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Adele Paulsen

Adele Paulsen is the executive director of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa, she has been involved in the organisation for 20 years. This role provides effective leadership to ensure that the organisation is financially and operationally sustainable, ensuring that good corporate governance is in place and adhered to and that organizational risk is managed. She is responsible for developing expansion plans to increase PRISA’s footprint. Adele holds a Certificate in PR Practice and Management.

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Amanda Hamilton-Attwell

Dr Amanda Hamilton-Attwell is the founder and Executive Director of Business DNA, providing specialised business communication services, e.g. communication strategies, audits and training, to local and international companies. She holds a Doctorate in Communication Science from the UNISA and is an Accredited Business Communicator with the International Association for Business Communicators.

She has served on numerous community and industry boards and committees. She was a board member of the Gauteng Chamber of Commerce and Industry for several years. In 2006 Amanda was awarded Fellow status for her contribution to the development of business in the region. Amanda is an entrepreneur herself and has been involved in several programmes related to entrepreneur development.

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André Oberholzer

André Oberholzer is the Group Head for Corporate Affairs of Sappi Limited. He has been with Sappi for 15 years. In his role he has global responsibility for Sappi’s internal, external, corporate and business communication, as well as stakeholder and reputation management programmes. He is a Certified Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP), member of PRISA and incoming chair of IABC Africa. He is an experienced judge of the PRISA Prism awards and a Blue Ribbon Panel Gold Quill judge for IABC global.

He is a director and past Chairperson of the Braamfontein Improvement District and was a director of PROTEC, a Maths and Science education NGO for close on 10 years. He worked for 14 years as a diplomat for South Africa, focused on multilateral affairs.


Anton van Rensburg

Anton J van Rensburg is a seasoned B2B marketing practitioner who has embraced customer-centric philosophies to create effective demand generation strategies and positive digital transformations. He becomes quite animated when he talks about experiential learning, visual marketing and for some reason analytics 2.0.

He works with 40% of the world’s top 20 B2B brand and has designed and implemented successful programmes for these brands across English-speaking Africa, the UK and Ireland.

Keeping a close eye on the world’s reactions to changes in technology, he often offers insights into trends affecting consumers, brands and markets.

A champion of diversity and inclusion, Anton believes that companies are successful and profitable if diversity is at the heart of everything they do.

He feels strongly about conservation and enhanced living but is a coffee snob…

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Ashraf Garda

Ashraf Garda’s strategic position in the media landscape puts him at the very centre of South Africa’s dialogue and debate He can be heard on SAfm – the national currents affairs talk station presenting The Media Show and Afternoon Talk.

He also completed a three-year stint as the host of Special Assignment – the investigative journalism TV show on SABC 3.

Ashraf is the brainchild of Champion South Africa’, a broad-based mass participation movement that encourages a champion attitude amongst all South Africans – because only champion people can build champion nations. He is driven by an intense desire to encourage a “ChampionSouthAfrica ” attitude.


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Brendan Seery

Brendan Seery has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa for 10 years and has covered three independence stories on the continent. His writing and reporting on Africa was for a number of organisations, including Voice of America English to Africa radio service, Canadian Press, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Daily Mail (London) and Newsweek. He also authored numerous country chapters for Africa Contemporary Record and African Report.

He has worked on newspapers in South Africa as an investigative reporter, feature writer and, in executive roles, as News Editor, Assistant Editor: News, Managing Editor and Executive Editor.

He currently runs the national Travel supplement for Independent Media as well as being the group’s Media and Marketing editor. In that capacity, he is one of the most well-known commentators on media and marketing issues.


Bridget Bhengu

Bridget Bhengu is a seasoned and accomplished communication and public relations practitioner, as well as a qualified Chartered Marketer. She has approximately 15 years of experience in the communication field across a range of disciplines including maintaining and running communication departments, media relations, stakeholder management, lobbying, internal and external communication, event management and corporate social investment.

Her experience spans a number of sectors including the public sector, mining and information, communications and telecommunications.

She is currently responsible for Communication and Public Relations at MTN SA. She has been in this position for approximately seven years. In this role she is responsible for both internal and external communications for MTN South Africa.


