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Marion Scher

Marion has worked in all three forms of media; radio, television and print Marion runs courses both in the media and public relations industry as well as in the corporate field. Her corporate clients include Unilever, MTN, Telkom, ABSA, Munich Re, Dimension Data, Old Mutual, Metropolitan, Anglo Gold Ashanti, FNB and DBSA, Eskom, Pfizer, McDonald’s, Ekurhuleni Municipality, SANParks, Discovery Health and Cape Town Municipalities amongst many others.

Her bestselling book ‘Surviving the SA Media – Building Bridges to Make the Media More Accessible’ (Knowledge Resources) is available through Knowledge Resources and all good bookstores. Her new book ‘Conquering Communications’ (Knowledge Resources) will be available towards the end of 2017.

She is also a judge of the two top media awards in the country: Kudu Awards and the National Press Club Journalist of the Year. As well as having been a columnist for the Sunday Times Lifestyle magazine, she also currently trains staff for 702 Talk Radio and Cape Talk, as well as eNCA.


Pieter Johannes Pretorius

Pieter Johannes Pretorius (APR)

Pieter Johannes Pretorius (APR) is a General Manager for the Strategic Marketing & Branding department and a chairman of Board of Directors for the Young Scientists at Eskom.

He is also a board member of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) with a globally recognized Accredited Public Relations (APR)  practitioner qualification.

Pieter is a highly seasoned public relations professional with broad experience in corporate affairs, advertising, media management, corporate identity and special events. Through his communication project management work, Eskom was awarded the Gold Quill Merit Award as well as the Business Issue Award at the IABC International Conference in New Orleans in 2007.


Jaco du Plessis

Jaco du Plessis

Jaco du Plessis is a Johannesburg-based Digital Business Consultant and Social Media Strategist specialising in corporate digital identity management.

He has a deep understanding of the inherent immediacy and versatility of global online, social media in particular, its power to engage and inform, as well as the massive impact it can have on brand awareness and business growth.

Jaco’s specific focus is to help corporate, institutional and individual clients harness the extraordinary power of digital to strengthen relationships with customers and other communities which influence the successful development of their business. The primary objective is to make a brand or product relevant in the digital space regardless of business size or industry.
He provides strategic planning; audits and metrics that monitor social media exposure, business objectives and market success. The ultimate objective is to provide companies with effective, competitive, practical, and result-oriented solutions to maximise investment in their digital presence. Jaco’s relentless commitment to the success of his clients has made him a popular consultant and speaker on successful social media engagement.

He’s been described as a digital catalyst, and is one of the most dynamic connectors in the online media industry.

Jaco is slave to his two kids and managed by his beautiful wife Anja.


David Gallagher

David Gallagher

David is responsible for developing the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) group’s offer internationally, enabling people and organizations to connect with world-class public relations services throughout the world. He joined Omnicom Public Relations Group from one of its global networks, Ketchum, where he was chief executive for its European region and senior advisor to many of its global clients. He’s known as a modernizer in the industry and an advocate for collaboration, serving as chairman for several national and international trade bodies. His contributions to the field have been recognized with achievement awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the Public Relations and Communications Association of the UK, and various magazines and publications. He has served as jury president for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Eurobest and other creative services awards competitions, and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s global council on the future of behavioural sciences. He is based in London.


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Matlapulana Ragoasha

Matlapulana Ragoasha has over eleven years’ experience in the communications field and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications at the University of Johannesburg in 2005. Over the past eleven years, Matlapulana has worked in both in-house and agency environments for a range of organisations in the tourism, media, music, consumer, film and government sectors.

Key areas of expertise include strategy development, corporate communications, project management, content development, crisis communications, internal communications and media relations.

Matlapulana’s passion comprises of developing and implementing effective digital PR strategies, managing stakeholder relationships and devising optimal approaches to communicate with various target audiences.

Prior to joining Weber Shandwick Africa in February 2016, Matlapulana was the general manager of communications and spokesperson for e.tv, including eNCA and OpenView HD (OVHD). The role equipped her with superior management skills and a broad knowledge of integrated marketing and communications.


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Thabisile Phumo

Thabisile has a career spanning over two decades in the public and private sector specialising in corporate communication, social development, media relations, stakeholder engagement, curriculum development and training. She has served in various roles in public relations and communication at Anglo American Platinum, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, University of South Africa, Centre for Public Relations and Communication and the Commission for Gender Equality.

