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Global Voices introduces Executive Director, Ivan Sigal

We're thrilled to announce that Ivan Sigal has joined Global Voices as Executive Director. Ivan comes to us from the US Institute of Peace, where he's been researching citizen media in conflict-prone parts of the globe. Prior to his time at USIP, Ivan spent several years with Internews, an international media development organization. With Internews, Ivan worked on projects in the former Soviet Union, was Regional Director for Central Asia and Afghanistan, Regional Director for Asia, and worked on development for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ivan Sigal, Georgia Popplewell. Both photographed at the Global Voices 2008 summit in Budapest by Global Voices board member, Joi Ito.

Global Voices has been searching for an Executive Director for the past year, transitioning the management of the project from co-founders Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman. In February, we promoted Georgia Popplewell, formerly our managing editor, to Managing Director, where she manages the day to day operations of our international community. Ivan will be working closely with Georgia, focusing on the long-term strategy of the project, on partnerships, fundraising and sustainability of the organization. We're thrilled to have the chance to work with someone so passionate about the potential of citizen media and knowledgeable about the global media environment.

Ivan is an award-winning photographer, currently working on a book on Central Asia. At our recent summit in Budapest, his workshop for bloggers on photography was one of our more popular events. Ivan has been blogging at Ivonotes, and we're looking forward to reading what he thinks about his new role, which he'll begin in mid-August.

Welcome to Global Voices, Ivan – we're glad to have you here.


  • Congrats, Ivan.

  • […] Voices Online, for whom I’m the Caucasus Regional Editor, has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director, Ivan Sigal. Congratulations Ivan and I look forward to working with you. We’re thrilled to […]

  • M Ghawas Khan


    Many congrats Ivan! welcome!

    Nice to see your here mate.

  • Outsider

    So the next GV top manager would come from NED. Where is GV heading? A ‘turquoise revolution’ in Belarus and a pink one in Cuba?

  • Dear Outsider, Global Voices has nothing to do with NED.

  • BRE

    Wecome Ivan to the Global Voices community and congratulations to Georgia Popplewell for the promotion to GVO Managing Director. O.K. Ethan and Rebecca, now you both can retire. Your baby GVO is in good hands.

  • Welcome to GVO. :)

  • […] got another vote of confidence when Ivan Sigal agreed to become our new Executive Director, starting in mid-August. Ivan is a long-time pro in the field of media development, working with […]

  • i could hardly contain myself with anticipation when ethan informed us in budapest that it would take two weeks to make the official announcement about who the inaugural executive director was going to be. even then, i had no idea it would be somebody with such a solid, focused interest on issues pertaining, both directly and indirectly, to global peace. it’s great to have you amongst us ivan, especially in these times, as GV’s role takes on specific importance in what it can achieve globally.

  • Outsider

    USIP is one step towards NED. Shall I list what USIP has been up to?

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