2019 Awards Judges

Each category in the One World Media Awards is judged by a carefully selected panel, all of whom are distinguished members of their professions with expertise in the relevant areas. The jurors are drawn from all sectors of the media industry and not-for-profit sector.

International Journalist of the Year Award

Jamie Angus

Director | BBC World Service

Christine Buhagiar

Regional Director Europe | AFP

Ingrid Falck

Manager of Programmes – Documentaries |Al Jazeera English

Ingrid Falck

Veronique Mistiaen

Freelance Journalist

Feature Documentary Award

Nick Fraser

Documentary Producer, Editor and Founder | Docsville

Liz Mermin

Filmmaker

Christopher Mitchell

Documentaries Editor | BBC Arabic and Chair | Global Witness

Sandra Whipham

Foundation Director | Doc Society

New Voice Award

Samantha Asumadu

Founder | Media Diversified and CEO | Edmalia Ltd

James Ball

Special Correspondent | BuzzFeed UK

Phil Cox

Filmmaker| Native Voice Films

Nevine Mabro

Deputy Editor | Channel 4 News

Television Documentary Award

Huda Abuzeid

Producer and Journalist

CJ Fahey

General Manager | VICE TV and Studios, EMEA

Pratap Rughani

Director | Lotus Films

Jonathan Wells

Head of Video | EBRD

Radio Award

Graham Dixon

Head of Radio | EBU

Alice Fordham

Senior Producer | Economist Radio

Linda Lewis

Senior Lecturer and Broadcaster | Goldsmiths University

David Lloyd

Radio Consultant

Print Award

Malu Halasa

Writer and Editor

Dr Zahera Harb

Senior Lecturer in International Journalism | City, University of London

Hala Jaber

Journalist

Caroline Lees

Journalist

Digital Media Award

Mark Atkin

Curator and Producer | Crossover Labs

Vassiliki Khonsari

Director/Producer/Co-Founder | iNK Stories

Robin Kwong

Head of Digital Delivery | Financial Times

Will Saunders

Consultant and Executive Producer

News Award

Charlotte Alfred

Investigative Journalist and Editor | News Deeply

Beth Colson

Head of News Production | AP

Barry Neild

Global Editor | CNN Travel

Matt Rhodes

Senior Foreign News Editor | Sky News

Refugee Reporting Award

Itab Azzam

Producer and Filmmaker

Daniel Howden

Editor | Refugees Deeply

Ahmad Mourad

Journalist

Widiane Moussa

Foreign Affairs Producer | ITV News

Student Award

Joshua Baker

Journalist

Matteo Bergamini

Founder and CEO | Shout Out UK

Eloise King

Director and Executive Producer

Samira Shackle

Deputy Editor | The New Humanist

Environmental Reporting Award

Franny Armstrong

Filmmaker

Fiona Harvey

Environment Correspondent | The Guardian

Leo Hickman

Editor and Director | Carbon Brief

Sara Stefanini

Journalist

Children in Conflict Reporting Award

Sarah Baxter

Deputy Editor | The Sunday Times

Marcel Mettelsiefen

Filmmaker

Sean Ryan

Head of Media | Save the Children

Tom Stoddart

Photojournalist

Popular Features Award

Jon Ossoff

Managing Director and CEO | Insight TWI

Andrea Thompson

Deputy Editor | Marie Claire UK

Lucy Willis

Commissioning Editor, Factual | Channel 5

Short Film Award

Dan Edge

Creative Director| Mongoose Pictures

Lauren Feeney

Director of Video Production | The Intercept

Kat Hayes

Producer and Director | Channel 4 News

Fiona Lawson-Baker

Executive Producer of Documentaries | Witness

Special Award

The Special Award is judged by the Trustees of One World Media.

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller has reported for radio, print, and television from more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific. He serves as Associate Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University and Executive Director of Homelands Productions, an independent U.S.-based journalism collective specialising in international radio features and documentaries.

