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Georja Calvin-Smith

is a Paris based writer, TV news presenter and producer who has worked in international magazine and current affairs broadcasting for over a decade. She currently produces and fronts the daily ‘Eye on Africa’ bulletin at France 24, an international news network broadcasting in English, French and Arabic. Georja also anchors the weekly ‘Across Africa’ magazine show.

Back in the UK she was a news presenter in Manchester and produced stories, features and documentaries for the BBC, ITV and HBO in New York. She's interviewed Jesse James, David Miliband, Hussein Bolt and several presidents including Ghana's leader John Mahama and Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan.  

Georja's also reported from around the world and is an insightful and friendly host of debates and corporate events. 

She collaborated with the UN moderating keynote sessions for COP21, guiding discussions that included former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; the Governor of California, Jerry Brown and Paris's Mayor, Anne Hidalgo. Georja's also hosted debates for the African Development Bank, overseen a panel of ministers and presidents discussing their continent's economic challenges as chair of the OECD's Africa forum in Paris and featured alongside Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee and ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in Le Monde's 'Women in Africa' conference. 

Georja is a professor of the Brazilian martial art of capoeira.