Selection Committee of Women Cartoonists International Award – 2019


United Sketches proudly presents the selection committee of “Women Cartoonists International Award” of 2019  

    Anne Derenne (Alias ADENE)

    Editorial Cartoonist, Illustrator - Spain, France

    Anne Derenne (Alias ADENE) is a French cartoonist and illustrator based in Madrid (Spain). She studied international economics, getting a Master degree in development economics in 2006. In 2011 she began her carrier as a freelance cartoonist. She is collaborating with Cartoonmovement, Cartooning for Peace, United Sketches and with different magazines, NGOs and associations.
    Her artwork has been exhibited in a lot of collective international exhibitions worldwide.
    She has won several international prizes for her cartoons (In 2016, first prize in international cartoon contest Niels Bugge; in 2017, second prize in «Exile» cartoon contest organized by EXILE-Kulturkoordination in Germany ; in 2018 3 third prizes in three different international cartoon contest in Germany, Canada and Italy)

        Céline Schmitt

        Spokesperson, UNHCR - France

        Céline Schmitt is Head of Public Information, External Relations Senior Officer and Spokesperson for UNHCR, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in France.
        She joined UNHCR office in Paris in July 2015. Her role is to mobilize media and various actors to create a favorable environment for refugees arriving in Europe and to create synergies and common projects between UNHCR and its partners, including civil society.
        She has been working for UNHCR since 2007, alternately at the headquarters in Geneva and on the field in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, particularly in Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Before UNHCR, she worked for an NGO in Cape Verde and for the French Embassy in Tanzania. She graduated from Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies and have a Master’s degree in development, cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

            Elizabeth Rivera Rivas

            Communications Director at IFEX - UK

            Elizabeth Rivera Rivas is most passionate about political communication and the intersection of media, social movements and human rights. For the past two years she has held the position of Communications Director at IFEX, a global network that promotes and defends freedom of expression. She has been fortunate to consult for human rights organizations such as WITNESS and lead the Latin America and Caribbean newsroom for Global Voices.
            Elizabeth has a long background in communications, branding and media, including an MA in Global Media and Postnational Communications by SOAS, University of London. She has had a unique career path of almost two decades, spanning from fast-moving corporate marketing to NGO communications and global media. She strongly believes that building communication bridges through positive storytelling and strong trust networks is key for a brighter future.

                Jodie Ginsberg

                CEO, Index on Censorship - UK

                Jodie Ginsberg is a former journalist who is passionate about the power of words and the importance of debate. Prior to joining Index, Jodie worked as a foreign correspondent and business journalist and was UK Bureau Chief for Reuters news agency. She sits on the council of global free expression network IFEX.

                    Kat Roma Greer

                    Art director, Micro Galleries - Hong-Kong, Australia

                    Kat is a curator, urban disruptor and creator of public art interventions that focus on positive social change. She has trained in voice, theatre and performance-making for over 25 years and has been actively working with emerging artists for over 18 years. Kat studied Theatre, Classical Singing and English Literature in Australia, obtaining a Bachelor of Creative Arts; Bachelor of English Literature and her Master of Arts (Research) in Performance Studies. Kat has a strong interest in contemporary creation practices and how they can influence positive change. Her research thesis focused on emerging, urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and opportunities available for the development of a sustainable creative presence, and she has recently returned from the prestigious The Arctic Circle Residency where she continued her research and activations on climate disruption art and the role of artists in this vital issue. Based in Asia, she is the founder and Artistic Director of the global arts initiative Micro Galleries, was a Director and Chair of the Board of Directors for Sydney alternative arts space The Red Rattler, is an Advisor for French-based, International organisation United Sketches, was shortlisted for Sydney University Alumni awards and was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for 2015, for her work in the cultural sphere.

