12-13 October 2021 •  London & Online

One World Media’s annual global reporting summit returns, bringing the international journalism community together to explore the most pressing challenges and solutions facing our industry.

Join us as experts all over the world take a deep dive into the realities of reporting on the most crucial and long-running stories of a generation – the climate, covid and refugee crisis – all against the backdrop of increasing threats to press freedom.

The entire two-day event will be available online, and a select number of ticket holders will also be able to attend the second day’s sessions in person at the Frontline Club in London.

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Day One  •  12 October, 2021

The Age of Adaptation: How international newsrooms have pivoted to face the pandemic

11:00 – 12:00 (UTC+1)

Newsrooms from across the world will discuss how the pandemic has impacted their reporting. We’ll hear insights into the new and improved practices that have emerged from necessity and how they continue to report on long-running stories like the climate, covid and refugee crisis.

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Victoria Bridges (Chair)

Acting Director, One World Media

Wale Lawal

Editor-in-Chief, Republic Knowledge

Tim Singleton

Head of International News, Sky News

Irving Huerta

Editor, Connectas

Who Gets To Tell The Story?

13:00 – 14:00 (UTC+1)

Stories shape our world, so it matters how they’re told. Join us for three exclusive keynotes from our special guest speakers each exploring the power of perspective:

  • The End of the Foreign Correspondent?Heba Aly, The New Humanitarian
    In the last year, many media organisations have been trying to improve racial justice and representation within their newsrooms. But what does that look like on the global scale? How does international journalism challenge the power structures embedded in the production of news? In this keynote, Heba Aly, CEO at The New Humanitarian will share her vision of how media outlets can decolonise their coverage of the global south.
  • Activism vs. JournalismMuna & Mohamed Alkurd, Middle East Eye
    Outspoken Palestinian siblings, Muna & Mohamed Alkurd will explore the differences (and similarities) between their work as both activists and journalists. They will discuss the risks taken by those reporting on the ground and how international media platforms can work to better protect them.
  • How influential is media in defining Africa’s story?Moky Makura, Africa No Filter
    The Economist’s frequently cited; ‘Africa the hopeless continent’ cover of 2000 was a powerful testament to the influence of media in shaping opinions about the continent. But have perceptions changed since then? And what is the media’s role in retelling the story?

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Heba Aly

CEO, The New Humanitarian

Mohamed Alkurd

Activist & Journalist

Muna Alkurd

Activist & Journalist

Moky Makura

Executive Director, Africa No Filter

Podcast Production Masterclass: People Fixing The World

14:30 – 15:30 (UTC+1)

The BBC’s People Fixing The World podcast team will take us behind the scenes of this award-winning series. From seaweed farmers fighting the climate crisis in Zanzibar to the scientists preventing dengue fever in Colombia, we’ll hear what makes a great solutions-based story and the secrets to producing this fascinating weekly podcast.

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Anna Doble

Digital Editor, BBC World Service, English

Alison Gee

Editor, People Fixing The World & Assistant Editor, Newscast

Reporting Crisis with Compassion: A trauma-informed approach to supporting refugee storytellers

In Partnership with British Red Cross

16:00 – 17:00 (UTC+1)

Experts from the media and NGO sector will guide you through this practical toolkit to using collaborative work techniques to inform your reporting on the migrant and refugee crisis.

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Bex Gilbert (Chair)

Head of News, British Red Cross

Jo Healey

BBC Journalist, Author & Founder of Trauma Reporting

Nadja Drost

PBS NewsHour Correspondent

Day Two  •  13 October, 2021
(Online & Frontline Club)

Forced to Flee: What next for exiled journalists?

14:00 – 15:00 (UTC+1)

As the threat to press freedom rises and those who report the truth are increasingly forced to flee their homes, we’ll hear from exiled journalists who have had to rebuild their lives and careers, and discuss what more the media industry can do to support them.

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Dania Akkad (Chair)

Senior Investigations Editor, Middle East Eye

Vivienne Francis

Director, Refugee Journalism Project

Osama Gaweesh

Editor-in-Chief, Egypt Watch

Meet The Commissioners: How to keep the climate crisis on the front page

15:15 – 16:15 (UTC+1)

As COP26 looms, we’ll be talking to top commissioners from the likes of Al Jazeera and BBC to hear how to keep the climate crisis at the top of the news agenda and the innovative approaches they hope to see in a pitch.

