Abey Mokgwatsane is CEO of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa (www.ogilvy.co.za; @OgilvySA). Apart from being one of South Africa's Mail & Guardian top 200 young leaders in 2011, he was voted one of the country's top 25 "game-changers" in The Annual 2012.
Adrian Burger is the creative director of Blink Tower, the South African -based global provider of animated explainer videos that counts companies and organisations such as Vodacom, Sanlam, Afrihost and the Shuttleworth Foundation among its clients. He uses the medium of animated explainer videos, combining hand drawn animation, classic narrative structures, and professional voice-overs to deliver a simple, memorable message that illustrates the human value of a specific product or service..
In 2004 Adrian Hewlett founded The Habari Group, a media and marketing communications company. The company was the partner to MSN in Africa for seven years and then went on to launch the commercial operations for Facebook in Africa in 2010, while counting the likes of the BBC and LinkedIn amongst its partners..
Adrian Morris studied architecture at Wits, graduating in 2000, and then studied strategic brand communication at Vega, giving him the benefit of understanding design and architecture and its close affiliation to brand strategy. He worked at Old Mutual Properties Development division from 2001 to 2004 before becoming a partner at DZMSpace in 2004.
Adriana is a project manager at translation and language services agency, Linda Botha Language Solutions (Pty) Ltd (lbls). With studies in journalism, drama, French and English, Adriana has a passion for language and aims to be one of the youngest editors ever to head up a South African national magazine.
South African brand design supremo, Alastair Haarhoff (35), based in the picturesque winelands town of Stellenbosch, is the Managing Director and owner of brand design agency Just Design. Alastair is also a shareholder of Haarhoff & Associates, which includes Just Design, through-the-line creative solutions company Espresso Communications and multimedia specialists Milk.
Alayne Reesberg is the CEO of Cape Town Design, NPC - the implementing agency for the World Design Capital 2014. Reesberg followed a career in diplomacy and after a Master's degree in Communication studies, moved into management consulting.
I am Aldley Natale Rodrigues de Souza, from Brazil, São Paulo. I'm student from Cape Peninsula University, on my second year in Public Relations where I had discovered my passion for serving people with creative and loyalty trough that career I'm currently building in SA..
Alex Martin is founder and MD of Recruit Digital, a specialist recruitment consultancy focused on the digital sectors throughout SA. After a successful career in London and Dubai, he is fast becoming a recognised name in the recruitment sector, working with leading online start-ups, corporates, marketing agencies and digitally-focused businesses.
Amr Shady is the founder and executive chairman of TA telecom, an award-winning company that builds mobile content platforms and analytic tools. The company is now recognised as one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Andre Fourie has worked in the field of public relations and strategic communications for the past eight years, managing the strategy formulation and campaign implementation for clients in the ICT, leisure, government, political, academic and business sectors.
He is currently an account director at specialist B2B IT PR agency DUO Marketing + Communications..
As CEO of 25AM, Andre Steenekamp leads the company's expansion in South Africa's fast-growing digital marketing and advertising space. His 25-year career has seen him work in a range of sales, marketing and management positions for leading traditional and digital publishers and agencies.
Andrea is the link between brand and brain, and the curiosity behind insights and ideas. With a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree majoring in Law and Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Advertising Communications, she's brought many ideas to life for clients in the financial services, youth marketing, telecommunications and FMCG sectors..
Andrew is the CEO of Smoke Customer Care Solutions (South Africa) and part of the solutions team helping to take the company's voice of the customer technology - Eyerys - to all corners of the globe. Great customer service is Andrew Cook's mission in life.
Andrew Kramer is vice president of sales at Mxit South Africa, having joined the Johannesburg sales team in October 2012. Mxit is a home-grown mobile social network with 4.9 million monthly active users.
Andries started working at Consulta in 2004 as a Client director managing the research portfolio of various large corporate companies in South Africa. In 2012 he was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Consulta Research focussing on new business development and client relationship building..
Andrzej Suski is head of media solutions, Millward Brown, Africa & Middle East. He heads up the Media Solutions practice at Millward Brown in Africa and the Middle East and his role focuses on helping clients optimise their communications budget allocation, calculate and maximise ROI both across and within channels, for both traditional and new media..
Co-Founder and CEO of Capillary Technologies. A visionary who believes that advances in technology can lead to significant advances in business value and ROI, Aneesh leads the Capillary team and works with enterprise customers to help them put the right communications for the right products into the hands of the right customers at the right time.
Angus Robinson is Director: mobile, content and community divisions at NATIVE and has 17 years experience with technology start-ups.
Angus is also a founding member of the South African Chapter of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and is active on the WASPA Code of Conduct Committee and a number of other WASPA subcommittees.
Ann heads up Octarine, a marketing communications and advertising agency, where she focuses on copywriting and marketing strategies for clients in the professional and industrial sectors. Prior to that, Ann spent 15 years in marketing management for major companies including Unilever and Adcock Ingram before joining an ad agency..
A former CEO of Grey South Africa and President/CEO of Grey Canada, Ann Nurock is now the Africa Partner of Relationship Audits and Management, a global consultancy specializing in the measurement, risk mitigation and optimization of B2B relationships. She also conducts workshops on Thought Leadership.
Born in Poland, Anna Malczyk swapped an icy future for one in sunny South Africa. Fast forward to 2012 and that move has paid off: Anna is the latest addition to the Cape Town Quirk Education team (www.quirk.biz/courses/home) as a knowledge officer.
Annette has practical experience in copywriting, strategy development, media liaison, advertising planning, event management and campaign implementation. Her dedication to each venture enhances her commitment to the pursuit of excellence and attention to detail.
Annette is excited about the changing communication industry, and is proud to be part of an agency that is at the forefront of providing a strategic approach to communication and reputation management..
Anthony Swart is the MD of Point, bringing 18 years of brand consulting and design experience, as well as six years in the retail industry experience to the company. Having spent almost two decades at The Brand Union in Johannesburg, eight years of which as CEO, Anthony has immense management experience and fuels the continued growth of Point in South Africa, as well as in the rest of Africa and the Middle East..
Antoinette is passionate about result-driven marketing, copywriting and powerful content! She works at Youth Dynamix, a youth & family specialist research and marketing agency. To activate your brand in the youth market, contact or call 071 551 8200..
Anton Harber, Wits University Caxton Professor of Journalism and chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute, was a Weekly Mail (now Mail & Guardian) founding editor and a Kagiso Media executive director. He wrote Diepsloot (Jonathan Ball, 2011), Recht Malan Prize winner, and co-edited the first two editions of The A-Z of South African Politics (Penguin, 1994/5), What is Left Unsaid: Reporting the South African HIV Epidemic (Jacana, 2010) and Troublemakers: The best of SA's investigative journalism (Jacana, 2010)..
Anton heads Interbrand Sampson's design team as creative director, driving the creative team from initial inspiration to conceptualisation and finally to creative execution with a highly experienced eye for superb brand development. Anton has developed brand identities for numerous companies within the fast developing African countries ranging from telecommunications, banking, petroleum, airlines and beverages amongst others.
Anton Ressel is an experienced business development consultant, mentor and SME specialist. He is the Senior consultant at ED and CSI specialist agency Fetola (www.fetola.co.za ), a winning mentor on the SAB Kickstart Entrepreneur Competition, and a published author across multiple publications.
Antonio Petra is Head of Strategy and Insight at NATIVE, he has over 15 years experience in the digital environment, and is a specialist in strategy, and data science.He is recognized as an industry expert both locally and internationally in this field..
Arno Kemp has spent more than fifteen years in human capital management and employee development roles across varied industries, including hospitality, banking and academia. Arno is an expert in the fields of adult learning, employee and management development, and human resources management global best practice, he also holds an MSc in Training and Human Resource Management from Leicester University in the United Kingdom..
I am a university graduate with a first class honors degree in Multimedia Design, Technology & Communications. I am also a highly skilled media professional with 7 years of comprehensive experience in a variety of sales driven roles.
Banele Rewo - Creative Director of Authentic Creatives Outdoor Platforms. A maverick start-up outdoor media company specialising in mural and freestanding outdoor advertising in LSM 3 to Afropolitan markets www.AuthenticCreatives.co.za Founder of I Create We Create, an Education Development Agency facilitating the development and showcasing of entrepreneurial creatives developing, showcasing entrepreneurial creatives in creative disciplines and businesses.
A key part of the Ogilvy & Mather South Africa team from January 2014, Ben is responsible for leading Ogilvy's digital portfolio of businesses comprising more than 200 people. This portfolio comprises OgilvyOne - Ogilvy's digital customer engagement specialist, Gloo South Africa's leading digital design agency, Gloo@Ogilvy - a full service creative digital agency formed from the merger of Gloo and OgilvyOne in Johannesburg, Neo - Ogilvy's digital media and performance marketing business and Strike Media - a leading mobile agency..
Betsy Zikakis is vice-president of marketing, responsible for global marketing strategy and execution, at Certain Inc., a provider of event management technology for the global meetings and events industry..
Bongani Mahlangu is a Communications Professional with more than eight years in the field, working for different sectors. He currently holds a National Diploma in Public Relations Management from Vaal University of Technology and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from IMM Graduate School of Marketing.
Bonnie Ramaila has extensive experience in marketing, advertising, PR, research, branding, and media and communications across government, public entities and the private sector. She is one of the few women marketing and communication specialists with solid and vast experience in these fields and across the three sectors.
Bradley Maseko (@brandedyouthsa) is the Founder and Youth Marketing Strategist at BrandedYouth.
A Johannesburg based youth marketing agency which facilitates relationships between brands and the youth market.
Branko Brkic is the founder, publisher and editor of The Daily Maverick and iMaverick.co.za. He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife and published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian.
As Media and Marketing Editor at Independent Media, Brendan Seery has been in the news business for most of his life, covering coups wars, famines - and some funny stories - across Africa. Brendan Seery's Orchids and Onions column runs each week in the Saturday Star in Johannesburg and the Weekend Argus in Cape Town.
Brendon Williamson is general manager of business development at PayGate, which is an international payment gateway that simplifies payments for online retailers, which can be a very complex part of running a business..
Brett Horn is a qualified Industrial Designer who, after spending 5 years in design and marketing companies joined Barrows in 2002. Barrows is a Durban based retail marketing solutions company with a footprint in New York, London, Singapore and Sao Paulo.
Brett has been intimately involved with the development of hundreds of brands at retail and has spent 6 months embedded in Coca-Cola's Global Design team developing global design strategy and brand guidelines..
Brett Kaplan became MD of Clothing and General Merchandise business in July 2013 after joining Woolworths in 1978 as a trainee manager and starting retail life in Adderly Street.
Over the years he held various merchandising and buying management positions throughout the Clothing & GM Business
Three years ago Brett was promoted to divisional director of Clothing and GM. In 2010 he joined EXCO as director of Clothing and GM Buying reporting to CEO Ian Moir.
