The Managing Partner of Biola Alabi Media Consulting, the media icon heads a dynamic consultancy that helps clients find solutions from strategy to implementation in the media and entertainment industry across Africa. Named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine (2012), a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012) and CNBC Africa’s AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year (2013), for over five highly successful years, Nigerian Biola Alabi held the high-profile position of Managing Director for M-Net Africa, part of the globally renowned MIH/Naspers Group. Prior to this, she was based in the United States where she was part of the executive team at the influential children’s television brand Sesame Street and a member of the marketing team that launched the well-respected Korean motor vehicle corporation Daewoo in the USA.
An alumni of the University of Cincinnati where she graduated with a Degree in Public and Community Health, Alabi has spent recent years polishing her knowledge with Executive Education Programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. From August to December 2014, she also participated in The Yale World Fellows Flagship Program at Yale University. Alabi has also spoken globally on the status of the African creative arts industry, the opportunities available on the continent, the success of Nollywood and the need for ongoing investment into infrastructure and skills sharing initiatives.
Respected as an expert in her field, her speaking engagements include appearances at the International Women in Digital Media Speaker Series – Women in Film and Television (Toronto) in November 2012 as well as the International Institute of Communications, Telecommunications and Media Forum (Brussels) in March 2014.She is a regular panelist on Africa related subjects at World Economic Forum meetings.