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Astrid Zweynert

Head of Digital News, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Biography

Astrid Zweynert is an award-winning journalist, editor and social media specialist with more than 20 years of global experience. She specializes in global health, development and social innovation.

As head of digital news, Astrid leads digital storytelling and social media for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of global news and information company Thomson Reuters. She is the deputy leader of a team of more than 40 journalists and more than 100 freelancers, covering humanitarian crises and human rights.

She has played a key role in developing online content strategies and new markets for the Thomson Reuters Foundation and in previous roles for Reuters news agency. Prior to joining Reuters more than 20 years ago, Astrid worked for Bloomberg Business News, United Press International and German television.

She has managed global editorial teams for more than a decade and has led journalism and communications training courses in India, Bangladesh, Mexico, Germany, the United States and Britain.

Astrid has reported from more than 20 countries, most recently on a one-year assignment as the Foundation’s Southeast Asia correspondent and in previous roles as Reuters correspondent. Born in Germany, Astrid has been at home in Britain for almost 30 years.