Hailing from a village called Mphanama in Limpopo, grew up in the streets of Atteridgeville in Pretoria, and a resident of Johannesburg since his enrolment at Wits University. Brian Tebogo Mashego is currently working at e.tv as a Media Analyst..
I am an Industrial Design graduate and received my diploma in 2012 from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, CPUT, in Cape Town. I currently specialise in Social Media and Digital marketing and includes Content Marketing and Design.
Bruce von Maltitz is the director of 1Stream. He was instrumental in bringing the hosted call centre model to South Africa and has helped many large multinationals set up call centres - including wonga.com and Amazon..
Candice Winterboer is the owner of Alfalfa Content Generator, a company that specialises in online content for businesses and agencies - ranging from blog posts, newsletters and website content to social media updates. Working as head of social media for an agency, she then saw a gap in the market for an outsourced, online copywriting service and jumped at the chance of opening her own copywriting business.
Carey van Vlaanderen is CEO of ESET Southern Africa. ESET is a global provider of security software for enterprises and consumers and is dedicated to delivering instant, comprehensive protection against evolving computer security threats..
Carolyn Cramer heads up Coz it counts, a boutique PR agency which focuses on telling the stories of South African NGOs. Coz it counts clients include Afrika Tikkun, WWF, the conservation organisation, and Relate Bracelets.
Catherine Milward-Bridges is a passionate communication specialist and founder of simplyput.co.za. Catherine guides her clients in taking their engagement efforts from good to great; and helps them optimise social media with strategic know-how..
Cécile Missildine has more than 20 years of communications experience working for global brands in the United States and in EMEA, focusing on technology and innovation-driven companies such as IBM, Skype, PayPal, SanDisk, AMD and Philips. As executive vice president and regional director EMEA, she looks after Text100's operations and key clients in Europe, Middle-East and Africa..
As 25AM's digital media director, Chanel MacKay translates clients' marketing needs and objectives into effective media strategies and campaigns.
Mackay, who joined 25AM in 2007, has more than a decade of international media experience across a wide range of markets.
A stint outside the advertising world saw Charlie own her own "Scrapbooking" business. But the excitement of advertising and radio continued to call and she returned to Radmark in 2010 as Marketing Manager.
Chemory Gunko is a seasoned Creative Director, a certified NLP Practitioner, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Practitioner, Energy ReSourcing Practitioner & Life Coach, among others. She works as a marketing consultant and provides copywriting, SEO, graphic design and Joomla! website services..
Having joined the ad industry in London, Chris Brewer spent most of his career in media analysis and planning - but has performed just about every advertising task from Creative to Research.
He's an honorary lifetime member of the Advertising Media Association and regularly advises agencies and clients regarding their media plan costs and strategies. He is also often asked to talk at industry functions.
Chris is a strategist specialising in new brand development and through-the-line (media neutral) communication campaign work. At Engage Brandcraft, he is tasked with the building and implementation of client's brand-building strategies and concepts as well as the development of their respective brand identities and cultures.
Having been trained as an economics-thinker, I was lead to an inherent interest in behavioural economics and the reasons behind why we make the decisions that we do. I spent a year honing and crafting my experiences as a Brand Strategist at The Brand Union in Woodstock, Cape Town, before accepting the opportunity to become the Strategy Manager at Drawfour, a fledging, upfront and exciting new design and branding agency..
As an entrepreneur and product designer, he has had his work featured by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Businessweek, among others. He's worked with numerous Fortune 500 clients, including Ford, Lowe's, Chrysler, Audi, American Standard, and Pulte Homes.
Chris graduated top of his class with an Honours Degree in Marketing Communications (Cum Laude) from the University of Johannesburg. With advertising agency experience in Strategic Brand Communication together with business development and growth, Chris has crafted and developed strategic guidelines implemented by clients such as Continental Tyres, Conti Partner, De Beers, Kreepy Krauly and Wits University to name but a few..
Apart from being a corporate marketing analyst, advisor and media commentator, Chris Moerdyk is a former chairman of Bizcommunity. He was head of strategic planning and public affairs for BMW South Africa and spent 16 years in the creative and client service departments of ad agencies, ending up as resident director of Lindsay Smithers-FCB in KwaZulu-Natal.
Chris Welham is Director of Space Age Technologies and has always been fascinated by the enormous potential and power of technology. What he most enjoys is using digital technology to provide solutions that empower people and their companies..
My expertise lies in brand development and design, from strategy to the implementation of both graphic and environmental design.Having spent most of my working years in the design and branding industry, I have extensive knowledge of the industry as well as experience in the production field (managing the process from design to product completion)..
Christophe van Zyl is a dynamic, business-minded attorney who joined Von Seidels in 2013 after spending eight years at a large IP law firm in Pretoria. Christophe has expertise in the registration of trademarks, strategic branding advice, copyright law, domain name registrations and disputes, company name objections, advertising and marketing law, advice on regulatory aspects of IP including packaging and labelling requirements for foodstuffs and other products, commercial aspects of IP, anti-counterfeiting, dispute resolution and litigation..
Chris is a brand strategist and communications consultant whose experience lies predominantly in EM (emerging market) brand building. After seven years at the helm of his own brand consultancy based in Cape Town, Chris joined the Brand Union team in early 2014.
Christopher Mills is founder and managing director of iMod Digital, a leading digital marketing agency specialising in inbound marketing, web development and digital campaigning. Over the years he and his team have worked with a number of companies; some of the larger ones include Google, WebAfrica, TAKEALOT, Nokia and Mini Cooper.
Christopher Smith is MD of Sha-Izwe Communications, a media relations and social media marketing company. He has been in the industry for 7 years working on projects in theconsumer, environmental, automotive and financial sectors.
Claudio is a copywriter with work experience relating specifically to commercial literacy-as a copywriter with years of experience in writing copy for many public relations companies and various brands, his skill-set is poised to contribute greatly to public relations companies or advertising agencies in which his specialised sense of accuracy and efficacy for copy must be an asset. His area of expertise lies primarily in copywriting-especially in press releases - and corporate copy editing, proofreading.
Clive Vanderwagen is the Head of Client Strategy at Caxton Magazines. He recently completed his Master's degree at Wits University, focussing on magazine journalism and has worked in magazines for the bulk of his career, working as Creative Strategy Director, Editor and Writer..
Coerene Vosloo is currently completing her third year of studies towards a BA majoring in Communication Science at UNISA. She enjoys community involvement and recently been appointed as the Western Cape Regional Communication Chairperson for the Girl Guides South Africa.
Having worked her way through various jobs and gained invaluable experience, Cole Rautenbach decided that she was better suited to being her own boss. Now she takes on numerous writing projects across industry lines.
Colin Cullis, Digital Content Producer, 567 Cape Talk, has spent 15 years with Primedia Broadcasting, for most of it he has been looking for great stories and getting them on the radio, these days he is taking those stories to other platforms and on occasion trying to tell them in 140 characters or less. He is still working on that one..
Colin Morris is a Creative Director, Contentualiser and Brand Strategist. Working across Africa as The Creative Pitch Doctor he is passionate about training Agencies and Brands on How to Win-then Keep Business.
Cirrus TechVue has been in business since the early 1980s. It's an SME with an exemplary track record in introducing new technology to South Africa and implementing enterprise scale solutions in some of the country's largest organisations, such as Telkom, Absa, Sasol and Mutual & Federal, to name a few..
Conrad Travis David is the Founder and CEO of Hashtag South Africa, a Social Media Agency that specializes in Social Media Management, Consulting and Analytics. Hashtag South Africa was created out of the National Development Plan 2030 of South Africa based on the growing need to expand the awareness of South African products and services to the world.
Starting his first business at 19 Courtney Bentley is a South African entrepreneur, thought leader and soon to be author who has founded 2 companies and is developing education tools and platforms designed to break new frontiers for business and education in South Africa..
Craig Kolb owns AcentricTM Marketing Research. AcentricTM conducts marketing research in the areas of new-product research, brand equity, customer satisfaction/loyalty, employee engagement, stakeholder satisfaction and public opinion.
Digital Manager at Channel Mobile, devising strategies, improving usability, design and content is all in a day's work. I also ensure management of the various digital platforms and responsible for Channel Mobile's online reputation.
Event and charity sponsorship's.
Danette Breitenbach was the editor and publisher of Advantage, the publication that served the marketing, media and advertising industry in southern Africa. Before her editorship, she was deputy-editor as well as freelancing for over a year on the publication before that.
As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and a published playwright, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012 and 2014 on Bizcommunity.com. Email: .
Daniel Marcus, is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Magnetic, a cloud-based small business management tool that streamlines the day-to-day administrative functions needed to maintain steady growth in a small business. Additionally, Daniel also manages and co-own Living Your Brand, one of South Africa's leading events and conference agencies, which counts Bentley SA, FNB Wealth, Nedbank Capital, Sanlam Investment Management, Vodacom and Standard Bank among its client list.
Daniel Munslow is a Principle Consultant at VMA Group and Director of Munslow Corporate Communications. He has 12 years' experience in business communications and consulting, and has worked across multiple industries in numerous African countries..
Dan is the founder and creative director of Society, one of the fastest growing social media and content agencies in South Africa (and part of the King James Group). Since moving to Cape Town from London in 2004 he has worked on award winning social media and PR campaigns for the likes of kulula.com, Santam, Johnnie Walker and Steri Stumpie among others.
Head of Search at Mark 1, Dan began his career in Project Management but soon after graduating from CPUT with a Bachelor of Technology, he discovered that writing was a passion. A preoccupation with branding, writing and consumer psychology have given him an edge in Search Marketing, where he focuses on producing performance-driven ad copy..
Darren Woolley is the founder of Trinityp3, an Australian-based a marketing management consulting company with an international network of more than 30 industry professionals that helps people to achieve commercial purpose through creative process. Website www.trinityp3.com, email , read his blog at www.trinityp3.com/blog/ and follow him on Twitter at @trinityp3..
As general manager of Sage Pastel Accounting, Daryl Blundell helps to oversee the growth of the business and the development of business solutions that help SMEs to grow and succeed.
He brings to his role 20 years of experience in a range of sales, business development and management positions with organisations such as Ariel Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Systemsfusion, Burlington Air Express, and Xerox..
Daryn Smith is the Executive Director of Product and Marketing at MPULL, a Marketing Software start-up based in Cape Town. He has lead Marketing teams in Africa for Global brands before joining MPULL, and now merges two of his passions Marketing and Tech..
Often referred to as one of South Africa's leading trend experts, Dave Nemeth is a qualified designer who has been in a variety of industries over the past 20 years. His company Trend Forward presents the Nemeth Trend Report annually in all major SA cities.
