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Professor Robert G. Picard

Professor Robert G. Picard

Professor Robert G. Picard is a specialist on media economics and policy and on the business challenges which face media in the digital age. He is one of the world’s leading academic experts on media businesses and media policy economics and is widely recognised as the founder of the fields of media economics studies and of media management.

 

A professor at several universities in the U.S. and in Europe for more than four decades, he is a senior research fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism – having been its first research director — and a fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He regularly works with media companies, media associations, and governments worldwide to improve their performance and how they could respond to challenges in the media environment.

 

He is the author and editor of more than 32 books, including the Handbook of the Economics of the Media; The Economics and Financing of Media Companies; Media Product Portfolios;  Media Economics: Concepts and Issues; and Joint Operating Agreements: The Newspaper Preservation Act and Its Application.

 

Picard has been the editor of The Journal of Media Economics and the Journal of Media Business Studies. He has been president and chair of the World Media Economics and Management Conference, whose 2018 summit is being held in Cape Town, South Africa, and is hosted by Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, where Picard has also taught media management to postgraduate students.

Dr Peter Clayton

Dr Peter Clayton

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Development

Rhodes University

 Peter Clayton matriculated at Graeme College, Grahamstown in 1975, and went on to study at Rhodes University, being awarded a BSc and BSc(Hons) in Computer Science and Physics, and later MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science.  He worked in the software industry in Gauteng for a number of years before taking up an academic career at Rhodes University.He rose through the academic ranks to become Professor and Head of Computer Science, and head of the Telkom Distributed Multimedia Research Centre.  In 2008, he was appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Development. He serves on a number of national policy and advisory forums for Higher Education, Science and Technology, the South African Qualifications Authority, and the National Research Foundation.Peter received a South African National Science and Technology Forum Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science, Engineering and Technology in 2002. He is also the holder of the Rhodes Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Research and Teaching Awards.  He is a non-executive director of the GBS Mutual Bank, and the Chair of the Board of AJOL – Africa Journals OnLine.

Professor Anthea Garman

Professor Anthea Garman

Anthea Garman is a professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, where she is also Deputy Head of School responsible for Research and Community Engagement. She teaches writing and editing, long form journalism and multimedia storytelling and supervises postgraduate research projects. She is a member of the Andrew W. Mellon-funded research project Media and Sociality which will run from 2018 to 2021 and will use decolonial theory to examine the complex relationships between South Africa’s changing media environment and its changing political environment. The key question for the project is: What kinds of sociality are constituted by different forms of media and how do these (forms of sociality) speak to issues of social belonging and calls for social change?

 

Prof Garman attained her doctorate from the University of the Witwatersrand where she studied in a research group examining the constitution of public intellectual life in South Africa. The resulting thesis has been published as the book Antjie Krog and the postapartheid public sphere: Speaking poetry to power (UKZN Press, 2015).

 

From 2011 to 2016 Prof Garman received funding from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and the National Research Foundation for a project into Media and Citizenship. This project resulted in a the publication of the book Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation (HSRC Press, 2017) co-edited with Prof Herman Wasserman (UCT) who was a co-leader of the project from 2011 to June 2014.

 

Before coming to Rhodes University to teach, Prof Garman was a journalist for 16 years with the Rand Daily Mail, The Cape Times, the Sunday Times and The Witness. She did reporting across a wide range of beats for all four newspapers, was a subeditor for The Cape Times and The Witness, and then became features editor, supplements editor and an assistant editor at The Witness.

Bilal Randeree

Bilal Randeree

Bilal Randeree is Africa Director of Media Development Investment Fund, a mission-driven investment fund providing debt and equity financing to independent news and information companies. MDIF operates in countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America where a free and independent media is under threat.

 

Bilal has more than 10 years’ experience in business, tech and media. He served as CEO of QatarLiving.com, the largest website focused on Qatar, providing news, information, social networking, and classified listings.

 

From 2010, Bilal was Social Media Manager and Online Editor at Al Jazeera, where he led product development of new online tools, and developed and executed a strategy to introduce social media platforms and tools to the newsroom.

 

He has also worked at KPMG as Manager in Transaction Services, making full use of his Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) qualification. He holds a post-graduate qualification in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Auditing from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Dr Bozena I. Mierzejewska

Dr Bozena I. Mierzejewska

Bozena I. Mierzejewska is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Management at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, New York, USA.

Dr. Mierzejewska holds an M.A. in Economics from Warsaw School of Economics from Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, and earned her Ph.D. in management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.  Her research and teaching focuses on media management and digitisation and its impact on media organizations and media workers.Dr. Mierzejewska is a passionate educator and a recipient of the 2010 Barry Sherman Teaching Award and 2015 Dean´ Teaching Innovation Award.  In May 2016 she co-organized and hosted World Media Economics and Management conference in New York City.

She is the editor of JMM – The International Journal on Media Management  (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hijm20/current) and member of the editorial boards of Journal of Media Economics, Central European Journal of Communication and The International Journal on the Book. She is the co-editor (together with Alan Albarran and Jaemin Jung) of the 2nd edition of Handbook of Media Management and Economics (Rutledge, 2018).

Sylvia Chan-Olmsted

Sylvia Chan-Olmsted

Sylvia Chan-Olmsted is the Director of Media Consumer Research at the University of Florida. As a professor, she also teaches brand management, consumer and audience analytics, and media management at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Her research expertise includes digital/mobile media consumption, branding, and strategic management in emerging media/communications industries. Her current studies involve audience engagement conceptualization/measurement, development and marketing of mobile media content, cross-platform audience behavior, branded content, and branding via social/mobile media, especially in the context of young adult consumers.

