Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2019

Business Strategies for African Media

These are turbulent times for media companies in Africa and around the world, with major economic shifts and new technologies upending traditional strategies for success. While Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, the economic picture across the continent is quite varied, and challenges remain. Media organizations have a unique and important contribution to make to the continent’s growth and prosperity by providing data-driven reporting and analysis to citizens, business leaders, investors, and public officials.

On 10-12 November 2019, Bloomberg’s Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) will recognize its fifth year by convening a select group of leaders from across the sectors of media, business, government, and civil society, to explore the theme, Business Strategies for African Media. Hosted by Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith and Editor in Chief Emeritus Matthew Winkler, ABMI serves as the centerpiece of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, a multi-faceted, pan-African program to build media capacity, and advance transparency, accountability across the continent.

 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

10:00 First Round of Guests Arrive

A suggested list of afternoon and evening activities will be provided for participants as follows:

Afternoon Local Excursions

Tour to the Pink Lake

Guests will depart from the hotel to take a scenic drive, to see the natural phenomenon, Lake Retba, ‘the Pink Lake.’ Guests will have the opportunity to take a boat trip on Lake Retba and enjoy spectacular views of its rare beauty.

Departure at 1.30pm. Approximately 4.5 hours.

Tour of Gorée Island

Guests will depart from the hotel and then take a 20-minute public ferry ride to Gorée Island. The guided tour of the island includes a visit to the Maison des Esclaves memorial museum and the ‘Door of No Return.’ Guests will have the chance to explore and discover the history of the Island.

Departure at 2:00 pm. Approximately 4 hours.

Panoramic Tour of Dakar

Guests will depart from the hotel to take a picturesque tour of Dakar’s historical sites.  Guests will visit Independence Square, the Presidential Palace, and the Soumbedioune artisanal market. Departure at 2.30pm. Approximately 3.5 hours.

*Please note – all excursions are at attendee’s own expense and are organized by a third party.

 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Morning Local Excursions

Participants will have the opportunity to go on the following local excursions:

Tour of Gorée Island

Guests will depart from the hotel and then take a 20-minute public ferry ride to Gorée Island. The guided tour of the island includes a visit to the Maison des Esclaves memorial museum and the ‘Door of No Return.’ Guests will have the chance to explore and discover the history of the Island.

Departure at 9:30 am. Approximately 4 hours.

Panoramic Tour of Dakar

Guests will depart from the hotel to take you a picturesque tour of Dakar’s historical sites.   Guests will visit Independence Square, the Presidential Palace, and the Soumbedioune artisanal market. Departure at 10 am. Approximately 3.5 hours.

*Please note – all excursions are at attendee’s own expense and are organized by a third party.

12:00 Second Round of Guests Arrive

14:45 – 15:00 Conference Welcome and Overview

Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Matthew Winkler and Bloomberg Media’s Chief Executive Officer Justin Smith will welcome speakers and participants to the conference and provide an overview of the ABMI 19 program. They will then introduce the first session.

15:00 – 16:00 Panel & Audience Q&A:

What’s Next In News: Newsrooms and journalists are adapting to a new era of mass digitization, fake news and a scramble for loyal audiences. As news organizations adjust their business models and journalists adjust their craft, what does the future of news look like? What does this mean for journalism itself and for society at large?

Moderator: Justin Smith, CEO Bloomberg Media

Panelist: Opening Interview: Mr. John Momoh, Chairman and CEO Channels TV

Joined by Panelist:

Mr. James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times

16:00 – 17:00 Toolkit Sessions (45min, sessions to occur simultaneously)

Hands-on interactive sessions with experts and guided case studies to develop strategies to grow and prosper during a time of nonstop disruption. Sessions are designed for participants to gather practical knowledge that can be applied to their businesses.

Toolkit Sessions: Effective Media Strategies

Mobile first: How can media companies prepare their business for the next billion users?

Moderator: Ms. Dayo Olopade, Partnerships Lead, YouTube

Scaling Through Social Media: How media companies can leverage technology platforms to build new and more loyal audiences impacting growth and profitability.