David Barnard is Country Manager for Exponential in South Africa where he has overall responsibility for the growth, performance and operations of four divisions - Tribal Fusion, AdoTube, Appsnack and Firefly Video - within the region.
David joined the company in 2010 as national sales manager for Tribal Fusion where he was instrumental in launching Tribal Fusion's digital offer to the market and establishing and developing key partnerships with leading agencies and brands.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Doty leads IAB efforts in advancing branding in digital, research and measurement, agency outreach and new ad products, marketing and communications, and international relations with 42 IAB licensees across the globe..
David Hochner has been CEO of SatLink Communications since 1995, joining SatLink from Scientific Atlanta after running its Israeli branch. He joined in 1989, assisting with the implementation of Israel's cable infrastructure.
David Ross is the Director of the South African manufacturer of display technologies, PVision. Focussed on the commercial market, the group equips business with locally manufactured products which include commercial displays, lite commercial displays, nano displays, touchscreen technology, mounting solutions and back end architecture..
Dawn Rowlands is the of CEO Dentsu Aegis Network SSA. She has over 20 years of experience in the media industry and has most notably been a shareholder founding partner of Nota Bene, a strategy agency in South Africa, and is also the founder of Posterscope SA.
Having studied a Bachelor of Visual Communications at the University of Stellenbosch, majoring in Graphic Design, he has all the skills of a graphic designer with the humour of a stand-up comedian. Injecting energy into all that he works on, Dean goes above and beyond in order to achieve design innovation for our clients..
Deirdre Elphick-Moore, has an Honours Degree in Psychology and over 10 years of international experience in human capital management at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Co-founding The Office Coach in 2009, she now focuses on personal and workplace effectiveness training and development.
Deseré Orrill is a co-founder of the Ole! Media Group and is currently the group CMO as well as managing director of MobiMedia, a mobile engagement company within the group, and HoneyKome, the strategic digital consulting arm of OMG. She is intrigued by the way in which digital communication is redefining the relationship between brand and consumer, and how mobile in particular has become the catalyst for changing the traditional marketing monologue into a conversation..
Dhatchani's corporate career began at Research Surveys where she was trained in research methodology, worked across diverse products and industries, she made the leap to 'client side' and brand management at Colgate Palmolive SA.
She spent time in the sales environment at Standard Bank and marketing strategy at FNB before joining Yellowwood in 2011..
As managing director of Red & Yellow, Diane Charton steers the strategic direction of the business. She strives to empower and educate the SA marketing communications industry through a myriad of traditional and digital educational platforms.
Dina Saffer-Myers is co-founder and Director of Aperio, a business consulting company focused on the FMCG space in South Africa and sub Saharan Africa. Dina has 12 years successful business and leadership experience in one of the world's top companies, Procter & Gamble.
Dina Saffer-Myers is Co-Founder and Director of Aperio, a business consulting company focused on the FMCG space in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Dina has 12 years successful business and leadership experience in one of the world's top companies, Procter & Gamble.
Dmitry Shishkin is currently responsible for modernising BBC's digital offering for Africa, launching the Africa edition of bbc.com and bbc.com/news, as well as working with technical start-ups on the continent to find new ways of connecting with African audiences through digital platforms..
Donna Rachelson is the CEO and founder of Branding & Marketing YOU, a company that specialises in personal branding and marketing - and the author of the best-selling book of the same name. Donna can be contacted on or visit www.brandingandmarketingyou.com..
After completing a post graduate copywriting diploma in 1996 from AAA, Donna-Rae was determined there would be a Loerie with her name on it someday. But a week as an intern in the strategy department at The Jupiter Drawing Room, and she was hooked on planning..
Doug Mayne, MD of Primedia Lifestyle, founded his marketing and advertising career at Ogilvy Durban, where his leadership qualities ensured his progression from account executive to group account director. Joining Primedia Lifestyle in 2007 as KZN regional marketing manager, Doug was appointed MD in July 2011.
Douglas Kruger is a professional speaker and author of the books 'Own Your Industry - How to Position Yourself as an Expert,' and 'Relentlessly Relevant - 50 Ways to Innovate.' He helps brands to become the leading names in their industry through innovation and expert positioning. See him in action, or sign up for his free newsletter, at www.douglaskruger.co.za.
Dr Carla Enslin is one of the founding members of Vega School of Brand Leadership. She is Academic Head at The Independent Institute of Education's Vega School of Brand Leadership, a Teaching Fellow at UCT's Graduate School of Business, and deputy chair of the Brand Council of South Africa (BCSA)..
Dr Estelle van Tonder is head of department in the Faculty of Management and Leadership of Milpark Business School. She was awarded her DCom degree in Marketing Management in 2010 and also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning.
Dr Pieter E Streicher is MD of wireless application service provider Bulksms.com (www.bulksms.com). He also sits on the management committee of the Wireless Application Service Provider Association (WASPA).
Dr Ludi Koekemoer is CEO of AAA School of Advertising and a seasoned academic and consultant in advertising, marketing and brand management. He is also a visiting professor of advertising at the University of North Carolina and California State University, USA, and professor of marketing at UJ and the University of Pretoria.
Drew Van Vuuren is one of South Africa's most dynamic bastions of information technology security. With over 18 years' experience in corporate security and privacy, Drew currently heads up 4Di Privaca - an innovative specialist information security and privacy practice.
Duaan is currently the Marketing Manager at Field Office, a software development company known for its sales management app, Honeybee. Duaan finished his Bachelor and Honours degrees of commerce at Stellenbosch University, after which he went to China to study a Master degree in Economics at Hunan University.
Duduzile Mkhize is an award winning director with BA Audiovisual Production degree from the University of Johannesburg. She freelances as a producer and Director in the commercials and television industry.
Award-wining Duncan McLeod is the founder and editor of TechCentral (wwwTechCentral.co.za, @TechCentral]]), South Africa's latest technology news site offering breaking news, in-depth analysis and opinion that launched in September 2009. Before that, he was associate editor at the Financial Mail/FM.
Dylan Kohlstädt is the marketing director of shift ONE digital with extensive local and international experience (South Africa, UK and Australia), and has managed global and national brands. She has over ten years marketing management experience in various industries plus six years hands-on experience in online marketing involving web, mobile, SEO, CRM and social marketing.
Dylan Laubscher, Founder and Managing Director, DIMA, has worked in through-the-line advertising as well as strategy based in-store and digital marketing with Unilever, P&G, GSK, Coca Cola, Spar group, Mondelez, BDF, Distell and Tiger brands at companies like TBWA; FCB and Barrows. Dylan Leads the DIMA team to create unique contextual design 'ideations' and solutions..
Ed Herbst is an author and a prize-winning reporter. He worked for SABC television news for 28 years but left in 2005 without other employment in prospect because of the pervasive news and other corruption at all levels of the corporation.
Co-founder of Entrepreneur Traction, an established and growing network of tech entrepreneurs, seeking to drive collaborations and partnerships among local tech start-ups. With a vision to build the next generation of technology companies in South Africa..
A graduate of Pretoria Film School, Erik has amassed a wealth of television and related production experience, receiving several local and international nominations and awards along the way, including from Vuka's, NNTV and Avantis to nominations at the London International Awards as well as the coveted Cannes Lion's..
Eugene Yiga is lifestyle writer and arts journalist in Cape Town. He writes about travel, leisure, food, wine, marketing, media, TV, film, music, theatre, books, and more for over 30 different websites, newspapers, and magazines.
Follow @eugeneyiga on Twitter or email to say, um, hello..
Eve Pearce is a budding freelance writer and full-time mother of two. She moved into freelance writing soon after becoming a mother when she decided to develop her passion for writing with her deep interest in business development.
Eyabo is integral to the commercial success of Shazam in key European markets such as France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Now, her expertise will become streamlined in 2015 as she takes on her new role as Regional Commercial Head DACH & Africa..
Farren Roper is the Central Marketing Organisation (CMO) lead for Microsoft South Africa heading up marketing and branding for the local subsidiary. Farren is also a divisional director for the Schools Division of the Advtech group appointed for his expertise on innovation and technology.
Farren has his roots in technology and applications, having formerly founded his own businesses, run a dynamic internet service provider and taken to market Apps which have topped the South African App stores..
Born a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, where writing was the only way to survive the suburban ennui of his homeworld, Felix wrote his way into a strange land called advertising. In 2008 he moved to a different universe co-founding OwenKessel and then merging with international network Leo Burnett.
After graduating from the University of Stellenbosch with a BComm (and an appreciation for good wine), Ferdie travelled extensively before working in a corporate environment. He then responded to his unquenchable entrepreneurial desire and love of technology by starting an online marketing company from home.
Segodi Samalekane is a news and current affairs producer, politics student and co-founder of 882 People; a brand and talent management agency. He is also an aspiring author and political analyst with an interest in the politics of difference.
Francois van Dyk, heads up Operations at Ornico, the Brand Intelligence research company. He is part of the management team that has seen Ornico expand across Africa, currently with data resources in 14 countries and employing more than 100 media enthusiasts.
Gaelyn Scott is Director and Head of Intellectual Property at ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs) and has 17 years experience. She practises as an attorney in the intellectual property department and specialises in strategic brand management and the enforcement of intellectual property rights, both locally and internationally, with extensive experience in Africa.
Gail Schimmel is a specialist in advertising law. She runs a consultancy - Clear Copy (www.clearcopy.co.za) - that offers advice to marketers and advertisers in relation to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and other aspects of advertising law.
Works closely together with Brian Webber handling commercial and corporate work for clients ranging from private individuals and small business to large companies, including listed companies and international corporations. His position involves the attendance of consultations and negotiations for the purpose of structuring business deals..
Gareth Pearson, CEO and shareholder of BMi Research (www.bmi.co.za), is a market research specialist with particular focus in the industrial and FMCG markets in various sectors, including the retail market. He serves as a member of the South African Institute of Packaging's Regional Committee and is involved with the South African Packaging Council.
Garren Coetzee is the head strategist at digital marketing agency, Flume www.flume.co.za. Flume's focus is to bring business to their client's business by creating brand awareness, building brand reputation and making sure that the funnel and mechanism is optimised for results.
Gary Allemann is a member and senior consultant at Master Data Management. He is passionate about Information Communication Technology (ICT) and more specifically data quality, data management and data governance..
Gary Bryant is Managing Director at The Brand Union. The agency, part of WPP Group since 1986, is a global brand agency with deep expertise in brand strategy, design, interaction, brand management and employee engagement..
Gary Hadfield joined the team at Loot.co.za as CEO in January 2011. Hadfield has been in the one-to-one industry for the duration of his career, nine years of which he spent in the mail order industry, and 13 years in the e-Commerce environment..
Gary Hendrickse is the founder and CEO of Sherpa Business Communications and brings that extra perspective to the table having led brand, marketing, sales, product development and communications portfolios for some of South Africa's top brands. He was also shareholder and MD of a leading digital design and communications company prior to founding Sherpa..
