Will Brown is the West Africa Correspondent for The Economist based in Dakar, Senegal. Will has reported from over fifteen countries across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
Will was born and raised in South London. He had his first taste of foreign affairs journalism at sixteen when he won an internship on The Time's foreign desk through a writing competition.
In 2016, he moved to New Delhi to work as a freelancer. Using Safdarjung Enclave as his base, he researched sex trafficking networks across the subcontinent for some of the world’s leading news organisations.
After being shortlisted for Richard Beeston Award for young foreign correspondents in 2017, he moved to Dakar to lead The Economist’s West Africa coverage. Since then he has reported from across the Sahel and Mano River countries, including from northern Mali and Lake Chad.
He still occasionally freelances and he has done work for The Guardian, Vice News, Al Jazeera, The Times and the BBC, among others. He trained in reporting at the Press Association in London and is HEFAT certified.