Angela Ndambuki is new regional head of IFPI, the global body for recorded music industry

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has opened its first regional office in sub-Saharan Africa (S-SA). Based in Nairobi, Kenya, the office will be headed by the newly appointed Regional Director, Angela Ndambuki, who will work across the region’s 46 countries to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music.

Commenting on the creation of the regional office, IFPI’s global CEO, Frances Moore, said: “Sub-Saharan Africa has an incredibly exciting and diverse music landscape. The opening of our office in Nairobi demonstrates IFPI’s focus and commitment to Sub-Saharan Africa and will enable us to better champion issues affecting the local recording industry and support the further development of the music market in these countries.

(TOP: Angela Ndambuki).

“I’m delighted that Angela is joining the Global IFPI team to spearhead our work in the S-SA region and support its growing recording industry. Angela is enormously talented and comes with a wealth of experience.

“We would also like to thank Rob Hooijer whose work as the Regional Coordinator has helped us expand our presence in the region and laid the groundwork for the opening of our office in sub-Saharan Africa.  We look forward to continuing our cooperation with him.”

Ndambuki takes on the regional role immediately, moving on from her position as CEO at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), Kenya’s nationwide trade lobby and member of the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC).

Commenting on her appointment, Ndambuki stated: “I am looking forward to working on strengthening the copyright industry in sub-Saharan Africa, both in policy and operations, especially in light of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.”

Ndambuki has extensive experience in strategic decision making and leadership and holds a Master of Laws Degree in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi.

According to IFPI’s recently released Global Music Report, in 2019, recorded music industry revenues for Africa and the Middle East grew by 15.9 % to $101 million.

Angela Ndambuki is the former CEO of the Performers’ Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK), a collective management organization licensed by the Kenya Copyright Board to represent performers in copyright and related rights works, which she was instrumental to in its set up in 2009.

In addition, Ndambuki is an expert at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Academy. In 2018, she was recognized among the 100 Most Reputable Africans by Reputation Poll for various roles in advancing corporate governance, intellectual and human rights interests. In 2017 she was voted Kenya’s Top 40 under 40 Women Winner by the Business Daily for her role in policy and advocacy in trade facilitation and intellectual property rights in Kenya. She also serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Kenya Association of Music Producers.

IFPI is the organisation that promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide. Its membership comprises some 1,300 major and independent companies in almost 60 countries. It also has affiliated industry groups in 56 countries. IFPI’s mission is to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate.

In 2019, IFPI organised its first meeting in Nairobi seeking to deepen the relationship with music licensing companies and record labels in Africa from various countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana among others. The meeting aimed to create a platform for the sharing, promotion and implementation of industry good practices, and continue the dialogue between IFPI, African MLCs and record labels.


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