2018 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

Jacqueline Simmons

Executive Editor | Global Business, Bloomberg News

Jonathan Miller

Executive Director, Homeland Productions

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

Raymond Whitaker

Freelance Writer, Editor and Commentator

Feature Documentary Award

Mohamed Jabaly

Filmmaker and Artist

Dominique Young

Executive Producer

James Jones

Documentary Filmmaker (Emmy award winning and BAFTA-nominated)

Liesel Evans

Creative Director, UK Factual

New Voice Award

Adeyemi Michael

Filmmaker

Tracy Mcveigh

Editor | Global Development, Guardian News and Media

Sarah Waldron

Executive Producer, BBC Current Affairs

Sarah Waldron

Burhan Wazir

Consulting Editor, WikiTribune

Burhan Wazir

Television Documentary Award

Uli Hesse

Filmmaker and Journalist, Stolen Moments

Rodrigo Vazquez

Film Director & Producer

Rodrigo-Vazquez

Shaminder Nahal

Commissioning Executive - Specialist Factual, Channel 4

Alison Rooper

Executive Producer, InFocus Productions

Radio Award

Ismail Einashe

Freelance Journalist

Andrew Spence

Projects Manager & Producer, We Are Unedited

Natalia Antelava

Chief Executive & Editor in Chief, Coda Story

Leo Hornak

Reporter and Producer, BBC World Service

Leo-Hornak

Print Award

Megan Gibson

Foreign Editor, Monocle

Poorna Bell

Author and Senior Editor

Mark Rice-Oxley

Head of Special Projects, Guardian

Mark Rice Oxley

Lianna Brinded

European News Editor, Quartz

Digital Media Award

Maegan Tillock

Producer

Juliet Riddell

Head of New Formats, Financial Times

Kim Bode

Community and Product Operations Manager, News Deeply

Lindsay Poulton

Executive Producer | Documentaries, Guardian

News Award

Caro Kriel

Europe News Director, Associated Press

Caro Kriel

Pete Jeary

Video Producer, NBC News

Versha Sharma

Senior correspondent & managing editor, Now This Media

Versha Sharma

Afua Hirsch

Author, Journalist and Broadcaster

Refugee Reporting Award

Kristy Siegfried

Senior Editor & Writer, UN Refugee Agency

Sasha Polakow-Suransky

Deputy Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine

Estephan Wagner

Documentary Director & Editor

Hassan Akkad

Filmmaker

Student Award

Andrew Roy

Foreign Editor and Deputy Head of Newsgathering, BBC

Lara Akeju

Commissioning Executive, Channel 5

Dominic Sivyer

Documentary Director, Minnow Films / BBC

Jane Drinkwater

Freelance TV Producer / Director

Women Entrepreneurs Reporting Award

Minna Salami

Writer and Speaker

Adrienne Klasa

Development Finance Editor, The Banker and fDi magazines | Financial Times Group

Victoria Bridges

Executive Director, GlobalGirl Media UK

Stella Paul

Award-winning Journalist

Stella Paul

Popular Features Award

Ninder Billing

Executive Producer, The Garden

Will Rowson

Executive Producer, True North

Satmohan Panesar

Commissioner, ITV Factual Entertainment

Satmohan-Panesar

Mona Chalabi

Data Editor, Guardian US

Short Film Award

Gaia Meucci

Short Film Programmer, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

Shelley Jones

Video Commissioner, NOWNESS

David Alter

Director of Programmes, Economist Films

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Hunter Holcombe

Executive Producer, AJ+

Special Award

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

Stella Paul

Stella Paul is an independent journalist, covering environment and development issues across South Asia. She has received several international awards including the 2016 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award and the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards in 2015, 2014 and 2013. In 2015 Women Deliver named her as one of the “world’s 14 most powerful writers on women’s and girls’ issues worldwide”.

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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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Raymond Whitaker

Raymond Whitaker has reported from more than 50 countries in his career. From the launch of The Independent in 1986, he was Assistant Foreign Editor, Asia Editor, and Foreign Editor of The Independent on Sunday, retiring in 2009. Previously at Reuters and the Financial Times, he has just ceased editing a monthly magazine on Asian affairs, and continues to freelance.

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Jacqueline Simmons

Jacqueline Simmons oversees 145 editorial staff in Bloomberg News’s Global Business team, which covers industries from automakers such as GM to phone companies like AT&T, as well as the managing diversity and sports business teams. Jacqueline, based in London and Paris for most of her professional career, sits on Bloomberg’s EMEA diversity council, comprised of senior leaders from across the business and region and has worked in journalism since 1993, starting with the Wall Street Journal’s spot new desk in New York. 