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Catherine Constantinides

Catherine Constantinides:  SA’s Young Eco-Preneur, passionate Climate Activist, Humanitarian and award-winning young voice of the African Continent. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow and spent the Summer of 2016 under the banner of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Currently filming the 5th season of One Day Leader with SABC 1, Catherine continues to build capacity in communities and across the country focussing on leadership, active citizenship and development. The former Miss Earth South Africa also works in North Africa in a refugee camp fighting for the Human Rights and freedom of the Saharawi People who have been living in refugee camps and political refugees for the past 41 years. Constantinides has led an illustrious career which has continued to be hinged off her passion for branding, public relations and development.

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Charlene Avis Lamb

Charlene Avis Lamb is the Founder and Director of On Spot Communication Management; a strategic communication agency. Using her extensive 25 years’ public relations, communication, marketing, publishing and journalism experience in SA, the UK and the US; Lamb focuses on strategic communication; be it B-BBEEE communication strategies, internal communication, media relations, crisis communication, image and reputation management, social media campaigns, personal branding or publishing. She is an avid supporter of an integrated communication approach in support of the client’s goals and ambitions. As the former editor of a prominent magazine in the US, she believes in the power of storytelling through strategic campaigns. Her understanding of the media landscape has been of great benefit to her clients.


Corné Meintjes

Dr Corné Meintjes (CPRP) completed her DCom Communication Management at the University of Pretoria with a thesis entitled: ‘A strategic communication approach to managing stakeholder relationships according to the King Report on Governance’. She has also been published extensively.

Corné has been recognised for teaching excellence throughout her career and has researched and taught, among others, integrated marketing communication, marketing planning and implementation, strategic communication, public relations management and

practice, as well as corporate communication at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Corné engages with industry and has served on several committees through the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) and Services SETA.

She is current the Head of the MBA programme at Monash South Africa.

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Cynthia Mabela

Cynthia Mabela is a passionate strategist, communicator and marketer who believes that employees are any organisation’s most valuable asset. After single handedly running an internal communication department for four years, she found the entrepreneur in her and took a giant leap to starting her own marketing and communications agency – Eyezwe Consulting.

Cynthia is a qualified Chemist and also holds a graduate Diploma in Marketing (IMM), a Bachelor in Business Administration (IMM) and is currently completing her Masters in Business Leadership (MBL).

Cynthia has been a judge for the prestigious PRISM Awards for three consecutive years and a Marketing judge for the Food Review New Product of the Year Competition for the past two years.

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Danette Breitenbach

Danette Breitenbach’s experience as a writer and content provider extends from advertising, marketing and media, retail, mining and engineering, construction, gaming, disability and general business. The majority of her expertise is in the Business 2 Business space (B2B) and Below The Line (BTL) content. She also manages projects from start till finish for companies and organisations. This year will see her complete her Masters in Financial Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand. When she is not writing, she can be found on her yoga mat, on her sofa reading, or colouring in, or out in the city photographing urban scenes.

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Daniel Munslow

Daniel Munslow, CPRP, is a director at MCC Consulting; director on the International Association of Business Communicators’ International Executive Board for the 2016/18 term; Vice President for IABC Africa (2016/18), and was the 2014/16 IABC Africa Regional Chairperson. He sits on the 2017 Holmes Report Advisory panel.

Daniel has 15 years’ experience in business communication consulting, branding, and media; and has worked across multiple industries in numerous African countries as well as in the Middle East, the US, Europe, and AsiaPac.

He specialises in strategic communication and stakeholder engagement, measurement and evaluation, crisis communication, and skills development for senior communication practitioners and business leaders for a global client base.

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Dave Macleod

Dave Macleod owns and manages Gameplan Media, based in Durban. This niched, full-spectrum media and public relations consultancy handles corporate accounts and numerous sporting events. He was educated at Michaelhouse and the University of Cape Town, before starting a career in journalism with newspapers and then as a news and sports reporter at Capital Radio.

Dave moved to East Coast Radio as a Presenter and Station Manager before taking charge of the privatisation of East Coast Radio. He started Gameplan Media in 1997 and has worked closely with key accounts including the Vodacom Durban July, The Dusi Canoe Marathon, the MTB World Championships, and served as Media Officer at the Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing.

