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Editor in Chief
Henna is a communications specialist, entrepreneur, and writer. As well as working with MD she also runs pop-up bakery, Sunbakes, writes about her culinary adventures and is a co-founder of Bare Lit, a literature festival for writers of colour. Previously she was an International News Editor at user-generated press agency, Newzulu, and also worked with numerous other digital media platforms including The Samosa, Catch 21 and For Books’ Sake. In a previous life she started and ran Middle Eastern and North American inspired restaurants in Berkshire and Surrey for five years.
Henna holds a degree in History and Politics (SOAS), a masters in Global Politics (RHUL) and a masters with distinction in Politics and Communication (LSE). She is also a 2012 fellow of the social entrepreneurship programme On Purpose.
Her interests include: digital transformations, particularly as they relate to media consumption, entrepreneurship and effective democratic political process; transnationalism and diaspora; food and culture; subaltern literatures.
Louisa Danquah is a university student who is studying English, although she would prefer a less homogeneous curriculum. An aspiring author of Ghanaian descent, she’s known she wants to be an author since she was ten, but is only now just writing the types of stories she wants to tell. Find her on her Twitter @LouisaAADanquah.
Xavia Dryden 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 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. She’s on Twitter @M_Aragon26.
Yasmin Gunaratnam 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.
Special projects and development manager
Kiri Kankhwende is a Malawian journalist and blogger specialising in immigration and politics. She has a background in French and Chinese language studies and holds an Msc in International Political Communications, Politics and Human Rights Advocacy. An accomplished public speaker, she has also written for the Guardian and the Independent, and been a contributor on BBC TV and radio, Al-Jazeera and Fox News, both as a member of the Media Diversified network and in her role directing media advocacy for CSW, a human rights charity specialising in freedom of religion or belief. Twitter:@madomasi Can be found blogging at Madomasi
Belgica Guana is the latest addition to the Media Diversified team.
As a woman of Japanese-Filipino descent, she is committed to promoting the voices of WoC creators and scholars, and to diversifying perspectives in the mostly white and male landscape of humanities academia. Find her on Twitter at @KellyKanayama.
Maurice Mcleod is a London-based journalist, a regular blogger, and project coordinator for Media Diversified. He was communications manager at NCVO and is the director of communications companyMarmoset Media and is a trustee at Race on the Agenda. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Comment is Free. Maurice also edits Single Step magazine for the Depression Alliance.
Maurice tweets as @mowords
Editor At Large
Lola Okolosie is an English teacher and a writer for The Guardian’s Comment is Free. She has produced work for the Observer, Red Pepper and websites such as The F-Word. Her work focuses on social inequality, race, gender, feminism, education, educational policy and parenting.
Samira Sawlani is a UK based writer specialising in politics, economy and development of 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 and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London 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. Twitter: @samirasawlani
She can be contacted for freelance film work at The Feminist Filmmaker. Films and reportage at www.samanthaasumadu.com Read where it all started: It’s time to boost ethnic minority representation in the media