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Sam Sutaria (Chair)

Head of Strategy, WaterBear Network

Harriet Oliver

Editor, BBC World Service (Africa Youth Programmes / Digital Content)

Amanda Burrell

Executive Producer, Earthrise Al Jazeera

Challenging The Western Lens On Global Reporting

David Hearst in conversation with Dr Dalia Fahmy

16:15 – 17:00 (UTC+1)

Join us for this timely discussion as we explore how western media coverage of international events has shaped perceptions of the people at the heart of the stories. How do we challenge this western liberal perspective and the assumption of a moral right to intervene? What does this say about us, and how is this changing?

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David Hearst

Editor-in-Chief, Middle East Eye

Dr Dalia Fahmy

Associate Professor of Political Science, Long Island University

More info:

All sessions will be available online via a Vimeo Livestream or Zoom webinar.

Day two of the One World Media Global Reporting Summit 2021 will be hosted at the Frontline Club in London. If you wish to attend these events in person, please ensure you purchase the London Event Pass.

Standard covid safety measures will be in place at the Frontline Club:

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the venue
  • Socially distanced seating will be in place
  • We recommend that guests wear a face mask
  • We advise all guests to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before the event

If you have any questions or access requirements, please contact us at [email protected] in advance of the event.

Discounted Tickets:

Discounted student tickets are available at £9 to those currently in education.

To encourage equal opportunities, we also have a limited number of discounted tickets available for underrepresented groups (people of colour, ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities) and low-income participants. Discounted tickets are allocated to selected applicants.

Please email [email protected] to request these discounted tickets.

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Discounted tickets are available for students.

Sue Turton

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.

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. 

Gemma Bradshaw

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

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 Pearce

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 Clarke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sam Sutaria

Sam is the Head of Strategy for the soon-to-launch WaterBear Network – a digital platform and mobile app that raises awareness, educates and facilitates positive action through: original storytelling, interactive technology and a global network of impactful partners. Prior to joining the WaterBear founding team, Sam was GM at The European Nature Trust (TENT) where he developed the organisation through a new strategy focused on eco-travel, filmmaking and events across the continent for a growing global network. Before that, Sam spent several years producing film content for the award-winning creative agency ‘Nice and Serious’ in London. A life-long conservationist and biology graduate, Sam is also a photographer, with a Masters in ‘Wildlife Filmmaking’ from the BBC’s Natural History Unit; and a Trustee of the Barnes Film Festival and the Hartswood Trust.

Samir Shah (Chair)

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

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

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 Helly

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 Ajikobi

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

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 Garcia

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.

Dr. Courtney Radsch

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 Raza

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

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 Demori

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 Masarwa

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 Saba

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 Noon

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 Norris-Trent

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 Husain

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 Lane

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

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.

Irving Huerta

Irving is a member of CONNECTAS’ Editorial Board and an academic. He has worked for media and investigative organisations like AristeguiNoticias.com and Forensic Architecture. He holds a PhD in Politics from Goldsmiths University and is a regular trainer and course developer for the Centre of Investigative Journalism in the UK.

Tim Singleton

Tim is head of International News at Sky. He has overseen coverage of the US elections; the war in Tigray and shocking evidence there of sexual abuse; the mass Covid outbreak in India; and the recent events in Afghanistan. Prior to this, he was Director of Communications at the Department for International Development, and Deputy Editor and Director of Newsgathering at ITV News, directing award-winning coverage on a range of international stories including the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. He also covered the conflicts in Kosovo and Iraq.

Heba Aly

A multimedia journalist by training, Heba spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before moving into management. Her work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News and The New Humanitarian, among others, took her to places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad and Libya; and she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for her work in northern Sudan.

