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Our Trainers

We use dozens of different trainers to provide our courses. All are professional journalists with strong skills and expertise and provide training in the mother-tongue of the trainees – Arabic language courses given by native Arabic speakers and so on. Our more experienced trainers include:


Rita Daou

Rita Daou started her career as a journalist in 1983, working for a Lebanese radio station during the country’s long civil war. Through the 1980s and 1990s, she worked for various newspapers, and a national research centre where she was responsible for media work and journalism training. Rita joined AFP in 2002, working for seven years on the agency’s Arabic language Middle East news desk in Nicosia and reporting from Iran on the parliamentary and presidential elections of 2004 and 2005 and in Beirut during the 2006 war. Since 2009, she has been deputy bureau chief in Lebanon. Rita has been a trainer for the AFP Foundation in Bahrein, Lebanon, Sudan and Tunisia.

Alexander Joe

Alexander Joe, a Zimbabwean-born AFP photographer, started out in journalism documenting the political struggle of blacks in Zimbabwe during the war to end white-minority rule. When the black townships became too dangerous for the white photographers, he was offered a job as a staff photographer on the Rhodesia Herald. In the 1980s, he headed to London and worked for the Times of London, The Observer and The Daily Mail. Joining AFP, he returned to Harare from where he covered 13 countries, documenting famine in Ethiopia and wars around the continent. From 1991 to 2001 he was based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, as Chief Photographer Southern Africa. Alexander has served as a member of the World Press Photo jury. Exhibitions of his work have been held in Zimbabwe, the UK, Kenya, Mali, and France.

Nicolas Miletitch
News editing

Nicolas Miletitch started his career with AFP in Paris before working as a reporter in Moscow from 1978 to 1981. He ran the Belgrade bureau from 1988 to 1994 and, during that time, covered the wars of former Yugoslavia and the fall of communism in Romania and Albania. He was bureau chief in Moscow from 1998-2001, returned to Paris as regional editor for Europe and Africa, before becoming AFP editor-in-chief from 2006 to 2009. In 2010 he returned to Russia as head of the Moscow bureau. In addition to his work at AFP, Miletitch is the author of a book, Trafics et crimes dans les Balkans, and a film, L’Histoire secrète de l’Archipel du Goulag, and has carried out training programmes for AFP, UNESCO and the Soros Foundation in Albania, Macedonia, Morocco and Ukraine. He participated in the creation of the Macedonian press agency MIA.

Susan Njanji-Matetakufa

Susan Njanji-Matetakufa began her career as a journalist at a government-run daily in her home country, Zimbabwe, before working for an independent financial weekly prior to joining AFP. She has now worked for the agency in Africa for almost two decades, working for most of that time in Southern and West Africa, but also covering events in East Africa on assignments. In addition to her work for AFP, she has contributed to a number of media in Africa and abroad including South Africa's Sunday Times, the Montreal Gazette, Panos Institute, the New Internationalist and radio reports for Radio Netherlands among others. She has conducted training courses for AFP Foundation in Senegal and is currently based at the AFP bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Warwick Wise
TV & video

Warwick Wise began his journalistic career with the BBC in Britain where he worked at various times as reporter, producer, director, script-editor and cameraman. He was an integral part of the BBC's video journalism training programme which focused on new technology and creative storytelling and he designed and taught on the University of Lincoln's Multimedia Journalism course. Joining AFP's video service in 2009, he has reported on events around the world including the Haitian earthquake and the Libyan civil war, although his main job is covering France. He is based in Paris, and has conducted training courses for the AFP Foundation in Morocco and Algeria.

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