Leon Morse is an international media development specialist with more than 10 years of experience working and living in developing countries.
At IREX, he is the deputy director for the media development division and the managing editor of the Media Sustainability Index. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the individual country studies and ensuring the quality of the final editions, both in terms of scoring and content. He successfully oversaw the expansion of the Media Sustainability Index to Africa, which doubled the number of countries covered—currently 80. His work with the Media Sustainability Index provides regional and global perspectives on the state of media development and press freedom issues, particularly in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.
His past work with IREX includes serving on the team responsible for developing the Media Sustainability Index’s underlying methodology and managing USAID-funded media development projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia.
Other international development experience includes working at Chemonics International and USAID on economic development, local government, and Aceh post-tsunami reconstruction projects. He lived in Jakarta, Indonesia for two years.
Leon holds a MA in international affairs from George Washington University and a BA in politics from Brandeis University.
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Leon is a beer aficionado and enjoys introducing people to the wide ranging flavors of well crafted beer. He speaks German and Indonesian.