FOUNDER AND MENTOR
International Editor of Channel 4 News and author of 'In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent, Marie Colvin' and 'Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution', Lindsey has covered many of the major international conflicts and crises for 25 years. In recent years, she has reported from Syria, Libya and beyond, as well as on the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. She has won several awards including the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year and the Charles Wheeler Award.
FOUNDER AND MENTOR
Canadian-born Lyse Doucet is the BBC's award-winning Chief International Correspondent and BBC World TV presenter. She has covered the Middle East for more than 20 years, with postings in Amman, Jerusalem, Tehran, Islamabad, Kabul and Abidjan. In 1999, she joined the BBC's team of presenters. Lyse has been awarded eight honorary doctorates, and was awarded an OBE in 2014 for her services to broadcasting.
Writer and producer Jane Wellesley was very close to Marie Colvin, and is her sole executor. She started her career in 1975 with The Radio Times and the BBC. She has been involved with many organisations, including the Advisory Council for Edinburgh Television Festival and the National Film School, and is a Trustee of The Circle.
Philippa Nairn is an independent fundraising, communications and international development consultant, with extensive experience working with NGOs, media organisations and social enterprises in the MENA region. She has worked previously with the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, Welfare Association, AltCity, the United Nations Relief & Works Agency and Ma’an News.
Dima Hamdan was a news producer and reporter for BBC Arabic Service, with postings in Baghdad, Beirut and Jerusalem. She also produced radio documentaries and is a director of short fiction. Dima has been an editorial coach and mentor with ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) in Tunis and Palestine.
Abir Kopty is a blogger and writer based in Berlin. She holds an MA in Political Communication from City University, London, and is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. She contributes political analysis to outlets, such as Middle East Eye, and was recently the host of “Eib”, an audio podcast by Sowt Podcasting.
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