Having spent a decade each at the BBC and at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Andres Ilves is a seasoned media professional with a breadth and depth of experience in the broad Eurasia region as well as Africa.

At the BBC, he directed all multimedia output for Afghanistan and Iran in the Persian, Pashto, Dari and Tajik languages. Prior to that, as the founding director of Radio Free Afghanistan as well as the Persian-language Radio Farda, he served in a similar role for US international broadcasting following the 9/11 attacks.

Andres also has extensive experience in other regions, ranging from Africa, where he recently coordinated FakeWatch Africa – an innovative IWPR anti-fake news project in Malawi – to the Balkans, where he served as Serbia Country Director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

He is the editor of "More Light, Less Heat: Who holds power in the global conversation?", a
collection of global thought leaders' views on how both the rapid changes in communication
and the rise of extreme views have changed our world since the beginning of the 21st century.

An Estonian, Andres divides his time between Tallinn, London, and Johannesburg. He was educated at Princeton University in the United States and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Peace Direct, a UK-based charity providing support to peacebuilders in a dozen conflict zones around the world.
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