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Deirdré van Zyl Smit

Internal & Change Management, FNB Premium

Heading up the Internal Communication and Change management team at FNB Premium, Deirdré is a senior corporate communications all-rounder with a passion for effective communication, networking, building long-term relationships, and connecting and working with like-minded individuals on everything from niche to large-scale, big budget projects.

After more than a decade in a variety of communications role, she has extensive experience in both the agency and corporate world at a senior level.  Sector specialisations include financial services, ICT and consumer brands. Strategising, planning and implementing both B2B and B2C campaigns means pulling expertise from both disciplines – especially pertinent today as these spaces increasingly overlap.

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Dot Field

Dot Field is one of South Africa’s most respected communication and public relations professionals, with a career in communications spanning over 25 years. Former Chief Communications Officer for Vodacom Group, Dot now runs a bespoke marketing and communication consultancy. A graduate from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English, Psychology and Sociology, Dot is the only New York registered member in South Africa of the highly regarded Reputation Institute and chairs the International Women’s Forum South Africa’s Communication Committee.

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Doug de Villiers

With over 25 years local and international business and branding experience, Doug is a passionate and globally respected branding professional.

Having returned to Africa after many years in Asia and Europe, Doug joined, what was then, Interbrand Africa in 2006, with the responsibility of delivering all Interbrand services in sub-Saharan Africa. Leveraging the experience and capabilities of the 34 offices around the world, and running offices in Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi and Port Louis, Doug is driven by the role that brands play in delivering direct business results.

Doug has a broad academic background in Industrial Psychology, Economics, Marketing and Business) and is a Chartered Marketer. He also holds multiple academic and advisory positions.

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Ed Jardim

Ed joined the Group in 2009, but has worked with Murray & Roberts since 2003. Ed has overall responsibility for Group investor relations, media, internal and external communications and brand. Ed has previously, as a consultant with a supporting team, managed communications for Barclays Africa & Middle East, JSE Debt Market (previously Bond Exchange South Africa), Hewlett Packard South Africa and McDonald’s South Africa.

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Esme Arendse

A seasoned and business-savvy communication specialist, with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate communication, the management of reputation risk and stakeholder engagement, in large, multi-national companies. Over the last few years, Esme has specialised in advising executive teams on reputation risk and has led expert professional teams on major, confidential reputation risk issues. Her particular interest in mentoring communication professionals over many years has been both personally fulfilling and effective.

Esme derives great satisfaction from producing communication that breaks the mould and connects.

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Evette A Wessels

Evette manages all PR, Communications, Reputation and Online Media matters for the Pinnacle Group. Her portfolio includes their Holdings company Alviva and their vertical businesses namely Datanet and Pinnsec.

Evette has spent the past 12 years in a variety of South African and UK based corporates ranging across multiple disciplines which include high-end fashion and retail, telecommunications, information technology, multimedia, manufacturing, sport and entertainment, Pay TV, automotive and the ICT distribution industry.

Evette holds an Honours Diploma from the London School of Journalism, a BA Journalism Degree, a Corporate Communications Honors and an Anthropology Honours Degree from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently also concluding her MSC Degree in the Management of Technology and Innovation.

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Francois Vorster

Francois is the Chief Disruptor at Integrated Marketing Solutions (IMS), a digitally focused creative agency.   He’s a person who can ask the right questions, make decisions, and take action – complex or simple, quantitative or qualitative, and, high-tech or future-tech.  He is trained to provide both decision-makers with the answers they need and to personally make informed decisions or to implement digital marketing-based actions.  His MBA training and wide-ranging experience has given him the analytic, creative and practical techniques and know-how to create business focused real world solutions for the digital realm in a timely manner.

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Heidi Brauer

Heidi joined Hollard in May 2013 and her role at Hollard includes all group brand activities including marketing and communication, internal communication and culture, digital marketing and e-commerce and sponsorship as well as being Exco champion for the group’s Customer Centricity and Loyalty initiatives.

Heidi is a Member of Vega Brand School National Advisory Council and Advisor and friend to Umuzi Photo Club (youth activism and upliftment). She served as a Board member and Deputy Chairman of the Marketing Association of South Africa and as Board member of ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations). She has judged the Association for Communication & Advertising’s APEX awards, the FM AdFocus awards and the AMASA Roger Garlick Innovation in Media award.


