As Editor and VP of Communications at INET, Sharmini Peries gathers the wealth of original content INET produces and directs its amplification strategies. Previously, she was Senior Editor, Executive Producer, and co-founder of The Real News Network. Sharmini was International Economic Development and Trade Adviser to President Hugo Chavez, working in the Miraflores presidential palace and for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Venezuela, 2003-2007. Before TRNN she served as the executive director of the following institutions: The Commission on Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System (1992-1994), The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (2000-2004), Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (2000-2002), and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (1994-2000). She was Manager of the Human Rights Code Review Task Force, Canada (1990-1994). Her PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University remains all but dissertation (ABD). She holds an M.A. in Economics from York University in Toronto.