Every year, we try our best to find the most inspirational speakers from all over the world. We are thrilled to show you people who are the driving forces behind our industry.
Mr. BW (Willem) Westermann (54) studied law in Utrecht. Already in his student days, he was preoccupied with organizing and supervising events. Immediately after graduation he went to work for Flashlight Rental BV, a company that specializes in lighting for shows, TV, fairs and events. The interest in everything involved in the event world became wider, resulting in work at Mojo Concerts BV, the country's largest concert organizer. As Head of Production, he was partly responsible for the actual organization of events with tens of thousands of visitors.
Since 2000, Westermann has his own consulting firm. He works for the VVEM, the Association of Event Makers. He is chairman of the association PMSE (Dutch association for wireless links for Programme Making and Special Events). In SKEN (the Foundation for the Quality of Events) he promotes the development of quality labels and documents in the event world. He is a member of numerous working groups, steering committees, focus groups and field meetings. Westermann writes legal opinions and standards for the entertainment industry. Many parts of his work have to do with security, both for workers and the public. As OHS advisor and security coordinator, he has a lot to do with translating the rules into practice in the workplace. He is the author of the Dutch Event Safety Guide.
As a safety coordinator he works for cultural events and the EDM Industry.
Andy Lenthall has worked as the general manager of the UK’s Production Services Association (PSA) for 14 years, successfully communicating the needs of the sector to those that influence it from the outside. Yes, that’s a lot of meetings. During his time with the PSA, Andy has been involved in projects ranging from the development of safety guidance, lobbying government, consultation with government departments and the development of training, qualifications and the very recent development of an apprenticeship for live event technicians.
Andrea Stark is Director of Employment, Skills and Culture at Islington Council. During her career Andrea has focussed on making culture and creative industries more inclusive.
She led the partnership responsible for High House Production Park in Thurrock, which established a centre for education, vocational training and apprenticeships in creative industries. During her tenure Andrea collaborated with local councils and business leaders to advance a strategic role for the creative and culture sector at the heart of regional plans for inclusive economic development.
As a member of the National Executive Board of Arts Council England , Andrea strengthened relationships between ACE and wider government . She led the development of the Arts Council’s first national apprenticeship programme to open up routes to paid employment in the cultural sector.
While Chief Executive of Eastern Arts Board, Andrea devised a region wide arts and economic development investment strategy that led to a series of new cultural centres across the East of England.
As a senior manager for Dundee City Council and the City of Sunderland,she led regeneration initiatives to position libraries, museums and arts services as an integral part of successful place making.
Paul has an employment history that spans a number of years within the area of music management, exhibition design/build, festivals management, project management, touring theatre management, film production, sponsorship/marketing and sport event management. Paul’s area of proficiency over the past ten years has enabled him to be instrumental in developing the Events Management programme and becoming a programme leader. With a new academic direction and focus to include research in festivals, sport events from an international and national level. After ten years at Manchester Metropolitan University lecturing within the area of Events Management. This wealth of knowledge and experience has enabled him to take up an Associate Dean position at Backstage Academy in Wakefield.
International development for undergraduates through Erasmus and off campus live events in international destinations was the main focus during the last 6 years at MMU. Appointed in 2008/14 to lecture at ANGELL Business School in Germany; delivering bespoke Event Management modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students. This international teaching profile also includes an appointment in 2012/16, Ecole de Management de Normandie institute in France, lecturing at Master's level and IMI University Centre Switzerland 2014/15, lecturing post graduate students. Paul also recently taught at the Guangdong Industry Technical College in China to undergraduate event management students.
A published author with a number of publishers within the area of Event Management and currently has a 3nd edition released October 2017. Current consultancy and research with industry:
1) Environmental and sustainable initiatives delivered and evaluated via outdoor events.
2) The investigation of digital technology as a method to enhance audience experience at live events.
