Africa Business Media Innovators (Abmi) 2020

What: The opening address at the virtual ABMI20 Innovator Chats will examine the immense and unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 and other factors on the media landscape in Africa and globally.

Who: Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB)

When: December 9, 2020 at 11:10 GMT / 14:10 EAT / 13:10 SAST

Where: Virtual

Media are invited to register for the Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2020 Innovator Chats taking place from Wednesday, December 9 to Thursday, December 10, 2020. The opening address will be delivered by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank.

The ABMI is a unique convening that brings together global media owners, C-Suite executives, and senior thought leaders from business, government, philanthropy, and civil society. Together, participants share best practices, emerging trends and integrated company strategies that provide unique value to their audiences.

Africa Business Media Innovator Chats will examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on global media, with a focus on Africa. These virtual conversations will highlight innovative ways to expand the media sector at a time when public health information is critical, the industry is rapidly transitioning to digital, and new partnerships are vital to building a stronger future.

To attend: RSVP by completing this form

The full event agenda can be accessed here.

Other key speakers include:

Honorable Pinky Sharon Kekana, Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies for South Africa, and Secretary General of the Pan African Women’s Business Organization

Bilal Randeree, Program Director for Africa and MENA, Media Development Investment Fund

Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Tomiwa Aladekomo, CEO, Big Cabal Media

Rich Antoniello, CEO, Complex Networks

Samuel Attah-Mensah, Managing Director, Omni Media Ltd.

Dan Finch, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Simplestream

Paula Fray, CEO, frayintermedia

Uzodinma Iwela, Author and CEO, The Africa Center

Tshepo Mahloele, Chairman and Founder, Lebashe Investment Group

Moky Makura, Executive Director, Africa No Filter

Paul McNally, Co-founder, Volume Africa

Koketso Moeti, Executive Director,

Nigel Mugamu, Founder, 263 Chat

The Innovator Chats are co-hosted by Justin B. Smith, CEO, Bloomberg Media Group, and Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News.

About the Bloomberg Africa Media Initiative (BMIA)

Launched by Mike Bloomberg in South Africa in 2014, the Bloomberg Africa Media Initiative (BMIA) is a 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.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in more than 570 cities and over 160 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: the Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation and personal philanthropy as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world. In 2019, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $3.3 billion. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok.

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