Simona Foltyn is an independent journalist currently based in Iraq. Her work focuses on in-depth coverage of armed conflict, social justice and development.
Simona's written work has been published in the Guardian, the Intercept, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Economist, the Washington Post, Vice News, among others. A multimedia journalist who shoots, produces and edits her own footage, her reports have been aired on France24, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera English and PBS Newshour.
From 2014-2017, she extensively covered the conflict in South Sudan. Her investigation into the disappearance of $1bn of South Sudan's foreign reserves and her reporting from rebel-held areas earned her the Kurt Schork Memorial Award.
Simona has worked in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and was a non-resident fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from 2017-2018. Simona holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and speaks Slovak, German, English and French, as well as some Spanish and Arabic.
Before becoming a journalist, she worked for the United Nations in Sudan and South Sudan and the Boston Consulting Group in the Gulf.