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Hein Kaiser

Hein Kaiser is the General Manager of Marketing and Communication at pan-African low-cost airline fastjet. Prior to that he spent a decade as Corporate and Public Affairs at low-cost airline Mango and more recently acting as Head of Department Marketing too. In addition, he is a partner at StarFX Events and Productions and RedStar Communication, as well as a 4-time Radio Award nominee for presenting and production (Mix FM 360 Brunch weekend show and the Tuesday night Media and Marketing Show).

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Jacqui O’Sullivan

Jacqui O’Sullivan is the Managing Executive of Group Communication and Public Relations at Telkom. She is an experienced strategist who has worked across both internal and external communication.

Jacqui has an intimate knowledge of the South African media landscape and an extensive network of journalists and influencers.

Jacqui started her career as a newspaper reporter at the Star and then joined Talk Radio 702 (now 702) as a radio producer, but found her true calling in corporate communication. Prior to joining Telkom, she served as the VP of group corporate branding and communication at Sasol.

Aviation was Jacqui’s “work home” for more than five years – working for Airports Company South Africa and South African Airways in senior positions.

She holds a BA in English and Politics from the University of Stellenbosch.

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Jerry Mpufane

Jerry has more than 20 years experience in brand marketing, and has held executive-level positions in both agency and the corporate sector. His experience encompasses strategic and operational leadership, as well as leading key marketing campaigns across the important customer segments and industry sectors.

His previous agency experience includes that of MD of FCB JHB where the agency was twice named Agency of the Year during his tenure, and later as CEO at The Jupiter Drawing Room JHB. He was previously the Group Marketing Director at the SABC, and GM: Global Brand at South African Tourism.

Jerry is the vice-Chairman of the Association of Communications Agencies (ACA) and a Member of the Board of the Loerie Awards. He is a Judge of the Bookmarks Awards, The Loerie Awards and PRISM Awards.

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Jill Hamilton

Jill is a communication professional with a broad background in international affairs, public relations and strategy development for third world economies. She has worked in over 25 countries, lived in 11 and travelled to more than 70, with a special focus on Africa.

Throughout her career she has worked for numerous corporate, public and international non-governmental organisations, demonstrating an ability to build and protect reputations; create and implement development strategies; engage policymakers and in-market influencers; generate high-level media results; establish a consistent brand across multiple platforms; and connect with internal audiences.

Currently she is the Managing Director for Weber Shandwick in Africa, the world’s largest public relations agency, and oversees a large portfolio of partner agencies, consultants and affiliates that cover 23 nations across the continent.

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Jonathon Rees

Jonathon is founding director of Proof Communication Africa, a specialist consultancy focused on science, technology, energy, engineering, innovation, policy and agriculture. He started Proof in the UK in 2004 and opened its first Africa office in Johannesburg in 2010. Jonathon is a former journalist who previously served as a judge of the equivalent professional awards for the British PR industry. Proof was a winner of a PRISM award for best publication in 2015.

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Katherine Madley

Katherine has had an enormously rewarding, 16-year career in marketing.  She has worked for the First Rand Group (including Rand Merchant Bank and FNB Corporate Bank), and has been an MD of an advertising agency. In addition, Katherine worked in the retail environment for JD Group, where she was the Group Marketing Executive.

Her career path moved in 2013 into Group Strategy at Alexander Forbes and she drove Group Innovation as well, running an internal programme which has already yielded some game changing business cases and innovations in the financial services industry.

Katherine holds a degree in Marketing and a post graduate qualification in strategic development.

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Keri-Ann Stanton

Keri-Ann Stanton has over 20 years experience in the PR industry, both as a respected agency owner and as a global agency MD. She holds an Hons English from Unisa, and an impressive resume that tracks a career in journalism, corporate communications, post production, marketing and PR.

Stanton heads up the PR division at Joe Public United, bringing her experience of local and global corporate and consumer brands, across all platforms, to the table. Engage Joe Public’s purpose centres around growing brand belief, something that their case studies and credentials prove.

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Kevin Welman

Kevin Welman is the Managing Director of FleishmanHillard SA.

A 20 year industry veteran, Kevin Welman was made Managing Director of FleishmanHillard SA in October 2007.

He is responsible for managing the 70-strong team in SA and overseeing FH’s growth in sub-Saharan Africa. His client duties include strategic counsel, strategy drafting, and crisis and corporate reputation management.

