Events & PR

JURY PRESIDENT

Caroline Pretorious
Executive Creative Director
VWV Group
Johannesburg, South Africa

Caroline joined VWV in 1987 and worked her way up, fulfilling pretty much every role in the business. She has received numerous local and international awards for her directorship of video and live events and was appointed Executive Creative Director in 1998. After a brief sabbatical, Caroline re-joined VWV to successfully lead the winning World Cup Ceremonies bid. VWV has been recognized with 12 Loeries Grand Prix’s and 39 Loeries Gold Awards. VWV has also received the Financial Mail Specialist Agency of the Year award and the Finweek AdReview Outstanding Performer – Events award. Caroline serves on the Loeries committee and is a board member of VWV Group and of Phakama, a VWV initiative that serves to up-skill young women in the communication sector.

 

REGIONAL JUDGE

Fred Muthandeni Phiri

Director
Media 365 Ltd
Lusaka, Zambia

Freddy is an award winning Zambian filmmaker, media and entertainment professional with over 16 years experience working across music, print, radio, TV, live events, marketing, and communication. 

Before founding Fred Phiri Productions, a film and television production company early in 2017, around the same time he partnered with Johannesburg based company Vertical Limit Productions to establish a branch in Zambia with a focus on events, activations and content creation, Freddy has in 2006 and 2008 respectively, co founded Elixur Integrated Media and Media 365, established media companies dealing in branding, entertainment, production and communications consultancy and for which he still serves as Executive Creative Director.

He has been awarded both locally in Zambia and Africa wide for his work in television drama where his main passion lies, being a recipient of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award (AMVCA) for Best Drama in 2014 for the television drama series Love Games, for which he also won Best Drama and Best Director in the Zambian Film, Television & Radio Awards (ZAFTARS) in the same year. 

In addition his work and contributions to Media 365 have helped achieve awards in Excellence in HIV and AIDS Strategic Communications in Africa (AfriComNet 2010) for the One Love Kwasila campaign, which featured the flagship Club Risky Business drama series that won a 2009 National Association for Media Arts Best Drama award in addition to Best Editor and Best Cinematography. Media 365 has also won Top Zed Brand in 2014 and 2016, in online surveys for Best of Zambia publication.

Freddy’s body of work also includes co-production of 3 consecutive Zambian Music Awards (2013, 2014 and 2016), 6 Part TV series My Country, My Story Zambia documentary series for Zambezi Magic as well as Associate Producer under the Sony Africa/Rockstar 4000 joint venture of the Airtel One 8 Project that saw the collaboration of R. Kelly with artists from 8 African Countries including Zambia’s superstar JK, for the production of “Hands Across the World” the campaign theme song for Airtel’s Africa wide launch in 2010. 

He is also a co founder of the Hip Hop Foundation of Zambia, advisor to the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) and a member of the National Association for Media Arts (NAMA) as well as the Parents Partnership for Children with Special Needs (PPCSN).

 

Juliet Honey
Creative Director

Net#Work BBDO
Johannesburg, South Africa

After a failed attempt at becoming a mechanical engineer, Juliet landed up studying graphic design which launched her head-first into advertising. She began her career at TBWA Hunt Lascaris as a studio assistant. She likes to believe that the late nights, spray glue fumes and working with some of the best advertising minds in the country gave her the perfect foundation for her career. Since then, Juliet has worked at Grey Worldwide in Johannesburg, Lowe Bull in Johannesburg and currently finds herself at Net#work BBDO.

Juliet loves creative ideas that are strongly rooted in a great strategy and beautifully crafted. Sometimes she draws memes.

Tiziana Tucci
Executive Creative Director
Mela Events
Johannesburg, South Africa

With over 2 decades in the marketing and events sector, Tiziana Tucci is a seasoned professional. Her career started at Sun International, where she worked on the coordination of the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge and developed marketing collateral and campaigns for the various resorts under the Sun International umbrella. Other blue chip companies included Standard Bank in South Africa, and in the UK where Tiziana lived and worked for 5 years, she worked for CLSA Global, Prudential, CJP Intelligent Marketing and the Egg Group. 

Over the years, Tiziana has put her branding and marketing skills to great use in launching new offices and companies, managing corporate events and road shows, developing marketing campaigns and strategies, looking after internal communications and managing research programmes.  In 2004 Tiziana returned to South Africa to start a family and in 2008, together with business partner Enelra Booth, grew Mela Events into an established Events Agency that specialises in managing small to large-scale events for multi-national and private companies, both locally and internationally. Their clients include the likes of Nando’s, Cisco, Samsung, BMW and Standard Bank.  From brand activations, product launches, conferences, content development, delegate logistics etc, Mela delivers a seamless experience that always aims to surpasses expectations. 

 

Audrey Lummis
Head of Events & Activations
FCB Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa

Audrey Lummis is highly sought after and well respected in the live events business. After 16 years of experience in the industry, she has produced a number of acclaimed African and global football tournament ceremonies, line produced a number of Africa’s largest live music award shows and executive produced government rallies, festivals, and concerts. 

In addition, she’s been actively involved in the production of prestigious corporate events such as conferences, gala dinners, product and campaign launches and many other international exhibitions and showcases across the African continent. 

Audrey is currently Head of Events and Activations for FCB Africa, where she contributes daily to South Africa’s global and local appeal on the South African Tourism account.

 

 

Tim Horwood
Executive Creative Dirctor
Future Ink
Johannesburg, South Africa

With 26 years experience in the Broadcast industry Tim has been involved in multiple facets of the African television, music, events and youth culture space.

