Speakers

Blaise Aboh

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Code for Africa ; Innovation Fellow ;

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Blaise is a Storylab Academy Trainer. He also works as a catalyst and enabler leveraging systems and resources necessary to entrench data as 'mission critical' for News Agency of Nigeria’s newsrooms.;

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Bukola Adebayo

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Naija Data Ladies ; Journalist ;

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Bukola Adebayo is an award-winning journalist who has covered health, science, and development issues in Nigeria and Africa for The Punch, the most widely read news platform in Nigeria. She graduated from The International Institute of Journalism in Berlin, Germany.;

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Yemisi Adegoke

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Guardian / Naija Data Ladies ; Multimedia Journalist ;

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Yemisi is a multimedia journalist and documentary film maker based in Lagos. A graduate of the Arthur L Carter Institute of Journalism at New York University, Yemisi’s writing has been featured in media organizations including The Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), The Voice, Media Diversified and TRUE AfriK).;

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Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti

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Webber Wentzel Bowens ; Lawyer ;

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Okyerebea specialises in commercial litigation, data protection, protection of confidential business information,print, electronic and broadcast media law and several other related areas. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Pretoria.;

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Justin Arenstein

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Code For Africa ; Director ;

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Code for Africa CEO Justin Arenstein is a veteran South African investigative journalist and media entrepreneur. He is recognised internationally as an expert in data-driven journalism and related new media technologies. He co-founded the pioneering independent news wire agency African Eye News Service (AENS).;

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Ravi Bajpai

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ICFJ ; Knight Fellow ;

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ICFJ Knight Fellow Ravi Bajpai is helping top Indian newsrooms to reinvent their journalism using multimedia and data skills. A journalist of 15 years, in his previous job he set up digital video operations for India’s leading news daily Hindustan Times. As a video journalist his news documentaries have been published on The Economist and CCTV among others.;

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Peter Bale

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Wikitribune ; Editor ;

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Peter is the first editor of Wikitribune. He previously served as director of the Center for Public Integrity between 2014 and 2016, after a long career in journalism.;

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Lesedi Bewlay

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The Engine Room ; Programme Coordinator ;

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Lesedi has a background in computer science and NGOs and has a strong interest in social change. He coordinates the Light Touch Support Program at The Engine Room. Lesedi holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Indiana University Bloomington.;

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Ralph Borland

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African Robots ; Artist, Designer and Researcher ;

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Ralph is an artist, designer and researcher. He holds a multi-disciplinary PhD from the School of Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin. His African Robots project aims to link art and design to social intervention.;

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Ivo Brodnik

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Q Division ; Creative, System & Information Architect ;

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Ivo Brodnik is co-founder and technology and innovation partner at Q Division, a Cape Town based product and service design company. His multi-disciplinary background spans from super-computing to award winning ad campaigns.;

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Catherine Gicheru

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ICFJ ; Knight Fellow ;

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ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine is a veteran Kenyan editor who is working with the Code for Kenya open-data initiative to promote data journalism and civic innovation as a means to strengthen storytelling and audience engagement.She was a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University, and founding editor of Kenya’s The Star newspaper.;

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Lynsey Chutel

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Quartz ; Reporter ;

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Lynsey covers southern African stories for Quartz. She previously worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press, covering breaking news and features in southern Africa. She was a producer at eNCA, where she reported from several countries in Africa, including Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda.;

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Vanessa Clark

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Ananse Media ; Journalist ;

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Vanessa has contributed to local and international online publications including - TechCrunch, Memeburn, Ventureburn, African Business Review, Bizcommunity.com and Afrinnovator. She is currently a freelance journalist writing about technology in Africa, a copywriter and the co-founder of Mobiflock.;

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Susan Comrie

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amaBhungane ; Investigative Journalist ;

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Susan is an investigative journalist at amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has won numerous awards, including a CNN African Journalism Award, a Taco Kuiper Award (Runner-up), a Sanlam Financial Journalism Award and the National Press Club Journalist of the Year Award. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Global Shining Light Award.;

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Nuzulak Dausen

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Mwananchi Communications ; Investigative Journalist ;

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Nuzulack Dausen is an award-winning investigative journalist with Mwananchi Communications Ltd (MCL) in Tanzania. He specialises in business, economics, technology and data reporting. He holds a B.A in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Dar es Salaam.;

