Yoani María Sánchez Cordero was born in Havana (Cuba) in 1975. She studied Spanish Language, but, finding herself short of cash, started to give Spanish classes to tourists and eventually emigrated to Switzerland in 2002, only to return to her country two years later for family reasons. That same year, together with a group of Cubans living on the island, she founded “Consenso” (Consensus), a magazine for reflection and debate. It was then that she discovered the world of computers and the opportunities which new information and communication technologies opened up, to such an extent that she became webmaster of the Cuban journalism portal www.desdecuba.com, which she edited and wrote articles for.
She created her own blog, www.desdecuba.com/generaciony/, which has been internationally recognised with a wide range of prestigious awards, including the Ortega y Gasset prize for journalism and the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero Award. Both Time magazine and CNN ranked her blog among the 25 best blogs in the world.