He was part of the team to launch the MTV brand in Africa in 2005 and went on to Head up the MTV Base brand on the continent. He also served as Senior Creative Director at Viacom International Media Networks Africa where he headed up creative projects for BET, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Angola.

A staunch supporter of African creativity Tim has been invited to speak at numerous conferences around the world including PromaxBDA conferences in Australia, Singapore, India, and France. He has judged for the International Emmy Awards, The South African Music Awards and The Loeries. In 2013 Tim was appointed Chairman PromaxBDA Africa, a role he holds to the current day.

Ivo Brodnik
Technology & Innovation Partner
QDivision
Cape Town, South Africa

Ivo has 20 years of experience in information science and software architecture as well as in marketing and communication. He worked in scientific research and supercomputing, started two digital agencies in Austria, prior to falling in love with Cape Town and making it his home. After successful years at Hellocomputer and Punk, he started QDivision in 2015 - a specialized product and service design company.

 

Samuel September
Operations Director
Black Pepper Events & Media Corporation
Durban, South Africa

Samuel September, or ‘Sam’ as he is most prominently known, has 11 years experience in the Live events industry. He is one the most sought after event and media producers, working with some of the most prominent brands in government, corporate as well as media and entertainment including the ANC, The VWV Group, MTV Base, Comedy Central Africa, SABC, Glo Nigeria, The South African Film and Television Awards and the SAMAs, to name a few.

Having studied Political Science at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, Sam discovered he had an affinity and passion for live event production on his return to South Africa. Ironically, he would go on to produced the ANC’s 52nd National Conference and project manages The Presidency – National Awards Ceremony in 2009. 

Today Sam is the founder and Operations Director of Black Pepper Events & Media Corporation. He lives between Durban and Johannesburg, enjoying life being a dad to his beautiful daughter.

 

Sarah-Jane Boden
Founder & Executive Creative Director
Soul Providers
Johannesburg, South Africa

Sarah-Jane is the Founder and CEO of the Couture Content Creation and Social Media Marketing agency SoulProviders, based in Johannesburg and Swaziland. SoulProviders' talented team focuses on telling great Arican stories online and offline as well as building and nurturing online communities across multiple channels on behalf of South African, Pan-African and global brands.

With a BA Honours in Culture and Media studies, 'SJ', as she is known in the industry, has over 18 years experience working in the marketing and communications domain across multiple local and global brands in South Africa, the UK and Europe. Sarah-Jane has a flair for predicting expectations of current and future consumers and is adept at understanding and shaping how ideas and solutions can impact real life behaviors and change lives through the power of content and digital.

Referring to herself as the 'accidental entrepreneur', SJ is committed to shared value, job creation and small business development towards driving economic transformation and social cohesion in South Africa and has spun her emerging brand and design agency Suketchi with her partner David Tshabalala out of the SoulProviders creative family and is currently driving its early-stage growth. She is also a founding partner in SoulProviders East with her partner Nicole Gazard, offering through-the-line marketing and communications solutions to a number of brands and organisations in the vibrant Kingdom of Swaziland.

SJ was invited to present on the Consumer of the Future and how to build strategic consumer-focused communications channels using content and mobile at the worldwide event Social Media Week 2014. She is also a Loeries Gold Award winner for her Creative Direction on the VW brand. SoulProviders was awarded the SAB Gold Circle award in 2014 for Excellence in Digital Execution and nominated for Agency of The Year at the Bookmark Awards in 2014. SJ has presented workshops on content marketing to marketing leaders at Kagiso Media, Swaziland Beverages / AB InBev, ACSA, AMKA, Discovery, VWV, AUDI and for Henley Business School. 

 

Marang Setshwaelo
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Dreamcatcher Multimedia
Johannesburg, South Africa

Marang is a Johannesburg-based media maven and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and MD of Dreamcatcher Multi-Media, a PR and events management company that has been operating for some 15 years. Currently the company employs 10 people and has serviced top brands, including Standard Bank, Diners Club, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, Nestle and The Soul City Institute to name a few. 

Marang’s career began in the world of book publishing; her first job being an editorial assistant in a New York Publishing House – Simon & Schuster.  Returning to SA in 1998, she took a position as a researcher for an educational television production company.  She subsequently moved to work in public relations, where she was responsible for co-coordinating publicity and media relations.  

She later joined Sony Music SA as a freelance media manager where she coordinated media activities for artists in Sony’s local music division, amongst them Bongo Maffin, Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, and Mafikizolo. Additionally, she has worked as a scriptwriter for an SABC television show and was also a freelance writer for an online magazine. 

Besides running her company, Marang is an active social media influencer speaking on topics such as entrepreneurship, women’s rights and her passion for the continent. She is a regular speaker at entrepreneur-focused events, a member of the PR Pow Wow (a professional and networking club of PR business owners) and she has previously contributed as a judge to the Loeries, South Africa’s foremost media, marketing and adverting awards.

 

Daniel Munslow
Vice President
Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA)
Johannesburg, South Africa

Daniel Munslow, CPRP, is a director at MCC Consulting; director on the International Executive Board of the International Association of Business Communicators’, Vice President of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA), Vice President for IABC Africa, and was the President of the IABC Africa Region from 2014-2016. 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, crisis communication, measurement and evaluation, 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 sitting with executive committee members as a strategic advisor on communication.

Daniel is a graduate of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, where he also majored in Industrial Psychology.