World Press Photo Foundation is expanding its team

Maral Deghati, Jan Meddens, Santiago Lyon

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce new staff appointments to help deliver its expanding portfolio of programs and projects. Maral Deghati will join as Manager Education and Jan Meddens as Director of Development, with Santiago Lyon appointed as the foundation’s US representative.

Maral Deghati, Manager Education

Maral Deghati is a photo-editor and project manager specialising in photojournalism, with more than 15 years work experience in photojournalistic reporting, management and education across Europe, Asia and Africa. Maral has worked in many aspects of the industry from reportage to sales, in both editorial and commercial. She has been international project manager and co-programmer for the WARM Foundation and its festival since 2012.

The World Press Photo Foundation is committed to education and diversity. Our many training schemes around the world, led by the annual Joop Swart Masterclass, foster both the craft of visual storytelling and good journalistic practices. Maral will strengthen our existing programs and develop a new worldwide education strategy at a time when visual literacy is more important than ever.     

Jan Meddens, Director of Development

Jan joins World Press Photo from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra where he has been Head of Corporate Partnerships since 2009. Jan will expand World Press Photo’s partnerships and sponsorships around the world, which are an essential part of the foundation’s commitment to be an independent social enterprise working to develop and support visual journalism and visual storytelling.

Managing Director Lars Boering says:

“We are building on our success and growing the organisation to implement our new portfolio of activities. I am thrilled Maral and Jan are joining us, as they both not only bring new insights and fresh ideas, but also a huge network with them. World Press Photo is about connecting and enabling people through analysis, education, contests and debates. We have a strong team to achieve all this, and Maral and Jan will strengthen us further.”

Maral joins World Press Photo on 3 July and Jan joins on 1 August.

Santiago Lyon, US representative

Santiago Lyon, former vice president and director of photography of The Associated Press, has been appointed US representative for the World Press Photo Foundation. The foundation has a new strategy for the United States, and Santiago will help develop and execute the foundation’s activities, focusing in particular on exhibitions and education programs together with local partners and communities.


Photo of Jan Meddens by Jouk Oosterhof

Posted July 5 2017

About World Press Photo

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism. Through one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling, an exhibition seen by more than four million people worldwide each year, and extensive research and training programs, we strive to inspire, engage, educate, and support both visual journalists and their global audience with fresh insights and new perspectives.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. There are also a range of collaborations with the World Press Photo Associates, the Friends of World Press Photo, and other partners.