Service Line and Capability Lead at Avanade.
Amanda is Head of Social Media at NATIVE VML and a regular commentator on the digital landscape in South Africa. She previously established the Social@Ogilvy practice within Ogilvy Johannesburg.
Andile Qokweni is Business Unit Head at Carat, Carat, one of the world's leading independent media planning & buying agencies and a market-leader in digital and non-traditional media solutions..
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.
Digital Marketing "veteran" specialising in training, mentoring, coaching, digital strategy and PPC.
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.
Facilitates courses for Writers Write.
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)..
Athar Naser is head of Juice Content. He is responsible for content strategy and content marketing across the group as well as for department clients.
Public Relations at Student.
Ben Wagner is Head and Chief Marketing Warrior of NATIVE VML. He has been an active member of the digital industry for more than a decade and has served on multiple industry bodies during this period.
Benedicta is MD of HQ Media, a strategic media and communications firm based in Johannesburg. She is a journalist, writer and editor by training and profession.
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.
Creative Director at FedGroup.
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..
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.
Charles Mburugu is a Kenyan-based content developer and online marketer who is passionate about technology, small business and ecommerce. With over 5 years experience, he is committed to creating quality, relevant and optimized content that will attract traffic to the client’s blog or website..
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. Email: .
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.
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.
Content Marketing professional based in Cape Town. Her professional passion lies within visual storytelling, creative thinking and all things digital.
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.
Craig Utermark is CEO of Atmosphere Orange, a digital agency that provides holistic solutions to media that are driven by data and programmatic technology..
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.
Danie Strachan is partner at Adams & Adams..
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..
Account Manager at Stone Soup - I specialise in PR for the media industry. Stone Soup is of the Iconic Group that publishes The Media Magazine and The Media Online..
Desiree Gullan is the Creative Director and founding partner of digital, web PR and social media agency - Gullan&Gullan..
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.
Dr. Dunja Kartte, PhD (Economics) works for MAC Consulting - a multi-disciplined, dynamic and innovative and South African management consultancy.
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.
|Erik de Jager|
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..
|Erik du Plessis and Neil Higgs|
Erik and Neil are the 'old folk' of marketing, with a mountain of experience between them. They love watching brands grow, have seen brands die and have consulted with nearly every major brand in SA at some stage.
Eugene has written about travel, leisure, food, wine, marketing, media, television, film, music, theatre, personal development, books, and more for over 50 different websites, newspapers, and magazines. He also helps individuals and companies in the hospitality industry build stronger brands through effective content marketing. Follow @eugeneyiga on Twitter or email to say, um, hello..
Glenda Nevill is a journalist, editor and communicator with 25 years experience working in media. She worked for The Sunday Times in various roles for nine years.
Gordon's passion and driving force is in Internet technology, building brands and bringing new ideas to the web and has recently launched a live web streaming service. www.epnet.co.za.
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..
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 Shippey is the CEO and Founder of Amorphous New Media in Johannesburg. Grant has incubated and launched a number of digital initiatives.
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.
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.
Hilton Rose is Director of 'Your Brand Agency', a fully integrated brand design and digital communications agency. Contact details: website www.yourbrandagency.co.za | email | Twitter @hiltonrose1 | LinkedIn.
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 van den Berg|
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.
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.
James Hurford International Professional Speaker Bestselling Author
James has over 25 years of experience working in top London Advertising Agencies. He's been a creative on accounts such as; British Airways, British Telecom, Barclays Wealth, Mercedes Benz and Shell.
James now brings his communication and selling skills to individuals and businesses in South Africa and around the world.
Call: (+27) 074 254 5811
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.
Janine Lazarus is a South African journalist and interviewer of top names in the news, public figures and celebrities. Follow @JanineLazarus on Twitter..
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.
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.
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.
Jess is Retail Editor at Bizcommunity.com. She is also a contributing writer.
CEO at BBC Global News Ltd.
Johan Walters, Digital Marketing Specialist at 25AM, helps organisations to use data and analytics to track the performance of their online campaigns against their business objectives. Walters has over 14 years of experience in the digital and online market.
Johanna McDowell counsels clients and agencies around expectations in the advertising, marketing process. She is CEO of the Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS), a division of black-owned marketing services group Mazole Holdings.
John Beale has, for the past year, held the position of Managing Director of MEC Nota Bene, a leading global communications strategy, planning and buying agency. Beale previously headed up strategy at Cerebra, is a recipient of an individual Bookmark Award for Social Media Marketer of the Year for 2012/13, and was an integral part of the team that garnered no less than three Pixel Awards and other accolades for stand-out digital and social media work for Vodacom..
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.
Let me help you with all your digital marketing needs. I offer onsite and offsite training as well as consultancy.
Owner and strategist of At That Point marketing communications consultancy.
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.
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.
Katherine Stuart, Search & Analytics Director at 25AM, has six years of performance media and analytics experience across most client verticals. With her strategic approach to planning and delivering, Stuart specialises in making data digestible to marketing professionals. Before joining 25AM, Stuart worked for a range of leading digital agencies including iProspect South Africa, Purple Cow Communications, Clicks2Customers and Clickego..
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.
Kevin Lourens is Chief Growth Officer at NATIVE VML and is responsible for client service and business 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..