I began my career in 1998 having qualified with my National Diploma in Graphic Design at Technikon Natal in Durban. Over a 16 consecutive year stretch I have worked in Agencies, starting as a Junior Designer to Senior Designer to Art Director, in Durban and Johannesburg on clients ranging from the smallest SMEs to large Corporates.
Gavin Meiring has over 20 years of experience in the field of radio from production, programming and station management. Meiring is now the director of the advertising agency Brandswell Radio in Cape Town and also runs his own radio consultancy, GM Radio Solutions.
Gavin Mills is the MD of Don't Forget George Events, (www.dontforgetgeorge.co.za), a specialist event production and communications company launched in 1998. He is as passionate about life as he is about his business, and believes it is up to voices of reason in a turbulent world, to help craft our future, not just accept it.
A natural-born entrepreneur, George is as fervent about IT as he is about affordable communications services and business integrity. He is driven by a burning ambition to see the promise of cloud computing translated into tangible business benefits, and to providing fellow entrepreneurs with better alternatives to the services of South Africa's landline telecoms incumbent.
Elingo (Pty) Ltd is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) business, focused on connecting people with people. We are a well-established Johannesburg, South African based ICT company partnering with our customers to deliver the best possible solution and service..
Gil Sperling is the chief technology officer at Popimedia. An electrical engineer by training he is also skilled in software engineering which helped him earn Facebook's Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) badge, the only one in Africa at present and one of 260 such companies in the world.
Gillian Rightford's CV is a mix of marketing, advertising, and management. A former Group MD of Lowe Bull, she started Adtherapy (www.adtherapy.co.za), a consultancy that talks to agencies and marketers about all things advertising.
Gisèle Wertheim Aymés has worked in the media industry in South Africa for over two decades. She is a director of a medical company, owner and publishing editor of Longevity Media (www.longevitymag.co.za) and a shareholder in Stuff Group SA, publishers of Stuff (www.Stuff.co.za) - the world's best-selling gadget magazine.
Glenn Gillis is the managing director of Sea Monster Entertainment, one of South Africa's pre-eminent animation, gaming and augmented reality companies. He has a Business Science degree from UCT and has been an entrepreneur, hired gun, and consultant with growing, knowledge-intensive businesses around the world for over 25 years..
Professional motivational speaker and life coach, Godfrey Madanhire is the driving force behind leading motivational company, Dreamworld Promotions.
Through Dreamworld Promotions, and based on his life experiences merged with extensive knowledge of the concepts and skills around motivating and inspiring individuals, Godfrey has held seminars helping people grow and organisations such as MWeb, Engen and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants to build their workforces.
A Consumer Researcher and Brand Strategist with a special focus on the Middle East and Africa. Diverse sector expertise covers: packaged goods, food & beverages, financial services, retail, healthcare, automotive and telecoms.
Gordon Geldenhuys heads up the Social Media & Insights division of 25AM, a strategic digital consultancy and Salesforce Marketing Cloud Authorised Reseller. He is responsible for developing social media strategies and facilitating the licensing of Salesforce Marketing Cloud to companies in South Africa..
Grace Belger runs the Meropa media training division and has conducted media training and crisis communication workshops for over 100 clients who have ranged from multi-nationals, listed entities, government entities, a rock band and a Kgosi..
Graeme is Group Head of Organic Search at Quirk and manages the SEO teams across the Quirk group. Graeme is passionate about all things related to digital marketing but is especially interested in SEO and the changing landscape of Search Engine Marketing.
Graeme has been in the software and telecommunications industry for more than a decade, in various roles concentrating in sales and business development - notably at MTN Business, Verizon and SEACOM. His successful track record of delivering growth and innovation in close alignment with customers' business requirements has earned him a reputation as results-orientated professional.
Grant Bushby has been in the marketing and PR business for over 25 years. After graduating from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, he worked at the SABC for a number of years, starting off as a news writer for (then) Radio 5 and Radio Highveld.
Greg Forbes is the managing director and founder of Lion's Wing Brand Communications (www.lionswing.co.za). His experience includes almost every industry within the broader marketing and communications sector, from public affairs, investor relations and journalism, to media relations, digital communications, media strategy and advertising.
Gregory McFarlane is the man behind creative agency, Where is my Horse? (WIMH)
Rooted in branding and design, simply put, McFarlane specialises in the delivery of solutions to brand problems. He effectively offers up a space, within WIMH, where brands are sacrosanct and nurtured, where client and agency are encouraged to enjoy the journey along the multi channelled, ever changing media super highway, where honesty and integrity is paramount and results, the pinnacle of success..
After several years of working, racking up experience in government communications, promotions, television broadcasting, PR and experiential marketing, I'd like to think of myself as standing for individualism, big thinking, and clever solutions. Naturally, I'm always looking to work with people who have the same ideals.
Gwen is the only Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) in Botswana, a member of SAFREA and SASJA, a sub-editor for BizCommunity and the author of a book on conference & Events Planning. She freelances for Independent Newspapers and other SA media.
Hansie Smit is a self-employed writer who answers to no one (except his clients). He spends a lot of time in coffee shops tapping into free wi-fi making sure he buys a bran muffin every time to ease the inevitable guilt he feels getting something for free.
Harriet Gavshon is an award winning Managing Director for one of South Africa's leading film and television production companies - Quizzical Pictures. Her passion for the industry and commitment to telling rich, relevant stories through quality production saw Harriet winning the Woman of Courage and Vision Crystal Award from Women in Film in 1998.
Harry Herber has a passion for delivering on promises and an attitude that demands that The MediaShop 'goes the extra mile'. With a BA in Classics and Anthropology behind him, Harry plunged into the media industry in 1975.
Heidi Myers heads up marketing and communications for Meltwater across Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She was formerly managing director of Meltwater San Francisco and opened the Meltwater Wales office as managing director.
Helen McIntee, well-known and respected African marketing personality, is qualified with BA, MBA and CPM degrees, is a published author - including academic textbooks and publication articles - and a lecturer and keynote speaker. She is also the President of the African Marketing Confederation (AMC) and a director of the Institute of Marketing Management..
Helena Green is a digital freelancer working under the brand of Get Me Online. Her mission it is to implement growth in small businesses by harnessing the online and digital environment to increase sales, building their customer base through her experience and knowledge of the internet and its various marketing avenues.
Bizcommunity.com motoring editor Henrie Geyser () has worked as a journalist in Cape Town, London and Windhoek for the Argus Company (now Independent Newspapers) and spent 12 years at The Cape Argus in Cape Town. He then owned and ran a public relations consultancy for 13 years.
Howard is Head of Marketing and International at wiGroup. He has 15 years' experience in B2B and B2C marketing and operations across a range of industry sectors from ICT (Logica - UK), to publishing and media (News Corporation - Australia) and mobile (wiGroup - South Africa).
Ian Drummond brings his passion for media and marketing to the task of leading Mediamark's growth beyond its roots in FM radio.
While heading up the convergence division at Mediamark he was responsible for the creation and execution of multimedia solutions that drove growth for Mediamark and delivered exceptional business value to the company's clients..
Ilse is a content creator and editor, currently travelling around Northern Italy. She is the former editor for Marketing & Media Africa (@Biz_Africa) at Bizcommunity.com and is a contributing writer for the Bizcommunity Lifestyle section.
Ivan joined TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris as group managing director in January 2011 from Yellowwood - a TBWA\ South Africa subsidiary, where he held the position of group managing director.
In 2012 he was appointed CEO TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris. Ivan has a Bachelor's of Commerce degree from Unisa.
Ivanna Granelli - a teacher by training - moved into the corporate world as an IT trainer at SAPPI and First Paper House between 1991 and 1993. She decided in 1994 to create a business that combined her twin passions for education and technology and established Can!Do with the vision of helping companies to unlock the business value of their ERP systems through end-user training..
Jack Peterson is an expert on Wordpress and feels that the whole concept of blogging has only succeeded because of it. He likes writing articles about the various aspects of Wordpress so he can enlighten the world about them.
Jaco is an MA Information Science graduate who specialises in research, analytical framework development, and content analysis. His thesis was on Intellectual Capital measurement and he applies this to his framework developments as well as knowledge strategies.
Jacques du Preez is managing director of Provantage Media Group. He is the founder and a shareholder of the group, which is one of Southern Africa's leading out of home and transit media and marketing companies..
Jacques Oberholzer is the New Media Director at Now Boarding Brand Communication Agency. Jacques has worked on brands across the globe, from San Francisco to Zurich to Sydney, and has a passion for digital media..
Jacques Storm is a senior Learning Specialist at The Training Room Online (TTRO), an organisation that designs and develops technology-based solutions within various industries. Jacques specialises in Learning and Development solutions for the contact centre industry and has been implementing learning strategies for over 10 years..
Jacques Swanepoel is the Chief Operating Officer of Blue Label Mobile and the Managing Director of Cellfind - a member of Blue Label Mobile.
His career started in the Information Technology industry in 1991 where he was exposed to diverse sectors such as Government, Health, Commerce, Medical Aid and Telecommunications. Jacques joined Blue Label Telecoms as the COO at Cellfind in July 2007.
Jamaaludeen Khan is an internationally acclaimed trainer and strategic consultant with expertise in leadership, social media, and cloud computing. He works with young adults, entrepreneurs, corporations, as well as not-for-profit organisations globally.
James, a self-styled business fanatic with a passion for technology and writing. Having spent many years working in the city James has recently moved to a more rural area of the UK and now focuses his efforts on writing and expanding for portfolio..
Owner at Sleet Consultancy - Marketing Solutions. Jan worked for blue chip companies in the UK for 15 years including British Airways, HSBC and BASF, and has a wide variety of experience in finance, customer relations and marketing.
She has been in South Africa since 2006 working on consumer interaction enhancement primarily within the wine industry.
Named by CEO publication as SA's most influential government businesswoman in the SME sector in 2012, she's big on vision, strategy and effective communication. Start with a successful business strategy and executive coaching consultancy to leading national brands...
Janet Kinghorn is executive creative director at Brand Union Africa. Over the years she has worked on many of South Africa's most iconic brands like SAB, SAA, and Standard Bank, Johnson and Johnson, coca cola and Nike.
Janine Hills is founder and CEO of Vuma Reputation Management and a leader in the field of reputation management, specialising in building organisational reputation from the inside out.
Hills and her team have earned the respect of top leaders in the private and public sectors with in-depth knowledge of the telecoms, financial services, mining, power generation, government, engineering and mobile technology sectors..
Janine Lloyd has been in the PR and marketing communications industry for 25 years, and now heads up Greater Than Johannesburg as managing director. In her career she has advised over 50 local and global businesses on PR and communications, as well as profiling for CEOs, executives and leaders.
MD of HDI Youth Marketeers Jason Levin has been in the marketing industry for over 20 years. In April 2008 Levin took over as the new MD where he now spends his time understanding what makes young South Africans tick.
