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Monica Garnsey is an Executive Producer in TV Current Affairs, specialising in international and hostile environment projects, currently working on films for October Films, BBC Current Affairs and PBS Frontline. She has directed numerous observational documentaries and current affairs films for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and elsewhere. She was awarded an Emmy for BBC’s Death in Tehran, an Amnesty International Media Award for Execution of a Teenage Girl (BBC) and a RTS Award for Help Me Love My Baby for C4.
Sue Turton has been a TV reporter for 27 years, and has now diversified into documentaries and writing. She covered conflict for Al Jazeera in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Egypt where she and her colleagues were convicted on terrorism charges. Sue began at Sky News, and after reporting for ITV and GMTV she moved to Channel 4 for 12 years, winning two RTS awards.
Gemma is the director of One World Media and is responsible for the growth and success of One World Media’s programmes, particularly focused on supporting new talent covering global stories. She is passionate about the power of media to open minds and create space for conversation and change. Before joining One World Media, Gemma was working in the US documentary film industry. Most recently as Director of Programs for the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA), and prior to that as COO of San Francisco Green Film Festival.
Gethin Chamberlain is a freelance photojournalist specialising in human rights investigations. He covered South Asia for The Observer from 2008 to 2014 and was previously a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph and The Scotsman’s chief reporter. Now based in Scotland, he works as a freelance reporter and photographer for a range of international publications. His Brides of the Sun collaboration, revealing the impact of climate change on rates of child marriage, was published in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.
Rosamund is a multimedia journalist for Carbon Brief, a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate change. Her job includes making maps, data visualisations, animations, interactives and infographics. Her work has been picked up by a number of other publications, including the Guardian, the Independent, Vox, the Sydney Morning Herald and Scientific American. Prior to joining Carbon Brief, Rosamund completed an MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London, and has worked for the Science Museum and the Wellcome Trust.
Tom leads all specialist science and environment coverage for ITV News, providing original journalism and detailed analysis of complex scientific thinking and environmental issues. He was previously Science Editor at Channel 4 News and nominated by the prestigious Royal Television Society Journalism Awards for his investigative work on Tamiflu
Fiona Harvey is an award-winning environment journalist for the Guardian. Prior to this, she worked for the Financial Times for more than a decade. She has reported on every major environmental issue, from as far afield as the Arctic and the Amazon, and her wide range of interviewees include Ban Ki-moon, Tony Blair, Al Gore and Jeff Immelt.
Karl Mathiesen is the editor of Climate Home News. He was previously a freelance reporter and an environment columnist for the Guardian. He comes from Tasmania, Australia, where he was a keeper at a sanctuary for injured wildlife and threatened wildlife.
Craig Hunter has been part of the BBC’s Factual Commissioning team for more than 4 years and he is currently the Lead Commissioning Editor for Natural History and Specialist Factual. Craig works across the full range of Specialist Factual subjects for all BBC Channels, including ‘Inside the Factory’, ‘Twinstitute’, ‘How to stay Young, ‘What’s the right diet for you?’. In Natural History Craig has commissioned big single subject films, for BBC ONE: Drowning in Plastics, as well as LIVE Natural History: Big Blue Live / Wild Alaska Live and formatted shows like Animals with Cameras. He is also the lead commissioner for Factual in Scotland.
Nicky Milne is Head of Documentaries at Thomson Reuters Foundation, , the philanthropic wing of Reuters global news network who specialise in under-reported stories world-wide. She films/photographs across the globe, executive produces and develops the small multi-media team, as well as commissioning and overseeing a range of freelance shoots around the world. Prior to TRF, she worked as head of film/photo at a global NGO, Christian Aid, and has many years’ experience in TV production.
Phil Harding is a journalist, broadcaster and media consultant. Previously he was an award-winning producer, editor and senior executive at the BBC where he did a number of high profile jobs. Among other jobs, he was in charge of the BBC’s Editorial Policy overseeing the Corporation’s most difficult ethical editorial dilemmas. He was also editor of the influential Today programme and in charge of the news and English language output on the World Service.
In recent years he has worked as a consultant and executive coach with various international media groups and senior leaders.
He has written a lot recently about truth, trust and fake news. He has just written a book chapter about the regulation of social media companies and is chairing a Media Society event on this subject later this week.
He also facilitates and chairs conferences and events. He is a regular chair and interviewer at the Edinburgh International Book festival.
Alex Kirby is a former BBC journalist. He was acting Cairo bureau chief in 1986, then environment correspondent for BBC Radio and TV News, and latterly for the BBC News website, from 1987 to 2005. In 2013, with three former colleagues, he launched the Climate News Network. He was named environment journalist of the year at the UK regional press awards in 2017.
Samir Shah is the Chief Executive and Creative Director of Juniper, an independent television and radio production company.
