Adam joined OpenText in October of 2001 and has served the organisation in numerous roles, including Product Management, Marketing, Engineering, Information Technology, The Office of The President/CEO and PMO, Partner Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. Adam presently holds the station of Chief Marketing Officer and SVP and also oversees OpenText's Global Partner & Alliance operations..
Highly motivated, goal driven Senior Manager with a passion for Marketing, Strategy, and Leadership. Experienced in B2B Sales and Marketing, HOD level across the MICE, Telecommunications, and Defence industry..
As Creative Director at Isobar, Adriaan follows a strict personal design code and aspires to create authentic innovative solutions. His style is crisp and unambiguous, with a firm belief that "less is always more".
Ailsa Wingfield currently serves as head of thought leadership across Nielsen's global emerging markets, with responsibility for helping companies 'future-proof' their businesses through strategic foresight, knowledge creation and thought leadership curatorship. Ailsa has extensive experience in Africa working with global and local brands in multiple countries across the consumer goods and telecommunications industry..
Alan Smith is the owner and executive producer at Produsa, which specialises in developing advertiser funded programing and broadcasting local content in the Lifestyle, Entertainment and Sport genre's, and has a keen interest in documentaries. His main role is developing the business partnerships and sponsorships to develop local content..
Alison Treadaway is a director at Striata, a digital communications specialist which provides software and services to medium & large companies across the globe. Treadaway joined Striata in 2002 and served as head of Striata's Africa region for 13 years before moving her focus to marketing strategy and data privacy compliance.
Allon Raiz is the CEO of Raizcorp, a privately-owned small business Prosperator in South Africa, accredited as a Centre of Excellence by the UK-Government approved Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI). In 2008, Raiz was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in 2011 he was appointed for the first time as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship, making him one of 15 world experts in the field..
Amanda Dlamini is a graduate from the University of Pretoria, GIBS, UNISA's Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), and Harvard Business School. She's held various marketing positions in leading FMCG companies like South African Breweries (SAB), Nampak and Tiger Brands, and she spent a significant tenure as a Senior Strategist for Ogilvy and Mather Africa, based in Nairobi (Kenya)....
Andre Fourie has worked in the field of public relations and strategic communications for the past ten years, managing the strategy formulation and campaign implementation for clients in the ICT, leisure, government, political, academic and business sectors.
He is the founder of South Africa's first on-demand strategic communications consulting firm, Fury Strategic..
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.
Andrew took over the reins of the Loeries, a non-profit company, in 2005. Since then, the programme has grown into the largest celebration of creativity across Africa and the Middle East, and Loeries Creative Week is now the largest gathering in the region for the brand communications industry.
Andrew Ridl, Expert in Digital Communication and the CEO of One Digital Media founded the initial company (MerchInt) which was sold to One Digital Media in 2007. He has gained invaluable experience working in Siemens Business Services (Germany and UK).
As general manager for Southern Africa, Andrew (Andy) Hedley oversees Amadeus' commercial and operational strategies. He has a wealth of commercial, travel and online experience and is well versed in international management.
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy is editor at Memeburn and prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone and game reviews over on Gearburn..
The marketing and media industry is no stranger to Angelika who has two decades of experience in brand and agency management. Angelika has a Diploma in Marketing and Advertising from the Institute of Management (IMM) and is an accredited facilitator, mediator and negotiator through AFSA (Arbitration Facilitation South Africa)
Her strengths include managing all media agency types related to all commercial and process-based issues, with a special focus on contract negotiation, performance management and good governance..
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 specialising in the measurement, risk mitigation and optimisation of B2B relationships. Contact details: | Twitter @Annnurock.
Annabel Porter in the group marketing manager for Kantar Added Value. Prior to joining the agency in 2016 her job was to get people to watch more TV, as commercial marketing manager for broadcaster UKTV....
Ant Pascoe is the General Manager at digital news and content company TEAMtalk media. An energetic and vibrant personality, Pascoe's ability to pen insightful commentary and business proposals (he's a journalist too), and his passion for sport and the digital world at large, keep his keen commercial insights well honed....
Antoinette is passionate about result-driven marketing, copywriting and powerful content! She writes for Youth Dynamix, a youth & family specialist research and marketing agency. To activate your brand in the youth market, contact or call 071 551 8200..
The managing partner of Urbian, Anton Moulder helped co-found the digital product studio with his partner Gary Willmott, to forge a firm where digital is used to better business, deliver new markets, and unlock new revenue streams. Described by his clients as a “strategic visionary”, Moulder is obsessed with design thinking, disruptive business models, and how technology can make the world a better place for people and business..
I am a professional marketer working with full experience in both traditional and digital marketing. In my current role within Absa, I am responsible for all things digital including influencing and managing the group digital media investment.
Babalwa is a trained storyteller who believes that social media has the potential to change the world as we know it. She believes emphatically in the power of creative content, and strives to see brands stretching the boundaries in how they tell their stories everyday.
CEO & Founder at Bandzishe Group & Bandzishe Foundation | CMO-Level Marketer | LGBTIQ+ Workplace & Business Activist | Marketing Columnist | LGBTIQ+ Diversity & Inclusion Columnist
Bandile is a Prolific Growth Driver, a seasoned CMO-Level Marketer, a multi-faceted EXCO and Director Level Marketing Mastermind who delivers a broad range of Strategic Marketing Planning and Marketing Management Services that guarantee measurable results
Bandzishe Group is a global Bespoke, Integrated and Strategic Marketing Strategy consultancy
Bandzishe Foundation is an African Institute for LGBTIQ+ Workplace, Business & Leadership Inclusions.
Living and breathing e-sports for the last 20 years Barry "Anthrax" Louzada has one goal and that is to see e-sports get the true recognition it deserves. Whether it is leading teams to international dominance or shout casting games to panel host.
Ben Shapiro began his career of almost 8 years on the conceptual side of advertising as a copywriter before he realised his talents were best put to use at the beginning of the creative process - the point when the strategic thinking happens. Since then he has worked across many different brands and categories.
Beverley Klein is the editor of the Marketing Media South Africa section on Bizcommunity.com. With a background in journalism and historical studies, she's dived into the world of industry news, curating content, writing and interviewing thought leaders.
Bianca Quinn-Diavastos is the managing director of the digital marketing agency Jetweb - "Digital on Demand". She has worked in media and publishing since 2006, and has gained a diverse range of experience spanning the marketing and strategic digital industries..
Bonnie Ramaila is a seasoned communication and marketing expert and professional with over 20 years' experience in the communication, public relations, media liaison, advertising, branding, eventing, marketing, reputation management, business development and stakeholder relations and management in both the private and public sectors..
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 ran each week in the Saturday Star in Johannesburg and the Weekend Argus in Cape Town.
Brendon Williamson is CSO at DPO PayGate, which processes payments for over 10,000 online merchants in Southern Africa. DPO PayGate (previously PayGate, VCS and PayThru) is a subsidiary of The Pan-African payments Group, Direct Pay Online (DPO)..
Brian Mechem is COO and Co-Founder of Grin, a software solution for companies who run influencer marketing programs. Grin's software powers some of the best influencer programs in the world, providing insights on ROI and adding efficiency to the influencer marketing process..
