|Dr. Aaron F. Nmungwun|
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Aaron F. Nmungwun was born in Africa, educated in America and with dual careers as a respected media/communication expert and as an international aid administrator/diplomat. In the media and communications world he is an executive, educator and writer known for his strategic business planning,...read more
Dr. Aaron F. Nmungwun was born in Africa, educated in America and with dual careers as a respected media/communication expert and as an international aid administrator/diplomat. In the media and communications world he is an executive, educator and writer known for his strategic business planning, cutting-edge vision and his entrepreneurial skills, whose background encompasses the writing, teaching and administration of media research, program development, strategic management, advertising and market development for broadcast television and cable media. For over 20 years he has been a part of winning teams in the television industry, working as an executive, adviser and as a consultant with well-known entertainment, media and broadcast television companies such as HBO, Showtime, Black Entertainment Television, NBC, CBS, ABC, VH-1, Time Warner, MTV, Columbia Pictures, Disney and Nickelodeon. He started his career at A.C. Nielsen Company as a junior media executive, where he was involved in various pioneering research studies in the then new technologies section of the television industry. Soon, he expanded his experience to include conducting competitive analysis, market evaluation and analysis, new product/market development, television syndication and strategic management, allowing him the privilege and experience in becoming directly involved in the research and promotional facets of the development of the infant video, cable and satellite television industries. Subsequently, he co-founded Atisi Group, Inc., a company which among other things developed marketing solutions and arranged major advertising and public relations events for clients that included television companies, independent movies and record production companies. His book, Video Recording Technology: Its Impact on Media and Home Entertainment, is a respected Broadcast textbook used throughout the US. For a period of eight years, Dr. Aaron F. Nmungwun was an officer in the Communication Division of UNICEF, an agency of the United Nations in New York that is the main advocate for children around the globe. His work took him across several countries around the globe, including Africa. Dr. Nmungwun holds a double major Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Industrial Relations and International Business from New York University; a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing Management from Pace University Graduate School of Business, New York; a Masters of Arts degree in Film and Television (Cinema) and a Ph.D. in Communications specializing in Cinema, Media Studies and New Technologies in Media from New York University.
|Leonard M. Fertig|
Len Fertig is an American-born communications and media executive, consultant, and entrepreneur who has created and managed television businesses in Europe and the USA for the past 25 years. Known as a strategic leader and problem solver, he has developed winning strategies for publicly listed and...read more
Len Fertig is an American-born communications and media executive, consultant, and entrepreneur who has created and managed television businesses in Europe and the USA for the past 25 years. Known as a strategic leader and problem solver, he has developed winning strategies for publicly listed and private companies and executed them by motivating and inspiring management teams to achieve challenging goals. Recently, he has performed strategic and development consulting to clients such as BBC, ITN, the British Science Museum, and HBO and serves as a non-executive Director to Futuremedia plc. Prior to that, he was Executive Chairman of Media Content plc, a UK-listed sports television company. Previously, Len Fertig was co-founder and CEO of Central European Media Enterprises Inc. Under his leadership, CME grew in five years from a startup to a billion-dollar NASDAQ-listed multinational broadcasting company. With operations in eight countries covering 110 million viewers, CME became the leading and fastest-growing media business in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Fertig developed the strategy and business plans, identified and built local operating partnerships, won the television licenses, and hired and directed a management team that launched and operated successful commercial television businesses in each country. Earlier in his career, as co-founder, Executive VP, and CFO of Reiss Media Enterprises, Len Fertig launched Request Television, the first national pay-per-view cable channel in the United States in 1985. This involved negotiating and implementing agreements with seven major studios and arranging distribution with all major cable MSO's for program distribution. While at Reiss Media, he also created Guest Cinema, a cable satellite movie service delivered to hotel guests. In the 1980's, Len Fertig provided consulting services to entrepreneurs and major media companies in the USA developing of new television channels and related businesses such as The Entertainment Channel (A&E), Comedy Central, and DirecTV. During the 1970's, Mr. Fertig was an executive in the airline industry serving in operations improvement, finance, and marketing positions for TWA and American Airlines and as a consultant to Republic Airlines, Midway, and the Trump Shuttle. During the period of airline deregulation, he was involved with the creation and development of such innovations as the Super Saver fare, the AAdvantage Mileage program, introduction of Business Class, and the transition of the industry from a highly regulated to a market based competitive environment. Leonard M. Fertig holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Columbia University along with work toward the PhD. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Additionally, he holds a certification as a financial planner from Adelphi University and has been a registered investment advisor with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is based in London and New York.
