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Caroline Southey

Caroline Southey

Editor

Previously Caroline was editor of the Financial Mail in South Africa. Prior to that she worked for the Financial Times in London and Brussels in various roles over 17 years including as World Desk Editor and as a foreign correspondent covering European Union agriculture and social policy.

Jabulani Sikhakhane

Jabulani Sikhakhane

Deputy Editor and Business & Economy Editor

Before his return to The Conversation Africa, Jabulani was recently spokesperson for the South African Minister of Finance and National Treasury, a position he held for three years before joining TC-Africa in April 2015-June 2016. He has also recently worked as spokesperson for the South African Reserve Bank. He had a long career as a journalist, columnist and editor on South Africa’s leading business and finance publications. He was a 2002/2003 Nieman Fellow (Harvard University).

Julius Maina

Julius Maina

Regional Editor East Africa

Julius was previously managing editor of a number of Kenyan national daily and weekly newspaper titles under the Nation Media Group and The Standard Group in Nairobi, among them the Saturday Nation. He was the founding editor of Drum East Africa magazine and has also worked as a senior editor in Tanzania.

Natasha Joseph

Natasha Joseph

Assistant Editor: News and Research and Science & Technology Editor

Natasha worked as news editor of City Press for three years before joining The Conversation Africa. She has freelanced for a range of publications, including Al Jazeera English, The Atlantic and The Big Issue. After obtaining her Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University in 2003, she worked for the Cape Times as a general reporter before joining the Cape Argus as news editor in 2009. She is a former contributing editor to the Index on Censorship.

Thabo Leshilo

Thabo Leshilo

Politics + Society Editor

Thabo is a journalist and editor with 23 years’ experience in newspapers. He is the former editor of the Pretoria News, Sowetan, Sunday World and Business Times. His main areas of interest are human rights, education, politics, labour, transport and small business development. He is a past winner of the Sanlam Business Journalist of the Year Award (small business section). He was a 2008/2009 Nieman Fellow (Harvard University).

Julie Masiga

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

Julie is a journalist and human rights proponent with a specific interest in women, leadership and governance. She has vast experience in writing and editing for both newspapers and magazines in the East African region, including titles under the Nation Media Group, the Standard Group and East Africa Magazines. She writes a weekly governance column for The Standard Newspaper. Julie studied law at the University of Sheffield in the UK, has a Certificate in Journalism from the University of Mas...

Nontobeko Mtshali

Nontobeko Mtshali

Education Editor

Nontobeko has over 12 years’ experience in the news media and communications industries in South Africa. She was a freelance writer before joining The Conversation Africa and prior to that she worked at a communications agency as a content producer. She has also worked as a researcher and as a journalist specialising in education with the national, daily newspaper, The Star.

Moina Spooner

Moina Spooner

Commissioning Editor: East and Francophone Africa

Moina is a journalist, researcher and editor. She has extensive online media experience and has written widely on a variety of pan-African issues having previously worked for Africa Review and Mail & Guardian Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has also contributed to a range of titles across the continent.

Ina Skosana

Ina Skosana

Health + Medicine Editor

Ina Skosana was a health researcher at Africa Check based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to that she was a journalist at Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian’s Centre for Health Journalism. Before joining Bhekisisa in February 2013, she was the health reporter at The New Age newspaper. Ina has won several awards including the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year and the Discovery Young Health Reporter of the Year.

Godfred Boafo

Godfred Boafo

Commissioning Editor: Ghana

Godfred Akoto Boafo is a journalist with over ten years experience in multimedia journalism. He has worked as managing editor for Pulse Ghana and Business Insider Sub Saharan Africa. His main areas of interest are politics, international relations and sports. Godfred joins The Conversation from Citi FM/Citi TV where he is a co-host of their multiple award winning Breakfast Show.

Aliou Niane

Aliou Niane

Éditeur Afrique francophone / Commissioning Editor, Francophone Africa

Aliou a plus de 10 ans d’expérience en journalisme, communications et traduction aussi bien dans le secteur privé que dans les institutions internationales. Avant de rejoindre l’équipe de The Conversation, il a été notamment journaliste au magazine hebdomadaire La Gazette, Consultant en Communication et Editeur de Documents Bilingue à IFC (branche du Groupe de la Banque Mondiale dédié au secteur privé).

