Abey Mokgwatsane is CEO of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa (www.ogilvy.co.za; @OgilvySA). Apart from being one of South Africa's Mail & Guardian top 200 young leaders in 2011, he was voted one of the country's top 25 "game-changers" in The Annual 2012.
Niyi Adegboye is the Head of Search for VTNS Solutions, an SEO Service firm that focus on helping brand increase their website traffic.
Link Builder, avid chess player, lover of art and speaks three languages. One of these statement is false..
Aimee Serrao is a Communication Officer (Social Media Manager and Marketing) at Citiq. She holds a Masters in Communication and Media Studies from Monash University and has a passion for communications, media and copywriting.
Amr Shady is the founder and executive chairman of TA telecom, an award-winning company that builds mobile content platforms and analytic tools. The company is now recognised as one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
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.
Prof André van der Poll holds a Doctorate in Computer Science obtained from the University of South Africa (Unisa). He is a professor in ICT Management at Unisa SBL and his research interests are in the specification and reasoning of ICT management processes, the formalisation of business process models and formalisms in Business Intelligence and Cloud Computing..
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. She also conducts talks and workshops on trends in advertising, marketing and communications.
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..
Anton Harber, Wits University Caxton Professor of Journalism and chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute, was a Weekly Mail (now Mail & Guardian) founding editor and a Kagiso Media executive director. He wrote Diepsloot (Jonathan Ball, 2011), Recht Malan Prize winner, and co-edited the first two editions of The A-Z of South African Politics (Penguin, 1994/5), What is Left Unsaid: Reporting the South African HIV Epidemic (Jacana, 2010) and Troublemakers: The best of SA's investigative journalism (Jacana, 2010)..
Anton Ressel is an experienced business development consultant, mentor and SME specialist. He is the Senior consultant at ED and CSI specialist agency Fetola (www.fetola.co.za ), a winning mentor on the SAB Kickstart Entrepreneur Competition, and a published author across multiple publications.
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.
Bandile Ndzishe is the CEO and Founder of Bandzishe Group, a global strategic bespoke marketing strategy consultancy - www.bandzishe.com. He is a prolific growth driver who delivers profits and returns on investment (ROI) from marketing resources by generating more leads, more sales and new customers.
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 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.
Brendan McAravey is Country Manager at Citrix South Africa. McAravey is responsible for the growth and development of Citrix operations across the southern African development community, driving revenues, generating new business opportunities and cultivating the company's valued partner ecosystem..
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.
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..
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.
Chizobam is an assertive, passionate, well-rounded 'adman' with TEQUILA - a top Through-The-Line marketing communication agency in Nigeria. She has the unique experience of a strong creative (writing) and account management background, has worked on major accounts that span financial services to FMCGS, telecoms, alcoholic beverages and oil & gas..
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.
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 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..
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..
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, and before that, Group ECD of TBWA Hunt Lascaris and Global ECD of Standard Bank.
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.
Daniel Munslow is a Principle Consultant at VMA Group and Director of MCC Consulting. He has 13 years' experience in business communications and consulting, and has worked across multiple industries in numerous countries in Africa and Europe..
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.
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.
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....
Doug Mayne, MD of Primedia Lifestyle, founded his marketing and advertising career at Ogilvy Durban, where his leadership qualities ensured his progression from account executive to group account director. Joining Primedia Lifestyle in 2007 as KZN regional marketing manager, Doug was appointed MD in July 2011.
Douglas Kruger is a professional speaker and author of the books 'Own Your Industry - How to Position Yourself as an Expert,' and 'Relentlessly Relevant - 50 Ways to Innovate.' He helps brands to become the leading names in their industry through innovation and expert positioning. See him in action, or sign up for his free newsletter, at www.douglaskruger.co.za.
I am a Digital Media specialist with experience in many facets of the industry. I'm a editorial contributor, new business developer, digital entrepreneur and sales specialist with more than 10 years sales management experience.
Erik and Neil are the 'old folk' of marketing, with a mountain of experience between them. They love watching brands grow, have seen brands die and have consulted with nearly every major brand in SA at some stage.
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..
Graeme Pitt, MD of FGI Africa, an innovative data collection and reporting company, has for the past six years been working in a research and advisory capacity with companies and organisations in various stages of business maturity. His experience spans start-ups, established blue chip companies, donor-funding organisations, government parastatals, global research houses and esteemed business consultancies, covering 24 countries across the continent..
Graham has spent 19-years in the advertising business in a career that has spanned Asia and Africa. He has worked across multiple business sectors, worked with local and multinational companies on some of the world's most recognised brands..
Graham du Plessis having completed a BA Degree in Politics has had a somewhat roundabout start to his digital career. Now at South Africa's leading online fashion retailer Zando, in the capacity of Senior Mobile, Display & Affiliate Marketing Specialist he is able to dive head first into all the new and exciting projects available within the ever changing digital eco-system.
Grant has enjoyed a 30 year career starting in the marketing world with companies like Shell, Unilever, Royal Beechnut (Nabisco) and Premier Milling (Kraft). He then crossed the fence into the world of media and advertising with The MediaShop, built, with partners, Full Circle Media which was absorbed into the Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN)..
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..
Co-founder and Director of Flickswitch, a technology company in the mobile telecoms space focusing on the management of M2M data SIM cards across various African mobile networks.
He is passionate about mobile data and its connectivity means in Africa.