|Waribo Nick Adasi-Efuya|
Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer
Engr. Adasi-Efuya has been a respected corporate executive and senior information systems and technology engineer in the computer industry for more than twenty years. As chief executive of AEC Universal Computers, he was instrumental in developing Fannie Mae's IBM mainframes and other platforms for...read more
Engr. Adasi-Efuya has been a respected corporate executive and senior information systems and technology engineer in the computer industry for more than twenty years. As chief executive of AEC Universal Computers, he was instrumental in developing Fannie Mae's IBM mainframes and other platforms for real-time trading and processing of mortgages, and other financial instruments. He also served on the IT/IS leadership, management and products, processes and services development teams at General Dynamics Amphibious Systems, BDM Corporation, Litton/PRC, American Technical Services Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Keane Federal Systems, UNISYS Federal Systems, and Raytheon in areas of integrated systems, hardware, manufacturing and software engineering efforts. He founded ESI Quality Systems Integrators, a consulting engineering firm that was instrumental in many of Raytheon's business divisions' attainment of the Capability Maturity Model Integrated and International Standards Organization for engineering. His Integrated Product Development Process (IPDP), Lean and Architecture experience contributed to the above IT giants' growth and profitability through the use of the "Best of Breed Industry Standards" in their Business Strategy Planning and Execution. Engr. Adasi-Efuya is a senior member of the Board of Directors of the US Africa Technology Council, Washington, DC, and a member of the Board of Directors of Heritage City.Com, Heritage City Residences and Resorts, Inc. and New Earth Urban Systems Inc. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; the International Council of Systems Engineers, and Project Management Institute and SEI's Architecture Technology Users Network (SATURN). Engr. Adasi is a Certified Lead ISO/CMMI implementer, and a Certified ScrumMaster. He is a candidate for the Doctorate in Computing & Information Systems at Pace University Graduate School of Computer Science & Information Systems and has an MS Degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University, an MA in Economics and Finance from Minnesota State University, a BS in Computer Science and Accounting from the University of Maryland and a BA in Business and Geography from the University of Oklahoma.
|Barry G. Hirsch|
Barry Hirsch is an experienced and professional television advertising sales director with a proven track record dealing with senior level management at advertising agencies and multinational clients. He is an expert in launching commercial television advertising sales in emerging markets and is...read more
Barry Hirsch is an experienced and professional television advertising sales director with a proven track record dealing with senior level management at advertising agencies and multinational clients. He is an expert in launching commercial television advertising sales in emerging markets and is well respected within the advertising community in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States. He has held the position of Vice President, International Sales for CNBC Asia-Pacific. Prior to this, he was with the Sales Development Section of Scandinavian Broadcasting (SBS). He was also Managing Director of Active International (the world's largest media barter company) where he developed a plan to work with advertising agencies and clients in order to educate them in their successful usage of barter in their advertising campaigns; and helped to pinpoint growth opportunities in Europe and strategically set up target accounts. In the early 1990s, he joined CME (Central European Enterprises Group) as Vice President and Director of Sales where he was responsible for all sales related activities for the television station group where he grew the company's revenue stream from 0 to over $350 million.