With an Honours degree in Information Design, Bronwen is a brand identity design expert with 16 years' experience in multi-national design agencies. She rose to executive creative director at The Brand Union's Africa and Middle East office before leaving in 2010 to found Sunshinegun with George Rautenbach....
Bruce von Maltitz is currently the MD of 1Stream, a cloud-based contact centre technology provider. He has over 20 years experience in the service industry focusing specifically on contact centres for the last twelve years.
Candace is the marketing manager at QuickEasy Software, a proudly South African software company in Cape Town with a national footprint, focused on simplifying business processes by integrating every aspect of the business cycles into one, easy-to-use system. With a well-known legacy in the printing sector in South Africa, QuickEasy is now effectively offering the same efficiency-improving software to packaging, and to all businesses, in South Africa..
Candice Goodman is the DMA's Direct Marketer of the Year 2016. She has headed up Education at the Mobile Marketing Association of South Africa for the past five years, and was on the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA of SA) Advisory Board as Chairman, was the first Certified MMA Mobile Marketer in South Africa and is on the Education Committee of the IAB..
Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Global Access SA.
Marketer, Social Activator and general geek girl.
Marketing at THE company for innovative and creative digital media and content solutions. I get to have fun and create it for a living..
Carmen Murray is a passionate entrepreneur who has been an active force in developing strategies for global and local brands across diverse industries in SA, and extending into Africa. She has shared her passion for digital marketing by conceptualising and orchestrating marketing campaigns that effectively reinforce and build brand image and revenue for many blue chip companies across the globe..
Carmen Murray is the founder of Boo-yah! and has become a household name among marketing professionals as a result of her inspirational "masterclasses". These sessions have reached thousands of marketers across SA.
Caroline Currie is sales and marketing director for The Clarion Group. Clarion Retail is a division of The Clarion Group specializing in offering creative in-store print branding solutions with a cutting edge approach to industry innovations..
Prior to joining H+K, Carrie worked with clients such as Vodacom Business Africa, Adobe, TNT Express, Coca Cola South Africa and SizweNtsalubaGobodo, to name a few. This allowed her to build a foundation of experience in multiple industries, like financial services, professional services and supply chain.
Cecilia Mohlala is a practicing Social Media Community Manager and writer who started out as a journalist and columnist for a community newspaper for two years. She studied Digital Marketing through DigifyZA from Livity Africa.
Vacchiano graduated from Madrid Complutense University in Economics and Tourism. After participating in several seminars in Business Administration and Management in USA (UCLA and YALE) he started working as a consultant....
Chans Weber is the CEO of Leap Clixx, a digital marketing agency. He has 10 plus years of experience in a variety of industries, including marketing, finance and online technology, and is known for his skill in transforming company's visions and goals into tangible revenue..
Chantel Botha is a brand and business innovator who focuses on how customers connect with brands. She finds meaning in designing engaging customer experiences that creates value for brands and their patrons..
Chantel Botha is a brand and business innovator who focuses on how customers connect with brands. She finds meaning in designing engaging customer experiences that creates value for brands and their patrons..
2016's IAB Bookmark Award, Marketer of the year winner, Charl Bassil has been at Pernod Ricard since 2013, after joining the company from SAB Miller. He is widely credited with having created a dynamic marketing environment built on true partnership - fostering a spirit of collaboration by bringing in new agencies and providing new mandates for existing agency partners....
Charl Vollmer, founder of REDFLYSEO and dedicated digital marketing entrepreneur. Charl is passionate about helping small to medium sized business reaching their potential targeted audience online and increasing brand awareness..
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..
Chiara Di Rago is leading the industry when it comes to influencer marketing and how best to utilise new platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat. Utilising her BA in Strategic Communications, 22 year old Di Rago has carved out a position as thought leader in the "new" social space.
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 Gregory (@listen_to_chris) Is the Africa and Middle East Sales Manager for TripAdvisor, where he is responsible for paid digital media and content solutions. Chris is an avid chef who loves golf and Netflix..
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.
Chrisna is a hands-on, practical, and solutions-driven individual, who values purpose, passion and a good sense of humour. She heads up strategy at Weathermen & Co, a four-year old agency in Windhoek, Namibia, that's quickly grown to become the biggest, with clients like Tafel Lager, Ohlthaver & List, FNB Namibia, NamDairies and MTC.
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.
With almost 20 years of experience in media, Mediamark Group Sales Director Cindy Diamond leads top sales teams tasked to craft multichannel advertising solutions for brands. Cindy is one of the founders of Mediamark and has been instrumental in its transformation from a radio sales house to a media results company drawing on the benefits of radio, digital, tv, content and events, including activations..
Claire Denham-Dyson started studying anthropology at the university currently known as Rhodes and then moved to UCT. After finishing her Honours degree she moved back to Johannesburg and through fate or luck she found that Warren Moss (CEO of Demographica) was looking for an anthropologist.
With a design background, and a successful career in publishing at Penguin Books heading the local publishing division, the skills in process management and people management made for an obvious choice initially as operations manager, advancing to managing director in seven years in online panel research at Panel Services Africa..
Clare works predominately in the corporate and professional services portfolio with a focus on the sustainability, resource and industrial sectors. Clare is a certified crisis counsellor and has managed a number of issues for multinational clients..
Claudelle Naidoo is an accomplished Marketing, Consumer & Media Research Specialist with 13 years of experience working across multi-million rand portfolios within organisations such as Nielsen SA, Media 24, Caxton, and Kagiso Media.
Currently, Claudelle heads up MediaCom's Analytics & Insights division, where she focuses on using technology and data modelling exercises to develop and execute insights that assist businesses in understanding the impact of their sales and marketing initiatives..
Claudia has worked in the PR space for over 10 years. She possesses key strengths in exposure strategy, campaign management and writing and her attention to detail and leadership skills ensure that her team always deliver results that surpass expectations.
Cleve Gibbon is a technology evangelist with over 20 years' experience delivering digital platforms for large organisations. Currently the Chief Marketing Technology Officer at Cognifide where the team provides the technical expertise to effectively make, manage, measure and mobilise digital content..
Well versed in leveraging information into insights, opportunities and ideas to help build strong brands. As a master of the brand building discipline, I have both the the experience and people skills to help earn me the position of 'trusted advisor' among both clients and staff.
Specialties: Brand and Communication Strategy.
Colin Cullis strives to find new and better ways of telling stories everyday in his role as product owner for Primedia Broadcasting's talk stations, 702 and CapeTalk. His searching often throws out fascinating insights into innovations and trends that are changing the way we live, and inform his weekly feature on The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, called Business Unusual.
Craig Hannabus is Group Digital Strategist at Havas, a communications industry leader that delivers impactful, integrated marketing solutions for leading brands and businesses in Southern Africa and beyond. He has spent his entire adult life in the technology and marketing industry, exploring both the development and the content creationa spects of it..
Damon went to New Zealand to work with his old partner Shane Bradnick and make some secret creative sauce. Before that he was ECD at Saatchi and Saatchi Australia, before that, Group ECD of TBWA Hunt Lascaris and Global ECD of Standard Bank.
