Professor Lola Bañon Castellón, born in Valencia, Spain is Professor of Journalism in the Department of Philology and Communication at Valencia University where she is also Director of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation.
Professor Bañon Castellón obtained her PhD in Audiovisual Communication from Valencia University. She worked as an industry practitioner in journalism covering news from the Middle East for Valencia Channel 9 TV from 1989 – 2013.
She is author of the book, Palestinos published by Planeta Publishers which explores the life of Palestinians in occupied Palestinian territory. She has numerous other publications about the Middle East and North Africa.
Professor Bañon Castellón is a member of the executive of UNRWA in Spain and has received a number of awards including the Valencian Amnesty International Award for the Defence Human Rights (2017) and the Journalism “Club Internacional de Prensa España” Award bestowed by the Association of Arab Writers and Journalists (2015). Most recently she was awarded the Palestinian International Award for Excellence and Creativity.