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Nic Dawes

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Human Rights Watch ; Deputy Executive Editor for Media ;

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Nic is Deputy Executive Director for Media at Human Rights Watch. He was previously Chief Content Officer at India’s Hindustan Times, and Editor-in-Chief at South Africa’s leading political and investigative newspaper, the Mail & Guardian. He is the recipient of Sikuvile, Mondi, Taco Kuiper and National Press Club awards.;

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Neil du Toit

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Q Division ; Data Strategist ;

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Neil du Toit is a data strategist at Q Division. His educational background is in mathematics and law. He is a former national debating champion, and specializes in communicating complex ideas through the clear presentation of data.;

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Jerri Eddings

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ICFJ ; Senior Program Director ;

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Jerri supervises and implements global programs and serves as editor of the Knight Fellowships thought leadership blog. She has extensive experience in the United States and Africa as a reporter, editor, television producer and director of media capacity building programs.;

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Adi Eyal

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OpenUp ; Founder ;

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Founder of OpenUp, a civic technology organisation promoting usage of data in order to drive social change. He founded South Africa's first data journalism academy and was awarded a Make All Voices Count fellowship to support civil society organisations use data in order to effect social change in South Africa. He was part of the team that won the Vodacom journalist of the year award in the online category and is on a mission to challenge the South African media to be a global center of innovation. He is also founding member ofd the Open Data and Democracy initiative, an Open Knowledge ambassador and a co-coordinator of the Hacks/Hackers chapter in Cape Town.;

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Kerry Friend

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Bear Season ; Co-founder ;

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Background in advertising as a creative. Headed up the Isobar Innovation team, NowLab, for 2 years. Co-founder of Bear Season Project - currently working at Wits University Innovation Precinct managing design sprints, hackathons and recently co-launched the IoT Lab, all under the auspices of Prof Dwolatzky. Now partnered with Adi Eyal, founder of OpenUp, to drive the civic tech programme, Codebridge.;

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Nicki Gules

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City Press ; Assistant Editor ;

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Nicki is the Assistant Editor, News and Investigations at City Press. She is a former News Editor at The Times and The Sunday Times.;

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Nasr ul Hadi

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ICFJ ; Knight Fellow ;

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Nasr ul Hadi leads the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ) Knight Fellows in India. This team — editorial, multimedia, product, technology and strategy consultants — drives innovation experiments in newsrooms’ story, product, workflow and/or business models, by developing and expanding the use of new technologies and digital-led best practices that improve access to quality information and journalism.;

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Ferial Haffajee

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ANCIR / HuffPoSA ; Editor-at-Large ;

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Ferial Haffajee is an editor and investigative journalist. She is editor at ANCIR and editor-at-large at the Huffington Post SA. Previously she was editor-in-chief of City Press and the Mail & Guardian, both leading investigative titles in South Africa where the teams she worked with published many award-winning investigations.;

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Khuram Hussain

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Omidyar ; Business Consultant ;

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Khuram received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He has consulted for companies such as Walmart and McKesson and interned with Technoserve in Guinea and Endeavor in Columbia.He currently helps structure and manage Omidyar Network’s investments.;

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Alex Jakana

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ; Programme Officer ;

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Alex is the Program Officer Strategic Partnerships at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he maintains strategic media partnerships. Prior to that he was the Executive Producer Editorial Partnerships, Africa at the BBC.;

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Nonso Jideofor

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The Engine Room ; Regional Lead ;

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Nonso is The Engine Room’s regional lead in sub-saharan Africa. Before joining The Engine Room, he worked with Caerus Associates, Herock Nigeria and recently Reboot on ICT4D.;

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Thanduxolo Jika

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Investigative ; Journalist ;

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Thanduxolo is an award winning journalist in both hard news and investigations. His work ranges from hard-hitting coverage of the country’s politics to detailed narratives about the injustices facing ordinary South Africans.;

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Lewis Kaluzi

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African Robots ; Master Wire Artist ;

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Lewis has been making wire art for most of his life. He has plied his trade across Southern Africa, making work for local and foreign clients. Lewis is part of African Robots, a project introducing electronic and mechanical forms to street wire art.;

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Meera K

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Citizen Matters ; Co-founder ;

