Marius Lukošiūnas is a Programme Specialist at UNESCO Headquarters in the Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development. He will present the World Trends Report on Freedom of Expression, providing a global perspective on freedom of expression and an essential resource to understand the changing global media landscape. Before that he served as an Advisor for Communication and Information Program at UNESCO Moscow (2005-2010) and Cairo offices (2010-2014).

Marius Lukošiūnas started his career as a journalist in Lithuanian TV in 1987 and then occupied the position of Director of the Institute of Journalism of Vilnius University from 1992 to 1997. In 1997 & 2000-2004 he worked as media and political affairs officer in two peacekeeping missions – the OSCE Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina and the UN Mission in Kosovo. In between the two peacekeeping jobs in the Balkans, he managed EU enlargement related media projects at the European Journalism Center based in Maastricht, the Netherlands for 3 years. Before joining UNESCO he served as the Head of the Press Service and Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania in 2004-2005.