New Markets Media & Intelligence Acquired by APQ Global to Expand Frontier News & Information

May 13, 2019

  • Platform brings together ex-Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley heads of emerging markets to spur information and investment flow in developing countries
  • Founder of Banker Middle East & Pipeline magazines hired to lead expanded team

8th May 2019 – APQ Global, the emerging markets investment firm led by ex-Morgan Stanley co-head of global emerging markets Bart Turtelboom, is backing a venture to draw responsible investment to frontier and emerging markets by expanding the flow of news and information.

New Markets Media & Intelligence builds on a platform created four years ago by Gavin Serkin, previously Bloomberg’s Emerging Markets Editor-at-Large and the author of Frontier, to focus on challenges and opportunities in the developing world through research, intelligence, media and investor forums. The company’s acquisition by London Stock Exchange-listed APQ Global supports an increase in journalists and business managers globally. New Markets Media & Intelligence today hired Will Rankin, the founder of Banker Middle East and Pipeline, as Business Development and Editorial Manager.

Frontier and emerging markets are home to 85 percent of the world’s population and two-thirds of global GDP, with Africa alone holding more known mineral reserves than any other continent. Relative to this, investment allocation and media coverage remain marginal. New Markets Media & Intelligence works with journalists, analysts, events organisers and investment institutions to address the imbalance through re-evaluating perceptions of relative value, risk and reward.

“The platform that Gavin created is working to open up the less understood corners of our planet to business and investment,” said Turtelboom. “This aligns with our mission at APQ to reach places and sectors that will benefit most from our financial support and, in turn, also benefit our stakeholders in the long term as investors.”

As part of its campaign, New Markets Media & Intelligence is re-launching Serkin’s biweekly investment show, Emerging Opportunities, producing white papers and opinion editorials on impact investment and transformational technology, and organizing a series of conferences with partners including Bloomberg, the London Stock Exchange, the Institute of International Finance, Fitch Ratings and Aberdeen Standard Investments.

“Trillions of our pension dollars are held back from investments that would improve lives in the developing world because of a distorted bias against frontier and emerging markets as universally risky,” said Serkin. “More than a decade after the developed world’s financial crisis, we’re beginning to debunk this delusion and draw funding to regions that are fast overtaking as the economies of the future.”

The management team of New Markets Media & Intelligence includes Wesley Davis, APQ’s Finance Director and the founder of agricultural and commodity businesses in Nigeria, and BBC radio presenter, business editor and PR director, Jules Serkin.

Will Rankin, Business Development and Editorial Manager, said: “I'm proud to be joining an expert team that is driving better informed decision making on new investment opportunities and challenging the way the world thinks about frontier and emerging markets.”

About New Markets Media & Intelligence

New Markets Media & Intelligence identifies themes every day that help build awareness of the true social, economic and investment landscape by channeling our own insights and those of our partner organizations through news reports, features, broadcasts, opinion editorials and forums. The company was founded in 2015 as Frontier Funds Media & Intelligence, and was named Best Marketing & Communications Consultancy for both 2017 and 2018 by judging panels that included senior executives from KPMG and the South Africa Venture Capital Association, as published in Africa Global Funds magazine. Founder Gavin Serkin is the author of Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow (Bloomberg / Wiley).

About APQ Global

APQ Global is a London Stock Exchange-listed international emerging markets company with a focus on Asia, Latin America, Emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa. APQ Global aims to deliver a stable and growing dividend and capital growth for shareholders by focusing on generating significant income from business opportunities with good value and long-term growth potential. The company’s activities in emerging markets are driven by APQ Global’s very experienced management team and are guided by the company’s core values of transparency, integrity and partnership.

For more information & interview opportunities, please contact:

Will Rankin, Business Development & Editorial Manager at New Markets Media & Intelligence | 44 (0) 20 3478 9713‬ or 44 (0) 7938 490752

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