Jason Stewart is the co-founder and MD of HaveYouHeard (www.haveyouheard.co.za), South Africa's first specialist word-of-mouth marketing (WOMM) agency. Jason attended Red & Yellow School of Advertising, where he obtained a postgraduate higher diploma in marketing and advertising communications management and later went on to work abroad in Nigeria and the UK.
Jayson joined DRS in November 2012 after being in the vendor community for over 12 years. His experience and exposure to industry experts and global customers have allowed him the opportunity to get involved at the grass roots where it matters most..
Jed Hewson is a director at 1Stream (Pty) Ltd (www.1stream.co.za), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based contact centre technology in South Africa. He studied at York University and has spent the last 15 years in the IT industry.
Jeff Osborne heads up the Gumtree Automotive Team from their office in Johannesburg. Jeff has decades of experience in the motor industry and served as the CEO of the Retail Motor Industry for 13 years.
34 South Media is a video content agency who specializes in producing branded content. We focuses on several key aspects of YouTube Marketing, the creation of engaging content, advertising campaigns and channel management.
Jessica Davis is a Content Strategy Specialist with Godot Media, a leading content marketing firm serving clients from various backgrounds. She has years of experience in working closely with online businesses, helping them refine their marketing strategy through optimum use of content.
As head strategist at Crimson Room Communications, I have firsthand experience in developing highly integrated and cohesive campaigns across a variety of industry touch points - from PR to Experiential and Shopper Marketing sects. Overseeing an extensive list of key accounts with clients such as P&G Prestige, Edcon and Nestle; I have developed an acute understanding of trends, consumer patterns and behaviours, the economy of brands and the returns on effective brand strategies..
Jillian Reilly (@changingview) is a writer, speaker and consultant with over twenty years experience working across the developing world. Her book, Shame: Confessions of an avid worker in Africa, was published last year.
Joanna is MD of Ogilvy Public Relations South Africa (http://ogilvy.co.za/about-us/ogilvy-pr/). She started her career at Microsoft SA before going on to London, where she worked at Schroders Investment Management.
Johan is currently Director and Executive Creative Director at branding and stakeholder communication consultancy, HKLM, a company he joined in 2009 as Creative Director for its Graphic Design division..
Johan Walters is an expert in several fields relating to digital marketing.
Walters is passionate about positioning brands to become part of the consumer's multi-device lifestyle, using new media such as augmented reality, and is a qualified video editor and member of the South African Guild of Editors (S.A.G.E)..
John Bowles is the joint managing director of the Newspaper Advertising Bureau (NAB). With a combined newspaper print order of over 3.4 million copies freely distributed/sold across South Africa, and over 1.3 million copies distributed weekly across Southern Africa, NAB enables advertisers to communicate with the critical mass and economically active in Southern Africa..
Cooney's experience encompasses client service, agency and media management experience at some of South Africa's leading advertising agencies, including Ogilvy & Mather, TBWA Hunt Lascaris, Bates and Sonnenberg Murphy Leo Burnett.
Cooney was schooled in Natal, has a Science Degree from UCT and studied Advertising & Marketing at Unisa. He has over 40 years of work experience, initially in finance and sales and then, for most of his working life, in the advertising, marketing and media industries..
John French is a communication strategist and communication skills coach with 20 years extensive experience in the communication training industry. John heads up Communication Guru, a communication skills training company operating both nationally and internationally.
John Harvey is Media Relations Consultant at Roger Wilco, an established, award-winning digital marketing agency based in Cape Town. He was weaned and came of age on a very unhealthy diet of newsprint and post-midnight deadlines - yet still comes back for more..
John is MD of HeadSpace Neuromarketing and is an experienced marketer with over 15 years in the marketing and advertising industry. As well as having worked in marketing research, he has headed the marketing divisions of two blue-chip global brands in South Africa and has developed strategy for several well-known brands.
Artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, and educator John Maeda is president of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and was previously Associate Director of Research at MIT Media Lab. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Sonos.
Jonathan joined Added Value UK in 2005 to work on global clients, before moving to head up Added Value France three years later. In 2011 he became Managing Director or Added Value Cheskin in San Francisco..
Jonathan Stilwell is a senior copywriter who has worked at some of South Africa's top agencies. With 16 years' experience in the industry, he has created campaigns for some of the country's leading brands.
Judith Middleton, CEO of DUO Marketing + Communications which she founded in 2004, has extensive experience in strategic marketing and business development. She was also a director of CITI, Calling the Cape (Call Centre Investment Initiative) and a board of advisors member for the Cape Manufacturing Advisory Committee.
Julian Diaz is responsible for Marketing & PR at Principa, software, data analytics, and consulting company that helps companies maximise marketing ROI, minimise consumer credit risk and increase operational efficiencies. Originally from the US, Julian moved to SA in 1998 after a 4 year marketing stint at a global software house in Germany.
Julie Cheung is a freelance online marketer with a keen interest in business, investment and finance. She can be found writing on Finance Girl Blog and can be contacted via Twitter at @juliecheung or on LinkedIn..
Juliet is a businesswoman and entrepreneur. She founded learning and development company, Avocado Vision, in 1996 and built it up to a 29-strong team with a list of corporate clients, before handing over the managing director reins to Steve Gaydon and taking up the position of CEO.
Juliette Attwell is Head of Marketing & Operations at Recruitgroup. Recruitgroup has won Careerjunction Recruiter of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as Fast Growth Business of the Year at the National Business Awards 2014.
Justin Hawes is the managing director of two display companies: exhibition specialist, Scan Display, and retail specialist, Scan Retail Solutions. He is also one of the founders and the current chairperson of the Event Greening Forum, a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to transforming the South African events industry into a more sustainable model.
Justin Lee has over 15 years of IT experience specialising in Network and Security. He is currently the Regional Sales Manager for Blue Coat Systems in South Africa, and is responsible for leading sales and channel initiatives for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Justin Smith is head of the Woolworths Good Business Journey (Sustainability Programme). He is responsible for the strategy, structure and integration of sustainability across the retailer's business to deliver its over 200 targets across transformation, social development, environmental issues and climate change..
Kamogelo Modise is a Communication Practitioner with a Media Studies Diploma from Boston Media House, majoring in Strategic Public Relations. She has worked for various Communications Companies and has written for multiple online and offline publications.
Karen Ashwin is the founder and MD of The Event Production Company (www.theeventcompany.co.za), South Africa's event pioneer. Karen is considered one of the industry's leading personalities and has a track record of 21 years, with The Event Production Company having conceptualised and executed most of South Africa's largest, most significant, high profile and innovative events.
Karen De Lorenzo is the customer loyalty and engagement consultant at Truth, she helps clients to get closer to understanding their customers, and develops strategies to maximise the relationship.
She has over 12 years' experience working in CRM and Direct Marketing, gained across a mix of industries including: publishing, media, mobile, retail, entertainment, and automotive.
An adventurous knowledge-junkie, Kat is curious about all things digital. She has moved into the digital marketing communications arena and is currently the in-house digital and communications specialist for chef school Capsicum CulinaryStudio.
Kat is the knowledge director at Red & Yellow and drives the conceptualisation, production of content and compilation of video material for Red & Yellow's array of courses. She has played a key role in the globally acclaimed textbook, eMarketing: The Essential Guide to Marketing in a Digital World, since its inception and is the editor of the most recent 5th edition.
Keanan Reis is a communication consultant who develops solutions around New and Traditional Media, internal and external stakeholders. He is currently the Head of Strategy and MD for Ambigram Solutions.
Kelly Summerfield is a researcher in the Department of Marketing Management at the University of Pretoria. Visit bcommarketing.up.ac.za for more information on the research the Department of Marketing Management is doing..
Keri-Ann Stanton heads up the PR division at Joe Public, bringing her experience of local and global corporate and consumer brands, across all platforms, to the table. The chosen name for the division is called Engage, with a vision to grow brand belief through authenticity..
Kevin Bassett, a mobile communications specialist, is the founder and CEO of Floodgate Communications (2004). Floodgate (www.floodgate.co.za) specialises in mobile communication strategies that deliver solutions for marketing and advertising, corporate internal communications, call centres and customer queries.
These days I represent Moving Tactics as the Head of Digital Signage Solutions, backed by a talented group of individuals who live and breathe digital signage.
It is an exciting time in and exciting industry!.
Kevin Liebenberg is the Managing Director of Actuate; a position he has held for the past 4 years. Before his arrival at Actuate, Kevin spent 9 years with Nedbank in various positions including strategic marketing, client value propositions, sales management, CRM, organisational development, change management and leadership development.
Kevin Meltzer is the co-founder of Consology and has been the Business Development Director of the company for over ten years. After graduating from UCT Kevin spent three years in the UK where he gained contact centre experience and managed customer care teams.
Kevin went on to pursue his passion in Self-Service and e-billing by co-founding Consology..
With over 18 years' experience as an advertising professional, and with her main focus on FMCG brands, Kim's primary motivation is to provide outstanding shopper marketing services which makes her popular with Grey's clients. Kim has a true passion for FMCG with long standing brand experience and understanding of shopper marketing and activation..
As an educator, public speaker and leader, Kirsty Chadwick has spent almost two decades involved in the field of education. Founder of The Training Room Online, which designs and develops innovative tailor-made e-learning material for the corporate, industrial and private sectors, Kirsty has trained, developed and inspired people across three continents..
Kirsty Sharman is the CEO of RetroMedia, an online media buying agency that gives brands the ability to target their paid online content to specific and relevant audiences in order to achieve maximum reach and return on investment.
Jacaranda FM DJ, business columnist and Senior Consultant at Deloitte in Vulnerability Management. She has also been the producer and presenter of "The Business" show on Ballz Visual Radio for the past year..
Laine Barnard is the CEO and Marketing Director of 8brand. Laine has been instrumental in the repositioning and re-branding of some of the top telecommunication players in Africa, developing many successful brand launch strategies, go-to-market strategies and repositioning strategies..
Lana Hindmarch has 12 years' experience in the marketing industry, with specialities in video marketing, visual communication, presentation development, inbound marketing and public relations.
She is currently the MD of HolyCow (www.holycow.co.za), a video and content creation agency that has for the past 10 years helped SA's top brands sell, inspire and educate. Lana has held this position since 2008.
Lara Magnus is one of the founding members of Orange Ink. Having understood the need to establish a communications company that can demonstrate how companies engage in meaningful conversations with their public(s), she opened Orange Ink, together with Meggan Liebenberg, in June 2003.
Alternative critical thinker with a background in social research, project management and administration. An upcoming media research personality branching into reputation management with a penchant for Social Media.
Lauren Durant is Director at Isilumko Activate. She's been with the company since its inception over two decades ago, and has contributed significantly to the evolution of the business to one of the market leaders in the activations space.