Dan Marcus is the CEO of specialist project management software company, Magnetic. He is a smart thinker and an entrepreneur of note who started his first company at the age of 18, and has since built and led four successful business ventures - the latest of which is Magnetic.
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 film and theatre journalist for more than 30 years, published playwright and creator of the independent training initiative The Writing Studio, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012, 2014 and 2015, and 2nd spot in 2016 on Bizcommunity.com..
Daniel is an independent communication consultant working with leading organisations on mapping out strategic communication, executive communication and crisis communication needs. He regularly speaks at local and international conferences about research, crisis communication, leadership communication, agility and integration.
Danilo Acquisto is a TV presenter on Afternoon Express and a radio presenter on Good Hope FM. Danilo's passion and ambition as a digital entrepreneur in South Africa saw him being appointed as the CEO of Special Effects Media South Africa, a YouTube Multi-Channel Network (MCN) backed by international partners, which launched in 2017.
Darren Kerr has been the director and executive producer at 10th Street (Media) since the company opened in 2014, and has worked in the SA production industry for over 10 years.
Since launching 10th Street (as 10th Street Media), he has worked on successful projects such as the Origami Art of Savings campaign for European online banking service Raisin.com, the Big Thanks Yous for Big Hearts production for hair care brand Darling, and on Rocomamas' award-winning #ElectionBurger campaign..
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..
David is responsible for the discovery, design and deployment of global analytics and customer-centric data solutions in multiple verticals.
He joined Acceleration's London office in 2007, and has over 15 years' experience in digital marketing technology.
David Limbert heads up the creative services department at Magnetic Storm and has a solid background in theatre. Following his studies at the Guildford School of Acting and qualifying as a stage manager, he cemented his reputation for excellence in the UK theatre world and worked at the Rep Theatre, the London City Ballet, and the world-famous, West End theatres..
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..
Dean is a digital strategist who started out in above-the-line communications, but swopped the analog for digital the first chance he got. He loves watching intelligence have fun, appreciates simplicity and is pretty sure the creative and strategic talent in the advertising community could solve the world's problems..
I am a dedicated individual, an analyst at heart, SEO professional, ORM professional, accomplished Content Marketer, SMO expert, and digital media award winner.
Starting out as a content producer I have evolved this business to be the cornerstone of success in all things SEO and Content Marketing for my 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.
Derryn studied a BA in Communications Sciences and Psychology through UNISA and majored in Integrated Marketing Communications. She is currently a Senior Digital Account Manager at Flume Digital Marketing..
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..
Having worked at the 'Big Three' advertising agencies in SA and proving her creative mettle abroad, Desirée has won multiple local and international awards for her work - including Cannes Lions and Clios. She believes in the importance of craftsmanship - that it's not in the designing, but in the redesigning.
Devon Meerholz is Chief Creative Officer at IMImobile, a global software and solutions group with a presence in over 60 countries worldwide. Devon's unique approach to creativity is put to good use at IMImobile's Johannesburg office.
Dirk Visser started as a social media specialist and in 2015 was promoted to his new position. He now heads a team of 11 - the biggest department at CBR Marketing Solutions, a company that specialises in digital marketing, which includes social media marketing, search engine optimisation, AdWords, web and app design and development, multimedia design and development, and above-the-line marketing..
Dominique Pienaar is the regional manager: Gauteng at DUO Marketing and Communications and has worked in the public relations industry for more than 15 years, with experience ranging from consumer to corporate and technology PR....
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..
Doros Hadjizenonos, country manager at Check Point South Africa, is responsible for Check Point's business in Southern Africa from a sales perspective. Hadjizenonos joined Check Point in 2010 as a channel manager, and brings more than 15 years of IT security experience to the organisation.
Douglas Kruger is a professional speaker and author of 'They're Your Rules, Break Them, 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.
Dustin is head of strategy at Ogilvy Public Relations, Johannesburg where he is responsible for areas such as communications strategy, planning, insights, data and analytics and issues and crisis management....
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.
Elizabeth specialises in all things Consumer Law, plain language drafting and designing and delivering training. She prides herself on being slightly out there and bringing a fresh perspective to compliance issues.
Industry stalwart Elna Pretorius has been a member of the marketing research fraternity for more than a decade. Co-founder and director at modern insights agency, Columinate, Elna has won several awards for her commitments and contributions to the industry....
Born in Dublin, Ireland, and bred in Johannesburg, Eoin began his career writing property brochures. From these humble beginnings he has risen through the ranks to creative director at such esteemed agencies as Draft FCB, King James, Metropolitan Republic, Lowe & Partners (both in South African and Europe) and now is the chief creative officer executive creative director of the Havas Group of Companies in Southern Africa....
Erik is the Chairman of Millward Brown (SA), Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business Schools unit of Neuro-Decisionmaking, Conference Speaker on matters of the brain, emotions, advertising and brand strategy, i.e. neuro-marketing....
After completing an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia Design and Production at City Varsity in 2006, winning the coveted ‘Student of the Year' award, he went on to work for various advertising and design agencies.
While working at one small seed (a pop-culture magazine and online platform), Ernst was responsible for the re-branding and redesign of the magazine and websites, resulting in an 800% increase in international sales..
As Global Account Director for MEA and Country Manager in Southern Africa for Alcatel, Ernst is leading the brand's growth strategy for the MEA region. Working closely with global network operators and distributors, he is helping to make Alcatel a formidable force in the fiercely competitive mobile market..
Etienne de Villiers is the lead programmer at Fuzzy Logic. Etienne has been creating interactive experiences for over 15 years and has worked at some of the top multimedia and game development companies in South Africa and the UK.
Microsoft global engagement lead for collaboration. 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..
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.
Garikai Nhongo is the managing director of KG&A Advertising in Rwanda and he is the group head of strategy for the global firm. He is also a blogger at www.thinkingentrepreneur.gq and www.garikainhongo.blogspot.com, an entrepreneur and a poet..
The managing partner of Urbian, Gary Willmott helped co-found the digital product studio with his partner Anton Moulder, to forge a firm where digital is used to better business, deliver new markets, and unlock new revenue streams..
Eyewitness News reporter Gia Nicolaides rose to prominence with her award-winning coverage of 2012's Marikana tragedy. Based in the North West Province for nine months to keep track of the story, she has written a book on her Marikana journey.
Gil Sperling is the co-founder and chief technology officer of ad-tech company Popimedia. Through the development of the meedee8 platform, Popimedia was granted the prestigious Facebook Marketing Partner status - the first company on the African continent to hold this accolade..
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.
Having worked in film and TV advertising production since the early 90s, Glen honed his craft at Velocity with Keith Rose and Ricardo de Carvalho until 1996, when he started Freshwater films - now Bouffant - with Lourens van Rensburg. In 2008, Glen joined Catapult Commercials as executive producer, handling both local and international campaigns..
Having kicked off his seasoned advertising career as a creative, Glen, who's more comfortable in a pair of boardshorts than a suit and tie, made his way over to the operational oversight and strategic side of the industry. That's where his key strengths lie, and that's where his decisiveness ensures Boomtown's efficiency, his strategic game plan ensures connection to clients and his project management delivers professional, consistently on-brand campaigns that give our clients value..
