FORA.tv Speaker - Monique Villa

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Biography

Monique Villa was appointed CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2008, shortly after the acquisition of Reuters by Thomson. She has since transformed the former Reuters Foundation into a strategic, high-impact and truly global corporate foundation that reflects the expertise and business acumen of the company.

With the strong belief that information is a form of aid that can strengthen humanitarian work, spread the rule of law and ultimately save lives, Monique has built upon the Foundation’s successful programs in media and journalism training around the world to launch several new initiatives.

In July 2010 she created TrustLaw, an electronic marketplace to connect lawyers willing to work at no cost with NGOs and social entrepreneurs in need of legal assistance. TrustLaw Connect now counts around 700 members in more than 140 countries and fast growing.

TrustLaw is also a hub of news and information on women’s rights and anti-corruption; because of her work promoting transparency, Monique has been ranked 43 of the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics in 2011 by Ethisphere.

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