She holds qualifications in Corporate Communication, Public Relations Management, Project Management, Social Development and Leadership. She is the president of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) and has also worked as a part-time lecturer and trainer in Public Relations and Social Development.

She has interfaced with a variety of organisations on the integration of socio-economic imperatives into business strategy and has facilitated skills enhancement programmes through presentations and in-house corporate training.

She is currently the Senior Vice President: Communication at Sibanye Gold and the vision bearer of Inspired Connections, a professional women’s network.


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Sari-Liia Tonttila

Sari-Liia Tonttila is the Managing Director of Ahjo Communications – one of the TOP Finnish PR and marketing communication agencies.

Tonttila is the President of PR Agencies in Finland and a member of the board of the Finnish Assocation of Marketing Communications Agencies. She is also on the board of ICCO, the world's largest body of communication consultancies.

Tonttila has been a member of the jury at the SABRE Awards, EMEA and the ICCO Global PR Awards, both being prestigious communication competitions.

Tonttila has spent her career working with global and high profile companies including Microsoft, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, MSD, Coca-Cola, Ericsson and others. She is deeply involved in driving start-up's innovations from Finland to global.

She has experience in PR and she is experienced in leading complex, multi-agency clients and in driving big ideas that deliver results.


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Oscar

Oscar has over ten years’ experience in public relations, reputation management, government relations and business development, which he gained while working with a number of clients in sectors such as Mining, Waste Management, Financial Services, Education, Health, Power Utility, Media, Market Research, Construction and all three spheres of Government.

Oscar is currently the Business Development and Client Liaison Director at Plus 94 Research.

He holds a BTech in Public Relations Management from the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria and a diploma in Public Administration from Oxbridge Academy, Cape Town. He serves as a Director at two non-profit organisations namely the South African Reading Foundation (trading as Read A Book SA) and The Sifiso Falala Foundation. Oscar is also a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Department of Integrated Communication at the Tshwane University of Technology. He continues to impart knowledge as a guest lecturer for the Department of Marketing Management at the University of Johannesburg.

Oscar is currently completing his MTech in Public Relations Management with the chosen topic: “The agenda setting role of Facebook in the 2016 South African Local Elections” and plans to pursue his Doctoral degree in 2018.


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Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko

MultiChoice South Africa General Manager for Marketing, Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, is a formidable woman with a wealth of sports marketing experience and has been involved in top-level marketing for over 18 years.

Under her leadership, marketing the DStv brand has evolved exponentially and the team has won several prominent marketing industry awards. She has also won wide acclaim for her roles in sports marketing. Before joining the DStv marketing team, she was the marketing director for South Africa’s premium sports broadcaster, SuperSport (July 2013 - October 2014).

Prior to that, she held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Brand SA (March 2012 – June 2013); Marketing Manager for Castle Lager at SAB (March 2010 – February 2012). Mazibuko was also head of marketing for the 2010 World Cup Bid, working under Danny Jordaan. She joined the 2010 bid committee fresh from the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup where she was marketing director of what was hailed as the most successful cricket spectacle ever in world cricket. She formerly held the position of marketing director for Government Communications and Information Systems (GCIS) in Pretoria (January 1999 – October 2001).

Her interest in the disciplines of sports marketing, broadcast communications, media, brand management, marketing strategies and stakeholder relations is evident in her impressive resume. She is a sports fanatic, with a particular interest in football, and also has a passion for limited-overs cricket.

Born and raised in Johannesburg. She is a mother to two boys and an avid Game of Thrones fan, she enjoys travel, relaxing at the spa and burying her head in a good book, with a great cup of coffee.


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Patrick Monkoe

Patrick has over 10 years’ experience in the Marketing and Communication business environment with a focus on SMEs and Co-operatives development in Limpopo Province. During this time, he grew through the ranks from Marketing Officer to Marketing and Communications Manager, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager and Head: Marketing and Communications.

Recently he was appointed as Marketing and Business Development Manager at Great North Transport, a state owned public passenger transport in Limpopo Province.

His experience is blended with a National diploma, Bachelor Degree and Masters Degree in Business Leadership from Unisa.


