Shamim Chowdhury
Deputy News Editor, Al Jazeera English
  Vidar Hjardeng MBE
Diversity and Leadership Development Consultant

Shamim has been with Al Jazeera English for over six years, working as a deputy news editor, news editor, reporter and producer. She is based in the European news centre in London, but has done various stints in the main news centre in Doha, Qatar. Shamim has previously worked for Sky News, the BBC and ITV news in various capacities. She started out in print journalism background and has written for The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. She currently blogs for the Huffington Post on a range of socio-political issues.








Vidar spent over 25 years working for ITV, most recently as a
member of the ITV News Senior Management Team with
specific responsibility for Diversity, across ITV's 8 English
regions, Wales and the Channel Islands. Other earlier executive
roles with ITV were Editor/Executive Producer on regional
political, religious and social action magazine programmes, documentaries and ‘live’ debates in the Midlands. Vidar also spent
a number of years as a Consultant with Channel 4’s daytime political show produced by ITN and also worked on a number of documentaries for the BBC’s Disability Unit. He was an associate
of the British Creative Industries’ Disability Network and is now
an associate with the Business Disability Forum, as well as a trustee/director with a number of not-for-profit organisations,
regionally and nationally, in the Arts and Disability sectors.