Serge Michel, 47, is reporter at large for Le Monde and chief editor of Le Monde Afrique, the African version of the website lemonde.fr. Michel has worked as a journalist in Switzerland, Iran, the Balkans and Africa. In 2001, he won the Albert Londres Prize, France’s most prestigious journalistic award, for his work in Iran. He’s the founder of the Bondy Blog, a popular website and a stunning experience of “citizen journalism”, written from within the volatile French suburbs. Together with Paolo Woods and Michel Beuret, he has published China Safari – On the trail of Beijing’s expansion in Africa (Nation Books,2009), charting China’s dramatic rise in Africa. The French title was: La Chinafrique (Grasset, 2008). Michel’s last book Marche sur mes yeux, portrait de l’Iran aujourd’hui (Grasset, 2010, with pictures of Paolo Woods) is a thrilling, controversial, in-depth look at the Iranian society and recent history. Michel has written for le Monde, le Temps, le Figaro, le Point, Géo, Aperture, Fortune, Foreign Policy and The Independent.