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Patrice Schneider

Chief Strategy Officer, Media Development Investment Fund, Inc.


Patrice Schneider started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia in the 1980s.

Following a 20 years career in publishing (Time Warner Group, Lagardère Active) and international organisation (World Economic Forum), he now works as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) which invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

Since 1996, MDIF - a three consecutive years winner of the ImpactAssets 50 awards - has provided more than $153 million in affordable financing in more 100 clients across 39 countries, writing off less than 7% of the total loaned and invested. MDIF has returned $33.2 million to investors. It has a current portfolio of $59 million in outstanding loans and investments.

Patrice is a Board Member of the EVPA – the European Venture Philanthropy Association.