While his background is primarily in Financial Services he has a passion for digital communication and believes firmly in telling great stories.

FleishmanHillard is one of the leading communication agencies on the planet with over 80 offices and 3000 staff. FH is owned by the NY-Listed OmniCom Group.


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Lisa Thomas

Lisa Thomas has an extensive understanding of the financial and legal sectors. She has managed marketing teams within several corporates including RMB Private Bank, Investec, Norton Rose Fulbright, Nedbank Capital and consulting to clients including Werksmans, PwC and Nedbank Business.

She has worked in both client and agency marketing and communication and has established skills of successful marketing and communication campaigns, including media management and crisis communication.

Lisa studied a Bachelor of Economic Sciences majoring in Commercial Law, Marketing and Business Management.

Lisa has recently started using her experience to benefit her philanthropic passions, which saw her move to Goodbye Malaria, where she has joined African entrepreneurs in solving one of Africa’s biggest problems, malaria.

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Lizel Esterhuysen

Lizel Esterhuysen has over ten years’ experience in the areas of corporate and internal communication and has worked across multiple industries including travel, technology and FMCG. In her current role as Change Management Specialist for Kimberly-Clark South Africa, Lizel provides strategic communication counsel to executive management and work closely with senior stakeholders to architect and implement strategic communication and change management plans.

Her expertise in audience segmentation and building channel bench strength has been cornerstones in her development of employee engagement programmes for organisations. She has a passion for “connecting the dots” and converting this into visibly felt communications that employees can experience at all levels within the organisation. Working with organisations where change is a daily reality, Lizel employs her creativity and out-of-the box thinking to ensure messaging does not only land but behaviour change is a measurable outcome that yields bottom line business results.

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Lucy Balona

Lucy Balona is currently the Head of Marketing & Communication of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).  She studied the art of communication and earned a National Diploma in Public Relations.  Her business experience includes public relations, sponsorship, internal communication and client relations garnered at public relations, marketing and sports agencies. She has also worked in the office automation industry as well as the City of Johannesburg in the Commerce and Industry department.

Lucy’s current role includes managing media and overall strategic communication, cause-related programmes as well as providing extensive training to staff and volunteers regarding CANSA’s programmes. She has received the CANSA 2014/15 Gold Senior Leadership award.

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Madelain Roscher

Madelain Roscher, the Managing Director of PR Worx is no stranger to the PRISM Awards having won 24 in four years!! She was also the first person in South Africa to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Recently awarded as the 2017 Woman of the Year: Media, Madelain’s keen eye for attention to detail, extensive communication and marketing experience, professionalism and a sizeable client base across both sectors, will stand her in good stead as judge on the PRISM panel.

In her spare time Madelain is a wife, mom, mimi, women empowerment advocate, hair icon, a pantsuit aficionado, and a lover of life!

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Mandy Kojetin

Senior Consultant at Atmosphere Communications.

Mandy has more than 20 years consulting experience.  She has vast experience across B2B and B2C clients and specific expertise in conceptualising and executing integrated programmes for multinationals and corporates operating in and across Africa.

Mandy has a special interest in proving the value of communication to the bottom line.  She is the first African to complete AMEC’s (Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Communications) International Certificate in Measurement and Evaluation based on the Integrated Measurement Framework launched in 2016.

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Marilyn Watson

Marilyn Watson has more than 22 years’ extensive public relations and communication experience, 19 of these in a senior management capacity.

In May 2010, Marilyn Watson founded Cinnamon Communication, a company offering end to end communication solutions.

She has vast experience in Crisis and Issue Management, and the formulation and implementation of communication and public relations strategies and social media in Mining, ICT, Medical, Retail, Construction, Government, Entertainment and Scientific environments.

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Maritha Pritchard

Maritha Pritchard is a Lecturer in the Department of Strategic Communication at the University of Johannesburg.  Her published research interest is social media and she has presented on the topic at several local and international conferences, including at the PRISA annual conferences. Maritha has over 20 years’ industry experience in public relations and has lectured for over 10 years in public relations, media studies and journalism. A past PRISM award winner, Maritha regularly conducts industry workshops, including PRISA CPD workshops in social media. She will graduate with a Doctorate degree in September. Her thesis focused on social media and reputation management.