Dr. Chan-Olmsted has conducted consumer research for Google, Nielsen, Huffington Post (Germany), Twitter (Germany), Bertelsmann (Gruner + Jahr), Association of Top German Sport Sponsors (S20 group), National Association of Broadcasters, the Cable Center, and the Center for International Business Education and Research. Recipient of over 20 national and international research awards, Dr. Chan-Olmsted holds the Research Foundation Professorship and the Al and Effie Flanagan Professorship at the University of Florida and is the recipient of the 2014 Award of Honor presented by the Journal of Media Economics for scholarly contribution to the field.

Dr. Chan-Olmsted is the author of the book, Competitive Strategy for Media Firms and co-editor of three books, Media Branding Handbook, Media Management and Economics Handbook, and Global Media Economics. Her book won the prestigious Most Significant Contribution to Media Management and Economics Award from the U.S. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has published over 60 refereed articles in the Journal of Marketing Communications, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Telecommunications Policy, New Media and Society, Journal of Media Economics, International Journal on Media Management, and others.

 

 

 

Professor Dumisani Moyo

Professor Dumisani Moyo

Dumisani is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism, Film and Television in the School of Communication, University of Johannesburg. He holds a doctorate in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Oslo (2006). Prior to joining UJ in 2016, he worked as Regional Programme Manager, Media and Access to Information at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), where he led the Foundation’s efforts to promote media freedom, media diversity, access to information and ICTs for development. His previous professional experience includes Senior Lecturer and Head of  Department (Wits University); Visiting Lecturer (University of Addis Ababa); Research Fellow (University of Oslo); Fulbright Scholar (College of Lake County and William Rainey Harper College, Illinois); and Lecturer (University of Zimbabwe).

 

Dumisani has, in the process, served as an independent consultant for several NGOs, donor organisations and multilateral organisations on a wide range of assignments, including  project evaluations, strategic planning/review and research projects focusing mainly on media and democracy and media and development in Southern Africa. His research interests include a diverse range of topics, which include media policy and regulation in Africa; and (new and alternative) media and political engagement in Africa; journalism in the digital era; and media an elections. His major works include two co-authored books: Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities (Wits University Press); and Media Policy in a Changing Southern Africa: Critical Reflections on Media Reforms in the Global Age (University of South Africa Press).

Professor François Nel

Professor François Nel

François Nel specialises in media innovation and entrepreneurship. An award-winning investigative journalist, educator and author, he is Reader in Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, where he a member of the Media Innovation Studio. He is author of the World News Publishers Outlook 2017 report for WAN-iFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, which draws on an annual study conducted since 2009.  A former Visiting Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, he is a Fellow of the European Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (3EP), a National Teaching Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and a founder of the Digital Editors Network, UK. He earned a PhD from City, University of London, an MA from Winthrop University, South Carolina, and a BA (Hons) from North Park University, Chicago. He is the author of two books published by Oxford University Press and more than 30 other scholarly works. He serves on the editorial boards of Digital Journalism and the International Journal of Media Management and Entrepreneurship (IJMME)

Professor Harry Dugmore

Professor Harry Dugmore

Harry Dugmore is the Director of the Centre for Health Journalism at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in Grahamstown, South Africa. Harry has a long-standing interest in the media’s ability to influence health behaviours and shape health identities.Harry is the South African research coordinator the Journalism Students across the Globe (Professionalization, Identity and Challenges in a Changing Environment) project that is examining the views of journalism students in a large variety of political, economic, social and cultural contexts across 30 countries. Harry is currently completing a research report on the current state of media economics in South African focusing on the longer term sustainability of news media in the digital era.  Harry’s other research interests include digital health journalism, participatory journalism, and the media’s role in shaping sexualities and sexual identities. He was lead author of The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) consensus study Diversity in Human Sexuality: Implications for Policy in Africa, published in 2015. Harry is the South African research coordinator the Journalism Students across the Globe (Professionalization, Identity and Challenges in a Changing Environment) project that is examining the views of journalism students across 30 countries. Harry is on sabbatical and affiliated to Queensland University of Technology during 2018.

Professor Herman Wasserman

Professor Herman Wasserman

Herman Wasserman is Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and worked as a journalist before starting an academic career. He has held positions at the universities of Stellenbosch, Sheffield, Newcastle and Rhodes. He has published widely on media in post-apartheid South Africa, including more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous book chapters. His books include the monograph Tabloid Journalism in South Africa (Indiana University Press, 2010) and the edited collections Chinese Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions (with Xiaoling Zhang and Winston Mano, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Media Ethics and Justice in a Global Age (with Shakuntala Rao, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Reporting China in Africa (Routledge, 2014), Press Freedom in Africa: Comparative Perspectives (Routledge, 2013), Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa (Routledge, 2011), Media Ethics Beyond Borders (with Stephen J. Ward, Routledge, 2010). Wasserman edits the academic journal African Journalism Studies published by Taylor and Francis, and sits on the editorial boards of ten other international journals, including the Annals of the International Communication Association, of which he is an Associate Editor.

Inutu Himanje

Inutu Himanje

Inutu Himanje is the Head of Productions in the Programmes department of TV2, a second channel of the public service broadcaster, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) in Zambia.

With over 18years experience in broadcast journalism, she is a Chevening scholar in a Masters in international journalism at City University of London.

Ever on the search to learn new things and expand her horizons and understanding, Inutu was a 2014 OSISA recipient of the Media Management Postgraduate diploma offered at Rhodes University.

Of the course she says it’s the best management course that gave her a 360 degrees hands-on training on how to manage a media organisation demonstrating how the business side of sales, marketing, distribution can synergies with the editorial policies to increase the bottom line.

