Amadou Mahtar Ba

Amadou Mahtar Ba

Amadou Mahtar Ba is a seasoned professional with wide Africa & US experience in media, governance, technology and innovation,

Untill May 2014, he was CEO of African Media Initiative (AMI), a pan-African effort he co-founded to provide media leaders with tools they need to play an effective role in society. AMI aims to strengthen the media sector to ensure the accountability of institutions; promote democratic governance, human development as well as economic growth & transformation.

Ba is also co-founder & Executive Chair of AllAfrica, owner of, the largest distributor of African news and information worldwide. Prior to that, Ba served from 1996 to 2000 as Director of Communications at BICIS Bank, a subsidiary of French group BNP Paribas. From 1993 to 1996, he helped lead the restructuring & privatization of Panafrican News Agency (PANA).

Ba sits on several boards and participates in a number of working groups including the World Economic Forum Network of Global Agenda Councils, Africa Democratic Institute, ONE Africa Policy Advisory Board, and serves in the Panel of Judges for the CNN African Journalist Award.

In 2008, he convened the first African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) that became the largest gathering of African media owners.

Mr. Ba is a recipient of distinguished awards & recognitions including NewAfrican Magazine "100 most influential Africans" for 3 years in a row. In 2014, Forbes listed him among "top 10 most powerful men in Africa". He is also listed in the top 500 Africans contributing to Africa's rise by the Africa24 Magazine of March 2011. EXPO 2015 & Afronline awarded him in 2012 the Africa Media Prize for "outstanding contribution to African Media & skills to promote innovation".

Ba was educated in Senegal, France and Spain. He is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Fulani and Wolof. He holds a Masters degree from EFAP Communication in Paris and a Bachelors Degree in Foreign languages from University Paris 7 (Jussieu).


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