Samir was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Birthday Honours list for services to Television and Heritage. He has worked in broadcasting for over forty years. Since 1998, Samir has been CEO and owner of Juniper which specialises in television and radio factual programmes from current affairs to dramatised documentaries for a range of broadcasters including the BBC, C4 and Nat Geo. Before Juniper, Samir was head of current affairs television at the BBC and, later, responsible for the BBC’s political journalism across radio and television. Samir’s career started at the London Weekend Television in 1979.
In June 2014 Samir was made Chair of The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, a position he currently holds. From 2005 to 2014, he was a Trustee, then Deputy Chair, of the V&A. Samir was a Non-Executive Director on the BBC Board between 2007 and 2010. He is a former Chair of the Runnymede Trust (1999 to 2009) and is a Trustee of Reprieve. He was former Chair of Screen West Midlands (2008-201). From 2004-2007, Samir was a Trustee of the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture.
Samir was awarded an OBE in 2000 New Year’s Honours list, elected a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2002 and, in 2019, was appointed Visiting Professor of Creative Media, Oxford University (Faculty of English). In August 2006 Samir was appointed a Special Professor in Post Conflict Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Nottingham.
Samir was born In India and came to England in 1960. He was educated at Latymer Upper School in London, read Geography and Maths at the University of Hull and has a DPhil from St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
Cora Bauer is Media and PR Manager at Amnesty International UK, overseeing media outputs for Amnesty’s global priority campaigns and UK immigration and migrant rights policy. She also leads on UK media outputs relating to Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Oceania. Most recently she has led on the organisation’s coronavirus reporting. Cora has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than a decade from domestic health charities to international development and human rights organisations.
Collins Boakye-Agyemang provides expert advice to Senior Management, Heads of WHO Country Offices and Communication and Health Information Officers across the African Region. He contributes to the overall strategic direction and visibility of the WHO African Region. Collins has worked in communications in Africa and the UK for over twenty years.
Marie is head of the BBC’s global anti-misinformation project ‘Beyond Fake News’. This came into operation in 2018 when the World Service started to see that the scourge of “fake news” was becoming a threat to health, wellbeing and democracy in regions across the world and needed to be challenged head on. In the past two years there have been conferences and events across India, Nigeria, Kenya, Serbia, Brazil as well as the UK. The BBC now has a dedicated anti-disinformation unit and fact checkers filing for BBC Reality Check across the globe.
Marie is a graduate of LSE. She joined the BBC language services in 1986 and has worked as a journalist, both in domestic news and global output, producing specialist environmental programmes, business output, consumer affairs, investigations as well as live news and current affairs stories.
David joined Africa Check as Nigeria editor in November 2016. He has more than a decade of experience across different media platforms. He was one of the pioneer News Editors/Producers at 99.3 Nigeria Info, 96.9 Cool FM and 95.1 Wazobia FM in Lagos. Earlier in his career, he was metro editor at NEXT Newspaper published by African-born Pulitzer Prize winner, Dele Olojede. David has a masters degree in media and communications from the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.
H R Venkatesh is the founder of Media Buddhi, a media literacy initiative he runs at BOOM, a fact-checking organization in India. He has focused on fighting misinformation since 2016 with his own startup, and a stint with the International Center for Journalists as a fellow. In 2018 and 2019, he was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University. Venkatesh is a former founding editor at The Quint and Senior Anchor at CNN-IBN, a role he held for 9 years. He is from Bangalore, India and lives in New Delhi.
Laura heads First Draft’s training and education across newsrooms and journalism schools. Her work as a multimedia journalist started back in her home, Mexico, as a photographer for a newspaper. She also worked for newspapers and film production companies in the US before coming to the UK in September 2011. Laura has worked in different newsrooms across the UK: ITV Meridian, BBC South East, BBC Radio Kent, NBC News, R4’s The World Tonight and Channel 5 News. Previously she worked as a Lecturer in Television and Multimedia Journalism at the University of Kent, and produced a weekly politics show for KMTV. She is passionate about access into journalism and diversifying the media and co-founded PressPad and the UK chapter of AMMPE World.
Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She serves as chief spokesperson on global press freedom issues for the organization and oversees CPJ’s engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as CPJ’s campaigns on behalf of journalists killed and imprisoned for their work. As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate, she frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights. Prior to joining CPJ, Radsch worked for UNESCO, edited the flagship publication “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development,” and managed the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and Middle East with Al-Arabiya, the Daily Star, and The New York Times.
Danish is a multimedia journalist with over 13 years of experience spanning some of India’s largest broadcast, digital and print newsrooms. Most recently, he was the South Asia Editor at VICE World News. Danish has travelled across the length and breadth of India to produce ground-breaking stories on identity politics, social justice, human rights, trafficking and slavery. He has reported form conflict zones including the Maoist infested pockets in central India and the No Man’s Land along the India-Bangladesh border.
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is a leading human rights lawyer with Doughty Street Chambers. Caoilfhionn has particular expertise in freedom of expression and open justice. She regularly advises and acts for newspapers and broadcasters in the UK concerning journalistic access to the courts and public interest reporting. She worked with the Media Lawyers’ Association and the Chief Coroner in the development of new guidelines on open justice in the coroners’ courts.
