Bronwyn Nielsen

Bronwyn Nielsen is Chair of the Graca Machel Trust and Women in Media Network; former Editor-at-Large CNBC Africa and founder and CEO of an acclaimed group of media associates.

One of Africa’s most experienced, respected and well-known broadcasters – with over 25 years’ experience in the area, Bronwyn is regularly called upon by the World Economic Forum to host live panel debates at their events throughout the world.

During 2017 alone, she chaired debates and panel discussions at numerous World Economic Forum events including those in: Switzerland (Davos), South Africa (Cape Town and Durban), UAE (Dubai), China (Dalian) and India (New Delhi).

She is also called upon by leading business organisations and institutes such as Milken Institute, African Development Bank and ABN Group (which includes CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa) to moderate key sessions at their global events, which are often broadcast live.

Bronwyn’s media expertise and in-depth understanding of business and finance, has resulted in CEOs, Chairmen, Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers from across the African continent asking her to provide media training. Further, her ability to get the best out of industry and government leaders in the panel discussions, debates and the one-on-one interviews she conducts, has led to her consulting on media strategies.

Bronwyn is a highly successful trainer, bringing to the table not just her broadcast experience but also an understanding of the inner-workings of the corporate world, having held senior positions with listed
companies. During that time, her responsibilities included developing and executing financial strategies and heading investor relations departments.

Bronwyn has trained executives and leaders at companies such as: FNB, Accenture, Vodacom, Woolworths, Shanduka, Thompson-Reuters, Sasol, Discovery, Standard Chartered, Standard Bank, Liberty, Neotel, South African Reserve Bank, Royal Bafokeng, Gauteng Provincial Government, South African Departments of Health and Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries; BHP Billiton, Rand Merchant Bank, Bank of Ghana and the Provincial Government of KwaZulu Natal.

Most recently Bronwyn was an Executive Director at Africa Business News (ABN) and was Editor-in-chief at CNBC Africa for four years (2013 – 2017), with responsibility for setting the content agenda for all companies within the ABN Group and driving the group’s strategic growth opportunities across the African continent.

Bronwyn has a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Cape Town and recently completed a Financial course for Senior Executives at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.