CEO’s Welcome Message

Mr David Omwoyo

CEO, Media Council of Kenya

Dear Delegate,

The Annual Media Summit is a signature event of the Media Council of Kenya, which brings together media practitioners and stakeholders to discuss pertinent issues affecting the media sector and peer review journalistic work.

The Summit, will culminate into the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) Gala Dinner which will recognize and award journalists whose work demonstrate excellence, creativity and journalistic merit. AJEA now in its 8th year, seeks to promote excellence and professionalism in the media industry in Kenya.

The 2019 edition of the Annual Media Summit themed: Media, Accountability and Good Governance will, bring together media managers, editors, journalists , diplomats, governance experts and academicians to discuss and share experiences under the theme. We look forward to engaging sessions on media viability and sustainability in Kenya amongst others.

By way of this message, allow me to extend our warmest welcome to you on behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the Media Council of Kenya where we commit ourselves daily to building a professional, free and independent media accountable to the public.



Our Keynote Speakers

Jerome Ochieng

David Omwoyo,


H.E. Annett Gunther,

German Ambassador

H.E. Kyle McCarter,

USA Ambassador

H.E Lisa Stadelbauer,

Canadian High Commissioner

Hon. Dennitah Ghati


Churchill Otieno,

President, KEG

Linus Kaikai

Director, Innovation & Strategy, RMS

John Githongo,

Governance Expert

Session 1: "Access to Information as a tool for Public Participation and Citizen Engagement in Governance in Kenya"

Rosemary Okello

Director, Africa Media Hub, Strathmore

Henry Maina

Governance Expert

Christine Nkonge

Executive Director, Katiba Institute

Lucy Ndung’u

Commissioner, CAJ

Joe Ageyo

Royal Media Services

David Makali

Media Consultant

Session 2: "Enhancing accountability and transparency: The portrayal and role of women in the media.”

Hon. Dennitah Ghati


Gerorge Morara,

Vice Chair, KNCHR

H.E Lisa Stadelbauer,

Canadian High Commissioner

Dr Nancy Booker,


Queenter Mbori,

Standard Group

Arthur Okwembah,

ED, African Women and Child Feature Service

Session 3: "Media’s Quest for Accountability in Kenya: Where are we?”

Julie, Masiga,

Editor, The Conservation

Kawive Wambua,

Governance specialist

Linus Kaikai,

Royal Media Services

Uduak Amimo,

Media Consultant

Dr Wilfred Marube,

President, PRSK

Ochieng’ Rapuro,

Standard Group

Session 4: "Ending Impunity Against Journalists: are we doing enough? ”

Andy Kagwa,

Standard Group

Caroline Wambui,

Kameme TV

Charles Owino,

National Police Service

Thomas Mukoya,


Victor Bwire,


Session 5: "Corruption and the Media’s Watchdog role: So the truth still matters, but why? ”

Samuel Kimeu,

Director, TI

Macharia Gaitho,

Consulting Editor

Mutegi Njau,

Veteran Journalist

Joe Odindo,

Consulting Editor

Rebecca Mutiso,

People Daily

Wayua Muli,

Nation Media Group

Lydia Manyasi,

Assistant Director, EACC

Session 6: "Independent content production: The place of creative arts in media”

Prof Levi Obonyo

Daystar University

Gregg Mwendwa,

Communications specialist

Dr Tom Odhiambo,

University of Nairobi

Lizzie Chongoti,

International Development Expert

Timothy Owase,

Kenya Film Commission

Annual Media Summit 2019 Sponsors

Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya