About The Speaker
Monique Villa, CEO of the Reuters Foundation, is an international business leader. Previously she served as Managing Director of Reuters Media and Chairman of Action Images. Monique is a French national, and has been managing the picture and text news business for the Reuters News Agency in the last six years. She has transformed the picture business and negotiated important deals for Media and Editorial, including the recent partnership with the International Herald Tribune to jointly produce their business pages, both in print and online.
The first part of her career was in Agence France-Presse (AFP) where she held a number of senior journalistic and management positions. As a correspondent with AFP she reported for a number of years from Paris and Rome, became Deputy Head of its political news service, then Bureau Chief for UK and Ireland, based in London. In 1996, she became Director of Strategy and Business Development at the headquarters in Paris, with responsibility for AFP’s major partnerships worldwide.