Shazna Nessa joined Knight Foundation in 2014 as director of journalism. She has 15 years of newsroom experience, with beginnings in Internet technology and interactive design. Previously she was a deputy managing editor at the Associated Press in New York, where she supervised editorial products and innovation. She was also part of the team that launched the website of the monthly business magazine Conde Nast Portfolio, and was later a consultant with the organisation’s product group. Nessa has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. As an adjunct professor at CUNY, she created and taught the school’s inaugural visual design course. Nessa was born and raised in London and has lived in Paris, New York and Palo Alto, Calif. She graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris with a Bachelor of Arts in French and English and was a 2014 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.