Simon Stanford

Simon Stanford

– speaker, moderator, photographer & producer –

Simon Stanford är dokumentärfilmare, producent och regissör från Sydafrika. Han föreläser både på svenska och engelska om sina filmer, bland annat om Nelson Mandela och utvecklingen i Sydafrika.

Simon ordnar även resor till Sydfrika i samarbete med SAJ. det är bland annat golf- och sportfiskeresor, jakt och fiske samt andra typer av resor då han är guide och ciceron.

Både Simon och hans partner och kollega Marika Griehsel är prisbelönta journalister och filmare med mer än 25 års erfarenhet av att rapportera från den afrikanska kontinenten och många andra platser runt om i världen, Sydamerika, USA, Balkan, Mellanöstern och Asien.

Simon Stanford is an award winning media professional with over 25 years experience in diverse roles.

– My overriding concern as a media professional is to create and facilitate an intimate and respectful meeting with people. I am born in Africa into an African society and believe that through our meetings with and portrayal of African society it is important to celebrate the achievements of ordinary people while at the same time exploring and analysing the challenges that hamper development.

– Over nearly 3 decades I have witnessed and recorded an extraordinary and tumultuous  period in the history of my continent. I have shared joy and tragedy, seen corruption neglect, abuse and cruelty but most often I have been witness to extraordinary courage, compassion and generosity and it is this that I believe is the bedrock of African society. Given RESPECT, RESOURCES and OPPORTUNITY, Africans will develop the continents greatest resource, its PEOPLE.

Some Career Milestones:

Producer / News Editor with NBC News for 7 years 1983 – 1989
Broadcast News Cameraman and producer with most of the major news networks. NBC; CBS; ABC; BBC; CBC; SVT; ARD; ZDF; Animal Planet and many more.

– I worked as Photographer/Editor and co-producer together with my partner, Marika Griehsel, covering news and current affairs over most of Africa for SVT ( Swedish TV )
From 1991 – 2002

– I have filmed and/or co-produced more than 20 documentary films during the past 2 decades. Most Recently.

– Mandela at 90 in co-production with BBC this world.
– Walströms Resolution ( Resolution ) in co-production with Marika Griehsel and SVT.
– Jan Guillou Det sista jag gor i livet, K Special SVT.
– Världens Snällaste Apa with Lasse Berg co-production with Deep Sea Productions and SVT.
– Afrikafararna in co-production with Marika Griehsel and SVT.

– I have been director of photography and producer  on commercial and corporate productions for;
Microsoft; BMW; Nike; A.P. Moller-Maersk; IMSA; UNHCR; UNICEF; WFP; FBC; The World Bank, SOS Children’s Villages and many other companies and organizations.
He has produced VNR’s ( Video News Releases ) and communications packages for companies, governments and organizations including,  The World Council of Business Leaders, The IUCN and The International Marketing Council of South Africa.

– I have been contracted by Bloomberg Television to provide and coordinate production services for their coverage of The World Economic Forum in Davos for 5 consecutive years, as well as their coverage of a number of other top international events including OPEC summits, G20, G7 and other major events.

– I have a large and historic archive of 2 decades of African history as well as wildlife and environmental video and news archive from many regions.

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