Boima is a Sierra Leonean- American music producer, DJ, writer, and a general advocate for music fuelled digital youth cultures from the whole world. He has contributed to various music and culture publications online as well as print publications such as `Africa is a country’ and `The Fader Magazine’. His knowledge on music and culture has made him an attractive figure in different arenas. He has been invited to speak on global youth culture and the relation between music and politics at different universities such as Harvard, Yale, The New School and Dartmouth. He has also been a participant in different panels at various conferences around the world such as New York`s Social Media Week, the EMP Conference in New York and Boston`s Together Festival.
David Girling is a Lecturer and Director of Research Communications in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. His main research focus is on social media and international development. David is particularly interested in how international NGOs utilise videos for fundraising and advocacy and recently compiled his Top 20 International Development videos (http://social-media-for-development.org/top-20-international-development-videos/), which is why he was delighted to be invited on to the Rusty Radiator Judging Panel. He teaches on the MA Media and International Development (http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-degree/detail/ma-media-and-international-development).
Rafia Zakaria is an author, attorney and human rights activist from Pakistan, currently residing in the US. She is a columnist for DAWN Pakistan and a regular contributor to Al Jazeera America. She also writes for Dissent, Guernica, The Daily Beast and the The New York Times. She is the author of the upcoming memoir "The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan" (Beacon Press 2015).
Teddy Ruge was born in Masindi, Uganda and raised in East Africa and the US. Ruge believes in a connected and socially conscious global community and has over a decade of experience helping African and international organizations use design, social media and technology to engage with the public, maintain a competitive edge and foster a global presence. Ruge is passionate about innovation. In 2010 he launched Villages in Action; the first social media powered, live-streamed conference from a village, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals. Ruge is also considered a respected contributor on Africa`s renaissance and in 2012, Ruge received the Champion of Change Award from the White House for his work to bring change to the East- African Community. He is also globally known for his skills as a writer through several publications of his articles in major media outlets including the Guardian, New York Times, CNN and the Globe and Mail.
Rosebell Kagumire is a Ugandan multimedia communications professional currently works as a social media manager at International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Her interest is in new media, women's rights, peace and security issues. In past she worked with Institute for Peace and Security Studies - Addis Ababa and for Isis- WICCE , an international women's rights organisation. The World Economic Forum recognized Rosebell as one of the Young Global Leaders under the age of 40 in 2013 because of her advocacy work. Rosebell has also worked with Oxfam media projects as an Editor and Rights in Crisis Digital Campaigner. She holds a Masters Degree in Media, Peace and Conflict studies from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.