Desmond Davies is originally from Sierra Leone and has been a journalist and commentator on African affairs for more than 40 years. He is a former Editor of West Africa Magazine in London, He has also worked for New African and Africa Now magazines in London, becoming Editor of the latter in 1984. He continues to write extensively on African and global affairs. He has extensive political contacts in Africa and has interviewed a number of heads of state, including, for example former Presidents Charles Taylor of Liberia, Jerry Rawlings and John Kufuor of Ghana while they were in office and President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia. Desmond is currently the London Bureau Chief for the Ghana News Agency (GNA). He is a Mentor in strategic communication at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London.
Mounira Chaieb is a mentor/trainer with the ALC on strategic communication in leadership, peace and security. She’s been mentoring fellows since 2013. She’s also Editor & Presenter on ALC Radio. Ms. Chaieb has over twenty years as a journalist with the BBC as a Trainer, Editor, Reporter, Presenter and Producer. She has tackled issues related to the ‘Arab Spring, Human Rights, Women’s issues, Political Islam, African immigration to Europe, relations between North Africa and Africa south of the Sahara and much more. She moved around various departments of the BBC and in the African service, she worked on Focus on Africa, Network Africa, and African perspectives. As a Senior Trainer, Ms. Chaieb was part of the team that trained new journalists joining the newly launched BBC Arabic and Persian TV stations and other departments on different skills of broadcast journalism and editorial guidelines.