Experienced marketer and new business professional with over 10 years' experience in the business working with a number of blue chip clients such as Nestle, Coca Cola, Nintendo, Diageo and Microsoft. While working in the incite head office in London she proved herself to be a brilliant client manager and a great team leader.
Marketing and communications specialist with over 19 years of hands-on experience in Southern Africa. As a specialist in mobile marketing and data protection, Lauretta is also a Mobile Marketing Winner$ Team Leader and co-founder of the Thinking Mobile Confex Series.
Leigh Crymble is a content specialist at a leading health company based in Johannesburg. Passionate about all things linguistic, she is interested in new ways of communicating and the online language trends in South Africa.
Leon Marinus started his career as a Cross Channel Marketing Specialist in 2010 after learning about Mike's Products and Services. He started his small Business known as ATKA SA - Cross Channel Marketing Specialists based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Leon Minnie is the product manager: production systems at Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa. In 2002, Leon joined Konica Minolta South Africa as a software technician in the digital cut sheet printing industry.
Lia Smit's 20 years of experience in the media industry spans across several local and international clients, including her winning work on the Coca-Cola business for six years. In her role as Head of Strategy at SMV Group, Smit and her team are responsible for SMGs global network clients, designing product excellence, integration of tools and driving global best practices.
Translator, content creator and editor, Linda Botha, has established herself firmly in the language services industry over the last 25 years. Her experience includes corporate and educational content development and publishing, and managing large document projects.
In a world where legitimate email senders are mistaken as spammers sneaking their way into the inbox, some describe Lindani Tshabangu as the "lawyer of the accused". Lindani is Everlytic's Reputation Manager and her zero spam tolerance translates really well into her personality.
Lionel Moyal is Managing Director at Intervate - a T-Systems business unit in South Africa and the country's foremost provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions. For more information, please visit: http://www.intervate.com/Pages/default.aspx..
Llewellyn Kriel is CEO of TopEditor International, a media services company based in Johannesburg and serving markets in SA, the USA and United Kingdom. He has 38 years of frontline experience in journalism, corporate affairs and marketing.
Lorrianne Cloete is the owner and founder of the Press Room, a Cape Town based boutique PR and marketing consultancy specialising within fashion and retail, as well as the founder and co-owner of Press Stick, an online content portal for the media industry. Contact her on tel +27(0)83 4482557, email and follow @lorriannecloete on Twitter..
Louise has been writing about the media, marketing and advertising industry in South Africa for 20 years. She was Editor of Bizcommunity.com; Editor-in-Chief of AdVantage magazine; edited The New Age newspaper weekly Media & Marketing Page; Editor of Marketing Mix magazine; Editor of Progressive Retailing magazine; and writes on the industry as a specialist columnist, trends commentator and speaker.
Louise is currently the Director of PiCubed, a project management education and consultancy company based in Cape Town. With twenty years in a senior management role in the consultancy and education fields, sheis an expert in project and programme management.
A seasoned journalist and editor with 18 years experience in a range of diverse editorial environments including news reporting for Independent Newspapers in Durban and the award-winning Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
This was followed by a five year tenure at Marketing Mix culminating in her appointment as editor, which saw her overseeing a team of journalists and the print and business aspects of the magazine.
In 2011, Blaeser founded Intact Security, building on his knowledge and experience of the reseller market. His main focus at Intact Security is to continue building the Avira Antivirus market but also provide additional solutions into the offering.
After completing both her BA in English Literature, Politics and Environmental Science Honours degree, Lyndi honed her writing skills and digital knowledge as a copywriter with Quirk, working on several high-profile brands and campaigns..
As Can!Do's managing director, Lyndsey Moorhouse oversees the delivery of high-impact ERP education solutions that help companies drive real ROI from their investments into applications. Lyndsey has been working in the ERP end-user education and change field for 20 years, 10 of those with Can!do Consulting.
With over 15 years of experience in the tech, digital marketing and mobile solutions space, Hundermark co-founded specialist mobile solutions consultancy Useful & Beautiful. With a passion for developing mobile products that are aligned to business goals, Hundermark's appetite for keeping abreast of the latest industry trends is fast establishing her as an expert tech commentator and opinion leader in South Africa.
Manas Kumar is a blogger and experienced Internet marketer who works with 1SEOIN one of the most eminent SEO company in India. When he is not blogging about social media, technology topics and other issues, he likes to spend his time catching up with new digital marketing ideas and currently manage www.1seoin.com.
Manusha Pillai is currently the General Manager: Communications at Brand South Africa. Manusha holds a degree in Journalism from Rhodes University and a Masters Degree in Diplomacy from the University of Pretoria.
Marcus Brewster is the executive chairman of SA's most awarded PR agency. His managed communications services firm has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg and represents both consumer-facing FMCG and corporate b2b clients needing integrated campaigns.
Marcus Stephens is general manager at Howzit MSN
As general manager of Howzit MSN - a division of Kagiso Media - he overseas the strategic growth and day-to-day running of one of South Africa's largest Web portals.
Stephens has more than 18 years of experience in advertising and publishing across new and traditional media..
Heads up éclat Marketing in South Africa.
Nearly 10 years experience in high tech public relations/marketing - in both B2B and B2C.
Maria has excellent media and analyst contacts in both the UK, where she has been a resident for 11 years, as well as here in South Africa..
Marie Yossava, founder and owner of Grapevine Communications, embarked on a PR/communications career more than two decades ago. In the past twenty years she has built a solid media relations consultancy, which focuses exclusively on media relations..
In a 30-year career, Mark Eardley has assisted business-to-business enterprises to increase sales and margins by applying the key principles of B2B marketing. Based in Johannesburg, he can be found on LinkedIn or contacted on +27 (0)11 646 5183.
Mark Hawkins is Operations Director at Bluegrass Digital. After 7 years in the UK working for eCommerce leader PhotoBox, he returned to SA in 2010 and has been responsible for the overall management and delivery of the client services, project management, and development teams..
Coming from a Public Relations background, Mark is a devoted enthusiast of the internet. As a wordsmith, consultant and marketer, he aims to bring your ideas to life and attract the attention your organisation deserves.
Mark Zeller (@markzella) is the Marketing & Communications Manager at Ogilvy & Mather South Africa (@OgilvySA). He loves big ideas & business development; he is curious about the world and is obsessed with Veblen goods..
Marthinus Botha is a passionate marketer with a keen interest in understanding what it is that drives consumers. His entrepreneurial nature has seen him bring to market the Green Shebeen organic wine brand which is being distributed internationally.
Marthinus van Loggerenberg is the Senior Strategic Planner at FCB Cape Town. He obtained an MBA Cum Laude at the University of Stellenbosch Business School and is in the final phase of his PhD on brand strategy.
Slabbert-Capper is an Account Manager at HWB Communications (Pty) Ltd, a communications and crisis management agency based in Cape Town. He has been working in the media and communications industry since 1995..
Martin Walshaw is a senior engineer at F5 Networks and has multiple accreditation from being a CCIE to being a CISSP to being an F5 Certified Professional.
His background is in security, but he has also has skills in multiple different areas including unified communications, application acceleration and optimisation..
Matona Sakupwanya is GM of the Radio Advertising Bureau of South Africa (RABSA; www.rab.co.za; @RABSouthAfrica). She is passionate about championing the medium of radio and helping marketers, media and creative agencies to better understand and harness the power of the medium for their brands.
Matthew Gray is client service director at cloud based e-recruitment company, Graylink. Passionate about the growth of digital and its role in rapidly changing business processes, Matthew has been at the forefront of solutions delivery, driving recruiting process change to Graylink's customer base, since the inception of the business in 2003..
Meg began her career as a marketing and sales executive for the Protea Hotels group in 2003. Meg left Protea in 2008 to join an international accounting and auditing firm called BDO and is currently responsible for the coordination of all the marketing and business development activities within the Durban office as well as a number of national marketing campaigns..
I am the Head of Strategy & Business Development at Cape Town agency Techsys Digital. Passionate about digital marketing, my interests are in mobile marketing, social media, online advertising and eCRM!.
Melissa Attree, director: content strategy, Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town, is a creative digital and marketing consultant who has worked on many major brands, including ABSA, Adidas, Big Blue, MasterCard, Nando's, Nedbank, SAA, SAB, Toyota, Vodacom and Woolworths. Attree began her career as a copy writer, before managing the local strategic transformation of the Kérastase brand for L'Oreal and then providing the social media strategy for 5FM for four years..
Melissa Baird is a sustainability communication strategist at Ogilvyearth South Africa whose career has included multi-faceted marketing communications campaigns in traditional advertising, interactive television, web based marketing and book and magazine publishing..
is the Managing Director at Slick Branding and Media, a boutique agency specialising in marketing/branding solutions, and media brands. He is a former marketing manager for radio, tv and print brands..
As Director of Search and Analytics at 25AM, Michael heads up the search engine marketing team and helps clients to maximise their use of search and analytics in their online marketing strategies. He has 11 years of experience in the online world, including eight years with leading e-commerce site Kalahari.net.
Michael Wood is co-founder and Director of Aperio, a business consulting company focused on accelerating growth of FMCG brands in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Michael has many years international experience where he held the positions of Marketing Director, Sales Director and Managing Director with the Gillette company and Procter & Gamble..
Mike is technologist, entrepreneur and MD of Fuseware (www.fuseware.net, @fuseware), a company specializing in social media analytics and digital research. Mike's experience involves working with technology in its various forms to enhance the way businesses operate and disrupt the way brands connect with customers.
Michelle Caldeira is the managing director of Blue Moon Corporate Communications, specialists in Integrated Employee Engagement. Blue Moon turns 25 in 2014, marking a quarter of a century of loving what we do!.
Michelle Joubert is Head of Investor Relations and Group Communications at the JSE. With 15 years of experience in the areas of media, Investor Relations and Reputation Management, Michelle's role at the JSE also incorporates heading a team offering related services to companies listed on the exchange..
Michelle Strauss heads up the social media team at Hoopla Creative, a Johannesburg-based full-service digital agency. As social media strategist, her focus lies in the development of strategies to improve brand presence, to enhance traditional marketing activities, to improve client services and to obliterate social media stigmas in her path.
Mike Perk is the Managing Director of World Wide Creative, a web marketing agency based in Cape Town, Johannesburg and London. Mike has been on the lecture circuit talking about search engine marketing since 2003, and is famous for pulling people up on stage and shamelessly adorning them with multiple props..
Mike Saunders is an expert in digital marketing, social media, digital customer experiences, and helping business engage people in a digital world. He is the CEO of DigitLab, and has been at the forefront of the digital industry for over five years..
Mike Silver is the founder of Stretch Experiential Marketing (www.stretchexp.com), a Cape Town-based experiential agency specialising in concept development and activations for national campaigns. Contact Mike via , tel +27 (0)21 802 1344 and facebook.com/stretchexp, and follow @stretchmike on Twitter..
Mike Stopforth is a Web 2.0 entrepreneur, writer and speaker. He heads up Cerebra (www.cerebra.co.za) – South Africa’s dedicated social and mobile media company, is a co-founder of blog aggregator Afrigator (www.afrigator.com) and a founder of the 27 Dinner movement (www.27dinner.com).
Mitchell Barker is the founder and managing director of www.whichvoip.co.za, which provides a central view of all the credible VoIP operators in South Africa. Under his leadership, the site has expanded to include hosted PBX and Connectivity operators, and has grown into a VoIP and Hosted PBX information resource in sub-Saharan Africa..
Mogorosi is part of McCann Johannesburg strategy team and has seven years' experience as strategic planner. His passion lies in finding insights that will unlock a brand's full potential and value.
LinkedIn: Mogorosi Mashilo
Mongezi Mtati (@Mongezi) is the founding MD of WordStart (www.wordstart.co.za). Apart from being a kite-boarding and sandboarding adventurer, Mongezi connects companies and brands with measurable word-of-mouth through young African influencers at WordStart.
Chief Consultative Sales Officer at Consultative Sales Academy - I work with highly motivated individuals and organisations to create success by utilizing a consultative sales approach. Contact details: website: www.consultativesalesacademy.net | Twitter @monikadago | LinkedIn.
Naseem Javed, recognised as a world authority on corporate image and global name identities, is a harsh critic of casual and accidental naming. He is a dynamic speaker on corporate image and branding issues, and is also the author of Naming for Power and Domination, the GTLD Name Game.
Madhav is completing a Master's Degree in Educational Technology. She is a Head of Programme in IT at the Independent Institute of Education, responsible for researching current industry trends and incorporating these into curriculum development.
Natasha McClymont is MD of Fresh Brand Activation, a Cape-based agency specialising in below-the-line marketing boasting clients such as Three Ships Whisky, CapeNature and BP. Contact details: website www.freshba.co.za | Facebook page WeAreFreshAM.
Neal Bricker has accumulated a significant amount of experience in the telecoms industry over the course of his career. He is also a writer who crafts useful pieces aimed at empowering enterprises with the information they need to make informed decisions ahead of major tech procurement drives..
As a non-fictional writer, Ness is glad to be able to provide so much useful information to people all around the world. She's been writing for over 5 years now and also majored in English during her time as a student.
Nicholas Barenblatt is group marketing manager of Protea Hotels, which is part of Marriott International. Protea Hotels has by a wide margin the largest number of branded properties on the African continent and is represented in seven sub-Saharan countries.
Nicholas is the founder and group managing director of brand consultancy Wunderbrand. Having spent the past decade consulting to small and large companies in Africa, the Gulf and Sub Continent, Nicholas has built up a unique perspective and process of dealing with multinational businesses in less than ideal environments.
With a passion for building marketing and brand capacity in businesses wanting to raise their game in Africa, he believes that African growth can be driven more aggressively with indigenous brands..
Nick attended the University of Stellenbosch, graduating with an honours degree in commerce, majoring in financial and investment management. After three years he decided to join XFACTA where today he serves as a strategic planner/new business development manager/copywriter/runner/public relations manager/account manager, and currently as a director of the Brand Council of South Africa (@BrandCouncilSA).
Professor Nicola Kleyn is a member of marketing faculty and deputy dean at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science. She research, consults and teaches in marketing and branding with a focus on corporate branding.
Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard is the Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization) (www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release distribution service dedicated to Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa. Used by some of the world's largest companies, PR agencies, institutions and organisations, APO Africa Wire has a potential reach of 600 million.
I work with an incredible team of talented communications professionals in a demanding and constantly changing industry. We've been around for almost ten years and it's still as fresh and new every day as the very first day in PR..
Nicole Velleman is strategy analyst at Yellowwood Future Architects. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Media Production at UCT, and went on to do her Honours degree in Brand Leadership at Vega School of Brand Leadership in 2011.
Staying true to her passion, Nicole's journey formally started at the University of Cape Town when she graduated with a Business Science degree with Honours in Marketing. Being intrigued by the approach of Unconventional Wisdom and Nicole's goal of being challenged on a daily basis led her to Yellowwood in 2011, where she goes back to her puzzle building roots, solving business and marketing problems as a Strategist..
Nilesh Talaviya works as a mobile strategist for Cygnet Infotech, a leading enterprise mobility company offering tailored app development solutions. He is fascinated with the direction mobile development is taking and loves to write about current trends.
As Microsoft South Africa's Marketing and Operations Director, Nir Tenzer is responsible for the company's entire corporate and product marketing activities, including leading the product Business Groups, the Go-to-Market activities, the Customer and Partner Experience, all compete initiatives, as well as the company's business operations..
Nivin Xavier is a small business owner from his 9th grade and brings over 12 years of marketing expertise. Failures and success seasoned digital marketer, strategist and small business, startup consultant.
An Independent Radio Advertising Consultant and Founder of Nubia Advertising and Promotions. Nubia is a consultancy agency providing 360° integrated marketing and communication solutions to companies needing assistance with communicating their advertising message effectively.
I have been in Cape Town since 2003 to pursuit my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. I founded Mesong Web Design & Marketing Solutions, which offers web design and development, graphic design, marketing consulting and supply of marketing material.
Odette van der Haar is CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) (www.acasa.co.za), the industry body of the SA advertising and communications sector. She is also a current board member of Brand Council of South Africa (BCSA).
Oresti Patricios, CEO of the OrnicoGroup (www.ornico.co.za), has long been on the cutting edge of the media, advertising and branding industries. He has an MBA at GIBS and did his thesis on social media when Twitter was barely a twit.
Owen is a writer and multimedia enthusiast who has spent several years writing for publications both online and in print. He's based in Southern California, and is also versed in social media, mobile platforms and work productivity.
Trish Pichulik, managing director of P and P Communications, has been in the industry for over 30 years, having worked across most business sectors over this period. Trish established P and P as a founding member during the mid-1980s, and acquired Medialine, a dedicated business-to-business agency in the early 1990s, which she later merged into the P and P stable..
Paul holds a B.Sc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Natal and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pretoria, as well as completing the Programme in Business Communication from the University of South Africa Centre for Business Management. He has more than two decades of experience in the telecommunications and technology space..
I am a legal strategist specialising in digital marketing, Internet and digital content. My work entails identifying legal and compliance risks; helping my clients better understand the impact these risks may have on their businesses and developing enabling frameworks to address these risks and support my clients' objectives.
Paul is the co-founder of WhySatisfy. A business that is dedicated to providing brands with the technology, training and support to take control of their digital interactions with customers, helping ensure they deliver amazing customer service and experiences.
Paul is a content publisher predominantly for the African travel trade. He was previously editor of Africa Geographic's interactive travel magazine Safari and blogs, and now writes and consults to businesses interested in creating a professional media presence online - something entirely achievable with the publishing tools of today.
Paula Raubenheimer is managing director of SouthernX, a recently launched local private ad exchange made up of a coalition of local publishers, intent on creating a media marketplace. SouthernX has partnered with AppNexus and is part of the WPP Group.
Pepe Marais is chief creative officer and senior partner, Joe Public Group, ranked as the largest independent and fastest growing South African advertising group, including a brand design agency (Shift Joe Public), a business activation agency (Ignite Joe Public) and a PR agency (Engage Joe Public) in Johannesburg, as well as offices in Namibia (Cornerstone Joe Public) and Amsterdam (Joe Public Take-Away)..
Pete joined Stretch in 2011 after working in experiential marketing in the UK with the likes of Cadburys, Transport For London & Coca Cola. Stretch is a specialist experiential marketing agency developing strategies and concepts for national execution.
Peter Davidson is a business analyst who loves to share entrepreneurship and marketing secrets with the world. Overcoming business challenges is his passion and he aspires to reach at the highest rung of this field..
Peter du Toit is the founder and CEO of Soccer Laduma, the second biggest-selling newspaper in South Africa, and one of the world's top five best-selling football newspapers. Soccer Laduma is also the sixth biggest mobile site in South Africa..
A sales veteran with over 30 years of experience, Peter Gilbert is MD of HR Chally SA (www.challysa.co.za), an international sales consulting company specialising in talent management and recruitment. He is passionate about sales as a profession and the identification of real sales talent who can really sell! Email him at .
Peter Harvey is the MD of PayGate. Leading through integrity, with more than 26 years in IT and payment processing, Peter is a master when it comes to creating solutions to clients' exact requirements.
Phindiwe Nkosi has several years of writing experience coupled by post graduate studies from the University of Pretoria. Her experience ranges from working as a journalist (newspapers/magazines), international news anchor, travel writer, speech writer, marketing and communications manager, editor, blogger and ghostwriter.
Business development manager at Kagiso Media
Pierre Cassuto looks after growing the Kagiso New Media business via innovation, strategic initiatives and partnerships. Relatively new to the world of publishing, he gained extensive experience in both marketing and advertising while working for Ogilvy in Paris and then Johannesburg.
Rachel writes for thepeloton.co.uk and enjoys discussing the most up-to-date and effective forms of marketing for all sized businesses. She has many years of experience in the industry and has worked with a variety of brands across many industries..
Rachel Sikwane is a senior associate at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) and has six years' experience as an attorney in the intellectual property department. She specialises in trademark and copyright litigation, domain name disputes, company and close corporation name objections, ASA disputes as well as passing-off and unlawful competition matters.
Digital journalist +Raisa Elizabeth Mathew is a 360° engagement-centric content strategist and publishing consultant. Her ideas and passion are user engagement, mobile, social media, reputation and public relations.
Ramiz Islam is a professional writer at Wholesale Pages, who loves to share his expertise about marketing trends for wholesale business. He has been working in the wholesale business sector for many years and has a deep interest in wholesale market, investing trends and international business management.
Ravi Bhaya is managing director of The Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG). He recently moved to South Africa from the South East Asia region markets where he spearheaded operations in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Ray is the co-founder and CEO of Qorus Software, a Cape Town-based proposal automation provider. Ray has been in the industry for more than 20 years and regularly travels the world sharing best practice for proposal RFP response creation.
A stalwart of the South African IT industry, Richard has been involved in the technology arena since 1989. With diplomas in Information Technology and Business Process Re-engineering, his successful career in IT has spanned various roles, including programming, IT implementation, and various management positions culminating in his current responsibilities as Chairman & CEO of MIP Holdings.
Richard is now head of digital at The MediaShop, a role that he is well suited for given his passion for all things digital. The big challenge as he sees it, is how to better integrate the digital and traditional media worlds.
Riona Naidu is the Head of Consulting Services & Marketing at Knowledge Factory where she currently manages the analytics team and is responsible for driving innovative product development.
