The judges included:


Brenda Wilson is a Washington-based radio journalist who specializes in health reporting. She was a Knight International Journalism Fellow in South Africa from 2011-2012. Previously, she was a correspondent and editor on the science desk of National Public Radio covering global health and U.S. public health and health policy.

Declan Okpalaeke is a Knight Health Journalism Fellow who is leading the effort to launch a Pan-African health journalists’ association. He is a three-time winner of CNN’s African Journalist of the Year Award for his coverage of health, science and the environment for major Nigerian media.

Luisa Handem Piette is a veteran communicator, international media coach and marketing-communications leader. She recently worked in West Africa as a media development officer for UNESCO and the Norwegian Refugee Council. Piette was a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Liberia from 2011-2012.

Elsabet Samuel Tadesse is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who led the creation of Ethiopia’s first national health journalists’ association. A radio journalist and media trainer specializing in health, Tadesse previously was a senior producer for BBC World Service Trust in Ethiopia.

Gifti Nadi is a media-development consultant who focuses on gender equality, climate change, rural development and health in Africa. She has worked as a media specialist for the UN Development Programme’s Climate-Change Adaptation Program, and as a senior program officer for Africa for the International Women’s Media Foundation.

Mekuria Mekasha is assistant dean and an assistant professor of Continuing and Distance Education at the School of Journalism and Communication in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was editor of the Ethiopian Press Agency’s Zemen Magazine and Addis Zemen Newspaper, and deputy editor of Efoita Magazine and Newspaper.

Khalil Gueye is an international media consultant and broadcaster who works for the Voice of America’s French section and for CNN International World Report/World View. Previously, he produced and hosted shows for Senegal’s National Television RTS.

Mouhamadou Tidiane Kassé is country director of ICFJ's “Strengthening Truth Tellers” program in Senegal, which aims to bolster media associations and protect media workers. A veteran editor, media consultant and media trainer, he was editor of the daily Wal Fadjiri.

Sosimo Leal Braganca is a journalist for the Portuguese section of Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Previously, he worked for Radio France International in Paris and for VOA in West Africa.


Adnan Adil Zaidi leads the election department at Express news television and is a columnist for the Urdu daily Express. He was a Knight International Journalism Fellow from 2008-2009 working with broadcaster ARY. Over 23 years, he worked for Geo English, BBC Urdu, the Weekly Independent, The News and other major media.

Arif Waqar teaches media studies at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. Prior to joining the college, Arif Waqar spent most of his career with the BBC World Service.

Afzal Rehman represents Voice of America (VOA) in Lahore, writes a column for the Urdu daily Dunya, and teaches broadcast journalism and radio production at Beaconhouse National University. He also worked as program manager for the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation.

Gulf States

Mariam Sami is a media consultant based in Cairo. As a Knight International Journalism Fellow, she led a project in Lebanon that produced television documentaries on social issues in the region. She also built the first online network for young journalists in Syria. Sami was Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press and worked for Al-Jazeera English, Emirates Today and the Gulf News.

Mostafa Mahmud is the world news editor for the Egyptian daily Al Gomhuria. Previously, he served as a radio operator for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Peacekeeping Operation in Darfur.