2011 Fellowship Recipients
Kingsley Amayo, 28, works for Independent Television/Radio in Benin City, Nigeria, which reaches some 25 million viewers and listeners. He came to reporting on diplomacy through theatre arts studies (his bachelor’s degree) and served as an intern at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He interviewed ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo in an effort to discover whether the court would investigate the deadly religious rioting in Jos, Nigeria. At the United Nations, he is interested in discovering how Africa fits into the global community and whether the world sees her only as a “sleeping” continent.
Altamash Hashmi, 28, is a correspondent for the CNN-IBN (Indian Broadcast Network), based in Utter Pradesh and reaching 45 million viewers. He has focused on developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan and was able to access sources in Bahrain and Libya during the upheavals there. He is anxious to explore further the work he has done on India’s quest for a permanent UN Security Council seat. And Mr. Hashmi wants to investigate how a global focus on humanitarian issues and minority rights can prevent conflicts.
Liu Kunzhe, 34, is a reporter for the China Youth Daily based in Beijing where she is the chief reporter in the international department. She has travelled to five continents and has two masters’ degrees: from China’s Communication University and the London School of Economics. Since her arrival in New York, she has published about 20 U.N.-relatd articles, including exclusive interviews wirth the ambassadors of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil. She also conducted her own survey aat Harvard, MIT, MYU and Columbia University to learn how young Americans view the United Nations.
Kirubel Tadesse, 26, is a senior correspondent for government institutions as well as the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He works for the independent Capital newspaper and covers major political news, economics and writes his own Internet blog. He says that UN activities, despite the presence of UN agencies, are largely under-reported in Ethiopia, and he hopes to change this during his stint at the world body. Mr. Tadesse has travelled to Poland, Turkey, France, Belgium, Britain, Japan and Kenya, sometimes at his own expense. He has two bachelor degrees -- one from HiLCoE School of Computer Science and the other in journalism from Addis Ababa Unviersity.