Anubha Bhonsle (India) is an award-winning journalist and author. She has wide ranging experience working on issues of politics, gender, conflict and development. In recent years Anubha has reported extensively from areas of strife focusing on the intersection of civil society movements, gender, human rights and political protests. Her documentaries have been recognized nationally and internationally. She won some of India’s most prestigious journalism awards including the Ramnath Goenka Award for Politics, the Red Ink Award and more recently the Outstanding Woman Media Person Award for her body of work in 2014. The Jury at the New York Film Festival has commended her reporting from Manipur, on the impact of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act. She is a founding member of CNN-IBN. In her role as Executive Editor, Anubha has led the station’s coverage of major news events reporting from the ground. She anchored several flagship news and documentary shows. She also leads a team that produces the much-acclaimed Citizen Journalist Show. Her first book, Mother, Where’s my Country, will be released in December 2015. During her Humphrey year, Anubha will explore the intersection of democracy, dissent and technology.
Sharmilla Ganesan (Malaysia) is a chief reporter with the Star Media Group, where she writes for The Star newspaper. As part of the features desk, she coordinates the literary section, which involves managing both its print and online presence. With almost a decade of experience, she has written a variety of feature stories, and her current area of focus is books, arts and film. She also has a bi-weekly literary column on reading and literature. Outside of work, she writes fiction, and her short stories have been published in several anthologies and literary journals. She is a past recipient of the Malaysian Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration Scholarship. Sharmilla has a master’s degree in communication from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. In her Humphrey year, she would like to focus on how feature stories and long-form journalism can evolve online by integrating multimedia and digital elements.
Khim Ghale (Nepal) is a chief sub-editor of Kantipur National Daily, the largest circulating Nepali language newspaper in the country, where he has been supervising and coordinating journalists working online and in the district bureau for the past five years. He writes about national security, conflict, constitution formulation process, social justice and human rights, including indigenous and minority issues. In 2004, he was a member of a group who revitalized the association of indigenous journalists currently known as “Federation of Nepalese Indigenous Journalists” with 1,500 active members. Their mission is to strengthen the capacity of indigenous journalists and to work as a bridge between mainstream media and indigenous communities. Khim led the federation for seven years as general secretary and chairperson and currently serves as the chair of the advisory committee. He is a co-founder of Community Radio Marshyangdi, which was established in western district Lamjung in 2007. He served as an executive board member of Federation of Nepali Journalists, an umbrella organization of Nepali journalists from 2010-2013 and trains journalists to write about climate change as it relates to the issues of indigenous people. Khim has a master’s degree in journalism from Tribhuvan University. During his Humphrey Fellowship year, he would like to enhance his multimedia journalism skills.
Jianlong Hu (China) has been a Beijing-based investigative journalist for the Southern Weekly Newspaper in Guangzhou since 2012 where he focuses on environmental news as well as on China’s aid and investment in developing nations. Earlier in his career, he specialized in business news and macroeconomics policy. In 2010, he worked at Caijing Magazine, an independent watchdog publication well known for its investigative reporting. As a reporter there, he devoted his efforts to uncovering scandals involving public servants around China. In 2011, his coverage was nominated as the best investigative environmental reporting of the year by Chinadialogue, a global NGO based in London. He has been on the forefront of exploring the challenges that accompany the rapid increase of investment by Chinese in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2013, he was asked to be in the China-Africa reporting project and attended the African Investigative Journalism Conference launched by the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In the past three years, Jianlong has travelled to Zambia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Thailand and Laos. His awards include an Excellence in Reporting for Environmental News from Chinadialogue. He has a master’s degree in business management from Wuhan University. During his Humphrey year, Jianlong is interested in exploring China’s investment in Africa and Southeastern Asia and improving his multimedia skills.
Hasan Khan (Pakistan) is a freelance journalist who reports on health, climate change and politics. He has worked as a broadcast reporter for Geo News (2004-2008) and Samaa TV (2008-2015). The stories he reported on during stints with the leading channels include Pakistan’s polio epidemic, environmental degradation and the opposition political party PTI led massive sit-in in Islamabad in 2014. Occasionally, he also contributed to print and online media. He has also served as a member of the Communication Development team of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. Working closely with the Federal Minister Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, he devised a communication strategy for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project. He has a master’s degree in international relations from Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. As a Humphrey Fellow, Hasan is interested in improving his multimedia skills, and exploring new media innovations.
Azer Nazarov (Azerbaijan) is a multimedia and social media trainer as well as a media manager, journalist and public relations consultant. He has worked with a variety of international organizations, educational institutions, local NGOs, and independent media outlets in Azerbaijan, including the OSCE, European Commission, Eurasia Foundation, and Western University in Baku. Azer founded and currently serves as the director of the Voice of Youth Internet Radio (http://gsr.fm) and has led and contributed to numerous other media related projects for regional Azerbaijani youth. He devotes a portion of his work to teaching university courses in journalism and media management and has developed curricular modules in new media topics for Azerbaijani universities. Azer was a speaker at the TEDX Baku conference in 2014. Prior to becoming a Humphrey Fellow, Azer was working for PreMark Media & PR Service as a senior media consultant. He speaks English, Russian, Turkish, and Azeri. He holds a master’s degree in media management and journalism from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi. During his Humphrey year, Azer would like to improve his public relations and media management skills.
Marat Raimkhanov (Kazakhstan) is an internationally certified media trainer and coach. He provides training on social media strategies; new media technologies; citizen journalism and online activism; public relations; personal and organizational communication; as well as corporate culture. He graduated from KIMEP (Kazakhstan) with a Master’s in International Journalism and London School of Economics with Master of Public Administration. He worked at the Kazakhstani president’s press-office, held senior positions in Kazakhstani print, TV and radio media organizations as well as national companies and PR agencies. Marat is a former fellow of the Soros Higher Education Support Program (HESP) and “Bolashak” International Scholarship. During his Humphrey year, he would like to pursue academic research and gain practical experience in how the Internet contributes to democratization of developing societies around the world.
Sylvanie Patricia Nelly Talani Nanitelamio (Congo Brazzaville) works for TerrAfrica Magazine. Previously, she worked as a reporter and presenter for MNTV and Radio, as a journalism trainer for Informotrac, and taught journalism and law. During her Humphrey year Nanythe would like to focus on the fundamentals of multimedia journalism.
Ioana Tamas (Romania) is a freelance specialist in cultural policy and arts management, with a Ph.D in Theater. For the last two years Ioana has contributed extensively to the development of the first cultural strategies in Romania, for the cities of Bucharest and Timisoara, which were developed as part of the European Capital of Culture program. Ioana helped design and implement research projects, coordinated research teams, developed and wrote strategic documents and communicated the effort to governmental bodies, cultural organizations and the general public. During her 10-year career Ioana has worked as an independent consultant for prominent cultural institutions in her country such as the Ministry of Culture, the National Theatre in Bucharest and the Administration of the National Cultural Fund in Romania. For three years she taught arts management at the National University of Theatre and Cinematographic Arts in Bucharest. At the European level, Ioana collaborated with European cultural networks such as Culture Action Europe, European Music Council, the International Network for Contemporary Performing Art (IETM), On the Move, and Trans Europe Halles. Ioana helped co-found two organizations in Romania: CubicMetre -an NGO advocating for the arts, and Partnership for the Arts -which specializes in arts sponsorship. As a researcher in the field of culture, Ioana participated in multiple conferences in Romania and abroad. She occasionally publishes articles on cultural policy mainly in Romania, the U.S. and Poland. During her Humphrey year, Ioana is interested in better understanding how the arts are supported in America, focusing on the relationship between governmental bodies, NGOs and private companies. Her aim is to continue her career as a researcher and strategist for culture on an international level, advocating for and contributing to the recognition of cultural policy as a distinctive and necessary domain.
Wade Williams (Liberia) is an investigative freelance journalist. Prior to becoming a Humphrey Fellow, she was chief of the news desk at FrontPageAfrica newspaper and its website. She was a fellow of New Narratives, a project supporting independent media in Africa. Wade also worked for the Associated Press Television as a freelance camera woman in Liberia and a stringer for Bloomberg. Wade started her journalism career at a small newspaper, The Patriot, as a cub reporter. In 2012 she received the national award for human rights and political affairs reporting, joining only a handful of women who have won national reporting awards in Liberia. In 2012, she was a recipient of the prestigious Dag Hammarskjold Fellowship, and spent three months in New York City covering the United Nations and the 2012 UN General Assembly. In June 2013, she was awarded the highest honor for Liberian journalists, “Journalist of the Year” by the Press Union of Liberia. In August 2013, she also received the German Media Development Award at a ceremony in Berlin. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Wade was one of a few Liberian journalists who covered the epidemic. Her first investigative work on the disease in 2014 and a subsequent op-ed in the New York Times led the Liberian government to change its response to the disease. She interviewed warlords and has written about discrimination against members of the Liberian LGBT community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the United Methodist University where she pioneered the first student newsletter, Inside UMU. During her Humphrey year, Wade is interested in learning about democratic institutions that allow journalists to work freely and improving her multimedia skills.