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Speakers | Digital Media Africa 2021


Founder and CEO of DailySocial.id, Indonesia

Rama Mamuaya is the founder and CEO of DailySocial.id, Indonesia’s leading innovation company. Rama has a big passion on digital transformation, startups and an advocate for tech-entrepreneurship. He has spoken on international stages to worldwide audiences about tech policy, innovation, entrepreneurship and digital ecosystem. A passionate technologist, Rama’s first contact with computers was at the age of 7 when his father, a computer engineer, introduced him to programming. Ever since, Rama has made computers, internet and everything digital, as his life’s personal and professional pursuit. In 2008, he founded DailySocial.id which started as his personal tech blog and has now evolved into Indonesia’s leading technology and innovation enabler with clients ranging from Indonesia’ top banks, insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies and even multinationals as well as global corporations. DailySocial.id is based in Jakarta. Rama is currently pursuing his MBA degree, specializing in Corporate Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Quantic School of Business & Technology, in Washington D.C. He holds Bachelor of Science degree in Computer & Information System Management from Tarumanagara University.

Editor, The Conversation, South Africa

Previously Caroline was editor of the Financial Mail in South Africa. Prior to that she worked for the Financial Times in London and Brussels in various roles over 17 years including as World Desk Editor and as a foreign correspondent covering European Union agriculture and social policy.

Director of the Journalist Fellowship Programme, Reuters Institute, United Kingdom

Since 2017, Meera has been the Director of Fellowship Programme for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Prior to that she worked out of Singapore for Handelsblatt Global Edition, after helping to launch the digital daily business paper in Berlin in 2014. She has also worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press and was the Africa correspondent for The Independent based in Nairobi.

Project Manager Accelerator, Women in News, Botswana

Boitshepo Balozwi is a 2016 WIN Cohort member, with an MA in Journalism acquired via a Fulbright Scholarship in 2018. Boitshepo, is a Health HIV Communication specialist who is also a certified Coach as supported by WIN and gained via the International Coaching Federation (ICF). In 2020, she served in her capacity as the WIN Country Coordinator and Coach for Botswana, and as of 2021 she holds the position of Programmes Manager for the WIN Leadership Accelerator for Africa.

Boitshepo, received Presidential recognition in 2014 for her reporting on HIV and Health issues and has previously served as editor of Flair (Magazine) and The Midweek Sun (Newspaper). Her media experience also includes working as news reader and new editor for the Gabz Fm radio station in Gaborone and managing and editing a Facebook page titled ‘HIV Health News and Updates’. She currently continues to provide health communication consultancy services and also serves as a Board Member for the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV and AIDS (BONELA).

Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA, UK

Cherilyn Ireton heads up the World Editors Forum, the global network for editors within WAN-IFRA. She is a seasoned newspaper professional, having spent more than 20 years on South African newspapers, as journalist and editorial manger on the country's leading titles, the Sunday Times and Business Day. She rose to be Chief Operating Officer of BDFM Publishers, the business media joint venture between Pearson, owners of the Financial Times, and Times Media in South Africa which published Business Day newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine and Summit TV. She relocated to the UK in 2005 and owned an ran a London-based media consultancy, Presslinks, which advised a variety of international organizations and foreign governments.

Deputy CEO at Code For Africa, South Africa

Chris Roper is chief engagement strategist and deputy CEO for the continent’s largest federation of civic technology and data journalism labs, Code for Africa (CfA).

Leveraging over two decades of insights from building Africa’s largest online news and content portals, Chris shapes CfA’s civic engagement and scaling strategies. He also serves as director for CfA’s forensic data initiative, the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), where he managed the participation of 18 African newsrooms in the Panama Papers transnational investigation, as well as an investigation by 13 newsrooms into worker safety lapses at Australian mines across Africa.

Chris’ role at CfA is underwritten by a Knight International Fellowship, with the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ).

