhD in Economics from the Universidad Castilla la Mancha, a Master’s in Health Administration from Universidad de Comillas de Madrid, a Master’s in Health Economics from Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona, a Postgraduate Certificate in Policy and Corporate Affairs from IE Business School, a Postgraduate Certificate at the European Health Leadership Programme (EHLP) INSEAD Fontainebleau, France, and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.