Glenn is a true entrepreneur. From the age of 16, he has been involved with Magnetic Storm, initially by assisting his brother with the setting up and de-rigging of AV equipment and thereafter maintenance of equipment; and at 25 years of age Glenn purchased Magnetic Storm.
Having first started out in the ad tech environment alongside some of the largest local digital publishers, Graham is now the Head of Mobile at South Africa's leading online fashion retailer, Zando, and is able to dive headfirst into the existing and ever-growing space of the mobile environment..
Grant Fleming has held senior management positions at leading tech, mobile and ecommerce companies. His current role is CEO of Leadify, an automated sales fulfilment channel that helps B2B and B2C brands and businesses turn internal IP into income.
Greg Mason is Effective Measure's Country Manager for South Africa. He has extensive experience in both the publisher and advertiser side of online advertising, having worked with large international publishers like MSN, BBC, CBS Interactive, Sky News and Times Lives..
Greg Wolejko is Head of Cognifide's UI Practice. With almost 15 years' experience in software development, the last 10 focusing solely on front-end technologies, he leads all of Cognifide's UI work, spanning multiple locations with almost 40 people working on delivering the best experiences clients and their customers....
Gustav Goosen is the CEO of The SpaceStation, a digital media sales company. The SpaceStation executes world-class, multi-platform digital media solutions across more than 40 premium websites, mobile sites and apps, from leading brands at Media24, 24.com and MultiChoice, making them a leader in the rapidly growing and evolving digital advertising arena in Sub-Saharan Africa..
Gwen Watkins is a freelance writer, editor, subeditor and author. Almost 30 years of experience across industrial and commercial writing, as a reporter and PR consultant, has given her expert grounding in brand communication and native advertising.
Harsha Prag is a brand associate director at strategic marketing consultancy, Added Value. With 12 years' experience across both agency and client side, she has helped steer the strategic direction and growth of many brands across a number of different categories including FMCG, financial services and automotive..
Herb van der Raad leads consulting services at Cognifide. Over the last 15 years, he has worked with brands across financial services, consumer products, manufacturing, and services industries to help shape and drive the operating model changes to make them more customer-centric.
Hicks Crawford is a leading Online Marketing Business and author. Over the past 4 years, he's worked closely with clients from all over the world to help them get more results from inbound marketing and blogging.
Ilse is a group editor at Bizcommunity.com, the first-choice B2B news site in Africa. She is the former editor of Marketing & Media Africa at Bizcommunity.com and is also a contributing lifestyle and travel writer.
I have a brand publisher mindset: the creation of content our audience is looking for and then to optimize the path to conversion. With over a decade of PR experience, in consumer, technology and financial services, Content marketing has become my passion allowing me to integrate traditional PR and social media capabilities..
Energy, personal finance and food processing is the strange combination of niches I have - by hook or by crook - fallen into. I also write just about anything under the sun for all media platforms including magazine, press releases, blogs and research articles..
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.
I am passionate about customer relationships, and how people and
partnerships drive long term sustainable solutions.
I enjoy and have delivered several innovative and creative solutions in the South African FMCG industry.
Have worked for Procter and Gamble and Coca-cola, before creating Prana Business Consulting..
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...
Janine Lloyd is the CEO of PR Expert, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker. With 27 years in leadership and entrepreneurship in the communications, marketing and branding fields, Janine is known for being an inspiring leader, razor-sharp strategist and successful entrepreneur.
CSO at Persuade Ltd.We focus on B2B inbound marketing, sales ready appointments focused on delivering high quality leads through conversion planning and automation while fused with offline traction points to deliver, introduce companies to decision makers in they industry. Want to chat? Message me here: www.calendly.com/persuade.
Jarred has worked in the digital industry for more than 15 years, founded two of SA's leading digital agencies (Cambrient & VWV Interactive), & is now one of the founders & directors of NATIVE, one of the top three digital agencies in the country. He sits on the Bookmarks committee & spearheaded the development of the entry & judging system.
Jason Acar is the head of SL Radio, having started the platform with Soccer Laduma in October 2016. Boasting over a decade of experience in sports journalism across various mediums, he is currently helping pioneer the sports podcasting business in South Africa.
Jason Ray is the owner and strategist at RADAR which he loves because it means he gets to be part of the front-line in their client's quest to be the very best at what they do. In his spare time he loves SA art, adventure travel and designing spaces..
Jason Ried is the founder and MD of Fuzzy Logic. Jason's vision for Fuzzy Logic is to create world-class games and apps while growing the games industry in South Africa which has a wealth of untapped potential and talent.
Jeanette is a multi-talented writer, ideas person, video editor, and director. She is fluent in four languages, and has the depth of knowledge and experience to lead social and content teams in telling a brand's stories online..
Jed Hewson is the co-founder of 1Stream (Pty) Ltd, a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based contact centre technology in South Africa. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, and his expertise lies in call centre technology and the communications and call centre space..
Jedd has been in the media industry for 19 years and worked within media agencies and creative agencies like OMD, JWT and Joe Public. He has been lucky enough to work on some fantastic brands like Nissan, Ford, Siemens, Smart Car, Clover, MTN, Absa, Coca Cola and Famous Brands, to name a few..
Born in Durban, raised in Joburg and seasoned in Adland, Jeff has a fetish for fresh ideas and clear, clever writing.
After meeting a copywriter while studying Business Science at UCT, Jeff got an itch for ads that only an internship at King James could scratch. Since then he’s worked at Saatchi & Saatchi, Havas, Switch and Grey.
With over a decade’s experience as a copywriter, he’s snared numerous awards including a D&AD Pencil, gold Cannes Lion and gold Loerie..
Jennifer Bruce is the founder of CSR Newsroom, a content production company that turns Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects into a multimedia news package. www.csr-newsroom.com email: email@example.com @jenbruce1.
Jennifer Human is social media manager at Creative Spark, working on both global and local brands on social media across all platforms to create strategically minded content that not only speaks to brands' business objectives, but also keeps engagement and creativity top of mind....
Jennifer Stein lives and breathes PR. With over 25 years in the industry she has extensive corporate and consumer PR experience across a number of sectors including automotive, IT, fast moving consumer goods, pharmaceutical, property, luxury brands and various services industries.
Jennilee Peremore is a media and communications professional with diverse experience in the industry. She has a Master's Degree in Applied Media and a Bachelor's Degree in Media, Communication and Culture..
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.
Jimmy Tembo is the co-founder of Birdie Media, a marketing company that focuses on campaign marketing in the Mpumalanga area. At a personal level, he consults for franchises and non-franchise businesses.
Co-Owner: Director of Strategy at Chat Factory Social Online Agency, focusing on community & engagement management, social media publicity & Online influencer management.
Co-Owner: Life Achievement Facilitator at Lifeology, focusing on people development through talks, workshops & online assistance..
Johan is an Anthropologist by education, but his career took him on a journey of being a passionate educator and mentor to many students in Business Studies and Visual Arts. He is a certified digital marketer and social media storyteller.