                        Liza Donnelly

                        writer and award-winning cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine and CBS News [USA]

                        Liza Donnelly is a writer and award-winning cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years. She is also resident cartoonist for CBS News, creating political cartoons and live-drawing for CBS This Morning and special events. Donnelly is a contributor to The New York Times and CNN and was designated a top writer and cartoonist in politics and feminism on Medium.
                        Donnelly has been a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling around the world to speak about freedom of speech, cartoons and women’s rights. Donnelly delivered a very popular TED talk, which was translated into 38 languages and viewed over one million times. She also spoke at SXSW 2019, a talk titled Drawing Disruption; the United Nations in New York and Geneva; The New Yorker Festival; several TEDxes, colleges, universities, NGOs and corporate venues in the US and abroad.
                        Donnelly is the creator of a new digital visual journalism she calls live-drawing. For CBS News, CNN and The New Yorker, she covered the DNC in 2016, and the 2017 inauguration, White House Press conference, political protest marches and various events for them since. According to NBC News, Donnelly is “a pioneer of on-the-fly sketching of live events” wherein she quickly cartoons people and events on her tablet and immediately tweets them out, sometimes with humorous and insightful commentary on the drawing or in the tweet.
                        In 2016, Donnelly was the first cartoonist to be granted access on location to live draw and tweet the Academy Awards and red carpet, and she will be returning for her third time in 2018. She covered the presidential debates, State of The Union, election returns, the Oscars, Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Grammys, the BET Awards, the Tonys, the Olympics, World Cup, Superbowl, literary events, and more. Along with CBS News and The New Yorker, her clients include Fusion, The New York Times, BET, Medium, PBS, Narrative Magazine, Deutch Bank, ESPN, Stanford University, The Hindustan Times and others. Her innovative approach to reporting and commenting on events with live tweet drawing has been covered in Time,, NBC, Ad Week, USAToday, and People Magazine.

                        Donnelly was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning,, NBC, has appeared on CBS This Morning, and has been interviewed on radio and in numerous magazines, newspapers and online. Donnelly’s cartoons and commentary can be seen on various websites: the New Yorker; Politico, CNN; Huffington Post; Salon; Daily Beast; Fusion; Politico; Narrative Magazine. Her work has appeared in print publications, including The New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, South Hampton Review, Jerusalem Post, and The Harvard Business Review. Donnelly is the author/editor of eighteen books. Donnelly is a charter member of the international project, Cartooning for Peace, helping to promote understanding through humor. Her work has been in numerous exhibitions globally, and she has curated exhibits of international cartoonists, here and abroad. Donnelly taught at Vassar College and the School of Visual Arts.
                        Currently a Distinguished Fellow at Barnard College, Donnelly is a recipient of an honorary PhD from University of Connecticut and delivered the Graduate School Commencement address, was a Thurber Prize finalist, the award for written humor in the United States, and is a recipient of a Reuben Award, the Salon St. Just International Prize, France, the AAUW Women of Distinction Award, and the Forte Dei Marmi, Italy, Satire Award. Her cartoons are in the Library of Congress Prints Collection, The Museum of Illustration and in private collections, and her cartoons are collected in numerous books around the world. A member of PEN, Donnelly is the Vice President of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.
                        Her website is, and on twitter at @lizadonnelly, she can be contacted at She lives in New York with her husband.

                        “Donnelly’s cartoons are the best kind of funny—sly, smart, and right on the money.
                        [They] are great social commentary as well as great fun.” Susan Orlean,
                        “Liza often steps out from behind her drawing table to make this world not just a funnier place, but a better one too.” Planet Green

                            Louise Christine Larsen

                            Art historian, Co-founder of the Museum of Danish Cartoon Art - Denmark

                            Louise C. Larsen is a Danish art historian,, specializing in political cartooning. Co-founder of the Museum of Danish Cartoon Art at The Royal Library in Copenhagen 2000 and facilitated the transition of The Storm P Museum, Copenhagen, into a museum of comics in 2012. Her latest book is Khartoon!- a collection of the works of Khalid Albaih 2018. She has written and spoken extensively on international political cartooning and runs the blog on the subject. She was awarded Svarres Legat in 2015.

