U2Media develops, co-ordinates and delivers tailor-made training programmes for communication professionals, journalists and trainers in the media sector as well as media training for companies, public sector organisations and NGOs. We also provide consultancy services.
We believe training should be client-driven, interactive and, above all, effective. That means not only sharing knowledge and skills, but motivating people to develop their talents. Take a look at how we work for more information.
U2Media was set up by international trainer and former journalist Abi Daruvalla in 2001. Abi works with a wide range of trainers, journalists and communication professionals. The aim is to put together the right team for the right training.
When it comes to media training the ‘home team’ consists of Abi Daruvalla, Mark Fuller and Bibi Smink.
The ‘home team’
Based in Amsterdam, Abi Daruvalla is an experienced trainer whose work takes her around the world. Abi has over 25 years experience as a journalist and has worked for Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, national Dutch news agency ANP, FT Energy and various Scandinavian online news services. In 2006 she co-founded the news website Dutchnews.nl and is co-author of the book A Dictionary of Dutchness. For more info check out Abi Daruvalla's curriculum vitae [pdf]. She speaks fluent Dutch.
Mark Fuller has worked for over 30 years as a journalist for various publications including the British newspaper The Times and Dutch financial newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad. He was also deputy editor of BNR news radio and has worked in television. Today Mark is social media manager for FD BNR Networks. He puts his extensive journalistic experience to good use as a media trainer for U2Media.
Bibi Smink is a professional actress and regular member of the U2Media team. As well as her work for U2Media, Bibi trains acting staff for the worldwide organisation Merlin Entertainments. She also performs in plays, films and commercials. As well as giving advice on presentation techniques, Bibi operates the video camera during the media training sessions.