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Jamie Angus

Jamie is the Director of BBC World Service Group. BBC World Service broadcasts around the world on TV, Radio and Online in 42 languages. In English, the BBC World News channel and the BBC News website are run as a commercial company within the BBC, with the aim of distributing high-quality and independent international news, sport and weather coverage around the world. World Service Group currently reaches an audience of 346 million per week globally. Prior to taking up this role, Jamie was the Editor of the flagship Today Programme, which provides politics and international news coverage for 7 million radio listeners a week within the UK.

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Veronique Mistiaen

Veronique is an award-winning journalist, who has worked as an editor, foreign correspondent and reporter over the past 30 years. She covers human rights, social and humanitarian issues, global development and the environment for leading publications in the UK and internationally. She focuses on communities and people struggling to adapt to changing and difficult circumstances, telling their stories of survival, resistance, environmental activism and economic empowerment. 

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Christine Buhagiar

Christine is AFP’s Head of Video for Europe and Africa, where she holds a special responsibility for international development. After studying at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Centre de Formation des Journalistes, Christine joined AFP in 1984 and has remained there ever since. Moving from the France desk, to the Political Service, to the Economics Service throughout the 80s and 90s, she was appointed to the London Bureau as News Editor in 1997. Christine returned to London in 2010 to take up her current position, after a ten-year stint creating competitive AFP video production back in Paris.

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Malu Halasa

Malu Halasa is a Writer and Editor. Her debut novel, ‘Mother of All Pigs’ was reviewed by the New York Times as ‘a microcosmic portrait of … a patriarchal order in slow-motion decline.’ Halasa has coedited six anthologies including ‘Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline’ (2014) with Zaher Omareen; ‘Transit Tehran’ (2010), with Maziar Bahari; ‘The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy and Design’ (2009); ‘Kaveh Golestan: Recording the Truth in Iran’ (2007) and ‘Transit Beirut’ (2004). Malu’s writing, books, lectures and art exhibitions continue to chart a changing Middle East.

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Ingrid Falck

Ingrid is an Independent Media Consultant and Executive Producer, specialising in global documentaries and current affairs. She is currently Head of Documentaries at Al Jazeera English, a job she previously held for several years, responsible for strands including Witness, Correspondent, Al Jazeera World, Special Series and single documentaries. She has 30 years’ international broadcasting experience, as a BAFTA Winning Director and Multi-Award Winning Executive Producer and Commissioner. She is from South Africa originally but lives and works globally. Her special interest is developing documentary filmmaking and journalistic approaches that shift the power-base of storytelling away from an ‘us and them’ dominance, towards elevating the agency, authority and power of those who own their stories. 

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Christopher Mitchell

Christopher became Documentaries Editor at BBC Arabic in April 2018, after two years working for the BBC as a Freelance Executive Producer. He is an award-winning Writer, Director and Executive Producer, having made many films for networks including BBC TV, ITV, Channel 4, ARTE, WDR Germany and Al Jazeera English. Previously, he was Managing Director of the independent production company OR Media from 2005 until 2014.

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Nick Fraser

Nick is the Co-Founder of Docsville, a documentary streaming platform and production company and Founder/former Commissioning Editor of the BBC’s Storyville strand, through which he broadcast over 600 feature documentaries. Films shown on Storyville have gone on to win Oscars, Sundance Awards, Peabody Awards, IDFA Trophies and Grierson Awards.  Nick has also written five non-fiction books, and is a Contributing Editor of Harper’s Magazine, New York, and The Observer, London. His next book on the history of documentaries will be published by Faber & Faber this year. Nick has worked as Series Editor for the global documentary project ‘Why Democracy?’, as Executive Producer of ‘Why Poverty?’ and is currently Series Editor of the ‘Why Slavery?’ global documentary project. Nick is also the Honorary President of Sheffield Doc/Fest.

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Sandra Whipham

Sandra joined the Doc Society as its fourth Director in January 2012 and works across all areas of the Foundation’s UK work, including the BFI Doc Society Fund.  Previously, she established London Fields Pictures Ltd, where she produced and executive-produced a range of documentary film and television, including multi award-winning Enemies of the People (dir. Thet Sambath/Rob Lemkin).  From 2007 until 2009, Sandra was Editor at More 4, and commissioned the True Stories international documentary strand.