Her interest lie in the challenges that the digital evolution is posing on legacy media such as ZNBC and how rebranding is no longer an option but a must for such media.

She is currently a 4th year student of a first degree in Law at University of Lusaka, Zambia.

Jude Mathurine

Jude Mathurine

Jude Mathurine is head of the journalism programme at the Media department of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has held positions at the Durban University of Technology and Rhodes University. Experience includes work in media development for the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media programme for sub-Sahara Africa among others. He writes on South African digital media matters and works to educate South Africa’s next generation of smart journalism creatives for social good.”

Professor Keyan G Tomaselli

Professor Keyan G Tomaselli

Keyan G Tomaselli is Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg.  He is co-editor (with Olorunnisola, A). of Political Economy of Transformation: The South African Media.  (Hampton Press, 2011).

Professor Leona Achtenhagen

Professor Leona Achtenhagen

Leona Achtenhagen is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Development at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) in Sweden. She is the Director of the Media, Management and Transformation Centre at the same school and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Media Business Studies.

She received her doctorate from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland in 2001. Her main research interests are within media entrepreneurship, the representation of entrepreneurship and innovation in the media, as well as strategic, organizational and entrepreneurial aspects of business development and growth.

Her research has been published in leading general management and entrepreneurship journals, such as Long Range Planning, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and the Journal of Small Business Management, but also media-focused outlets, such as the International Journal on Media Management, Journal of Media Business Studies and Journalism Practice. She has recently co-edited two books on entrepreneurship and management in Africa, both published in SpringerNature’s Frontiers in African Business Research series.

Professor Levi Obonyo

Professor Levi Obonyo

Levi Obonyo is an Associate Professor of communication and media studies. He is also the Dean of the School of Communication at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. Prof Obonyo took communication studies for his undergraduate degree at Messiah College and later completed graduate work at Wheaton Graduate School, Illinois. He went to Temple University for PhD studies in Media and Communication. He started his career in print journalism working for both newspapers and magazines prior to joining the academia where he has been for over two decades. He previously served as Chairman of the Media Council of Kenya and a member of the Council. He has served on several boards in Kenya in the past. Currently, he is a member of the Board of the Communications Authority of Kenya a media statutory regulatory body. He is a columnist for the People newspaper, has published academic articles, served in the editorial board of several journals and co-authored Journalists and the rule of law. His co-authored book, The Building Blocks of Media Regulation is currently under preparation.

Professor Lizette Rabe

Professor Lizette Rabe

Lizette Rabe is professor and chair of the Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University (SU). She obtained a BA degree (with Philosophy, cum laude), an Honours in Journalism (cum laude), and the MA in Journalism (cum laude) from the SU, as well as a PhD. She began her journalism career at Naspers and was for more than twenty years in the media industry, including as editor of Sarie magazine. She was appointed as Head of Department of the Stellenbosch Journalism School in 2001. She was the first woman to be appointed as editor of an Afrikaans publication at Naspers, and the first woman to head the SU’s journalism school. She is author, co-author, or editor of several publications. Rabe is a member of several professional associations, nationally and internationally. Her research interests are media history and cultural history. She was, amongst others, council member of the South African National Editors’ Forum and acted as convener and member of several journalistic judging panels, including for Media24 and Vodacom. She is a founding member of the Salzburg Seminar’s Academy. She is a recipient of the Rector’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was on the first Rector’s List of the SU’s 25 top researchers across all faculties. She is also holder of the Chancellor’s Award and was honoured with the South African Academy for Science and Art’s Stals Award for Communication and Journalism. As an activist for mental health awareness she founded the Ithemba Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on awareness raising of depression and related diseases as biological diseases. The Hope Hike and Hope Bike are held annually in October around the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Mapi Mhlangu

Mapi Mhlangu

Mapi Mhlangu is an innovative executive news professional with more than 20 years’ story-telling experience in both television and radio.

She is currently the Managing Director and Editor-in-chief of eSat TV (eNCA), South Africa’s first and biggest 24 hours news station.

She oversees the business unit and directs the editorial content for all news bulletins and manages a team of editors, anchors, reporters and desk producers.

Mapi began her career as a television reporter at the SABC in KwaZulu-Natal. From there she moved into radio, producing current affairs show AMLIVE in Johannesburg. She then joined CNBC Africa where she developed business skills as an executive producer.

Mapi brought that experience to eNCA in 2009, and was quickly promoted to head of assignments. In 2013 she was appointed Channel News Director and was last year promoted to her current position.

Under her watch, eNCA has maintained its number one spot in the country, despite the launch of two more local 24 hour news channels.

Mapi is currently chair of the broadcasting forum of the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF). She brings her expertise to this industry-wide platform, a critical role given the changing broadcasting environment.She is also an African Leadership Initiative media fellow and Duke University Menell fellow.

Mapi is currently studying towards her MBA at Henley’s University.

Matthew Buckland

Matthew Buckland

Matthew Buckland is an Internet entrepreneur and businessman who is the founder of Creative Spark – a digital agency and publisher which was acquired in 2015 by UK firm M&C Saatchi PLC (LSE: SAA), the holding group of M&C Saatchi. Buckland is also the founder of Burn Media, a suite of technology publishing brands which includes Memeburn, Ventureburn.com, Gearburn.com and others.

 

Buckland previously headed the online division of the Mail & Guardian, thereafter he started 20fourlabs at news24.com, the largest South African online news publisher, owned by Naspers. While at the Mail & Guardian Buckland founded Thought Leader.

 

In 2015 he was selected as a “Master of Digital”, sitting down with actor Idris Elba for a “Q&A Session”. Buckland lives in Cape Town with his wife and two daughters. Named as one of “SA’s top 100 most influential media and advertising people” (The Annual), Matthew is an internet professional who has worked in the internet space for the past 20 years.

