Peter Burdin is the BBC’s former Africa Bureau Chief. He has thirty-five years experience as a senior editorial leader in the BBC’s International News operation and has worked extensively in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Indian sub-continent and Asia from where he has covered numerous major international news stories. He has won several Sony Awards for his news and documentary programmes, including the war in Bosnia, the Tiananmen Square protests, South Africa’s first democratic elections and the funeral of President Nelson Mandela. Peter is currently an Advisor to BBC Africa and is lecturing in International Journalism at universities in the UK and Africa.
Nadia Turki is a London-based Arab journalist, biographer and poet. From 2010 to 2015 Nadia was the Senior Editor in the Political Section of Alsharq Al Aswat (Middle East) and has interviewed many senior Arab and international politicians and businessmen. She is the biographer of M. Cherif Bassiouni, a leading figure in human rights and international law. Nadia regularly hosts and participates in BBC Arabic programmes including “7 Days”, “Open Agenda” and “Talk Time”. Her poetry includes the book “The Vision” and for many years she wrote a daily column in the “Al-Arab” newspaper titled “Reflections of a Woman”. In 2015 Nadia founded and serves as President of the International Academy of Media and Diplomacy (IAMD).
Sophia White is a brand strategist. She is the founder of Brand Design Agency offering strategic, analytical and creative thinking to challenging branding issues for clients across the Luxury, Creative and Technology sectors in Africa, USA, Europe and the UK. Over the last nine years she has successfully participated in campaigns for manor brands like Nestle, Coca Cola, Barcardi, Lindt, Vimto, Fullers, Yazoo, Diageo Monster, Relentless, Haribo and McKinsey as well as government agencies including the European Commission, the Home Office, HMRC, Southwark Council, Manchester City and Nottingham City.
Christopher Goodwin is a former army officer, serving in England, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany, after which he had a career in international banking at Commerzbank, in England, Germany and Hungary. He then moven on to IFSL (formerly British Invisibles) with close contacts at Mansion House, including arranging business delegations for the Lord Mayor’s overseas visits. Most recently, he has been a Diplomatic Consultant at a number of West End hotels, currently The Athenaeum. He speaks a number of languages including German, French and Hungarian.