Sal Govender

Sal Govender

Sal Govender is the Sales, Marketing and Communications Leader for Cummins Southern Africa. She has over 20 years experience in Marketing and Communications in sectors that vary from Petrochemical, Tourism, Construction, Retail and now the Automotive industry. Sal has held the role of Marketing Director for the past 9 years with her first foray being at the Durban International Convention Centre where together with her marketing team, several international conferences and concerts were hosted in the City of Durban. Sal has an MBA from UKZN and has submitted her PhD for examination – The impact of Authentic Leadership on team effectiveness and functioning in the SA Construction industry. A huge advocate of authenticity she looks at how the integrated marketing and communications of a brand can breed authentic brands.


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Mary Nonkwelo

Mary Nonkwelo is a charismatic leader whose role is to advocate personal development, teamwork and impart her skills to grow others.

She made her mark in the communication industry when she started working at Eskom as a communication practitioner. Throughout her employment of 25 years as a communication practitioner, she has won 12 awards and has managed complex projects such as the ‘75th Anniversary of Eskom’ and the official opening of the ‘National Control of Eskom’.

Mary is the Head of School, Project Management at Eskom Academy of Learning. Mary established a woman’s networking forum (Lekgotla) at Eskom and this was in alignment with her Master’s Programme dissertation. She furthermore Eskom’s Women’s book within the Learning Academy and is currently a mentor and coach within and external to the organisation.

She is a dynamic woman who stretches herself beyond the norm and reaches the community. In 2014, Mary formed a movement called ‘The Empowerment Network’ whose mandate it is to establish platforms for the community to engage on prominent matters of importance for growth and prosperity. She has launched 5 books called “Share your Story” and is about to launch the next 5 books.


Daniel Munslow

Daniel Munslow

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.

Daniel has worked in banking and financial services, energy, aviation, retail, mining, healthcare and pharma, motoring, media, paper and pulp, medical, telecommunications, tertiary education, and for the United Nations. He has developed and implemented communication and reputation management strategies by partnering with key decision makers and adopting a participatory approach to stakeholder management; often coaching or siting with executive committee members as a strategic advisor on communication.

In addition, Daniel is a multi-year judge on the IABC Gold and Silver Quills Judging Panel; the 2010/2011 vice-chairperson of the PRISA Public Relations Consultancy Chapter; and chief judge in the annual PRISA PRISM Awards. He speaks at local and international conferences on business communication, and was voted an All-Star speaker at the IABC World Conference in 2012. In 2016, Daniel was invited to Speak at the World PR Forum on communication trends in Africa, speaking to a global audience from 30 countries about local communication practices.

Daniel is a graduate of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, where he also majored in Industrial Psychology.
Daniel summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa, in January 2012.


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Yomi Badejo-Okusanya fnipr

Yomi is an accomplished public relations practitioner and the Group Managing Director of one of Nigeria’s leading communication groups CMC Connect (Perception Managers).

He has over two decades of work experience in Integrated Marketing Communication, coupled with extensive experience in corporate communication, government relations, crisis management and financial public relations.

Yomi is the current President of the African Public Relations Association (APRA), the umbrella body for the practice of public relations in Africa.

He became a recipient of the prestigious PR Golden Eagle Award as the ‘Most Outstanding Public Relations Person’ for the year 2010 and was recently conferred the 2016 ECOWAS Youth Parliament Award as the ‘Most Outstanding African Personality of the Year'.


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Maxim Behar

Maxim Behar is a leading public relations expert, the founder and CEO of a leading company in the public relations and media field in Bulgaria, M3 Communications Group Inc.

He is also the president of the largest global organisation The International Communications Consultancy Organisation ( ICCO) and the ambassador for the European region for the African Public Relations Association.

Maxim is known in Bulgaria as a communication guru with many calling him a “global institution”. He is currently chairman of the board of the World Communication Forum in Switzerland and a member of many global organisations and foundations.

Maxim was elected President of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum and received the award ‘Communicator of the Decade’ by the Association of Business Communicators of India.

He is a dreamer and a hard worker with a dynamic personality and a believer in the idea of a more ethical world.


