• May 8th - 10th 2024
  • Nairobi Kenya
  • Radisson Blu

AllAfrica Media Leaders Summit

Theme: Re-engineering African Media in Times of Critical Transformation

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May 8th - 10

May 8th - 10th 2024

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The 2024 allAfrica Media Leaders Summit was attended by 300+ Media Leaders. They delved into media's role in shaping Africa's future, discussed economic development, social progress, the role of AI and other technologies, business models, funding and monetization, amongst many other topics, whilst devising actionable strategies.
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About the Summit

Re-engineering African Media in Times of Critical Transformation

The highlight of the summit was the opening keynote to african media leaders by Dr Akinwumi Adesina – president of the African Development Bank.  The summit was preceded by a youth challenge and the three winners showcased their innovations throughout the summit.  A vibrant public youth debate was held at the University of Nairobi called the Digizens’ Cirlce: Young Africa Speaks.  A key moment of the Summit was the allAfrica Excellence Awards where over 20 people were celebrated including 11 lifetime awards and an African Titan Award for leadership in African development was bestowed upon Dr Akinwumi Adesina. 

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About AllAfrica

AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing, and distributing news and information from over 130 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public.  AllAfrica operates the largest online platform dedicated solely to Africa-related news and information and is the only news site with truly Pan-African reach. AllAfrica is the go-to one-stop digital platform for African and African-interested ‘influentials’ across the continent and throughout the world. AllAfrica’s multi-channel platform is the only independent, comprehensive pan-African news source, with unrivaled reach and reputation.

Cited as one of the world’s top four most influential sources of information on sustainable development, AllAfrica reaches a wide range of audiences including policymakers, CEOs, researchers, activists, students, and media.  We publish more than 800 news articles and documents daily from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views from a wide range of sources, from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. We operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Abuja, Mauritius, Nairobi, and Washington DC.

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The allafrica and ubuntu tribe mixed reality experience and metaverse will feature throughout the summit – come and see for yourself!

“DIGIZENS’ CIRCLE”- Young Africa Speaks – In partnership with One Campaign
Theme: Are you getting what you need from the media?
Keynote Address: Africa’s Youth and continental progress.
Speaker – Jeff Mote – Opinion Leader and Communications Influencer
Facilitator: Tayani Mhizha – Youth Liason Officer AllAfrica

Master of Ceremony – Aliou Goloko – AllAfrica

State of African Media report highlights – Presented by Ellington Kamba -Research Analyst at the United States Agency for Global Media

Drinks and hot snacks.  Showcasing the top 3 pioneering youth – led newsroom innovations.

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THE ALLAFRICA AND UBUNTU TRIBE MIXED REALITY EXPERIENCE AND METAVERSE WILL FEATURE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMIT – COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Moderator : Julie Gichuru – Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer Mastercard Foundation

The world of digital transformation is not a once off event – it is a multifaceted journey which presents opportunities as an enabler across the continent. A journey that Africa should embrace, rather than fall behind the curve. It is a journey that ought to revolutionize continental growth for global reach. Join us as we explore the 4th Industrial Revolution and the shift towards the 5th Industrial Revolution, AI and the data revolution, cultural alignment harmonizing humans and machines, skills and so much more.

SPEAKER – Ziaad Suleman, Group Chief Commercial Officer, EOH Group

Nduka Obaigbena –Chairman and Editor-In-Chief THISDAY-Arise Media Group,

David Omwoyo – CEO Media Council of Kenya

Ziaad Suleman –  COO EOH Group

Stephen Kiama-Vice Chancellor University of Nairobi

Simaloi Dajom – Media Expert 

Moderator: Ellington Kamba

Excellency Amb. Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah – Ambassador of The Republic of the Gambia to the Swiss confederation & Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva, World Trade Organisation

Allan Ony’ang’a, Director Business Development & Outcomes, Moringa Tech school

Dr Vera Songwe – Liquidity and Sustainability Facility – Board Chair

Dietmar Schantin, Institute for Media Strategies, UK

Steve Gitagama – CEO Nation Media Group 

Charles Murito – Regional Director Google

Barrack Otieno – Kenya ICT Network  

Ken Mbuki –  Business  Intelligence Analyst, Moringa Tech School

Youssef Mazouz – African Center for Cyber Security

Moderator – Makmid Kamara – Regional Director for Africa & the Middle East at the International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM)

Oliver  Mathenge-Managing Editor (Engagement and Audiences)

