May 25th at 02:30 PM - May 25th at 05:01 PM

The Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications

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At Nest Nairobi, as part of our monthly #WhatsNext Series we have assembled a panel with a mix of senior media executives, innovative entrepreneurs and journalists to discuss what is transforming both the tech and media industries and what’s coming next - #WhatsNextMedia.

The panel discussion scheduled on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30pm at The Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications will focus on how digital disruption has affected media, the state of the industry now, progressive solutions, partnerships for the future and how to leverage on technology to spur the next wave of innovation in media. #WhatsNext is all about incredible panelists, insightful discussion, inspiring conversations and impressive networking. You absolutely don't want to miss out - it’s an evening of meeting old friends and making new ones - worlds collide here! 

Following the panel discussion, we will have an open mic sessions and leave time at the end for questions from the audience as well. We will also leave enough time for drinks and catching up.

Panel 1: #WhatsNext Media Panel Moderator: Nanjira Sambuli

Nanjira Sambuli is a trained mathematician with experience as a new media strategist for organizations such as UNEP, UN HABITAT, Africans Act 4 Africa, Global Power Shift, on their pan-African and international campaigns. With iHub Research, Nanjira has developed a framework for assessing the Viability, Verification, and Validity of Crowdsourcing, an online dangerous speech monitoring project, Umati, currently running in Kenya and Nigeria, and a publication on ICT and Governance (Civic Tech Landscape) in East Africa. Nanjira is also the editor of Innovative Africa: The new face of Africa, a series of essays on the emerging African tech landscape. Nanjira is interested in understanding the unfolding impacts of ICT adoption  and how those impact governance, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal culture, in her native Kenya, and also across the African continent.


1. Carole Kimutai - Country Director at

Carole Kimutai is a storyteller  and the  Managing Editor of, a Kenyan news portal. Twitter: She has written for various Kenyan and international publications. Storyteller, Editor and journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Carole has over 13 years experience in print and online media. She went to Kenya Institute of Mass Communication for a Diploma in Journalism, Moi University for a BSc. Journalism and Communication, and the University of Leicester (UK) for an MA in New Media and Society. Carole is also a certified ISO Auditor, trained in Risk Management, Biotechnology reporting, environmental reporting, media research, and investigative journalism. Caroline Kimutai has been a Publishing Editor for various leading Trade publications in Kenya:- The Accountant (Institute of Certified Public Accountant of Kenya), Sokoni (Marketing Society of Kenya), Petroleum Insight (Petroleum Institute of East Africa), Porini (Kenya Wildlife Service), Re News (Kenya Re), and Management (Kenya Institute of Management). Carole is an active member of The Rotary where she has served and continues to serve in various capacities including President of the Rotary Club of Nairobi East in 2014/15 and also sits in the Safaricom Foundation/Rotary working committee. Carole enjoys hiking and climbing hills and mountains.

2. Tom Mshindi - Editor in Chief at Nation Media Group

Mr. Thomas N. Mshindi is Group Chief Operating Officer & Director at Nation Media Group Ltd. He is on the Board of Directors at Nation Media Group Ltd. Mr. Mshindi was previously employed as a Managing Director by Monitor Publications Ltd., Chief Communication Officer by United Nations Children's Fund, Chief Executive Officer by The Standard Group, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director by The Standard Group Ltd. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi and a graduate degree from Columbia University.

3. Dennis Itumbi -Director of Digital, Innovations & Diaspora Communications at Office of President

Dennis Itumbi is the Director of Digital Communication in the Office of the President of the Republic of Kenya. Prior to that, Itumbi was a tech blogger at He went to the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, located in Nairobi South, where he earned a diploma in Journalism before pursuing a degree in Mass Communication at Moi University.

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5. Godfrey Mwampembwa - Chairman and Co-Founder at Buni Media

Cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa, a.k.a GADO is the most syndicated political cartoonist in East and Central Africa, and for over two decades a contributor to the Daily Nation (Kenya), New African (U.K.), Courier International (France), Sunday Tribune (South Africa), Le Monde, Washington Times, Des Standard, and Japan Times. His cartoons on every subject from terrorism and deforestation to AIDS and corruption have always stirred debate. Apart from illustrating and contributing to many books and publications GADO has done 3 books ABUNUWASI (1996), a short comic story book, “DEMOCRAZY” and “THE END OF AN ERROR…” which are a collection of his editorial cartoons over the years.

An ardent lover of animation and film since childhood, GADO studied animation at Fabrica, a Communication Research Center in Treviso, Italy (1996-1997). In the year 2000, he realized his dream of becoming a professional animator/Filmmaker when he joined Vancouver Film School in Canada, where he studied classical animation and filmmaking, graduating in 2001. Gado is a 2007 Prince Claus Laureate. He is also a winner of Kenya National Human Rights Commission Award in Journalism in 2005 and 2007. In 1999 he was named Kenya Cartoonist of the Year. He has exhibited his works in Tanzania, Kenya, France, Norway, Finland and Italy. A painter in oil and water colours, GADO is a member of Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), the Association of East African cartoonists (KATUNI), Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate (C&W) and a Board Member of Cartoonist Rights Network (CRN).

