Nic DawesChair of the board
Nic Dawes is a media and non-profit consultant. He was previously the deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch in New York, where he oversaw the organisation’s strategic planning, as well as day-to-day operations and programme. Dawes has also worked as the chief content officer at the Hindustan Times in India, and editor-in-chief at the Mail & Guardian in South Africa. His journalism accolades include Sikuvile, Mondi, Taco Kuiper and National Press Club awards.
Kanya Ndaki is the director of communications at The Aurum Institute and has over 17 years of media and communications experience; thirteen of which were as an award-winning journalist and editor. Ndaki was previously the head of communications at the South African National Aids Council where she was in charge of providing strategic communication support to the body’s units and structures. Prior to that, as regional editor for UN humanitarian news service Irin News (now The New Humanitarian), she covered humanitarian and development issues and co-founded PlusNews, Irin’s dedicated HIV/Aids news service in 2001.
Mia Malan is the executive director and editor-in-chief of the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. Malan founded Bhekisisa in 2013 and has won over 20 African journalism awards. She’s a former fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and serves on the board of directors of the Centre for Science & Technology Mass Communication at Stellenbosch University. Malan is also an advisory board member of the Women in Media Network of the Graça Machel Trust.
Vinayak Bhardwaj is currently the deputy head of mission for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) South Africa. He has previously worked in journalism, funding of journalism and in public health. After completing a master's degree in chemical engineering, Bhardwaj worked as a textbook writer for a life sciences textbook at Siyavula Education. He then worked at the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism where he was part of an award-winning team. He has extensive experience working for donor organisations, including Open Society Foundations, Omidyar Network and the Ford Foundation. Bhardwaj has also started up a health technology company aimed at connecting diabetes patients with nurses and other forms of support. After completing a second master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University in the U.S., he returned to South Africa to take up his current position at MSF.
Hoosain Karjieker is the chief executive officer at South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper where he contributes to the strategic vision and direction of the organisation. He is also a minority shareholder. Karjieker has spent about 30 years in various roles at media organisations across the country and served two terms as president of the Print and Media Digital Association of South Africa. Prior to this, he served as the deputy chairperson of the board of the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation.
Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti is a media law specialist and partner at Ampofo-Anti Consulting in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was formerly a partner at Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg. Her areas of expertise include data protection, media law and reputation management, digital rights, emerging technologies, human rights law and commercial dispute resolution. She also lectures on media law and ethics in the postgraduate programme at Wits University School of Journalism. Ampofo-Anti has advised a number of significant clients in the media industry and public sector and has written on media freedom and access to information.