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Jerry Mabena

Jerry Mabena is the CEO of Thebe Services. His extensive and highly successful business background, is a testament to not only his strategic thinking, but also his passion for developing talented indi…

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Admire Wakwa

I was born and bred in Zimbabwe, and relocated to South Africa in 2009. I Started my Wine journey in Swartland at Bar Bar Black Sheep Restaurant in Riebeek Kasteel where I worked as a waiter. I fell i…

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Wendy Masters

Wendy Masters is a well-known reputation manager, strategic consultant and crisis-communications specialist. She is the owner of The Phoenix Partnership, a content agency established in 2002 and winne…

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Andrea Robinson

Andrea Robinson, one of the United States leading wine educators, is one of only 26 women in the world to hold the title of Master Sommelier. The first woman designated as Best Sommelier in the United…

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Sisa Ntshona

Sisa Ntshona was appointed as CEO of SA Tourism in October 2016. His academic background includes an MBA in Finance from the Gordon Institute of Business Science and Executive Programmes from Insead. …

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Dr. Robin Back

Dr. Robin Back is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, USA. Robin has had a successful career in management ranging acr…

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Don Shindle

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, ranging from rooms division and food and beverage to sales, marketing and finance, Don Shindle brings a wealth of knowledge, strong l…

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Tim Harris

Tim Harris assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro in March 2015 Prior to joining Wesgro, he was the Director of Trade and Investment in the Office of the Executive Mayor at the City of …

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Dr. Jaisheila Rajput

Jaisheila Rajput is Founder and CEO of Tomorrow Matters Now | TOMA-Now an independent consultancy focused on developing the Green Economy, with special emphasis on value chain management and growth. H…

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Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson is the General Manager of Contiki in South Africa, and recently celebrated nine years with the brand. Kelly has almost 20 years of experience within the travel & tourism industry –…

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Glen Christie

Glen’s diverse background includes a wide range of executive experience in international public relations, tour planning, control and management of hotels, restaurants and catering services. This ex…

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Linda d’Holt-Hackner

Linda works with companies big and small to fine-tune customer journeys through a brilliant process that supports the team to review and co-create exceptional brand experiences. The Touch Company uses…

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Tahirih Michot

Tahirih Michot is a process designer that focuses on facilitation and creating customised learning solutions for teams. She is the founder of The Idea Processor with a Masters degree in Education. Tah…

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Andre Morgenthal

Andre Morgenthal studied philosophy, languages and drama at the University of Stellenbosch in the early 90’s.Toward the end of his studies, Andre started a wine tourism business, offering specialise…

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Su Birch

Su Birch has a long and distinguished career in international marketing and is a specialist in generic promotion. She was CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) from its beginnings in 2000 until 2013. Du…

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