Rita Payne is a Journalist, Commentator and Media Consultant, and President Emeritus, Commonwealth Journalists Association. She writes for several publications covering politics, media, culture, travel and tourism and was a judge for the Rory Peck Awards 2020. She has participated in dialogues and webinars with senior political figures and newsmakers at a range of events, including the Zee Jaipur Literary Festival in London, Habitat III in Quito, UN World Urban Forums and United Peace Federation, among others. Payne received the 2020 award by Educating Beyond Borders to mark International Women’s Day and has been nominated for the BBC Global Reith Awards and Asian Woman of Achievement Awards. Before moving to TV, Payne was a news editor/producer/presenter at BBC World Service radio.