Mogens Schmidt is an independent senior advisor and consultant on press freedom, media development and journalism training. He has been working within these fields for more than 30 years in his different capacities as Director of the Danish School of Journalism, Director of the European Journalism Centre, Assistant Director General of the World Association of Newspapers and Director of the World Editors Forum, Director for Press Freedom and Deputy Assistant Director General for Communication and Information at UNESCO as well as Director of UNESCO’s global field operations. He also at UNESCO served as the overall coordinator of all of UNESCO’s work in conflict and disaster zones.
He retired from UNESCO two years ago and is now working as a senior advisor and consultant with UN and international organisations and media NGOs on mainly strategic programme development, project design and fund-raising, media management, the safety of journalists, media in conflict and disaster zones, ethical and professional standards in journalism and developing journalism curricula. He is the author of numerous articles on mass communication, freedom of expression and media development and has organized and served as key-note speaker and panellist in numerous conferences.
He speaks 8 languages, including English, French, German and Italian.