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ICFJ-Knight Fellow Meera K has worked in the community and urban news media space for over a decade. She co-founded Citizen Matters, an award winning news website on critical urban issues for civic journalism. She also helped initiate Open City, an urban data platform, and Co Media Lab, a community newsroom and resource centre. Meera is a founder trustee at the Oorvani Foundation, a non-profit trust for a free and independent media.;

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Lily Kuo

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Quartz / Atlas for Africa ; Reporter ;

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Lily covers East Africa and China in Africa from Nairobi, and previously reported for Quartz from Hong Kong. She has covered general news for Reuters in New York and the Los Angeles Times in Beijing. She is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Peking University, and holds degrees in English and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.;

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Jennifer 8 Lee

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Plympton ; Co-founder ;

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Jennifer 8. Lee is co-founder and CEO of Plympton, a San Francisco-based literary studio that innovates in digital publishing. A former New York Times reporter, Jenny is also the author of the New York Times-bestselling book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles and the founder of Emojicon (she co-authored the proposal for a hijab emoji) and Misinfocon.;

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David Lemayian

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Code for Africa ; Lead Technologist ;

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ICFJ Knight Fellow David leads the development of journalistic tools and software for Code for Africa. He has facilitated bootcamps for the World Bank Group in Moldova, Malawi, Nepal and Tanzania. David is a former winner of the Google Android Developer Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa and was a Global Editors Networks Data Journalism Awards Finalist.;

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Annalise Lubbe

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Carte Blanche ; Television Producer ;

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Annalise is a seasoned South African television producer who have honed her skills in investigative journalism. Her career started off in news working for several international broadcasters as a sound engineer and then later an editor for ZDF during the days before Mandela was released. Her career took a side swing to children’s stories and the later on consumer programmes before she joined Carte Blanche as a producer.;

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Odanga Madung

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Odipo Dev ; Data Science Lead ;

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Odanga is working to make sense of the world around us through the eyes of data by helping organisations build better relationships with their target audiences across all media platforms with a new social intelligence dashboard, Dive Analytics.;

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Fidel Mbhele

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; Public Policy Consultant ;

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Fidel is a Public Policy and Development Strategy Professional with specialisation in ICTs and Innovation. He is a former Director of ICT Policy and Stretegy for the Western Cape, and attended UCL for his MSc Development Administration and Planning Urban Development Policy.;

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Johnnie Miller

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africanDRONE ; Founder ;

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Johnnie is an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker, and the founder of africanDRONE. He has won several prestigious international awards for his project “Unequal Scenes”, an exploration of inequality by drone.;

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Omar Mohamed

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ICFJ ; Knight Fellow ;

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ICFJ Knight Fellow Omar Mohammed leads Code for Tanzania. He is an experienced data journalist and digital strategist. ​In 2015, he helped launch Quartz Africa and worked as the platform’s East African reporter.;

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Sarah Murphy

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MSF ; Producer ;

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Until September, Sarah was Europe and sub-Saharan Africa editor for original video content at Al Jazeera’s AJ+. She also was part of the small team that launched AJ+. She will soon be Multimedia Projects Manager for Médecins Sans Frontières in Brussels. She’s worked as a journalist and NGO professional in the Republic of Georgia, Kosovo and Bosnia. Her academic background is in philosophy and comparative politics.;

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Wairimu (Macharia) Muturu

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Afrobarometer ; Content Manager ;

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A Nuttic Fellow, a Young Diplomats Fellow and a Data4Change alumnus, Wairimu oversees management of all digital properties including content for the Afrobarometer network across Africa.;

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Nas Daily

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Nas Daily ; Vlogger ;

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Nas (Nuseir Yassin) makes daily one-minute videos about himself and others. His website currently lists over 700 videos, and he is followed by more than two million people on Facebook.;

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Ben Nimmo

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Atlantic Council ; Analyst ;

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Ben Nimmo analyses disinformation, fake news, bots and online influence campaigns for the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council think-tank, based in Washington, DC. He is a former travel writer and wire journalist, and has worked as a press officer at NATO, covering relations with Russia and Ukraine.;

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Chris Onyando

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MicroDrone Africa ; Founder ;