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Liz Mermin

Liz is a Director who specialises in creative documentaries for international audiences.  Her seven documentary features have played in cinemas and festivals globally and been broadcast around the world. She has also directed many hours of documentary television for a wide range of broadcasters and SVODs, and spent three years as Director of Visual at the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Nevine Mabro

Nevine is the Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News, the news programme that in 2018 revealed through an undercover investigation how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigned in elections around the world, using data, bribes, ex-spies and sex workers to sway results.  She was previously in charge of Channel 4 News’ award winning foreign coverage – commissioning reports from Afghanistan, Mosul, Haiti and Mexico among others, and finding and nurturing new talent on-screen and off.  She was the Executive Producer of three International News Emmys for Syrian coverage during this period. The 2016 fil Battle for Aleppo was a collaboration with the young Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab who was trapped in the city with her husband and young daughter as Russian and Syrian government forces besieged it. Her extraordinary reports and digital shorts went viral on C4 News’ website and received over 500 million views worldwide.

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Linda Lewis

Linda teaches the filmmakers and reporters of tomorrow at Goldsmiths, University of London where she runs the MA in Television Journalism. She is a long-established TV Correspondent, Digital Producer and Broadcaster.

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Samantha Asumadu

Samantha is a former documentary filmmaker and journalist. She is the founder of Media Diversified, Edmalia Ltd Speakers Bureau and Experts Directory and the co-founder of Bare Lit Festival. Her decades-long commitment to grassroots activism led to her campaigning on issues such as women’s representation in theatre, child abuse in war zones and sickle cell anemia. As a journalist she was based in East Africa, where she covered stories such as Acid Attacks, Blood Minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Kampala bombings of 2010 for news outlets including CNN, Deutsche Welle, Sky News, France 24 and Agence France Presse. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, Timeout and The New Statesman and appeared as a guest on BBC Women’s Hour, LBC Radio, the Victoria Derbyshire show and BBC World. She is currently working with the Stuart Hall Foundation on a research project and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Phil Cox

Phil is a freelance Director and Cinematographer who has worked globally for leading broadcasters in both documentary and reportage for the last 20 years. He is a recipient of the Rory Peck Award, the Grierson Award, and currently runs the freelance collective Native Voice Films in London, which creates innovative and cinematic documentary features. 

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James Ball

James has worked in political, data and investigative journalism in the US and UK for BuzzFeed, the Guardian and the Washington Post, in a career spanning TV, digital, print and alternative media. His reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Scripps Howard Prize, the British Journalism Award for investigative reporting, The Royal Statistical Society Award and the Laurence Stern Fellowship, among others. He is the author of multiple books, including The Infographic History of the World’, ‘Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered The World’, and ‘Bluffocracy’.

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Widiane Moussa

Widiane is a Foreign Affairs Producer at ITN. As part of the ITV News Foreign Desk, she works on the programme’s international coverage and has produced reports from across Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Argentina and the Falkland Islands. She started her career in print at News International, and the Sunday Times, and worked in ITV News’ Washington DC bureau before joining their London Newsroom.

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Zoë Abrams

Zoë leads the communication and advocacy directorate at the British Red Cross. In practice this means she uses strategic marketing, as well as evidence, to advocate on behalf of those in crisis. In her work she aims to influence how people think, feel and act in support of the humanitarian aims of the British Red Cross.

During her time at the British Red Cross, Zoë has successfully launched a new brand promise and marketing strategy that aims to communicate and empower people to know four things: how to save a life, help those in crisis in their community, help those forced to flee in search of sanctuary and help in times of international emergency. She has a strong belief in the power of creative communications and compelling arguments to change hearts and minds for the better. Before becoming Executive Director in late 2015, she worked at the children’s charity Barnardo’s – and before that she spent nearly a decade working in government and politics in Whitehall and Westminster. 

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Huda Abuzeid

Huda is an award-winning Producer and Journalist. She has extensive experience in documentary and current affairs production for the BBC, Channel 4, Al-Jazeera, CNN, ARTE, ARD and ZDF. Having spent 5 years based in North Africa, she is now back in the UK.

