Aki Kalliatakis - Aki Kalliatakis is the Managing Partner of The Leadership LaunchPad, a business focused on customer loyalty and radical marketing. Contact him on +27 (0)83 379 3466, +27 (0)11 640-3958 or .
Allison Ross - Allison Ross is the owner of Allison Ross Consulting (www.allisonross.co.za), a business aimed at making marketing easy to access, understand and apply. As an entrepreneur in South Africa, she understands first-hand the challenges we face when making the transition from entrepreneur to business owner..
Andre Britz - André Britz is the 2010 and 2011 best media planner winner at the Bookmarks and heads up Atmosphere Orange, a media planning and buying agency based in Cape Town. She has extensive agency experience and is well-known in the digital space.
Anice Hassim - Anice Hassim is CEO and head strategist of immedia (www.immedia.co.za), a digital consultancy pioneering South Africa's app development industry and is currently the architect of a number of highly-successful and unique digital strategies for major brands in broadcast media, IT, retail and other segments. Contact Anice on tel +27 (0)31 566 8000, email him at and follow him on Twitter at @anicehassim..
Ann Druce - 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..
Anthony Duke - Anthony Duke co-founded Capital Radio in 1979, managed 5FM, Good Hope FM and did strategies for all SABC Radio stations as manager of radio training at the corporation. Today he is retired but still consults.
Anton Harber - 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)..
Attila Bernariusz - Attila Bernariusz is divisional head of Kagiso Digital and oversees the incubation of new digital and media convergence opportunities for the Kagiso Group..
Banele Rewo - Banele Rewo is a Creative (re)Director of Authentic Creatives. A creative strategy, outdoor media and product placement company specialising in the urban African market.
Bradley Maseko - Bradley Maseko (@brandedyouthsa) is the founder and youth market strategist at BrandedYouth Insights. He is also the inspiration behind the Youth Social Media Marketing Conference 2013 (#YSMMC2013) that will be held in Johannesburg on 14 March 2013.
Carolyn Holgate - Carolyn Holgate is a part-time tech guru and general manager at leading internet service provider MWEB. She is responsible for the strategic focus of the consumer division that offers Internet access to the consumer and SOHO/SME markets.
Chemory Gunko - Chemory Gunko is the MD and creative director of Dsignhaus, a B2B marketing services agency with in-depth and specialist knowledge in the field of digital marketing. For more, go to www.dsignhaus.co.za, email her on or follow @dsignhaus on Twitter..
Chris Moerdyk - Apart from currently being a corporate marketing analyst, advisor and media commentator, Chris Moerdyk is non-executive chairman of Bizcommunity. He used to be 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.
Daniel Munslow - Daniel Munslow is chief communications officer at Talk2Us (www.talk2us.co.za, @Talk2Us_za), a consultancy specialising in internal communication and employee engagement at a strategic level. He is an IABC regional board member and sits on several other industry committees and judging panels.
Darren Woolley - 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..
Dave Nemeth - 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 IIDNemeth Trend Report annually in all major SA cities.
Declan Hollywood - Declan Hollywood is account manager at Google South Africa.
Declan has been working for three years with Google. He began his career in the European Headquarters as an account manager for the travel industry, working with OTA's and Tour Operators.
Deon Scheepers - Deon Scheepers is Regional Business Development Manager, Interactive Intelligence Africa..
Donna Rachelson - 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..
Douglas Kruger - Douglas Kruger has won the SA Championships in both a sporting pursuit and an intellectual one. He is a three-time winner of the SA National Skateboarding Championships, and a five-time winner of the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking.
Dr KF Lai - Dr KF Lai is co-founder and CEO of BuzzCity (www.buzzcity.com), a mobile media company in the development and marketing of mobile services and entertainment globally. Email ..
Duncan McLeod - 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.
Eric Edelstein - Eric has co-founded many South African tech companies such as the incuBeta group (Click2Customers, TrafficSynergy and Yola) and springleap. His latest venture helps organisations constructively engage with their customers and employees - evly.com).
Evert Lombaert - Evert is a Social Media Manager at Ctrlroom with Jedi beliefs. GQ Mag's Film Critic (SA edition).
Gail Schimmel - 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.
Gavin Davis - Gavin Davis is Executive Director of Communications at the Democratic Alliance. He can be contacted on or on Twitter @gavdavis..
Georgia Christian - Georgia Christian is a copywriter and e-marketing specialist for Lima Bean (www.limabean.co.za; @limabeansa), a web development, design and online marketing company in Woodstock, Cape Town. She is also editor of email marketing service Mail Blaze (www.mailblaze.co.za; @mailblaze), responsible for communicating its five-plus years of industry experience and accumulated knowledge to the market.
Gill Moodie - Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) is a freelance journalist, media commentator and the publisher of Grubstreet (www.grubstreet.co.za). She worked in the print industry in South Africa for titles such as the Sunday Times and Business Day, and in the UK for Guinness Publishing, before striking out on her own.
Gisele Wertheim Aymes - 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.