Johan Hanekom is the Managing Director of Hanbro - a boutique consultancy helping international companies setup and develop their UK market presence. Johan is a lifelong entrepreneur having started his first business at age 16.
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.
John Little is Regional Managing Partner, Middle East and Africa at The Observatory International. Between 1981 and 2009 he held the positions of MD of Ogilvy Jhb, Group MD of Leo Burnett, MD of Ogilvy Africa and CEO of GroupM, Africa.
Jon is the CEO of engage Video Group, a data-driven, social video publishing business. Jon is also the chairman of the Cape Town branch of the Advertising and Media Association of South Africa (AMASA) and the African representative to the World Economic Forum's global agenda council on the global creative economy....
Joseph Neusu is a digital marketer with extensive experience in digital strategy and execution, including social media. He has a great passion for understanding human behaviour and is an expert in neuroscience marketing.
Judith Middleton, director of new business development 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.
Julia Ahlfeldt is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP). She consults to blue-chips and multi-nationals and advises them how to retain relevance and increase profits by transitioning from inwardly focused silos to being dynamic and customer-centric.
Julia is a junior writer at Memeburn; a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch)..
Justin Hawes is managing director of exhibition, events and retail display company, Scan Display. He is actively involved in the industry, having served on the board of the Exhibition & Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA) and co-founded the Event Greening Forum (EGF), a non-profit organisation aimed at promoting sustainability in the South African events industry.
Kate Niemöller is a researcher at IQ Business, specialising in secondary research and linguistic quality assurance. Though the saying goes that a jack-of-all-trades is a master of none, Kate's varied interests have diversified her skillset....
Kelvin Jonck is the MD of YouKnow Digital. The company helps brands and agencies across Africa to efficiently use marketing technology platforms - spanning social media analytics and insights, social media management and business optimisation - to scale their marketing, customer service and research operations with ease..
A technophile and poorly disguised nerd, Kerryn has over seven years' experience in Marketing, Brand Management and Corporate Communications background - with a passion for research, writing and all things digital..
Kevin, the head of marketing at EmailMonks - one of the fastest growing email design and coding companies, specialises in crafting beautiful email templates, PSD to HTML email conversion and free master email templates. He loves gadgets, bikes, jazz, and breathes ‘email marketing'.
Kieron McCann has worked in technology marketing and marketing strategy for 17 years. Kieron's experience spans industries as diverse as drinks, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications and IT services.
Kobus Tosen was born in Witbank and matriculated in 1997 at Hoerskool Suid Natal. In his matric year, he was promoted to deputy head boy, became the 1st team rugby captain as well as senior ‘Victor Laudorium' After leaving high school Kobus studied sports administration and marketing at Pretoria Technikon.
Lara's official role is a creative team leader but she considers herself as someone who inspires and facilitates possibility and creativity - Boomtown's values. Overseeing the creative process, Lara ensures her team find the best possible creative solutions for clients, for them to realise their possibility....
With a background in science, journalism and international media, Laura's passion is communication. A self-proclaimed news addict and social media junkie, she is always inspired by new ways to tell great stories.
Lauren is a psychology graduate and qualified life coach with a passion for words, people and all things digital. Her love affair with all things advertising began in 2015, where she undertook the role of traffic manager in a digital agency.
With 23 years in the marketing industry, Isilumko Activate executive Lauren Durant has no difficulty helping companies build emotional connections between their brands and their customers through live events and crafted experiences. A left and right brain thinker, Lauren is always in beta and it's this combination that makes her a creative, yet strategic force in the industry..
Leigh Andrews (@leigh_andrews) is Editor-in-Chief: Marketing & Media at Bizcommunity.com and one of our Lifestyle contributors. She is passionate about issues of inclusion, equality and diversity, the only SA finalist shortlisted for the Women in Marketing #WIMawards2017, and can be reached at ....
Leigh Crymble is a senior marketing manager at a leading health insurance company in Joburg. Passionate about all things linguistic, she is interested in new ways of communicating and the online language trends in South Africa.
Lenore Kerrigan is the country manager for OpenText in Africa. She is an experienced executive in IT and telecommunications, with a vast range of experience in strategy, planning, management, sales, marketing and services.
Eager to learn more about anything digital, and excited to be part of the ever-changing online advertising ecosystem, Lianne fulfills the role of Sell Side Team Leader at DQ&A South Africa. An expert in DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) and AdExchange AdX) means that she can provide specialist advice on the optimal setup and optimisation of publishers' DFP and AdX accounts..
Steingold is the Marketing Manager of Facebook Marketing Partner, Popimedia.
Lisa takes the insights from having worked as a communications consultant and coach and couples it with her formal experience in the field of marketing and brand engagement to ensure she lives and breathes brand engagement.
Her very own personal 'THEORY OF EVERYTHING' is
(Authentic Engagement + Business Insight)*Innovation = Mastery®.
Lizelle McDermott is a journalist by trade, but has over 13 years' ICT marketing communications experience. Her core specialty lies in taking complex technologies and simplifying them to communicate them to a broader market.
Louise Hefer has over a decade of media industry experience - currently Media Strategist and CCM (Chief Coffee Maker) at The MediaShop. She is a custodian of knowledge management, laughing, having fun and seeing the glass half full.
Louise Marsland is currently Africa Editor: Bizcommunity.com; a Content Strategist and Trainer; and Trend Curator for Bizcommunity.com and her own TRENDAFRiCA.co.za. She has been writing about the media, marketing and advertising communications industry in South Africa for over 20 years, notably, as the previous Editor of Bizcommunity.com Media & Marketing; Editor-in-Chief AdVantage magazine; Editor Marketing Mix magazine; Editor Progressive Retailing magazine; Editor Business Brief magazine and Editor FMCG Files ezine..
Loyiso 'The Victor' Twala is a Creative Director at FCB Joburg. He was identified by the agency as a young leader with an important role to play in the agency's future, and sent to LeaderSurf to help forge additional leadership skills..
Luke Turnbull is the head of customer and lead analytics at Principa. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1995, during which time he developed his expertise in New Zealand, Great Britain and South Africa.
Lunice Johnston founded Lunice Johnston Communications in 2016. She decided to take the plunge and own her own reputation management business after gathering more than 25 years' experience working for various public relations and reputation management agencies.
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.
Lynn Joffe heads up Creatrix, a radio branded content specialist, bringing destination listening to a spectrum of South African target markets. Creatrix is the custodian of several successful storytelling campaigns, including Absaville (Absa), 24/7 Chomza Place (Telkom) and Makarapa City (Anglo American)..
Described as a Public Relations (PR) doctor by her peers, Madelain Roscher is the Managing Director of PR Worx, a full-service marketing-communications agency, which she established in 2001. With 22 years' in-depth industry experience based on an impressive consulting and corporate career, the firm has achieved remarkable successes under her leadership..
Maiyo Febi is the founder and managing director of Native Worx Public Relations and Communications, a boutique PR agency specialising in lifestyle and entertainment. Out of all the cool PR stuff she gets to do, she loves strategy, employee engagement, communications research, relationship building, event management and media relations.
