EUROPE

August 2015 - Present

Rode the waves off the coast of Libya with a group of volunteers plucking migrants from overcrowded boats for National Geographic.

Tracked snow-leopards in Mongolia's Altai Mountains to reveal the threat of climate change to their habitat.

Penned a feature about the desperate tragedy of the families who, having braved the ravages of war, are now forced to test the capricious waves of the Aegean.

Shot and produced viral video content (amassing 6 million views in the first week) for the United Nations Refugee Agency giving colour to the everyday struggles and triumphs of Syrian refugees landing with a splash on the shores of Europe. 


MYANMAR

October 2013 - July 2015

I chronicled the wide-ranging changes wrought by Myanmar's budding political and economic transition, while using the country as a prism to study China's renaissance.

Exposed how China's nouveau riche are fuelling South East Asia's largest animal trafficking market in a remote region in the lawless cracks between Myanmar and China.

Investigated how the army used an illegal logging clampdown as a pretext for controlling the trade themselves while denying rebels revenues at a crucial time in peace negotiations.

Revealed how the West is gaining a foothold in Myanmar's oil industry, the first signs of the economic tussle with China over the nation's underground resources.

Documented the overhaul of Myanmar's vandalised education system, changing social mores expressed by the renaissance of tattoos, lives upturned as the army bulldozing homes, the plight of stateless Rohingya muslims.

Questioned the future role of so-called "crony capitalists" who became rich off the former military regime, as well as that of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


SOUTH SUDAN

July 2011 - June 2013

Charted the birth of the world's newest nation, repeatedly breaking news stories exposing corruption, an oil shutdowncross-border skirmishes with Sudan, ethnic massacres, and renewed civil war in Sudan, amongst others.

Through video, pictures and text, drew global attention to the first bomb attack by Sudan on South Sudan's territory, a refugee camp near the border, as well as a subsequent aerial attacks on a market.

Traveled extensively in Sudan's troubled Blue Nile and South Kordofan states reporting on the civilian impact of the government's bombing campaign and scorched earth offensive against civilians.

Spent a year researching a story unveiling the systemic corruption of a post-liberation petro-state that created patronage networks to maintain stability. I was the first journalist to investigate South Sudan's burgeoning artisanal gold industry in the south-east.

Wrote a lengthy expose of South Sudan's security services who started to harass, intimidate and even kill government critics in a bid to maintain “patriotism” in the young country.

 


GHANA

November 2010 - June 2011

Monitored the effects of Ghana's oil boom windfall on public finances and local expectations. As well as breaking financial and business news, my reporting explored the early signs of discontent in the oil-producing west and examined the importance of expediting the development of oil legislation to ensure oil becomes a blessing and not a curse for one of Africa’s most promising democracies.

Stories also included exposing cocoa smuggling on the Ivorian border and the environmental and social impact of illegal Chinese artisanal gold miners.

 


RWANDA

December 2008 - October 2010

As one of the only foreign correspondents reporting in a tightly restricted working environment, carefully developed and maintain relationships with the authorities and balance this with critical, objective reporting. Working in a country with a secretive and, at times, paranoid government was extremely challenging, but I believe I was able to slowly confront the established conceptions of unfettered donor praise and help draw attention to the repressive side of Kagame’s regime, particularly during the run-up to the election.

My election coverage revealed systematic intimidation of opposition party members at the local and national level in a Special Report.

The nuance of my reporting helped show and explain Rwanda’s position as an ambitious country emerging from tragedy and shape informed discourse on its recovery.

 


EASTERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

October 2008 - December 2008

Spent three months breaking stories from the frontline in eastern DR Congo under dangerous and difficult circumstances. As a text and photojournalist I witnessed the offensive by rogue general Laurent Nkunda. Crossing the frontline daily to report on the ensuing humanitarian crisis behind the guns, I learnt how to cover and cope with reporting on war, helping the Reuters team draw a local and international narrative on an oft-forgotten conflict.

 


KENYA

February 2008 - August 2008

Worked as a reporter and sub-editor in the east African bureau in Nairobi for six months, covering the aftermath of the election which led to the deaths of some 1,300 people and 300,000 people fleeing their homes. Edited news from various conflict zones in the region and learnt how to write colourful, pertinent pan-African features.