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Pratap Rughani

Pratap’s documentary practice ranges from broadcast (25 films for BBC 2 and Channel 4) to NGO contexts, the British Council, and gallery spaces like Modern Art Oxford. Many of his films conceive documentary as a crucible, connecting people of radically different perspectives, cultures and politics. He won the RIMA Documentary Award and was shortlisted for the Grierson’s Best Documentary Series & Research Film Award (BAFTSS), and his writing examines questions of documentary ethics and the philosophy of inter-cultural documentary. Pratap is currently Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Documentary Practices at the London College of Communication, and a UK National Teaching Fellow.

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Jonathan Wells

Jonathan is Head of Video at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Before that, he worked at the BBC for 10 years as a Producer and Director making features and documentaries. 

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CJ Fahey

As General Manager of VICE TV and Studios, EMEA, CJ is responsible for the creative and strategic development of VICE Media’s international channels and production businesses across the region. In his role, he oversees all TV output across linear, mobile and multi-platform offerings in EMEA.

Previously CJ was General Manager of VICELAND (now VICE TV) across EMEA and APAC, charged with launching and growing the company’s international channels operations across multiple territories. Having joined VICE in 2014, CJ was integral to the launch of VICELAND in the US, working alongside Spike Jonze on the development and production of the channel’s award-winning content slate. Prior to VICE, CJ was at Fox Networks Group, where he worked in corporate strategy and business development.

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Graham Dixon

Graham is Head of Radio at the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva, having been Managing Editor of BBC Radio 3 until 2015.  Previously, he held several editorial and production positions within BBC Radio.  While at the BBC, he chaired the EBU Music Group and Euroradio Users Group.  His current role includes advocacy for public media, specifically for the positive role of radio within society; he is committed to encouraging radio innovation, as well as promoting distinctive content for all audiences. After researching Italian Baroque music in both Italy and Germany, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Durham.  While working at the BBC, Graham responded to the changing media environment by studying for an MBA; this was awarded with distinction for his work on digital transformation, preparing radio production for the challenge of multiplatform delivery.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Asiatic Society.

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David Lloyd

David has spent forty years in radio as a Programmer and Managing Director working across formats – from LBC to Virgin, Galaxy to local commercial and BBC Radio. Now working around the world as a Consultant, David is also the Author of ‘How to Make Great Radio’ and, as a passion project, is a Radio Historian on his ‘Radiomoments’ project.

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Alice Fordham

Alice is a Senior Producer at The Economist’s daily podcast, ‘The Intelligence’. Prior to joining the team in 2018, she was an International Correspondent for ten years. For three of those years, she reported from the Middle East for NPR, covering much of the rise of ISIS and the subsequent battles against the group. She was a Stern Fellow at the Washington Post in 2011, was nominated for a Livingston Award in 2018 and also in 2018, reported from Guatemala with the support of an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellowship.

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Linda Lewis

Linda teaches the filmmakers and reporters of tomorrow at Goldsmiths, University of London where she runs the MA in Television Journalism. She is an award-winning broadcaster whose journalistic career spans TV, radio, print and online. She spent over 20 years with BBC news and current affairs as a reporter and presenter, including ten years reporting for BBC TV news, followed by four years at the helm of the PM programme on Radio 4, which she presented along with You & Yours and BBC World TV.

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Dr Zahera Harb

Dr Zahera Harb is a Writer and Senior Lecturer in International Journalism at City, University of London. Dr Harb has more than 11 years of experience as a journalist in Lebanon, working for Lebanese and international media organisations. She was a member of the Ofcom Content Board from 2015 to 2018, and is currently a Board Member and Trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network. 

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Caroline Lees

Caroline has reported from India, Afghanistan, Angola, Eritrea, Pakistan and more for publications including The Sunday Times, The Economist, The Independent and The Telegraph. Caroline has also been an Assistant Foreign Editor at The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph, Foreign Editor at the Sunday Express and Scotland on Sunday, and Assistant Editor of The Scotsman.   Until recently, Caroline led communications for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford (RISJ). She was also Director of the European Journalism Observatory, a collaboration of 13 language sites across Europe (en.ejo.ch) including the Arabic Journalism Observatory (AJO), and the Russian EJO.  She writes occasionally for Index on Censorship amongst others.

