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 I am an independent journalist covering humanitarian crisis from various countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East but also news from my home country of  Greece. I report and analyze on  issues such as poverty, gender roles, drug use, people displaced by conflict, refugees and many more.  A part of my work is dedicated to the consequences of the financial crisis in Europe and the marginalization of the poor. I have worked for  IRIN Asia and West Africa, Al Jazeera, the Spiegel, Huffington Post UK, the Guardian Development Network,  Devex (global media development platform) and contributed in materials published by Universities (such as the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University), also UN agencies and Aid Organizations. I  worked as a report and public information officer for the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Manila, the Philippines.

From June 2012 to March 2014 I lived and worked in DPRK (North Korea) under the auspices of the UN.  I have just completed a book on DPRK (North Korea) that is going to appear in October 2016.

From July to December 2015 I lived and worked in Northeast Nigeria  reporting on the Boko Haram conflict. 

In December 2015, together with my colleague, photographer Stylianos Papardelas we filmed, researched and produced a web interactive  documentary on the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in Jordan (Irbid Governorate and Zaatari camp). This research was conducted for Al Jazeera.

Bio

I was born in Athens, Greece. My initial plan was to become an archaeologist, so I studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens, followed by an additional  degree in European History from the University du Littoral, Lille, France. Although already more interested in travelling and writing stories  than I was in archaeology, I continued my studies and in 2004 I was awarded my PhD  from the  Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France).

From 2004 until the end of 2010 I was a Lecturer of Archaeology, first at the University of the Aegean, on the greek island of Rhodos and then at the University of  Western Australia in Perth. As an academic I have published one book and 25 research papers and I had the chance to lecture as a guest scholar in world recognized academic setting such as the University of Montreal and Concordia in Canada, Boston University in the United States, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris  and the Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) at Montpellier and Toulouse in France.

In 2007, I requested an academic leave in order to join the non governmental organization Medecins du Monde (Doctors of the World). I worked as  Mission Coordinator in Amman (Jordan) managing two health projects and a social program targeting children with disabilities. I traveled extensively to Syria, Israel and Palestine, a valuable experience that made me familiar with the  cultural and political history of the Middle East and its people.

Working in a humanitarian contexts  had a profound effect on me. This experience, together with the birth of my son in 2009, changed the way I have planned my future.  Soon I decided to leave my academic career. In 2010, I moved to Uganda, where, while working as press and fundraiser officer for a local CBO (community based organization)  and as a Communication advisor for an international NGO, I was researching on humanitarian issues out of Uganda. I wrote analysis and reports on gender based violence, on the rehabilitation of LRA soldiers, on the impact of environmental change on the nomadic life of the Karamoja regional tribes.

A year later, I moved to Bangkok (Thailand) where I was reporting for the United Nations humanitarian news service IRIN. I have conducted several analysis out of the 12 countries of South and South East Asia that the Bangkok Office covers, on topics such as malnutrition, human rights, water management, poverty, refugees, post disaster management etc.

I have worked for IRIN Asia and West Africa, Al Jazeera, the global development platform DEVEX, Huffington Post UK,  the German Spiegel, the Guardian Development Network and various local media in Asia and Africa .

In Greece I  have collaborated with the alternative media The Press Project (Greek and English edition) – one of the leading online news platform in Greece- and occasionally for different printed media such as the daily newspaper Eleutherotypia.

From June 2012 to March 2014 I lived in Pyongyang in DPRK.

From June to December 2014, I worked for the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  (OCHA) as Reports Officer. My work was part of the humanitarian response to the typhoon Haiyan.

My latest project is a book recounting daily life and the society in DPRK (North Korea) that will be published in Greek in October 2016.

From July to December 2015 I lived and worked in Northeast Nigeria  reporting on the Boko Haram conflict.

In December 2015, together with my colleague, photographer Stylianos Papardelas we filmed, researched and produced a web interactive  documentary on the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in Jordan (Irbid Governorate and Zaatari camp). This research was conducted for Al Jazeera.  

I can be contacted at fmegaloudi@yahoo.fr

Find me at twitter @Fran221175

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