Africa: More than 90 Media Leaders Discuss Africa’s Future Media Landscape at Fourth “Bloomberg Africa Business Media Innovators” Forum

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Livingstone, Zambia — Digital transformation, business models of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution among topics to be discussed in Livingstone, Zambia

November 19, 2018 – More than 90 international media, technology, business and government and community leaders from 21 countries gather in Livingstone today for the fourth Bloomberg Africa Business Media Innovators summit (ABMI), which will explore the issues and challenges impacting the future of media in Africa under the overarching theme, ‘Africa 2025: The Media Landscape of the Future’.

Convened by Bloomberg Philanthropies and hosted by Matthew Winkler, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News and Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital and Media Distribution, Bloomberg Media, this year’s summit will focus on key themes impacting the evolving global media landscape, including business models of the future, how to finance a rapidly changing industry and media’s opportunities and obstacles in The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Participants will also hear from a group of young disruptors on their experiences and predictions about the future of African media.

“As African economies continue to grow and play an increasing role in the global economy, the need for robust, accurate business journalism and financial analysis is more important than ever before,” Matthew Winkler, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News, said. “Every year, this summit leads to dynamic and engaging discussions about the current state and future of African media; I am looking forward to participating in these conversations over the coming days.”

Speakers at this year’s convening include media owners, senior editors, investors, business leaders, government officials and community leaders from countries across the continent and beyond, including: Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, U.S.A. and Zambia. Honorable Dora Siliya, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Services, Zambia, opened Monday’s program with a welcome address.

“We are pleased to host Bloomberg’s Africa Business Media Innovators summit here in Zambia,” said Honorable Dora Siliya, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Services, Zambia. “As Zambian and African economies continue to evolve and grow more complex, it is key that journalism across the continent develops accordingly. I believe in the transformative power of the media and I am confident that the conversations taking place today and tomorrow will help us continue to drive growth.”

The latest edition of ABMI follows successful gatherings in Ghana (2017), Kenya (2016) and South Africa (2015), where international media owners and operators, investors and government officials addressed the importance of a robust financial journalism sector and the value of data and data-related technologies to drive international investment and economic growth.

The annual event series is a component of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA), a pan-African program launched by Michael R. Bloomberg to strengthen media capacity, promote innovation in the sector and improve access to high-quality data and information on the continent.

Admittance to this event is on an invitation-only basis. For more information, please visit:

Speakers at the summit include:

• Yinka Adegoke, Africa Editor, Quartz
• Frank Aigbogun, CEO, Business Day Media Ltd
• Bunmi Akinyemiju, CEO, Venture Garden Group (VGG)
• Addis Alemayehou, Founder and CEO, 251 Communications and Co-founder, KANA TV
• Dr. Solomon Assefa, VP, IBM Research – Africa & Emerging Market Solutions
• Kai Bond, Principal, Comcast Ventures, and Manager, the Catalyst Fund
• Terryanne Chebet, CEO, Fanaka Television
• Edith Dankwa, CEO, Business and Financial Times
• Emeka Dimanochie, CEO, UBA Bank
• C.D. Glin, President and CEO, US African Development Foundation (USADF)
• William Gumede, Author, Executive Chair, Democracy Works Foundation, and Professor, Wits School of Governance
• Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital & Media Distribution, Bloomberg Media
• Honorable Minister Eléonore Johsay, Minister of Culture, Promotion of Handicrafts, & Cultural Heritage, Madagascar
• Chibamba Kanyama, Managing Consultant, Bridges Limited
• Andile Khumalo, CEO, The Brodkast Group
• Tim Kotin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, SuperFluid Labs
• Reed Kramer, CEO and Co-Founder, AllAfrica Global Media
• Yasteel Kuseeal, COO, Media Division, Tiso Blackstar
• Debra Lee, Former Chairman and CEO, BET Networks
• Ben Leo, CEO, Fraym
• Linda Mabhena-Olagunju: Founder and Managing Director, DLO Energy Resources (Proprietary) Limited
• Phathiswa Magopeni, Group Executive, SABC
• Tricia Martinez, CEO and Founder, Wala and Director, the Dala Foundation
• Mapi Mhlangu, Managing Director and Editor-in-chief, Enca
• Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Strategic Media Partnerships Manager – Sub Saharan Africa, Facebook
• Jacqueline Musiitwa, Executive Director, Financial Sector Deepening, and Founder and Partner, Hoja Law Group
• Mohamed Nanabhay, Deputy CEO, Media Development Investment Fund
• Uchenna Jennifer (Uche) Pedro, Founder, BellaNaija
• Mamadou Gouro Sidibe, Entrepreneur and Founder, Lenali
• Honorable Dora Siliya, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Services, Zambia
• Leo Stiegeler, General Manager, Swiss Ringier Africa AG
• Wiebke Toussaint, Co-founder and Director, Engineers Without Borders South Africa, Data Scientist at the University of Cape Town
• Sheel Tyle, Founder and CEO, Amplo
• Lesley Donna Williams, CEO, Tshimologong Precinct
• Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus and Co-Founder, Bloomberg News
• Kabiru Yusuf, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Media Trust Limited

About Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA)
Launched by Mike Bloomberg in South Africa in 2014, the Bloomberg Africa Media Initiative (BMIA) is a three-year pan-Africa program designed to accelerate development of a globally competitive media and financial reporting industry as well as promote transparency, accountability and good governance in Africa and beyond. The initiative has four components: It provides cross-disciplinary educational programs to increase the number of highly trained business and financial journalists, as well as supports research to stimulate new media innovations, convene international leaders to promote interactive dialogue and build strong relationships to enhance the quality of financial coverage and the availability of reliable and timely data on the continent.

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