Maiyo Febi is the founder and managing director of Native Worx Public Relations and Communications, a boutique PR agency specialising in lifestyle and entertainment. Out of all the cool PR stuff she gets to do, she loves strategy, employee engagement, communications research, relationship building, event management and media relations.
I'm a creative and hardworking young woman, focused on growing professionally. I have proven success with implementation of marketing strategies and the creation and execution of event activations, marketing and PR campaigns..
Manusha Pillai is currently the Director: Stakeholder Relations and Communications. Prior to this she was General Manager: Communications at Brand South Africa and has also been at the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs as well as Government Communication and Information Systems.
marcusbrewster is a brand synonymous with PR excellence in SA. An industry innovator, leader, and inspiration, Brewster affiliated his multi-award winning boutique firm with larger Level 1 BBBEE marketing/comms agency MediaRevolution for scale in 2016 and went on to launch Marcus Brewster International in Europe the following year.
Creative, focused, goal driven, loyal and a team player with a passion for relationship building through targeted communication and networking - with a knack for organising almost anything under the sun!.
Marguerite de Villiers is an anthropologist at strategic marketing consultancy Added Value. With three Social Science degrees, she applies her cultural insight and critical thinking in creative and innovative ways to explore the question of what it means to be human..
Mari-Louise is a creative strategist and TTL copywriter. Her offering to organisations and advertising agencies is somewhere between using left-brain neuromarketing to understand the behaviour of the target consumer and applying right-brain linguistics to make an emotional connection and trigger the desired action.
She loves talking, sharing and learning, so drop her a note anytime at !.
Maria Berrios-Carter is a freelance copywriter and creative consultant, with over 12 years' experience in the communication industry. She loves the smell of freshly squeezed ideas in the morning, working with people who believe in what they do and finding a Vida Lindt in her pocket.
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..
Mark Geschke is the CEO and Co-Founder of Xuviate, a digital transformation company focusing on small and medium businesses. With over 21 years of experience as entrepreneur, developer, IT consultant, business leader and visionary his focus has now shifted towards unlocking the true potential of IT in SMEs worldwide.
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.
Hi, I'm Martin Lamberti, founder of Rapid Sales Growth. Are you confused about leads for your business? You're not alone! As I continue my journey, I am meeting more and more businesses that have been through the modern marketing hangover and now they desperately need help with sales.
Maryla Masojada is co-founder and MD of Trade Intelligence, South Africa's pre-eminent source of retail business research, analysis and capability building solutions. TI has been providing powerful insight commentary and profiles on the South African consumer goods retail landscape and its players to over 40 of SA's leading multinational and local consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and service providers, since 2004..
Mathew is a brand strategy and communications professional with broad experience working in Europe, America, Africa and Middle East. He is a strategist by training and has won DBA and APEX awards for marketing effectiveness..
Preschern is a seasoned marketing and business strategy professional with more than 20 years of experience in strategy and transformation consulting, marketing strategy, brand positioning, demand generation, digital marketing, and communications. In September 2012, Matt received the BtoB "Top Digital Marketer" award....
Megan Bowman is a senior consultant at Kantar Consulting, a strategic sales and marketing consultancy. She approaches marketing problems through both and art and science lenses with experience crafted through global marketing at Unilever and quantitative market research at TNS..
Mfundo Ntsibande is marketing professional with over 16 years career of building brands, with a maverick approach to brand thinking. A thought- leader with a background in media and broadcasting (TV, Radio, Print), Advertising and entrepreneurship.
Michael Vlismas is an award-winning sports journalist and broadcaster, and owner of a sports media agency.
Michael Vlismas has worked in sports media for 25 years and for amongst others Reuters and the BBC World Service. He is the Africa correspondent for the international publication Global Golf Post and writes for a variety of South African and international newspapers and magazines..
Michael Zahariev is an entrepreneur who, at the age of 26, has founded and grown three prosperous tech startups based out of Cape Town and Johannesburg. Zahariev possesses a strong work ethic, which is backed by an innate entrepreneurial character.
Passionate about media and digital, for almost four years I have worked at digital marketing agency Rogerwilco where I combine both interests. I was recently promoted to head up the team of content writers.
Mike Freedman is founder of Freedthinkers (www.freedthinkers.com) which has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Freedthinkers works with clients in the private & public sectors to understand what is, discover what can be & reach clarity on how to get there.
It all started for Mike at a little agency called MorrisJones&Co. This is where he cut his first teeth, often alone in the strategy department working on clients like Famous Brands, Discovery and Foodcorp.
Prior to Olico, Mike founded the leading online financial product price comparison service ThinkMoney.co.za. Mike has over 10 years local and international experience in consumer lending, online marketing and online platform development.
Michael is the CEO of Imaginatrix.mobi.
He has over 23 years' experience in the ICT industry, has worked in multiple mobile network operators across Africa. These include Econet Wireless and Vodacom South Africa where he was instrumental in establishing the mobile advertising division.
Mike Saunders is the CEO of DigitLab, an international speaker, and has had the privilege of working with some of the worlds most prestigious organisations including Vodafone, IBM, Microsoft, KPMG, Norton Rose, Mr Price, Toyota and Exxaro. Along with his experience in business, Mike has also contributed to leadership programmes for Gordon's Institute of Business (GIBS)..
Mike is the founder and CEO of Cerebra, a specialist in social media and social business consulting, education and implementation for corporate brands. Now as part of the Wunderman Group following its acquisition in 2013, Cerebra provides support to one of the largest digital agencies in the country....
Mogorosi has 9 years' experience as a strategic planner and in his career he has worked for global agency networks which include GREY Africa, Havas Worldwide and McCann Worldgroup. In addition, he has consulted for many more agencies through The Strategy Department, a strategy consulting agency that brought him into contact with agencies such as The Jupiter Drawing Room, Interbrand and OwenKessel Leo Burnett..
Motheo Matsau, chief of marketing and sales at Ster-Kinekor, is a man with a plan and a vision. He is responsible for extending shelf life of films while captivating the existing and potential audience/moviegoers.
Mpho Mpofu is the founder and director of Masutane Consulting Services, a market research agency with offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, providing market insights to corporates across the SADC region.
Mpho's background spans consumer relations, market research and business development. She was also the QRCA Global Outreach Scholarship winner 2017-2018..
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Nandi Zambodla is currently a strategic planner at FCB Cape Town. She has completed a BA degree in international studies at the University of Stellenbosch followed by Honours in Brand Leadership at Vega.
Prior to joining the strategy team, she started at FCB in account management.
Her interests lie in behavioural economics, trend forecasting and youth culture..
Naseem Javed is a corporate philosopher and founder of the Image Supremacy Movement. He is a world recognised authority on global digital trends, image complexities how they impact business performances and create global age skill shifts.
Natalia Rosa is the director of Big Ambitions, a specialist Cape Town-based travel content marketing consultancy. Rosa is a passionate follower of online marketing, social media, retail travel, inbound tourism and publishing..
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...
Nicholas is a Capetonian that graduated from the AAA School of Advertising in 2015 with a degree in marketing communications and several specialisations. He has been working in the marketing, PR, and social media space ever since.
