Based: Johannesburg

Ferial is a multi-award-winning South African editor and journalist and a global moderator as well as a regular speaker and analyst.
Right now,She is an Associate Editor at the leading global news site, Daily Maverick, which is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading media innovators. It is a splendid place to be.
Previously, She was editor-in-chief at the Mail&Guardian and City Press, where teams she has worked with won numerous investigative and other journalism awards. She is a regular analyst and commentator on radio, television and elsewhere.
One of the roles she enjoy’s most is as a global moderator largely with the African Leadership Initiative, a partner of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative, a network of enlightened leaders who do extraordinary work. She is on the advisory board of the Open Society’s Programme for Independent Journalism and She has previously been a board member of the World Editors Forum and the Global Editors Network. She has won numerous awards for journalism and for support of media freedom including a Committee for the Projection of Journalism’s International Press Freedom Hero award in 2015 and the Naspers Phil Weber award in 2013 – the global tech company’s highest internal honour.
Previously, Ferial was chairperson of the South African National Editors Forum and chairperson of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards. She has published a best-selling book called “What if there were no whites in South Africa” and in 2017 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Free State.