Moderator: Mr. Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media

Diversifying Revenues: How media companies can integrate new lines of business to strengthen their market position and enhance product offerings, user base and revenues.

Moderator: Mr. Jarrod Dicker, Vice President of Commercial Technology and Development, The Washington Post

17:00 – 18:00 Personal Time

18:15 Departure for Gala Dinner

19:00 – 21:00 Gala dinner and cocktails

 

Monday, November 11, 2019

7:00 Breakfast

8:00 – 8:35 Government Official Welcome and Interview

Interviewer: Justin Smith, CEO Bloomberg Media

Speaker: Honorable Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, Minister of State, and Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal

8:35 – 9:00 Economic Forecast

Matthew Winkler, Editor in Chief – Emeritus, Bloomberg News will open with an economic forecast about Africa and Senegal

9:00 – 9:45 Interview & Audience Q&A

Media Outlook for Africa: What are the major drivers of change in the media industry in Africa? What can we expect in the next decade and what does this mean for the growth, sustainability and structure of Africa’s media ecosystem?

Moderator: Matthew Winkler, Editor in Chief – Emeritus, Bloomberg News

Panelists:

Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, AllAfrica Global Media

Mr. John McCorry, Senior Executive Editor, Americas, Bloomberg News

Mr. Jason Njoku, Founder and CEO, iROKOtv

Ms. Toyosi Ogunseye, Head of West Africa, BBC

9:45 – 10:30 Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

Convergence Evolution: What does the merging of mass media channels – print, radio, television and the internet – into consolidated digital platforms, mean for media business models and the ability to monetize content?

Moderator: Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media

Panelists:

Mr. James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times

Ms. Kelly Conniff, Executive Editor, TIME Magazine

Mr. Jason Njoku, Founder and CEO, iROKOtv

10:30 – 10:45 State of the Media

Presenter: Justin Smith, CEO Bloomberg Media

10:45 – 11:45 Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

Wired for Growth: How are rapid advances in internet infrastructure, technology and investments changing the way Africans will consume their news and media content? What is the role of policymakers and the private sector in ensuring that all Africans can participate in this global transformation?

Moderator: Ms. Toyosi Ogunseye, Head of West Africa, BBC

Panelists:

Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, AllAfrica Global Media

Ms. Teresa Clarke, CEO and Chairman, Africa.com LLC

Ms. Rebecca Enonchong, CEO, AppsTech

Mr. Bright Simons, President, mPedigree

11:45 – 12:15 Networking Break

12:15 – 13:00 Toolkit Sessions (45min, sessions to occur simultaneously)

Toolkit sessions: Delivering News

AI and journalism: How robots can save money and support data-driven journalism

Moderator: Mr. Getnet Aseffa, CEO, iCogLabs

Augmented reporting: How to apply data visualization, AR/VR, blockchain and other frontier technologies in providing news and information — and monetize them too!

Moderator: Mr. Blaise Aboh, Founding & Lead Partner, Orodata Science & Civic-Tech (OSC)

Data for Profit: How media companies can better leverage data to complement their existing revenue streams.

Moderator: Mr. Bilal Randeree, Director for Africa and MENA, Media Development Investment Fund

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch + Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

The Future of Work: How should media businesses think about their workforce needs and secure the skilled human resources necessary to flourish in a technology-driven future?

Moderator: Matthew Winkler, Editor in Chief – Emeritus, Bloomberg News

Panelists:

Dr. Benjamin Akande, Assistant Vice Chancellor International Affairs-Africa, Washington University St Louis

Mr. Kofi Appenteng, President, Africa-America Institute 

Dr. Phillip Clay, Former Chancellor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. Michael Meyer, Former Dean, Graduate School of Media and Communications, Aga Khan University

14:30 – 15:30 Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

Collaboration and Competition: How can inventive and unexpected media partnerships protect and strengthen core businesses? How can established media houses build innovative and sustainable models in the face of new competition from digital native platforms and social media giants?

