Monique Villa is a journalist, a business leader and a passionate advocate for women’s empowerment. She was appointed CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2008. With the strong belief that philanthropy and business must go together, Monique accelerated the Foundation’s expansion by launching several new initiatives around the world.
In July 2010 she created TrustLaw Connect, a global pro bono service to connect the best law firms willing to work at no cost with NGOs and social enterprises in need of legal assistance.
Under her leadership, the Thomson Reuters Foundation also developed Aswat Masriya, an independent and unbiased news website available in both Arabic and English and set up to provide fair and unbiased reporting from Egypt.Monique Villa is also the driving force behind the Trust Women Conference which each year gathers hundreds of delegates from all over the world to put the rule of law behind women’s rights. The conference generates concrete commitments to action.
Under Villa, the Foundation’s editorial team made front-page headlines by covering the world’s underreported stories on humanitarian relief, climate change, corruption, women’s rights and social innovation. AlertNet was awarded the Voice Of Courage Award from the Women’s Refugee Commission as well as the prestigious EPPY Awards from Editor and Publisher in 2011.
In 2011 Monique Villa was ranked 43 of the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by the think tank Ethisphere.