Ben Peterson is the co-founder and CEO of Newsana, a digital media startup.
From May 2002 to October 2011, Ben served as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of jhr (Journalists for Human Rights). Under Ben’s leadership, jhr grew into Canada’s largest international media development organization, running projects in 17 African countries and building one of Canada’s strongest student leadership networks.
Ben continues to serve on jhr’s Board of Directors.
Ben has a BA in Economics and a BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Ben has received many national and international awards for his work, including Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award, the Action Canada Fellowship and the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award.
A published author and accomplished public speaker, Ben and his work have been featured in dozens of media outlets, including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and the CBC.