Since her appointment in 2008, she has transformed the Foundation, launching a number of programmes that leverage the expertise of Thomson Reuters to trigger change and empower people across the world.
Among them, TrustLaw, the Foundation’s global pro bono programme, which connects the best law firms in the world with NGOs and social enterprises; produces groundbreaking legal research; and offers innovative training courses. Since its inception, TrustLaw has generated over $70 million in free legal support.
Villa is also the founder of Trust Women, a fast-growing movement to empower women and to fight slavery worldwide. At the annual conference, Trust Women delegates take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women to know and defend their rights.
Under Villa’s leadership, the Foundation strengthened its commitment to free and independent journalism. The Foundation’s award-winning editorial team covers issues that mainstream media often forget and the media development team offers training to strengthen free media globally.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Villa was Managing Director of Reuters Media and Chairman of Action Images. A French national, she spent the first part of her career at Agence France-Presse (AFP).