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Linus W Gitahi
Board Member
Linus W Gitahi is the former Nation Media Group’s Group Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gitahi joined NMG after a long career as a senior executive with Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in East and West Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Mr. Gitahi graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major) from the University of Nairobi and later earned a diploma in management from the Kenya Institute of Management. He also holds an MBA from the United States International University.He has been Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline for West Africa since 2003, based in Lagos, and served the company previously in Nairobi as General Manager for Consumer Healthcare for East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. He was also head of African Consumer Marketing and has held other marketing posts in the company, which he joined in 1989.He is also a board member of Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), Trustee of Street Families Rehabilitation, and Board Director of Property Development Management (PDM).
Eric Chinje
CEO
Mr. Eric Chinje is the CEO of AMI. Mr Chinje was appointed CEO on 1st July 2014. Before taking up his position at AMI, Eric served as Senior Advisor at the KRL International LLC, a Washington-based consultancy specializing in the emerging markets. Prior to that, he was the Director for Strategic Communications at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a position he took up at the start of 2012. He was the World Bank's Communications Manager for Africa; he also led the Global Development Program at the World Bank Institute (WBI) and, in that capacity, launched the IMAGE (Independent Media for Accountability, Governance and Empowerment) capacity building program for development journalists in the Bank’s client countries. Mr. Chinje spent four years at the African Development Bank in Tunis as head of that institution’s External Affairs and Communications Unit. He studied at the Universities of Yaounde (Cameroon), Syracuse (New York) and Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Other previous positions include journalistic activities, e.g. as Editor in Chief of Cameroon Television and contributing Reporter for CNN World Report. Eric Chinje has received several awards and distinctions. Mr. Chinje is an Officer of the Cameroon Order of Merit and an Officer of the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau.
Trevor Ncube
Board Chairman
Chairman of Alpha Media Holdings (AMH), Zimbabwe, a company he co-founded 16 years ago. AMH owns three newspaper titles in Zimbabwe namely NewsDay (daily), The Zimbabwe Independent (business weekly) and The Standard (Sunday). AMH also owns Munn Marketing, a magazine and newspaper distribution company in Zimbabwe and Strand Multiprint a commercial and newspaper printing company.He was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in September 1962. Ncube has a BA Honours (First Class) from the University of Zimbabwe. Ncube started in journalism in 1989 when he was appointed assistant editor of the Financial Gazette in Zimbabwe.In 1991 he was promoted to Executive Editor and in 1994 received the Zimbabwe Editor of the Year award and the MISA Zimbabwe Press Freedom Award in 2012. Ncube is also controlling shareholder and Executive Deputy Chairman of the Mail & Guardian Media Group (South Africa).Ncube was the President of Print Media South Africa and Chair of the Newspaper Association of South Africa from 2004 – 2008. He was chair of the board of the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (2004-7) and the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (2004-8). Ncube also served on the international board of the World Association of Newspapers (2004-8) based in Paris. He is board member of Johannesburg Stock Exchange quoted MoneyWeb. He completed the Said Business School, University of Oxford, Advanced Management and Leadership Programme in June/July 2009.Ncube was awarded a Print Media S.A. Fellowship in 2006. He was awarded the International Publishers Association Freedom Prize Award 2007. He has also won the German Africa Award 2008. In 2010 Ncube was bestowed the Nation Media Group Life Achievement Award for his work in media on the continent. He is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute and Africa Leadership Initiative. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO). He is co-chair of the African Media Initiative (AMI) a continent wide organization focusing on strengthening the sectors viability and enhancing its professionalism. He has undertaken speaking engagements across the world. He is married to Nyaradzo and they have a son Keith, 25 years old and a daughter Maya, 6 years old. He loves reading, is a keen golfer and loves traveling. Ncube is a devout Christian.
Robert Kabushenga
Board Member
Mr. Kabushenga joined The New Vision as CEO on January 1 2007. Prior to that, he worked as a Legal and Administration Officer of the Monitor Publications Ltd. He later joined The New Vision where he first worked as Legal Officer, later rising to the position of Company Secretary. Robert also worked as Executive Director of the Uganda Media Center. Robert is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center, Kampala. He is a member of the Uganda Law Society and a fellow of the Africa leadership Initiative-East Africa, part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Robert Kabushenga, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer. LLB MUK, Dip LP LDC Kampala, Advocate High Court and member ULS and EALS
Rebecca E. Enonchong
Board Member
Rebecca Enonchong is founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions. She recently cofounded I/O Spaces, a shared work space for entrepreneurs. She is Chairman of ActivSpaces (African Center for Technology Innovation and Ventures). She also sits on the board of Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), of Salesforce.com Foundation and the African Media Initiative. She is cofounder and board member of Cameroon Angels Network and African Business Angels Network. Ms. Enonchong currently serves as a mentor/advisor to several Africa based technology startup. A recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Enonchong was also named a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum of Davos, Switzerland. The world’s first Oracle Financials Certified Professional and with nearly 100 Oracle certifications, Enonchong holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Economics from the Catholic University of America and is fluent in English and French.