Panel 2: #WhatsNext New Media Panel

Moderator: Mark Kaigwa - Founder at Nendo

Mark Kaigwa is an African entrepreneur, author and professional speaker. He is the founder of Nendo, a Nairobi-based consultancy delivering solutions in digital strategy, storytelling and data science across Sub-Saharan Africa. Kaigwa is the publisher and author of  The A to Z of Kenyan Twitter - - described as "ingenious" by the Mail & Guardian. The groundbreaking digital storytelling project launched in late 2014 simultaneously across the web explaining African Twitter to a global audience.


It included 27 YouTube videos featuring a narration & explanation by Mark Kaigwa, an e-book, a dedicated website and a launch across 4 visual social network to much acclaim. Kaigwa is the author of the 2014/2015 Nendo Social Media Trend Report, he has been fêted as the East and Central African region's leading thought leader in digital business. As a professional speaker and educator, his repertoire has seen him address over 10,000 people in 30 countries across the world on topics around the African continent's rise across youth, technology, media and innovation. As a thought leader, he has been featured across dozens of global media outlets including The BBC, CNN, Deutsche Welle, CCTV, Al Jazeera and publications such as Fast Company, WIRED, The Atlantic to name a few. Kaigwa was recognised in 2013 among Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 Best Young Entrepreneurs in Africa.


1. Trevor Kimenye - CEO of Ongair

Trevor is a  co-founder at Ongair - a service that lets businesses use instant messaging for customer service and e-commerce. He is a serial entrepreneur with 10 years experience as a software engineer and leading teams. Before Ongair he founded Sprout a digital lab that built useful things from the Internet. Ongair participated in BBC’s NewsHack and have recently launched BBC Drop, a product learns and improves the content selected based on the user’s “likes”, “shares’ and “skips” of pages.

2. Njambi Mungai - Team Leader (Digital) at Standard Media Group

Njambi Mungai is a digital management professional whose creativity knows no bounds. She is currently a Team Leader at the Standard Media Group's digital division. Njambi is probably well known mostly for the creation, development and growth of Kenya's top entertainment website, SDE.  She has specialised in content creation and management, SEO, online marketing, social media management and digital product development. Travel writing and copywriting are a favourite of hers. Njambi holds a certification in social media management and online marketing. Prior to her position, Njambi worked at Africapoint Kenya as a content editor. She also worked at Nokia Siemens as an IT administrator after completing her Software Engineering degree in Helsinki, Finland in the year 2011.

3. Angela Wachuka - Executive Director of Kwani Trust

Angela Wachuka is the Executive Director of Kwani Trust, a Nairobi-based publisher and literary network focused on contemporary African literature.  Since 2003, the Trust has published a variety of journalism, fiction, experimental writing, poetry, cutting edge academic papers & creative non-fiction by writers including the award-winning Binyavanga Wainaina, Chimamanda Adichie & Yvonne Owuor. The Trust additionally provides training opportunities for literary artists and curates literary events and has been awarded literary prizes including the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. In 2010, the Trust was awarded the Prince Claus Award for "establishing a dynamic platform for new voices in African Literature." Wachuka has overseen the Trust’s grown in publication, earned and grant income, literary programming and other areas of work. Previous to this, she  worked for the BBC’s African News and Current Affairs Department, on the Focus on Africa and Network Africa Radio Programmes, as well as the quarterly Focus on Africa Magazine. She holds a BA in Anthropology & Law from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and is an Arts Management Fellow at the DeVos Institute at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She is a founding member of the Creative Economy working Group, a critical intervention for influencing policy formulation, exchange of resources and the exploration of components within the creative economy sector in Kenya. Wachuka is currently overseeing the Trust’s work towards the establishment of a multi-platform publishing space.

4. Tilo Ponder - Founder and CEO at What's Good Studios

Tilo has spent her career of over twenty five years as a catalyst for dynamic and integrated media across all platforms, working with a range of corporate and entertainment clients such as: Sony, Warner Bros, Disney, Universal Studios and Fox Studios. As well as top production companies such as Los Angeles based Digital Domain. She started her career working as a production assistant on numerous films and TV sets. Eventually moving to the advertising agency world as an Executive Producer where she worked for leading agencies in that capacity. Her understanding of effective story telling served her well, as she spent many years helping some of the world’s biggest brands connect with target audiences across traditional and digital platforms. Tilo currently serves as a Content Strategist and Media Specialist heading up all WGS units. She also specializes in getting to Planet Yoghurt at Junction Mall within five minutes due to her Ninja driving skills.

5. Samuel Majani (AKA Mista Majani)- CEO & Founder of Ghafla Kenya

Majani the founder of Ghafla! Kenya, a local entertainment website containing content and digital downloads from East Africa. Two years before founding Ghafla! he also built Kenya's largest lyrics website - before rebranding it to Ghafla Kenya.