DON DUNCAN // +32 4 88485609 // Skype: don.duncan1




CONSULTANT/TRAINER (2007 – present)


BBC Media Action, London UK

  • Afghanistan, Algeria, Tanzania, Tunisia; November 2015 – February 2016

Assisted in and led training programmes in Algeria and Tanzania preparing journalists, government and humanitarian sector communication personnel for the possibility of earthquake, flooding, and refugee influx. Created and delivered a training on the creation of more effective multimedia journalism in Tunis

  • Myanmar; September – October 2015

Managed and edited a weekly radio programme destined to the population affected by Cyclone Komen. The programme was broadcast to some 8.4 million people through the state broadcaster, MRTV. The project included the close mentorship and training of MRTV staff as well as BBC Media Action personnel working on the programme

  • Benin, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo; December 2014 – April 2015

Assisted in and led preparedness training programmes for journalists, government and humanitarian sector communication personnel on the subjects of crisis communication and Ebola. Undertook in-country research and helped design the syllabi for these trainings

  • Freetown, Sierra Leone; October and November 2014

Designed and developed a training course for 37 local level radio stations nationwide, aiming to improve the overall effectiveness of radio in Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola. The course was designed in conjunction with four of BBC Media Action’s in-country trainers


Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), London, UK

  • Nouakchott and Noadhibou, Mauritania; November 2012

Designed, developed and delivered a series of courses on political reporting aimed at enabling Mauritanian journalists to cover the political sphere as the country transitioned from autocratic rule to a more open democracy

  • Tunis and Sousse, Tunisia; March – May 2011

Designed, developed and delivered a series of courses on political reporting and multimedia reporting aimed at enabling Tunisian journalists to fully assume their new roles in a post-Ben Ali freer press, as well as preparing them to cover upcoming democratic elections

  • Beirut, Lebanon & Damascus, Syria; August – October 2010

Designed, developed and delivered a comprehensive syllabus on multimedia reporting for IWPR's print journalists based in Syria


Daniel Pearl Reporting Project, New York; 2007 - 2009

  • Consultancy work on a new multimedia syllabus for the Pearl Foundation's project to teach journalism to high school students around the world via the web. Also served as a tutor


FREELANCE REPORTER (June 2007-present)

Currently based in Brussels, Belgium

  • File print, video and radio coverage of breaking news and political, economic, cultural, and development features from Benelux, France and Germany
  • Based in Beirut, Lebanon from 2009 to 2012. Regional coverage included: the Egyptian, Libyan and Tunisian revolutions and the uprising in Syria; the January 2011 government collapse and ensuing political crisis in Lebanon
  • Coverage beyond the Middle East included reporting from: Afghanistan, China, Bhutan, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Ireland, France and the US
  • Editorial Clients: The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde Diplomatique, NPR, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, TIME, Agence France Presse (AFPTV), PBS, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and others
  • Awards/Fellowships:

·      Fellow, National Press Foundation, World AIDS Summit (Vienna, July 2010) and AIDS Vaccine Conference (Atlanta, GA: September 2010)

·      Investigative Fund, The Nation Institute, New York (2009)

·      News21 fellow, Carnegie/Knight Foundations (New York: Summer 2008)

·      Travel grant: Afghanistan, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2008)

·      Travel grant: Lebanon, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2007)


Business Reporter, Cosmedias Intl. SA, (Paris, France; May 2004-July 2006)

Reported on global business and corporate strategy in retail, cosmetics and consumer products


Business Reporter, Publi-News SA, (Paris, France; May 2003-May 2004)

Reported on new banking systems and developments in payment technologies



Short Films

Written and directed three short films. “A Sign,” shot in Brussels in 2014, has been screened at some 30 festivals in Europe, the Middle East, and the US



Democracy Derailed: Egypt's Unravelled Revolution (2012)

Produced, co-wrote and edited this half-hour documentary about the decline of Egypt’s revolution for the Wall Street Journal


A Journey Home: Afghanistan through the eyes of a returning refugee (2008)

Video documentary for The New York Times


Refuge in Ruins: Returning to Nahr al Bared (2008)

A radio documentary about the politics of reconstruction surrounding a Palestinian refugee camp destroyed in a conflict with the Lebanese state


To Stay or Go (2007)

A radio documentary about the undocumented Irish community in New York


Film Festival Curation: Beirut Irish Film Festival (2012)

Directed and curated the first Beirut Irish Film Festival in coordination with Lebanese NGO, Nahwa Al Muwatiniya


Æ magazine (Paris, France; May 2005 – August 2006)

Founder, editor-in-chief and fashion editor of a global quarterly magazine showcasing work from emerging artists, designers and writers around the world




Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (INSAS), Brussels

MA Film Directing, graduation June 2014, (Specialization: Fiction)


Columbia University, New York

MA Politics and Journalism, 2008, (Specialization: U.S. and Middle East politics)

Awards: Bollinger Presidential Fellow, Arthur Harris Award (runner up for “Best MA Thesis”), Einhorn Family Trust research fund


Columbia University, New York

MSc Journalism, 2007, (Specialization: Broadcast journalism)

Awards: Henry N. Taylor Scholarship (2006/07)


Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

BA English Literature, 2002, graduated with high honours

Included one year of Erasmus exchange to Université de Paris VII, France


BBC Media Action, London, UK

Lifeline training, July 2014

Training included humanitarian communication response, project management, training the trainers and rapid response


Middlebury College, Vermont

Summer Arabic Immersion Program, 2012, graduated with grade A

Award: Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace


L'Académie de Musique de Saint-Gilles, Belgium

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Beirut, Lebanon

Two years of piano and music theory classes

Two years of singing classes




Languages: fluent French and Gaelic, intermediate Arabic (MSA and Levantine)

Technological Proficiency: FinalCut, Avid, Premiere, Protools, Audition, Audacity, Photoshop, Storymaker, ENPS, advanced use of digital SLRs, HD and DV camcorders, audio recording devices and studio lighting equipment

Hostile Environments: BBC Hostile Environments training (HEFAT), January 2016

Other Skills: Shooting, developing and editing on Super-8 and 16mm film formats; Piano and Music Theory (grade 4), Singing (grade 2), Sewing and basic tailoring

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