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Zeinab was born in the Sudan – her family moved to London when she was two years old.
Zeinab studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and took a Masters Degree (awarded with a distinction) on Middle East History and Anthropology at SOAS London University. In 2011 Zeinab was awarded an honorary doctorate by SOAS, London University for her services to international broadcasting. In 2015 she received a second honorary doctorate for journalism from the London College of Communications – University of the Arts London.
Zeinab has extensive experience in television and radio, working on a range of programmes. In 2009 she was awarded International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters, and was named in Powerlist 2012 and 2015 as one of Britain’s top 100 most influential members of the black community. In 2016, Zeinab received the May Chidiac Foundation lifetime achievement award.
She is the current Chair of the Royal African Society, a Queen’s appointment to the Board of the Historic Royal Palaces, a trustee of BBC Media Action (the charitable arm of the BBC), a Vice-President of the United Nations Association UK, and a board member of the African Union Foundation. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Africa.
Zeinab is a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. She has been a board member of the British Council, the Centre for Contemporary British History, a former Chair of the London based freedom of speech campaign organisation, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute.
Hard Talk for the BBC: this programme has, and continues to feature some of the best-known personalities and politicians in the world.
Zeinab also presents Global Questions and World Debates on BBC World News TV featured on both BBC radio and television.
Through her own production company she has produced and presented many programmes, including currently the definitive TV series of Africa’s history.
She has four children.
Dina SelimSenior Producer and General Manager
Dina has had more than a decade of experience as an editor, field and desk producer at Reuters Video News based in London. She joined Kush as Series Producer for the second “The History of Africa” TV documentary series. She is also the general office manager at Kush Com and oversees other current projects.
Dina’s career in television has taken her from the glitz of the Cannes Film Festival to the turmoil of Tahrir Square in Egypt and beyond. She is British – of Egyptian origin – and speaks Arabic fluently. Dina studied at SOAS – The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she completed an under graduate and post graduate degree in religious studies.
Bridget OsborneSenior Producer
Bridget is a highly experienced television and radio producer, having worked on live and pre-recorded shows for the BBC for thirty years. In her career she’s produced everything from live children’s entertainment programmes to hard hitting current affairs shows, chat shows, live news and documentary features. Having worked with Zeinab for ten years, producing the HARDtalkprogramme on BBC World News TV, she became Series Editor for Zeinab’s more relaxed and informal show Rendezvous with Zeinab Badawi. Bridget has experience of working in Africa, knows how to bring a team together calmly and efficiently under the stress of a live situation, and has the BBC’s editorial and production standards as part of her DNA.
Julie DingwallGeneral and Finance Manager
Julie is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. She trained with a small London based firm of Chartered Accountants, and after qualifying in 1980, moved to work in the tax department of the leading accountancy firm Ernst & Young. In 1988 she left to set up her own practice specialising in accountancy and taxation services for small businesses.
Julie’s professional partnership with Zeinab Badawi as a broadcaster extends to over fifteen years. She deals with finance, administration and production management for Kush Communications Ltd. If you have any questions, please email her directly.
Asya SattiSpeaking Engagement Coordinator
Asya Satti was born in Sweden but has lived in the UK since she was a child. She is of Sudanese heritage. Asya studied Biology at Queen Mary’s College, London University, but her first love is music. She particularly enjoys the fusion of music from different countries. She performs regularly but also carries out administrative work on behalf of the band with which she performs as well as with Kush. She manages Zeinab’s non-broadcast work.
Didier ReclouxMusic composer and Arranger
Didier Recloux is a Belgian composer based in London. He is in-house composer and music arranger for Kush Production. Didier has brought his talents to the BBC, Financial Times, and a number of award-winning film projects. A multi instrumentalist, he also obtained a diploma from the Los Angeles Film Music Institute, and a certificate of music technology from IMW, London. After taking a master class with Hollywood orchestrator, Steven Scott Smalley in New York , he most recently completed a specialist certificate in harmony, counterpoint, and music for film and television with Berklee College of Music.
Educated at the University of Leeds (International Relations) Nick Raikes is a freelance journalist.
Nick has worked with Zeinab on the Rendezvous with Zeinab Badawi TV series of programmes filmed in Morocco and produced the website feature introducing the Kush documentary series which will be based on Unesco’s General History of Africa. He has produced news and corporate features on local websites based in West London, including a year at LondonLife TV, and worked on live coverage of The International Horse Show at Olympia.