Antonio Zappulla

CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation

Antonio Zappulla is CEO at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the world’s leading content-driven technology company. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, under Zappulla’s leadership, the Thomson Reuters Foundation harnesses the combined power of journalism and the law to advance media freedom, raise awareness of human rights issues, and foster more inclusive economies.

An outspoken supporter of the business case for human rights, Antonio is the founder of Openly, the world’s first global platform dedicated to coverage of LGBT+ stories with distribution to 1 billion Reuters clients daily. In 2018, Antonio ranked first in the OUTstanding list of third sector LGBT executives published by the Financial Times. In 2017, he was named a European Young Leader by Friends of Europe. In 2016, he was awarded the Talented Young Italians Award by Italian Chamber of Commerce. Antonio is a One Young World Counsellor and a World Economic Forum agenda contributor. He sits on the Boards of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford; the Forum for Global Challenges at the Institute for Global Innovation at the University of Birmingham; the International News Safety Institute; and LGBT+ NGO Open for Business.

Prior to his present role, Antonio was Executive Producer at Bloomberg Television in charge of news, factual programming and documentaries for Europe, Middle East and Africa, developing a number of Award-winning TV series distributed globally. Antonio holds a Degree in Journalism, a Master’s Degree in Middle East studies, and has continued his executive education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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