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Senelisiwe Mbhele

Prior to establishing herself in the field of communication, Senelisiwe Mbhele started her career in the private sector as a secretary before joining the public service in 2005. She received her BA (Communication) and BA (Communication) (Honours) degrees at the University of South Africa. She now holds a Masters in Communication Management (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. She has over 10 years of work experience in the public service which includes supporting political and administrative principals.

Before joining the National Department of Health as a deputy director within the communication unit specialising in internal communication, she worked as an assistant director: corporate communication at the National School of Government, reporting directly to the Director-General. Her exposure to both public and private sectors has only confirmed her conviction that no organisation can achieve success without its stakeholders. Her masters topic calls for a stakeholder approach to internal communication in organisations.


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Rene Benecke

Dalien Rene Benecke is a senior lecturer in the Department of Strategic Communication at the University of Johannesburg. She has published on experiential learning in public relations education, the importance of dialogue and open conversation in transformational societies, the history of Public Relations in South Africa and is co-author of South African Handbook of Public Relations (10th and 11th editions). She is a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (PRISA) and serves as the PRISA Education, Training and Research Committee Chair. She is currently completing her PhD on Public Relations activism.


  Dalmé Mulder

Dr Dalmé Mulder is a senior lecturer in Communication Professions at the University of the Free State (UFS). Her academic areas of specialisation include integrated communication, integrated marketing communication and brand management. She has published numerous articles, contributed chapters in books, and co-edited the book Strategic Integrated Communication (2015). She currently manages a NRF funded project that focuses on the advancement of strategic communication amongst organisational leaders. She also acts as consultant to companies in the development of integrated communication and branding strategies. She is passionate about promoting the importance of communication in companies and about the advancement of integrated communication on executive level.


David Poggiolini

David Poggiolini

David Poggiolini has extensive experience working in the technical and business environment. He has directly edited more than 10 business and technical publications and still generates content for a variety of print magazines as a freelance writer.

David’s forte is writing on public and private sector driven infrastructure-development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also written extensively on a host of other specialised topics, ranging from information and communication technologies through to resource extraction, facilities management and forestry-related industries in the region.


 

Francis Ingham

Francis Ingham is Director General of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), operating out of London and Dubai; and Chief Executive of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), operating in 48 countries across the globe.

Representing over 20,000 practitioners, the PRCA is the largest professional body of its kind for the PR and communication industry. ICCO is the voice of public relations consultancies around the world. Its membership comprises 37 national trade associations, collectively representing over 2,500 PR firms.

Ingham’s background is in politics and public affairs. He is External Examiner to the American University at Richmond; Trustee of The Speakers' Corner Trust; and the Master of the City of London Company of Public Relations Practitioners. He was educated at Oxford University, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He appears in both the UK and the Global editions of PR Week’s PowerBook.


Kate Bapela

Kate Bapela

Kate Bapela is an MBA graduate, Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA).

Currently she is the Chief Communication Officer and Official Spokesperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). She continues to mentor and coach young professionals.

Ms Bapela made history in 2003 when she was nominated and inaugurated as PRISA’s first black woman President in the organisation’s 47 year history.


Kavitha Kalicharan

Kavitha

Kavitha has over fourteen years industry related experience and currently manages a small public relations consultancy, Taurus Communications. She held the positions of Vice-Chairman and Chairman for the Gauteng Region over a period of four years. She also facilitates on various disciplines of public relations for ProVox, the Centre for Communication Management. This year, Kavitha was nominated as one of the judges for the World Public Relations Forum that took place in Toronto in May. As a thought-leader in the industry, Kavitha has presented at many conferences and workshops over the last three years.


 

Lucrezea de Lange

Mrs Lucrezea de Lange is a lecturer in the Department of Communication Science at the University of the Free State. She holds a Master’s degree in Corporate and Marketing Communication.  She has read numerous papers at national and international conferences and has published articles within the areas of change and leadership communication. 


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Maritha Pritchard

Maritha Pritchard is a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg in the Department of Strategic Communication. Her published research interest is social media and she has presented on the topic at several local and international conferences, including other PRISA annual conferences.

 Maritha has over 20 years industry experience and she regularly conducts social media workshops for PRISA’s CPD programmes. She is a judge at the annual PRISM awards and will graduate with a Doctorate degree in September which focuses on social media and reputation management.

 She is currently the lead editor for a new textbook titled ‘Connect: Writing for Online Audiences’, to be published later this year.


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