Simona Foltyn is a journalist, writer and videographer based in Dubai. Her work focuses on in-depth coverage of armed conflict, social justice and corruption in East Africa and the Middle East.
Between 2014-2017, she extensively covered the conflict in South Sudan. She has also reported from Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda and has been covering Iraq since 2017.
Simona's written work has been published in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Guardian, the Mail & Guardian, Vice News, the Washington Post and others. A multimedia journalist who shoots, produces and edits her own footage, her reports have been aired on Al Jazeera English, Deutsche Welle, France24 and PBS NewsHour.
In addition to being a grantee of the Pulitzer Center, Simona's work has also been supported by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. She is currently a non-resident fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
She 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.