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Ruth de Vries

Free Press Unlimited
Team Leader / Manager
Ruth de Vries (1972) has worked extensively on media development and press freedom projects, primarily in Africa. Since June 2015 she is head of the team Gender, Safety and Accountability at Free Press Unlimited, an organisation that supports media and journalists worldwide. From 2012-2015 she was based in Nairobi, where she managed the Kenya Media Programme, a multi donor funded Hivos Programme aimed at strengthening the media in Kenya. On behalf of Hivos, she was also senior advisor to the Tanzania Media Fund. From 2007-2011, she was employed by World Press Photo as a project manager of the Education Department. She was involved in - amongst others - proposal writing and fundraising, coordinating a five year grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, managing partner relations in The Philippines, coordinating the Joop Swart Masterclass (2008) and facilitating a workshop for picture editors from South East Europe. As the coordinator for the project Twenty Ten (an initiative of World Press Photo, Free Voice, Africa Media Online and lokaalmondiaal) she managed an ambitious 2-year project to enhance the capacity of more than 100 African (photo)journalists through training, production and distribution of stories in the run up to the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. From 2001-2007 she was employed by the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa (NiZA), where she worked as a programme officer for the Media Programme, aimed at supporting freedom of expression, training and capacity building of (community) media in partnerships with African media organizations. From 1997-2000 Ruth was the regional officer for West Africa at Free Voice (currently Free Press Unlimited), an organization supporting free media worldwide.