The annual Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) forum will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa on October 30 -November 1.
It will be co-hosted by M. Scott Havens, CEO, Bloomberg Media and Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News, and Erana Stennett, Corporate Philanthropy Middle East and Africa, Bloomberg.
This year’s event returns to South Africa, which was the inaugural host of ABMI in 2015, resuming in person for the first time since 2019. This sixth edition of the forum follows successful gatherings in Senegal (2019), Zambia (2018), Ghana (2017), Kenya (2016), South Africa (2015) and the virtual ‘ABMI Chats’ series in 2020 and 2021. Leaders at this year’s convening will examine business solutions re-shaping and contributing to the future of media and journalism both in Africa and globally.
This year’s event focuses on the opportunities and challenges shaping the future of media in Africa. Key themes to be explored include the impact of new technologies, AI, and the future shape of work in newsrooms, along with a focus on the sustainability of legacy media across the continent against the backdrop of increased global competition. There will also be analysis of the current state of the media landscape in Africa and globally.
Speakers at this year’s forum include:
- Tomiwa Aladekomo, CEO, Big Cabal
- Styli Charalambous, CEO, Daily Maverick
- Paul Cheung, Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Public Integrity
- Thembisa Faukude, CEO, Mail & Guardian
- Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director, and Chief Curator, Zeitz MOCCAA
- Prof. Lesley Lokko, Founder, African Futures Institute
- Nyimpini Mabunda, CEO, General Electric Southern Africa
- Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Managing Director, Africa and the Middle East, Spotify
- Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa, Co-Founder and CEO, Rappler
- Pamella Sittoni, Executive Editor and Managing Editor, The Nation Media Group
- Monde Twala, Senior Vice President & GM Paramount Africa & Lead BET International, Paramount International
The annual event is a component of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA), a pan-African program launched by Michael R. Bloomberg in 2014. The initiative is designed to advance business journalism in Africa and accelerate development of a globally competitive media and financial reporting industry. The program delivers cross-disciplinary educational programs and mid-career fellowships to increase the number of highly trained business and financial journalists, as well as supports research to stimulate new media innovations.
Bloomberg expanded its executive education program in business and financial journalism, BMIA Financial Journalism Training (FJT), to Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal. Offering the program in French for the first time, more than 100 delegates joined the new training cohorts. This follows the successful implementation of the program in Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. To date, the FJT program has reached 800 participants from 16 countries across the Continent.