She also regularly acts for journalists worldwide who are imprisoned, prosecuted, sued or subjected to travel bans due to their journalism; her current and recent case load includes work for journalists, bloggers, cartoonists, peaceful protestors and human rights defenders in Egypt, Turkey and Equatorial Guinea. She leads the international legal team for the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the award-winning journalist assassinated in Malta in 2017, and she is leading counsel to 152 BBC Persian journalists persecuted by Iran due to their work. She is a member of the UK Advisory Board to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and regularly works with Index on Censorship and other NGOs specialising in freedom of expression.
Leandro is one of Brazil’s leading investigative journalists. His trajectory is nationally recognized because of his courage and innovation, whether leading editorial departments like “Revista Piaui”, or in his actual function as the executive editor of The Intercept Brasil. Demori is also the author of the book that tells the story of Tommaso Buscetta, a member of Cosa Nostra, an Italian mafia. The book revealed unpublished documents and is the result of years of research. In 2019, Demori was responsible for leading the work at The Intercept Brasil and also the journalism consortium that was built to investigate the irregularities of Car Wash Operation, the most important Brazilian anti-corruption operation. This work exposed the corruption in the heart of Brazil’s judiciary, and for that reason it has exposed Demori to risks and threats from the far-right Brazilian government.
Lubna is the Jerusalem bureau chief for Middle East Eye, which she has worked for since it was established in 2014. Masarwa is responsible for coordinating journalists based on the ground in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel and Jerusalem, deciding how best to report events from the region. In 2020 Shatha Hammad, one of the team working from the West Bank, won the prestigious One World Media New Voice Award. Masarwa, who is herself Palestinian, has also covered stories herself including the recent elections in Israel and the Lions Gate uprising in East Jerusalem in 2017. Before joining MEE, Masarwa worked at the Alquds University in Jerusalem as a community organiser; also coordinated visits by British lawmakers and journalists to Israel Palestine.
Athandiwe is a multi-award-winning journalist who is passionate about data, human interest issues, governance and everything that isn’t on social media. She is an author, an avid reader and trying to find the answer to the perfect balance between investigative journalism, online audiences and the decline in newspaper sales. It’s a rough world and a rewarding profession.
Julie is an acclaimed investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker with 20 years’ experience in crafting compelling and impactful storytelling through documentary, still images and creative narrative. Her career spans current affairs documentaries, news, politics, observational documentaries and live political programming. Julie has worked, lived and travelled in over 60 countries around the world, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, to South Sudan and Afghanistan.
Julie has produced, directed and series produced on award-winning series and critically acclaimed strands including Channel 4’s Dispatches and Unreported World, and the BBC’s This World. Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for awards including the Rory Peck Award for Impact and Broadcast Award’s Best Current Affairs Documentary. Many of her films have been shown in Parliament and some have prompted policy and legal change. Passionate about developing new talent in foreign affairs, Julie also runs courses for organisations including One World Media, and teaches on Hostile Environment training courses.
Catherine is a senior reporter with the French international news channel, France24 and winner of the One World Media Refugee Reporting Award 2020. Catherine has previously worked for BBC Newsnight and ITV before she moved to Paris. She has interviewed Gaddafi, covered the revolution in Libya and reported on breaking stories such as the election of Donal Trump and the Arab Spring uprisings.
Zain is a young person from Pakistan seeking asylum. He recently completed a Degree in Philosophy and Global Studies and achieved a First Class honours. Zain works with the Red Cross’s Voices Network and campaigns for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. He has first-hand experience of the injustice of the UK judicial system and the obstacles asylum seekers and refugees go through. Zain campaigns for access to higher education, the right to employment and to raise awareness of the psychosocial impact of the asylum process.
Mishal’s BBC career began in 1998 as a producer and she became one of the main presenters on BBC World News, spending time based in Singapore and Washington as well as presenting live on location from around the world. Mishal has presented four critically-acclaimed BBC single documentaries and series: Malala – Shot for Going to School; How Facebook Changed the World – the Arab Spring; a three-part series on the life of Mahatma Gandhi; and Britain & Europe – The Immigration Question, broadcast in the days before the EU referendum vote.
In January 2016 she was named by the Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in Britain; in 2015 she was Broadcaster of the Year at the London Press Club Awards and Presenter of the Year at the Women in Film and TV Awards.
Pasca is Director of Media at the British Red Cross. She heads up a communications team which aims to bear witness to the challenges faced by people in crisis around the world, including refugee and asylum seekers. Pasca has 14 years’ experience developing communications campaigns for charities, public health initiatives and leading brands.
Harriet Grant is a writer and reporter specialising in human rights stories. She has been writing regularly for the Guardian about migration, slavery and social affairs for nearly ten years and before that worked as a broadcast journalist and producer at the BBC. Harriet has reported from Calais, Italy and Glasgow on the human face of the global refugee crisis and has a particular interest in EU asylum policy.