Victoria Engstrand-Neacsu. Photo: Private

Engstrand-Neacsu new Head of Communications

Victoria Engstrand-Neacsu has been appointed as new head of communications at NAI. She will take up the position in January 2018.

”I am eagerly looking forward to begin working with the skilled and committed team at the Nordic Africa Institute”, Engstrand-Neacsu says, who most recently has been working at the Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI.

NAI director Iina Soiri says that she is very satisfied that NAI has recruited a highly experienced communication professional who is also an Africanist.

“I am sure Victoria will fit well into our dedicated group of Africa specialists and help us all learn more about strategic communication and policy dialogue”, Soiri says.

Engstrand-Neacsu has long experience both as a communicator and journalist, having worked as Managing Editor of Swedish magazine Omvärlden and correspondent of Reuters news agency.

”I have always been working to build and share knowledge about Africa, both as communicator and journalist, and I have reported from and about Africa for many years. To be allowed to continue this work at such a respected and in my eyes impressive research institute as NAI is a great and exciting challenge, Engstrand-Neacsu says.

On a personal level she is looking forward to exploring the institute’s library collection on Africa, she says.

NAI has an important role to play, Engstrand-Neacsu argues, in a society with a rapid and global flow of information which is often difficult to verify.

”Substantial and reliable knowledge on Africa is an absolutely necessary foundation for forward-looking, constructive debate and wise decisions.”

Furthermore, Africa is the continent where the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 will meet the greatest challenges, she adds.

“It is incredibly important to strengthen knowledge about the challenges, conditions and achievements of African countries, to make sure that the work invested in African development will profit the continent’s population in the best possible way.”   

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