Festival Producer & Programmer

Tega Okiti is a Writer and Creative Producer. Her previous appointments have included work in event production, project management and curating. Recently, Tega has completed projects for the BFI in Project Management and Programming for UK wide season BLACK STAR also working a Lead Curator of Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine. With a special interest in cinema and visual cultures from Africa and its diaspora, Tega has been commissioned as a writer by Sight & Sound and Nataal and the People’s Stories Project. In 2017 to further her curatorial practice Tega completed a year-long solo research trip to six capital cities in Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of the British Council.

Rachael Loughlan


Rachael Loughlan is a freelance film festival consultant and project manager. She has worked in the film industry for 10 years, providing strategic support, event production, programming and venue management to a range of venues and film festivals, including Glasgow Film Festival, TIFF and EIFF. Rachael has an MLitt in Film Journalism from University of Glasgow and has been producing Film Africa since 2014.



Isabel Moura Mendes is a Portuguese Cape-Verdean arts and cultural manager, with strong practice in international cultural relations, artistic exchange and African (& Lusophone) film curation. She holds an MA in Arts & Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she is based, and has been programming for Film Africa since 2013.



Jacqueline Nsiah is a cultural anthropologist, freelance film festival and arts & culture consultant. She has eight years’ experience in the international film festival circuit, having worked in the UK, Ghana, Brazil and Germany in a variety of roles, and is the co-director and curator of UHURU festival in Rio de Janeiro and producer of Black Star lFF in Accra. She recently joined the Mokolo project committee, a pan-African platform for African cinema.


Festival Coordinator

Abel Kemal Endashaw is the festival coordinator for Film Africa. Before joining Film Africa he was the listings editor for What’s On Africa and has been involved with Film Africa since 2015, working across social media and guest hospitality. He holds a Masters in Development Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden and is currently finalising his MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development at SOAS. He tweets @MeetAbel


Festival Director (Deputy Director, Royal African Society)

Sheila Ruiz is currently Head of Programmes & Operations at the Royal African Society, following five years as the Society’s Events Programme Manager. Prior to this, she was Communications & Programming Consultant for the Africa Centre and previously worked as a freelance events producer for various community arts projects. She is of mixed Spanish/Equato-Guinean heritage and bilingual in Spanish and English. She tweets @SheilaRuiz

Education Programme Manger 

Joanna Brown is the Film Africa Education Programme Manager. After graduating in English from Cambridge University, Joanna joined the BFI, where she co-ordinated special events. Now, after six years as a Primary Teacher in Haringey specialising in Reading Enrichment, she is building an educational programme across the Royal African Society, starting with school programmes for Africa Writes and Film Africa.

Beth O'Connor

Marketing Consultant

Beth O’Connor is currently a marketing consultant for Africa Writes and Film Africa while undertaking a PHD at the University of Witwatersrand and managing international media for the Lake of Stars Festival (Malawi). In the past ten years Beth has overseen the marketing for London venues Rich Mix, The Design Museum and the Bishopsgate Institute as well as spending time in Johannesburg as a member of the leadership team for youth agency, Digify Africa (formerly Livity Africa). @bethoconnor3

Marcelle Mateki Akita

Marketing Coordinator

Marcelle Mateki Akita is the Marketing Coordinator at Film Africa, Project Co-ordinator at the Royal African Society and was the co-producer for Africa Writes 2018. She is a fiction writer, co-founder of Afrikult. and the web content editor for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her fiction work has appeared in magazines and literary journals such as Aké Review and AFREADA, and her debut collection ‘Lizard and Other Stories’ was published in December 2016. She holds an MA in African Studies from SOAS, University of London, majoring in literatures in African languages. She tweets at @matekiwrites.


Submissions Advisor

Robin Steedman is a fourth year PhD student in African film studies at SOAS University of London. She researches the phenomenon of Nairobi-based female filmmakers and her academic study will be the first about this female led industry. She has book chapters forthcoming in publications on archives of atrocity in Kenya by Brill and African cinema by Wiley-Blackwell, and her film reviews have appeared in the African Studies Review. Her passion for African film extends beyond the academy and she is now in her third year as a documentary submissions advisor for Film Africa. She hopes to research the exciting field of African documentary production more formally in subsequent projects.

Submissions Advisor

Sebastian Ruiz-Cabrera has a PhD in African Medias at University of Seville, an MA in International Relations and an MA in African Studies. He is an associate teacher on International Communication and African films. Sebastian writes about African politics and the African film sector for several Spanish media outlets including wiriko.org, a media dedicated to the African Arts & Cultures. Sebastian has also made documentaries in Senegal, Kenya, South Sudan, Mozambique and RDC. He tweets @sebaprensa 

Events Programme Manager  

Caitlin Pearson is the RAS Events Programme Manager. She works on the general public events programme as well the annual Africa Writes festival. Her background is in higher education and scholarship – she previously worked in communications and events at the Centre of African Studies, SOAS and at the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust. Caitlin holds a BA from the University of Birmingham and an MA from SOAS, both in African Studies. Her research interests include film and TV, representation, class and disability. She is working towards expanding the reach of Africa Writes to other parts of England, as well as Wales and Scotland.

Print Traffic Coordinator

Andy Jenkin is a film projectionist at the BFI and Berlin Film Festival, and a freelance audio visual engineer. He is Technical Manager for Overnight Film Festival and was responsible for the technical installation at Close-Up Film Centre. His Print Traffic background is with London Comedy Film Festival and Global Health Film Festival.

Marketing and Social Media Intern

Anna Adima has joined the Film Africa team as Marketing and Social Media Intern. She is a PhD student in History at SOAS, University of London, researching the history of female genital cutting in Kenya, and holds an MA in African Studies, also from SOAS. She has a background in international development, having previously worked with UN-Habitat at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, and with Standing Voice in London, working to promote the human rights of people with albinism in Africa. Of German-Ugandan heritage, Anna has a passion for African arts and culture, and wishes to see these promoted across the world.

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