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, which is why he was delighted to be invited on to the Rusty Radiator Judging Panel. He teaches on the BA Media and International Development and MA Media and International Development.
Edward Echwalu is an awarded freelance photo journalist based in Kampala, Uganda, with an extended reach across Africa. A graduate of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, his work has over the years been published in distinguished media outlets globally. He has extensively worked with humanitarian agencies across the continent, tackling a range of social issues that benefit the most privileged of classes to the poorest. While biased towards social developmental issues, Edward continues to cover a wide range of breaking news stories. He is part of an exciting crop of photographers based in Africa contributing towards changing the negative image of Africa through the @everydayafrica instagram project.
Leah Chung is a social designer who works at the intersection of design and public policy. She has a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design where she focused on social impact projects ranging from developing a neonatal pulse oximeter for low-income countries, to founding the RISD Global Initiative, RISD's first organization to foster a culture of discourse and action around global issues, as an inherent part of an art and design education. As a 2013 Maharam Fellow, she conducted ethnographic research on the misrepresentation of Africa in western media throughout eastern and central Uganda. Leah is currently working at USAID where she is applying user-centered design principles to international development programming.
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).
Web page: www.aljazeera.com and www.dawn.com
Youngui Park worked for Save the Children Korea as a media communication manager and is currently responsible for marketing and communications at FairTrade Korea. Youngui has been working for raising awareness of the diversified international development issues among donors and the general public in Korea. She is particularly interested in how the poor and marginalized people are reflected in international NGOs’ communications and their effects on donor’s perceptions.