Mariana Santos is a Portuguese girl who wants to change the world, and is working on it right now. She is the co-founder and CEO of Unicorn Interactive, a new independent media start up on digital storytelling. She’s also the founder and CEO of Chicas Poderosas, a digital training community which brings women journalists to technology in media so they can have a stronger voice online with the aim to create an informed, connected and empowered society.

Until Aug 2016, she was director of Interactive and animation at Fusion Media, Knight Chair of Innovation at FIU, 2015 Graduate from the JSK Journalism Knight Fellowship at Stanford, and 2014 Knight International Journalism Fellow where she worked all across Latin America in major newsrooms and with independent journalists.

Mariana Santos is a visual storyteller, who did groundbreaking work as a member of the interactive team at The Guardian in London. A trained animator, she pioneered the newsroom’s use of motion graphics to make data stories more compelling. She leads design thinking workshops to increase multidisciplinary approach to storytelling, and she is a leader in community transformation via digital training.