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Hala Jaber

Born in West Africa, Hala is a Lebanese-British, six-time award-winning journalist, who has won global recognition for her coverage of Iraq, Libya and Syria & the Palestinian Territories and was, until June 2016, Senior Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times. Hala is also author of two books: ‘Hezbollah: Born With a Vengeance’ (1997), and ‘The Flying Carpet to Baghdad: One Woman’s Fight for Two Orphans of War’ (2009). She has won the Amnesty International Journalist of the Year Award (2003), and Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards. She co-won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for her work in Iraq in 2007, and in 2013, she also won the British Journalism Award for her coverage in Syria. Over the last year, Hala has worked as a Media Consultant for The International Organisation for Migration (IOM-UN Migration), both in Iraq and Bangladesh, and is currently freelancing.

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Vassiliki Khonsari

Vassiliki is a Visual Anthropologist MA and her documentary work has been broadcast in more than 20 countries. She contributes to the landscape of technology and social impact to reframe an equitable future, working with labs, workshops and institutions such as the Sundance Institute, United Nations, Princeton University, Yale University, SXSW, FoST, Phi Centre, Johns Hopkins ISET Summit, CPH:DOX and the Oslo Freedom Forum. She co-founded iNK Stories, the award winning interactive storytelling studio that Fast Company calls an “innovation agent”.

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Robin Kwong

As Head of Digital Delivery, Robin leads a team of creative producers who aim to change the way stories are commissioned, so that collaboration between traditional reporters and digital teams happens from the outset. Robin has worked for the FT since 2007. He was previously Special Projects Editor, Interactive Data Journalist, Technology, Media and Telecoms news editor, Taiwan Correspondent, and Hong Kong Reporter.

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Will Saunders

Will is an independent media consultant and executive producer. He is the Chief Creative Officer for the recently awarded Storyfutures Gateway Cluster and Storyfutures Academy. These are industrial strategy consortia projects led by the University of London, Royal Holloway that will explore the future of the UK screen-based industries. As Creative Director of Digital at BBC Studios, he ran Digital Development and Production,. In collaboration with the BBC R&D, he led and launched the BBC’s home for new ideas, BBC Taster, where new technologies, formats and talent are tested by audiences at scale. Since its launch in 2015, Taster has produced over 200 pilots exploring immersive media, voice-led interaction and new forms of storytelling, had over 50 million page views, won numerous awards and led the way for data-informed decision making at the BBC.

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Mark Atkin

Mark is a curator and producer at Crossover, and has curated exhibitions of immersive documentaries at CPH:DOX Copenhagen, Sheffield Doc/Fest and The Global Health Film Festival. At Crossover, he has been responsible for leading cross-disciplinary training since 2008, and has spearheaded the development of processes that bring together creative professionals from diverse disciplines, including film and TV production, animation, games, theatre, VR, AR and interactive design, to form new interdisciplinary collaborations. He was Documentary Commissioner at SBS Television Australia and Multiplatform Commissioner at C4, as well as producing VR work and a series of live cinema films for the BBC.

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Charlotte Alfred

Charlotte is an Editor and Journalist who has overseen reporting projects and conducted investigations in the U.S., Africa and the Middle East.  Her work focuses on migration, conflict and identity. Previously, she was Managing Editor of Refugees Deeply, World News Reporter for The Huffington Post, and worked on documentaries for PBS Frontline. 

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Malu Halasa

Malu is a Writer and Editor. Her debut novel, ‘Mother of All Pigs’ was reviewed by the New York Times as ‘a microcosmic portrait of … a patriarchal order in slow-motion decline.’ Halasa has co-edited six anthologies including ‘Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline’ (2014) with Zaher Omareen; ‘Transit Tehran’ (2010), with Maziar Bahari; ‘The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy and Design’ (2009); ‘Kaveh Golestan: Recording the Truth in Iran’ (2007) and ‘Transit Beirut’ (2004). Malu’s writing, books, lectures and art exhibitions continue to chart a changing Middle East.

