Chair, Southern Africa judging panel
Ferial Haffajee, Editor, South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper.
Ferial Haffajee assumed the editorship of South Africa's Mail & Guardian (M&G) newspaper in February 2004. She is the paper's fifth editor and the first woman in the job.
Of her appointment, M&G Chief Executive, Trevor Ncube said, "The first black woman editor is a milestone, but it was not about being politically correct.
It says a lot about Ferial - she has the intellect, passion and focus to take the newspaper forward."
Ferial has worked at the Financial Mail as a senior editor and at the SABC as a radio producer and television reporter.
She cut her teeth at the M&G as a cub reporter and has served the newspaper as media editor, economics writer and associate editor.
She chairs the South African National Editors' Forum and is a judge of the annual Mondi Magazine Awards.
A member of the Africa Leadership Initiative, started by Isaac Shongwe of Barlow Logistics, she won the 2004 Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year award (media and communication) and was listed as one of the top ten women in media in 2004 by The Media magazine.
In 2006 Ferial was appointed chairperson of the South African National Editors' Forum.
Maureen Nkandu-Mundea, Presenter/Producer
Maureen is the lead presenter for the BBC World Service flagship programme, Focus on Africa.
Maureen joined the BBC in 2001 as presenter and producer on both Focus on Africa and Network Africa.
Before joining the BBC, Maureen was a TV news anchor and reporter with the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) in Lusaka and won many awards for her work.
Maureen has also worked as a Public Relations Officer and TV presenter at M-Net in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She also hosted two South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) programmes - the weekly news and current affairs TV programme, News Hour and a daily slot on the Morning Live breakfast show, focusing on African news.
She was also the Africa Specialist Correspondent for SABC reporting major political and social developments on location from across East, West and Southern Africa.
Maureen was nominated for the Courage in Journalism Award by the Intenational Federation for Women in Journalism for her coverage of the DR Congo conflict where she was abducted by government soldiers.
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