Zeinab Badawi is a national of Sudan, is the chair of the Board of the Royal African Society. She is one of the best-known broadcast journalists working in the field today. Her current work includes interviewing on Hard Talk for BBC. Zeinab also presents the World Debates and Intelligence Squared Debates on the BBC, and is often a moderator for high level panel discussions. She is a former patron of the BBC World Service Trust, the charitable arm of the BBC. She has been a board member of the British Council, a former Chair of the London based freedom of speech campaign organization, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute .Zeinab studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and a Masters Degree at London University. In July 2011 Zeinab was awarded an honorary doctorate by SOAS, London University for her services to international broadcasting.