Heba Kandil

Senior Manager, Media Initiatives, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Heba leads the technical design and quality assurance of media initiatives at the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) to ensure TRF continues to provide innovative solutions that strengthen the resilience of free and independent media.

An ex-Reuters journalist, TRF trainer, and spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme, Heba brings over 20 years of experience in journalism, communications, and media development. As a Reuters journalist, she covered top breaking stories in the Middle East & North Africa as well as enterprise stories on key development issues that touched upon the changing role of women in the region. Following a one-year role as a communications lead for the UN WFP, Heba joined TRF where for 10 years she designed and delivered bespoke journalism and communication workshops in English and Arabic for hundreds of journalists, private and public sector professionals in MENA. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications, The American University in Cairo, as well as an MSc. in Strategic Communication, University of Liverpool.