Ozayr Patel

Ozayr Patel

Digital Editor

Ozayr previously worked as a television and online producer with a special focus on sport at independent television and online news agency, e News Channel Africa. Prior to that he was employed as a content controller for the Supersport website.

Judy Nguta

Judy Nguta

Audience Development Manager

Judy has a passion for digital media. Before joining The Conversation, she worked as a news and current affairs sub editor at Standard Digital. She was among the team that established its online news platform, having joined after graduating with a degree in Information Sciences from Moi University.

Candice Bailey

Candice Bailey

Development Projects Manager

Candice worked as an investigative journalist at the Johannesburg-based civil society organisation Corruption Watch. She has also been a reporter in the newsrooms of several weekly and daily national newspapers, most recently the Sunday Independent and Johannesburg Star newspaper.

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Alexandra Storey

Alexandra Storey

General Manager

Alex has been involved in the non-profit sector for 10 years, focusing on general and operational management, research and programme implementation. Previously Alex has worked as a management consultant implementing large scale projects in the public sector, and in banking organisations focusing on building financial solutions for poor people in South Africa.

Pfungwa Nyamukachi

Pfungwa Nyamukachi

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Pfungwa joined The Conversation Africa to manage stakeholder relations and drive the university partnerships strategy for Africa. She was formerly head of subscription sales for Africa at Research Africa, a subsidiary of a London-based Research Research (Ltd.). Pfungwa has a Masters in Administration and is currently enrolled in a Masters in Science and Technology Studies at Stellenbosch University. She volunteers and serves on the SA Board of Trustees for the Canon Collins Educational and Le...

Lavani Balipursad

Lavani Balipursad

Office Manager

Lavani has 18 years’ experience in office management, legal PA services and general administration. She has worked at a number of law firms including Bowman Gilfillan, ENS and Werksmans. She joins The Conversation Africa from a small family law practice where she established and managed all administrative and operational systems for the firm. At The Conversation Africa she is responsible for all office related management and administration.

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Beverley Damonse

Beverley Damonse

Dr Beverley Damonse is the Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations of the National Research Foundation (NRF). She is a member of The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA), invited member of the NRF Board, a member of The Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) Advisory Council, a member of the Board of the Cape Town Science Centre and a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) Advisory Board.

Rob Moore

Rob Moore

Director

Rob Moore is the Executive Director of the Gauteng City-Region Observator. Prior to this, he joined the University of the Witwatersrandin (Wits) in 2006 as Director of Strategic Planning, before being appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor (2007-2014). Before joining Wits, he spent twelve years (1992–2004) at the University of Cape Town researching and teaching in higher education studies.

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James Hill

James Hill

Head of Engineering

James studied computer science at UNSW. Since then his professional career has been equally split between Australia & the UK. Currently residing in London, he's joined The Conversation eager to work on meaningful software around the way we disseminate information.

Mark Cipolla

Mark Cipolla

Developer

After finishing a degree in Multimedia Design at Monash University, Mark has worked with a number of design and development teams, including Realestate.com.au and SitePoint.

Nick Browne

Nick Browne

Developer

Nick studied computer science at RMIT University. He has worked in Australia, India, Hong Kong and America before joining The Conversation.

Josh Bassett

Josh Bassett

Data Platform Technical Lead

A UNSW alumnus, Josh enjoys applying CompSci rigour to all manners of problems. Prior to joining The Conversation he worked on several large projects including the Bendigo Bank mobile app, the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the Clear Grain Exchange, and the WordPress iPhone app.

Ben Macleod

Ben Macleod

Commercial Platform Senior Developer

Taking a left turn after a BA majoring in Linguistics, narrowly avoiding a career in rock and roll, Ben studied Software Development at RMIT. He comes to The Conversation from working on the TalkBox platform at ImpactData, and is keen to contribute to shaping the future of journalism.

Tiago Amaro

Tiago Amaro

Developer

Tiago studied computer science at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil). His motto is to write better software that people will love.

Zoe Jazz

Zoe Jazz

Founder / Writer