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African Media Initiative reconstitutes board, announces new management

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. 

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In a letter to new and outgoing members of the Board, Mr Aboderin underscored the importance of taking those measures that will ensure that the organization continues its mission to support the emergence of a pro-development media in Africa. 

In a press release made available to Daily Trust on Sunday, 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.

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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) and Ms Rebecca Enonchong, African Diaspora (Technology).

The rest are Ms Julie Gichuru, East Africa, Ms Ipeleng Selele, Southern Africa, Pr Laeed Zaghlami, North Africa and 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. 

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.

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