Moderator: Scott Havens, Global Head of Digital, Bloomberg Media

Panelist: Opening Interview – Mr. Jarrod Dicker, Vice President of Commercial Technology and Development, The Washington Post

Joined by Panelists:

Mr. Yves Biyah, Deputy CEO, Jeune Afrique

Ms. Thabile Ngwato, CEO, Newzroom Afrika

Mr. Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and Chairman, APO Group

15:30 – 16:00 Tea Break

16:00 – 16:45 Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

Press Freedom: How can government, civil society, media and technology leaders work together to ensure there is an environment which allows for a free press, and journalists to operate without burdensome constraints?

Moderator: Mr. Yinka Adegoke, Africa Editor, Quartz Media

Panelists:

Mr. William Bird, Executive Director, Media Monitoring Africa

Mr. Paul Cheung, Director/Journalism +Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation

Dr. Retha Langa, Deputy CEO, Africa Check

Mr. Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-Founder and CEO, BudgIT

16:45 – 17:45 Toolkit Sessions (45min, sessions to occur simultaneously)

Toolkit Sessions: Information, Data and Privacy 

Reliable News: In today’s digital world, what are the tools available to businesses and governments in order to address misinformation?

Moderator: Mr. John McCorry, Senior Executive Editor, Americas, Bloomberg News

Media Freedoms: What practical steps can government, civil society and media companies take together to ensure accurate and fair journalism and reporting?

Moderator: Dr. Retha Langa, Deputy CEO, Africa Check

Data and Privacy: What are the most impactful developments in data and privacy regulation? How can media businesses plan for this future by developing new systems and competencies to ensure growth and profitability while addressing regulatory concerns?

Moderator: Mr. Arthur Gwagwa, Director, Open Technology Fund

17:45 – 19:00 Personal Time

19:00 – 21:00 Senegalese Barbecue

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

7:00 Breakfast

8:00 – 8:45 Closing Interview:

What Investors Want: How are the world’s leading media and technology investors finding the next great opportunities in media on the continent and beyond.

Moderator: Mr. Justin Smith, CEO Bloomberg Media

Panelists:

Mr. Tshepo Mahloele, CEO, Harith General Partners

Ms. Louise Stuart, Mergers and Acquisitions Executive, Naspers Limited

8:45 – 9:30 Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

Capital Flows: How are intra-African investments contributing to new media businesses and industry growth in Africa?

Moderator: Romaine Bostick, Correspondent and Anchor, Bloomberg News

Panelists:

Mr. Olukorede Adenowo, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Senegal and Gambia

Ms. Tariye Gbadegesin, Head of Heavy Industries and Telecom, Africa Finance Corporation

Mr. Tshepo Mahloele, CEO, Harith General Partners

Ms. Lena Sene, President and CEO, Developing Capital for Africa

9:30 – 10:15 Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

Audiences the World Over: How are audiences and their media habits changing globally and in Africa, and how is this shift being driven by changing demographics and a burgeoning young population? How should media companies respond? The session will be data-driven with information about demographics and the changes in consumption of news.

Moderator: Mr. Andile Khumalo, CEO, The Brodkast Group

Panelists:

Mr. Yves Biyah, Deputy CEO, Jeune Afrique

Ms. Paula Fray, Founder and Managing Director, Frayintermedia and Board President, New Humanitarian

Mr. Sachin Kamdar, CEO, Parse.ly

Mr. Atul Singh, Founder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief, Fair Observer

10:15 – 11:00 Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

The Art of Immersion: What lessons do the thriving global arts and entertainment sectors have to share with traditional media pioneers of tomorrow – about business models, revenue drivers, immersive media, creativity, collaboration and storytelling? What are the implications of demographic shifts, frontier technologies and new ways to understand and reach audiences?

Moderator: Ms. Teresa Clarke, CEO and Chairman, Africa.com LLC

Panelists:

Mr. Tonjé Bakang, Founder and CEO, Afrostream

Ms. Funa Maduka, Former Director of International Original Film Acquisitions, Netflix

Mr. Kambui Olujimi, Visual Artist

Ms. Selly Thiam, Executive Director, None on Record

Mr. Adebola Williams, Co-Founder and CEO, Red Africa

11:00 – 11:30 Closing Remarks

11:30 Departure

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With support from

 

Africa Business
Media Innovators
(ABMI) 2019
10-12 November
Dakar, Senegal