 

In 2015 he was selected in Fast Company Magazine’s Most Creative People in Business and in 2014 he was selected as an “Oude Meeste Master of Digital”, sitting down for an onscreen discussion with well-known actor Idris Elba to talk about being an entrepreneur and the changing digital environment. In 2011 he was listed in Destiny Magazines feature, “Power of 40: 40 Entrepreneurs under 40 doing interesting things”. He was a founding board member of the Silicon Cape, an entity that fosters startup growth in South Africa. He was also a founding board member of digital media & marketing industry bodies like the OPA and IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) in various capacities.

 

Matthew previously worked for the BBC Online (beeb.com division) in London, and internet multi-national Naspers which owns South Africa’s largest online operation 24.com, first as the GM of Publishing, and then going on to found and head up the award-winning 20FourLabs, which went on to win the Nokia mobile app innovation challenge. At Naspers he completed a Harvard Business School Executive Education Course for future leaders with focus on online business and social networking. Prior to this he headed up online news publisher Mail & Guardian Online for seven years (co-owned by Guardian Newspapers Limited), turning the online division into a profitable entity for the first time in its history and founding the Webby Honoree-award winning Thought Leader. He’s also had stints at Avusa, Carte Blanche and iafrica.com.

 

Matthew has served as a judge for various industry awards from the Bookmarks, to Social Media Week, to the Sikuvile journalism awards and the NextWeb Startup awards. He has spoken and guest-lectured on online media issues around the world, including New York, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Ireland and Kenya. He was also proud to share the stage with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales in a talk on “Future Web Trends” in 2007, and Craigslist creator Craig Newmark at the IIE Goldman Sachs Global Leaders in New York in 2008.

 

Entrepreneurship

In 2010 Buckland founded Creative Spark[20] and Burn Media, which he funded himself after being unable to raise venture capital for it.[21] Five years later, in 2015, he sold a majority share in his company to the FTSE-listed agency, M&C Saatchi.

 

The deal included the sale of both the digital agency and the publishing arm, which owns titles such as Memeburn and Ventureburn.[23]. Ventureburn is a site that reports on the startup, entrepreneur and investor ecosystems in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

 

He was the Master of Ceremonies[24] at the launch event and elected to the inaugural board of the Silicon Cape Initiative, a South African-based organization which aims to turn the Western Cape into a high-tech startup hub.

 

In 2012 Buckland was recognised in the Power of 40: 40 Entrepreneurs Under 40 “Doing Interesting Things”[25]

 

In 2013 and 2014 he was a member of the Cape Town chapter of Entrepreneurs Organisation.[26]

 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University, with three majors in journalism, philosophy and history. Matthew is a new media graduate and knows no other medium!

Mpumelelo Dludla

Mpumelelo Dludla

Mpumelelo Dludla is a MA student in the Centre for Communication, Media, and Society (CCMS), University of KwaZulu-Natal, who is currently employed as a media researcher in the Centre. His thesis is titled: Hustle and Flow! An analysis of Naspers’ operationalization as reported by prominent South African newspaper publications over a three-year period.

Nhlanhla Ngwenya

Nhlanhla Ngwenya

Nhlanhla Ngwenya is currently managing the OSISA Media Programme. He is the former director of MISA-Zimbabwe, an organisation that actively lobbies around the adoption of adequate safeguards for the enjoyment of freedom of expression, media freedom and access to information. He joined the organisation in January 2010 from the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe, where he was the founding Research and Monitoring Coordinator for 10 years. Mr Ngwenya’s experience and interest in the media largely reflects his academic background, which is steeped in communication studies. He currently holds a Masters in International Development Management (University of Bradford, UK); Masters in Media and Communications Studies (University of Zimbabwe); Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Communications Studies (University of Zimbabwe); BA Honours in Linguistics (University of Zimbabwe). Mr Ngwenya has also written articles on the media and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe published in the mainstream media and other regional journals. He has also presented several papers on the same subject locally, regionally and internationally.

Professor Nixon Kariithi

Professor Nixon Kariithi

Nixon Kariithi, CEO of Tangaza Africa Media, a media research firm in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa. Kariithi holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Nairobi (Kenya); MA from Cardiff University (UK), and PhD from the University of Houston (USA).  He was Associate Professor and Pearson Chair of Financial Journalism at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, and Associate Professor and Head of Media Studies at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has also held Visiting Professorships at University of Pretoria (SA), Cairo University (Egypt), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Linköping University (Sweden), and City University of New York (USA).

Professor Kariithi specializes in both qualitative and quantitative skills. His broad research interests include economics & business journalism, media management, international political economy, corporate reputation research, communication management, change management and organisational communication across Africa. He is the author of four books and 12 journal articles. His work has been published in numerous journals including Africa Media Review, Communicatio, Journalism Studies, Nieman Reports, World Bank Occasional Papers,  Journal of World Intellectual Property, Communication World, Global Media Journal – Africa Edition, Intermedia, and Rhodes Journalism Review.

Among Kariithi’s well celebrated achievements is the global patent of MRI, the world’s first index of media reputation, a Laspeyres Index innovation that opened new ways of evaluating the impact of media coverage on corporate reputation management. He is also co-author of the first digital database/transcripts of the entire political trial of Jomo Kenyatta and five others by the British Colonial Government in Northern Kenya, 1952-53.”

Kariithi worked as a business journalist and editor in Kenya, UK and USA for 15 years. He has served on the boards of Grocotts Mail, Grahamstown, and Mail & Guardian, Johannesburg, for 10 years.