                                Marilena Nardi

                                Editorial Cartoonist - Italy

                                Marilena Nardi was born in Italy in 1966.
                                Professor of Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, she has collaborated with her illustrations and humoristic drawings with several newspapers and magazines. She begins to approach satire thanks to the possibility of publishing her drawings on the net, in real time.
                                Among his collaborations: Diario, Corriere della Sera, Gente Money, Borsa & Finanza, Salute Naturale, Monthly, Avvenimenti, Barricate !, Il Misfatto, Antitempo, Il Ruvido, Aspirina the rivista, etc.
                                She collaborated regularly with Il Fatto Quotidiano from its publication in 2009 until 2016.
                                Then, his collaborations with this daily became more casual.
                                Today, she publishes online with SatiraOpinion and other news sites. For the French press she draws for Espoir, Zelium and Siné Madame.
                                Among the most important awards she received were the first prize at the World Press Freedom Cartoon in Ottawa in 2011 and the Forte dei Marmi Award for the Satira politica for the satirical Drawing in 2013. In 2018, the first time of a woman during the 13 editions of the Festival, she won first prize in the Editorial Drawing category and the Grand Prix at the World Press Cartoon in Caldas da Raínha, Portugal.

                                    Mona El Tahawy

                                    Feminist, International Public Speaker - Egypt, USA

                                    Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City.

                                    She is the author of “Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” released April 2015, and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.
                                    During the 18-day revolution that toppled Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, she appeared on most major media outlets, leading the feminist website Jezebel to describe her as “The Woman Explaining Egypt to the West”.
                                    In November 2011, Egyptian riot police beat her, breaking her left arm and right hand, and sexually assaulted her and she was detained for 12 hours by the Interior Ministry and Military Intelligence.
                                    Newsweek magazine named Ms Eltahawy one of its “150 Fearless Women of 2012”, Time magazine featured her along with other activists from around the world as its People of the Year and Arabian Business magazine named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.
                                    Before she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East for many years, including almost six years as a Reuters correspondent and she reported for various media from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and China.
                                    In 2012, the Missouri School of Journalism awarded her its Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and the Columbia Journalism Review named her as one of 20 women in the media to watch.
                                    In 2010 the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded her its Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver gave her its Anvil of Freedom Award.
                                    In 2009, the European Union awarded her its Samir Kassir Prize for Freedom of the Press for her opinion writing and Search for Common Ground named her a winner of its Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism.
                                    Mona was born on Aug. 1, 1967 in Port Said, Egypt and has lived in the U.K, Saudi Arabia and Israel. She calls herself a proud liberal Muslim. In 2005, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement and she is a member of the Communications Advisory Group for Musawah, the global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family.

                                        Nzeeha Saeed

                                        Journalist and Advocate for Press Freedom - Bahrain, France

                                        Nazeeha Saeed, Bahraini journalist with ninghteen years of experience in journalism. Working with international print, radio and TV media. Heavily involved in the coverage of human rights and political stories. winner many awards in journalism on the top of them Johann-Philipp-Palm-Award for Freedom of Speech and the Press 2014. Advocate for freedom of press and expression. Trainer in safety of journalists.

                                            Rashin Kheiriyeh

                                            multi award-winning Illustrator/Author, animation director and painter - USA

                                            Rashin Kheiriyeh is an internationally recognized, award-winning illustrator/author,animation director and painter who has published over Eighty children’s books in countries such as the United State, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain, South Korea, China, Brazil, India and Iran. 
                                            She has received Fifty national and international awards
                                            for the books and animations including recently being winner of the 2017 Sandak Fellow Award, New York.
                                            She was also the winner of the Bologna Book Fair, Italy for Six times and the winner of Golden Apple Award at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia.
                                            Rashin is the art director and character artist of the most popular Iranian animation series called Sugarland/ Shekarestan.
                                            She has an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Illustration and MFA in Graphic design from Alzahra University,Tehran,Iran.She also studied at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.
                                            She is a lecturer at Department of Art, University of Maryland.
                                            Rashin enjoys illustrating for the New York Times, Google, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House and many other publication houses around the world.
                                            • Society Of Children`s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI),USA 
                                            • United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), New York
                                            Iran,Khorramshahr 1979
                                            Lives in Washington DC

