The Salzburg Global Seminar

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Challenging Present & Future Leaders to Solve Issues of Global Concern


The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development and engages opinion makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society.

Primary Programs 

The Salzburg Global Seminar implements a variety of programs and initiatives that bring together emerging and established leaders from government, business, academe and the non-governmental sector to interact, engage differences, forge relationships and apply new ideas for solving global problems. The launching of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change in 2007 and the Salzburg Media Initiative in 2008 formalized the Seminar’s intention to develop global leadership programs on the future of journalism and media development.

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Academy Director

Paul Mihailidis is the director of the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change and a professor at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  Prof. Mihailidis's research explores media literacy, civic voices, and participatory culture. His latest book, News Literacy: Global Perspectives for the Newsroom and the Classroom, was published in 2012 by Peter Lang Publishers.

Mihailidis is also co-author of The Media Literacy Project (Pearson, 2012) and The Media Literacy Learning Commons Model (ABC-CLIO, 2013), which brings together civic voices within the new learning commons model for school and public libraries. Mihailidis has also published widely in academic journals on media literacy, global media, civic behavior and digital citizenship

As a result of this work, Mihailidis is a member of the board of directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE). Mihailidis has presented his research to the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), UNESCO, and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and travelled to China to join the board of the Academy for Global Media in Chongqing.

At Emerson, Mihailidis teaches Interactive Communication, Understanding Consumers, and Media Literacy.


Salzburg Global Seminar Officers & Staff 

Stephen Salyer
is the president and CEO of the Salzburg Global Seminar. Salyer co-founded the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global change with Susan Moeller, the director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda.

Before joining the Seminar, Salyer spent more than 25 years in public television and radio, focused on bringing international news and perspective into the U.S. media market:  Salyer was president and chief executive officer of Public Radio International (PRI) and senior vice president at WNET/Thirteen in New York City, the flagship producer for the PBS television network. His early career was spent examining the linkages between population trends and policies and economic and social development.  See his Wikipedia entry here.

Clare Shine is senior vice president and chief program officer at the Salzburg Global Seminar, with a background spanning law, business, sustainability and the arts.

Shine began her career in industry and the media after studying literature at Oxford University and has written regularly for the Financial Times arts section since 2003.  Shine is a UK-qualified barrister bilingual in French with 20 years’ experience as an international environmental policy analyst for the UN and regional organizations, governments, the private sector and NGOs. Her work and publications have focused on biodiversity and ecosystems, international trade, transboundary cooperation and conflict prevention, and she has extensive experience of governance and capacity-building across Europe, Africa, South-East Asia and the Austral-Pacific.

Shine has played an influential role in biosecurity strategy development since 1999, working as legal adviser to the Global Invasive Species Programme/World Bank, the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Convention on Biological Diversity. She co-authored the European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species endorsed by 43 countries and jointly led the team advising the EU on implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing for Genetic Resources.

Shine was made an Associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy in 2008 and is a long-standing member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. 


Jochen Fried is the director of education initiatives and academic director of the International Study Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar. Fried was the co-director of the Salzburg Academy for the first two years of the program.

Fried was also the former director of the Universities Project of the Salzburg Seminar. Prior to joining the Seminar in 1998, he worked as head of programs at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and as senior officer in the secretariat of the German Science Council in Cologne, Germany. After receiving a doctorate in German literature from Düsseldorf University, Germany in 1984, he was lecturer at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, and at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Service. Fried’s main area of professional interest is higher education and research policy.

Fried serves as an expert for national and international institutions and organizations including the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture; the European Union; The Council of Europe; and is a member of the editorial board of the UNESCO-CEPES quarterly review Higher Education in Europe.

David Goldman is the coordinator of the International Studies Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar. Based in Austria, he is responsible for developmental, academic, administrative, and logistical preparations for the Salzburg Seminar’s International Study Program for college students and faculty as well as Salzburg's other educational initiatives.

Goldman received a B.A. in history and African studies from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. As part of his studies, he lived in Zimbabwe, where he developed a particular interest in southern African political, social, and cultural issues. In addition to his work at the Salzburg Seminar, Goldman is pursuing a Master’s degree in history at the University of Salzburg.

Rob Fish is the Associate Director of Technology at the Salzburg Global Seminar, where he has worked for over 10 years.  He holds a bachelor of fine arts in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.