Percy F. Makombe

Percy F. Makombe

He is with Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) where he is the Team Leader for the Democracy and Governance Cluster. Before that, he was a Programme Manager for the Natural Resources Governance Initiative at OSISA. Prior to that, Percy was a Programme Manager for the Economic Justice Network.  In 2009 he was part of a team that was instrumental in the formation of the Alternative Mining Indaba. In 2009, Percy edited a regional research on the social impacts of the financial crisis in southern Africa. He was also joint author with Russel Honeyman of the Financial Times research report on Television Markets in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also written on political communication in southern Africa and has a chapter in the book Government Communication: Cases and Challenges edited by Karen Sanders and Maria Jose Canel. Percy has served in the steering committee of the Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance as well as worked as a journalist for a number of publications including, as editor for Moto, chief sub-editor Zimbabwe Independent, and a correspondent for Mundo Negro, Africa News Bulletin and Nigrizia. He holds an MPhil in Development Policy and Practice from the University of Cape Town, an MA in Globalisation and Communications from the University of Leicester (UK), as well as a post graduate diploma in media & communications and a BA General from the University of Zimbabwe.

Phil Molefe

Phil Molefe

Phil Molefe is a veteran journalist and Media Executive with a wealth of experience – spanning more than 30 years – in both the print and electronic media.

 

He has spent the greater part of his professional career in Public Service Broadcasting, covering all corners of the trade – news reporting, producing documentaries, studio production, anchor and Executive Management.

 

Phil has served in Senior Management and Executive positions in the corporate world for more than 20 years. He was Group Executive: News & Current Affairs of the SABC. He also served at the helm of the Corporation as Acting Group CEO in 2011 – 2012.

– He is now an independent Executive Media Consultant, doing work in Southern Africa and across the entire Continent of Africa.

– He is the Executive Chairman of the Africa Media Institute and Media Knowledge (Pty) Ltd – providing training and media expertise to a network of Public Broadcasters and media houses in Africa.

The work of Media Knowledge centres around four key areas:

– Human capital development

– Institutional capacity building

– Turn Around strategy development

– Developing media content across Africa

 

Phil is currently serving on the Board of the National Film and Video Foundation – the preeminent custodian of the development and promotion of Film and documentaries in South Africa. He was appointed Chairperson of the NFVF Board in April 2017 by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa. He is also the Director of Discop Africa Academy – training film and TV documentary producers across the Continent of Africa.

Education:

 

  1. Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (BA) – University of the Witwatersrand

– Certificate Programmes in Management Advancement Programme (MAP) and Executive Development Programme (EDP) – Wits Business School.

 

  1. Post-Graduate Diploma: Broadcast Journalism – University of Wales, United Kingdom.

 

  1. Master of Business Leadership – University of South Africa (completing in November 2017)

 

Phil has extensive corporate experience in Media both in South Africa and Internationally. He has served as the Vice President of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association as well as Executive Member of the African Union of Broadcasting. He has conducted media training across Africa and helped build several TV stations on the continent.

In the print media, he worked for several leading South African newspapers, including The Weekly Mail and The Star. He also served on the Board of the South African Press Association (SAPA) along with the legendary newspaper editor, Mr Aggrey Klaaste.

Phil’s Mission: “Elevating African media to global, competitive standards.”

Professor Rhonda Breit

Professor Rhonda Breit

Former lawyer and journalist, Rhonda Breit, LLB, PhD is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media & Communications. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the school¹s academic programs and research agenda. AKU-GSMC launched its MA in Digital Journalism in January 2018. The school is eager to launch its Executive Masters in Media Leadership and Innovation in the near future

Professor Ruth Teer-Tomaselli

Professor Ruth Teer-Tomaselli

Ruth Teer-Tomaselli is Professor, the Centre for Communication, Media and Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.  She holds the UNESCO Chair in Communication for South Africa, has been an IAMCR Vice-President and President of the SA Communication Association (SACOMM). She is a Fellow of both UKZN and SACOMM.  Her most recent book is Media and Empire in the 20th Century, co-edited with Donal McCracken (Routledge) 2014.

Professor Steve Wildman

Professor Steve Wildman

Steve Wildman, PhD (Economics, Stanford) is a Visiting Scholar with the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado. He also holds the titles of Professor & J.H. Quello Chair of Telecommunication Studies Emeritus at Michigan State University. Prior positions include: J.H. Quello Chair and Quello Center Director at Michigan State University; Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University; and Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA. He was the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Chief Economist during 2013. He is well known for his research and publications on economics and policy for communication industries, which include eight co-authored or co-edited books and numerous journal articles and chapters in edited books.

Susan Valentine

Susan Valentine

SUSAN VALENTINE is Manager of the Opening Journalism portfolio in the Program on Independent Journalism at the Open Society Foundations, based in London. Her portfolio is focused on support to agile initiatives producing independent and open journalism, especially where trustworthy information is scarce and difficult to produce. These include start-ups seeking to enrich the public debate; news outlets determined to grow through being better connect with their audiences; and organizations experimenting with new ideas that can be replicated.

Prior to joining OSF, Sue was the Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent organization that works to safeguard media freedom worldwide. Previously she worked as a journalist, trainer and media consultant. Sue has held senior positions in South Africa’s mainstream media (The Star and SABC Radio) as well as civil society groups (the Institute for Democracy in South Africa), and has covered the transition to democracy and the struggle for HIV/AIDS treatment. During her career she has helped launch various initiatives including the Children’s Radio Foundation and the online news agency Health-e News.

In 2002-2003 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

She remains fascinated by the power of storytelling to connect people.

