Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2019

Honorable Mahammed Boun Andallah Dionne, Minister of State and Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal
  • Honorable Mahammed Boun Andallah Dionne, Minister of State and Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal
  • James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor, the New York Times; John Momoh, Chairman and CEO, Channels TV; and Justin B. Smith, CEO, Bloomberg Media
  • John McCorry, Executive Editor, Africa, Bloomberg News; Amadou Mahtar Ba, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, All Africa Global Media; Matthew Winkler
  • Scott Havens, Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media; Jarrod Dicker, Vice President, Commercial, The Washington Post; Thabile Ngwato,CEO, Newzroom Afrika; Yves Biyah, Deputy CEO, Jeune Afrique; and Nicholas Pompigne-Mognard
  • Olukorede Adenowo, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank the Gambia and Senegal; Lena Sene, President and CEO,Developing Capital for Africa; Tariye Gbadegesin, Head of Heavy Industries and Telecom

Description of ABMI19

More than 120 industry stakeholders gathered in Dakar, Senegal on 10-12 November for the 2019 Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) forum. The forum, convened by Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, focused on how media on the continent can adapt to new disruptive forces. Among the delegates were media executives, cross-industry CEOs, public policymakers, technology founders, business innovators, investors, and foundation leaders from 96 institutions in 19 countries.

The conference theme ‘Business Strategies for African Media’ explored how Africa’s media could remain competitive and vibrant as advances in the media industry, including technology shifts, the need for IT infrastructure, the emergence of artificial intelligence and augmented reporting, misinformation and completion, create challenges for the media, government and business sectors regionally, nationally and globally. ABMI 2019 was co-hosted by Justin B. Smith, CEO, Bloomberg Media Group, and Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News.

Press Release

Fifth “Bloomberg Africa Business Media Innovators” Forum Convenes in Senegal to Discuss How African Media Can Adapt to New Disruptive Forces
November 11, 2019, Dakar, Senegal— Media, technology, business, government and community leaders from across Africa and beyond gather in Dakar, Senegal…

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“We found it hugely productive and valuable, having made important connections and engaged in a number of really useful and informative sessions. Overall it was a great experience, and we are appreciative of the attention and care that went into it, and making it valuable for all of us who attended.”
–Tomiwa Aladekom, CEO Big Cabal Media

“This had been a fantastic event and I feel so special and honored to have been invited and to have been on a panel! I think BMIA has and are continuing to convene a special event where it isn’t too big or too small, but with enough new and fascinating people to allow for new connections and learning.”
–William Bird, Executive Director, Media Monitoring Africa

“It is about people, we invest in businesses but ultimately we invest behind management teams.”
–Louise Stewart, Mergers and Acquisitions Executive, Naspers Limited (What Investors Want)

“The way we approach journalism and the business at the New York Times has fundamentally shifted and in the past three years it has accelerated to emphasize on visual journalism and enterprise, that is, deeply reported investigations.”
–James Bennett, Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times (What’s Next in News)

“When you think about subscriber growth, it is not just about the acquisition of subscribers, but also retention; retention comes down to the quality of your content. Are people going to come back and pay to access what you have to offer? The answer is to make content that is sticky enough.”
–Funa Maduka, Former Director of International Original Film Acquisitions, Netflix (The Art of Immersion)

“…Overall though, this is easily one of the best media conferences/events. Precisely because you have the mix and number and length to spot on. Well done!”
–Survey respondent

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