Our Team

Ingrid Sinclair


Ingrid has been Curator of Afrika Eye since she and Simon founded the festival 14 years ago. This is her final year curating for Afrika Eye!

Annie Menter


Annie is an independent creative producer, a curator of Taste the World…

Jessica Zausmer

Festival Manager

Jessica was born and raised in Zimbabwe and has lived in the UK since 2002…

The Founders

Ingrid Sinclair


Ingrid trained in Bristol and worked for C4 TV before moving to Zimbabwe. There she worked with Simon Bright on a huge range of

Simon Bright


Simon grew up in Rhodesia, strongly supporting Robert Mugabe. During the Liberation War he went into exile to avoid being

Our Board

Edson Burton

Board Member

Dr Edson Burton is a writer, historian, programme-curator and performer based in Bristol. His academic specialisms include…

Gillian Douglas

Board Member

Born in Glasgow, Gillian moved to Bristol in 2001 and is currently the Service Manager for Bristol City Council Housing Options…

Peninah Achieng-Kindberg

Board Member

Originally from Kenya, Peninah is an experienced Cipfa CCAB Accountant with 17 years…

Ruth Bush

Board Member

Ruth has lived in Bristol for three years and is a Lecturer in the French department at…

Lord Paul Boateng

Our patron Lord Paul Yaw Boateng became the UK’s first black cabinet minister in 2002, as Chief Secretary of the Treasury. Lord Boateng had served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa (2005 – 2009). A civil rights lawyer and Methodist lay preacher, Paul was raised to the peerage as Baron Boateng, of Akyem in the Republic of Ghana and of Wembley in the London Borough of Brent in 2010.