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Matt Rhodes

Matt is a Senior Foreign News Editor at Sky News, responsible for the day-to-day management of the network’s award-winning foreign news teams around the world. Hereturned to Sky in 2012 as Senior Foreign Planning Producer after working for World Newsgathering at the BBC, where he spent time at the World Service and as Special Events Producer.

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Barry Neild

Barry is the Global Editor for CNN Travel, overseeing commissioning and production of travel news and feature content across CNN’s digital operations. Before joining CNN, Barry worked as a Writer and Editor at The Observer, The Guardian and the BBC. He was also a Correspondent and Editor for AFP for five years, based in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Afghanistan. 

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Beth Colson

Beth is the Head of News Production for the Associated Press (AP), overseeing the production of video stories both from and across the globe. She has a strong background in news, having previously worked at Sky News, BBC News, BBC World and ITN.

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Ahmad Mourad

Ahmad is an award-winning journalist with 32 years of media experience across the Middle East and the UK. He was responsible for the Media Information Office of the Union of Arab Producers in the Gulf countries (GCC), which works through the Council of the Arab Ministry of Information and under the umbrella of the League of Arab States. Ahmad was a Media Consultant to several key players in the UAE and also founded several magazines in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
He is a member of several media organisations, including Scotland’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ), the NUJ’s Black Members’ Council (BMC) and the Royal Television Society (RTS), as well as serving as a Voices Ambassador for the Ambassador Network (AVAIL). He is currently developing his filmmaking career within the UK’s creative industries.

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Itab Azzam

Itab is a London-based Filmmaker. She was a Producer on the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning BBC series ‘Exodus: Our Journey to Europe’ and the award-winning ‘Queens of Syria’. Recently, she produced and directed ‘We Are Not Princesses’, a film documenting the journey of six Syrian women rehearsing and performing Sophocles’ Antigone. Prior to her relocation to London in 2011, she worked as an Associate Producer on projects including the BBC’s ‘Syrian School’, the historical series ‘East to West’, and the independent film ‘The Light in Her Eyes’.  She is the Executive Director of Sabbara London, a social enterprise empowering Syrian women through economic employment and psychological support, and Co-Authored the critically acclaimed ‘Syria: Recipes from Home’, a cookbook which recounted stories and recipes from Syrian women. 

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Daniel Howden

Daniel is Editor at Large of Refugees Deeply and Director of Lighthouse Reports, a non-profit media production house focused on migration, conflict and corruption. He has won awards for his long-form writing on migration from the Middle East, Europe and Africa, is a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, and a member of the experts network at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. A Contributor to The Guardian, he was previously a Foreign Correspondent with the Economist and with The Independent.

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Matteo Bergamini

Matteo is the Founder and CEO of the youth network Shout Out UK, a company he set up at 22. The network has grown rapidly, securing a variety of projects, from the high-profile Channel 4 Youth Leaders’ Debate to the creation of a Political and Media Literacy Course for schools across the UK. A dedicated promoter of political literacy amongst young people, Matteo has won a number of awards for his entrepreneurship and work in political education. He has a BA in Politics & History, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Law.

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Samira Shackle

Samira is a London-based freelance journalist who writes long-form features and has reported from countries including Pakistan, India, Iraq, Lebanon, and Kenya. Deputy Editor of the New Humanist magazine and a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Long Read, she also writes for Prospect, Al Jazeera English, and Deutsche Welle. She has won multiple awards for her reporting. Samira is currently writing her first book, a work of narrative non-fiction about Karachi to be published by Granta.

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Joshua Baker

Joshua is a documentary filmmaker and journalist working primarily with the BBC and PBS Frontline. He has worked in more than 20 countries, and in recent years his work has focussed on the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Joshua prides himself on creating work on challenging topics that can reach a large audience, and is a One World Media Award Winner and two-time Emmy Nominee. He is currently working with Louis Theroux.

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Eloise King

Eloise is an award-winning Director/Executive Producer telling powerful stories that foreground marginalised voices. She has crossed all major terrestrial platforms including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, MTV, A&E and Al Jazeera English and exhibited in the ICA, Tate Britain and MoAD.
Most recently, Eloise was Global Executive Producer of VICE, overseeing all digital channels in the UK, and i-D globally. She also founded Women on Docs – a screening and events network in London and LA, celebrating women in non-fiction film.

