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The Business Council for Africa and Invest Africa’s flagship event, The Annual Debate 2018 returns 24th April for its forth edition. It has established itself as an important platform for everyone interested in and committed to African business.

Alec Russell

FT Weekend

  Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's new president being interviewed by Alec Russell

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's new president being interviewed by Alec Russell

Alec Russell

Editor | FT Weekend

Alec Russell is the Editor of the FT Weekend, a he has held this position since April 2016.  Prior to this, he worked as; New Editor, Comment and Analysis Editor, World News Editor and the Johannesburg Bureau Chief.  Before joining the FT.  Mr. Russell was the Daily Telegraph’s Washington Bureau Chief from 2003 to 2006.  He was also assistant editor at the Telegraph and oversaw its coverage of the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq.  Previously, he served as the Telegraph’s Johannesburg Bureau Chief from 1993 to 1998, covering the end of apartheid, the election of the African National Congress, the genocide in Rwanda and the fall of the veteran Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.  

Mr. Russell was stationed in Bucharest from the Romanian revolution until 1993, covering the Croatian and Bosnian wars, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Kurdish exodus from northern Iraq.  His work has earned him 2004 UK Press Gazette awards for coverage of the Romanian revolution, and won an award in 2007 for Business Feature about Africa.  He is the author of Prejudice of Plum Brandy (1993) and Big Men, Little People: The Leaders Who Defined Africa (1999) and After Mandela (2009).