Robin Parker is managing director of Bizcommunity.com. He is a seasoned specialist in online content and portals and has spent much of his time developing online businesses on the continent of Africa. He can be reached at tel +27 (0)21 680 3500.
Robin Parker has been journalist , marketing director, general manager and managing director of brands and companies across three continents in a media career spanning 35 years which includes spells at the Sunday Times, metropolitan and provincial newspapers, before jumping ship to the online world.
He was a founding director of iafrica.com as well as worldwide group head of media and marketing for the London-listed, African Lakes Corporation. His career included spells in the US, importing the VerticalNet platform into South Africa's online B2B environment, the development of the pan-African AfricaOnline brand out of Nairobi and the creation of the MiContent mobile brand.
He has followed ambulances, brought internet to far flung shumbas, lectured at university and spoken at international conferences, played many rounds of golf and enjoyed the odd amber nectar.
In between he had three children who now stay as far away from him as possible, hence a strong desire for travel. But he has become a hermit of Hout Bay now, after years of town and country hopping, but still delights in recalling the heady times of war coverage, Carnivore carousing, mad Egyptian nights and long strolls down the Embankment.
He serves on the Africa CMO Council, is listed as one of SA Top 100 marketers 2010, is listed in the Red Book of Marketers, is a Superbrands Council member. Awarded African Brand Evolution|Revolution Award for africa.bizcommunity.com.
[Robin Parker] Bizcommunity has shown some signal improvement and expansions in the last year widening and growing audience on the back of numerous developments in new industries and social media opportunities.
[Robin Parker] Good newspapering - as one senior editor put it - has lost a legend with the sudden death of Mike Cohen in Johannesburg. Cohen, 55, died of double pneumonia in a Johannesburg hospital Tuesday.
[Robin Parker] My head is full of Pepsi Cola, Ginger Beer and Canada Dry. On the drive to work recollections of the lift girls at South Africa's department stores carolling out the offers on the sixth floor ring in the back of my head and I swop my usual road rage vocabulary for an expressive Voertsek. This can only mean one thing.
[Robin Parker] The current turmoil in Kenya is redolent of its history. In spite of an ineffective guerrilla war waged largely on white farmers in the Aberdare's and an equally barbaric response from the British to the Mau-Mau rebellion, independence passed generally quietly into the hands of Jogo Kenyatta. But it has been far from plain sailing since then.