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.
Craig Kelly is the Founder and CEO of Iconic Media Solutions, a London based media and publishing house and a Senior Communications Adviser to the partnership. Craig has 15 years experience working with some of the world’s best known international brands to create effective business and media strategies with a focus on branding and communications. Through Iconic Craig heads up several international trade and business events such as China Britain Trade Expo, MENA Britain Trade Expo and ALL Mediation Conference with such sponsors as the Guangdong Government, Barclays, Egyptian Government, FIPA, CMC, BDO, SpecialistInfo and the House of Lords. Iconic Media Solutions also publishes leading industry journals and trade publications such as Luxury of London, UK Mediation Journal and Medico-Legal Magazine.
Nadia Turki is the News Director and founder of 7Dnews, an international online political newspaper promoting peace and diversity. An accomplished international journalist, writer, poet and academic, Ms. Al Turki writes in three languages and has an excellent command of both French and English. With a background deeply rooted in the media, she is a seasoned expert who has worked with, among others, Asharq Al-Awsat, Sterling University, Al Arab News, and Saudi Research and Publishing. She was president and founder of the International Academy of Media and Diplomacy (IAMD). Nadia participates in several radio and television programmes on a regular basis and contributes as a political analyst, mainly for the BBC Arabic service. She is a regular participant in London-based BBC Arabic features such as 7 Days, Open Agenda and Talk Time.
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.
Tom Grove is a Barrister’s Clerk with 35 years experience in managing some of the country’s premier Barrister’s Chambers dealing with high profile litigation in the UK and in the European Courts, gaining excellent connections with many of the UK’s large law firms. An accredited mediator, mostly dealing with commercial disputes, he in the process of establishing peace centres throughout London with other leading mediators. Their vision is to create safe space where individuals and communities can gather to resolve differences in peaceful conversation.
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