With an inherent passion for accuracy, creativity and innovation, Riona's goal, and that of Knowledge Factory, is to provide information that makes a difference.
Having been in the media industry for nine years, I have plenty of experience in every aspect of media, including writing, editing, proofreading, social media, and syndication. I also enjoy a challenge and love to widen my knowledge at every turn..
Robert Reddick, an independent recruitment communications consultant with over 40 years experience of the industry gained both here and in the UK, was the co-founder of South Africa's first full-service recruitment ad agency, the genesis of what is today JSE-listed Adcorp..
As a Knowledge Officer at Red & Yellow, Robyn Hazekamp contributes to the online learning side of the business, ensuring that course content meets the highest possible standards and is always up-to-date, relevant, and accessible to everyone from recent school-leavers to people who have been in the marketing business for years..
Rod Baker is Content Director at Bizcommunity.com. A journalist since before computers, he worked on a wide range of magazines and, in his youth, rose through the ranks from being a lowly and abused sub-editor, to a high and still abused editor and publisher.
Ros Siddle is the Marketing & Loyalty Research Manager at Truth, a boutique consulting business specialising in customer centricity and customer loyalty programmes. Ros holds a degree in Human Resource Management majoring in Industrial Psychology from Stellenbosch University.
Ruth Steyn is Editorial Content Developer at GetSmarter, an online education company. She is the primary content developer for the part-time University of Cape Town Public Relations short course, and assists with the writing of numerous other short courses.
Ryan Murphy is a small business owner of Chillibuzz - a digital brand management company that specialise digital public relations.
Previously a Public Relations Account Executive at a Cape Town based PR agency, Ryan has PR experience which assists on a daily basis in servicing Chillibuzz clients..
Sajidha Gamieldien is a Senior Associate at Intellectual Property law firm Adams & Adams. Her practice areas include trade mark prosecution: local and foreign trade mark searches, filings and prosecution; litigation relating to trade marks, passing-off, unlawful competition, advertising complaints and company and close corporation name objections..
Samantha Wright currently manages the marketing portfolio of an international engineering firm while also consulting and freelancing for niche market SMEs in the brand journalism and content marketing fields. Her passion lies in giving people the tools to "do it themselves".
Samkelisiwe Dlalisa is a PR and social media community manager at MegaVision Media. She is a young professional who is determined to take all of South Africa's business online, one social media platform at a time.
Sanele is a Media Strategist for SABC's Business Unit Intelligence, focusing primarily on Radio Airtime Sales. He has an Honours Degree in Marketing Management from the University of Johannesburg and is on the AMASA Committee for the 2014/15 year.
Sarah Doody is user experience consultant and designer who specializes in product and brand development. She is passionate about helping teams use the power of storytelling to turn their ideas into thoughtful product experiences.
With 18 years of personal experience in the internet communications field, Cundill researches and pioneers communication and technology solutions that have proven potential to change the face of business.
Fiercely authentic with a drive - he is passionate about empowering any kind of business with the technology to inspire and cultivate sincerity and relevance through original 'Communication Journeys.'.
DR Sean McCoy, MD and founding member of HKLM, is a prominent figure in the branding arena with his expertise centred on client service, brand strategy and business development. Sean has been chairperson for the Brand Council of South Africa for this past year.
Shaune Jordaan is the CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi's digital search marketing/digital arm, Saatchi & Saatchi Synergize, an award-winning, full-service digital agency and Google Analytics Certified Partner, which boasts a team of 75 professionals based in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Follow Shaune: @jordaanshaune on Twitter or @BigLoveBigData..
Sibongile is the Digital Manager at KPMG taking care of KPMG SA's digital footprint and playing an advisory role for KPMG Africa's digital presence.
She has over ten years of professional experience in online branding, marketing, web design and digital media strategies and implementation. She specialises in B2B integrated digital campaigns and this includes online reputation management, social media strategy (for companies, professionals and youth), content management and paid digital media strategy which she is currently responsible for..
Having started his career as a startup partner for FSA Distribution in 1990, Simon Campbell-Young went on to start his own company called Memtek Distribution in 1995. This was sold to a Public Company called Siltek Holdings between 1998 to 2000.
Steve Ferguson is an attorney who specialises in the field of intellectual property and IT law. Steve has been involved in the tech and media industries since 2003 and has helped a number of exciting businesses, including Bizcommunity, navigate the legal issues facing them in the digital age..
Struan Campbell is the Co-founder and strategic director of Levergy, a communications agency specialising in the leveraging of sport and entertainment properties that deliver results. He is passionate about creative sponsorship that makes a difference.
Stuart Buchanan is a content developer and digital strategist who works for Flow Communications, one of the country's top communications companies. He is a trained journalist and now specialises primarily in online and video content.
Subhash Chandra is an SEO & Social Media Consultant at TisIndia, in Noida (UP), India. TIS India is a leading web design development and social media marketing company offers innovative web solutions to world-wide clients..
Sue Disler has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising and marketing as a designer (and sometimes coder), art director and strategist, the last 18 largely dedicated to digital. Email her at , follow @suediz on Twitter or find out more on Linkedin..
Sue Northam is a curious Capetonian with a desire to discover and capture stories of innovative and inspiring projects and people. She explores initiatives that are impactful and making a difference in her city.
Talifhani Munzhedzi is a deputy station manager at UNISA Radio. The radio station strives to be amongst the few if not only campus radio stations to provide the talk radio format to students and staff.
With a degree in English and screenwriting from UCT, Tamlyn completed her studies with Honours in digital art from Wits. She is currently a digital writer at Amorphous New Media creating digital campaigns for clients such as Nebank, Steers, SABC, Neotel and Times Media Independent Films.
Tarryn Pitchers is Joe Public's marketing manager, having previously held the post of senior account manager at Ogilvy Public Relations (Johannesburg). Tarryn brings diverse knowledge to the Joe Public brand having managed FMCG, advertising and technology clients such as KFC South Africa, Ogilvy and Mather South Africa and Altech Autopage Cellular.
Multi-disciplinary agency with a passion and proven track record for building legacy African brands for the future. We are Afrophiles offering strategic brand design and architecture, brand content and standout PR activations.
Terry Sutherland is the founder of The RSVP Agency (http://www.rsvpagency.co.za) and has extensive experience in the development of RSVP solutions for clients across industries.
Terry started her career in 1979 in the motor industry selling BMW's. In 1981 she joined Lindsay Saker where she won the top sales award for 5 consecutive years..
Thomas Oosthuizen is a marketing and brand strategist (www.drthomasbrand.co.za) who focuses on helping clients achieve greater marketing and brand success by spending less, for which he has devised his own methodologies. He has consulted widely to major companies across Africa and the Middle East and holds a doctorate in marketing communications.
Tiffany Markman is a highly opinionated freelance copywriter, copy editor and writing trainer who has worked for over 180 clients in South Africa and across the world. She is an EMPOWERDEX-certified EME who hates misplaced apostrophes and dangling modifiers but loves pizza and pina coladas.
Tim Hill is a Publicist, Brand Manager and Co-owner at Tuned In Publicity (www.tunedinpublicity.co.za), a full service public relations consultancy specialising in building and maintaining positive reputation capital for South African artists and bands. Contact Tim on .
Tim graduated from Cambridge in 1992, was a slave banker in London for 4 years, before getting involved in the European telecommunications industry in 1996 with LDI. In 1999, he went AWOL and moved to South Africa to set up Storm Telecom.
Tony Koenderman has produced an annual review of the ad industry almost every year since 1980, and is an acknowledged thought leader for the industry. He has won numerous awards for his writing and contribution to the ad biz, including lifetime achievement awards from the ad industry, Financial Mail and Advantage magazine..
Tracy Gilpin is the author of the Marks and Lambrecht Series published in the UK and Europe. The South African spy thrillers - Bold-Faced Lie, The Slave Tree, and Rain of Ashes - are now available as eBooks.
Tracy Jones is MD of Positive Dialogue Communications, an award-winning Cape Town-based PR and social media consultancy that combines a strategic, creative and opportunistic approach with the setting of measurable objectives that assess, refine and improve on communication results to directly support our client's business objectives..
Travis is a media analyst who uses industry trends to create contagious and harmonious content solutions across multiple channels for brands and broadcasters alike. He understands the importance of emotional connection in content, branded or otherwise and believes in traditional media's ability to be blended with new media to profound and holistic effect.
Tyler Greer is head of strategy APAC at Exponential responsible for leading the company's regional sales strategy and ensuring an integrated sales approach across all of Exponential's engagement divisions - Appsnack, Adotube, Firefly Video and Tribal Fusion. He also heads up Exponential's global in-stream video advertising solution, Adotube in Australia and New Zealand..
Managing Director at The Consultant Powerhouse an integrative consultancy at the forefront of creating training and development practices that inspire new ways of thinking and relating to others, as a means of building relevance and trust in a distracted economy..
Velly is the CEO of AdClick Africa,the fastest growing multiplatform and multiscreen advertising network in Africa. We deliver the best engagement for advertisers, maximum revenue for publishers and the best engaging advertising experience for internet users.
Victor Moreriane has more than 15 years experience in Journalism and Public Relations. He has over the years accumulated specialist skills in managing communication campaigns, Project Management, Media Relations, Stakeholder Relations, Branding as well as Strategy Formulation.
Vijay Sai Pratap, Director-Business Development and head of the m-governance & Life impacting services unit with OnMobile Global Ltd, has been associated with the Mobile Telecom value-added services industry for over nine years..
Walter Pike (@walterpike), the founder of PiKE | New Marketing (www.pike.co.za), brings data, tech, social science and marketing, advertising and PR skills together in a Social 3.0 methodology called DIRECTED ACTIVISM which he then deploys in brands, social change and political election campaigns.
Provides INSIGHTS into Social Networks by analysing their structure and the roles of participants and recommends strategy based on that.
Professional PUBLIC SPEAKER on the future of Advertising..
After completing his B Com degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2003, Wayne began a 6 month internship at OMD Media South Africa. It wasn't long before his passion for strategy emerged and he took up a post at WPP's Nota Bene spending 4 years with the Unilever team.
Since joining the company in 2007, Wayne Levine has been responsible for the complete restructuring of the NXT\ business and strategic direction. With the deployment of effective platforms and services in several industries, NXT\ has enjoyed phenomenal success, with Levine at the helm..
Werner van Zyl is the founder of Neuromind Marketing and applies psychology and neuroscience to marketing and strategy. He has a passion for knowing how the brain works and to better understand human behaviour.
Wesley Lynch is a serial technology entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Founder of Realmdigital, a leading South African e-business strategy and technology partner, specialising in Web, Social and Mobile platforms as well as the CEO of Snapplify, an innovative digital publishing solutions provider.
Zubin Kutar is the founder of an internet marketing blog where accomplished writers and bloggers share their tips, strategies and stories. Read some of his motivational posts and connect with him on Google+.