Gary Knight is the CEO of The VII Foundation and co-founder of the VII Photo Agency.
Gary was a photojournalist between 1988 and 2017 and a former Newsweek Magazine photographer who covered the wars in Cambodia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, amongst others. Twice chair of the World Press Photo Award, and President of the Prix Bayeux Correspondents de Guerre, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2009 and a Logan Non-Fiction Fellow at the Carey Institute in 2017. Gary founded and ran the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at Tufts University between 2011 and 2018.
Ron Haviv is Director of The VII Foundation and co-founder of VII Photo Agency. He has dedicated his career to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.
In the last three decades, Ron has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published four critically acclaimed collections of photography. Ron’s work, which has won numerous awards, is featured in museums and galleries worldwide.
STAFF (in alphabetical order)
Dr. David Campbell, Managing Editor, VII Insider and Project Consultant, The VII Foundation. David is an internationally experienced, globally-minded communications, media, and politics professional with a varied history of strategy, management, analysis, and writing within government, academia, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Ziyah Gafić, Regional Director Balkans, VII Academy, Sarajevo. Ziyah is an award-winning photojournalist and videographer with a degree in comparative literature. Based in Sarajevo, he focuses on societies locked in a perpetual cycle of violence and Muslim communities around the world. He has covered major stories in over 50 countries including conflicts in Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan. Ziyah’s work has received many prestigious awards.
Ajdin Kapidžić, Associate Producer, The VII Foundation. A Bachelor of Communication Science with professional experience in media, who started his career in TV production through reporting on N1, CNN affiliate TV channel in Western Balkans. He is based in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Dr. Paul Lowe, Academic Advisor, VII Academy. Paul is a Reader in Documentary Photography and the Course Leader of the Masters programme in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, UK. Paul is an award-winning photographer whose work is represented by VII.
Amber Maitland, Manager of Operations, The VII Foundation. A graduate of Georgetown University, Amber’s varied career has taken her from SE Asia to Belize working for photography festivals, documentary film and TV productions, and the quarterly journal dispatches.
Marianne Tollié, Executive Assistant and Financial Director, The VII Foundation. Marianne holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Corporate Finance from Sciences-Po Paris, as well as a Masters in Fashion & Luxury. After a career focused on brands operations, team management and international franchises both in Europe and the Middle-East, she is now focused on assisting Gary Knight in all his projects for VII.
Andrew Turner, Chief Operating Officer, VII Academy. Andrew has extensive international experience across different industries from FMCG to Biotech. After working for Whirlpool Corp and launching the iconic KitchenAid brand in to Europe and Asia, he spent twelve years with DeLaval on their executive board. Currently, he serves in an advisory capacity to a number of companies, supporting start up and small cap companies to develop strategies for growth and success.
Fiona Turner, Project Director, The VII Foundation. Fiona is a five-time Emmy award-winning producer and documentary filmmaker. After 20 years of broadcast experience with ABC News and NBC News, much of it in war zones and areas of conflict, she now focuses her narrative storytelling on social justice and human rights issues with The VII Foundation. Her documentary feature “Eat Up” takes a personal look at what it takes for an entrepreneur to reinvent school lunches in Boston’s Public Schools. Most recently Fiona produced and co-edited The VII Foundation book, exhibition, and education project “Imagine: Reflections on Peace.” She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Yonola Viguerie, Manager of Operations, VII Academy, in Arles, France. A graduate of the Beaux Arts in Toulouse, she previously worked with Agence VU’ in Paris and for the Magnum Gallery, Paris. In 2009 she departed for Asia where she and her partner, Philip Blenkinsop, created the celebrated 2SnakesStudio.