The Trustees of Internews Europe collectively bring many decades experience in media, international development, social enterprise and innovation.
We are governed by a committed team of people with deep expertise in fields such as development, journalism, business, finance, politics and conservation.
Aidan White is an international consultant on press rights and journalistic ethics. He works for numerous major international agencies (UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, OSCE) on activities and programmes designed to promote ethical standards and good governance in media. He is Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, a global campaign promoting good governance and ethical conduct in media. He is a long-time campaigner for journalists' rights and is a former activist with the National Union of Journalists in Great Britain and Ireland. He served as the General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) for 24 years, which he joined from The Guardian newspaper in 1987. He has worked as a reporter, feature writer, sub-editor, and editorial manager for leading regional and national newspapers in Britain.
Vidhi Tambiah has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Geneva based World Microfinance Forum since 2009. Prior to that, Vidhi spent almost 20 years as an investment professional, originally with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and latterly joining the World Economic Forum in Geneva where he helped create the Centre for Strategic Insight and contributed to the Annual Meeting in Davos.
Jeanne has an extensive background in public relations and communications and is currently the Internews International Delegate to UNESCO. She is also a Technical Adviser on communication to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Versailles and a member of UNESCO’s Women and a Culture of Peace Commission. Jeanne teaches Institutional Communication at Versailles University. Her experience ranges from supporting the communications strategy of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the French Red Cross to working for L’Oreal as Head of advertising.
Jean-Maxence is the owner and Associate Director of Think Out, a research and consultancy organisation specialising in media, which he launched in 2004. He is also the founder of the Iconoclast media consultancy. Jean-Maxence has taught modern literature for more than 30 years and continues to teach at the French communication and journalism school CELSA and Limoges University.
Martin is a retired Swedish ambassador. During his diplomatic career, he was also a spokesman for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a diplomat in Moscow, Tokyo, New York (Swedish UN Mission), Helsinki and the Swedish ambassador to Ukraine. Alongside Internews Europe, he is a board Member of the Centre for European Research, Lund University.
David is the Founder and CEO of both Internews Europe and our sister organisation Internews Network. He has written widely about media and democracy, the Internet, and the importance of supporting a diverse local media around the world. David was a founder of the Global Forum for Media Development and remains its Chairman Emeritus. He was project director for the Emmy-award winning television series Capital to Capital in 1987-1990, produced in association with ABC News and Soviet State Television. David was also project director for Internews’ broadcasts of the proceedings of the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, for which Internews was awarded the European Commission’s ECHO Award for Broadcast Commitment in 1996. David was the Editor of Evolutionary Blues, a journal of political thought on international conflict, the threat of nuclear war, and US-Soviet relations in the early 1980s.
Oleg is currently Internews Network’s Regional Manager for Central Asia, having previously managed Internews projects in Kazakhstan. Before joining Internews, he had a distinguished career as a TV journalist. Oleg trained at the Journalism Department at Leningrad State University and at Oklahoma State University. He worked as a journalist, director of news, and chief director of TV production for Kazakh State Television before becoming chief editor of KTK, the first private TV station in Almaty. In the past he has served as President of Internews International, an association of media support NGOs from around the world. Oleg has been an active member of the Academy of Journalists in Kazakhstan since 2001.
Randolph is a highly respected humanitarian expert and high-level adviser to numerous governments and international agencies. He currently directs the Humanitarian Futures Programme at Kings College, London, where he has worked since 2006 with various multilateral and bilateral bodies in addition to NGOs to enhance their strategic and planning capacities for dealing with long-term humanitarian threats.
He served for several years in the UN system as Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Humanitarian Coordinator in Kosovo and in Rwanda, Chief of the Emergency Unit in Sudan and Chief of Emergency Prevention and Preparedness in Ethiopia. He is a member of the ALNAP Steering Committee, ODI/HPG’s Advisory Board and serves on the Senior Advisory Board for DFID’s Humanitarian and Emergency Response Review. He has been a member of ELRHA’s Steering Group since its creation and is also a Patron of the medical NGO, Merlin.
Sebastian is a sustainability advisor to multi-national corporate organisations, specialising in projections for biodiversity. He is a former Senior Advisor on European policy to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Head of the Countdown 2010 Secretariat. Sebastian has also worked for the World Food Program's Office of Evaluation and UNEP.
Manana is a respected international media expert and a former Executive Director of Internews Europe. She was involved with the launch of the Glasnost Defence Foundation (GDF) in 1991, Russia’s first freedom of speech organisation and took up the management of Internews’ Russian operation in 1994. Manana has served as an expert to the Russian Duma committee on Information Policy and was a representative on the Federal Competition Commission of Ministry of Press, TV Broadcasting and Mass Media. She is also a board member of the prestigious Academy of Russian Television and several non-profit organisations in Russia.