A group of influential media, technology and business leaders representing 11 countries will be gathering this week in Naivasha for the second “Africa Business Media Innovators” summit. The summit which starts today has been convened by Bloomberg and will be hosted by Justin Smith, CEO Bloomberg Media and Matthew Wrinkler, co-founder Bloomberg News.
The summit will explore the role of data as a key driver of successful business and financial journalism and in turn economic growth on the continent. It will bring together media owners, senior editors, investors, entreprenuers, data and development experts from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, and the USA. There will be a series of interactive discussions, presentations and interviews with media influencers. The gathering will explore how improved analysis of, access to, and distribution of public data will lead to stronger governments, better reporting, healthier businesses, and faster pathways to social and economic progress.
Other than attending panel discussions and presentations, speakers and participants will collaborate in cross-sector, interactive working sessions to develop new strategies for optimizing the success of Africa’s media industry. Some of the renowned speakers in the summit include; Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Africa, Facebook, Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General for Statistics, South Africa , Dr. Solomon Assefa, Director, IBM Research- Africa, Catherine Gicheru, Country Lead, Code for Kenya , Anne Githuku-Shongwe, Representative, South Africa Multi-Country Office, UN Women , Joshua Mwaniki, Country Director, Kenya, Andela, Tom Mshindi, Chief Operating Officer and Editor in Chief, Nation Media Group, Patrick Quarcoo, CEO, Radio Africa Group among others.