Beata Kasale is the publisher and co-owner of The Voice, which is currently Botswana’s best-selling newspaper.
With over 20 years experience in journalism and photography, Beata has worked as a consultant in various spectrums including market research, needs assessments and evaluation of media, HIV/AIDS and community radio initiatives among others. She has worked extensively with organisations including Panos Institute, Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA), International Media Women’s Foundation (IWMF), African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnership (ACHAP), Ministry of Health Botswana, Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Press Union (CPU), International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ), Steps for the Future and World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).
Beata is the acting chairperson of the Botswana Media Consultative Council and a member of the Media Advisory Council in Botswana.
Ferial is the editor-in-chief of the City Press newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Previously she was editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian weekly newspaper in Johannesburg, where she started her journalistic career as an intern journalist in 1991 (Weekly Mail at the time). Ferial is also experienced in radio and television reporting due to her work with the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC), where she was one of the first reporters to interview Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison.
Since 2006, Ferial has been chairperson of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF), and she sits on the boards of Gender Links and the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). She is also editor of "Book of South African Women", an annual publication profiling 300 women leaders in South Africa’s civil, public and private sectors.
With a South African and Indian background, she is notably the first non-white female editor of a South African paper. She was named the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year in 2004 (an annual award recognizing the achievements of South African women) and was listed as one of Media magazines top ten women in the same year.
Yvonne Pele Shibemba
Yvonne Pele Shibemba is the editor of Education Post, a weekly supplement that targets young people and is published every Saturday in The Post, in Lusaka, Zambia.
Yvonne joined the organization in 1995, as a personal assistant to managing director/editor-in-chief. In 1998, she moved to the editorial department to become a reporter, and was appointed Education Post editor in 2004. She is also the vice chairperson of the Press Freedom Committee of The Post, a committee that was set up within the organization to foster freedom of expression and safeguard freedom of the press.
In addition to her work with The Post, Yvonne is a Junior Achievement Zambia board member. Junior Achievement is the world's largest organisation dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.