2017 Board of Advisers
Meet the board of advisers who are supporting our fellowship programme for journalists and media practitioners by acting as mentors to the 10 fellows.
Abeer Saady is a war correspondent, researcher, media consultant and trainer, with 27 years of professional experience in conflict zones within the Middle East and Africa, including conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunis, Yemen, Thailand, Philippines and Pakistan.
Abeer has trained hundreds of journalists and managed numerous projects in crisis and war-torn regions, all of them devoted to the promotion of ethical, quality journalism and safety of journalists. Her main fields of consultancy and training are: safety of journalists, conflict sensitive reporting, ethics for reporters and photographers, understanding and dealing with radical groups (especially ‘Islamic State’), covering and countering terrorism, self-regulation and establishing codes of ethics, diversity and media, establishing media unions, and capacity building trainings.
Aida Kaisy is a Media Reform Advisor and has worked extensively on media development projects across the MENA region including in Iraq, Palestine and Tunisia. She is currently working on a number of projects, focusing on issues related to youth engagement in media, media in conflict, social cohesion and the media and the development of independent media platforms in MENA amongst other things. She is completing a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she also teaches on a part-time basis, on the performance of the media in conflict, using Iraq as a case study.
Aisha Sid Ahmed
Aisha Sidi Ahmed is a Mauritanian journalist and media activist who has worked for more than 15 years as a journalist and media expert for Mauritanian media outlets and media organizations in the Gulf.
She is former Editor-in-Chief of the Doha Centre for Media Freedom website, a non-profit organisation working for press freedom and quality journalism in Qatar, the Middle East and the world.
Prior to joining DCMF Aisha worked as a reporter for several newspapers including Qatar Tribune Newspaper in Qatar, Al-Raya Newspaper in Mauritania, Al-Akhbar Info, a leading Mauritanian news website.
She has conducted journalism training in several Arabic countries, including Qatar and Mauritania, with focus on training junior reporters as part of Media Literacy program.
is a Palestinian journalist, a media activist and a columnist for Palestine Pulse. He is a former Ferris Professor of journalism at Princeton University and is currently the director-general of Community Media Network, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing independent media in the Arab region.
Magda Abu-Fadil is director of Media Unlimited. She brings years of experience as a foreign correspondent and editor with international news organisations such as Agence France-Presse and United Press International. She headed the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut, which she founded.
Magda wrote for Arab dailies Asharq Al-Awsat and Al Riyadh, Washington-based Defense News, was Washington bureau chief of Events magazine, and was Washington correspondent for London-based The Middle East magazine. Abu-Fadil served as director of the Institute for Professional Journalists at the Lebanese American University.
She taught journalism at her alma mater, American University in Washington, D.C. She conducts seminars and workshops in English, Arabic and French for professional journalists across the Arab world, collaborates with international organisations on media projects, safety for journalists, consults on media education and media literacy programs, speaks regularly at international conferences, publishes extensively on media issues, journalism education, and training, media ethics, and, blogs for HuffPost.
A.S. Panneerselvan is the Readers’ Editor of The Hindu, an independent internal news ombudsman. As well as being a regular columnist, he is a journalism teacher and is an adjunct faculty of the prestigious Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. With wide experience in both print and television journalism, he has headed the regional media development organisation Panos South Asia since 2004.
He is an advisory panel member of the Knight International Journalism Fellowship programme administered by ICFJ and Ethical Journalism Network. He is a member of the governing body of the K M Adimoolam Foundation for Arts in Chennai and an editorial advisor for the long-form magazine, The Little Magazine. He was a Reuters Fellow at the University of Oxford. He has lectured widely in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Europe.
Philippa Nuttall Jones
Philippa Nuttall Jones is a communications consultant, editor and journalist. Current and past experience includes being Strategic Communications Advisor for a project funded by EPIM (European Programme on Integration and Migration) and Communications Manager of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB). She has led communications projects for a variety of organisations including the Global Call for Climate Action and Oxfam International.
For more see her LinkedIn profile.
Ramsey G. Tesdell
Ramsey G. Tesdell is a managing partner of Sowt.com, a new audio-first media network based in Amman, Jordan. He is also a founding partner of 7iber.com where he continues to be involved. He recently worked as the Program Director for Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). Ramsey works with new media startups and focuses specifically on media strategy, digital storytelling, social media and business development. He has a B.S. in rhetoric and communication and an M.S. in technical communication.
Rejimon Kuttappan is a freelance journalist with a focus on investigative reports. He has 10 years of reporting experience in the Gulf and India and has published exposes on human rights, workers rights, migrants rights and women’s rights. Trained by International Labour Organisation and Migrant Forum in Asia. He has been published by Thomson Reuters Foundation, Migrants-Rights, Times of Oman, Scroll.in, FirstPost, and The Caravan.
Salim Amin is Chairman of Camerapix, Chairman of The Mohamed Amin Foundation and co-founder and former Chairman of Africa24 Media.
Camerapix offers its clients a wide array of media services including television production, publishing and photography and is also home to 4 million images of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and over 6000 hours of unique and historic video footage. The Camerapix Archive is the largest visual resource of its kind in Africa.
Savannah Dodd is the founder of the Photography Ethics Centre, a social enterprise that aims to raise awareness about ethics across the photography industry. Prior to founding the Centre, she worked in the development sector for NGOs and IGOs in Switzerland, Turkey, and Thailand. She earned her master’s in anthropology and sociology at the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva (2015) and her bachelor’s in anthropology and religious studies at Washington University in St. Louis (2012). Alongside her work in the Photography Ethics Centre, she is pursuing her PhD in anthropology studying the politics of representation in photographs of conflict and post-conflict contexts at Queen’s University Belfast.
Tom Law is the Director of Campaigns and Communications at the Ethical Journalism Network which he joined in December 2015 to lead the organisation’s international media ethics campaigns with a focus on challenging hate speech, migration reporting, media literacy, and promotion of good governance and self-regulation.
Prior to joining the EJN Tom worked as a freelance journalist specialising in covering Sudan and South Sudan and for four years was the associate editor of Sudan Tribune, a leading East African news website. From 2014 until 2015 was the Head of Communications of Childreach International, leading the child rights organisation’s Taught Not Trafficked campaign in collaboration with SOLD, a feature film about child trafficking from Nepal to India.
Dr. Zahera Harb is a distinguished journalist who has worked for more than 11 years as a journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international news organisations. She is currently senior lecturer in International Journalism at City University London.
Zahera has conducted journalism training across the Arab world and is the review editor of Journal of Media Practice.
In 2015 Zahera was appointed to the committee that controls standards for television and radio programmes at the UK communications regulator Ofcom.
The Ethical Journalism Network is partnering with the ILO to deliver the fellowship.
The fellowship is being implemented as part of the International Labour Organisations’ Regional Fair Migration Project in the Middle East (FAIRWAY).
The ILO Migration Journalism Fellowship Programme is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.