 Serah Makka – Executive Director Africa – One Campaign

Sharmaine Koh – Communications and Information Officer, UNESCO

Victor Bwire – Media Council of Kenya

Paul Ilado – CEO Radio Africa Group Head of Content

Professor Laeed Zaghlami – University of Algiers

Moderator : Christine Nguku

AllAfrica Excellence Awards Ceremony

Featuring Red Carpet and Gala Dinner– Dress Formal/Black-Tie

Welcome Addresses 

Amadou Mahtar Ba – Executive Chairman, AllAfrica

David Omwoyo – CEO Media Council of Kenya

Guest of Honour – Nduka Obaigbena

 

  • The African Titan award for leadership in African Development.
  • Media Lifetime Achievement awards 
  • Wangari Maathai Young Journalist awards
  • Youth Newsroom innovation challenge winners in Partnership with One campaign
  • ACBF Award for Journalistic Excellence in Capacity Building

MORNING PROGRAM

In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital media, artificial intelligence presents both unprecedented opportunities and considerable challenges. As we explore sustainable business models, our focus must be broad yet precise. This session delves into the core components necessary for success: customer-centric approaches that resonate with our audience’s needs; modern journalistic practices that balance innovation with integrity; and truly digital newsrooms that lead the way in personalisation and efficiency. We will discuss how to cultivate a company culture that not only adapts to but thrives on change. From deploying the most effective customer management techniques to ensuring our teams possess the requisite skills and tools, every aspect of our operation must be aligned. 

 

An Expert Lecture by Dietmar Schantin- Founder IFMS Media

Contemporary Kenyan journalism operates within a dynamic landscape shaped by technological advancements, socio-political factors, and economic forces. In recent years, the field has witnessed significant transformations, presenting both opportunities and challenges for journalists, media organizations, and society at large. Understanding the evolving trends and issues in Kenyan journalism is essential for fostering informed discourse, promoting media professionalism, and advancing democratic values. 

Lead By : Rosalia Omungo – Chief Executive Officer for Kenya Editors’ Guild

SPEAKER Moustapha Mellouk- Casablanca Media Partners

Adaorah Oramah- Founder  of Amaka

Cathy Phiri – Co-Founder @Media365Zambia 

Toune Okewale Sonaiya – CEO Womens radio 91.7 

Zoe Titus – MD, Namibia Media Trust

Beatrice Nyamari – Smartcodes

Moderator:  Linus KaiKai, RMS Group Editorial Director

Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security 

Interviewer – Melody Chironda, AllAfrica

 SPEAKER Costa Mwansa – CEO Diamond Media Zambia

 How to Stay in Control and Achieve Peace” 

This panel discussion will feature Getachew Reda, the Interim President of the Tigray Region, and  H.E. Ambassador Minelik Alemu Getahun, Special  Policy Advisor to the Foreign Minister of Ethiopia.  They negotiated the peace accord that halted the armed conflict in Tigray at the time.  The panel will be hosted by Amadou Mahtar Ba. 

SPEAKER Costa Mwansa – CEO Diamond Media
Zambia

Victor Munyua, Founder and CEO Yehtu

Mamadou Toure – Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Group and Africa 2.0

Ibrahim Sagna, Silverbacks Holdings

Nduka Obaigbena, Founder THISDAY- Arise Group
Dennis Ssebo – Operations Director, EFM
Agnes Kaleyekye – COO Star Newspaper and Chair of the Media
Owners Association of Kenya
Amadou mahtar ba – Executive Chairman, AllAfrica
Moderator : Ibrahim Sagna, silverbacks Holdings

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Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs

Nduka Obaigbena

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the THISDAY-ARISE Media Group.

Dr. Vera Songwe

Chair of the Board, Liquidity and Sustainability Facility, an organisation with the aim of improving African Sovereign debt sustainability and enhancing the liquidity in the market on par with international standards.

Ziaad Suleman

Chief Commercial Officer and an Exco Member of EOH, the largest IT service management company in Africa that partners with clients to solve complex business problems exponentially and courageously.

Mamadou Biteye

Executive Secretary for The African Capacity Building Foundation, the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development.

Convenors

Convenors

Amadou Mahtar Ba

Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, a multi-channel media platform and the only independent, comprehensive pan-African news source, with unrivaled reach and reputation.

Dr. Tendai Mhizha

Global Strategic Consultant. Senior Advisor and Summit Director for AllAfrica Global Media, a multi-channel media platform and the only independent, comprehensive Pan-African news source, with unrivaled reach and reputation.

Linus Gitahi

Chairman of the Boards of Home Afrika, Diamond Trust Bank Group, AIB Capital Ltd, Oxygene Communications Limited, and Tropikal Brands (Africa) Limited.

Speakers

Speakers

Dr Akinwumi Adesina

African Development Bank Group President

Dietmar Schantin

Founder of IFMS Media Ltd, a media consultancy with great expertise in digital publishing and digital revenue strategies for the news media industry.

