• Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020
Rise expands to support gender diversity within broadcast technology sector
Serena Harris
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Rise, the membership organization for gender diversity within the broadcast technology sector, is expanding from its roots in the U.K. with launches in North America and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Additionally Rise has appointed four new board members as it seeks to increase its important work throughout the media and entertainment sectors.

Serena Harris, North American sales director at Annex Pro, will be running Rise North America. Harris, who is based in Vancouver, B.C., has over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry and worked with Avid and Marquis.

Nancy Diaz Curiel, managing director of Digigram Asia, will run Rise APAC. Based in Singapore, she has over 10 years of experience in the broadcast industry and will be launching a Rise mentoring initiative in the region shortly.

Rise’s alluded to four new board members are: Andy Beale, chief engineer BT Sport, Lisa Lavender, operations director of The British Arrows, Joanna Cosgrove, director at Moore Kingston Smith LLP, and Tanya Rai, key account manager at Sundog Media Toolkit.

Rise managing director Carrie Wootten stated; “Rise is growing at an astonishing rate, and we are immensely grateful to all of our sponsors and partners who have enabled this to happen. Expanding into the North American and APAC market is very exciting, and we are positive Serena and Nancy will go beyond our expectations in advancing our global efforts in gender equality for the industry.”

Rise is supported by leading industry companies including gold sponsors Avid and Sky, and silver sponsors Clear-Com, Audio-Technica Europe, Ross Video, DPP and Pixelogic.

Rise Up, a new school outreach initiative to inspire and educate children about broadcast technology, is supported by BT Sport and Sky.

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