Global Forum for Media Development - Belgium
Twitter : @karolinushka and @mediagfmd
Caroline Giraud (39) has worked at the crossroads of Journalism, Human Rights and Development for 16 years and has a long track-record of successfully build the case for media development with donors, and 10 years experience as a fundraiser. She holds a diploma in International Relations and Communications from Sciences Po Paris and a Degree on Italian language, literature and culture. A French national with an international background, she uses English, Italian and Russian professionally and understands German and Portuguese. She is a Remarkable Women Programme alumni of McKinsey & Co and an accredited Partnership Broker. Initially based in Paris and more recently in Brussels, she first got involved with Non-Profits in Russia in 2000, when she worked with Memorial and Soldiers’ Mothers of St Petersburg to defend of politically repressed groups. Later, she monitored for 3 years press freedom violations for the Europe and Eurasia desk of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). In 2005 she joined Internews, one of the major international groups of media assistance. Until 2011 she mixed field project management in Eurasia, Asia and Europe with a fundraising, external communications and programme design portfolio. At Internews she was instrumental in initiating the coordination of assistance to Haiti for communicating with disaster affected communities after the 2010 Earthquake. She also cooperated with International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) on closed country short term missions (Uzbekistan, Belarus) and advised a variety of private and public clients on strategic positioning, advocacy and profile-raising consultancies. Since 2012, Giraud works the International Secretariat of the Global Forum for Media Development in Brussels. The GFMD fosters coordination and knowledge-sharing for 350 media assistance NGOs worldwide and advocates on behalf the Media Development sector. The network works closely with donors to reflect on the crucial role of media and ICTs in democracy, good governance and development. With 200 civil society groups, the GFMD a global campaign for the inclusion of the role of free media and access to information in the new Sustainable Development Goals.