Louis Belanger

Director of Communications

Louis is the Director of Communications of Canada's Minister of International Development.

With 15 years of media and communications experience, he has been building his portfolio working as a media manager for global NGOs. He was until August 2015 the Communications Director at the Malala Fund, the non-profit co-founded by Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani education activist and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Previously, Louis was working for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as a Strategic Communications Officer where he covered the World Humanitarian Day and the humanitarian crisis in Iraq in 2014.

As the spokesperson for international agency Oxfam from 2008-2013, Louis worked with journalists, film makers, and activists to put a human face on global events, including humanitarian crises and conflicts. This line of work has taken him to cover the earthquake in Haiti, the war in Congo, the Syrian refugee crisis and international summits around the world.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, Le Monde, El Pais and the Guardian. He's appeared as an expert guest on BBC World, CNN and MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Louis also produced several short films and campaigning videos, including the winner for the Best Online Short at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. [Trailer]

Louis is from Quebec, Canada and speaks English, French and Spanish.