Grahame Hall - Grahame Hall is a copywriter with 35 years experience. In that time he has worked in dozens of agencies, large and small.
Harry Herber - 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.
HDI Youth Marketeers Team - Jason Levin is MD, Jessica Oosthuizen is writer and analyst and Mokebe Thulo is communications and publicity manager for HDI Youth Marketeers (www.hdiyouth.co.za). All three spend their time deepening their understanding of what makes young South Africans tick.
HKLM Exco Team - Gary Harwood is a founder and director of HKLM (www.hklm.co.za); Graham Leigh is a founding director; Jerry Nyagah is MD of HKLM Nairobi; Julia Bouie Leuner is a director; Andre Redelinghuys is head of strategy; Johan van Wyk is ECD; and Dr Sean McCoy is HKLM's CEO and Brand Council of South Africa (BCSA) chairperson. Read the livinglab.hklmgroup.com blog; follow @hklm_lab on Twitter; connect on Facebook..
Ilse du Plessis - Ilse du Plessis is Director at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) IP department.
Ingrid Louw - Ingrid Louw is CEO of Print and Digital Media South Africa (PDMSA)..
James Hurford - James Hurford | Copywriter | Trainer | Coach | Owner of Passion - the copywriting company.
At Passion we specialise in copywriting in plain language for the financial services sector.
Janice Spark - Janice Spark is a managing partner at advertising and PR agency Idea Engineers (Facebook; @ideaengineerssa). Spark, a founding member of Idea Engineers, has directed the marketing efforts of leading global organisations for over 20 years.
Janine Lazarus - 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 - Recently voted one of the Top 10 Most Influential PR People, Janine Lloyd has been shareholder and MD Livewired PR (now a part of the Fore Good Group) over the last 13 years. She has an earlier decade of experience in PR and communications leadership experience.
Jason Stewart - 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.
Jeremy Matthews - Jeremy Matthews is Panda Security's country manager. Originally from the UK, he is a 20-year veteran of the local IT industry with a range of experience covering enterprise software sales, application integration, web enablement and network/endpoint security.
Jess Mouneimne - Jess Mouneimne is a full time mommy blogger, and founder and editor of mommymatters.co.za..
Jessica Lupton - Jessica Lupton is a conceptual fashion and advertising stylist and fashion show producer with the added skill of Art Direction..
John Ginsberg - John is involved in a software as a service company called Ensight. The company is building a marketing platform that helps companies automate communication across multiple channels.
Josh Adler - Josh Adler is director at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (www.anzisha.org) at African Leadership Academy (@ALAcademy) - identifying, developing and connecting the next generation of African leaders. Before entering education, Josh worked for UNDP's Africa Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM) and prior to that was the CEO of web technology firm Prefix Technologies.
Justin McCarthy - Justin McCarthy, group MD at TBWA\Group\Durban, is a retail, tech, media and telecoms junkie and a lifelong fan of rugby, wine and long copy. Persuasion comes in many forms - subtlety is not his favourite and he defends the right to offend.
Kelly Marsh - Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing, reading and travelling.
Kevin Bassett - 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.
Lee Hartman - Lee Hartman is a former banker turned entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO of Connecto, a mobile app that enables any business to connect with its customers to enhance loyalty, reduce churn and drive repeat sales..
Lucinda Boddy - Lucinda Boddy is MD of Livewired Public Relations.
Lynn Smit - Lynne Smit, social media guru at Hippo Communications.
Marcus Stephens - 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..
Mark Gray - Mark Gray is head of Graylink. Graylink is a leading provider of cloud-based recruitment software to corporate Africa.
Mark Schefermann - My knowledge and enthusiasm for the digital world enables me to think creatively and challenge briefs. My passion is strategy and showing how digital can open new opportunities for clients.
Mark Taylor - Mark Taylor, chief executive officer (CEO) of Nashua Mobile, is an ICT industry veteran with more than two decades of experience. Prior to re-joining Nashua Mobile on 1 October 2012, Taylor was the managing director (MD) of Vodacom Payment Services (M-PESA) as well as managing executive for Vodacom's Supply Chain and Logistics divisions..
Matona Sakupwanya - 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.
Matt Rose - Matt Rose, avid trend watcher passionate about SA's people, is a strategic planner at Base2 Digital Johannesburg (WPP) , specializing in market research, shopper marketing, behavioral psychology. He brings a grounded, often controversial approach to uncovering consumer insights.
Matthew Rowles - Matthew Rowles is the senior copywriter at human.kind..
Max Ottavin - Max Ottavin is Director at Cortell Corporate Performance Management www.cortell.co.za.
Melody Maker - Melody Maker is a digital strategist at Acceleration Media.
Michele Usher - Michele is Head of Marketing at Futuregrowth Asset Management. She has worked in the marketing environment within the financial services industry for over 20 years and enjoys managing a brand that fosters the principles of Good Money, ie sustainable business and social practices..
Mike Jones - Mike Jones, is Native's Lead Digital Strategist and is a dedicated team player. He comes from a traditional agency background specialising in brand and communication strategy.