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Leo Hickman

Leo is the Editor and Director of Carbon Brief, the award-winning website that specialises in climate change. He previously worked for 16 years as a Journalist, Editor and Author at The Guardian. Before joining Carbon Brief, he was WWF-UK’s Chief Advisor on Climate Change. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Exeter in recognition of his journalism. His books include ‘A Life Stripped Bare’, ‘The Final Call’ and ‘Will Jellyfish Rule the World’.

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Franny Armstrong

Former pop drummer Franny has directed three feature docs, ‘The Age of Stupid’ (2009), ‘McLibel’ (2005) and ‘Drowned Out’ (2003). She arguably invented crowd-funding when she raised £900,000 from 300+ investors for ‘The Age of Stupid’ five years before Kickstarter launched. In collaboration with The Guardian, Franny founded the 10:10 campaign in 2009, which aimed to cut carbon emissions by 10% in a year. She has contributed to The Guardian, Sun and Huffington Post, written chapters for three books, won Sheffield Doc/Fest’s ‘Inspiration Award’, been named as one of the ‘World’s Top 100 Women’ by The Guardian and one of ‘London’s 1,000 most influential people’ by The Standard. She is Professor Franny at Wolverhampton University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University at Exeter Cathedral for her ‘exceptionally innovative and socially responsible methods to make social justice films more accessible to the general public’.  Since 2014, Franny has been developing and writing a true-life TV drama series, ‘Scruffy Squad’, about the women who unwittingly had long-term relationships – and even children – with undercover police officers.

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Sara Stefanini

Sara is a Strategic Communications Advisor for Mission 2020, a non-governmental organisation working on climate change. A journalist until recently, Sara covered environment and energy for Climate Home News and was a Senior Policy Reporter at Politico Europe. She has covered environmental, climate change and energy issues in Europe, the US, South Asia and Australia for the past 10 years. 

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Fiona Harvey

Fiona is an award-winning Environment Journalist for The Guardian. Prior to this, she worked at The Financial Times for over a decade. Fiona has reported on every major environmental issue, from the Arctic to the Amazon, and her wide range of interviewees include Ban Ki-moon, Tony Blair, Al Gore and Jeff Immelt.

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Sean Ryan

Sean is the Media Director of Save the Children. He was Foreign Editor of The Sunday Times from 1997 to 2013 and ran the newspaper’s digital editions as Associate Editor for three years before moving into the aid sector in 2016. He has worked in nearly 50 countries, including most recently, Somalia and Myanmar.

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Tom Stoddart

Tom is an award-winning Photojournalist who has covered international events including the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election of President Nelson Mandela and the siege of Sarajevo. He works closely with Getty Images and the New York-based Verbatim Agency.

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Sarah Baxter

As Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times and a regular columnist, Sarah plays a key role framing the news cycle for the nation. With the biggest broadsheet Sunday readership in the country, Sarah’s perspective on everything from press freedom to feminism shape the debate for the week ahead, while she has helped to recruit and mentor many of the women journalists on the Sunday Times. Sarah has been with the newspaper since 1996, with stints as a Correspondent in New York and Washington, while her previous roles in journalism have included Political Editor of the New Statesman and current affairs presenter for ITN and BBC.

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Marcel Mettelsiefen

Marcel is a multi-award-winning Director, Camera Operator, Photographer and Producer. His films on the Syrian Civil War, such as ‘Syria: Children on the Frontline’ (2014), ‘Children on the Frontline: The Escape’ (2016) and ‘Watani: My Homeland’ (2016) have earned him critical appraise and international recognition, and won him two BAFTA Awards and three Emmys. In 2017, Marcel was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Short category for ‘Watani: My Homeland’. His documentaries from Syria have been aired on ARD, ZDF, Channel4, CNN, Al Jazeera and Canal+ and ARTE, to name a few. He  is also Co-Owner and Chairman of Unscrypt production company.