Dr Tendai Chari

Dr Tendai Chari

Dr Chari is a Senior Lecturer in the Media Studies Department, School of Human and Social Sciences, University of Venda, South Africa. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C3 rated researcher. Dr Chari holds a Phd in Media Studies from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Dr Chari’s research focuses on Political Communication, with a broadened horizon on the interface between Digital Media and Politics, Media Ethics and Popular Culture. In 1996 he was awarded a NORAD scholarship to study for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication Studies (DMCS) at the University of Zimbabwe, and in 2000 he was awarded a NUFU scholarship to study for a Masters in Media and Communication at the same institution. Between 2002 and 2008 he lectured at the University of Zimbabwe before joining the University of Venda in 2008 as a Lecturer. Dr. Chari has 53 publications in the form of books/monographs, book chapters and articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals. Some of his publications have been prescribed on the “Essential Reading” lists for undergraduate and post-graduate courses across disciplines at various institutions abroad. He co-edited two books:  African Football, Identity Politics and Global Media Narratives: the Legacy of the World Cup (2014, Palgrave MacMillan Publishers) (with A. Mhiripiri), and Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Age (2017, IGI Global Publishing) (also with N.A. Mhiripiri). Dr Chari has supervised more than 20 post-graduate students at three different universities and has presented papers at more than 40 local and international conferences. He has also reviewed papers for scholarly journals such as Western Journal of Communication, Journal of African Media Studies, Communicatio: South African Journal of Communication Theory & Research, Communication Research in Africa, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Current Sociology, Diaspora Indigenous Knowledge and Minority Education, and African Identities, among others. Dr Chari has served as external examiner for the University of Witwatersrand, University of South Africa and University of Fort Hare. He also serves on the boards of a number of academic journals that include Western Journal of Communication, Journal on Media and Mass Communication and Imbizo: International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies. He is also a member of the Academic Non-Fiction Authors Association of Southern Africa (ANFASA), a member driven association that empowers academic and non-fiction authors in South Africa.

Thandi Smith

Thandi Smith

Thandi Smith has worked for Media Monitoring Africa for about seven years and has headed the Policy & Quality Programme for the last three years. The programme focuses on a range of issues including media policy, regulation and quality journalism. She holds a Masters degree in Media Studies, obtained from the University of the Witswatersrand. Her dissertation examined issues of universal access in South Africa’s digital migration. She also obtained an Honours degree in Media Studies from the same institution. Thandi has a keen interest in research around new media, internet governance and media law. She also has a passion for horses, reading and music.”

Theo Dolan

Theo Dolan

Theo is the Director of PeaceMedia and PeaceTech Lab Africa at PeaceTech Lab. PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict, using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. Headquartered at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Lab carries out its mission in close collaboration with public and private sector partners.

 

Theo joined USIP in 2008 and has worked with local partners in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, and South Sudan to develop innovative ways to use media to help resolve conflict. His expertise includes producing curriculum-based peace media programs such as the Salam Shabab TV show in Iraq and the Sawa Shabab radio drama in South Sudan. He has also led efforts to develop tools to limit media incitement to violence as well as to monitor and counter hate speech

Dr. William Tayeebwa

Dr. William Tayeebwa

Dr. William Tayeebwa is a Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University. He was in 2014 a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK working on ‘Framing of Peace-building by United Nations Radio in the African Great Lakes region’. Prior to full-time academic work, Dr. Tayeebwa practiced journalism with several Ugandan newspapers. He has also over the years provided commentary and analysis, including in Swahili and French, on key media issues within the African Great Lakes region for the British Broadcasting Service (BBC); the German Broadcasting Service (DeutcheWelle); Voice of America (VOA) French Service; as well as to several Radio and Television stations in Canada. His areas of research, consultancy and publication include the nexus between journalism with conflict, peace-building and the environment.

Dr Winston Mano

Dr Winston Mano

Dr Winston Mano is Director of Africa Media Centre and Reader in Media and Communication Studies at the University of Westminster, UK as well as Principal Editor of the Journal of African Media Studies. He is editor of Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa (2015) and joint editor of China’s Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions (2016), Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users (2017) and African Film Cultures (2017). Mano has published chapters in books that include Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State (2016), Participatory Politics and Citizen Journalism in a Networked Africa A Connected Continent (2015), Radio in Africa Publics, Cultures, Communities (2012), Popular Media, Democracy And Development in Africa (2011), Zimbabwe’s New Diaspora: Displacement And The Cultural Politics of Survival(2010) and Internationalizing Media Studies(2009). He has also published in journals that include Media, Culture & Society, Communicatio, The Radio Journal, Southern Review, Critical Arts, Communicare and Global Media and Communication.

Dr Winston Mano’s research interests include African radio, music, media audiences, new media and democracy, China- African media relations, African democracy and development. He has helped establish the CAMRI Africa Media Series of conferences at the University of Westminster. He has researched for the World Association of Newspaper (WAN) (2010). In March 2013, he worked on a public service broadcasting project supported by UNESCO and sponsored by £5000 from BBC Media Action. He was part of a successful Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCFK) research bid (EUR50,000) as joint researcher with Professors Herman Wasserman (Rhodes University, South Africa) and Xiaoling Zhang (Nottingham University) on the project examining China’s Soft Power in Africa. He has collaborated with colleagues at The Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Norway on China-Africa media relations (2013-2015). In 2013, he was awarded (together with Dr Lynete Mukhongo from Moi University, Kenya) a grant of £10,000 by the British Academy’s International Partnership and Mobility Scheme (2013-2014).

