Bio

Jeanne Bourgault is President and CEO of Internews, an international non-profit organization dedicated to empowering local media worldwide. Bourgault is an expert on the role of information and media in developing, conflict and post-conflict, and fragile countries.  She speaks on issues of global news, information technology, media development and democracy assistance worldwide. 

Bourgault leads the strategic management of Internews and its programs, now active in more than 50 countries.  She has overseen Internews’ growth in areas underserved by local media, such as Afghanistan and South Sudan, and under her leadership Internews has led the sector in focusing on the need for information amid crises, working to support local news and information access for communities affected by disaster, including the 2005 Asian Tsunami,the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Bourgault previously served as Internews’ Chief Operating Officer; she joined Internews in 2001 as Vice President for Programs. Prior to Internews, Bourgault worked internationally in countries undergoing dramatic shifts in media and political landscapes. Bourgault worked in the former Yugoslavia, serving as a strategic advisor for media development programs in post-war Kosovo, as well as manager of community development projects in Serbia and Montenegro through the fall of Slobodan Milosevic. She served for six years with the U.S. Agency for International Development, including three years at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Bourgault has consulted on international program design and evaluation for the Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Research Triangle Institute, and the United Nations Centre for Human Rights, among others.  Speaking engagements have included the Skoll World Forum, Guardian Activate in New York, the Social Capital Markets conference in San Francisco, and the World Economic Forum, where she also serves on the Digital Media Steering Committee.

Bourgault speaks rusty Russian and holds a Master of Arts in International Studies and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Washington.

Follow Bourgault on Twitter @internewsjeanne.

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