|Mrs. Halima Adasi|
Founding Partner and Executive Vice President for Administration
Mrs. Adasi is a finance industry specialist. Educated at the University of Minnesota, Mrs. Adasi most recently, was the Growth Manager for the Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA), a non-profit research organization based in Washington, D.C. where she was responsible for the administration and...read more
Mrs. Adasi is a finance industry specialist. Educated at the University of Minnesota, Mrs. Adasi most recently, was the Growth Manager for the Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA), a non-profit research organization based in Washington, D.C. where she was responsible for the administration and financial structure of the organization. Her duties encompassed grant and contracts, procurement, student technical conferences, office management, coordinating activities between the four Historically Black Colleges and Universities served by the alliance: Alabama A&M University, Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University and Southern University and A&M College; Combined Federal Campaign (CFC); and much more. Her expertise lies in finance, administration and management of small businesses and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the SEA, Mrs. Adasi served as a consultant in the capacity of senior auditor for the Resolution Trust Corporation; the Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine as a senior accountant involved in grant management; and as a loan-servicing manager at the National Cooperative Bank managing complex investor accounting. Always taking lead on projects, Mrs. Adasi is propelled by new challenges. A self-starter, she was instrumental in the success of several start-up organizations, including Clark Financial Loan Servicing Department, Science and Engineering Alliance, and many others. As an entrepreneur, she founded Ozi & Associates, a consulting firm that tended to the needs of small businesses in developing database and financial analysis. She co-founded an African fashion house "Bamis" in the high-brows area of Georgetown, Washington, DC. A robust background in finance, database development and management has enabled her to accomplish a distinguished record of performance in both private and public sectors. She possesses a wide-ranging background that spans from human capital management, reporting and analysis, budgeting, customer service to management of comprehensive and complex projects. She is also skilled in the development of internal control policies, compliance, data management procedures, financial reporting systems, negotiation, and rapport with the public. Mrs. Adasi is a member of several civic societies and organizations, and serves on several boards .
|Douglas A. Yeager|
Senior Vice President, Creative Development
Mr. Yeager is an independent entertainment executive and international business consultant with more than thirty-five years experience as a specialist in the production of special events, television, film, theatre and recordings on five continents, in addition to creating and overseeing image...read more
Mr. Yeager is an independent entertainment executive and international business consultant with more than thirty-five years experience as a specialist in the production of special events, television, film, theatre and recordings on five continents, in addition to creating and overseeing image enhancement, media, press and artist management, and governmental, corporate and public relations. For fourteen years he was an independent producer, show creator, talent coordinator and consultant to WDR National German television and radio, where his musical theatre productions " Harlem Story" and "Deutschland Lied" earned him German theatrical and television awards, and he co- produced the entertainment segments for the 1996 German annual TV Awards show, TELSTAR. During the Soviet Union's period of Glasnost, Yeager assisted their Department of Culture to improve its image enhancement and public relations in the United States and to produce special events in the United States and the Soviet Union. In America, he was co-producer/talent coordinator and consultant for numerous national PBS-TV Specials, including "Woody & Me," "Ramblin,"' and "Just Folks." His independent theatre productions include the musical "JOSH: The Man & His Music," "A Paul Robeson Tribute" (Soviet Union), "Josephine: La Bakaire" ( Germany), and the play "Bulldog & The Bear." His special event productions included: the 20 th Anniversary Woodstock World Tour; th e Iron Butterfly 25th Anniversary World Tour; the Glory Bound tour of America; an AIDS Benefit concert on Broadway; plus special event concerts for both the White House and the United Nations. His record productions have garnered Grammy nominations in the USA and achieved hit records in the USA, France, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Indonesia. Mr. Yeager's concert promotions included concerts with artists such as: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Hampton, Randy Crawford, Odetta, Chuck Berry, Yes, Genesis, and the Allman Brothers Band. Currently, he is co-producing two film documentaries: Rockin' The Kremlin; and ODETTA: No One Can Dub You with Dignity...That's Yours to Claim! He is business consultant to Mr. Rocco DeLorenzo, Director, Corporate Governance, CIPRO, Government of South Africa; and consultant to: Atlantic Mutual Holdings of Shanghai, China; ORBIS Group Ltd. of Santiago, Chile; and Bahamas Environmental Energy Corporation. Formerly, he was Senior Vice-President of ARLENS, the American national department store chain. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of TVI Records in Miami, the Bahamas Environmental Energy Company, Ltd., and the National Folk Music Museum; and has been honored by the Peace Corps and VISTA. He majored in Foreign Affairs at the University of Cincinnati, and also earned a Degree of International Studies at l'Universite d'Aix-Marseille ( France), and has been honored with Special Achievement Awards by both VISTA and the Peace Corps.
