Mariana Santos is currently a JSK Knight Fellow at Stanford University and she is Director of interactive and animation at Fusion, a venture between Disney/ABC and Univision. Santos helped create The Guardian’s first interactive team and inspired by her mentor, Alastair Dant, she decided that there should be more mentoring by tech-savvy journalists to pass their experience on and motivate others to do disruptive visual storytelling in news. After 3 years as the designer on The Guardian’s interactive team, Santos received a fellowship with the International Center for Journalists to launch Chicas Poderosas to encourage and train female journalists in Latin America. The program features a mix of talks about journalism, data and visualization along with a 3-day hackathon to develop news applications and train participants in different processes and approaches to interactive journalism that they can apply in their newsrooms. Santos graduated from the University of Lisbon with a degree in communication design and wrote her her first motivational book: “If You Don’t Believe in Yourself, What do You Believe in?” She began her career as a motion designer at Universal Music Berlin. Driven to learn more, she immersed herself in digital media studies at Hyper Island in Stockholm.