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Summary

Nine years experience as a Self-Shooting Video Producer and Communications Professional
Website and Social Media Management
Strong storytelling and media campaign development skills
Lived and worked in developing countries
Certified security training in hostile environments
Languages: French and English (currently learning Arabic)

cause-driven MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

videographer/photographer (international)

emily packer Freelance
Jan 2011Present

owner/founder

coldharbour tiles
2018present

Coldharbour Tiles creates beautiful wall tiles out of recycled plastic waste from East Africa, increasing employment opportunities in the region and cleaning up plastic trash which would otherwise be polluting soil and oceans. 

owner/founder

koko club
2018present

KOKO Club is a healthy fast-casual Cafe and Family Club located in downtown Kigali, donating 10% of its proceeds to child-focused projects and creating an environment free of single-use plastics. It has developed a 100% natural eco-friendly takeaway container called a "Doog Box" made from recycled paper bags and beeswax.

Website Editor (International)

The smoochies
May 20142017
  • Editor of The Smoochies, a blog about positive news, highlighting social and environmental issues from around the world
  • Researches material, manages contributing writers, and distributes posts through newsletter and social media outreach

Global Media producer (Rwanda)

American refugee committee
August 2016 December 2017
  • Managed ARC's main social media channels, including instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as well as the instagram account for ARC Rwanda
  • Produced all video content for ARC on international programs, including documentaries and short-form videos for social media
  •  Managed ARC's YouTube Channel, Designed banner graphics
  • Assisted with project management in ARC's Rwanda country office, as well as develops key partnerships in country; Recruited two well-known musicians to act as ARC Rwanda's Celebrity Goodwill Ambassadors 

Videographer/Director/Editor (London, UK)

Plan International
Jan 2013Oct 2013
  • Developed creative concepts for campaigns to highlight Plan International's programs abroad
  • Filmed and edited The Other Malalas in Pakistan which was screened at the UN General Assembly for Malala Day in 2013. Responsible for writing, filming, organising and editing the Malala Day promotional film, for which I coordinated with numerous Plan offices around the world, and translated into multiple languages
  • Traveled to field programs to film a number of documentaries focusing on girl's rights issues such as child marriage, city safety and education
  • Work was widely distributed by outlets including CNN, The Guardian and multiple development blogs

Freelance Video Producer (International)

The Dots
Sep 2010Sep 2011
  • Self-initiated the production of a web series highlighting various social and environmental issues, such as human rights, education, ocean pollution and land mines, among others
  • Organised over 200 interviews with NGOs, students and professionals in 23 countries on 5 continents

Communications Assistant                (Paris, France)

UN Environmental Programme
Jan 2010Apr 2010
  • Developed new social media issues paper and strategy for OzonAction. 
  • Organised roundtable conference on social media with international experts

Skills

Strong storytelling, voiceover and writing skills

Proficient in video editing and animation (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop)

Website development and social media strategy (FB, Instagram, Pinterest, Wordpress, Twitter)

Education

Masters Degree

American University of Paris                           (Paris, France)
Sep 2008May 2010

International Communications and Public Policy

Bachelors Degree

George Washington University           (Washington DC, USA)
Sep 2004May 2008

Major in American Studies, Minor in Sociology (grad. Cum laude)

Semester abroad in Rabat Morocco studying Moroccan culture and Arabic

EQUIPMENT

  • Canon 5D MII
  • Canon EF 70-200 f2.8
  • Canon EF 24mm f1.4
  • GoPro
  • Ronin Gimbal
  • Audio: Radio mics, directional mics, shotgun mic
  • Other: Tripod, shoulder mount, glide track