Chief Consultant for Engineering and Technical matters
John Luff is an independent media technology consultant specializing in a wide range of television technology, facility planning and system design issues. Over the last four decades his clients have included public and commercial broadcasters across North America and Europe. In 2005 he was elected a...read more
John Luff is an independent media technology consultant specializing in a wide range of television technology, facility planning and system design issues. Over the last four decades his clients have included public and commercial broadcasters across North America and Europe. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the SMPTE, and currently serves as SMPTE Conference Vice President. He was the founder of Synergistic Technologies Incorporated (STI), which was purchased by AZCAR, where he served until 2006. He was responsible for design and project management for the first 720p origination center at ABC in NY, as well as the first 720p HDTV mobile unit used to bring Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl to audiences in 1999/2000. For more than a decade he managed the technical coverage of large news events for the EBU around the world. In addition to presentations to SMPTE and SBE conferences, since 1998 he writes a regular column and feature articles for Broadcast Engineering Magazine.
|Mrs. Moji Okubanjo|
Vice President, Program Development
Mrs. Okubanjo has given 20 valuable years of her life in reputable contributions to the broadcast industry in Nigeria. She was a director of programs and principal producer in the former Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service (the Premier Broadcasting Service in Africa). In 1991, she was appointed the...read more
Mrs. Okubanjo has given 20 valuable years of her life in reputable contributions to the broadcast industry in Nigeria. She was a director of programs and principal producer in the former Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service (the Premier Broadcasting Service in Africa). In 1991, she was appointed the Assistant General Manager - Programmes in Ogun State Broadcasting Service and the founding Manager of the station's FM station. Her outstanding performance and experience earned her the coveted appointment as Project Technical Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Lagos, Nigeria, where she monitored zonal program officers and community workers in the implementation of the Federal Government Health Policy. She also provided technical assistance to advertising agencies in the execution of Federal Government and USAID health policy through information, education and communication strategies in Nigeria. She is also an officer of the Association of Media Women. In the United States, Mrs. Okubanjo worked as an Executive Editor for African Express from 1995 through 1996. Later, she joined the United Nations where she was sent to Zimbabwe to work at the United Nations Development Program/Participatory Development Resources Center-UNDP/PDRCA in Harare, developing community sensitization on self-help initiative for electronic broadcast media. Ms. Okubanjo has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Ife, Nigeria; a Masters from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Certificate from the University of Nairobi School of Journalism.
