|Occupation||CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation|
Monique Villa was born in Paris, France. She studied Law and Political Science and has a diploma from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes de Paris.
Monique spent the first part of her career at Agence France-Presse (AFP) where she held a number of senior journalistic and management positions. She reported for a number of years from Paris, Rome and London where she was bureau chief from 1991 to 1996. She then became Director of Strategy and Business Development at AFP headquarters in Paris, with responsibility for the agency’s major partnerships worldwide.
From 2001 to 2008, Villa was Managing Director of Reuters Media and Chairman of Action Images. Monique managed the picture and text news business for Reuters from 2001. She transformed the picture business and negotiated important deals for Media and Editorial, including a partnership with the International Herald Tribune to jointly produce their business pages, both in print and online.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Since her appointment in 2008, she has launched a number of programs that leverage the expertise of Thomson Reuters to trigger change and empower people across the world.
Among them, TrustLaw, an award-winning service created in 2010 to spread the practice of pro bono worldwide by connecting the best law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with NGOs and social enterprises in need of free legal assistance.Since its inception, TrustLaw has generated the equivalent of $54 million in pro bono support. Today, TrustLaw boasts over 2,200 members across 170 countries, including over 450 law firms and 1,750 high-impact social enterprises and NGOs.
Villa is also the Founder of Trust Women, a fast-growing global movement committed to putting the rule of law behind women’s rights through concrete action. In December 2013, the annual Trust Women conference brought together 450 global leaders from 40 countries including Mexico, Libya, Pakistan, India and China.
As a direct result of the Trust Women Conference, the Thomson Reuters Foundation worked with the office of the Manhattan District Attorney and top U.S. financial institutions - including Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Barclays, TD Bank, American Express, Western Union – to issue international guidance aimed at helping the wider financial communities to identify and report irregularities in financial transactions linked to human trafficking.
Under Villa’s leadership, the Foundation also strengthened its commitment to free and independent journalism. Its award winning editorial team covers the issues that mainstream media often forgets: from human rights abuses to the human impact of climate change, to the social damage poised by endemic corruption; the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, is devoted to innovative and comparative international research; and a global network of journalists provides media training to hundreds of reporters around the world.
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Monique Villa's team set up and launched Aswat Masriya an independent and unbiased political news website which quickly established itself as an authoritative mainstream source of information, becoming an essential tool for the Country’s transition to democracy.
Villa is also a member of the steering committee for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, which oversees the Institute’s activities. Funded in part by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Institute conducts academic research on journalism and operates the Thomson Reuters Fellowship Programme.
In June 2013, Monique Villa spoke at the TEDx HousesofParliament event highlighting how the Thomson Reuters Foundation is reshaping modern philanthropy through the power of data, news and information. 
Monique received the 2015 Champions for Change Award for her vision and effort in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Under Villa, the Foundation has received numerous awards, including a Webby Award for Best News Website; a SOPA Award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting, a Charity Award for Advice, Support, and Advocacy, and a Communicator Award for Excellence.
In 2014, Monique Villa was ranked 37th in Ethisphere’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics.
In 2011, Monique Villa was ranked 43rd in Ethisphere’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics.
External Links and Media Coverage
- Thomson Reuters Foundation Official Website
- Monique Villa and Her Majesty Queen Noor speak on modern-day slavery and the 2014 Trust Women Conference on The Andrew Marr Show, November 16 2014
- Monique Villa speaking at TedX House of Parliament June 2013
- Manhattan District Attorney Vance and Thomson Reuters Foundation launch financial working group against human trafficking
- The Guardian: Thomson Reuters lays the Foundation for future generations of journalists
- CNN: Was the Arab Spring bad for women's rights? (TV interview)
- Al Jazeera Inside Story (TV interview)
- Economic Times of India: Will small steps taken to criminalize anti-women prejudices help bridge the gap? (op-ed)
- Marie Claire: Put Young Girls at the Center of Development (op-ed)
- Sky TV News (Arabic): women's rights in the Arab world (TV interview)
- Monique Villa: We must act together to get rid of the word slavery
- Monique Villa and Livia Firth: The Devastating Reality Of Fashion Slavery: The Power Is In Your Hands (Marie Claire)
- Monique Villa: Acquistare una Tshirt a $2 non e’ un diritto (Corriere della Sera)
- Monique Villa: Women take the lead (Skoll World Forum)
- Monique Villa - The right to feel safe: women should be able to use public transport without fear (New Statesman)
- Monique Villa - 32% Of Women In London Say They Have Been Verbally Harassed on Public Transport: What Can Be Done? (Grazia)
- Monique Villa - Sexual harassment on public transport is a problem we must solve (The Independent)
- "Thomson Reuters Announces New Leadership Team for Foundation". PR News Wire. 28 April. Retrieved 20 May 2012. Check date values in:
- "Thomson Completes Acquisition of Reuters; Thomson Reuters Shares Begin Trading Today". Thomson Reuters. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- Trust Women Conference
- "Steering Committee". Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Annual Report 2010-2011" (PDF). Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Sex, Crime and Unlikely Heroes: Monique Villa at TEDx HousesofParliament". TEDx. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "2011 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics". Ethisphere. Retrieved 25 May 2012.