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 de Beer has over 16 years in the industry, says himself that he's "totally OCD about attention to detail". Passionate about anything Scandinavian, the region inspires his approach to design and life and he embraces all things minimal and vegan..
Nick Orton is CEO at Grapevine, which helps companies to be present with customers at the critical moments of their customer journeys. By combining omni-channel communications with marketing automation technology, Grapevine provides businesses and brands access to its cloud-based delivery platforms to help them interact at speed and scale.
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..
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..
Nkgadimeng holds a Diploma in Public Relations from Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA), and an Advance Diploma in Brand Innovation from Vega School of Brand Leadership. Prior to him starting Nkgadimeng Brand Communication, he has over eight years work experience in various sectors of business such as: NGO, Financial Institution, Department of Labour, Parastatal, Entertainment and FMCG, Media, including Education and Training..
Nokwazi Mzobe, Founder and Lead Consultant of Matoyana Business Solutions, a boutique business consulting company located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is targeted at start-ups, small and medium enterprises across Africa..
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.
A senior strategic planner at Joe Public United with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry, Parusha is skilled in digital strategy, consumer insights analysis, trends analysis, strategic brand consulting and strategic planning. She has a keen interest in research and media studies with a BA (Hons) focused in Information Design from University of Pretoria..
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..
With over 20 years' experience helping leading organisations overcome various business challenges, Paula understands the challenges that companies face in delivering a consistent brand experience and the impact this has on their bottom line. An analytical thinker that strives to solve business problems with innovative solutions, Paula believes that technology plays a major role in solving critical business and branding challenges.
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)..
Peter Barnard is an art director at Flume, a digital marketing agency in Johannesburg, South Africa. During his career, he has worked with high profile clients such as Universal Music Group, Warner Bros, Samsung, Guess Jeans, Sage, Cisco, and Nedbank.
Peter has spent over 35 years in research, advertising, media and marketing. He runs a customer intimacy and research consultancy called Echo that specialises in work with media owners including Naspers, Kagiso, Caxton, Facebook, the Publisher Research Council (PRC) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)..
Phindiwe Nkosi has a decade of experience coupled by post graduate studies from the University of Pretoria. Her experience ranges from working as a journalist, international news anchor, travel writer, speech writer, marketing and communications manager, editor, blogger, foodie 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.
Pieter Scholtz is the Co-Master Licensee in Southern Africa for ActionCOACH, the fastest growing and largest business coaching company globally. Pieter and his partner, Harry Welby-Cooke developed ActionCOACH across Southern Africa, which now boasts over 30 franchisees.
Pranjali is a digital marketing content writer at myPracticeReputation, holding 6 years of experience in writing different forms of content. A creative person, fond of writing fiction and poems in her free time.
Quinton Lavery is an award-winning director who has been honing his craft since he was 14 years old. He has directed music videos for some of South Africa's top bands, made a feature film and is currently keeping very busy with TVCs and branded content..
Rachel Thompson has 16 years of experience in market research, working first for Research International and then moving to GfK South Africa in 2009. She has experience across a wide range of research disciplines and a strong interest in innovation.
Freelance writer for any business or service which reveres gracious grammar, interesting ideas, and superb spelling.
A wealth of experience in conceptualising and writing high-impact advertising campaigns across all media, original and effective social media content, and everything in between..
Riaan graduated from UCT with a Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in Statistics and Economics. He is never discouraged by a daunting task and he carries the same attitude when it comes to his passion - taking down complex Data Sets.
Richard Bensted started iShack with partner Wayne Berger, but he takes the lead on brand and presence. The company focuses on creating inventive online branding solutions for organisations that want to boost their online presence and gain realistic impressions with SEO and Adwords.
Richard is the author of The Choice Factory, a book about applying behavioural science to advertising. He started his career as a media planner 17 years ago, working on accounts such as Coke, 118 118 and, before moving into research.
Rick Vanover (MVP, vExpert, MCITP, VCP, Cisco Champion) is director, technical product marketing and evangelism at Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualisation community.
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..
Rob Garden has worked for some of the foremost sponsorship agencies in the world and specialises in sport and entertainment communications with a focus on PR and social media. He is currently a PR specialist at the Discovery Sports Industry Sports Agency of the Year, Levergy.
Rob Green is CEO of GRM, an executive search, market entry, board advisory and leadership consulting firm with offices in Asia and Africa. He has 15 years experience helping companies move successfully into new markets and identifying the right talent to help their clients fulfil their objectives..
Robert Bloom, founder of Design Thinkers Group and Design Thinkers Academy-SA, has been facilitating design thinking programs since 2011. Robert has facilitated workshops with listed companies on the JSE as well as in Dubai and Kuwait.
Ronelle Bester, MD of Red Ribbon Communications, started her career in technology at Dimension Data as marketing manager of the Western Cape. She has a BTech degree in public relations from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and has lectured in public relations at both the University of South Africa and Varsity College.
Ross has 17 years' media and marketing experience, having occupied senior client-side media roles in the United Kingdom (Diageo), Ireland (Diageo) and South Africa (FNB and Brandhouse), and agency-side media strategy roles at MediaCom, OMD, and MEC..
Ryan Harris is a data geek working in the banking industry and has a passion for analysing large data sets and a growing interest in cloud computing solutions, text mining and machine learning. With years of working experience in many of the world's largest market research companies as well as market-leading digital publishers, this has given him a broad base of skills spanning multiple analysis tools such as R, VBA, SAS, SPSS and SQL..
Sam Smith is co-founder, president and CEO of Network Events, founded in 1999. Smith, a leading executive in the exposition industry, has been a highly rated speaker at major industry events and has provided sales and marketing consulting and training to top associations and private exposition management organisations.
Sam Swaine is an independent marketing, PR and digital specialist. She's also a journalist for B2B media publications, consumer magazines and newspapers where she focuses on arts and culture and emotional well-being..
As a mediator from the age of 13, Samantha has always loved working with people and assisting them where she can. Whether the assistance came in the form of a hug (such a big hugger) or just sharing a kind word..
Samantha Page, the former editor of Oprah's O magazine, works as a media consultant, writing for a number of publications and working on projects in the content marketing space. She was with O magazine for 12 years, six of them as editor.
Sam Wright is a full-time content creator at techgirl.co.za - she is a gaming and technology blogger and YouTuber, as well as an Esports MC and broadcaster who went on to host some of South Africa's first million-rand competitions before heading overseas, where she has hosted at Gamescom (Europe's biggest gaming expo) and in China (for a $850,000 tournament). She currently consults to brands on how to reach a switched-on generation....
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'....
As a Digital Marketing Maverick, I can integrate digital marketing with traditional print/broadcast methods, to support the research and analysis of potential or existing markets for products and services, both to provide a sound basis for business development and to generate a flow of sales enquiries. My knowledge and experience over the last seven years have been in the management and development of strategies, campaigns and day-to-day marketing activities delivered through the web and other digital channels..
Picture loud, proud and completely opinionated…After what seemed like years of exploring, It dawned on me seven years ago that my passion lay within the realm of all things digital. Be it copywriting, strategy or analytics, my passion for the digital world became an ongoing interest and is now a dream I find myself living at Artifact Advertising....
