Zeinab Badawi is a broadcast journalist and presenter of the BBC’s World News Today, with extensive experience in television and radio. She presents the BBC’s The World Debate and the Intelligence Squared Debates, and produces and presents programmes through her own production company, including The General History of Africa in video in partnership with UNESCO. She was born in Sudan, where her father was prominent in pre-independence politics, and moved to the UK when she was two. She is Chair of the Royal African Society, Vice-President of the United Nations Association UK, and on the board of the African Union Foundation. She is a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, a former Chair of the human rights group, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute. She graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and has a master’s in Middle East History and Anthropology from the University of London.