Prue Clarke is an award-winning journalist, Director of the International Reporting Program at the City University of New York, and co-founder and president of New Narratives – a media development NGO. She was the Africa Projects manager at BBC Media Action. Her reports – especially covering the war in eastern Congo and development in Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya – have appeared in Newsweek, the Guardian, The Times, and on radio and television networks across the world. Clarke won a United Nations World Gold Medal for her journalistic works, covering topics in west Africa from poverty, gender violence, post-war reconstruction, and elections. She has trained journalists across Africa and has been a consultant for governments, universities, and NGOs on media development.
Edward Boateng is the Executive Chairman and group CEO of Global Media Alliance. Previously, as Africa Head of Turner Broadcasting System, he spearheaded the introduction of TBS brands such as CNN and Cartoon Network onto African television screens. During Mr Boateng's tenure as the Chairman of the Millenium Development Authority Ghana he redirected the appropriation of funds to help reduce poverty by raising farmer incomes. He also established the CNN African Journalists Awards (CNN AJA) to recognize excellence in journalism in Africa. Having advised the governments of Nelson Mandela, General Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and President John Kuffuor of Ghana, he has first-hand understanding of the political landscape currently shaping African Affairs.
Stan Frankland is a Social Anothropology lecturer at the University of St Andrews. With a wealth of experience of life in Uganda, his visits to Western Uganda also serve as the main discussion point in the documentary ‘Pygmies’. The documentary draws from his personal observations working with the Busua, a Pygmie group, reflecting on the often misguided attempts at Western aid and the projection of an image of ‘otherness’. In his paper, ‘No money, no life - surviving on the streets of Uganda’, he explores the urban life on the margins of society for underprivileged young men.
Ralph Simon, known as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry, is a trail-blazer, innovator, and visionary in the mobile industry. He heads of the London-based Mobilium Group, whose Africa division launched the first pan-Africans and Africa-specific mobile health delivery network in 2013, known as Smart Health Hub. He sees Africa as a place with amazing potential for mobile device growth, and the Smart Health Hub works in partnership with the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the World Health Organization. Simon predicted in 1997 that mobile phones would soon become indispensable, and Mobilium seeks to bring mobile commerce, software, and innovation to the entire African continent.
Vijaya Ramachandran is a senior fellow at the Centre for Global Development. She focuses her research around private-sector advancement and development interventions in fragile states. Ms Ramachandran has also worked in the in the African Private Sector Group of the World Bank and in the Executive Office of the Secretary General of The United Nations. She has recently co-authored an essay on Africa’s fledgling middle class and is looking at the impact of regulatory reform on investment as well as at better ways to deliver humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of natural disasters. Her work has appeared in several well-known media outlets including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, National Public Radio, Voice of America, and the Economist.
Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author based at SOAS, University of London. She previously served as special assistant for communications to Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and has consulted for ActionAid, the African Development Bank, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and Search for Common Ground. Her anti-corruption children's book, Gbagba, was published by One Moore Book in 2013 to critical acclaim and has been placed on the supplemental list of readers for 3rd to 5th graders in Liberia. Robtel's writing has also been published in the 2014 book Leadership in Post-Colonial Africa: Trends Transformed by Independence, as well as the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings, the International New York Times, The Guardian (UK), Al Jazeera English, and Newsweek-Daily Beast. She was selected as a “99 under 33” influential policy leader in 2013 and an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow in 2010.