Mahendra Ved – India
Mahendra Ved is a New Delhi-based journalist. He writes a column for The New Straits Times in Kuala Lampur. He is Senior Editor with Power Politics monthly magazine and contributes to several journals. He is a regular on All India Radio and had long stints before turning to freelance with The Times of India and The Hindustan Times. He began his career with United News of India (UNI) news agency. Ved has co-authored two books, Afghan Turmoil: Changing Equations (1998) and Afghan Buzkhashi: Great Games and Gamesmen (2000). He writes on political affairs and focuses on India’s neighbourhoods. He also lectures at the Indian Institute of Mass Communications and Times of India’s Times School of Journalism.
Chris Cobb – Canada
Chris Cobb, president of the CJA Canadian branch, is a senior feature writer and reporter at the Ottawa Citizen newspaper in Canada’s capital. He is a member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and specializes in writing on politics, political communication and privacy/security issues related to post-9/11 legislation. He has taught journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada’s largest journalism school, and has led training sessions for the CJA in Nigeria, Guyana, Bangladesh and Sarawak. He wrote a book “Ego and Ink” which chronicles the creation of former media baron Conrad Black’s National Post newspaper in 1997 and Canada’s subsequent historic newspaper war.
Fauzia Shaheen – Pakistan
Fauzia Shaheen is the founding editor of a monthly news magazine “Dastak (Knock) and quarterly “Liberal Pakistan” and also contributes articles to BBC’s online Urdu service. She is the founder and former President of Women Media Center Pakistan whose core function is to carry out research, training and education of media women in Pakistan. The WMC is currently involved in organizing training programs with the help of the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, DC, USA, and US Consulate Karachi. She is the founding member of South Asian Editors Forum and has memberships with International Women Media Foundation, CJA, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, Karachi Union of Journalists and Karachi Press Club.
One of the most respected British-Bangladeshi journalists in the UK and the editor in chief of the Weekly Janomot, a Bangla newspaper established in 1969. Syed is also editor in chief of restaurant magazine Curry Life and UK bureau chief of the largest Bangladeshi online news agency, bdnews24.com. He is one of the founding members and former general secretary of the London Bangla Press Club, which acts as a voice for British Bangladeshi journalists, and has worked with government bodies including the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Jayanta is a senior Indian journalist with more than 25 years of experience in news agencies and newspapers. Currently Senior Editor with The Telegraph, Jayanta also regularly broadcasts on Indian television and radio. An alumnus of Delhi University, he was also Chevening Fellow in development econoics during 2010. Among his recent academic contributions he presented a paper on East Asian Integration before the Keizai Kohon (Japan Institute of Social and Economic Research).
Born in 1925, Derek, is a British journalist and author, who co-founded of the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) in 1978, and served as President of the CJA from 1980 until 1990. Since then he has been President Emeritus. He worked for the Daily Mail for seventeen years, working his way up to Deputy Editor. A disagreement with the chairman, Viscount Rothermere, caused him to resign and found the Gemini News Service, which he edited until 1993. Gemini reported stories from developing countries, particularly in the Commonwealth. He is also Vice-President of the Royal Commonwealth Society.