Juan Haro Simarro is a Spanish photojournalist and multimedia producer with extensive experience in the humanitarian world. He is currently based in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Juan is specialized in developing multimedia content for digital communications, social media, journalism, visual arts, and humanitarian aid, with experience in Europe, the United States, Central America and East Africa. His work has been recognized by global aid organizations and international media corporations including the United Nations, UNICEF, El País, BBC Travel, National Geographic, La Vanguardia, Medium, TruthOut, The Objective, African Arguments, and the Amani Festival. He is committed to telling stories to shed light on issues relating to human rights, inequality, poverty, migration, diminishing cultures, children's rights, and international affairs.
Currently, he works as the Digital Communications Officer at UNICEF Burundi where he manages the content creation of digital media and photography, with a particular focus on the current political situation and how it affects children and women's rights.
Previously, he was based in the highlands of rural Guatemala where he worked as a Communications Expert for the NGO Mayan Families, and as a freelance journalist in the Central American region covering indigenous issues.
In 2014, he worked for the United Nations HQ in New York City in the Department of Public Information, where he was responsible for reporting on the Syrian war, the Ukrainian conflict crisis, and the Ebola outbreak for the UN's digital platforms. As an Assistant Producer, he supported the United Nations Television during filming and production. Key productions included in-depth features with the Secretary-General, reports about refugee shelter initiatives and the celebration of Nelson Mandela Day. He was also a key contributor within the United Nations Spanish Radio Unit.
While serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Spanish Mission to the United Nations, he reported on issues related to the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and the Balkans region.
Juan is the editor and founder of the digital magazine, Revista Indiscretos, and @everydayBurundi, where he conducts articles, photo essays, interviews and video stories. He has also worked at the Cooperation Department of Telefonica Foundation and the Spanish radio station, Onda Cero.
Juan studied journalism in Madrid at University Carlos III and undertook a Masters studies in Journalism and Media Analysis at the Vytautos Magnus University of Lithuania where he collaborated with local media. He also holds a diploma from the Euro-Mediterranean University Institute, specializing in Human Rights Advocacy.
He is available for assignments worldwide, and speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently.