Yalda Hakim, Ambassador, GlobalGirl Media UK, is an award-winning foreign correspondent and presenter of the flagship programme, Impact with Yalda Hakim on BBC World News. She made her on-screen debut at the BBC in March 2013 presenting a special three-part series of Our World entitled, Iraq: Ten Years On. She has also anchored the BBC’s flagship current affairs program ‘Newsnight’. Yalda was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia in the late 1980s after her father fled Kabul with his family when the Soviet Union invaded. She began her career as a cadet journalist at SBS’s World News Australia. She filmed her first story for Dateline in 2007 called ‘Yalda’s Kabul’, where she returned to Afghanistan. Yalda was awarded the Australian Young Journalist of the Year Award and won the United Nations Media Peace Prize for Best Australian Television News coverage in 2009. She has also been a recipient of the Amnesty International Human Rights award and a finalist for the One World Media award. Yalda says she wishes GGM existed when she was an aspiring teenage journalist!
Aisha Clarke, Youth Ambassador for GlobalGirl Media UK, was a part of GGM UK’s first training cohort in 2016 where she co-produced the film ‘Brexit Unveiled’. Since then she has continued to learn and work with GGM UK, developing her camera skills by filming the Giving Women Conference and GGM UK’s Be Bold For Change panel. Aisha has written blogs – for instance about her favourite unsung feminists – Badass Feminists – and made a film about young women’s mental health. For the premiere of ‘Brexit Unveiled’ at the London Feminist Film Festival, Aisha joined fellow Global Girl Monique Washington, to discuss (in)visibility in the media. They were interviewed for film-streaming channel, FilmDoo. Aisha also received a First for her BA in History from Birmingham University, 2017. Aisha is currently on the Channel 4’s production Trainee Scheme working at The Garden Productions after interning this summer at the Guardian. She is looking forward to continuing to work with GGM UK and getting more girls behind the lens!
Victoria Bridges, Programme Director, GlobalGirl Media UK, is a broadcast producer-director and community filmmaker. She has made a wide variety of factual programmes for all the major UK terrestrial channels, eg. ‘Paradise Blues’ (Channel 4), ‘The Everest Trail’ (ITV) and ‘The Monk and the Forest’ (BBC). Her work has variously been granted the Rory Peck, BAFTA Insight, Cable Ace, ECHO and Graz Humanitarian awards. Her Masters in International Communications and Development at City University in 2013 led her back to her interest in amplifying the voice of the marginalised. Victoria now spends much of her time as a trainer in media skills. She recently conducted participatory video with Eritrean women refugees in Ethiopia for InsightShare and the International Rescue Committee and she has facilitated a video training workshop for ECPAT UK with young survivors of trafficking. Victoria is a fully qualified Iyengar yoga teacher. She has dual US-UK nationality and a BA from Harvard University.
Gulnaz Can Pincis, Trustee, GlobalGirl Media UK, is a freelance broadcast journalist and art writer. Between 2014 and 2016, Gulnaz worked for Open Society Foundations as a Programme Specialist. Prior to this, she worked as a news presenter in Turkey and has 12 years of news broadcasting experience in different capacities, in cluding producer, writer, reporter, presenter and editor. She started working in news television at the age of 17 and was promoted to morning show producer at CNN Turk at the age of 21. Gulnaz put her TV career on hold when in 2102 she was awarded a Chevening Scholarship from the UK government in Journalism and Media Studies and moved to London. She holds an MA in Sociology, Gender, Media and Culture from Goldsmiths, University of London and is working on her MA dissertation in Women’s Studies from Istanbul University. Gulnaz is an old school feminist with a track record of activism in Turkey.
Sue Carpenter, Trustee, GlobalGirl Media UK, is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker. She is currently working on her first feature documentary, I am Belmaya, about a girl she met in Nepal when teaching photography to a group of disadvantaged girls. Sue’s background is in journalism, writing features for UK national publications such as You Magazine, The Times and The Guardian, often supported by her photographs. Sue is aware of the power of the media, for good and bad. Two of her articles have led to her founding charities – one in the New Scientist about the crumbling fort city of Jaisalmer in India led to her forming the charity Jaisalmer in Jeopardy. Another, in You Magazine, about the trafficking of Nepali girls into the Indian sex trade, raised £18,000 from the public and led to the charity Asha Nepal, fighting for exploited women and girls in Nepal.
Tamara Jacobs works as a Content Strategist for Reuters+, the branded content marketing arm of Thomson Reuters. Academically trained in Creative Writing and Publishing, Tamara has always prioritised the exploration of finding one’s own voice and is particularly committed to helping young women find theirs, which is what brought her to Global Girl Media UK. Her expertise in digital storytelling lends itself well in helping the girls understand not only how to tell their stories, but how to ensure that they are heard by a wide audience. Tamara has a BA from Ryerson University in Canada and a Masters in Publishing Studies from City University, London. Tamara is a citizen of the world. She is of Pakistani and Polish descent, grew up in Geneva and Toronto and now lives in London.
Tanisha Kalra, Intern, GlobalGirl Media UK, has just graduated with a BA in Psychology. She has worked at the charity CALM, for children who have cancer and leukaemia, and for CHECT, a charity with the sole purpose of helping individuals who suffer from a rare form of cancer in the eye known as retinoblastoma. She aims one day to work with individuals who struggle from mental health and learning disabilities, providing them with support throughout challenges they may face in society. Tanisha has a fascination with the media and those left out of the mainstream discussion. Her dissertation was on the representation of Muslims in the media.
Dipa Trivedi was recently voted top private yoga instructor in The Telegraph. Firmly committed to mental and physical well-being in all she does, Dipa is a yoga teacher, public speaker, writer and diet instructor. Before embracing health consulting, Dipa had a successful career as a Financial Analyst in the City of London. She has a Masters in Finance and Business from the Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur in Paris. A former ballerina, Dipa is of Indian and French descent and was brought up in France, although she now lives in West London. Dipa is keen to use her commercial expertise and her understanding of mindfulness to support the mission of GlobalGirl Media U.K.
Olga Inyongo is a freelance gender specialist and social entrepreneur, with 10 years experience in international development (gender, refugees and HIV/AIDS), both in Europe and Africa. Formerly Global Programme Advisor on Gender and Social Inclusion with Christian Aid, Olga has focused more recently on social change, girls and women’s empowerment using media and other creative communication forms by producing and directing social films. She recently spent a year in Berlin undertaking training in film direction. Olga speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. She was brought up in Brussels and has Masters degrees from Malmo and Barcelona and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
Amie Williams, Executive Director and Co-Founder, GlobalGirl Media, is an award winning producer/director specializing in documentary film and video for television, NGO’s and political campaigns. Her films, such as We Are Wisconsin, No Sweat and Uncommon Ground have won numerous awards, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Peace Grant, the International Documentary David Wolper Award, a NEA Media Grant, and the SONY/Streisand Award for emerging female filmmakers. Amie’s work has appeared on the Discovery Channel, PBS, BBC, Current TV, Al Jazeera English and Kenya Television Nation. After graduating from Yale University, Amie lived and worked in Kenya as a teacher and health-communications consultant for the Ford Foundation and Care, International.