H.E Getachew Reda

President of the Interim Regional Government of Tigray, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Serah Makka

Executive Director for Engagement and Mobilisation for Africa, ONE Campaign

Patrick Quarcoo

Chief executive officer of Radio Africa Group, a company with the goal of improving everyone's life through disruptive products that solve business problems.

Bineta Diop

Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security and founder and president of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)

Rijul Gupta

Founder and CEO of DeepMedia, a US-based company set to reshape the digital media industry with the use of artificial intelligence.

Ellington Kamba

Research Analyst at the United States Agency for Global Media, a government agency with a mission to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.

Mamadou Toure

Founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0, a non-for-profit pan African civil society organization with the aim of creating a sustainable vision for the transformation of Africa. He is also the Founder and CEO of the Ubuntu Group.

Steve Gitagama

Chief Executive Officer of Nation Media Group, the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa, attracting and serving unparalleled audiences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

Moustapha Mellouk

Founder and CEO of GLOBAL MEDIA AFRICA, a leading producer and publisher in the audiovisual and digital world.

Excellency Amb. Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah

Excellency Ambassador and Permanent Representative

Ibrahim Sagna

Executive Chairman of Silverbacks Holdings

Rosalia Omungo

Chief Executive Officer for Kenya Editors’ Guild and Commonwealth award winner for Environmental Reporting in Africa.

Amb Minelik Alemu Getahun

Special Policy Advisor to the Foreign Minister of Ethiopia

Jeff Mote

Media Consultant with extensive experience in radio, television and digital media.

Doctor Youssef Mazouz

Expert in Digitization & Cyber Security, University Professor - Digital Transformation

Professor Stephen Kiama Giyahi

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi

Comfort Mbofana

General Manager, Star FM

Ken Mbuki

Head of Business Intelligence and Analytics at Moringa School. A data evangelist, expert and researcher in data analytics, ethics and data-driven decision making.

Beatrice Nyamari

Managing Director at Smart Codes. A distinguished media leader with a remarkable track record of strategic prowess and impactful contributions across diverse markets in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and India.

Julie Gichuru

Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, Mastercard Foundation. Awarded the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness

Sharmaine Koh

Communication and Information Specialist at UNESCO. Supports advocacy efforts to strengthen community resilience against online harmful content, particularly mis/disinformation and hate speech on digital platforms in Kenya.

Oliver Mathenge

Managing Editor at Nation Media Group. Journalist and Storyteller with a career spanning 17 years and consults as a digital journalism trainer for the WAN-IFRA’s Women.

Simaloi Dajom

Media Expert. Awarded the Kenya Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya, in honor of her impact in the media industry. 

Victor Bwire

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Programmes Manager, Media Council of Kenya

David Omwoyo

CEO & Secretary to the Council, Media Council of Kenya. With over 15 years’ experience in journalism, media training and management, spanning the public, private, religious and non-governmental sectors, an advocate of devolution.

Paul Ilado

Group Head of Content for Radio Africa. Regarded as a steadfast champion of ethical journalism and described as calmly authoritative yet approachable,

Makmid Kamara

Founder of Reform Initiatives. A human rights leader, democracy advocate, and development communications practitioner, a Rotarian, a Global Atlantic Fellow, and an Obama Foundation Leader- Africa.

Charles Murito

Regional Director, Google Government Affairs & Public Policy, Sub-Saharan Africa

CS. Eliud Owalo

CS, Ministry of Information, Communications and The Digital Economy

Victor Manga Munyua

Founder and CEO Yehtu Seasoned Digital Media Leader Empowering African Businesses and a visionary leader at the forefront of online advertising.

Costa Mwansa

Chief Visionary Officer, Diamond Media, Zambia. A change maker determined to make a difference and impact on the global media landscape.

Catherine Phiri

Co-founder & Director of Media 365, a leading strategic creative agency in Lusaka, Zambia. Her expertise and leadership have made her a trailblazer in Zambia’s media industry.

Adetoun O. Sonaiya

CEO Women Radio, Nigeria. A practicing media expert with over 3 decades active broadcast years in Nigeria and the United Kingdom is the co-founder and CEO of Women Radio 91.7 FM Nigeria’s only radio station for Women.

Prof. Jack Odhiambo

Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a professor of the Philosophy of Law and Metaphysics

Melody Chironda

Senior Journalist, allAfrica

Zoe Titus

Director, Namibia Media Trust (NMT). An accomplished media professional with nearly three decades of experience in journalism and media development.

Adaora Oramah

CEO and Founder of AMAKA Studio (AMAKA), a platform for Pan-African Gen-Z and millennial creators to amplify and monetise their stories.

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