Speaker Profiles

Cherriff Sy

Cheriff Sy is an analyst, columnist and Publisher of Bendre newspaper in Burkina Faso. He is also Chairperson of The African Editors Forum (TAEF), and is a freedom of expression activist. He is the organiser of the International Festival of the Freedom of Expression and Press (IFFEP) of Ouagadougou.

Jane Duncan


Prof Jane Duncan is Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University. Before that she worked at the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) since its establishment in 1994 and was its director from 2001 to mid-2009. She was also coordinator of the FXI’s predecessor organisation, the Anti-Censorship Action Group. She also worked at the Funda Centre in Soweto and then at the Afrika Cultural Centre in Newtown. She obtained a BA as well as honours and master’s degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand, and completed a PhD through the Wits School of the Arts in 2007.

Lorenzo Dalvit

Prof Lorenzo Dalvit is the MTN Chair of Media and Mobile Communication. He teaches a variety of courses in new media and mobile media. He supervises and conducts research on all aspects relating to new media, with a particular focus on the use of mobile phones in a developmental context. He is involved in a number of outreach programmes in collaboration with national and international NGOs. He has established collaborations with academic and research institutions in Africa and Europe. He has a MA, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies from Rhodes University and a Phd in ICT Education from Rhodes University.

Herman Wasserman

Professor Herman has a BA (Hons), Hons B.Jounalism, MA and a D.Litt. His primary research interests are media ethics, global journalism and the intersections between journalism and popular culture. He is a former print media journalist, has authored and edited books on tabloid journalism in South Africa, popular media, democracy and development in Africa and global media ethics, and published widely in international journals. He edits the journal Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Australian Journalism Review, Communicatio and Journal of African Media Studies. He holds an Honorary Senior Lectureship at the University of Sheffield in the UK.Professor Wasserman holds a B2 rating by the National Research Foundation, awarded to researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.Prof Wasserman heads the Research Unit for Media in the Global South (RU MIGS).