As a Program Officer, Amal Azimova is responsible for managing ICFJ’s programs that empower local newsrooms, journalists, and media organizations with a focus on the Eurasia region. Key projects Azimova works on are The Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge, Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, The World 2030, and The Regional Investigative Journalism Network. She also assists on A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America program.
Azimova graduated from The University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies with a master’s degree in international studies. She specialized in democratization theory with a regional focus on the Middle East and Eurasia. She was the recipient of the P.E.O IPS Peace Scholarship.
Before joining ICFJ’s programs team, she interned at Development Transformations and the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. Azimova is passionate about freedom of speech as it empowers minority voices and creates a structure of political accountability. She joined ICFJ in 2017 to continue working on international relations by supporting international initiatives
Azimova is originally from Uzbekistan and lived in the United Arab Emirates, where she acquired a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the American University of Sharjah. Her professional experience includes providing research for Human Rights Watch, UNHCR, and WFUNA. She is fluent in Russian, Uzbek and English. You can find more information on her LinkedIn page.