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Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, since 2015. Formerly Business Affairs Editor; and Economics Editor (2007-14). She has written special reports on: world economy, Germany, Latin American finance, global finance, and Central Asia. Before joining The Economist (1994) she was an economist at the IMF; and an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland. Zanny is a frequent television and radio commentator.

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James Jones

James Jones is an Emmy-winning director who makes documentaries for international television and theatrical release. He has tackled difficult subjects like homelessness, suicide in the military, and a police shooting in America. He has focused on some of the world’s most dangerous and secretive places like North Korea, Gaza, and Saudi Arabia. Last year, he co-directed Mosul with Olivier Sarbil.

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Dominique Young

Dominique Young is an Executive Producer in international documentary and factual programming. For many years she was Senior Commissioning Producer for the Witness observational documentary strand on Al Jazeera English, executive producing programming from Africa and the Middle East with a particular emphasis on developing young, regional documentary makers. She currently oversees all international output for the production and communications company Breakthrough Media.

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Liesel Evans

Liesel Evans joined Raw in July 2017 as Creative Director of UK Factual. She is overseeing the development and production of series and singles for all the major UK broadcasters. Recent credits include critically acclaimed Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me, Anne Robinson’s Abortion on Trial, Ikea’s 3-part series Flatpack Empire (BBC Two) and Acid Attack (BBC Three). Prior to joining Raw, Liesel executive produced the BAFTA nominated Channel 4 series Kids on the Edge and the RTS and Grierson nominated The Life and Loss of Karen Woo as Director of Programmes at Century Films.

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Mohamed Jabaly

Mohamed Jabaly is a Palestinian filmmaker and artist from Gaza, based in the North of Norway. He has made several short films, documentaries, and music videos. His first feature documentary Ambulance has won several prizes including the One World Media Award for Best Feature Documentary, in 2017.

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Sarah Waldron

Sarah Waldron is a BAFTA winning Executive Producer for BBC Current Affairs.  For many years she was the Series Producer of the BBC Two strand This World, overseeing more than 50 films. Recent credits include, Unarmed Black Male, Murdered For Love? Samia Shahid and Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia’s War on Women. She currently oversees both domestic and international films.

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Burhan Wazir

Burhan Wazir is an award-winning journalist who began his career at The Observer and has also worked at The Times. In 2016, he returned to London after seven years in the Middle East. He was most recently the opinion editor at Al Jazeera in Qatar. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, the New Statesman and The World Today.

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Adeyemi Michael

Adeyemi Michael is a Grierson Sky Atlantic and Al Jazeera New Horizon award-winning director. He was made Broadcast HotShot Director in 2014. He has just been named as one of five filmmakers Internationally to be selected for HotDocs Creative Lab and as the only production grantee as part of Hot Doc’s Blue Ice Group (2018) in support of his first feature length documentary At Dawn (currently in production).

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Tracy Mcveigh

Tracy McVeigh is the Chief Reporter of The Observer, formerly the paper’s Foreign Editor. She is currently on secondment to The Guardian, editing the global development site.

She has covered stories in countries and conflict zones around the world, with a special love for East and Southern Africa. She has also produced video and photography and is a special adviser on the impact board for the department of the global studies at Sussex University.

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Andrew Spence

Andrew Spence is a ‘Sony Radio Academy Award’ winning radio presenter and producer with over 17 years of experience. Andrew has broadcasted and produced for commercial radio brands Galaxy, Capital and Choice FM, and is a producer for Monocle 24, and podcast producer at Breakthrough Media. Andrew is now part of Unedited: as a co-owner, and working as a Projects Manager & Producer.

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Susan Marling

Susan Marling heads Just Radio, a flourishing, multi-award winning independent radio company, working across the BBC networks and providing audio and visual content for commercial and educational clients. Her background is in presentation for radio and television, and in print journalism and books. She has reported from places in every continent from Bogota and Beijing, to Johannesburg and St Petersburg.

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Natalia Antelava

Natalia Antelava is Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief of Coda Story, an award-winning non-profit newsroom. Prior to co-founding Coda, Natalia was a foreign correspondent for the BBC, based in Central Asia, Middle East and most recently India. She has reported undercover from Yemen, Burma and Uzbekistan. Her investigations into human rights abuses in Iraq, US and Central Asia have won her multiple awards and an Emmy nomination.

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Poorna Bell

Poorna Bell is an award-winning print and online journalist, as well as a published author with Simon & Schuster, working in the industry for 15 years. Previously UK Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head at HuffPost, she is writing her second book In Search Of Silence, and has freelanced for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Red magazine, The Pool, Stylist and The Observer.

