Rita Payne is a journalist, moderator and media consultant. She is President Emeritus, Commonwealth Journalists Association and serves as an adviser for Asian Affairs magazine and The Democracy Forum. Payne writes for a range of publications covering politics, the media, culture, travel and tourism. She worked for nearly 30 years at the BBC until 2008. Her last position at the was Asia Editor, BBC World News. Before moving to television, Payne was a news editor, producer and presenter at BBC World Service radio. She was nominated for the BBC Global Reith Awards 2009 and Asian Woman of Achievement Awards.