Africa Business Media Innovators to Gather in Cape Town

Media, business, government, technology, and community leaders will convene in Cape Town, South Africa for the annual Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) forum on Oct 30 -Nov 1, 2023.

The event will be Co-hosted by M. Scott Havens, CEO of Bloomberg Media; Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News; and Erana Stennett, Corporate Philanthropy Middle East and Africa, Bloomberg.

Participants will examine innovative business solutions reshaping and contributing to the future of media and journalism both in Africa and globally.

The Forum will also provide a forward-looking platform for actionable dialogue and peer learning as media leaders in Africa prepare for journalism in the digital age.

Commenting on this, Bloomberg Media CEO Havens said: ‘Against the backdrop of a fragmented global media landscape and challenges to business models at both a local and global level, this forum provides an opportunity for fresh approaches, ideas and solutions to building sustainable media business models in Africa and beyond’.

Key themes to be explored incorporate 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 are among the Key themes to be explored at the forum.

Speakers at the forum include Tomiwa Aladekomo, CEO of Big Cabal; Styli Charalambous, CEO of Daily Maverick; Paul Cheung, CEO of The Center for Public Integrity; Thembisa Faukude, CEO of Mail & Guardian; Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director at Zeitz MOCCAA; Prof. Lesley Lokko, African Futures Institute Founder; and Nyimpini Mabunda, CEO of General Electric Southern Africa.

Others include Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Managing Director of Africa and the Middle East, Spotify; Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa, Co-Founder and CEO of Rappler; Pamella Sittoni, Executive Editor and Managing Editor at The Nation Media Group; and 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.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg expanded its executive education program in business and financial journalism, BMIA Financial Journalism Training (FJT), to Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.

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.