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Megan Gibson

Megan Gibson is the Foreign Editor at Monocle. She has been with the magazine since 2015 and has reported stories from Israel, Ukraine, Morocco, Iceland, Sweden, Austria, Italy and her native Canada, among others. Before joining Monocle she was a staff writer at Time magazine, initially based in New York before moving to the London bureau.

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Lianna Brinded

Lianna Brinded works across all sections and aspects of Quartz. Before joining Quartz, Lianna led newsrooms as Deputy Editor of Business Insider UK, News Editor for IBTimes UK, and has previously worked as a TV producer for CNBC and at various other organisations, such as Incisive Media and Financial News. She holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary War and Peace Studies from the University of Sussex and a Bachelor’s degree with honours in English and American Literature from the University of Kent.

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Mark Rice-Oxley

Mark Rice-Oxley is a Guardian editor with 25 years’ experience in international news. After stints as a foreign correspondent and news editor, he now heads up The Guardian’s special projects team, working on investigations, exclusives and news packages on big global themes. He also writes on mental health and psychology, and speaks regularly as part of The Guardian’s live events programme.

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Kim Bode

Kim Bode is the Community and Product Operations Manager at News Deeply, leading community development strategies and working on digital product design. Prior to joining News Deeply, she graduated from New York University’s Studio 20 program, which focuses on innovation in journalism, completing a research project with Facebook’s Journalism Partnerships team. Born and raised in Berlin, she came to New York in 2011 as Wall Street correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland and NZZ am Sonntag, and also reported for Die Zeit and Zeit Online.

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Maegan Tillock

Maegan Tillock is a documentary producer with extensive experience working across digital platforms and traditional TV broadcast. She first made her mark at October Films working on Channel 4’s multi-platform documentary series Walking The Nile and has since turned her hand to filmmaking, working on ambitious BBC and Channel 4 series’ in the UK, India, and Nepal.

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Juliet Riddell

Juliet Riddell is a short form Executive Producer and Commissioning Editor. Before working at the FT she was a TV Producer and Director, producing programmes such as two BAFTA winning C4 Arts series presented by Grayson Perry and developed a Factual Entertainment format that has sold internationally. Whilst Commissioning at The Guardian, Juliet Exec Produced the Patrick Stewart Sketch: What has the ECHR ever done for us? which has had 35 million views and won a LOVIE award.

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Lindsay Poulton

Lindsay Poulton is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who is passionate about innovation in digital storytelling and new platforms. She has produced a wide range of documentaries and multimedia interactives on subjects ranging from climate change to the First World War and the global garment industry in Bangladesh to the psychological impact of solitary confinement in American prisons.

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Kristy Siegfried

Kristy Siegfried is a Senior Editor and Writer for the UN Refugee Agency. She is the author of The Refugee Brief – a daily digest of refugee-related news from around the world. Previously she worked as a journalist and editor for IRIN. After five years covering humanitarian crises in southern Africa, she led IRIN’s migration coverage from 2011 until 2017.

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Sasha Polakow-Suransky

Sasha Polakow-Suransky is the author of Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy (Hurst & Co, 2017). He has worked previously as an Open Society Foundations fellow, international opinion editor at The New York Times, and a senior editor at Foreign Affairs. He holds a DPhil in modern history from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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Estephan Wagner

Estephan Wagner has worked as a documentary director for over a decade, winning over 30 awards, including at the Berlinale, Cinema Eye Honour, and Palm Springs. Estephan’s work has been distributed and broadcast all over the world. He received an MA in Documentary directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School, having originally been an award-winning editor in Germany, editing for international broadcasters including ARTE, ARD, BBC and DR.

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Hassan Akkad

Hassan Akkad is a Syrian award-winning documentary filmmaker and an Ambassador for Help Refugees UK. Hassan worked on BBC 2’s BAFTA and One World Media Award winning Exodus (Series 1 and 2), documenting the lives of refugees seeking new lives in Europe, having fled his own war-torn country. 

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Lara Akeju

Lara Akeju is responsible for Channel 5’s News coverage, 5 News, and daily current affairs programme The Wright Stuff, as well as commissioning prime-time factual series. At Channel 4, she was Project Lead for the award-winning Rio Paralympics coverage. Her production credits include Panorama (BBC One), The World’s Strictest Parents (BBC Three) and Witness: Fistula Hospital (Al Jazeera English).

