MA in International Journalism
She is the President of Media Diversity Institute Global (MDIG). She has been working in Diversity and the Media field for more than 25 years designing and supervising multi-national, multi-annual programmes in Europe, NIS, MENA, South Asia, the Sahel, Sub-Sahara, West Africa, China and Cuba. She has co-designed an MA Course in Diversity and the Media which is jointly run by the MDI and University of Westminster. A Journalist by profession, she has reported for the BBC, Radio Free Europe, the Times HES, TV Serbia and other media.
PhD in Political Science
She is a professor in Journalism at Auckland University of Technology, School of Communication Studies, New Zealand. Previously with Cardiff University. She has been Academic Advisor to MDIG since 2012. Verica has written on media, politics and journalism in historical and comparative contexts. Her publications include Journalism: Themes and Critical Debates (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017), Getting the facts right: reporting ethnicity and religion (MDI/IFJ, 2012). Scooped: Journalism and meaning-making (Hampton Press, 2010). She has worked previously as a journalist in several countries. She is currently Chair of the World Journalism Education Council.
PhD in Law
He is a Professor in Law and Humanities at the School of Law, Queen Mary’s College (University of London) where he co-founded and currently directs Queen Mary’s Centre for Law, Democracy, and Society (CLDS). He worked for the UN Administrative Tribunal as well as the International Commission of Jurists and UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bars and has also advised NGOs – including MDI, Liberty and Amnesty International – on human rights issues. Eric is the author of “Hate Speech, Democracy and Citizenship” (2016). He is currently completing The Most Human Right for MIT Press. His articles have appeared in publications such as Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Modern Law Review, International Journal of Human Rights.
Media & Communications Consultant
She is a senior communications and media professional with executive leadership in establishing and managing award-winning media projects in the Middle East and Asia. As a consultant, she advises and mentors communications teams on their strategies and output as well as producing content for clients. As a trained journalist with a career dedicated to accountability journalism, she has worked for international broadcasters including the BBC and DW and has trained journalists and other professionals from around the world in media and communications skills. She is passionate about working on projects that aim to make a positive contribution to the media environment.
Medidelcom Communication Assistance
Hannah Ajala is an international journalist currently specialising in podcasts for organisations like the BBC and CBC, and has recently spent three years travelling across Africa working on a range of stories and broadcasting for international organisations. She’s passionate about shedding positive and engaging light on stories coming from communities which are often misrepresented and marginalised. Hannah is also the founder of We Are Black Journos, an events and networking platform connecting and celebrating Black journalists. She wanted to create a safe space and platform for Black journalists, who shockingly only make up 0.4% of journalists in the UK. We Are Black Journos has gained widespread recognition since launching in 2018, and she looks forward to growing it further with the help of the ever growing network and supporters.
She is the Project Manager for the Media Diversity Institute Global (MDIG). She has a communications background from IHECS and ULB in Brussels. In the framework of her MA thesis, she explored how TV shows can contribute to a change in the representation of ethnic minorities. She is currently managing two of MDIG’s ongoing projects: “MAGIC” (Muslim women and communities Against Gender Islamophobia in society) which aims to prevent gendered Islamophobia in the media in Belgium and Spain, and draw lessons useful for other European countries; and “Get the Trolls Out! Sri Lanka” whose aim is to foster social cohesion in Sri Lanka by developing critical thinking skills among online audiences and building their resilience to harmful narratives propagated by social media.