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About Us

Behind SONDA Internacional is a team of journalists specialised in international news. We hope that more professionals will join the team over time. In the meantime, we present the founders who are working to get the project off the ground:

  • Santi Palacio- Sonda Internacional

    Santi Palacios

    Editor in Chief | Photojournalist

    Since the beginning of his career Santi has focused on migrations, conflicts and human ecology—these interests stemming from his training as a sociologist. His work has been published in major magazines and newspapers worldwide, exhibited in dozens of cities, and it has received a number of national and international awards including a World Press Photo, the Ortega y Gasset journalism award or the World and Spain’s National Photojournalism Award two years running. In 2016 he was part of the team nominated by the Associated Press for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography; and in 2018 he was selected by the World Press Photo 6×6 Talent Program in Europe.

  • Mikel Konate


    Freelance videojournalist focusing on migration, conflicts and climate crisis, his work has been featured by major media outlets and he has collaborated in numerous documentaries related to these issues. He has been recognised internationally with the Rory Peck Trust Award for his coverage in the central Mediterranean, again becoming a finalist the following year for his coverage in northern Syria. In recent years he has worked as director of photography on several documentaries for international media.

  • Maribel Izcue


    A journalist, she has spent most of her career in Asia, where she worked for a decade in the Philippines, India and Japan as a correspondent for the Efe Agency. From the Tokyo delegation, which she headed from June 2011 until her return to Spain in 2013, she covered the aftermath of the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear crisis. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Revista 5W.

  • Simón Casal

    Screenwriter and director

    Simón Casal is a screenwriter and director. He works in fiction and on historical, scientific, and political documentaries. His work has been shown at commercial cinemas in Spain, and also at international festivals in Europe, America and Asia. His films have received such awards as the Grand Jury Prize at the WorldFest Houston, in addition to awards for Best Documentary and Best Director at specialized film festivals like FICAB and the AI International Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. His productions have been shown on television and streaming platforms such as Netflix, TVE, TVG, TV3 and CanalSur, among others.

  • Jorge Usar Cofundador de Sonda Internacional.

    Jorge Usar

    Graphic designer and illustrator

    Graphic designer and illustrator with 20 years of experience in different fields of the sector. Most of his projects are closely linked to human rights and the common good.
    Since 2014, he has been directing Taller Bohemia, specialising in silkscreen printing, from the social and cultural centre: La Palanca, which he has coordinated as part of a team since 2018.

  • Pablo Tosco Cofundador de Sonda Internacional.

    Pablo Tosco

    Photo-video journalist

    Pablo Tosco is an Argentinian photo-video journalist who has focused his work on the impact of armed conflict, climate change and inequality in the lives of most vulnerable communities. The accounts of people whose stories were silenced bring to light the issues of inequality and injustice—aiming to raise awareness that can lead to social transformation.

  • Lily Mayers - Periodista Sonda Internacional

    Lily Mayers


    Lily Mayers is a multi-platform journalist who has spent most of her career working in daily news for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney. There she covered crime, politics and major environmental disasters including the 2019 New South Wales bush fire emergency. Since moving to Spain in 2020 her work has focused on long-form coverage of Spanish and European news and current affairs. She co-hosted and co-created La Portada Podcast.

  • Júlia Cussó

    Junior photojournalist

    Graduated in journalism from the Autonoma University of Barcelona and master’s degree in international journalism at Blanquerna (Ramón Llull University). In February 2023 she traveled to Turkey to cover the earthquakes that took place in the south of the country and in March she joined the Sonda Internacional team as an intern. With special interest in migrations and climate change.

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