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Jane Drinkwater

Jane Drinkwater trained as a journalist at the BBC where she was a senior producer, making observational and specialist factual documentaries, celebrity authored films and studio shows for BBC One, Two and Three. Now freelance, she’s recently specialised in current affairs, producing and directing critically acclaimed investigations into Islamic extremism, prisons, finance and pharmaceuticals for Channel Four’s flagship strand, Dispatches.

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Dominic Sivyer

Dominic Sivyer is a self-shooting documentary filmmaker who makes intimate, up-close and personal films. In 2016, he was selected as a New BBC Documentary Director, and made a 60′ authored documentary for BBC1 called Granddad, Dementia & Me. Shortlisted for the BAFTA-Breakthrough-Award by the BBC, Dominic is currently working as a director at Minnow Films where he’s making his second BBC film.

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Andrew Roy

Andrew Roy is the Foreign Editor for BBC News. He is responsible for international news coverage on English output for BBC TV, radio and online, to audiences in the UK and around the world. BBC News has more than two thousand staff in 50 bureaus who gather and file reports for all of the BBC’s news programmes across English and 42 language services.

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Satmohan Panesar

As a Commissioner at ITV, Satmohan works across both main channel primetime and the digital channel portfolio commissioning a diverse range of programs including Sugar Free Farm, Call The Cleaners, Easyjet, Heathrow and What Would Your Kid Do? for main channel to Ibiza Weekender (ITV2), Dress To Impress (ITV2), Rising Damp Forever (ITV3) and a plethora of fishing and motorbike shows for ITV4 for the ITV digital family. He moved from production to factual development in 2011 at companies including Silver River, Betty, Watershed and most recently, Boomerang.

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Mona Chalabi

Mona Chalabi is a journalist who really loves numbers. Mona is Data Editor at Guardian US but  also draws and presents numbers on film, having written and presented TV shows for the BBC, National Geographic, Channel 4 and VICE. Mona also co-created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches and made sketches that were commended by the Royal Statistical Society and Information is Beautiful. Mona has a regular segment on American National Public Radio called “The Number Of The Week”, teaches courses, and gives speeches on data journalism.

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Will Rowson

Will Rowson’s credits as a director and producer include Muslims Like Us, Famous Rich and in the Slums as well as several Panoramas. He recently series produced The Channel for Channel Four and joined True North as an executive at the start of 2018 where he is responsible for developing the Leeds indie’s documentary and specialist factual output. 

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Ninder Billing

Ninder Billing is Executive Producer with a contemporary factual remit, at leading production company The Garden. She works across content for all major UK broadcasters. Before joining The Garden in 2017, Ninder was Commissioning Editor in Factual at Channel 5, and in Children’s at the BBC, commissioning BAFTA and Broadcast Award-winning series. Ninder also set up and ran independent production company Class Films, making factual, fact ent and current affairs for the UK and US.

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Hunter Holcombe

Hunter Holcombe is Executive Producer at AJ+, managing the production and commissioning of current affairs documentaries, virtual reality short films, and experimental storytelling.

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Gaia Meucci

Since 2012, Gaia has been the Short Film Programmer of Encounters, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival in Bristol. Prior to this, Gaia worked in the UK and France in roles including animation production, short film distribution, film festivals operations and programming. She regularly collaborates as an assessor for emerging talent initiatives for the BFI Net.work, Creative England and the Lighthouse.

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David Alter

David Alter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over two decades of experience producing and directing programmes for broadcasters across the globe.  In 2015 he joined The Economist as Director of Programmes, to spearhead the publication’s move into online video.  In its first three years, Economist Films has premiered eight original series.

 

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Shelley Jones

Shelley Jones is Video Commissioner at NOWNESS – a global video channel screening culture in motion. As part of the commissioning team she develops new series and commissions original work across a range of subjects – from fashion to food, design to dance – searching out incredible directorial talent and working with global brands to tell creative stories in short film form. 

 

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Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist with a passion for colourful characters in hidden worlds. Uli loves to dig out surprising and mischievous stories with a twist and has extensive experience in producing documentaries and current affairs for BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and European broadcasters such as ARTE, ARD and ZDF. Originally from Munich, she now lives in London.

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Alison Rooper

Alison Rooper is a documentary filmmaker with over 30 years in television. At Granada TV she researched for Roger Graef and Brian Lapping.  She then directed and executive produced documentary series for C4 and the BBC. As an independent producer and founder of In Focus Productions she executive produces films for UK and international broadcasters, specialising in history, the Middle East and international stories. 