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Maxim Behar

Maxim Behar is a leading Public Relations expert, Founder, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board of Directors of M3 Communications Group, Inc. – a leading company in the field of Public and Media relations in Bulgaria, part of Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

He is also President of ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organization) – the largest and most influential global organization of Public Relations professionals and practitioners. In 2016 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the first Museum of Public Relations – in New York and became the first Bulgarian ever included in the prominent annual Global Power Book of the renowned British weekly PR Week.

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Megann Outram

Megann has been running the JHB office of Atmosphere since joining the award-winning consultancy in 2010.  She has over 20 years’ experience in public relations and communication.  She has worked on strategic public relations programmes for multi-nationals and local blue chip companies across several industries. Megann has experience in corporate, financial and consumer PR, including healthcare and she has performed investor relations activities (including IPOs) for clients in the healthcare, telkom and mining industries.  As part of her management remit within the business, she heads up the African expansion project for Atmosphere.

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Natalie Jayne Pringle

Using her BA Psychology degree, brand management, image consulting background, coupled with her unfailing intuition and connection with you, Natalie Jayne can assess exactly who you are and what your authentic personal brilliance is.

From her extensive exposure to the image and style trends abroad as a result of her wide travels, working for the prestigious fashionTV brand, TV presenting, life coaching and workshop facilitating, amongst her many other pursuits, Natalie has gained much experience in assessing people and what elements bring out the best in them. Her strengths also lie in strategy formulation and advisory: developing strategies for marketing, advertising, branding, public relations and corporate social investment.

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Neo Mokoena

Social Media Manager. Passionate about Africa. Lover of life, dachshunds and brunch!

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Nicola Chaning-Pearce

Nicola Chaning-Pearce, founder of Tynago Communications, has had public relations in her heart for many years. With over 20 years’ experience in the profession, across the full spectrum of disciplines – marketing, advertising, public relations and journalism – her true passion has always been public relations. Now, managing a boutique public relations consultancy, Nicola’s unswerving dedication to her clients – breathing, living and building their brands at every opportunity – is just one of Tynago’s core principles.

Professionalism, commitment, attention to detail and a passionate, enthusiastic approach to getting the best results possible for clients – these are Nicola’s personal work ethics that she injects into the Tynago team.


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Nikki Munsie

Nikki Munsie is currently the Business Director at the Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS) which specialises in helping clients and marketing services agencies establish, build and get the maximum value from their business relationships.   Nikki works alongside marketing teams advising on agency selection, relationship management, commercial evaluation and benchmarking.   She also works with agencies, assisting them with their positioning and credentials.

Nikki has more than 30 years’ experience – not just in the advertising field where she worked for agencies such as Grey, Bates, SBBW, but also in marketing and strategic consulting,  where she was involved in the development of business and brand strategies with strong emphasis on cross functional action learning for Clients.

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Nkhensani Moyane

Nkhensani Moyane is Managing Director of Glasshouse Communication Management and Non-Executive Director of Mazole Holdings.

A far-sighted individual with excellent business development skills and hands-on knowledge of directing the activities of all projects, Nkhensani is experienced in supporting the company’s strategic alliances and participating in marketing strategies.

Having entered the work environment in her early teens before completing a Higher Diploma in Somatology, Nkhensani’s determined disposition has taken her from strength to strength. From taking on the role of blogger at L’Oreal to the role of Junior Client Service Manager at HMC Seswa and then Senior Client Service Manager at Glasshouse Communication Management; Moyane continues to play a strategic role in business development, managing the team and operations.

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Palesa Madumo

Managing Director, African Mavens (Pty) Ltd

Palesa is a writer, communications professional and entreprenuer. She’s worked over ten years in Advertising and Communications for Brand South Africa in London and locally for agency and in the corporate space. These days, she runs her own pastry business called Cupcake Bar and has established a communications and strategy consultation – African Mavens. She writes for some of South Africa’s leading publications and has written a column in The Star newspaper. She is extremely passionate about South Africa and the continent, in particular, in relation to strategy, education, skills development, design, innovation and creativity.

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Peter Mann

Peter Mann is a journalist who turned PR person 28 years ago.
After graduating in 1971 he worked on the Rand Daily Mail, the Natal Mercury, the Sunday Tribune and The Star. He covered Parliament, was Political Editor of Argus Newspapers, London; and News Editor, Senior Assistant Editor and Night Editor of The Star. He taught journalism for two years.

