Dozie Okafor
Managing Director, PHD
Nigeria

Dozie started his career at OMD Nigeria in 2007. He is a trained electrical engineer from the University of Nigeria and also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School. He has worked at both OMD Nigeria and OMD Ghana across numerous brands including Vodafone, Guinness, GSK, Distell, SC Johnson, StanbicIBTC, Beiersdorf amongst others.

He then moved to PHD Nigeria to serve for 5yrs as the pioneer head of Strategy and planning working on brands such as Ovaltine, Hennessy, PZ Cussons, Ariston, Apple and SC Johnson.

Most recently, he served as the IMC lead for Coca-Cola Nigeria, West Africa Business Unit where he managed Regional Integrated Marketing Communication and media/assets Development. Dozie returned to PHD Nigeria in June 2017 as Managing director and looks sure to reinforce its success

Serah Katusia
Managing Director, Mediacom (Scan)
Nairobi

More than 10 years in the ad world, Serah was appointed the MD for Mediacom Eastern Africa, this came after years of working for brands across the continent from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique, Ethiopia as well as Central Africa.

She has moved from Client Service, to Strategy and finally settled in Media. “I love the knowledge gained across categories, but media is my heart, driving system thinking with media as the lead is the core of what I drive at Mediacom.”

She's a lecturer and speaker at the International School of Advertising, which enables her to drive media excellence beyond Mediacom to the rest of the industry. She is passionate about people, nurturing talent and driving excellence.

Adelaide McKelvey
Sales and Marketing Director, JC DeCaux
Johannesburg

Adelaide McKelvey is the Group Sales and Marketing Director for JCDecaux sub-Saharan Africa. She held the position of Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa for three years prior to this. She is a sales and marketing expert with over 21 years experience.

Adelaide sits on a number of industry advisory panels and was awarded Industry Media Legend award in 2011. She sits on the OMC Board.

Avtaar Mohanlall
Head of Media, VML South Africa
Johannesburg

Avtaar has been in media for the past seven years. And while his focus is primarily digital media strategy and planning, he believes media allows real brand-consumer connections in an online space – media’s role is to guide the consumer down the funnel by reaching them at the right point in their journey, with the right message.

Avtaar’s extensive media agency experience with big clients across different brands has defined his economically sound approach to developing and maintaining media contacts and cultivating new relationships: be practical and keep it simple. He always pushes to find a solution and believes nothing should be left unsolved and nothing is unsolvable.

Devin Kennedy
Executive Creative Director, King James Group
Cape Town

After graduating with a B.com Industrial Psychology degree and completing a post graduate degree at AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town, morbid curiosity and the need to pay the rent made Devin Kennedy take his first job in Windhoek, Namibia. After a year stint and winning the Grand Prix at Namibia’s local advertising awards he decided to return to Cape Town in 1999 where he joined the King James Group as Junior Copywriter. In 2007 he was he was appointed Creative Director and Executive Creative Director in 2012.

For his sins, he has a generous helping of both local and international awards, which include golds at Cannes, Clios, One Show, London International, as well as numerous Loerie golds, a Grand Prix and two Ad of the Year awards.

Fahmeeda Casim-Surtee
Chief Executive Officer, DStv Media Sales
Johannesburg

Fahmeeda Cassim-Surtee has been involved in the media industry for over 25 yearsFahmeeda is the CEO of DStv Media Sales. DStv Media Sales is responsible for creating media solutions for Brands/ Marketers  across a variety of channels on the DStv Platform across the African continent. Prior to her journey at DStv Media Sales, Fahmeeda has held a variety of positions in media including freelance sports journalism for both radio and print mediums. 

Fahmeeda holds a variety of qualifications in media management, journalism, strategic marketing, business management and executive development.Some of her achievements include being nominated for Women of the Year, co-authoring a book on branding and 2010, and setting up a foundation for women in sport in South Africa.

Fran Luckin
Chief Creative Officer, Grey Africa
Johannesburg

Fran Luckin is Chief Creative Officer of Grey Africa in Johannesburg. She began her career as a copywriter, moved to TBWA / Hunt Lascaris in the late nineties, where she became a Creative Director, then joined Ogilvy Johannesburg in 2003, and became Executive Creative Director there in 2008. In 2012, Fran was appointed to the 15-member Ogilvy Worldwide Creative Council. 
After 20 years in advertising, Fran went full digital, joining Quirk South Africa (a Mirum agency) as Executive Creative Director of the Johannesburg office in July 2013.

She joined Grey as CCO in 2016. The company won its first Gold Lion in 2017. Together with the executive team, Fran has helped to transform the creative output of the agency from traditional advertising into a fully integrated multi-media, digital and social communications offering. She has judged international and South African creative awards shows (including the Cannes Film Lions, the Cannes Outdoor Lions, the Dubai Lynx Awards, the Clio Awards and D&AD) – and has also served three times on the judging panel for the Apex Awards.

