Patrice Schneider

Media Development Investment Fund

Patrice Schneider is Chief Strategy Officer for the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF). This fund has - for 21 years-  investedsuccesfully in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

He started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia and Eastern Europe in the '80s.  Following was a 20 years career in media (Hachette Filipacchi Media, Time Warner Group) and international organisations including the World Economic Forum.


For the past fifteen years, he brings two passions together (press freedom and financial viability) by promoting actively the value of investing in the free flow of quality information as one of the cornerstones of an open society and a dynamic democracy.