Joy E. Dibenedetto

Group Director, Communications
Equity Group Holdings

Joy DiBenedetto is currently the Group Director for Global Communications, Corporate Affairs and

Partnerships for Equity Group Holdings – the largest financial institution in East and Central Africa. Her role is to globalize the Group’s brand with communications, relationship development, content creation and global partnerships.


DiBenedetto is the Founding Chair, CEO and Managing Director of the humanitarian media Company (HUM): Human Unlimited Media, LLC; and the portfolio of (HUM) companies which include HUMNEWS, HUMMEDIA, HUMMOVIES, HUMMUSIC, HUMMARKETPLACE, HUM Research & Reports, and HUM Labs & Technology as part of the world’s first and only `all-nation content and information agency. An award-winning 25-year media veteran she's covered every major global event in successively senior positions, from the studio and in the field; domestically and internationally; as a producer, manager and entrepreneur.


She is the immediate past President and CEO of the venerable, Friendship Force International (FFI); a

Nobel Peace Prize nominated NGO founded by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, serving from July 2013- November 2015. Under her leadership transitioned to a new 3-year strategic plan, launched the global `NextGen Youth Council,' and returned the organization to the Nobel arena with the largest children’s peace art exhibition displayed at the 2015 Barcelona, Spain `World Summit of Nobel Laureates’.


Until March of 2008, she was the global vice president of network booking and research for the CNN

News Group, where she oversaw daily and long-term guest coverage for CNN’s domestic and international news networks and platforms, managing a worldwide editorial staff.


She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in speech

pathology/audiology. A recipient of a George Foster Peabody award, a DuPont, and a Jack Myers Media award for Innovation; she is also a Marshall Memorial fellow, a UN Foundation `Global Health Press Fellow; a Leadership Atlanta `Class of 2016’ member and Co-Chair of the `Class of 2017’s’ Non-Profit Projects team; who also sits on numerous advisory and directorial boards. She often speaks publicly about the media industry, international business strategy and the need for a more globalized geographic landscape; and on what unites us as a world community, not what divides us.


DiBenedetto is a world trekker who often walks, roller skates and bicycles to work; and who has

survived Dengue Fever. You can read more about her work here: http://linkedin/JOYDIBENEDETTO

Joy E. Dibenedetto