Benedict Moran is an award-winning journalist and independent filmmaker specializing in humanitarian crises and human rights. He has reported and produced for Al Jazeera, Frontline, The Guardian, VICE News, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, National Public Radio, CBC News, Public Radio International, France24, and others. Prior to journalism, Benedict was an aid worker in Benin, West Africa, and Darfur, Sudan.
In 2015 he produced and field directed a virtual reality documentary on severe food insecurity in South Sudan for PBS Frontline and ARTE, with support from The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a joint collaboration between Stanford and Columbia Universities. In December 2015, he was named the gold medal winner of The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for written media from the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA). He was an official artist of the 2016 New York Television Festival, and a fellow at the inaugural 2016 Sundance Institute Youtube New Voices Episodic Storytelling Lab.
Benedict worked as a news producer for Al Jazeera America and was the United Nations and diplomatic producer for Al Jazeera English. He earned his bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, and a Masters of Science in Journalism and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University. He has traveled and worked in more than 80 countries.
Examining problems and solutions of regional management of Africa’s Great Lakes basin.
The project examines the challenges of achieving greater gender balance in global peacekeeping operations, and the unique opportunities female peacekeepers provide as role models and soldiers.