With an academic background in international relations and human rights, Barbara Trionfi joined the International Press Institute (IPI) in 2000 as a press freedom adviser for the Asia-Pacific region, where she had studied and worked for over two years, carrying out research in the field of human rights and freedom of expression.
Later, as press freedom manager, she oversaw IPI’s global press freedom activities. Today, as executive director, she manages IPI’s operations in line with the overall strategy defined by the IPI executive board.
Barbara has taught courses at Webster University – Vienna in Media Ethics, Media Literacy and Cultural Diversity and the Media.
Her field of expertise covers different areas related to press freedom and freedom of expression, including self-regulatory media accountability systems, safety of journalists, and international mechanisms to protect press freedom.