Broadcaster & International Conference Facilitator
Born in Manchester to Ghanaian parents Henry Bonsu is a leading British African broadcaster. A Modern Languages graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford (1990), he has worked on some of the UK's biggest current affairs shows, including BBC Radio 4's Today. Henry has also presented programmes on satellite TV channels including Vox Africa (2008-14), BET International (2008-11) and Press TV (2009-15), and been an analyst on BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera and Arise News. He specialises in international relations, business, and health and education. Henry started his career in the early 90s as a print journalist initially writing for black diaspora publications like The Voice, and the Caribbean Times, then for mainstream newspapers including The Times, Daily Express, The Guardianand the London Evening Standard. In 2006 he helped to launch Colourful, a digital radio station targeting Europe's African and Caribbean communities, focussing on politics, business, health and education. He has also provided media advice and training to politicians, business and charity leaders at home and abroad.
Henry is currently an international moderator and Master of Ceremonies, specialising in business and economic development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Celebrated for his dynamic, engaging style, in recent years he has hosted summits at the UN General Assembly in New York, at COP21 in Paris (2015), in Addis (2015), in Incheon (Development Cooperation Forum - 2015), Arusha (Future Fortified - 2015) and Johannesburg (Forum on China Africa Cooperation - 2015). Henry has also hosted the African Banker Awards at AfDB Meetings in Marrakech (2013), Kigali (2014), Abidjan (2015), Lusaka (2016) and Ahmedabad (2017).
In September 2016 Henry facilitated the pledging session of the Global Fund's Replenishment in Montreal, and the UN Secretary General's Together for the 2030 Agenda partnerships event in New York.
As well as cultural and development events, Henry hosts major business gatherings like the African Banker Awards, African Business Awards, and the Global African Investment Summit. His corporate clients include Maersk, KPMG, Amaris and Cartier International for whom he has facilitated conferences and ceremonies on key issues ranging from diversity to sustainability. Other highlights from 2017 include hosting the second German African Business Summit in Nairobi, the WHO African Health Forum in Kigali, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit at UNGA 72, and sessions at COP 23 in Bonn. So far this year Henry has moderated at several events, including the replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar, and the World Health Assembly in Geneva. His most recent engagement was in June, when he hosted the 70th anniversary gala for England's National Health Service in Manchester.