14th edition

The founder & President

Russel Michel Lohore

Michel Russel Lohoré

Winner of the National Award of Excellence for the Development of Communication (Awarded by the State of Ivory Coast), Michel Russel Lohoré is an Ivorian leading media and public relations professional. Revealed at a very young age at his young age, he started his career as contributor to Fraternité Matin, the only national daily at the time.

Journalist, he distinguished himself, from 1993 to 1999, by his intimate portraits of the major actors of the Ivorian economic-political scene (more than 300 profiles to his credit in the weekly « Le Réveil Hebdo ». After being Editor-in- Chief of the daily « L’Opinion », he was for six years the Advertising Manager of Groupe Fraternité Matin, then Public Relations Manager of this press group.

Michel Russel Lohoré was, moreover, 1 st Vice-President of the National Union of Journalists of Ivory Coast (UNJCI), and, for eight years, President of the Steering Committee of « La Nuit des Ebony » (the annual gala which celebrates the best journalists of the country since 1993). Member of the Press Club of Lille (France), Member of the PRSA (Public Relations Society of America), Founder and President of the APEFA (Association for the Promotion of Economic and Financial Journalism in Africa) and the FAPEF (Africa Economic and Financial Journalism Forum), whose objective is to give a prominent place to the Development Journalism on the African continent.

A graduate in Development Journalism (Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi - India -), economy and events passionate, he is the promoter of the Africa Economy Builders Forum & Awards (an event designed to honour the Best African Entrepreneurs and Talents) and the ASCOM a Meeting of Africa Communications, Marketing and Events Professionals).

Author of the Who’s Who in Côte d’Ivoire, an annual Book that lists and promotes the Best Ivorian Talents, Michel Russel Lohoré has been selected several times to work for some international events, including those held in New Delhi, London and Paris.