Introducing the people behind MDIF

Meet our Board

Our Board of Directors brings global expertise in media investment, media management and investigative journalism. It holds the highest authority and is responsible for overseeing and making strategic decisions regarding MDIF’s work.

8

Board Members

6

nationalities

50%

identify as women

Marc Da Costa

Co-Founder and Chairman, Enigma

Sheila Coronel (Chair)

Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Michael Del Nin

Head of Media Partnerships and Investments, Soros Fund Management

Harlan Mandel

Chief Executive Officer, MDIF

Catherine Gicheru

Founder and Director, Africa Women Journalism Project

Kerstin Mogull

Board Director and Angel Investor, Retired Media and Arts Executive (BBC / Tate)

María Teresa Ronderos

Co-founder, Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism

Adriaan Stoop (Vice-Chair)

Attorney, Bergh, Stoop & Sanders

Meet our team

For more than 25 years, MDIF’s mission has been driven by the dedication and professionalism of our exceptional team. We are a values-driven organization, diverse in backgrounds and expertise. We blend global know-how and local insights to support independent media around the world. In addition to our New York and Prague offices, MDIF has regional representation across countries including Colombia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Poland, Serbia and South Africa.

49

staff members

20

locations

19

nationalities

57%

identify as women

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Deji Adekunle

Program Director – NAMIP

Department:  Program

Dara Ajala

Program Manager – NAMIP

Department:  Program

Muhammed Akinyemi

NAMIP Media Advisor

Department:  Program

Pragya Chamria

Investment Officer

Department:  Investment Department

Muhammed Dalhatu

Program Assistant – NAMIP

Department:  Program

Kristina Drača

Legal Counsel

Department:  Legal

Marcin Gadzinski

Program Director for Europe

Department:  Program

Mayura Gangan

Senior Investment Officer

Department:  Investment Department

Jana Havrdova

Operations Assistant

Department:  Administration

Diego Jaime

Principal Investment Officer

Department:  Investment Department

Evgenia Konovalova

Program Manager, Amplify Europe

Department:  Program

Brian Kornfield

Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

Department:  Finance

Grzegorz Kossakowski

Investment Director for Europe

Department:  Investment Department

Valér Kot

Senior Media Advisor

Department:  Media Advisory Services

Koreel Lahiri

Investment Director for Asia

Department:  Investment Department

Michael Lee

Controller

Department:  Finance

Kristyna Machova

Senior Program Officer

Department:  Program

Harlan Mandel

Chief Executive Officer, MDIF

Department:  Investment Committee

Lebogang Maphada

Senior Investment Officer

Department:  Investment Department

Dan Margoshes

Chief Financial Officer

Department:  Finance

Zoe McDonagh

Program Officer for Funding and Investor Relations

Department:  Strategy and Communications

Mayuri Mei Lin

Senior Program Officer for Asia

Department:  Program

Meredith Moloughney

Chief of Staff

Department:  Administration

Mohamed Nanabhay

Senior Advisor

Department:  Investment Committee

Marie Nemcova

Chief Operating Officer

Department:  Investment CommitteeProgram

Jeanette Nuñez

Assistant to CEO

Department:  Administration

Vivian Ojomu

Program Assistant – NAMIP

Department:  Program

Anna Pagul

Accountant

Department:  Finance

Bojana Pavlovic

Legal Counsel

Department:  Legal

Tessa Piper

Program Director for Asia

Department:  Program

Dorota Ponczek

Senior Investment Analyst

Department:  Investment Department

Elena Popovic

Secretary and General Counsel

Department:  Investment CommitteeLegal

Hillary Puckett

Administrative Assistant

Department:  Administration

Bilal Randeree

Managing Director, Media Programs / Program Director for Africa and MENA

Department:  Program

Gavin Rea

Impact Assistant

Department:  Strategy and Communications

Brigitte Read

Program Officer – SAMIP

Department:  Program

Joanna Różycka-Iwan

Chief Investment Officer

Department:  Investment CommitteeInvestment Department

Kyzzhibek Ruslanova

Project Manager, Media Advisory Services

Department:  Media Advisory Services

Patrice Schneider

Chief Strategy Officer

Department:  Strategy and Communications

Magdalena Skrzypek

Impact and Communications Manager

Department:  Strategy and Communications

Janusz Slupek

Investment Officer

Department:  Investment Department

Ana Soffietto

Program Director for Latin America

Department:  Program

Patricia Torres-Burd

Managing Director, Media Advisory Services

Department:  Media Advisory Services

Nolwazi Tusini

Program Director, Amplify South Africa

Department:  Program

Max von Abendroth

Senior Advisor Europe & Germany

Department:  Strategy and Communications

Peter Whitehead

Director of Communications

Department:  Strategy and Communications