Interim Executive Director
Tel: + 43 1 512 90 11 - 28
A native of Milan, Italy, Barbara Trionfi graduated in Chinese Studies from Ca' Foscari University in Venice with a thesis on freedom of opinion in the P.R. of China. After living and working in China for some years, Barbara received an M.A. degree in International Relations from Webster University in Vienna with a focus on international human rights mechanisms. Barbara also specialized in Chinese contemporary literature at Shanghai's Tongji University and at Shandong University in 1991 and 1993. Parallel to her study, she carried out research into China’s censorship system during Mao Zedong’s and Deng Xiaoping's leaderships.
Barbara started working at IPI in 1999 as Press Freedom Advisor for the Asia-Pacific region. Later, as Press Freedom Manager, she oversaw IPI press freedom activities and lead the IPI press freedom team. Today, as Interim Executive Director, Barbara manages IPI operations, in line with the overall startegy defined by the IPI Executive Board.
Her field of expertise covers different areas related to press freedom and freedom of expression, including media ethics and self-regulatory media accountability systems, journalists safety, and international mechanisms to protect press freedom.
Barbara has taught undergraduate courses in media ethics, media literacy and cultural diversity and the media at Webster University Vienna since 2005.
Barbara is married and a mother of two children.
LANGUAGES: Italian (native), English (fluent), German (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Mandarin Chinese (basic)