Mano was part of a drafting committee at the Continental Conference on Media Legislative Reforms and Transforming State Broadcasters into Public Broadcasters in Africa held in Midrand, South Africa from 2-3 December, 2013, hosted by the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), Article 19 and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA). Winston Mano is also a Senior Research Associate in the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He can be contacted at:

University of Westminster, Harrow Campus Northwick Park, HA1 3TP, Middlesex, UK

Lisa MacLeod

Lisa MacLeod

Lisa MacLeod is Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar Group, publisher of some of the country’s largest websites like TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and

BusinessLIVE. Her role is to manage Tiso’s websites and digital teams, as well as implement sustainable monetisation strategies for the business. Tiso’s digital audience is more than 6-million unique browsers monthly, across 16 different websites.

Lisa was previously GM of Digital for Media24’s 24.com, and prior to that spent 12 years in London at the Financial Times, helping to drive their print to digital integration projects. She was Head of Operations for FT.com, widely thought to be the most successful paid website in media, and FT Managing Editor, overseeing staffing, strategic planning and budgets for the FT globally.

 

Dumisani Moyo

Dumisani is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism, Film and Television in the School of Communication, University of Johannesburg. He holds a doctorate in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Oslo (2006). Prior to joining UJ in 2016, he worked as Regional Programme Manager, Media and Access to Information at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), where he led the Foundation’s efforts to promote media freedom, media diversity, access to information and ICTs for development. His previous professional experience includes Senior Lecturer and Head of  Department (Wits University); Visiting Lecturer (University of Addis Ababa); Research Fellow (University of Oslo); Fulbright Scholar (College of Lake County and William Rainey Harper College, Illinois); and Lecturer (University of Zimbabwe).

 

Dumisani has, in the process, served as an independent consultant for several NGOs, donor organisations and multilateral organisations on a wide range of assignments, including  project evaluations, strategic planning/review and research projects focusing mainly on media and democracy and media and development in Southern Africa. His research interests include a diverse range of topics, which include media policy and regulation in Africa; and (new and alternative) media and political engagement in Africa; journalism in the digital era; and media an elections. His major works include two co-authored books: Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities (Wits University Press); and Media Policy in a Changing Southern Africa: Critical Reflections on Media Reforms in the Global Age (University of South Africa Press).

Styli Charalambous

Styli Charalambous

With a touch of liberal licence, it can be said Styli Charalambous co-founded the Daily Maverick in 2009 with editor-in-chief, Branko Brkic. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Styli is now reformed and passionate about the media business following a stint in investment banking in London.

 

He’s subsequently helped establish & develop various media start-ups and projects, including Daily Maverick and The Gathering, the country’s premier media and politics conference. His official role at Daily Maverick is that of publisher and CEO which translates into “he who fights fires – sometimes successfully but always only after morning coffee.”

 

In the early days of Daily Maverick, opinion pieces, sport and business articles could be found with his by-line but he has since stepped-aside for more qualified creators do their thing.

 

Amongst his greatest achievements are the 100-plus payrolls successfully concluded at Daily Maverick (although he insists he no longer keeps count),  a co-production role of blonde offspring and dabbling in regime change.

Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson has 28 years’ experience in communications including print, broadcast and digital media. Her passion is storytelling across platforms. She is currently the sole owner and director of Change Routes Communications and is the former editor of The Herald and Weekend Post. She was Deputy Editor at  The Sunday Times and Elle Magazine. She is excited about new media and multi-platform story-telling and was involved in promoting, developing and creating online journalism projects at The Sunday Times and at The Herald and Weekend Post.  Heather is an early adopter of new digital technology and thrives on changes and innovations needed to adapt businesses for the information and conceptual age. She empowers people to achieve goals through setting achievable targets and creating a transparent, creative, fun, and visionary, ideas- and-action driven culture from the bottom up.

Khadija Patel

Khadija Patel

Khadija Patel is the editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and co-founder of the The Daily Vox. Khadija pushes words on street corners and was recently recognised as one of 25 individuals who are reshaping influence and engagement in the media. She has been published internationally by Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Quartz and The Daily Maverick, among others, and is currently completing her first book. Since 2015, Khadija has been a research associate with WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Witwatersrand) and previously published a community magazine that was distributed internationally. She is also a respected commentator on television and radio, both locally and internationally.

Professor, Dr Ravinder Rena

Professor, Dr Ravinder Rena

Professor, Dr Ravinder Rena is a profound academician and distinguished scholar in economics, writer, editor and adviser with over 25 years of teaching and research experience in Asia-Pacific, Africa and European continents. He has been an independent consultant and training expert. Prof Rena is currently working as Professor at the NWU School of Business and Governance, North-West University, South Africa. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Economics for Master’s and Doctorate Programmes at Monarch Business School, Monarch University, Hagendorn, Zug, Switzerland. Previously, he worked as a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. He also served as Professor and the Coordinator, Joint African Master’s Programme (JAMP), Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). He also worked as the Head of Economics, Department of Business Studies, the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Papua New Guinea. Prof. Rena earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Economics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, with an achievement of University Gold Medal (for the Best Ph.D. candidates/ thesis in the field of Economics/ Commerce/ Business Management). He obtained his M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D from Osmania University and B.A., and LL.B., from Kakatiya University, Warangal, India.

He got the prestigious Award of the Best Researcher 2011 from Namibia University of Science and Technology and also the recipient of the esteemed Award -Man of the Year 2012 which was bestowed upon him by the American Biographic Institute (ABI), USA. Based on his extraordinary research contributions, American Historical Society, USA has been enlisted his profile in the World Who is Who International. He wrote 10 books and published more than 115 articles in reputed National and International peer-reviewed Journals. Besides, he has published more than 150 articles in Newspapers and Magazines and Websites and presented over 30 papers in the national and international conferences and seminars. He is founding Editor-In-Chief of an International Journal of Education Economics and Development (IJEED) which is IBSS and Scopus indexed Journal. He has been a keynote speaker for various national and international conferences in Europe, America, Africa and Asian continents.