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Shaminder Nahal

Shaminder Nahal is the Topical Specialist Factual Commissioner at Channel 4. Before joining this year, she was Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News, involved in overseeing TV and digital coverage for the multi-award-winning prime-time daily news programme, and Deputy Editor of Newsnight. During her time at Channel 4 News, the show won the Royal Television Society award for News Programme of the Year twice, and last year won a BAFTA for the Paris terror attacks coverage. Nahal put special emphasis on bringing new and diverse voices to the output of No Go Britain and on immigration. At Channel 4, with her Topical Specialist Factual brief, she is looking for programme ideas that say something new about the present.

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Rodrigo Vazquez

Rodrigo is a film director and producer whose work in cinema includes the 90-minute documentary film “Condor: Axis of Evil” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and the award-winning “Child Miners”. His latest feature is “Palestine: Stolen Images”, a co-production between UK, Cuba, Argentina and Palestine.

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Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch is an award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster. She is a columnist for The Guardian Newspaper, and a presenter on weekly current affairs debate show The Pledge on Sky News. She has previously worked in journalism as a West Africa correspondent, and Social Affairs editor, and in law as a human rights barrister. Brit(ish), about Britishness and identity, is published in 2018 by Jonathan Cape and is her first book. 

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Peter Jeary

Peter Jeary now works primarily in online news media, having had a long career in TV agency and broadcast journalism. He has covered such diverse stories as the first Gulf War, German reunification and the 2012 London Olympics. He has had a wide range of responsibilities including on the assignment desk, in the field and in management roles.

Peter has worked and travelled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, North America and is now based in London.

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Versha Sharma

Versha Sharma is the Managing Editor and Senior Correspondent at NowThis, where she leads the context team in producing short documentaries about global issues. Previously she led the NowThis Politics team in its coverage of the 2016 election. Prior to that, she covered US and international politics for Vocativ, where she did a mix of print reporting and produced video on topics ranging from Russia and Ukraine to Harry Potter and Doctor Who. She has interviewed President Barack Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders, Alicia Keys and more in her time at NowThis.

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Minna Salami

Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer and speaker. She is the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, connecting feminism with culture from an Africa-centred perspective. Referred to as “one of the key feminist voices of our times”, Minna is a speaker at international platforms from Yale University to TEDx to the Oxford Union as well as a contributor to The Guardian, The Independent and Al Jazeera.

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Victoria Bridges

Victoria Bridges is Executive Director of GlobalGirl Media UK, a London-based charity which empowers young women in digital media and journalism skills.  Formerly a freelance documentary filmmaker, she has credits from all the major UK channels.  Besides her work with GlobalGirl Media UK, Victoria also works as a communications consultant and video facilitator in the non-profit sector. 

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Adrienne Klasa

Adrienne Klasa is Development Finance Editor of The Banker and fDi magazines at the Financial Times Group. Previously she was Editor of This is Africa, the Financial Times’ flagship Africa publication. Her writing has also appeared in the Financial Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Slate and Foreign Policy, among others. She speaks and moderates at events worldwide and appears as a commentator on radio, podcasts and broadcast news. She is a 2017 FPI Fellow for women in foreign policy and holds two first class degrees in political science: a Bachelors from McGill University and a Masters from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Follow her on Twitter @adrienneklasa.

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Caro Kriel

Caro Kriel is the Europe News Director for Associated Press (AP) and leads text, photo and video coverage and staff in the region. Before taking on this role in 2014, she was AP’s Russia/CIS news director based in Moscow. Prior to that she ran AP’s international video department for six years.

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Nishita Jha

Nishita Jha is Buzzfeed’s global women’s rights and gender reporter. Nishita is a New India Foundation Fellow and freelance journalist whose work has also appeared in Quartz, Scroll.in, and The Wire (India).

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Ismail Einashe

Ismail Einashe is a feature and investigative journalist. He has written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The New York TimesThe Atlantic, Prospect, NPR, and The Nation, among other places. He is the Horn of Africa correspondent for Index on Censorship magazine, a global quarterly that covers free expression issues around the world. He has worked for BBC Radio Current Affairs and presented on BBC Radio. He is a Dart Center Ochberg Fellow at Colombia University Journalism School and an associate at the Cambridge Migration Research Network (CAMMIGRES). 

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Leo Hornak

Leo Hornak is a reporter and producer for BBC World Service, having previously worked at BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today Programme’ and BBC 2’s ‘Newsnight’. His work has also been featured on This American Life and Radio 4. In 2011, Leo was awarded the One World Media Award in the Radio category for his work on India’s Microcredit Meltdown for ‘Assignment’, BBC World Service.

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