Our team

Henna Zamurd-Butt

Henna edits Media Diversified online and manages the running of the organisation. She is also a director of the Bare Lit festival of writing and a doctoral candidate at Goldsmiths college where she is researching the gender-geopolitics of internet access. In a previous life she started and ran restaurants for five years. Henna has a degree in History & Politics (SOAS), a masters in Global Politics (RHUL) and a masters with distinction in Politics & Communication (LSE).

@hennazb / henna@mediadiversified.org

Maurice Mcleod
Director of Business


Maurice is a writer and social commentator.

He is director of communications company Marmoset Media and vice chair of social policy research organisation Race on the Agenda. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Comment is Free and the Spectator writing about race and society.

@mowords / maurice@mediadiversified.org

Samira Sawlani
Director of Audience

Samira Sawlani is a UK-based writer specialising in the politics, economy and development of the East and Horn of Africa, in particular Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. She also writes fiction and human interest stories set in Africa. A holder of an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy from SOAS, she has previously worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat and as an International Election Observer for the Kenyan elections in 2013. Aside from journalism, she has also worked in the emergency humanitarian relief and refugee care sector.

@samirasawlani / samira@mediadiversified.org

Yasmin Gunaratnam
Academic Curator

Yasmin is a writer and academic, interested in illness, death, migration, the body and feminism. She teaches in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College on research methods, culture, representation and difference and feminist theory. Yasmin is the curator of Media Diversified’s academic space.  Her latest book  Death & the Migrant (Bloomsbury Academic) is about transnational dying and care in British cities.


Xavia Dryden
Academic Editor

Xavia is a writer, scholar, and teacher based in the Midwest. Her research focuses on the interrogation of the various intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in both historical and modern contexts.

Margarita Aragon
Academic Editor

Margarita is a sociologist and lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, where she teaches on power, difference, and histories of oppression. She writes about American and British racisms, focusing on the 20th century and ongoing legacies of conquest, slavery and colonialism.  Her book, which examines collective violence and the historical construction of racialised black and Mexican masculinities in the US, is under contract with Manchester University Press.


Samantha Asumadu

Samantha is a documentary filmmaker, and founder of Media Diversified and the Media Diversified Experts Directory, and co-founder of Bare Lit Festival. She is currently on sabbatical from work.