Athena Tacet is a visual journalist and international reporter specializing in geopolitics and human rights. She's also a freelance data journalist and illustrator, who enjoys trying to make sense of the world using one dataset and one data visualization at a time.
She writes political analyses and feature articles in both English and French for several publications including Al Jazeera English, The Economist, The World Post, The Huffington Post, Slate, Embassy Magazine, a weekly Canadian foreign policy newspaper, and others.
Some of the topics that Athena has covered through foreign reporting include the historical place of Islam in South Korean society, the dire situation in which Vietnam's Christian communities find themselves living as stateless refugees in Thailand, the integration of Roma in Southern Europe, the EU Asylum Policy, Taiwan’s small Muslim minority, statelessness and international law, Greece’s rise of extreme right amid the country’s economic crisis, and Syria’s beleaguered Christian community.
She previously worked as a fellow and digital editor as part of a featured series on capitalism and environmental reporting (Finding Roots of Capitalism through Environmental Reporting) presented at the 2015 World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland; and another featured series (Feeding The World Project) presented at the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF).
She's also worked with USAID, Journalists for Human Rights (Canada), Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (USA), Global Voices, the Canadian Centre for International Justice, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and The Korea Observer (South Korea).
Athena is from Paris, France but has spent more than half of her life in Montreal, Canada, where she currently lives. She has visited more than 40 countries and has lived in the US, Cyprus, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea. She graduated from Concordia University (Canada) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Certificate in Modern Arabic Language and Culture, a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration, and a Graduate diploma in Journalism.
She speaks English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Arabic.