Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2017

Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2017 is a three-day gathering hosted by Matt Winkler, Co-Founder & Editor Emeritus, Bloomberg News, and Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media. Focused on Africa, but with a global perspective, ABMI17 will explore how best to maintain a flourishing media sector and how business and financial journalism can best contribute to sustainable development on the African continent. This highly interactive gathering will feature moderated discussions, TED Talk style presentations, extended Q&A sessions, and interviews with media visionaries. The convening is designed for publishers, editors, journalists, entrepreneurs, and leaders from business and civil society who can share their experience and perspectives. Invitations are extended to a select group of global and African luminaries to uncover the emerging trends shaping the media and business reporting landscape. Participants will learn and share their knowledge about innovative best practices and action-oriented strategies to optimize future media success.

THEME: The Changing Face of Media and New Hybrid Models


  • The Changing Face of Media in Africa and Other Emerging Markets
  • Building African Media by Innovating with New Hybrid Models
  • Leveraging Changing Media to Enable Africans to Tell Africa’s Stories
  • African Media as a Driver of Inclusive Growth

The Changing Face of Media and New Hybrid Models

Subject to change
ARRIVAL IN ACCRA – Sunday, November 12




External excursion exploring Accra’s cultural scene and select city attractions (OPTIONAL)
18:00 – 21:00 Formal welcome dinner followed by networking over cocktails
DAY 1 – Monday, November 13
09:00 – 10:00 Session #1: Forum Opening
Introduction and Welcome to ABMI 2017 – Justin Smith and Matt Winkler formally welcome participants to ABMI 2017. You can look forward to a combination of visually stimulating presentations that will set the stage on the trends and shifts happening in global and African media.
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee /tea
10:30 – 10:40 Introduction of Africa Re-Told and Performance Interlude
10:40 – 11:40 Session #2: Defining the Issues
The Changing Face of Media in Africa and other Emerging Markets
TED like-talks from leading media owners from Africa and emerging markets, who will share how technology and data have impacted their media business models, and discuss how these experiences can be applied to the African context.
11:30 – 12:15 Facilitated Question & Answer
12:15 – 14:10 Lunch
14:00 – 14:10 Africa Re-Told Interlude
14:10 – 16:00 Session #3: Inspiring Action Part I
Building African Media by Innovating with New Hybrid Models
– Exclusive interviews with the most innovative global media owners, exploring how their media outlets have innovated with digital business models that enable them to thrive in the era of technology and data. These interviews will be followed by brief discussions, allowing participants to further explore these case studies.
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee/networking break
16:30 – 17:00 Facilitated Question & Answer
17:00 – 17:10 Africa Re-Told Interlude
CLOSING MC to close the day
17:00 – 18:30 Cocktail event and informal networking
19:00 – 22:00 Gala Dinner to be held onsite and including entertainment
DAY 2 – Tuesday, 14 November
09:00 – 09:15 Opening of day 2
Recap of Day 1 and overview of the agenda for Day 2.
09:15 – 10:15 Session #4: Inspiring Action Part II
Leveraging Changing Media to Own African Stories
– Facilitated interactive breakaway sessions anchored by a thought-provoking analysis of a recent news events shaping Africa. Participants will engage in a discussion on how African business and financial media can reframe and better lead on the discourse on current affairs across the continent, and how innovative hybrid models can support this. Ultimately, this session will examine the role African media can play in influencing sentiments and attitudes towards African economies.
10:15 – 10:45 Plenary discussion of insights that emerged from #Session 4.
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee/networking break
11:15 – 11:30 Africa Re-Told Interlude
11:30 – 12:15 Session #5: Africa Re-Told – Introduction to a new initiative by the Ford Foundation – ‘Africa Re-told’ – which looks to connect to the ideation of #Session 4, by providing concrete and practical examples of how the global narrative about Africa can be reframed.
12:15 – 13:00 Session #6: Reimagining the Future
African Media as a Driver of Inclusive Growth
– This session will aim to bring together leaders from across the public, private and social sectors to share experiences, perspectives and examples of where media is driving inclusive growth. The audience will then have an opportunity engage with these leaders in order to explore how they can play a more supportive role through policies and other ecosystem interventions.
13:00 – 13:30 Facilitated Questions & Answers
13:30 FORUM THANKS AND CLOSE: Justin Smith and Matt Winkler to close ABMI 2017
14:00 Lunch (OPTIONAL)
15:00 Curated networking sessions after lunch– Intimate fireside chats (Topics TBD, OPTIONAL)

Confirmed Speakers
Frank Aigbogun, CEO, Business Day, Nigeria
Tutu Agyare, Managing Partner and CIO, Nubuke Investments
Samuel Attah Mensah, Managing Director, OMNI Media Group
Erik Charas, Owner, Verdade
Khanyi Dhlomo, CEO, Ndalo Media
Isaac Fokuo, Principal and Founder, BOTHO Limited
Julie Gicheru, Founder, Arimus
Graça Machel, Executive Director, Graça Machel Trust
Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairment, Econet
Isis Nyong’o, Founder, Asphalt & Ink
Khadija Patel, Editor, Mail & Guardian
Caroline Southey, Editor, The Conversation
Adama Wade, Managing Director, Financial Afrik
Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher, IC Publications


Underwritten By


With Support From

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“Reliable data and financial analysis bring transparency to markets and promote sound economic development – and they can help keep Africa growing and creating opportunity.” Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg L.P., Philanthropist and 108th Mayor of New York City

“Michael’s contribution to Africa comes not just in the form of this [US-Africa Business Forum] summit, but through his latest commitment of $10 million that he made just this February to African countries to build media capacity with a business focus and to promote reliability in reporting, educational opportunities, and the transparencies that markets need in order to give capital confidence to grow.” Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S.-Africa Business Forum

“It will establish the missing link in the development of financial and business journalism, and infuse the genre with the requisite professionalism, ethical and normative values as expressed in international best practices.” Professor Rahamon A. Bello, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Nigeria

“This effort to deepen the coverage of complex issues holds the promise of advancing good governance and transparency, strengthening civil society organizations and providing the citizens of South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria with crucial information to bolster their democracies.” Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation