Ajay Bhalla is president, Enterprise Security Solutions, responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the MasterCard global network and its more than 51-billion transactions each year. He also serves on the company's Management Committee..
• Mobile telecommunications industry professional with wide-ranging experience in electronic and mobile identity, mobile payments, and international development sectors.
• Consultant to private sector in SME impact investing, mobile money, market information systems.
• Managed multi-stakeholder programmes valued over $1 million in Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
• Special focus on user experience and value chain analysis..
Ané Theron started her career in motoring journalism at Rapport, and moved over to City Press after a few years, before settling into a full time career at AutoTrader SA. She's at her happiest driving along twisty coastal roads, or crawling across rugged terrain in a beefy 4x4, or driving through the desolate Karoo.
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)..
Bianca Quinn-Diavastos is the head of business solutions & strategy at 25AM. She has worked in media and publishing since 2006 and has gained a diverse range of experience spanning the marketing and strategic digital industries.
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..
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..
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..
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.
A leading blue chip international company recently identified Dave as one of the top creative influencers in the country.
Dave Nemeth is a qualified designer who has held a variety of senior as well as executive positions with some of the countries leading retail groups, spanning a career of twenty years. Email Dave at , follow @davenemeth on Twitter and connect on Facebook..
Stone Soup is a public relations consultancy specialising in business to business communication and is a part of the Iconic Group which includes Wag the Dog Publishers (The Media, The MediaOnline, The MOST Awards and EASYDIY), Ideaology and Snippet Video..
Adrian Saville is CIO of Cannon Asset Managers and he holds a Visiting Professorship in Economics and Finance at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. View Adrian's blog at Adriansaville.com or follow him on Twitter at @AdrianSaville..
Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group, was originally in private practice as a General Practitioner on the Atlantic Seaboard from 1991 to 1996, after which he joined the family business as MD in 1996, followed by his present position..
Mike Sweeting is an experienced and entertaining international speaker on company valuations, exit strategies, succession planning and more, gleaned from 25 years with leading mergers & acquisitions specialist BCMS, a group of companies of which South Africa based Xigo is a member.
As director of international development, Mike is responsible for expanding BCMS' presence in key markets, giving him a unique insight into both universal laws and local customs of completing M&A transactions..
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.
Johann Koegelenberg is co-founder of the company Adapt To Change (www.AdaptToChange.co.za). He has extensive experience in operations management, quality, supply chain and continuous improvement and has a strong financial background..
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..
Kelly Hook is responsible for creating innovative direct property investment opportunities for clients as well as research of the listed property sector. She is a qualified Professional Associated Valuer with the SA Council for Property Valuers Association, having gained extensive experience in the valuation of the listed property sector during her time at Old Mutual Property and later Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa (OMIGSA).
Leigh Andrews (@leigh_andrews) is Editor-in-Chief: Marketing & Media at Bizcommunity.com and one of our Lifestyle contributors. She loves milkshakes, word play and alliteration, and can be reached at ..
Liezel Visser is the Head of Creative at Trafficfundi. She obtained her degree in BA Communication Studies at the NWU as well as her BA (Hons) in Marketing Communication at the University of Johannesburg.
Madelein van der Watt is Development Manager at Sage Pastel Payroll & HR and a regular commentator in financial and business media, is an expert in areas of employee tax and legislative changes affecting payroll..
Melissa Baird is a multi-faceted communications strategist, workshop facilitator, public speaker and talented wordsmith whose career has spanned traditional advertising, interactive television, digital marketing and book and magazine publishing. Currently Baird is an independent sustainability communications strategist, writer and editor after a five-year tenure heading up strategy at Ogilvyearth..
Nadia Rawjee is the director of strategy and finance at Uzenzele Holdings (Pty) Ltd. Nadia Rawjee has experience in industries ranging from FMCG to manufacturing and mining because of family interest and her involvement in an influential African network called Intra Business Network.
Nicci Botha has been wordsmithing for more than 20 years, covering just about every subject under the sun and then some. She's strung together words on sustainable development, maritime matters, mining, marketing, medical, lifestyle...
I started out in the world of social media growing Africa's largest Online Travel Agency, Travelstart's presence from just around 1500 followers to over 3 million across the globe, a community which was also one of the most highly engaged in the industry. A creative problem solver who values honest marketing, I believe in demystifying what happens on social so that businesses are more clued up as to how they're achieving their goals..
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..
Ryan Ravens has extensive experience in leadership positions in the public and private sectors having joined Accelerate Cape Town from his role as CEO of consulting company, TetraPlex. Prior to that he was the group executive: strategic partnerships at Blue IQ Investment Holdings.
With over 18 years' experience in visual communications, Sam brings a combination of linear and lateral thinking to the table. Her core ability is being able to conceptualise and bring visual elements to life on the page, whether in print or in pixel..
Zahra Rawjee has been involved with, and had exposure to, various industries and businesses in shareholder, director and management executive capacities due to a range of family interests within South Africa and abroad. Her skills lie in business and contract analysis, training and facilitation, as well as access to developmental funding.