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Caroline Southey

Editor of The Conversation Africa

Previously she worked at Barclays Africa Group, as a communications specialist for Ms Maria Ramos, the group chief executive. Prior to that she worked in the secretariat of South Africa’s National Planning Commission as a writer and editor. She joined the NPC from Standard Bank where she spent five years as co-head of an innovation hub tasked with extending the frontiers of financial inclusion and as director of informal markets responsible for research and marketing.

Before joining the bank, Southey worked as a financial journalist for 27 years, 17 of them for the Financial Times in London and Brussels. She returned to South Africa after nearly two decades in political exile in 1997 to join the Financial Mail, South Africa’s leading financial weekly. She was appointed editor, the first woman to edit a leading financial title in the country. She has lectured on financial journalism at universities and run courses in a number of developing countries. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Journalism from Rhodes University. She is a widow and has two daughters, Ella and Rosa.

Charles Naudé

retired Editor (Sake24)

Charles Naudé was the first national editor of Sake24. Having graduated from the former Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg he joined Die Burger as a journalist in 1974. After vast experience in various fields of journalism he covered the independence of Namibia from Windhoek for the Naspers group's Afrikaans dailies in 1989 and 1990.

He was transferred to Beeld in 1992 where he became senior assistant editor in 1993. He was seconded to City Press for two years as associate editor, came back to Beeld as deputy editor and became senior deputy editor in 2003, in which capacity he was responsible for creating Sake24 as an independent financial daily sold with Beeld, Die Burger and Volksblad. He retired in 2009.

Franz Krüger

Adjunct professor and director of the Wits Radio Academy

Franz Krüger is adjunct professor and director of the Wits Radio Academy. He is also the ombud for the Mail & Guardian, a member of the SA Press Appeals Panel and the editor of His book Black, white and grey: journalism ethics in South Africa was published in 2004, while a second title, The Radio Journalism Toolkit, was published in 2006. He is a journalist of some 30 years’ experience, having worked in print and broadcasting in South Africa, Namibia and the UK, set up the alternative East Cape News Agencies in the 80s and was part of the first management team of the democratic era at the SABC. Widely published, he is a sought-after commentator on media issues and has worked as a consultant in many countries, particularly in the fields of media ethics, self-regulation and radio.

Maud Motanyane

Chairperson of Kagiso Media

Maud Motanyane is a non-executive director at Kagiso Media Limited and until recently chaired the board. She is also a board member for Mr Price Group, the Catholic Education Trust as well as Jet Education Services. Motanyane was a journalist and editor for many years before moving to France where she established Jikelele Media, a programme distribution company with offices in France, Holland and Los Angeles. Presently she works as an independent consultant and is a partner in Thuthuka Productions, a Johannesburg-based television production company.

Motanyane holds a Diploma in Library Science and trained at the Argus Cadet School. She is also a fellow of the World Press Institute based in St Paul, Minnesota.

Nixon Kariithi

CEO of Tangaza Africa Media

Professor Nixon Kariithi, CEO of Tangaza Africa Media, is one of Africa’s leading scholars in journalism, public communications and media studies. Over the past 27 years, he has played a leading role in researching and teaching business and economics journalism and media studies across Africa. Kariithi was associate professor and Pearson Chair of Economics Journalism at Rhodes University, Grahamstown (1999-2004), and associate professor and head of media studies at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (2004-2009). He has also been appointed visiting professor at Cairo University, Egypt; Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; and City University of New York, USA. He is currently research associate at the University of Pretoria.

Kariithi has consulted on corporate reputation management, stakeholder management, international business issues, change management and organisational communication with over 50 leading organisations in Africa. Among his well celebrated achievements is the global patent of MRI, the world’s first index of media reputation, an innovation that opened new ways of evaluating the impact of media coverage on corporate reputation management.

Paula Fray

Managing Director of frayintermedia

Paula Fray has worked in media for more than two decades as a journalist, editor, trainer and media manager. She graduated with a BJourn degree from Rhodes University and has a Woman and Law Certificate from UNISA.

A recipient of the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she currently services on the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board.

An award-winning journalist who rose to become the first female editor of the Saturday Star newspaper in South Africa, Fray was also executive news editor of The Star newspaper in Johannesburg.

Fray was the regional director for Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa where she had a strategic focus on deepening media skills with programmes ranging from specialist reporting and investigative journalism to newsroom and media leadership. She also edited IPS’ flagship newspaper Terraviva in Bamako, Nairobi and Glasgow, and also participated as a journalist from Terraviva newspaper at the MDGs conference in New York in September, 2005.

Ulrich Joubert

Independent Economist

Originally from the Cape Province, Ulrich Joubert’s career spanned the civil service, some state corporations and the banking sector. He was the group economist at Transnet from 1989 to March 2006. He joined Kruger International in April 2006 up to May 2012 as economist. Since April 2009 he is also involved with the Bureau for Economic Research, University of Stellenbosch. He is currently working as an independent economist.

His views on the economy appear on a regular basis in the printed media, radio and TV. He is a past chairman of the Johannesburg Afrikaanse Sakekamer, and the Economic Advisory Committee of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut. He still serves on the executive council of the AHI. He is the only economist who has won the Beeld economist of the year competition three times.

Xhanti Payi

Founder of Nascence Research Insights

Xhanti Payi is an economist and founder of Nascence Research Insights, an economic policy research institute focused on labour and international trade, especially the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

He was previously country risk manager at Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking, an economist at Stanlib Asset Managers (focused on research in BRIC countries as well as African economies such as Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya), and a portfolio analyst at Investec Wealth Management.

Xhanti is a columnist for South Africa’s Business Day newspaper and the Daily Maverick, an online news publication. He has also contributed articles to international publications including the UK Financial Times. He occasionally hosts radio shows on the Johannesburg-based talk radio station Power FM.

Xhanti has a Bcom Economics & Finance degree from the University of Cape Town and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Economic Policy from the University of London.

Ylva Rodny-Gumede

Professor at the School of Communication (UJ)

Communication Ylva Rodny-Gumede is a professor in the Department of Journalism, Film and Television in the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg and a Senior Associate Researcher with the Stanhope Centre for International Communications Policy Research at the London School of Economics.

A former journalist, Ylva has also worked in marketing and PR. She has consulted for several government, private and academic institutions in Europe and Southern Africa on issues concerning media and democracy, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, and the SADC Parliamentary Forum.

Ylva holds a C 3 rating from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and is the current President of the South African Communications and Media Association (SACOMM). Her current research includes investigating the future of African media and communications studies, including that of journalism. She has also published research on questions related to the broader transformation of higher education in South Africa.

Ylva holds a PhD from London University School of Oriental and African Studies, an MA degree in Politics from University, and an MA in Journalism from Cardiff University.

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