About Us – old

We’re on a mission to inform, empower and connect global professionals tackling the world’s most urgent issues. Conceived in Geneva’s hub of multilateralism, Arete News is a media platform for exploring and explaining the world of international organizations and future of global governance.

More than ever, decision makers and policy shapers need high-quality nonpartisan journalism, reliable information and tools that deliver real-time trusted insights. Our values reflect our name, arete, a Greek word (ἀρετή) for the pursuit of excellence and fulfilling one’s potential. Our fact-based editorial beliefs are rooted in accountability, accuracy, humanity, independence and objectivity. Our vision is a global community united in finding solutions that benefit all humanity and the planet.

As U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, aboard the International Space Station, said: “Cooperation at a global scale is what’s going to propel humanity into the future.”

Inspiration

The photo above was taken by the late, great Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning German photojournalist who was a colleague and a friend. This was our office view from the Palais des Nations, looking towards Lac Léman and the Mont Blanc massif.

Anja had a tremendous sense of humor and compassion, courage and drive. She dedicated her life to bringing to the world the pictures and stories that mattered most. She was murdered doing her job in Afghanistan in April 2014. “I do my job simply to report people’s courage with my camera and with my heart,” she said.

Arete News owes a huge debt to the late Eric Mueller, an experienced American tech entrepreneur and software engineer in Zürich who died suddenly of a heart attack in August 2020. Eric’s wise counsel, direction and strong belief in the project continues to provide daily motivation and inspiration. He is sorely missed.

Eric was the judge of a competition sponsored by the former Switchplus AG that resulted in the platform’s initial building and design. Without him, Arete News simply would not exist. He agreed to stay on as a web systems architect and adviser after the project passed to other capable hands. Passionate, intelligent and outrageously funny, Eric also built the first website for Tesla Motors and helped start AOL’s Hollywood office.

Team

John Heilprin, Editor in Chief

John Heilprin is a U.N.-accredited international journalist and editor with more than 30 years of experience reporting from four continents. He reported for The Associated Press in Washington, U.N. headquarters in New York and Geneva, where he led AP’s bureau. Accustomed to writing for billions of readers, he covered the highest levels of global and U.S. politics and won 11 awards for foreign reporting, global climate coverage and investigative work, and a global climate fellowship. He lives in the Swiss capital.

Dulce Torrero, General Manager

Dulce Torrero has extensive experience in international business development and project management in the telecommunications and sports media industries. She is based in the Swiss capital Bern and is an experienced, multicultural, multilingual team manager who has taught graduate-level courses in Switzerland on business management and startups.

Ronald Powers, Assignment / Investigations Editor

Ronald Powers is a veteran journalist, accomplished storyteller, writer and editor who is long accustomed to upholding the highest standards in journalism, all while under intense deadline pressures for a 24/7 multimedia audience and readership in the billions. He is based in Washington and served as a national editor and supervisor of the global report from the Washington bureau of The Associated Press, where he worked for more than 40 years.

Piotr Metelski, Web Designer / Photographer

Piotr Metelski is an experienced, multilingual and multicultural web designer, independent photographer, project leader, art designer and entrepreneur. He is based in Winterthur, Switzerland and is the co-director of Picture-Planet GmbH, a team of specialists for print, graphic and professional web design.