Dr. Roukaya Kasenally, CEO
Roukaya took over the stewardship of AMI as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2018, replacing Mr Eric Chinje, who stepped down after completing his three-year tenure. Previously, she served as AMI’s Director of Programmes and Knowledge Management (2012 – 2014) and Senior Advisor (2015-2017).
Roukaya is also a democracy scholar and asenior lecturer on Media and Political Systems at the University of Mauritius.She has wide experience working in Africa as a consultant for a number of international and pan-African institutions on media and democratic governance. Since July 2015 she has been a board director of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). She has authored/ co-authored a number of publications on media and democratic systems. She has been a Regan Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (Washington DC) (2011 – 2012) and a Draper Hills Democracy Fellow at Stanford University (2015). She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and is fluent in English and French.
Eric Chinje, Former CEO
Eric Chinje is the immediate former CEO of AMI, having served the organization in that capacity from July 2014 to December 2017. Before then, Eric was a Senior Advisor at KRL International LLC, a Washington-based consultancy specialising in the emerging markets.
He has also worked as the Director for Strategic Communications at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a position he took up at the start of 2012, and as the World Bank’s Communications Manager for Africa. In the latter role, 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 journalism in the Bank’s client countries. Eric 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 has received several awards and distinctions. He is an Officer of the Cameroon Order of Merit and an Officer of the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau.
Wangethi Mwangi, Senior Advisor
Mr Mwangi provides general editorial and media support to AMI, drawing from his more than 30 years experience in journalism in East Africa. He successfully led and managed AMI’s project — the Leadership Guiding Principles for African Media Owners and Managers — from conceptualization, through to research, drafting and launch, making it one of the organisation’s flagship projects.
He markets the guidelines and trains media leaders on their values as well as providing critical inputs in strengthening AMI’s networks in the media industry and with potential non-media supporters.
He is a key member of the AMLF organizing and coordinating team. At the time of his retirement from the Nation Media Group, he was the longest serving editorial director in East Africa, guiding the organisation’s editorial strategy and strengthening its role as a credible partner in the social transformation of the country. He managed the Nation Media Group’s 50 anniversary celebrations in March 2010, for which he produced and edited a seminal volume of speeches, reports and analyses titled Media and the Promise of Africa.He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature in English and Political Science, MBA qualifications in strategic management from Strathmore Business School, an Advanced Management Programme certificate, and a post-graduate diploma in Mass Communications.
Meredith Beal, Senior Technology Advisor
Meredith Beal is an award-winning broadcaster, award-winning technology guru and Internet pioneer from the United States. He came to Africa to manage a multi-country project to improve management practices at media companies, creating new revenue streams and business models that can be replicated across the continent. He is a former Knight International Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Fellow, RIAS Berlin Fellow and National Assn. of Broadcasters (USA) Fellow. His activities at AMI ranged from supporting TV stations in Africa with the transition to digital broadcasting to organizing the world’s first national open data forum, working with Kenya’s Office of the Deputy President. He organized workshops around the continent gathering station owners, engineers, ministry and regulatory body officials, to meet with experts from countries that already completed the change.
In addition, he wrote a pamphlet published by the Internationaal Center for Journalists and AMI, in French and English, to aid African station managers – “Ten Tips for Managing the Migration to Digital Television. The African Telecommunications Union distributed the pamphlet to regulators in all members countries.
Before entering the broadcast arena, Beal was Dell Computer’s first Global Webmaster. While at Dell, he purchased four terrestrial radio stations in Texas and built dozens of Internet radio stations, creating the Lasting Value Radio Network and the Lone Star Sports Network. He was named Texas Broadcaster of the Year in 2007 by the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Before Dell, Beal was Marketing Director for Motown Records and a hard news reporter for the Los Angeles Times newspaper. His experiences in the broadcasting and music industries, technology, journalism and open data make him an excellent resource for navigating the new media landscape.
Alain Ngono, Senior Communications Officer
Alain Ngono has been in the media industry for almost 10 years at the pan-African level working with international news and communication agencies. He currently serves as Senior Communication Officer at AMI in charge of partnerships and projects. His research interest as communication scholar revolves around taping into African media as agents of social transformation and equality, exploring ways of enabling African media to own and transmit messages about the continent.
He holds a Master’s degree in American Literature, University of Yaounde I, a certificate of translation from the University of Manitoba and currently completing a Master’s degree in Development Communication.