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..
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..
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)....
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..
Ané Theron started her career in motoring journalism at Rapport, and moved over to City Press after a few years, before settling into a full time career at AutoTrader SA. She's at her happiest driving along twisty coastal roads, or crawling across rugged terrain in a beefy 4x4, or driving through the desolate Karoo.
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....
Anton Cabral is partner and managing executive at LRMG Digital Agency. He began his career in computer-related positions after completing a BSc in Mathematical Sciences (computer science andinformatics).
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..
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.
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.
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..
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.
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..
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..
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..
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.
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.
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..
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.
Damian Michael is the founder & MD at iNNOVO Networks. Nominated for the second time in this year's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Michael holds a wealth of versatile experience in both the public and the private sector.
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.
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.
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 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..
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.
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.
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.
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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.
Jannine Adams is the senior marketing manager at Amadeus Southern Africa, with over 20 years' experience in the travel industry. What drives Adams is being able to bring creative, innovative and forward-thinking solutions to the 10 Southern African countries she oversees..
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.
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..
Jennilee Peremore is a professional within the media and communications industry. She holds both a Bachelor's and Masters Degree in Media and Communication and has diverse experience in the media industry..
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..
Jogbojogbo Abdulrahman is a digital marketer and content developer at Nigerian online travel agency, Hotels.ng. With years of experience in the media and journalism, he brings his passion and experience into the confluence where travel and technology meet..
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.
Josephine Wawira is a consultant in communication and public relations with over six years of progressive writing and broadcast experience. She is currently a writer for Africa's online hotel booking portal, Jumia Travel, focusing in the areas of travel, tourism, and hospitality as it relates to Africa..
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.
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.
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 ..
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®.
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..
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.
Malcolm Horne is group CEO of Broll Property Group. Horne joined Broll in 2003 as portfolio executive and was appointed group CEO in 2010 to lead one of Africa´s leading commercial property services firms, serving the investor and occupier markets across Sub-Saharan Africa..
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.
I am part of a fantastic marketing and communications team for a brand that is defining luxury travel for Africa, continuously on the lookout to improve its product offering for international travellers. I write content about the tourism offerings in Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, new travel trends, sustainable tourism and multi-generational travel..
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.
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..
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.
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.
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....
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.
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...
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..
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.
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..
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.
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....
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....
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.
Simone Kuhn is based at Carlson Rezidor's Africa Development office in Cape Town, South Africa. Kuhn forms part of the team responsible for growing the company's dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in Africa and the Indian Ocean..
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..
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.
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.
Trevor Hill is the head of Audi South Africa. With over 20 years of global experience with Audi, Hill joins the South African team after spending two years at the head office in Germany heading up the global strategic project of Internationalisation..
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....
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..
Webb Meko is the business development director of Black & Veatch Sub-Saharan Africa. Meko has provided technical expertise, management, and advisory services for over 20 years to domestic and international clients in the African energy sector.
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....
Yana Vardomatskaya is a VP of Business Development for HQSoftware, a custom software development company with offices in New York City, Tallinn and a development centre in Minsk, Belarus.
Having started with a wide variety of custom software development projects, the company is now working in IoT and AR/VR..
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..