He has widely written in the areas of Economics of Education, Development Economics and Inclusive growth, Globalization and Higher Education, Microfinance, Rural Entrepreneurship, WTO, Sustainable development, FDIs, development aid. He supervised Ph.Ds, M.Phils and Masters’ theses and dissertations across the globe. He is also been an examiner for Masters and Ph.D of  different Universities of Africa, Europe, Asia, America and Australia. He traveled to over 30 countries in the world.

Lance Greyling

Lance Greyling

Director of Enterprise and Investment City of Cape Town

Lance Greyling graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1996 with an Honours in African Studies majoring in politics and economics. He also received a Post Graduate diploma in Sustainable Energy from the University of Stellenbosch in 2009. During the past twenty years he has held positions in the private sector, civil society and the national government sphere. He first started out as a partner in a production house called Matchframe Pictures, which produced television commercials and raised funding for video programmes. After a year and a half expedition around Africa he took up the position as regional manager for GLOBE Southern Africa, which empowered parliamentarians on issues of sustainable development.

In 2004 he entered the world of politics when he was elected a national Member of Parliament. During 2004 to 2015 Lance Greyling served on a number of parliamentary committees including education, finance, public enterprises, minerals and energy and environmental affairs. He was also a parliamentary whip and in 2012 became the Shadow Minister of Energy.

In March 2015 Lance Greyling left the world of Parliament to take up the position of Director of Trade and Investment in the Mayor’s Office at the City of Cape Town.  After the local government elections in August 2016 he became the Director of the newly formed Enterprise and Investment Department in the Directorate of the Mayor.

Lance Greyling also serves on the board of a number of organisations including Wesgro, Economic Development Partnership, Cape Town Tourism and the Bulungula Incubator a rural development NGO. He was also recently awarded a fellowship in the African Leadership Initiative.

Prof. Gillian Doyle

Prof. Gillian Doyle

Gillian Doyle is Professor of Media Economics and Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (CCPR) at the University of Glasgow where she directs Glasgow’s MSc in Media Management.   Her research on media economics and policy and on the impact of digitisation has been translated and published in several languages.   Gillian is Principal Investigator (PI) on ‘Television Production in Transition: Independence, Scale and Sustainability’, a major research project examining recent transformations in ownership structures in the television production sector funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council (2017-2020).  She was PI on a recently completed ESRC –funded project on ‘Multi-platform Media and the Digital Challenge’ which investigated economic and policy aspects of digital media convergence and on a major AHRC-funded project entitled ‘The UK Film Council: A Case Study of Film Policy in Transition’.  She was also Lead Investigator on ‘Converging Technologies and Business Models’, a project that forms part of the work programme of CREATe, the RCUK hub for research on Copyright and New Business Models for the Creative Economy.  Gillian has carried out and supervised studies on media economics and media policy for the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the OECD. Gillian is former President of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI).

Dr. Amy Jo Coffey

Dr. Amy Jo Coffey

Dr. Amy Jo Coffey is an associate professor in telecommunication management and director of the online master’s program in Audience Analytics at the University of Florida. She teaches courses in audience analysis, telecommunication programming, innovation and entrepreneurship, and telecommunication management. Her research interests include audience economics and language, with an emphasis on non-English language television content within the United States, as well as market segmentation and other strategic competition issues. As a secondary area, she has examined the utility of new media spaces, including virtual environments such as Second Life. Her work has been published in such journals as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Advertising Research, Communication Law & Policy, International Journal on Media Management, and the Journal of Media Business Studies. Dr. Coffey has been awarded grants by the National Association of Broadcasters and the U.S. Department of Defense, and has made presentations at meetings of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the International Communication Association (ICA), and the World Media Economics & Management Conference (WMEMC). Coffey also holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and has served on the faculty of Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia.

Dr. Coffey is an affiliate faculty member of the UF Center for Latin American Studies. She was awarded a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship in 2014 and a UF Term Professorship for 2017-2020. Coffey has also received the College of Journalism and Communications’ 2013-2014 Faculty Research Award, 2013-2014 Faculty Service Award, 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year Award, and was named a 2011 International Educator of the Year (junior faculty). She currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal on Media Management, Journal of Media Business Studies and the International Journal of Hispanic Media. Coffey’s professional background was in broadcast journalism, and included positions with CNN in Atlanta, as well as reporting, anchoring, assignment editing, and production positions in television and radio in Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Chantal Mahlen

Chantal Mahlen

  • 24 years old
  • MBA Media Management, Hamburg Media School
  • Sc. Business Administration, University of Hamburg
  • Working at: Online Marketing Rockstars
  • Special interest: Entrepreneurship, Health Care and Christianity
Mike Friedrichsen (Prof. Dr.)

Mike Friedrichsen (Prof. Dr.)

Mike Friedrichsen (Prof. Dr.) is founding president of the Berlin University of Digital Sciences in Berlin and full professor of Media Economics and Media innovation at the Stuttgart Media University. He studied Business Administration, Political Economics, Communication Sciences and Political Sciences in Kiel, Mainz, San Diego, Canterbury and Berlin. He earned his doctorate at the Free University of Berlin in 1996 at the Institute of empirical Market and Communication Research. His main research interests are Digital Economy, Data Sciences, Media Management and Media Economics, Empirical Research, New Media Technologies und Business Informatics. Mike Friedrichsen emphasizes transfer between the University and Economy and in leads several Networking Organisations and he is supervisory board member in various enterprises and organizations. He is Research Director at the Global Institute for Digital Transformation (GIDT) and the Institute of Media Business (IMB). Mike Friedrichsen is author and editor of several books and has also published in different journals. He is editor of book series and journals.