Prior to joining CfA, Chris was editor-in-chief of Africa’s first newspaper to establish an internet presence, the Mail & Guardian. He rebuilt the newspaper’s digital offerings, boosting audience engagement and, within a year, facilitating a growth in unique monthly visitors from under a million to over two million. The increased audience reach helped M&G boost the impacts of its investigative reporting, including the Nkandla scandal, which first exposed the extent of State Capture in SA and which was influential in the eventual resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

Before M&G, Chris was editor-in-chief of Africa’s largest online publisher, 24.com, where he managed the merger of MWEB and News24 editorial content into the biggest digital content offering in Africa. 

Chris has taught journalism courses at the Universities of Pretoria and Western Cape, and the Polytechnic of Namibia. Chris has served as a judge on, among others, the SA Bookmark Digital Awards, the British Council Future of News competition, the NuMedia Plum Awards, and the PICA Awards. He frequently consults to publishing houses in his capacity as a Code for Africa strategist.

Program Manager, Google News Intitiative, United Kingdom

Sarah is a Program Manager with the Google News Initiative team where she works with the applicants and recipients of the DNI Fund in Europe and the GNI Innovation Challenges globally. She is a regular speaker at conferences in the UK and overseas, broadcast interviewee and commentator on issues relating to media, digital journalism and community.

Co-Founder, Food For Mzansi, South Africa

Ivor Price
Co-Founder of Food For Mzansi, Ivor Price, is a multi-award-winning journalist whose accolades include three ATKV Mediaveertjie Awards as the nation’s Best Columnist (2017) and Best Presenter of a Radio Current Affairs Show (2016 and 2017). The former TV News Anchor also presented a popular television show in which he traveled more than 100,000km to interview the movers and shakers of South Africa’s agricultural industry. Other career highlights include a stint as a London-based foreign correspondent and publishing leading community newspapers for the Media24 group.

Project Manager Advisory, Women in News, Zimbabwe

Susan Makore has been a media trainer and coach for Zimbabwe for the past 5 years under the World Association of Newspapers’ Women in News project (WIN). Susan is a registered coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Her areas of expertise include coaching on career and media management, managing sexual harassment and gender balance in the media. Susan is also the current country lead and coach for Zimbabwe for the Women in News programme.

Susan Makore had been at AB Communications for 12 years, 7 of them as Chief Executive officer, leaving the company on 31 December 2020. Having won a number of accolades over the past 5 years, Susan championed the growth of the business into radio, newspaper industry and outdoor advertising. Prior to joining the private sector, Susan worked for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation for five years (leaving when she was Chief Executive of Zimbabwe Television) and worked for Zimbabwe Open University and University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer.

Susan was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Media Commission in October 2020 and this will be for a 5-year term. She is also Vice Chairperson of Gender Media Connect, board member for Zimbabwe Aids Prevention and Support Organisation.

Co-founder of FoodForMzansi.co.za, South Africa

Kobus Louwrens is an award-winning journalist who has published leading magazines and community newspapers in both South Africa and East Africa. As strategy director for Cape Town-based digital marketing agency YehBaby, Kobus has developed breakthrough digital marketing strategies for numerous agricultural, wine and tourism brands. As the co-founder of FoodForMzansi.co.za he believes in the power of agriculture as a bedrock industry that can enhance social cohesion.

Director for Africa, Women in News, Kenya

Jane Godia has over 20 years as an editor and trainer. She worked in mainstream media and rose to the position of Deputy Managing Editor. Currently, she is in In-charge Acting as Executive Director African Gender and Media Initiative (GEM) Trust. She is Project Manager for WIN Programme in East and Central. She previously served as Coach for WIN Kenya. She has consulted a lot in media development, gender, training and coaching. She is a core expert on training in Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment in the work place. She holds a Masters of Arts (MA) in Gender and Development and post-graduate Diplomas in Journalism, Media studies and Gender and Development.

Freelance Journalist, Zambia

Lozaria Lungu is a young media professional who is passionate about the media. Her main interests and career prospects are in broadcast media. She has a diploma in Journalism and just graduated with bachelors degree in media and communication from the University of Zambia. In recent years, she has worked and works mainly as a freelance journalist and has interned as a Public relations practitioner, and is a writer among others. She engages well with women and communities highlighting issues that are affecting them in society. She also has a Non governmental organization which works in advocating for youth empowerment, women programs in education, and Health.

