As Director of Community Engagement, Stella Roque is at the service of ICFJ's unparalleled network of global journalists, working to determine their evolving needs, finding innovative ways to foster greater international collaboration, and connecting them to the resources and opportunities ICFJ can provide to support their work and develop their careers.
Roque has over ten years of experience in digital media and communications and has worked primarily with investigative journalists. She spent three years in the Balkans working with ICFJ partner the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a network of award-winning investigative reporters exposing high-level corruption and links between governments and organized crime across Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. She rose from working with OCCRP's Daily News Team to becoming the network's Chief Communications Officer. In her time there, she raised OCCRP’s profile, planned media outreach for stories, and kept European policymakers and civil society actors informed on challenges and threats faced by reporters in these regions. She was also a liaison between OCCRP journalists and Transparency International activists, facilitating and advancing the work of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium. She has trained reporters in social media and story outreach at the Stockholm School of Economics Riga Centre for Media Studies for its Eastern Partnership program and has taken part in both OCCRP’s and the Global Investigative Journalism Network's global conferences.
Before joining OCCRP, Roque was an English-language editor for the Paris-based African affairs quarterly, Géopolitique Africaine, followed by a stint at RFI's English Service newsroom. She also worked as Africa Editor for The Media Brief in London where she produced overnight subscriber news briefs on African business and politics. She spent one-year volunteering and training with the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London under the wing of broadcast reporter Andrew Jennings, who exposed corruption at FIFA.
Roque holds a B.A. in Political Science from The American University and an MSc. Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also certified in Advanced Leadership Studies by the AU School of Public Affairs. In addition to English, she speaks Portuguese.