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Biography of Lerato Mbele

Lerato Mbele is a presenter &  correspondent  at the BBC.

She is the co-anchor of the new radio programme “Newsday” on the BBC World Service, that broadcasts to over 10-million listeners worldwide.  She also features on BBC Focus-on-Africa which is the television programme designed to showcase the continent.

Lerato is formerly a senior business anchor for the international network CNBC Africa. Prior to that, she was the main anchor of the popular daily show the News@10 on the SA television channel SABC 3, a programme that analysed the day’s headlines in depth.

Although she cut her teeth in the area of political journalism, she has grown into a recognisable financial journalist, and has used this area to give a bigger voice to issues of investments, business and economic opportunities across Africa.

In 2012, Lerato Mbele was named a “New Generation African Leader” by the African Leadership Network. She has participated at the World Economic Forum as a media leader.

She has spoken and moderated televised debates at amongst others the WEF-Africa;  the World Bank/IMF annual meetings in Washington DC; the African Development Bank; the UN Climate Change Summit COP-17 ; Rio+20 and hosted all the televised presidential debates for the Nigerian Economic Summit Group in Abuja-Nigeria.

She has campaigned against poverty, by being an Ambassador for Change with the Southern African Trust. In pop-culture, she has been voted one of the Top-100 South Africans by the Star newspaper in South Africa (in 2006).

Lerato has also worked briefly as a political analyst and during that time, she was co-editor of the book Designing Democracy, published under the auspices of theFord Foundation and SAIIA.

The book was a collection of research and views on contemporary political systems and challenges to democracy in Africa.

In the past Lerato has also used her media profile to raise awareness on African issues in international affairs, by writing a column for the City Press newspaper.

Lerato is a Chevening Scholar and graduated with an Msc Development Studies at SOAS –University of London.