Heba has worked with The New Humanitarian in different capacities since 2007, including as field correspondent and Middle East Editor, and played a key role in planning and executing IRIN’s spin-off from the United Nations to become an independent media organisation. Her recent TEDx Talk – “Stop Eating Junk News” – drives home the importance of responsible journalism from crisis zones. She is a regular commentator on humanitarian policy in her published work, in governmental briefings and at conferences around the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System and, in 2018, was named one of 100 Young Global Leaders under 40. She was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018 by New African magazine. Heba speaks English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

Anna Doble

Anna is digital editor at BBC World Service where she leads on podcast, video and social media strategy. She is developing the BBC’s presence in digital audio markets around the world and has pioneered digital communities around podcasts, including hit shows Death in Ice Valley, 13 Minutes to the Moon and North Korean hacking thriller, The Lazarus Heist. She is the “digital doctor” on the World Service listener feedback show, Over to You.

Anna previously ran the digital news team at Radio 1, where she created a social video strategy for youth audiences. Before that, she was head of online at Channel 4 News where she won a series of digital innovation awards. 

Alison Gee

Alison is editor of People Fixing the World, which specialises in solutions journalism. The strand features innovative solutions that are solving problems around the globe. She leads a team making digital video, radio and podcasts covering a huge range of subjects: a man who regrew a patch of rainforest, a scheme to find careers for ex-criminals, a helpline for men who commit domestic abuse, specialised training to stop police misconduct and a spacesuit that’s been adapted to save women’s lives in childbirth.

She’s about to join the popular BBC Newscast podcast. In the past, she’s worked on the BBC News website on video and text features, and she’s also presented and edited news and business programmes for the BBC World Service.

Vivenne Francis

Vivienne is the director of the Refugee Journalism Project an initiative that she established in 2016 to support displaced and exiled media workers to re-connected with their careers in the UK. Through workshops, mentoring and collaborative work, the project focuses on helping the group to become better networked, updating their skills and finding freelance and job opportunities.

Vivienne is also a Reader and Senior Lecturer in Social Justice Journalism and Knowledge Exchange at London College of Communication, part of the University of Arts London. Prior to joining academia, Vivienne worked as a producer with the BBC and as a print journalist. Her journalistic work has focused on issues such as deaths in custody, inequalities in the education system and miscarriages of justice.  

Harriet Oliver

Harriet is responsible for creating and commissioning news content for young global audiences. She edits two current affairs programmes for teenagers in Africa and a digital news service for young people globally. Her team of reporters put the experiences of young people at the heart of their journalism and experiment with innovative story-telling techniques to engage young audiences.

Prior to joining the World Service, Harriet worked for the BBC News Channel and 5 Live Radio.

David Hearst

David is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He is a commentator and speaker on the region and analyst on Saudi Arabia. He was The Guardian’s foreign leader writer and was a correspondent in Russia, Europe, and Belfast. He joined the Guardian from The Scotsman, where he was an education correspondent.

Dr Dalia Fahmy

Dr Fahmy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy in Washington DC, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and UNESCO Chair at Rutgers University for 2018.

Dr Fahmy has published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the effects of Islamophobia on US foreign policy. She has given several briefings on the future of democracy in the Middle East. She has been interviewed by and written editorials in various media outlets including ABC, CBS, CBC, CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, the Huffington Post, the Immanent Frame, the Washington Post, and appears often on Al Jazeera. She has presented her research in various venues including Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, UCLA, The Middle East Institute, The Asia Society, The World Bank, The Wilson Center and The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy.

Dr Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. In 2014, Dr. Fahmy was one of the recipients of the prestigious Kleigman Prize in Political Science, was the 2016 recipient of the Newton Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2017 was named NPR’s “Source of the Week”.

Bex Gilbert

Bex Gilbert is Head of News at the British Red Cross, managing the charity’s talented and busy media team. A former journalist with more than a decade’s experience across news, features and documentaries for newspapers and TV, she’s been a member of the Red Cross media team for the past 13 years. Over that time she’s worked on everything from the Haiti earthquake to the Grenfell Tower Fire and across all areas of the Red Cross’s work helping people in crisis in the UK and overseas.

Human interest storytelling has always been at the heart of her work and over the years she’s learned a lot about the importance of creating safe and empowering ways for people to tell their own stories in their own way and in their own words. As someone who’s been on both sides of the fence, as a journalist working to tight deadlines, and a press officer negotiating access to storytellers, she understands the pressures of both. Bex hopes this event will build understanding and share best practices on how to work with people who have experienced trauma, so their complex, emotive and compelling stories can move audiences to a greater level of understanding and prompt positive change.