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Chris is the founder and CEO of MicroDrone Africa, a Kenya-based company that specialises in the use of drone technology for solutions in the Creative, Geo-Tech, Industrial and Public Safety sectors.;

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Chris Orwa

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Brave Venture Labs ; Head of Data Science ;

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Chris is a data scientist, currently serving as Head of Data Science at Brave Venture Labs.;

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Jacopo Ottaviani

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ICFJ ; Knight Fellow ;

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Jacopo is a journalist and computer scientist. He spearheads Code for Africa’s data journalism story production and engagement strategies in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.;

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Nkechi Okwuone

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Code for Nigeria ; Country Lead ;

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Nkechi is the country lead for Code for Nigeria, a Mandela Washington Fellow (Arizona State University) and Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She holds an M.Sc in Information Systems Management from the University of Salford.;

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Ritvvij Parrikh

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ICFJ ; Knight Fellow ;

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ICFJ Knight Fellow Ritvvij Parrikh is an experienced technologist; his areas of expertise are product management, visual interfaces and data-driven decision making. Parrikh founded Pykih, a data visualization development agency, that has helped 50+ brands across seven countries make numbers more human and purpose-driven on the web.;

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Richard Poplak

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Daily Maverick, et al. ; Senior Correspondent ;

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Richard is an award-winning author, journalist and graphic novelist, and a senior correspondent at South Africa’s Daily Maverick news site. He has spent the last decade travelling Africa, researching a book that interrogates the idea of a rising Africa.;

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Bilal Randeree

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SA Media Innovation Program ; Program Manager ;

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Bilal is a former Social Media Manager and Online Editor at Al Jazeera English. He has also worked at KPMG as Manager in Transaction Services, making full use of his Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) qualification. Bilal holds a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University and is currently the Program Manager at SAMIP.;

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Chris Roper

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Code for Africa ; Deputy Director ;

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Chris Roper is deputy director of Code for Africa, a Knight Fellow for the ICFJ, a director of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting, and most recently held the position of editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian. He was founding portal manager of Tiscali World Online, portal manager for MWEB, and Editor-in-Chief at 24.com.;

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Thandi Smith

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Media Monitoring Africa ; Policy & Quality Programme Lead ;

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Thandi Smith heads the Policy & Quality Programme for Media Monitoring Africa. She holds a Masters degree in Media Studies from the University of the Witswatersrand.;

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John Stupart

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African Defence Review ; Editor ;

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John acquired a Kings College Postgraduate Degree in War Studies, specialising in the field of African Defence. He is the Editor of the African Defence Review.;

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Dexter Tangocci

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Integrated Aerial Systems (IAS) ; Co-founder ;

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Dexter is a co-founder of IAS, a drone service provider focused on gathering aerial data for the agriculture and mining industries for the purpose of providing actionable insight into farming and mining operations. Dexter graduated with a BCom in Economics from UNISA and worked for Bloomberg LP in the finance industry as an analyst. He has worked with investigative journalists on projects exposing environmentally detrimental mining operations, animal abuse and illegal poaching activity.;

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Fabiola Torres Lopez

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OjoPublico ; Co-founder ;

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ICFJ Knight Fellow Fabiola is the co-founder and editor of OjoPublico, a nonprofit newsroom based in Lima, and co-author of “The Swiss Army Knife for Journalists: Digital research tools at the big data era”.;

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Joan van Dyk

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M&G Bhekisisa ; Health Reporter ;

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Joan graduated with an honours degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University. She works for Bhekisisa as a health reporter, and aspires to reveal issues that are relevant to the well-being of its populations.;

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H. R. Venkatesh

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ICFJ ; Knight Fellow ;

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ICFJ Knight Fellow H R Venkatesh is working to counter fake news, misinformation and bias in the Indian media. In 2016, he was Tow-Knight Fellow at the Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY, New York. He is a founding editor at The Quint and was Senior Anchor at CNN-IBN, CNN’s India affiliate for nine years. He is a lead organiser for Hacks/Hackers New Delhi, and has a degree in contemporary Indian studies from the University of Oxford.;

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Hazel Wei

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New Media Centre, UDN / Cofacts ; Journalist ;

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Hazel is a journalist at New Media Center, UDN. She joined Cofacts, a fact-checking chatbot initiative, where she works on decoding exposing online misinformation and organises editors’ meetups.;

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