Laura Chiweshe is a Content Manager at CREACHA - a full service Agency, where, with the rest of the CREACHAs, they have embarked on a journey to creatively change the world..
Leigh Andrews (@leigh_andrews) is Editor-in-Chief: Marketing & Media at Bizcommunity.com. She loves word play and alliteration, and can be reached at ..
I'm a dedicated health journalist who trained at Rhodes University. I'm interested in anything health and wellness related with a special interest in behaviour change communication.
When she is not busy hoarding books, drinking coffee or running in the park, you might find her working on brand and/or digital strategy at Base 2. (www.basetwo.co.za).
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.
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.
Lucinda Boddy is MD of Livewired Public Relations.
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.
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.
I help brands create engaging content to share with their communities - through their websites, social media channels and custom magazines..
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..
Marion Scher (www.mediamentors.co.za) is an award-winning journalist, lecturer, media trainer and consultant with 25 years' experience in the industry. For more of her writing, go to her Bizcommunity profile or to Twitter @marionscher..
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 is Head of Media at NATIVE VML. He is addicted to everything and anything digital.
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..
Mia Botha facilitates for Writers Write. She is also a novelist, a ghost writer, and the winner of the Mills & Boon Voice of Africa Competition..
Mike is technologist, entrepreneur and previous MD of Fuseware (http://www.fuseware.net, @fuseware), a company specializing in social media analytics and research. Fuseware was acquired by Ornico Group in May 2015, where Mike joined the team as a business development manager.
Managing Director and Founder at Voiceland An avid reader of literature, biographies & business magazines. A serial jazz collector who has a practical approach to life! www.voiceland.co.za.
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.
NATIVE VML's Head of Content.
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.
Nick Durrant is MD at Bluegrass Digital, a digital production agency. We work with marketing teams and creative agencies around the world delivering digital platforms.
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.
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.
Nivin Xavier is an entrepreneur and marketer from his ninth grade. Failures and success seasoned Digital Marketer exploring the relationship between business, humans, data and technology for refined human experiences.
Paul Scott is the editor and publisher of Mzansi Life. He previously held a number of senior positions at international based media such as Guardian Technology, Channel 4 News and IT Computer Weekly.
Peter Mann is a founder of Meropa Communications (www.meropa.co.za) and has been CEO since 1989. He worked for most of South Africa's major newspapers as journalist for 15 years before that.
Innovative pioneer in use of automated research for accurate, timeous and cost effective research..
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 Chilson is a Marketing Communications Coordinator at Sajan, a leading language translation services company with offices around the globe..
Rebone Masemola is a Social media and strategy Learner at Digital Marketing Agency, Johannesburg. She is 24 years old and has a Masters of arts in Research with a major in anthropology from Wits University.
A Data Analyst at Mark 1, Riaan graduated from UCT with a Bachelor of Commerce, specialising in Statistics and Economics. He is never discouraged by a daunting task and he carries the same attitude when it comes to his passion - tackling a tricky data set.
Richard Mullins is the director at Acceleration. He opened Acceleration's Johannesburg office in 2000 and has played an instrumental role in the growth of Acceleration in South Africa..
Head of Lab42 at Mediamark.
Rob Lith is the Director of Connection Telecom. ICT Industry aficionado and internet specialist, he has been involved in the industry for the last 20 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.
Content Director at Bizcommunity.com.
Passionate Marketing / Brand Strategist with substantial industry experience - Thrives on building and growing successful brands....
Roxana Bouwer is the content strategist and worker of words at digital design, development and marketing agency, Cavalry Media..
Writer and Digital Media and Communications consultant. Director at Massyn Media.
Sandra Roberts is Writing Unit Manager at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. Follow @SandraRoberts_ on Twitter..
Sara El-Khalili is Corporate Communications Manager at TA telecom. She is an independent trainer and consultant in the field of journalism and mass communication.
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.'.
Sean functions as the CEO of Ad Dynamo. He began his working career in 1996 at Credit Suisse in London, where he worked in derivatives for a period of 3 years.
Shane Radfor is a media & entertainment industry leader at IBM..
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.
Sid Peimer is the executive director of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry..
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..
Stuart abandoned what was beginning to look like a long, quiet career in academia for the frenetic world of tech journalism. Currently heading up the Memeburn team, he likes to run in in his downtime.
Styli Charalambous is the CEO of the Daily Maverick and a chartered accountant by profession..
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.
Tauriq Moosa contributes to various business and news publications around the world. He is content writer at Cape Town-based digital marketing company Rogerwilco..
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.
Independent media professional.
Thamsanqa D. Malinga is a marketing communications practitioner with industry experience spanning over 10 years in different sectors.
User Experience Designer at NATIVE VML. She spends most of her days working out how to give customers the best experience possible from her client's products.
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.
Tralone is a writer, marketer, loves anything, marketing, brands and PR related. She has a BA communication degree and holds a post graduate diploma in Marketing (IMM).
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.
|Val Bourdos Nichas|
Owner of VBN Consultants. A respected leader and visionary with solid business experience spanning nearly 30 years.
Radio presenter of BizTakeouts - the Marketing and Media radio show on 2OceansVibe Radio for http://www.biztakeouts.com Business Development Director for John Brown Media SA.
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.
CEO at Digital Solutions Group (DSG).
A Communications, Marketing and PR Devotee, A Writer and A Fabric Enthusiast..