ABOUT THE FCAEA

The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa is a non-profit organisation that represents the interests of nearly 500 journalists covering East Africa and beyond.

The FCAEA:

  • hosts regular briefings and panel discussions, both on- and off-the-record, with high-profile figures in the region
  • distributes resources, information and press releases to its members, acting as a point of contact for events of major interest
  • supports its members by taking up matters of concern with relevant authorities, by issuing a membership card and by lobbying on behalf of members if they are illegitimately targeted or harassed
  • works to support its members around issues of physical and mental wellbeing
  • hosts regular social events for members in Nairobi

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Guest Speakers

Guest speakers hosted since late 2015 include:

  • UN SRSGs for Somalia Michael Keating and his predecessor Nicholas Kay
  • Poaching and conservation panel ahead of the April 2016 ivory burn featuring: Director-General of Kenya Wildlife Service Kiliti Mbathi; Esmond Bradley-Martin, Illegal ivory and rhino horn trafficking investigator; Dr Paula Kahumbu, conservationist and CEO of WildlifeDirect; Hongxiang Huang, CEO of China House; Mike Norton-Griffiths, consultant on the economics of conservation
  • Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom
  • US Ambassador Robert Godec
  • Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga
  • Senior Government of Kenya security officials
  • Richard Leakey, Chair of Kenya Wildlife Service
  • Christian Turner, British High Commissioner to Kenya

A KWS security officer stands near a burning pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory seized in Kenya at Nairobi National Park on March 3, 2015. 15 tonnes is the largest amount of contraband ivory burned in Africa to date. The fire was lit by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to mark World Wildlife Day and African Environment day. An average of 30,000 elephants are poached every year in Africa. AFP Photo/Carl de Souza / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

A KWS security officer stands near a burning pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory seized in Kenya at Nairobi National Park on March 3, 2015. 15 tonnes is the largest amount of contraband ivory burned in Africa to date. The fire was lit by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to mark World Wildlife Day and African Environment day. An average of 30,000 elephants are poached every year in Africa. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA

Historically, the FCAEA has hosted speakers including the following (title given indicates role held at time of appearance):

  • Lodewijk Briet, European Union Ambassador to Kenya
  • Gitobu Imanyara, Imenti Central MP and human rights lawyer
  • Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, UN Special Representative for Somalia
  • Andrew Mwangura, Seafarers’ Assistance Programme
  • David Gressly, Regional Coordinator of UN Mission in Southern Sudan
  • John Githongo, Kenyan former anti-corruption commissioner
  • Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, then President of Somalia
  • James Orengo, Kenyan Minister of Lands
  • Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society
  • Michael Joseph, CEO Safaricom
  • Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya
  • Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice-President of Kenya
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute
  • Eric de Mul, Head of UNDP South Sudan
  • Archbishop Alain Paul Lebeaupin, Apostolic Nuncio for Kenya
  • Max Gaylard, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia
  • Adam Wood, former British High Commissioner in Kenya
  • Uhuru Kenyatta, then Kenyan Opposition leader
  • Wolfgang Töpfer, Executive Director UNEP
  • Pascal Cuttat, Head of Regional Delegation, ICRC

Former Chairs

  • Ilya Gridneff, Bloomberg
  • Gabe Joselow, VOA
  • Robyn Kriel, eNCA
  • Lillian Leposo, CNN
  • Sarah McGregor, Bloomberg
  • David McKenzie, CNN
  • Charles Haskins, Sudan Radio
  • Sarah Childress, Wall Street Journal
  • Mike Pflanz, Daily Telegraph
  • Dana Hughes, ABC News
  • Tia Goldenberg, dpa International service
  • Ulrike Koltermann, dpa
  • William Maclean, Reuters
  • Anthony Morland, AFP
  • Susan Linnee, AP
  • David Fox, Reuters
  • Nick Kotch, Reuters
  • Jim Malone, VOA
  • Günter Krabbe, Frankfurter Allgemeine
  • Mohamed Amin, Camerapix

‘The Foreign Correspondents’ Association’ is a registered society under The Societies Act of Kenya