Judges

Our team of judges is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

Founder & Executive Director of Business DNA

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.

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.

Executive Director, Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa

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.

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.
Journalist

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.

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.

Founder & Director of On Spot Communication Management

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.

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.
Writer & Content Provider

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.

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.
Internal & Change Management, FNB Premium

Deirdré van Zyl Smit

Heading up the Internal Communication and Change management team at FNB Premium, Deirdré is a senior corporate communications all-rounder

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.

Communication Specialist

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.

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.

Group Head for Corporate Affairs of Sappi Limited

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.

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.

B2B Marketing Practitioner

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.

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…

Communication & Public Relations Practitioner,

Bridget Bhengu

Bridget Bhengu is a seasoned and accomplished communication and public relations practitioner, as well as a qualified Chartered Marketer.

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.

Head of the MBA Programme, Monash South Africa.

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’.

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.

Director, MCC Consulting

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

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.

Communication and Public Relations Professionals

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.

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.
PR, Communications & Reputation Manager, Pinnacle Group

Evette A Wessels

Evette manages all PR, Communications, Reputation and Online Media matters for the Pinnacle Group.

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.

Doug de Villiers

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

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.

Currents Affairs Talk Station Presenter - The Media Show and Afternoon Talk

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.

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.

@AshrafGarda

SA’s Young Eco-Preneur, Climate Activist & Humanitarian

Catherine Constantinides

Catherine Constantinides: SA’s Young Eco-Preneur, passionate Climate Activist, Humanitarian and award-winning young voice of the African Continent.

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.
Strategist, Communicator & Marketer

Cynthia Mabela

Cynthia Mabela is a passionate strategist, communicator and marketer who believes that employees are any organisation’s most valuable asset.

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.

Manager, Gameplan Media

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.

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.

Manager, Gameplan Media

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 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.
Chief Disruptor, Integrated Marketing Solutions

Francois Vorster

Francois is the Chief Disruptor at Integrated Marketing Solutions (IMS), a digitally focused creative agency.

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.