In 1989 he formed Sussens Mann, now Meropa Communications — taking it to a consultancy with 100 staff in four cities.
In 2016 he won a PRISA Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is a member of the Panel of Adjudicators of the SA Press Council.

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Pheliswa Mayekiso

Pheliswa Mayekiso is the Manager of External and Internal Communications at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). She has more than 10 years’ experiences in media and reputation management, having worked on some leading local and global companies including McDonald’s South Africa, Comair, Old Mutual Investment Group (OMIGSA), Chevron and the Virgin Group.

Pheliswa’s role at the JSE is focused on formulating and driving the JSE’s external and internal communication strategies forward for the exchange.

Pheliswa’s career started in PR agencies where she worked at leading PR agencie, including Arcay Burson-Marsteller (now Burson-Marsteller South Africa) and Atmosphere Communications.

She holds a Communications degree from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is currently completing a Leadership Programme at the Wits Business School.

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Pranill Ramchander

Pranill Ramchander is Head of Corporate Communications & Branding at Anglo American South Africa.  Armed with a PhD, Pranill has extensive experience in strategic corporate communications, social development, research, publishing and academia.  Pranill is a spokesperson for Anglo American South Africa and is responsible for driving the development and implementation of strategic integrated marketing communications, advertising, branding, sponsorships, media relations, CSI, brand reputation management and crises management in line with the Anglo American Group Company Strategy in South Africa. He also serves as a Trustee on the board of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund  and participates on several executive committees.

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Rene Vosloo

Rene Vosloo heads up the team that handles corporate communication and integrated reputation management for Discovery, a leading financial services organisation. Since joining Discovery in 2000, Rene has immersed herself in the communication activities to a wide range of stakeholders across a number of the Discovery brands. Prior to Discovery, Rene was an accounts executive at Cordev Marketing for eight years representing the public relations needs of a wide range of financial services and leisure clients. She has majored in Industrial Psychology and Politics at Rhodes University and is a registered Chartered Marketer.


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Ronél Rensburg

Ronél Rensburg is Head of the Communication Management Division and Director of the Centre for Communication and Reputation Management at the University of Pretoria. She is a Fellow and past President of PRISA (the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa), a past board member of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management (GA), and a member of the International Communication Association (ICA).

She holds a B-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), the highest rated scholar in Communication Management Science in South Africa.

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Roslyn Jones

Having worked as a full-time member of the corporate communication teams of two blue chip companies, as well as a communication consultant, Roslyn Jones knows that the basic tenants of successful communication remain constant no matter which industry you operate in, that is, stakeholders want to know what is going on in a company, how it affects them, why they should be interested and what they need to do about it. It’s not negotiable that all communication efforts need to be purposeful, with measurable outcomes that work to engage stakeholders and align their behaviour to the company’s strategic goals.


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Ruth Kolevsohn

Ruth has over 26 years’ experience in both the corporate and consultancy environments within the consumer brand, financial services, technology, energy, media, metals and mining, oil and gas, and aviation and transport sectors.  She has specialist experience in strategy development and management, issues and crisis preparedness, investor, media and stakeholder relations as well as technical and digital writing.  As a member of the main board of Burson-Marsteller Holdings and Chief Operating Officer, Ruth oversees the day-to-day operations of Burson-Marsteller Africa’s hub office, which includes a consulting and new business role.  Focused on client growth, resource management and providing strategic advice to clients in corporate communications and issue management, she leads the client service team across our portfolio of retainer and project clients.

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Shenanda Janse van Rensburg

Shenanda Janse van Rensburg is a smart, dynamic and driven public relations, communication, marketing & public affairs leader with over 17 years’ international experience. She possesses a successful history of protecting corporate reputations and leading communications for businesses through start-up, turnaround and growth phases as well as challenging economic cycles.

In her present role as the Group Executive: Marketing, Public Relations and Communications for Altron, she manages and protects the reputation of the group and its leaders in multiple countries and territories. She is also accountable for reputation management, investor relations, marketing, advertising, corporate communications and public relations.

