WHO IS CHRISTINE
I was born in Zimbabwe and bred South Africa, these days I’m based in Europe. Having left the continent I grew up in and viewing it from a different vantage point, I see how we’re often having the same discourse, just in different spaces. I’ve strived for my journalism to bring young Africans together in conversation, and to spark ideas and innovation.
I first worked in journalism in Johannesburg where I reported on the stock market and economy in South Africa. In this time, I interviewed senior politicians and company executives. My reporting for CNBC Africa landed me my first recognition – the ‘Best Newcomer’ prize at the Vodacom Journalism Awards.
I also had a stint writing equities for Bloomberg, at the company’s European headquarters in London. As a correspondent I’ve reported on key political developments in southern Africa, one being the ouster of Zimbabwe’s former long-time leader Robert Mugabe in 2017. I currently host Deutsche Welle’s flagship daily Africa news show as well as general news programmes.
I am an experienced conference facilitator and have hosted and moderated numerous events. I bring my communication skills as well as my natural ability to converse with people into my work as a panel moderator, MC, and host. Events I have moderated have featured NGOs, civil society organisations, politicians, lawmakers in Europe and Africa, African Union and European Union Commissioners, activists, and business leaders
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic most events have been fully or partially virtual and my broadcast experience has made it easy for me to engage and foster audience participation during online events, all while directing the conversation between panelists.
Having lived on two continents I have established relationships and networks in Africa and Europe. I also sit on the advisory board of Titech Academy, a millennial think-tank aiming to bridge the gap between the East and West.