Mr. Wale Aboderin
Board Member
Mr. Wale Aboderin, a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist, is the chairman of PUNCH, Nigeria’s leading newspaper group headquartered in Lagos. PUNCH publishes three print and two digital newspapers, and runs three major print presses across Nigeria. Aboderin trained as a commercial pilot at the Burnside-Ott Flying School, Florida, United States. Shortly after his return to Nigeria, he joined the board of directors of PUNCH, co-founded by his father in 1973, as a director. Aboderin was appointed chairman of the company’s board of directors in 2012. His tenure has witnessed groundbreaking changes in the editorial quality, management and fortunes of PUNCH, including a hugely successful redesign, the launch of several digital initiatives and the newspaper's win of several local and international awards. Aboderin, a popular sports enthusiast in Nigeria, is the founder and owner of Dolphins Basketball Club, a leading African female basketball club, with local and continental honours. He is a former chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association and a former member of the Nigerian Handball Federation. In his spare time, Aboderin, a committed music patron whose support of the Nigerian entertainment industry is well known, also leads a band, Rapture. He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Word of Life Rehabilitation Centre, a ministry committed to the rehabilitation of drug addicts and substance abusers in Nigeria and Liberia. He is married to Titilayo, a chartered accountant, and blessed with two children: Nicole and Cherelle.
Omar Ben Yedder
Board Member
Omar Ben Yedder is the Group Publisher and Managing Director of leading publishing, events and communications group IC Publications. The organization has over 50 years’ experience in publishing magazines, country supplements, industry reports and market intelligence on Africa. It now offers a full suite of communications services as well as organises a number of key events across the continent. Having previously been an Associate Vice President in the Equity Finance team at Merrill Lynch, Omar brought a new and dynamic approach to IC Publications. Under his leadership, African Banker magazine as well as IC Events were launched. Today the group also carries out communications advisory, media relations and contract publishing. IC Publications is committed to serving the interests of Africa, and that is what drives all of the group's activities. Be it in terms of shaping the African agenda and help write the African narrative, or creating the networks and links to drive social and economic empowerment throughout the continent. Omar's work and personal interests include media, development economics, leadership and education. He has chaired the Africa Story Challenge competition, a programme driven by the Africa Media Initiative. He also sits on the board of Brand Africa. He hopes to help AMI build on the solid foundation it has created so that this important institution can have a meaningful impact in transforming the media landscape for the better. Omar studied Economics and Languages at Durham University and also is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Angele MINYEM
Board Member
Angèle MINYEM Senior International Consultant Strategy, Organization, Communication, Government Relations, Go Between. Cameroonian nationality Founder and CEO of the following companies : L'Image de l'Afrique in Paris, Afrik- Appeal in Yaoundé and in the neat future, Influence First also based in Yaoundé. After almost thirty years of an active professional life, Angèle MINYEM has become an eclectic and versatile manager. Her rare expertise, is exemplified in her extensive knowledge of public and private business environments, both in Western Europe and in francophone Africa. She obtained her Higher School Diploma in Economics at St Charles Government High School in Angers and went on to study Economics and Social Administration always in France at Grenoble II University - St Martin d'Heres- then in Paris II - Assas University. Angèle MINYEM embraced in the early 1990s, a career outside her academic profile, within the Adefi International group, led by Jean-Pierre Fleury, specialized in Communication Advisory, Events, Political marketing, Public Relations and Press. Ten years later, in April 2001, she decided to stand on her own two feet and founded L'Image de l'Afrique in Paris, a company bringing advise on Strategy, Communication, Capacity building through individual and group coaching modules, active participation in PPPs (Public Private Partnerships), planning, conduct and evaluation of organizational change processes¼ Her professional training in the companies she has worked in, and the dynamic environment in which she operates in Europe and in Francophone Africa specifically have equipped her with state-of-the-art management tools to carry out transformation processes in business and in the society. She has references from, but not limited to the following entities: AFRICAGORA, AFRICA SA, BCEAO CBSOA, CDE, ECCAS (ECOFAC V - Flegt Component) CUY, DGI Cam, ESSEC Alumni, CAMEROON ROAD FUND, KOSSOUKA HOLDING, HOPE FINANCE, LIDAF, NCCB, UNDP (Rural Hub) MUTATIONS, SNEC-CAMWATER, SABC, SERSYS, several presidencies, governments, ministries, embassies of sub-Saharan countries.
Mathatha Tsedu
Board Member
Mathatha Tsedu is the Head of Media24 Journalism Academy, South Africa. Having been a former editor of a number of newspapers and broadcast centres; namely – City Press, Sunday Times, SABC and The Star Newspaper. He is the Chairperson of The African Editors Forum (TAEF), which brings together editors and editorial executives from across the African continent. He is also the Executive Director, Southern African National Editors Forum (SANDEF), an organization he chaired for three consecutive years.Tsedu is a recipient of a number of awards, including Nieman Fellowship, the Nat Nakasa Award for Courageous Journalism, The Mondi Shanduka Lifetime Achiever Award, and The SANEF Wrottesley Award. He served on the Task group on Government Communications that devised the government’s communications structure, leading to the creation of GCIS. Tsedu holds a BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies from Wits