Nandkishor Buty - Nandkishor Buty is CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Africa (www.ogilvyafrica.com). He has been in advertising and marketing for the past two decades, initially in India and then in Kenya, Tanzania and other markets in Africa.
Naseem Javed - 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.
Noëleen Bruton - Noëleen Bruto is marketing manager at Tsogo Sun, a hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa..
Obaika Consulting Team - African global communicator Nonye Mpho Omotola is the managing partner of Obaika Consulting South Africa (www.obaikaconsulting.com), focusing on increasing FDI for businesses across Africa. Victor Obaika is principal partner of law firm Obaika & Company and executive chairman of ad agency The Firehouse Africa; TV and radio production company Que Films Productions; and business advisory firm Obaika Consulting.
Oresti Patricios - Oresti Patricios, CEO of the OrnicoGroup (www.ornico.co.za), has been in the media information business for over 25 years. He has an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and a huge body of brand knowledge and experience, which he brings to the brand intelligence offered by the company.
Peter Mann - 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.
Petros Kondos - Petros Kondos is a CRM, mobile media and customer communications specialist. He has extensive experience making cost-effective CRM work for a range of industries specialising in retail and the financial services space.
Reece Easthorpe - Reece Easthorpe, has a clothing label 'Rock Paper Scissors' which he markets off social media and a start-up handling local businesses social media called 'Umlomo Omkhulu.' Through his posts he wishes to promote the usage of social media as a platform, learning tool and marketing avenue..
Rod Baker - 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.
Ronald Bach - Ronald Bach, Business Unit Director at one of South Africa's leading digital agencies, Prezence Digital, is responsible for the business delivery team servicing clients and driving new business opportunities. He previously held postions at 24.com, the last of which was being responsible for the Mobile strategy for 24.com..
Rosalind Davey - Rosalind Davey is a Partner at corporate law firm Bowman Gilfillan and obtained BA and LLB degrees from the University of Natal and was admitted as an attorney in 2002..
Rose Setshoge - Rose Setshoge's wealth of talent includes marketing, communications, journalism, advertising and research. She completed a media planning course at the AAA School of Advertising.
Saint-Francis Tohlang - Saint-Francis Tohlang is an Independent Insight Consultant and Trend Analyst. He provides insight observations to different stakeholders such as Flux Trends, HDI Youth Marketeers, Lovelife, Savino Del Bene and South African trend observations to a leading international trend firm.
Samantha Wright - 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".
Sarah Britten - Sarah Britten is a freelance strategist and writer based in Johannesburg. Having worked on brands from Standard Bank, Wimpy and Kulula to MTN and SARS, she now focuses on social media and content strategy.
Sarah-Jane Boden - Passionate about growing talent, job creation, all things Africa and story-telling through content..
Sid Peimer - Sid Peimer has established himself as one of the great adventurers in the field of strategic planning..
Stella Robinsons - Stella Robinsons, born and raised in Philadelphia. Interested in ways to make income from home.
Steve Cragg - Steve Cragg is CEO of the Buchanan Group Africa, India & Middle East, Turkey and Brazil, which recently developed and launched HomeTesterClub.com in South Africa, India and Australia. After first working in the Australian office, Cragg returned to SA and set up the African office.
Styli Charalambous - Styli Charalambous is the CEO of the Daily Maverick and a chartered accountant by profession..
Subhash Chandra - 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 - 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 16 largely dedicated to digital. Currently, she is head of digital at New Media Publishing.
Talifhani Munzhedzi - 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.
Tameron Carneson - A driven and passionate communicator fascinated with meaningful brand communications and inspired by positive action..
Terry Levin - Brand activist, owner of %ff the shelf marketing (offtheshelf.co.za), Afrophile, designer, reporter, promoter, forecaster, Bizcommunity.com creative director at large. A regular contributor of events coverage and opinion, she is happy to provide coverage of any industry event you care to name.
Thamsanqa Malinga - Thamsanqa Malinga is a communications specialist. His industry career spans 8 years focusing on internal communications, media relations, strategy development and implementation, as well as campaign management.
Thomas Oosthuizen - 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 - 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.
Vanessa Clark - Vanessa Clark divides her time between heading up marketing at Mobiflock (www.mobiflock.com), and freelance journalism at Twokats Communications (www.twokats.com). She was a London-based tech journalist in the last century.
Veli Dlamini - Veli Dlamini is the CEO/Founder at Celebrities and Brands. He is an entrepreneur, marketing executive, former music executive and artist manager.
Walter Pike - Walter Pike (@walterpike), the founder of PiKE | New Marketing (www.pike.co.za), consults to agencies and brands in learning how to build brands and businesses in the connected world. He founded and runs the Digital Academy (www.digitalacademy.co.za) to equip people to be successful in this world..
Wikus Engelbrecht - Wikus Engelbrecht is a marketing writer, journalist and media liaison at GraphicMail (www.graphicmail.co.za; @GraphicMail), an international email and mobile marketing service provider. Since 2003, his professional career in language and media has spanned the film, print advertising, magazine publishing, web development and online content industries.