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Andrea Thompson

Andrea is Deputy Editor for Marie Claire, which has a monthly audience of over 6 million women. As well as deputising for the Editor, she deals with commercial partnerships, charity campaigns and Marie Claire’s successful careers franchise, including the annual Future Shapers Awards. She has over 15 years of  experience as an Editor and Writer across print, TV and digital media, and has held senior staff positions at the Daily Mail and Grazia, and freelanced for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday and Channel 4. As well being responsible for the feature that won Marie Claire an Amnesty Media Award, her years as an undercover Investigative Reporter saw her exposing child-populated sweat shops in Mumbai for Channel 4 and unravelling the dubious business dealings of Trump for the Daily Mail.

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Biyi Bandele

Biyi is a Novelist, Playwright, and Filmmaker. His novel ‘Burma Boy’ (Jonathan Cape, 2007), has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew, Polish and Swedish. His plays have been seen in London at the Royal Court Theatre, the Bush, the Young Vic, at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Off-Broadway in New York, and at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. His films include ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ (2013) which was initially banned in Nigeria, and ‘Fifty’ (2015). He attended St. Peter’s Primary School in Kafanchan, where he was born, and studied drama at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is an arts fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge and is currently working on a feature documentary film about Afrobeat Pioneer and Human Rights Activist Fela Kuti.

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Jon Ossoff

Jon is the CEO of Insight TWI. Founded in 1991, the multi-Emmy-winning company has produced critically acclaimed investigations of crime, corruption and armed conflict, broadcast by dozens of channels around the world. TWI’s 2018 investigation of ISIS atrocities in Iraq, commissioned by the BBC, won a One World Media Award. Recent productions include ‘Betraying the Game’ (2018), an exposé of corruption in international football; ‘Malawi’s Human Harvest’ (2018), investigating killers-for-hire; and ‘Peacekillers’ (2018), which investigated war crimes committed by international peacekeepers.

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Lucy Willis

Lucy joined Channel 5 in 2015 as Commissioning Editor of Factual. She is responsible for a range of peak-time programming including documentaries, history and popular factual and formats. Recent commissions include ‘Warship: Life at Sea’, ‘Inside the Tower of London’, the stripped event ‘Pompeii’s Final Hours’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Paxman on the Queen’s Children’. Before moving to Channel 5, Lucy spent eight years at Raw Television as Head of UK Factual and Multiplatform, where she was responsible for ‘Neighbourhood Watched’ for BBC1, ‘Hidden Histories: Britain’s Oldest Family Businesses’ (BBC4) and the Emmy award winning multi-platform project ‘Battlefront’ (C4). Prior to that, Lucy was Commissioning Editor of Education at Channel 4.

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Kat Hayes

Kat is a Producer and Director for Channel 4 News, currently working on the Facebook Watch show ‘Uncovered’. She shoots and edits digital-first films from around the world. Before this, she managed and edited the digital content for Channel 4’s ‘Unreported World’ and ‘Dispatches’ documentary series. She has worked in broadcast and print newsrooms for almost ten years, in both the UK and US.

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Fiona Lawson-Baker

Fiona is the Executive Producer of Al Jazeera’s flagship documentary strand Witness. She started her broadcast career at BBC London, graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and worked at SBS. She has also worked in Malaysia and Singapore on productions for AJE, ZDF and Discovery and is currently based in Qatar.

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Lauren Feeney

Lauren is the Director of Video Production for The Intercept, a site focused on politics, national security and justice. Prior to joining The Intercept, she worked on various PBS programs including Bill Moyers and Wide Angle. Her work has appeared on air and online on PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Al Jazeera English, among other outlets. 

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Dan Edge

Dan has produced and directed multiple award-winning films for theatrical release and broadcast. His most recent film as a Director, ‘Last Days of Solitary’, was a feature-length documentary telling the story of solitary confinement in US prisons. It was praised by critics and won him the Royal Television Society Award for Best Director. Before that he filmed, produced and directed ‘Outbreak’ – made during the height of the West African Ebola epidemic. The film won a BAFTA, an Emmy, a Grierson and numerous other awards. As Senior Producer for Frontline PBS, Dan has overseen ‘Mosul’, ‘Exodus’, ‘Children of Syria’ and many other films.

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