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Journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed presents Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1. She began her career as a BBC graduate news trainee, working as a news correspondent, reporter for BBC News, Newsnight, the Today programme and as a news anchor for BBC World and Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. She covered the OJ Simpson civil trial while the BBC's LA Correspondent. Samira won the Stonewall broadcast of the year award during her 11 years at Channel 4 News, for a special report on so-called "corrective" rape in South Africa. Her articles and radio documentaries explore the intersection of culture, politics and social change. They have covered such topics as David Bowie, the wife of Oliver Cromwell, HG Wells and the invention of the atomic bomb and the Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Samira is a visiting professor of journalism at Kingston University.
Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning feminist campaigner. She is published across the major national media and regularly appears in both print and broadcast as a commentator. Her first book, Do it Like a Woman, was published by Portobello in 2015 and was chosen by Bridget Christie as one of her books of the year in the Guardian. She is currently working on her second book, which will be about the gender data gap. Caroline has a degree in English language and literature from the University of Oxford, and studied behavioural and feminist economics at the LSE. She was the 2013 recipient of the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year award, and was named OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015.
The Reverend Canon Dr James Walters is Chaplain to the London School of Economics and founding director of the LSE Faith Centre. The centre works to promote religious understanding and interfaith leadership within the LSE’s global student body, in government and to the wider public. Canon Walters is also a senior lecturer at the LSE Marshall Institute and a senior fellow of the LSE Institute of Public Affairs. He has published several books including Religion and the Public Sphere: New Conversations and Loving Your Neighbour in an Age of Religious Conflict. Within the wider Church of England, he is a canon of Chichester Cathedral and represents universities on the General Synod, the Church’s governing body.
Anthony Zacharzewski runs the Democratic Society, a citizen participation organisation based in Brussels and Manchester. He works on projects at local, national and European level, trying to bring citizens’ voices into government, and changing political and bureaucratic discussions in the direction of open government and reform. Before starting the Democratic Society in 2006, he was a civil servant, working in the Treasury and Cabinet Office and for the city of Brighton & Hove.
It’s a privilege to live and work here – the Abbey really is the heart of the country and its history.