An academic UN reporter
Fragkiska Megaloudi started her career on a quite different professional path and schedule. She studied Archaeology and Art History at the School of Philosophy of the Kapodistrian University of Athens and also Medieval History in France. Thanks to her infatuation with France rather than with her academic expertise, Fragkiska continued her studies and received her master’s degree in Environmental Archaeology from the University of Sorbonne. Despite her small income, a scholarship from the University of Sorbonne and the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece supported her in receiving her doctorate in Archaelogy/Archaebotanology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Toulouse.
After having lived for 7 years in France, Fragkiska Megaloudi relocated to Greece. She started teaching at the Faculty of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean in Rhodes. Her academic career began to rise with several conferences, lectures, a published book, 25 articles in scientific magazines and many more. In 2008, Megaloudi was positioned as Professor of European Prehistory at the University of Western Australia in Perth.
At some point in her life, Fragkiska realized that she had been walking on a less satisfactory professional path, as she had always dreamed of working with people rather than with ideas. One day, she woke up and decided to leave Australia, as simple as that. Her possible future destination would be Africa or Asia, as long as she would be given the chance to work next to the needy.
Of course, life wasn’t meant to be easy. She chose to gain her first experience working for a Greek non governmental organization in Middle East, but things on professional level didn’t turn out as expected. She didn’t give up and persisted in her desire facing difficulties and having doubts during long periods of unemployment and disappointment. But she did never quit hope. Suddenly, journalism and reporting came into her life. As an expert in research, a keen traveller and an experienced professional with non governmental organizations, she was able to focus her interests on humanitarian reporting.
She started working with newspapers and web sites in Greece and abroad and later on, a coincidence brought her to Bangkok, where she currently works for the UN Humanitarian News Agency Irin News. At the same time, she’s working for The Press Project, the Insider and tvxs.gr and also for the Greek and English edition of the newspaper Neos Kosmos in Melbourne. Articles of Fragkiska Megaloudi have been also published in The Guardian and Huffington Post.
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