                                                Sara Qaed

                                                Editorial Cartoonist - Bahrain/UK

                                                Sara Qaed is an artist from Bahrain (currently living in the UK). She practices art via editorial caricatures, drawings, comics, illustrations, wearable pieces, and anything in between, delivering an interdisciplinary approach in her work. Her daily caricatures focus on refugees, women, corruption, power, human existence, and contradictions. Her passion for caricature as a visual language led her to experiment with different methods and materials to present this kind of art.

                                                    The Surreal McCoy

                                                    Cartoonist and Illustrator - UK

                                                    Cartoonist and illustrator. Published worldwide in the New Yorker, Spectator, Prospect, Fortean Times, Reader’s Digest and Oldie magazines: Sunday Times, Independent and London Evening Standard newspapers in the UK. Illustrated Girls Are Best by Sandi Toksvig, Alex Through The Looking Glass by Alex Bellos & Women Deliver – The World Receives, curated by Liza Donnelly. Featured in The Inking Woman – 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain, published 2018 by Myriad Editions.
                                                    Cartoons exhibited worldwide: UK, USA, Australia, France, Bulgaria and Greece.
                                                    Full-length graphic memoir The Wolf of Baghdad to be published by Myriad Editions 2020.
                                                    Committee member for overseas affairs at the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation.

                                                        Veronica Yates

                                                        Director, Child Rights International Network - UK

                                                        Veronica Yates is the Director of the Child Rights International Network – CRIN, where she has been working for over 15 years. Her firm commitment to rights, not charity for children has laid the foundations for CRIN’s identity: courage, the law and plain communication are the route to lasting change, not the latest trend or the biggest wallet.
                                                        CRIN has recently gone through a transformation from a business-as-usual NGO to a radical new way of operating and behaving, with at its core, the central question which all NGOs should be asking themselves: do we really need to exist? This led CRIN to adopt its very own Pirate Code, which sets out the principles that guide the work and how we should behave as human rights organisations.
                                                        In its new iteration, CRIN defines itself as a creative think tank that produces new and dynamic perspectives on human rights issues, with a focus on children’s rights. Its mission is to challenge the status quo because the norms that dictate children’s place in society need radical change. Through research, artwork and a vision for the future, CRIN encourages people to think critically about the world and start their own conversations. At the heart of this new transformation is also the realisation that for too long, organisations like CRIN have mostly focused on highlighting the horrors in the world while failing to provide a vision for what the world will look like when we succeed. The coming years will therefore focus on describing what we are fighting for, not just against.
                                                        Veronica is highly ambitious for CRIN’s developing role and believes that small, focused organisations can make a disproportionate impact by working collectivelly with unusual suspects; it’s not about growing, it’s about networking better. To this end, CRIN is exploring new ways of working with artists, activists, environmental campaigners and children and young people. In light of changes and challenges to funding, she is also in the process of setting up a new sister organisation to CRIN which will operate like a social enterprise, based in Berlin to focus on the intersection between human rights and the arts.
                                                        Veronica has travelled extensively with CRIN and other organisations. She was Co-­chair of the International NGO Council on violence against children, held several Board positions, including of Child Soldiers International, Approach Ltd. and Child Rights Connect, and is a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Child Rights Division and s supporting the incubation of the Right to Education Initiative. Veronica is half Swedish, half English and grew up in Belgium. She has degrees in English and Creative Writing. She currently lives in London.