|Nathan W. Garner|
Executive Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Nathan Gardner is an Executive with strong sales/marketing and management skills and broad domestic and international experience in publishing, cable television, broadcast television and digital media. He is the founder, president and CEO of E2LLC JAMESTOWN in Rhodes Island, a company that...read more
Mr. Nathan Gardner is an Executive with strong sales/marketing and management skills and broad domestic and international experience in publishing, cable television, broadcast television and digital media. He is the founder, president and CEO of E2LLC JAMESTOWN in Rhodes Island, a company that offers consulting services in the communications and entertainment/education industries - General Management, Affiliate Relations, Internet Development, Education Services and Administration, Sales Training, Target Marketing and International Broadcasting. He served as Managing Director/CEO African Trumpet Telecommunications, Nigeria, Ltd.-Lagos, Nigeria 2003 to 2005 where he was responsible for managing the start-up of a 20 channel direct to home television and high speed satellite delivered Internet Access Company. Developed business plan and managed all operational aspects of the Lagos operation. Enlisted KPMG to assist the company in raising equity and coordinated activities of the US based technical partner. Service launched fourth quarter 2004. Interim CEO - VWV Group, Johannesburg, South Africa 2000 where he was the Group Managing Director for six companies that market video production, television advertising production, event management and Internet development services. Responsible for day-to-day management of operations, acquisitions and financial structuring. Worked with INGBarings to list the company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Managed 400 employees. Interim CEO - Africa Media Group, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1999 where he started-up multi-country broadcast television company. Acquired programming, acquired affiliates in 22 countries, sold advertising time, distributed entertainment, sports and educational programming through affiliates and managed all day-to-day operations. In the United States he was worked for USA Network, Sci-Fi Channel and Home Shopping Network Affiliate Relations where he managed the implementation of a customer targeting system to increase carriage of HSN and Sci-Fi in non-affiliated cable systems. Managed demographic targeting system to help direct affiliate marketing efforts. Implementing a custom sales training program for new Affiliate Relations Managers. Managing HSN/Cable Operator Promotional Program. Educable LLC - 1997, where he developed the business plan for website that serves as a guide to cable TV educational programs provided by cable programming networks. The Scholastic Channel - 1994 - 1996, where he developed the idea, concept, and business plan and investment strategy for an educational cable TV/on T line channel and secured interest from Scholastic Inc. as lead partner. Secured investor interest from Time Warner Cable, Liberty Media and The Providence Journal. Traditional Full-Time Employment from 1968 - 1994 included the following: USA NETWORKS, New York, NY - 1988 - 1994, Vice President, Affiliate Relations (Sales)-
Responsible for 5,000 cable affiliates which accounted for 50% affiliate revenue. Negotiated contracts valued in excess of $500 million. Accounts included all Divisions and Regional Offices of major MSOs such as ATC, Comcast, TCI, Continental, etc., and corporate headquarters of Adelphia, Century, Cox, Colony and others. Led the field planning effort for the launch of the Sci-Fi Channel. Managed budgets and staff of ten. TIME INC. New York, NY - 1978 - 1987President and COO, Paragon Cable Manhattan - 1986 - 1987. He improved cash flow margin from 29% to 34%, raised basic penetration from 42% to 48% in 125,000 customer cable system. Restructured programming, improved technical performance by installing a fiber optic link to broadcast stations. Managed 450 employees and revenue and expense budget of $45 million revenue. Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Manhattan Cable TV - 1983 - 1986. He managed all corporate communications including press, regulatory and legislative matters. Lobbied on behalf of the 1984 Cable Act. Managed local community programming, executive produced three public affairs programs and an educational quiz show. President and Chief Operating Officer, Preview Subscription TV Inc - 1982 - 1983. Developed and implemented a strategic plan to turn around and sell this pay TV programming division of Time Warner Cable. From the New York City headquarters, managed 700 employees and 115,000 subscribers in operations in Boston, Cleveland, Dallas. Directed programming, managed operations with sales of $60 million and assets of $100 million. Responsible for profit and loss. Vice President, General Manager, Time-Life Films - 1981 - 1982. Reorganized division into a film licensing operation. Managed a staff of 20 professionals including lawyers, accountants and MBAs. Sold television rights and managed contracts for TV properties valued at $50 million. THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington DC (On leave from TIME INC. - 1980 - 1981). The President's Executive Exchange Program. Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education. Managed Task Force on Electronic Information Technologies in public education. Marketing Director, Time Distribution Services - 1978 - 1980. Responsible for planning all retail marketing for all Time Inc. magazines including People, Sports illustrated, Money, Time and others. Managed the marketing staff and initiated the plans, strategies and tactics that were implemented by 500-person sales force. Educational background includes - Master Degree in Business Columbia University, Graduate School of Business; Certificate in Financial Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Certificate in Cable TV Management University of Denver Graduate School of Business. 30 Credits beyond the Masters in Educational Administration, Long Island University; Masters Degree, Secondary Education and Bachelor of Science, History, Wayne State University.
