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Monique Villa

CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Monique Villa is a member of the RISJ's Steering Committee.

Monique is CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of TrustLaw. She has been ranked among the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.

Since her appointment in 2008, she has transformed the company's Foundation, launching a number of programs that leverage the expertise of Thomson Reuters to trigger change and empower people across the world.

Among them, TrustLaw, an award-winning service created in 2010 to spread the practice of pro bono worldwide by connecting the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with NGOs and social enterprises in need of free legal assistance. Since its inception, TrustLaw generated the equivalent of $35 million in pro bono support.

Villa is also the Founder of Trust Women, a fast growing global movement committed to putting the rule of law behind women’s rights through concrete action. In December 2013, the annual Trust Women conference brought together 450 global leaders from 40 countries including Mexico, Libya, Pakistan, India and China.

As a direct result of the Trust Women Conference, the Thomson Reuters Foundation worked with the office of the Manhattan District Attorney and top U.S. financial institutions - including Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Barclays, TD Bank, American Express, Western Union – to issue international guidance aimed at helping the wider financial communities to identify and report irregularities in financial transactions linked to human trafficking. The guidance was distributed to a select number of top financial institutions, law enforcement agencies and anti-trafficking NGOs around the world.

Under Villa’s leadership, the Foundation also strengthened its commitment to free and independent journalism. Its award winning editorial team covers the issues that mainstream media often forgets: from women’s rights abuses to the human impact of climate change, to the social damage poised by endemic corruption; the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, is devoted to innovative and comparative international research; and a global network of journalists provides media training to hundreds of reporters around the world.

In October 2011, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Monique Villa set up and launched Aswat Masriya an independent and unbiased political news website which quickly established itself as an authoritative mainstream source of information, becoming an essential tool for the country’s transition to democracy.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Monique was Managing Director of Reuters Media and Chairman of Action Images. Monique managed the picture and text news business for Reuters from 2001. She transformed the picture business and negotiated important deals for Media and Editorial, including a partnership with the International Herald Tribune to jointly produce their business pages, both in print and online.

A French national, Monique spent the first part of her career at Agence France-Presse (AFP) where she held a number of senior journalistic and management positions. She reported for a number of years from Paris, Rome and London where she was bureau chief from 1991 to 1996. She then became Director of Strategy and Business Development at AFP headquarters in Paris, with responsibility for the agency’s major partnerships worldwide. Monique has two sons. She studied Law and Political Science and has a Diploma from the Paris Centre de Formation Des Journalistes