Meet the presenters: Shaimaa Khalil
Shaimaa Khalil has been a reporter and presenter for the BBC since 2006. Before she joined Newsday she was the Arab affairs regional editor for the BBC World Service.
As part of the BBC’s coverage of the Arab Spring, Shaimaa travelled to back to her home country, Egypt, for several months to report on the changes taking place in the region. During that time she made the documentary series, Egypt's Challenge.
In the past two years Shaimaa has reported from Libya, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria’s border, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Shaimaa began her broadcasting career in the Gulf state of Qatar. Originally a radio presenter for Qatar Broadcast Service, Shaimaa moved on to present the news on television, before relocating to London to complete her degree in broadcast journalism and join the BBC World Service.
Shaimaa grew up in Egypt and the US before moving to Qatar with her family.
Meet the presenters: Alan Kasujja
Alan’s journalistic career started in his late teens, when he joined Uganda's New Vision newspaper as a freelance writer and photographer. His began working at Sanyu FM in Kampala in the mid-1990s. He also worked at Capital FM in Nairobi, Kenya, before returning to Uganda to present the Big Breakfast on Capital FM in Kampala.
Alan has also made his name as a television presenter – he hosted Uganda's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? He anchored The Fourth Estate, an influential political talk show in Uganda.
Alan is a keen photographer and when it comes to football, he is a committed Arsenal supporter.
Meet the presenters: Bola Mosuro
For the past 15 years, Bola has presented BBC Network Africa, a breakfast programme broadcast every weekday airing African news, sport, music and features. She also presents and produces the African news and current affairs programme, Focus on Africa. She co-produced The Story of Africa, a 21 part narrative history of the continent broadcast on BBC World Service.
Bola has a keen interest in the arts and in gender issues. Hailing from Nigeria, she was raised in both London and Lagos. Bola studied Peace and Conflict studies in Northern Ireland and is married with three children.
Meet the presenters: Lawrence Pollard
Lawrence worked for several years as the culture correspondent for BBC World Service, before presenting the World Today daily news show. Among his recent assignments were politics in Havana, economic catastrophe in Las Vegas and film in Ouagadougou.
Lawrence has worked across BBC radio news and television, as a producer and presenter on a wide variety of channels. Before joining us, Lawrence worked in in local radio, and taught and studied art. He lives in London.
Meet the presenters: Nuala McGovern
Nuala joined the BBC in 2009, presenting and producing World Have Your Say on BBC World Service.
Prior to joining the BBC, Nuala worked for New York’s flagship public radio station, WNYC, for nine years, serving as an Executive Producer for The Brian Lehrer Show, which won a George Foster Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting. She was also the founding producer of Brian Lehrer Live: Where Web Video Meets the Issues.
She was born in Ireland, and has worked in Italy, New York and now London.
Meet the presenters: Julian Keane
Having worked for various programmes on BBC World Service, including Europe Today and Newshour, since 1998 Julian has been one of the voices listeners wake up to when tuning in to the World Today.
Julian joined the BBC in 1988, starting out serving a BBC apprenticeship in the French Service, regularly reporting on and from francophone Africa. He is married with three children and lives in Toulouse, South-western France where he commutes from to London every week.