Shakira Mohamed is a designer at Mark1 Labs, a user-centric, technology driven, design and media business. A graduate of AAA, Shakira specializes in illustration, infographics and social media creative..
Shane Dolan is a Managing Director and is based in the Dubai office, United Arab Emirates. He is part of FTI's Strategic Communications segment and is head of its Financial Communications practice with a pan regional remit.
With over 20 years' experience in the communications industry, Sharon Piehl was appointed as managing director of FleishmanHillard Johannesburg in May 2016. Prior to her appointment, Sharon spent several years as the lead of many multi-national client accounts at FleishmanHillard.
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.
Stefan Abro is the marketing and trade rights manager at Primedia Instore, with responsibility for marketing programmes, brand management, new product development and trade rights management. Prior to joining Primedia Instore, he worked in a variety of trade marketing and brand management roles in the FMCG industry.
Stephanie Walters joined Amorphous New Media in 2015. With 10 years of digital experience across African markets in both agency and corporate environments, Stephanie has learnt to ask lots of questions, especially the uncomfortable ones people avoid.
Stephen Marshall is a Director of LMG Solutions with extensive experience in marketing and financial services in Meridian, Idaho. My work has been featured and mentioned in a wide range of publication, including Tweak Your Biz, Mobile Business Insights, Social Nomics, Small Biz Club, Energy Central, Dzone, Biz Community, Blog Her and more..
I have a keen interest in innovative, digital marketing-lead advertising and search marketing (SEO and paid search), which I've developed through my award-winning agency and corporate career at Ogilvy, Quirk (now Mirum), Vodacom and now as a freelancer..
Sue Disler has more than 25 years of experience in the advertising and marketing as a designer (and sometimes coder), art director and strategist, the last 20 largely dedicated to digital. Email her at , follow @suediz on Twitter or find out more on Linkedin..
Sven Hammar is co-founder and CEO of Apica, a provider of powerful, best-in-class technology for testing, monitoring, and optimizing the performance of cloud and mobile applications. He has decade-long experience and expertise in web performance and web optimization, e-commerce, cloud services, IT entrepreneurship and the Internet.
Taazima Kala-Essack is a lead consultant at Hotwire PRC, the public relations consultancy aligned with Botswana-based FCB Wired, one of the agencies in the FCB Africa network. In 2017, FCB Wired was named winner of the Medium Enterprise category in the 'Grant Thornton Botswana/Business Botswana' Private Business Growth Awards..
Tashalene Reid has more than 15 years experience in the Quick Service Restaurant market. Her passion for the evolution of integrated marketing through traditional and digital facets, combined with the understanding of being a Brand for the People led to the success of Hungry Lion's new look re-launch 5 years ago..
As an experienced international marketer my passion lies in building sustainable brands; from the "idea" to start up, scale up and ulitmately the management of my premier business clients' marketing strategies and results driven Public Relations implementation.I love spending time with family and friends; traveling, especially wildlife and oceans, reading and the adventure of life long learning through the internet of things..
Thandukwazi Gcabashe is an Account Director at Magna Carta Reputation Management Consultants, an award-winning reputation management agency with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town and an Africa network that spans 18 markets..
Tiffany Markman is a highly opinionated copywriter, copy editor and writing trainer who has worked for over 300 clients worldwide. She hates misplaced apostrophes, old-fashioned business writing and the word ‘revert'.
Tom launched Nurun into South Africa in 2016 and is most interested in leveraging technology to drive business results. Intent on creating real value for his clients through innovation, Tom holds relationships with a number of local and international blue chip clients.
Tonya Khoury is the Managing Director of ROI Africa in Johannesburg. She has more than 20 years' experience in media monitoring and client liaison and is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the South African and African media monitoring industry.
Tracey-Lee Cohen started her career almost a decade and a half ago at one of the leading mobile value-added services and content providers and then gravitated to managing the marketing effort for the continent's biggest provider of prepaid tokens of value. She was a co-founder of a successful mobile dating service and has now turned her entrepreneurial hand back to her love of the mobile and wireless advertising space with the recent launch of Wifi Share..
During the course of his career, Tseliso has served on the boards of directors for Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg, Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town, The Creative Circle and the Loerie Awards. He has also been the recipient of numerous international and local creative awards including Cannes Lions, D&AD and Loeries..
Senior SEO Manager and Trainer at Jellyfish SA agency, where I lead stand-alone organic search projects as well as contribute to complex multi-channel campaigns both technically and creatively. I love teaching my craft and seeing others get excited about SEO!.
Vaughan Patterson joined the company in 2012 from Antalis where he was Manager of Digital Printing Systems for more than four years. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry as end user, distributor and vendor....
Vicki Erskine is an experienced leader, independent consultant and writer, with a passion for improving the way South African organisations service their customers.
Vicki holds a Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town, with Honours in Industrial Psychology, is a Six Sigma accredited Black Belt and has a Diploma in Managing Service Systems from the Scandinavian International Management Institute..
Victor Moreriane is a communications strategist with over 20 years experience in Broadcast Journalism, PR Consulting, Leadership and Strategic Communication Management. He has accumulated extensive expertise working in public service, private and state-owned companies.
Walter is the managing director of Everlytic, a SaaS marketing automation platform. Everlytic was voted the fastest growing tech company in South Africa by Deloitte in 2014, and was acquired by Vox Telecom in January 2016..
Walter has decades long experience in advertising, PR, digital marketing and social media both as a practitioner and as an academic.
As a public speaker; Speaks on the future of advertising in the post - broadcast era.
A seasoned business executive with a passion for building and growing organisations. Wanda's career spans multiple industries including FMCG, Banking and Telecommunications, mainly in sales and operational roles....
Wayne Powell is a Strategist at Mortimer Harvey, an independent, omni-channel, results-driven, consulting, marketing and integrated communications company that delivers hard-working strategy, business, advertising and marketing solutions..
Werner leads Mediamark, South Africa's leading integrated, multichannel media sales house, as it continues its journey to create a converged sales capability that can help customers leverage mobile, video and content marketing, in combination with its exceptional traditional platforms....
Are you a business owner? When you started your business you were the original building block, but you never removed yourself from that position, and you are stuck. Are you serving your business more than it serves you? Do you have deteriorating health and personal relationships because of workload? Is life the same every year, only with more stress? Do you want your life back? Your business should be a building block and not a stumbling block in your life..
Yolandi Allen is Boomtown's Digital Communications Manager, and loves to identify new and emerging trends and enjoys the challenge of trying new tools and social platforms. It feeds her curiosity, and she's inspired by the ever-changing landscape of the web and the fast-paced variety she craves..
Yoray Narainpersad is one of SA's most experienced online marketers with over 15 years online marketing experience under his belt. He specializes in SEO, PPC, SEM and lead generation, and has marketed globally in very competitive industries.
Zubair Timol is the Partner and Area Director of India, Middle East & Africa at Meltwater. He joined the company during its startup phase, being trained in Oslo, Norway, under the tutelage of the CEO..