As CIMA’s Associate Director, Nicholas Benequista oversees CIMA’s role as a global thought leader on issues of media and democracy. He began his professional career as a journalist in Latin America, eventually leading Bloomberg News’ Mexico City Bureau. He later shifted his career toward research and advocacy, specializing on issues of citizenship, transparency, and accountability. Since joining CIMA, Nicholas has fostered a research agenda that includes media capture, internet governance, regional coalition building, governance of the media sector, and aid effectiveness. Nicholas is author and editor of numerous publications, including the 2019 volume International Media Development: Historical Perspectives and New Frontiers. He is currently co-chair of the Media Sector Development Working Group at the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Nicholas holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and an Mphil from the Institute of Development Studies.