Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2018

Africa 2025: The Media Landscape of the Future
November 18-20, Livingstone Zambia

This intimate, invitation-only gathering for international media owners and operators and a select community of business executives, new media investors, and senior government officials, provides an opportunity to examine the issues and challenges that most impact the future of media in Africa and explore how business and financial media can better contribute to investment and economic growth on the continent. African Business Media Innovators 2018 is a featured component of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, which launched in Johannesburg in 2014 to support a flourishing media sector in Africa and contribute to the continent’s sustainable development. Notable speakers and participants from previous ABMI summits include President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Econet Founder and Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, the head of Facebook Africa Nunu Ntshingila and Ory Okolloh, Director of Investments, Omidyar Network. Read the ABMI 2017 report here.


DAY 1: NOVEMBER 18, 2018
Optional Morning Excursion
Zambezi River: Enjoy spectacular views of the Zambezi as you sail along the banks of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and surrounding game reserves. Guests are likely to see hippos, crocodiles and fabulous birdlife.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone – Game Drive: Game viewing is an African experience not to be missed. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone encompasses Victoria Falls and is home to wildlife such as the white rhino, buffalo, elephant, antelope, as well as a host of bird life. Open game-viewing vehicles, driven by expert guides are the best way in which to encounter these animals in their natural habitat.
Afternoon Welcome Remarks

Justin Smith, CEO, Bloomberg Media

Matthew Winkler, Editor in Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg

Global Africa How international trends impact media on the continent What are the most powerful social and economic forces affecting today’s global business and media landscape? From mobile and digital disruptions to demographic shifts, new consumer behaviors, and geopolitical transformations, this session will explore how large-scale global trends will affect the media industry — on the continent and around the world. How can media leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs leverage these changes to spread quality journalism and build more successful media companies in the future?
Technology Workshops Expert-led working sessions will explore how three of today’s most exciting technological innovations can drive better journalism and stronger revenues.

1. Artificial Intelligence: Explained
2. Building on Blockchain
3. Demystifying Data Science

Networking Reception and Welcome Barbecue The opening evening on Sunday will be a welcome networking BBQ, held on the lawns and the sun deck of the Royal Livingstone Hotel overlooking the top of the Victoria Falls.
DAY 2: NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Zambian Welcome
The Real Growth Story: How Can Financial Media Improve the Economies of Africa? What exactly is the growth story coming out of the continent today? Is there a divide between the stories and the data? Leading voices from business, finance, investment, and media share their forecast for the future — and describe how financial and business media can better contribute to getting the right content to the right audiences at the right time.
Rocketing into the Future: How a New Generation of Leaders are Pushing News Forward Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith goes inside both legacy media institutions and surprising startups to examine ways that the mobile revolution has changed newsrooms, reinvented reporting, built new business models, spread important information, and contributed to new opportunities and new challenges across the continent.
Networking Break
Studio Session: The Power and Peril of Community Journalism As widespread internet connectivity has given a megaphone to ordinary citizens, community journalism has expanded all over the world — and empowered people to drive change faster. This multimedia presentation will demonstrate the work of one individual who has been a pioneer in this space.
Anatomy of a Deal: How to Build Winning Media Partnerships This interactive discussion will examine one of the most exciting digital media transactions of the past decade. This step-by-step walk-through of the company’s growth and revenue strategy from its launch through its acquisition will offer an enlightening overview of some of the most significant challenges and opportunities in media today. The conversation will be led by the founders and currents owners of the property.
Lunch and Town Hall: Imagining the Media Workplace of the Future Who will be working in the thriving media organization of 2025? What skills will be the most important to its success? What technologies will drive the creation and distribution of content? How will audiences engage? What institutions will sponsor editorial products? What role will AI play? What new digital channels will have been launched and scaled?
Searching for Scale: How to Finance the Media Companies of Tomorrow Today, media companies everywhere are creating new digital products, launching new businesses, and organizing content around multichannel distribution. How do media leaders and investors better capitalize on the new opportunities of digital media while leveraging key editorial assets and brand influence? Where are the most promising new areas of growth? And how do corporate partners view their role in supporting the media and journalism of the future?
New Journalism: How to Create High-Quality Reporting in the Age of Nonstop News Bloomberg Editor in Chief Emeritus Matthew Winkler asks what it takes to generate quality content in the era of the 24/7 news cycle. How does the accelerated pace of news impact the way newsrooms are designed, organized, and managed? How can Confidential journalists accurately report information under increasing deadline pressure? And how should media organizations decide what to cover when the world is at their fingertips?
Government Affairs: How Will Public Policy Impact the Future of Media in Africa? As media organizations of all kinds come under increasing regulatory scrutiny and social media platforms navigate new rules around data and privacy, how does the new international policy landscape, as well as those specific to the African context, impact the way media owners, editors, and journalists approach their work? What do both policymakers and media operators see as the role of public policy in the future of media?
Gala Dinner: The Royal Livingstone Express – The Victoria Falls Bridge Run Our final evening will conclude with a gala dinner aboard the Royal Livingstone Express. Guests will be greeted with welcome cocktails, before they board the beautiful classic steam locos and carriages for fine dining and a spectacular view of Victoria Falls. The train will travel on the “Cape to Cairo” mainline, where game such as elephant and antelope are often spotted en route. The journey will take in Victoria Falls Bridge and The Victoria Falls World Heritage Site, where the train will stop to allow guests to disembark and admire the Falls.
DAY 3: NOVEMBER 20, 2018
One Africa: Can the Media and Technology Industries Influence the Future of a United Africa? A closing keynote interview with one of today’s leading business leaders and Matthew Winkler about the role media and technology companies can play in influencing the future of the continent.
Closing Remarks from Justin Smith
End of Program

Underwritten By


Africa Business
Media Innovators
(ABMI) 2018

18-20 November
Livingstone, Zambia



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