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Dr. Olivier Nyirubugara's CV


  • 2008–2011: University of Amsterdam | Ph.D. Media Studies
  • 2005–2006: University of Leiden |M.A. Digital Media Studies
  • 1998–2002: Université de Bangui (Central African Republic)|M.A. English


Career history

  • October 2013 to date: Lecturer of Journalism and International Communication Management | The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

  • April 2012 to date: Lecturer of New Media & Online Journalism  | Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication University of Rotterdam.
    >> I am currently teaching the following courses and seminars at the International Bachelor Communication and Media:
    • ICT and International Development
    • Academic Skills
    • New Media Production

    >>I also teaching Web journalism and (News) media convergence at the Media, Communication and Society Master's programme, where I also supervise MA theses.

  • March 2012 to April 2013: Country Manager – Burkina Faso | International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) - The Hague.
    >> Coordinating and supervising ICT4D projects in Burkina Faso, especially ICT for economic livelihood.
  • September 2008- December 2011: PhD Researcher  |  University of Amsterdam Conducting.
    >> Academic research into digital media with a particular focus on digitised cultural heritage and history education. Lecturing.
  • May 2007 to date: Coordinator & Senior Trainer/Coach | Voices of Africa Media Foundation - Haarlem (The Netherlands).
    >> Training reporters and communication professionals in community reporting using mobile phones. Designing pedagogical materials, conducting workshops and online coaching.
  • May 2007 - August 2008: Content Coordinator |   Africa Interactive B.V. Haarlem (The Netherlands).
    >> Assigning reporters all over Africa and editing articles and video reports for online publication. Managing theme-based reporting (business reports for instance) for third-party partners.
  • 2002– 2006: Independent journalist  | UN humanitarian news and analysis agency (IRIN), among others. 
    >> Monitoring, gathering information and writing news articles for the UN’s Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN). The topics related mostly to humanitarian issues, including refugees, the displaced, health, HIV, gender, etc.  The Economist Intelligence Unit, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International, Reuters, were among the media outlets I freelanced for.


Some achievements

  • Teach New Media & Online Journalism at Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Taught ‘Contemporary Media Culture’ at the University of Amsterdam
  • Gave guest lecture on Alternative Journalism to international M.A. Students at Groningen University’s Media Studies Department
  • Spoke on many academic conferences including the ‘MiT7 Unstable Platforms: the promise and peril of transition’ held at the MIT, Cambridge (USA) from 13–15 May 2011, and the ‘McLuhan Galaxy conference “Understanding Media, Today”’ in Barcelona from 23-25 May 2011
  • Spoke about new media and inclusion at the WSA Award winners’ conference in Monterrey, Mexico [2–5 September 2009]
  • Regularly speak at the Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum [2009, 2010, 2011].
  • Spoke about ‘Communication for change’ at the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai, India [9-14 October 2011]
  • Trained and coached more than 100 journalists in community reporting with mobile phones both in national and international settings
  • Coordinated a training project that was among the Webby awards honourees 2008, won the World Summit Award–category E-inclusion in 2009 and the Best of the Blogs Award – category videoblog, in 2009


Memberships :

  • Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC)
  • The Netherlands Association of Journalists (NVJ).



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