In 2017 she served as Jury President of the Print and Publishing Jury at the Cannes Lions – the first female Jury President from Africa. She has an M.B.A from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, and is Chairman of the Academic Board of the Red & Yellow School.

Kate Fordyce
Head Agency Marketing, Woolworths
Cape Town

At the helm of the inhouse creative agency at Woolworths, Kate’s world is one of brand- building at the relentless pace of retail. With a background both at creative agencies, with leadership roles at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris and Ogilvy Cape, and ‘on the client side’ at Sanlam, she loves the unique challenge of effective engagement within the increasing convergence of consumer, commerce, content, channel and creativity.

Keith Manning
Innovation Director, TBWA\ Hunt Lascaris
Johannesburg

Keith Manning is a proud South African creative working as one half of the team that heads up the TBWA Innovations department. He is an obsessive problem solver, which helps at the office but doesn’t at home.

Over the years, Keith has worked on some of South Africa’s biggest brands, that list includes MTN, FNB, Standard Bank, Nissan, and Wimpy. His talent has won him a number of local and international advertising awards, such as Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show, and Loeries. Keith’s work has been featured in the Cannes Game Changers book and exhibition, which celebrates 60 years of creativity that has transformed the landscape of advertising.

In his role as Innovations Director, Keith’s mandate is to conceptualise and develop service offerings that will give his clients a competitive advantage to help place them in a category of one. When he is not doing this, he is running Happy Lab, a start-up product development company that he founded with his long-time creative partner Dale Mullany.

Lwandile Qokweni
Managing Director, MEC Global
Johannesburg

In 2003 Lwandile was appointed by FCB Cape Town as a Media Strategist, he served in this role for 2 years working on accounts such as Parmalat and  Distell. In 2005 FCB Cape Town established Headspace, a specialist department  responsible for the development of brand communication strategies for FCB’s Client base,  Lwandile was chosen to be part of this new venture as a strategist on the Distell and Shoprite Group accounts.In 2005 After 3 years at FCB Lwandile decided to move on to Ogilvy as a media and communication strategist on the Volkswagen, Sasko & Castle Larger (9644) accounts.  In this role he was responsible for the development of brand and communication strategy  for Old Mutual, Volkswagen,  Schweppes, Valpre, Castle Light & BP accounts.

In October 2008 Lwandile was offered a role working for Ogilvy South Africa  as a senior media and communication strategist under Rob Hill working in Johannesburg . In this role he worked on brands such as SuperSport, Nike,  The Automobile Association, Old Mutual, BP, Volkswagen, FIFA CONFED Cup & Dulux. After  5 years at Ogilvy in search of a new challenge Lwandile joined Carat as a Senior Media Strategist and Business unit head in Johannesburg  in August 2009 where he run accounts such as Old Mutual, Iwyze, Just fun Group, Cell C Retail. In 2011 Carat appointed Lwandile to the position of Sub Saharan head of Strategy / Media Manager, in this role Lwandile was  given two task, (1) Servicing and growing regional clients Procter and gamble (west Africa), MTN Ghana,  COCA COLA (KENYA & BNLS) and Nokia  Sub Saharan Africa, (2) Maintaining partner agency relationships in the countries as well as identifying and mentoring key individuals in these offices.  In 2013 April he was promoted to Managing Director of Carat in JHB managing a team of 18 individuals and 20 clients with a billing / Turnover of R 400 000 000.

In 2015 Lwandile decided to leave Carat his home for 7 years to pursue a new journey with Group M as Strategy Director at MEC South Africa  and in 2018 He become the CEO of Wavemaker South Africa.Lwandile offers a unique combination of media skills(current consumer understanding) and brand strategy skills (future consumer understanding ) which gives him a great view of Current consumer behaviour and the ability to predict the best possible way to take advantage of this behaviour.

Matthew Barnes
Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy
Johannesburg

Born in South Africa in 1976. Neither public nor private schooling unearthed the scholar in me. Possible careers in the Air Force, Aeronautical Engineering and Photography were abandoned in favour of sailing the world and becoming a man, albeit a skinny one. A career in The Royal Navy lost to the Red and Yellow School of Advertising in Cape Town. I have done time on the front lines at Ogilvy and Mather, Red Nail (Leo Burnett not-so-hot-shop), Brand Activation 141, Network BBDO, TBWA Hunt Lascaris, TBWA Tequila Johannesburg, the Jupiter Drawing Room Johannesburg, Ogilvy Johannesburg, Publicis / Leo Burnett and FCB – with retrenchment, entrepreneurship and freelance in-between.

Time in the trenches has been spent conceptualising, strategising, leading, integrating, presenting, selling and unselling every form of advertising imaginable for brands big and small, listed and bankrupt, inspirational and abominable. When not at work I think of work and all the things I have forgotten to do. I am obsessed with great writing, film and consume large amounts of non-fiction in both formats. I dream of the Nobel Prize and sailing in warm waters. I regularly injure myself working on old Porsches.