Ms. Plentz covers technology and innovation at the United Nations and its agencies, for The Shift, and The UN Brief, a news format leveraging social media distribution. She started her career in the news business as a science and technology reporter at Bloomberg TV, in New York City. Ms. Plentz enjoys working in fast-paced, data-driven news environments.
At the UN she covered international conferences, including the first gathering of world leaders to discuss the impact of new technologies in society and the economy, the World Summit on the Information Society organized by the UN agency for telecommunications, the International Telecommunications Union, and UNESCO.
As an international affairs news producer and editor she presented the UN official daily news bulletins and weekly features, audience reach of 30 million+ a week through partner stations, including BBC World and Radio France International. She covered Security Council meetings, the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, and all UN system specialized agencies including the WHO, FAO, UNESCO, UNICEF, and WIPO.
Ms. Plentz also wrote, presented, and produced newscasts for the UN Radio website on the World Sustainable Development Summit, where she managed international teams of news producers, engineers, UX/UI designers, and software developers to deliver broadcast news content and the daily website updates.
In 2016 Ms. Plentz Fagundes was appointed by the European Commission to the High Level Group of Experts to review the impact of Horizon 2020, the $100 Billion Framework Programme to fund Research and Innovation in the EU, and to make recommendations for the upcoming funding cycle Horizon Europe.
After a career in the performing arts, she graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Political Science, with a focus on digital media and international relations. Most of her coursework was taken at the School of International and Public Affairs, and at Columbia Business School.
She also consulted in press relations and was a strategic communications advisor for SaaS, higher education, and consumer tech companies. She also developed international media relations campaigns for QS University Rankings, Florida International University, and the enterprise software alliance in the South of Brazil, Softsul.
She led strategic communications in Latin America for the first e-Government tech company that raised $60 Million in the US, from venture capital firms KKR and other Silicon Valley investors. She continues to advise tech startups, enterprise software trade bodies, and is a mentor and member of the selection committee at the tech accelerator and investment fund MassChallenge, for their programs in the US, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and Mexico.
She is a speaker and moderator at tech conferences on new technologies for news media, strategic communications, and women in tech. To invite her to moderate or speak at your conference, or teach a workshop in media training, please get in touch using the form below.
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