Leadership Changes at the African Media Initiative: A Reconstituted Board and New Management Announced

Press release:New Board

Press Release

Leadership Changes at the African Media Initiative: A Reconstituted Board and New Management Announced
Dr. Roukaya Kasenally, current Senior Advisor, swaps roles with CEO, Eric Chinje

Nairobi, December 22, 2017 – The Chair of the Board of Directors of the African Media Initiative (AMI), Mr. Wale Aboderin, has announced the members of a reconstituted Board and the new management team of the continental media organization.
In a letter to new and outgoing members of the Board, Mr. Aboderin underscored the importance of taking those measures that will ensure that AMI continues its mission to support the emergence of a pro-development media in Africa. The new Board, he said, will work more closely with management to generate the resources needed to scale up current programs in line with the objectives of the organization.

The reconstituted Board comprises:

Mr. Wale Aboderin – Chair
Ms. Eugenie Aw-Ndiaye – West Africa
Mr. Omar Ben Yedder – African Diaspora (Media)
Mr. Eric Chinje – Central Africa
African Diaspora – (Representative of Multilateral Institutions)
Ms. Rebecca Enonchong – African Diaspora (Technology)
Ms. Julie Gichuru – East Africa
Ms. Ipeleng Selele – Southern Africa
Pr. Laeed Zaghlami – North Africa
Dr. Roukaya Kasenally — (Ex Officio Member)

The Board statement also announced the appointment of Dr. Roukaya Kasenally to replace outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Eric Chinje, who has come to the end of his term. Dr. Kasenally will head a leadership team that would include two Senior Advisors: Mr. Wangethi Mwangi and Mr. Chinje (who, at the urging of the Board Chair, agreed to stay on and support the new CEO).

In an address to staff before leaving Nairobi, Mr. Chinje recognized the dedication of a team that had worked to keep the vision of AMI alive under very difficult circumstances. “You made enormous sacrifices to keep an African dream alive,” he said, “participating in a faith project that will someday make this continent proud.”

Dr. Kasenally, who currently lectures at the University of Mauritius along with her role as Senior Advisor for Media Development, had been with AMI since its incorporation in 2010. She takes the helm of the organization with effect from January 1, 2018.

About AMI
The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth.
It does so through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. AMI’s overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa.

The Team