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.
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.
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 MD at 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.
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.
Joanna is MD of Ogilvy Public Relations South Africa (http://ogilvy.co.za/about-us/ogilvy-pr/). She started her career at Microsoft SA before going on to London, where she worked at Schroders Investment Management.
Johan 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 Beale has, for the past year, held the position of Managing Director of MEC Nota Bene, a leading global communications strategy, planning and buying agency. Beale previously headed up strategy at Cerebra, is a recipient of an individual Bookmark Award for Social Media Marketer of the Year for 2012/13, and was an integral part of the team that garnered no less than three Pixel Awards and other accolades for stand-out digital and social media work for Vodacom..
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.
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.
Juliette Attwell is Head of Marketing & Operations at Recruitgroup. Recruitgroup has won Careerjunction Recruiter of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as Fast Growth Business of the Year at the National Business Awards 2014.
Kelli Knutsen (@KelliKnutsen) is a Cape Town girl living in the Big Smoke and is currently the marketing coordinator at FleishmanHillard South Africa, named PRISA's Best Large PR Consultancy (2014 & 2015)..
Until recently Kerushan Govender was Area Head: Public Sector, Small-to-Medium Solution and Partner Group, for Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa. He generated market share in the healthcare, education, and government sectors across 80 countries and received the Microsoft Thought Leadership Award for his innovations and business results..
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 ..
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..
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.
Lulu White is a results-driven African Elections Expert with over 14 years' experience, working with high-profile African organisation. Her sound analytical and strong systems based skills has seen her specialise in; structuring, standardising and streamlining elections processes in order to provide more accurate and productive processes that help organisations realise their goals and achieve credible elections of their representatives..
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.
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 !.
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.
Michael Fletcher is sales director for Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa, a position he assumed in July 2010. In this role, Michael is responsible for the day to day operations of Ruckus Wireless - focused on identifying and increasing the company's partner footprint across Africa, exploring new business opportunities and driving the company's revenue and customer outreach locally.
Michael Wood is co-founder and Director of Aperio, a business consulting company focused on accelerating growth of FMCG brands in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Michael has many years international experience where he held the positions of Marketing Director, Sales Director and Managing Director with the Gillette company and Procter & Gamble..
Passionate about media and digital, for more than a year 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.
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.
An expert in digital marketing, social media, digital customer experiences and helping business engage people in a digital world.
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)..
Mosima Selekisho is a Director of Johannesburg-based TALENT AFRICA, a leading executive search and talent management company and an alliance of Korn Ferry, the world's largest executive search business..
Murray Legg is the Head of Global Strategy at the Influencer platform, Webfluential. Murray holds a Ph.D in biomedical engineering, was included in the global list of Power30under30 in 2013 and Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2014.
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.
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 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..
Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard is the Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization) (www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release distribution service dedicated to Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa. Used by some of the world's largest companies, PR agencies, institutions and organisations, APO Africa Wire has a potential reach of 600 million.
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..
Nkem Ndem V is a young, dynamic, and brisk freelance writer and online journalist with interests in online writing(web content and blogging), social media, internet marketing, PR, SEO and mobile marketing..
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..
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.
Paula Raubenheimer, managing director of SouthernX, has over 9 years' experience in the digital media landscape. Paula has a B Bus Science (Law) degree and completed Post-Graduate studies in Marketing and Advertising Communications.
Prashant Sengar Founder/Director of Sparx IT Solutions, a globally acknowledged IT consulting company providing the services in the arena of web & mobile app development, Big Data & Business Intelligence Solutions. With the immense support of adroit team Sparx IT Solutions has been serving a huge client base worldwide including Coca Cola, Vodafone, Duracell, HP Invent, BMW, and many more..
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..
Ros Siddle is the Marketing & Loyalty Research Manager at Truth, a boutique consulting business specialising in customer centricity and customer loyalty programmes. Ros holds a degree in Human Resource Management majoring in Industrial Psychology from Stellenbosch University.
Sibongile is the Digital Manager at KPMG taking care of KPMG SA's digital footprint and playing an advisory role for KPMG Africa's digital presence.
She has over ten years of professional experience in online branding, marketing, web design and digital media strategies and implementation.
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.
At my core, I am an Ideas Catalyst and a Brand Activist; seeking to unlock the core of a brand by bringing it to life in the minds of the consumer where it is owned, nurtured and stored. I have worked with a variety of brands, both local and international, allowing me to learn and harvest best practice.
Tracy Jones is MD of Positive Dialogue Communications, an award-winning Cape Town-based PR and social media consultancy that combines a strategic, creative and opportunistic approach with the setting of measurable objectives that assess, refine and improve on communication results to directly support our client's business objectives..
Travis is a media analyst who uses industry trends to create contagious and harmonious content solutions across multiple channels for brands and broadcasters alike. He understands the importance of emotional connection in content, branded or otherwise and believes in traditional media's ability to be blended with new media to profound and holistic effect.
Vahid Monadjem is the co-founder and CEO of Nomanini, a South African-based mobile Point of Sale service for facilitating cash transactions in emerging markets. He is passionate about working at the intersection of technology and design in informal markets, where Nomanini's solutions can directly impact people's lives..
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..
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....
Wendy believes in increasing the performance of your assets, real time, big time. She's a motivational speaker, business consultant and International Master of Business Administration Student (IMBA) at the Business School Netherlands (BSN)..
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..