Senior BBC presenter and host the BBC World News, Zeinab Badawi, has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Royal African Society – taking over from Lord Malloch-Brown.
Zeinab was born in the Sudan but moved to London at the age of two. Her father, prominent Sudanese – Mohammed-Khair El Badawi, was involved in pre-independence politics in Sudan.
Zeinab studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and a Masters Degree (awarded with distinction) on Middle East History and Anthropology at London University. In July 20111 Zeinab was awarded an honorary doctorate by SOAS, London University for her services to international broadcasting.
Zeinab has extensive experience in television and radio, working on a range of programmes. She is one of the best known broadcast journalists working in the field today.
In 2009 she was awarded international TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters, and in 2011 was named in Powerlist 2012 (published by Powerful Media) as one of Britain’s top 100 most influential members of the black community.
She is a former patron of the BBC World Service Trust, the charitable arm of the BBC, and a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.
She has been a board member member of the British Council, a former Chair of the London based freedom of speech campaign organisation, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute.
Her current work includes interviewing on Hard Talk for BBC, which features some of the best known personalities in the world.
Zeinab also presents the World Debates and Intelligence Squared Debates on the BBC. Feature on both radio and television.
She also moderates for high level panel discussions at conferences organised by international bodies such as WHO, UNESCO, and UNIDO.