Ann Lourdes C. Lopez

Senior Director Research, Policy, and Advocacy

Ms. ANN LOURDES C. LOPEZ is Senior Director for Research, Policy and Advocacy (RPA) of the Manila-based Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC). She oversees the planning, implementation, and assessment of RPA national and international projects.     With over twenty years in AIJC, she has worn multiple hats as team leader, communication specialist, editor-writer, and training resource person, making key contributions in AIJC programs and projects on press freedom and journalist safety, capacity building for journalists and educators on migration reporting, training of teachers on news literacy, planning for media and information literacy (MIL) in national policies and programs, communication for development (C4D) for health programs and sustainable development, and communication program support for judicial reforms.     She recently served as Senior Adviser for the EU-funded Safeguarding Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines Project (2021-2022), which engaged multi-stakeholders in implementing the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists.    She is co-editor (with Dr. Florangel Rosario Braid and Ramon R. Tuazon) of the books The Future of Filipino Children: Development Issues and Trends (2010), published by AIJC and UNICEF, Guidebook for Journalists Covering the Courts (2005) and Justices to Journalists, Journalists to Justices: A Reader on Judiciary-Media Relations (2005), both published by AIJC with The Asia Foundation and USAID. She is also writer of the book, On Balance: Judicial Reforms in the Philippines (2005), published by AIJC for the Supreme Court with funding from the Asian Development Bank. She is editor and writer of the book, Child-Friendly Learning Happens Here (2003), jointly published by UNICEF and AIJC, and editor of Muslim Leaders of the Philippines (1989), a book published by the Foreign Service Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs.    Her international working experience includes serving as correspondent for Nepal (based in Kathmandu) for Asian Sources Media Group, writing for three of its publications. While in Nepal, she was editor of the Mirror, official publication of the United Nations Women’s Organization of Nepal and served as resource person for training activities organized by the Nepal Business and Professional Women’s Club and UNICEF-Development Communication Productions.    She earned her Bachelor of Journalism, magna cum laude, from Silliman University, and has done graduate work in Philippine Studies at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines, and in Communication Management at the AIJC Graduate School.

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