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Siya Sangweni

Siya Sangweni is a charismatic and vibrant broadcaster, most popularly known for his work on With media personality Gareth Cliff’s move to “unradio” from 5FM and the launch of in May 2014, the 22-year-old has worked up to not only being the brand manager of the online radio station but also as an on-air contributor on “The Gareth Cliff Show”. As 2013’s “Best Speaker in KZN”, Siya has also taken to the stage as a MC for the likes of Standard Bank’s Rising Star Awards to HDI Youth events, and as a public speaker for youth-focused social initiatives.

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Sonja Verwey

Prof Sonja Verwey is the Head of the School of Communication as well as Head of the Department of Strategic Communication at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to this she was Executive Director: Human Resources at the University of Johannesburg where her responsibilities included professionalising the Human Resources function and acting as key change navigator through the renewal and re-design of the University of Johannesburg.

She is past and present editor of Communicare, the Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa, and serves on the editorial boards of several national and international journals. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Corporate Communication International. She is Past President of the Southern African Communication Association.

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Sonya Culverwell

Sonya is an online Creative Director, Writer, Content Publisher and Editor with over 20 years’ experience in the Communications Universe, across a number of sectors and disciplines, having started her career in Advertising, Copywriting and Creative Direction.

She is the Creative Director & Writer of the Branded Video Content Hub and is also the Creative Strategist and Writer of plugdin Creative Consulting where she tackles Brand Marketing and Communication problems, and produces channel agnostic creative solutions.

In her role as Editor for she wrote, edited, created and curated video, text and audio content covering trends in the Marketing, Advertising, Digital, Social Media, Mobile, Design and overall Communication sectors.

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Sylvester Chauke

Sylvester Chauke is an award winning entrepreneur and Madonna crazy marketer extraordinaire. He rose to fame for his irreverent marketing while at Nando’s as National Marketing Manager. He later joined MTV Networks Africa as Director of Marketing & Communication. He thereafter started DNA Brand Architects, an award winning marketing consultancy outfit, championing work for some of the most loved brands on the continent.

Amongst other accolades, Sylvester celebrates being GQ’s Most Influential Young Man of 2012, Men’s Health Top 20 Young Men of 2014, SA Premier Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, BBQ Young Business Achiever of the Year 2015, and the Oliver Top Empowered Young Achiever of the Year 2016.

Sylvester sits on the board of the SA State Theatre, Council Member for Africa month with the Department of Arts and Culture and a Global Shaper Alumnus. He lectures and speaks at numerous platforms cascading a Stand Against Bland approach to Marketing!

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Tasneem Carrim

Tasneem has worked with two South African Presidents: Mandela and Mbeki in the formative years of our young democracy, responsible for media research and media engagement. At SARS she developed a passion for behaviour change theory through the development of the SARS filing–season campaign and a taxpayer education strategy for SARS. Tasneem has expertise in strategic campaign development and crisis communication – having run the operations centre in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the funeral of Tata Madiba.

Tasneem is the acting Deputy Director-General at the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS), responsible for communication policy, research, media buying, media analysis and the digital, print and electronic products of the GCIS.

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Tom Manners

After spending several years as a journalist within the technology and entertainment fields, Tom Manners recognised that in order for agencies to remain relevant within the ever-evolving communication industry, they needed to be more integrated. To this end, he founded Clockwork Media in February 2011 and soon began consulting to and creating content on behalf of organisations such as Nando’s, Nike, and Heineken.

Clockwork Media is one of South Africa’s fastest growing integrated content and communication agencies, with a team of over 80 people, comprising South Africa’s best content, digital and creative minds working on several global accounts. The company specialises in content research and strategy, editorial compilation, digital and social media, public relations, design, web development and videography.

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Vicki St Quintin

Vicki is Group Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Manager at Adcock Ingram Healthcare (since April 2013), a leading South African pharmaceutical company.  Her role includes internal and external communication and investor liaison.

Vicki was COO of the Pharmaceutical Industry Association of South Africa for nine years, specialising in governance, communication, policy and intellectual property, government relations and industry reputation management.

A long career history in the pharmaceutical industry, working for multinational and local companies, included roles in marketing, business development, corporate affairs and government relations. Her experience with GlaxoSmithKline included an international assignment and gave her extensive experience in reputation management, especially in the area of access to medicines.

Vicki holds a BCom (Hons) degree.

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