Coach, Women in News, Malawi

Dr. Limbikani Sarah Kamlongera is a versatile, results-driven professional with over 15 years’ experience in broadcast communications. Limbikani has a Doctorate in Education, Master’s degree, Advanced Media Management certificate and Bachelor’s degree, with the latter three all focused on Media and Communications at management level (most of which is also development-oriented). She also holds an International Coach Federation (ICF) Certification in Leadership Coaching.

Limbikani has a strong background in creating, writing, and producing communication pieces, as well as comprehensive experience in developing exceptional relationships with clients, peers, senior leadership, students, and communities to provide successful programs and solutions. She has exceptional skills in critical thinking, community outreach, and public relations stemming from her experience as a news editor, researcher, and educator. She is very passionate about people, especially marginalized groups, development work, health, climate change, girls and women empowerment and broadcasting, areas in which she has a very strong set of skills.

Limbikani is a Women in News Alumni of 2016 Cohort for Malawi. She credits the Women in News programme with teaching her about demanding a seat at the table and affirms that the Programme taught her to be okay with leading; and, to be intentional about advocating and finding the ‘female voice’ within a story or situation. She is honoured to pay this forward in her position as Women in News Coach for Malawi as her contribution to the development of more female leaders in journalism.

Managing Director, The New Times, Rwanda

Collin Haba works with The New Times, Rwanda’s only English daily, as the Managing Director. He has been with The New Times for more than 10 years. He has also worked as the managing editor, features editor, business editor and investigative reporter at The New Times.

Currently, his main task is to rethink the business model, focusing on how best to leverage technology in building sustainable and profitable operations while maintaining the highest possible ethical standards and quality of journalism.

He has an interest in how news organisations and their stakeholders can collaborate to address the challenges that journalism is facing today. He is also keen on positioning the media to be a major player in the building of the new Africa.

Product Manager, Stears Business, Nigeria

Yvette has spent her career delivering positive business outcomes for media organisations by solving customer problems.

She is currently the Product Manager for Stears Business, a Nigeria-based publication providing long-form insight pieces focused on Nigeria’s economy. Stears Business is part of Stears, a digital information & data company with a straightforward mission of making it easy for customers to find valuable information on Africa. At Stears Business, Yvette launched and continues to deliver on business objectives for the flagship subscription product.

Before Stears Business, Yvette was Head of Audience Engagement at BusinessDay, Nigeria’s oldest business daily. She was responsible for making the audience more legible to the newsroom and the newsroom legible to the audience. She also led the digital transformation of the newsroom.

As a Product Manager, Yvette is passionate about harnessing empathy and context to deliver strong business performance. Yvette loves to talk about African fiction, technology and the media. In her spare time, she welcomes a challenge in table tennis.

Chief Operating Officer, Visual Point Creative Group, Zimbabwe

Vincent Kahiya is Zimbabwean-based vastly experienced Communications Practitioner with over twenty-five years of practice covering Reporting, Editing, Public Relations and Public Information Management. He is an International Trainer in Journalism, Change Management, Media Strategy, Social Media Policy & Governance, and Digital Media Project Development. He holds qualifications in Journalism and Communications, Public Relations, Public Information Management and Business Leadership.

Vincent was Editor of the Zimbabwe Independent (theindependent.co.zw) for six years (2004-2010) before becoming Founding Editor of NewsDay (newsday.co.zw) in 2010. Between 2015 and 2017, he led publishing company Alpha Media Holdings as Managing Director before joining Oxgn PR as Managing Consultant and currently he is the COO of Corporate Communications firm VPCG (vpcg.co.zw). In this role, he advises on Corporate Communications Strategy and Reputation Management to local and international organisations.

Vincent T Kahiya is a Steering Committee Member under WAN-IFRA Women-In-News programme and Lead Trainer in WIN-Advisory.

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