Panelists announced for Sahar Speaks launch

Join us on 15 December at the Frontline Club in Paddington, London.

The evening will be moderated by Sahar Speaks founder Amie Ferris-Rotman and will include the follow speakers:

Lyse Doucet is BBC’s Chief International Correspondent. Lyse has reported from all around the world since joining the BBC in the ‘80s. In fact, she came back from Syria just this week. But perhaps she is most known for her work in Afghanistan. Lyse covered the Soviet withdrawal from the country in 1989 and the ensuing chaos that followed, is a longtime interviewer of former President Hamid Karzai and, in 2010, won the 2010 Peabody Award for her story on maternal mortality in Afghanistan.  

Heather Barr was a senior researcher on Afghanistan for Human Rights Watch from 2011 to 2014 and continues to work on Afghanistan in her current position as senior researcher on women's rights in Asia. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Burundi, and before that she was a prisoner's rights lawyer in New York City. She is a graduate of London School of Economics, and Columbia Law School

Najiba Feroz is an Afghan journalist working for the BBC. She studied political science, business and journalism in Kabul and London. She started working with TOLO TV in 2006 in Kabul and then joined the BBC Kabul bureau in 2010. She transferred to New Broadcasting House in November 2012. Now she is working as a Broadcast journalist with the BBC world service. She has worked both as a field journalist and presented the main news programs for the BBC Afghan radio. 

Peymana Assad is a trustee of the British Afghan Women's Society and works in Local Government in London. She has an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from Kings College London. Peymana has written columns for online outlets on the British-Afghan community and she was also the first of Afghan origin to stand in an election for the Labour Party in the UK. 

Jacqueline Housden is news editor for Huffington Post UK. She has previously worked as a journalist for Al Jazeera English, CNN and the BBC.