Peter Bazalgette
Bazalgette is chairman of Endemol UK, one of Britain's biggest television and new media production companies. In addition to 'Big Brother' and 'The Salon', he has created BBC 2's 'Food & Drink', the UK's longest running food show, and a number of innovative leisure shows including 'Ready Steady Cook', 'Changing Rooms' and 'Ground Force'. Bazalgette has received the 'Indie-vidual Award for Outstanding Personal Contribution to the Independent Sector' at the Indies 2000, and was awarded 'The Fellowship' by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2000, and a Fellowship of the Royal Television Society' in 2002. He is a regular commentator on media affairs via television, radio and newspapers such as The Guardian and the Financial Times.

Jon Berry
Berry is Vice President and Senior Research Director at Roperasw, a global research and consulting firm headquartered in New York. He is co-author of the new book The Influentials: One in Ten Americans Tells the Other Nine How to Vote, Where to Eat, and What to Buy (Free Press, 2003).

T.C. Boyle
Boyle is the author of fifteen books of fiction, including A Friend of the Earth (Bloomsbury UK/ Penguin us), After the Plague (Bloomsbury / Viking) and, most recently, Drop City (Bloomsbury / Viking). He received a Ph.D. degree in 19th Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977 and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978. His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus and Granta, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards. He currently lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.

Peter Dickinson
After graduating from Liverpool University, Dickinson was employed by the British Council and appointed Information Coordinator for West Ukraine, where he lived for a year before travelling to Kiev. Once there, and having falling in love with the city, he chose to stay and set up an English-language guide to the area. Four years on, What's On Kiev has established itself on the Ukrainian market and won a string of national media awards. Dickinson lives close to the Olympic Stadium and is a regular at Dynamo Kyiv matches.

Ben Ehrenreich
Ehrenreich is a freelance writer who writes both fiction and journalism for a variety of magazines and newspapers. He lives in Los Angeles, where, if you believe the rumours, no one cares at all about the past.

Simon Elmes
Elmes is deputy editor of the BBC's Radio Documentaries Unit, where he works on a wide range of programmes including the long-running magazine 'Word of Mouth', which he founded and which was awarded one of the world's premier broadcasting prizes, the Premio Ondas, in 1996.  His 25-part series on the history of the English language, 'The Routes of English', won the VLV award in 2001 for best new radio programme. Elmes is the author of four books on language.

David Fickling
Fickling was born in London in 1976 and currently lives in Sydney, where he is Australasia correspondent for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. He is the author of an upcoming travel book about Jordan, and has so far never sold a miracle slimming product.

Danny Fields
Fields has worked in and around the music industry for more than 25 years, making his reputation by spotting genius where few others could see it. Among other things, he has worked as press agent for The Doors, signed The MC5 and The Stooges to Elektra Records, and managed The Ramones from 1975 to 1980. Additionally, he has worked extensively as a music journalist, and he recently published a biography of Linda McCartney entitled Linda McCartney: A Portrait (Renaissance).

Noreena Hertz
Hertz is the best-selling author of The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy (Free Press). Working for the World Bank in the early 1990s Hertz advised the Russian government on economic reforms and helped lay the foundations for St. Petersburg's first stock exchange.  In 1996 she moved to the Middle East to head up the Centre for Middle East Competitive Strategy, a non-profit organisation of 40 researchers that seeks to advance stability and peace in the Middle East through business initiatives.  Hertz is Associate Director of the Centre for International Business and Management at Cambridge University's Judge Institute of Management Studies.

Ocean Howell
Howell lives in San Francisco, where he works on his Ph.D. in architectural history at U.C. Berkeley and writes for skateboarding magazines. He was a professional street skateboarder from 1992 to 1997. He later became an editor of a series of books on Nonproft and Public Management at Jossey-Bass, a Wiley company, where he created a subseries called 'Community Building' that helps nonprofit professionals, local business leaders, citizen groups and civic officials navigate the complexities of contemporary urban politics.

Arianna Huffington
Huffington is the author of nine books, including How to Overthrow the Government (Regan) and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America (Crown). Her syndicated column appears in newspapers across the United States, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, the Boston Herald, and the Dallas Morning News. She is also co-host of 'Left, Right & Center', public radio's popular political discussion program.

Andrei Kurkov
Kurkov was born in St. Petersburg in 1961 and now lives in Kiev. After military service as a prison warder, he worked as a journalist and cameraman. He writes screenplays and has published four novels, including Death and the Penguin (Garnder's), which has been widely translated and was shortlisted for the 2002 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Marcos Lopez
Lopez was born in 1958 in Santa Fe, Argentina. He taught himself photography in the late 1970s and moved to Buenos Aires in 1982, where he continued his training. He currently works as a photographer, photojournalist and art director for print and television commercials. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout South America and Europe, Phaidon's 10 x 10 collection of contemporary photographers, and his most recent catalog Pop Latino (La Marca).

Patrícia Melo
Melo is a leading figure in contemporary Brazilian literature. Her 1995 novel The Killer (Bloomsbury) won France's Prix Femina and Deux Océans, Germany's Deutscher Krimi Preis, and was listed in World Literature Today as one of the 1990s' best Brazilian novels. The Killer has since been adapted for the screen, winning the prize for best foreign film at the San Francisco Film Festival. Her most recent novel, Inferno (Bloomsbury), received Brazil's Jabuti prize and is short-listed for Britain's Independent Foreign Fiction prize. A playwright and screenwriter as well, Melo lives in São Paulo, where she is completing her next novel.

Tim Morris
Morris is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington, and lives in Arlington and in Great Neck, Long Island. He is a regular contributor to The American Scholar, and his essays have appeared in Raritan, Here, Aethlon, and Southwest Review.

Diane Ravitch
Ravitch is a Research Professor and historian of education at New York University. She is the author of numerous books about education, most recently Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform (Simon & Schuster).

William Shaw
Shaw's last book, Westsiders (Bloomsbury), focused on seven African-American youths growing up in South Central Los Angeles. He writes the 'Small Ads' column in The Observer magazine.

Malick Sidibé
Sidibé was born in Soloba, Mali, in 1935. In 1956 Sidibé bought his first camera and started photographing private events and portraits.  He opened 'Studio Malick' in 1961, where he continues to take photographs and repair cameras. Sidibé, along with fellow countryman Seydou Keïta, is the subject of 'You Look Beautiful Like That', a recent exhibition of photography at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The photographs from the exhibition are published in You Look Beautiful Like That: The Portrait Photographs of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé (Yale University Press).

Vishvapani is the UK co-ordinator of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order and the Editor of Dharma Life magazine. He is currently writing a guide to Buddhism for young people and researching the cultural roots of western Buddhism.

Ann Wilhite
Wilhite edits and publishes The Cabbage Connection, a monthly newsletter for Cabbage Patch Kid collectors. She also contributed to Patricia Smith's Modern Collector's Dolls (Collector Books) and the Encyclopedia of Cabbage Patch Kids (Schiffer Books). She teaches history at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska, and has published articles in various history and musical journals, most recently in the New Grove Dictionary of Music. A long-time collector of Cabbage Patch Kids, Wilhite enjoys them for their whimsical and distinctive personalities.

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Topic Magazine
Issue 4 | Spring 2003

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