|Grémah Boucar Koura|
Managing Director, Francophone Countries
Grémah Boucar Koura is a Niger born communications and multimedia specialist whose background encompasses radio, television and a combined use of multimedia to positively sensitize the masses as well as promoting education, agriculture and social programmes in Niger Republic. Going against all odds...read more
Grémah Boucar Koura is a Niger born communications and multimedia specialist whose background encompasses radio, television and a combined use of multimedia to positively sensitize the masses as well as promoting education, agriculture and social programmes in Niger Republic. Going against all odds in a military regime, Mr. Koura single-handedly built the Anfani Agency, a private Multimedia Group consisting of Radio Anfani, a private radio station, and Anfani Newspaper, one of the first publications that focused on rural developments in Niger and beyond. He served as the General Manager of Anfani Agency as well as the Editor of 'Anfani Newspaper'. Needless to say that the independent views carried by the Anfani Agency both on radio and in the newspaper often put it at odds with the ruling government. Mr. Koura is counted among the very best in African media for his ingenuity in tailoring his trade to promote social communication projects as well as sustainable development. An effective team leader with excellent management skills, he has been involved in shaping various major communication decisions in Niger and across the African continent. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Koura has served as National Deputy, Member of the office of the National Assembly of Niger where he is in charge of Information and Communication from 1996 to the present; Manager of the audio-visual cell and popularization of the National grain program (USAID); also as Chief of staff for the Rural Development Ministry where he conceptualized and managed agricultural popularization programs. He cleverly put in place Radio and TV transmissions to sensitize the rural food production that promoted self-sufficiency and as well as environmental protection. Mr. Koura also created a newspaper (Manomi) which focused on the needs of the common worker. His work resulted in several radio and TV productions which were broadcast through state Media. He was the State Radio Agent (Voix du Sahel) and served as a member of the news team in Niamey and then appointed as manager for regional stations in Zinder (1982-1983) and Dosso (1983-1984). Among his various awards are Official recognition from the Superior Counsel of Communication in 1996 for excellent management of a private Radio Station and the promotion of democracy and human rights; International prize 'Onde de Liberté de Presse', Bamako, 1997; International prize 'Onde de Liberté de Presse' presented by the Committee to Protect Journalists, New York, 1998; International prize for the promotion of Human Rights presented by Human Rights Watch, New York, 1999; 2nd prize for 'Ondes de Liberté', Bamako, 1999; Official recognition from 'Associations des femmes du Niger' for the promotion of women in Niger.
Anchor, Political Desk
Mr. Kalu Azubike Otisi is a well known news reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) International; and has over 25 years of experience in journalism. He began his career in 1983 as News editor with NTA Enugu; and has worked steadily in numerous positions in the television industry. Mr....read more
Mr. Kalu Azubike Otisi is a well known news reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) International; and has over 25 years of experience in journalism. He began his career in 1983 as News editor with NTA Enugu; and has worked steadily in numerous positions in the television industry. Mr. Otisi received several commendations and awards for outstanding journalism. His accomplishments included coverage of the multiple political court cases; the production and presentation of "You and the Constitution"; and anchoring of the "Nigeria Decides" - the live coverage of 2007 general elections. As the Assistant Director with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), he established the department as the pioneer head; designed and implemented enlightenment and educational programs aimed at exciting the outrage of Nigerians against corruption. He created, produced and presented television programs on Anti-Corruption -'Fighting Corruption'. Mr. Otisi had also worked as the Assistant Director with the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. In that capacity, he designed, edited and produced an in-house magazine for the Ministry. His last role at the NTA International was that of Manager of News and Current Affairs where he coordinated the news content of NTA International Broadcast; scanned the global environment and situates global events in the African Perspective; supervised news reporting, production, and presentation. Mr. Otisi studied political economy, law, political science and mass communication at University of Abuja, University of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and University of Lagos respectively.