Born 1962 I am serving the Entertainment Industry since 1980. Then I started as a Stagehand in my Hometown Hannover in Germany and worked also as Steelhand, Climber and Crew Chief. After some years on the road with Trucking Service Cologne I founded a crew-staffing company where I started to implement proper safety measures for the crew.
Later on I graduated as „Meister für Veranstaltungstechnik“ dealing with event safety and Premises Licensing Application. Always interested in workplace health and safety I finished the official german OSHA courses to become Fire Safety Adviser, Health and Safety Advisor and CDM-Coordinator.
Nowadays my work consists in H+S Consulting for the Entertainment Industry with Customers ranging from the small garage-size rental company up to internationally well known suppliers. Also I am holding speeches and trainings on all business-related topics. Another part of my work is conducting premises licensing for Concerts and Open-Air Festivals as well as coordinating H+S following CDM-Regulations.
Important to me is interacting with colleagues and transferring my knowledge and expertise. Therefore I am active in three trade associations and write in several magazines as the VPLT-Magazine and Event-Partner.
Mrs. Theresa Ayoade is the Executive Director of MULTIPLE CONCEPTS GROUP – one of West Africa’s leading Marketing Communication firms with Subsidiaries in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cape Verde, specializing in 360 Communications Solutions. She is the CEO of CHARTERHOUSE, Ghana’s leading Events Management, Audio-visual and TV Production company with over 20years experience in the Management of Public, Corporate and National Events, Audio-visual and TV Productions. She has led the Production of Public events such as The Annual Ghana Music Awards Festival (19yrs), A Night of 1000 Laughs Comedy Series (24 editions), Miss Malaika Ghana (15yrs), The National Women’s Summit (2yrs) Ghana Rocks Concert (7yrs), Big Music Concerts featuring international stars like JAY Z, SHAGGY, BUSTA RHYMES, BOYS TO MEN, AKON, WAYNE WONDER, KEVIN LITTLE, THIRD WORLD and others. She has also overseen over 1000 Corporate events such as Launches, Conferences, Banquets, Presidential Events Awards Ceremonies and many more for Local, Multinational and International Organizations as well as National Events like the Can 2008 AFRICA AS ONE Welcome Concert, Ghana@50 Concert and a host of TV productions such as AGORO, IT TAKES 2, THE CHALLENGE and many more.
She holds a BA Psychology Degree from University of Ghana, Legon. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she was Sales Manager of LUV FM in Kumasi and Promotions Manager of JOY FM. She is Passionate about the Creative Arts , Youth and Women.
Prof Andries Walter Oliphant is a former Fulbright Scholar in Comparative Literature and an award-winning critic and writer on South African literature, art and photography. He is head of Theory of Literature at Unisa and chaired the Arts and Culture Task Group, co-writing the 1996 White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage. He was the founding chair of the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), a Research Fellow at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection and served on the Board of the International Comparative Literature Association. He wrote the National Strategy for Social Cohesion and Nation Building for DAC and the Diagnostic Report on Nation Building for the National Planning Commission. He chairs the Reference Panel for the Revision of the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage. A former editor of Staffrider Magazine and COSAW Publishing, he is the current editor of the international Journal of Literary Studies and an editorial board member of several local and international literary and art journals.
My name is Kgolane Thulare, I am currently working for the Department of Small Business Development as Program Manager overseeing incentive schemes that are targeted primarily for supporting the previously marginalized businesses. I have more than 20 years working experience where my professional past experience started at Telkom in 1998 as a technical officer, later moving and working Rotek Engineering as a Business Analyst from 2000 to 2004. Since leaving Rotek I have worked for various organizations where I build a solid foundation and knowledge on assisting small businesses. Amongst the organizations that I worked for to date are Seda, the Department of Trade and Industry and currently The Department of Small Business Development. I have an Industrial Engineering Degree and a number of business courses and certificates completed. I am currently furthering my studies towards M Eng in Industrial Engineering at Wits University.
Mamela Nyamza is born and bred in Gugulethu, near Cape Town, South Africa. Ms Nyamza was awarded the Standard Bank National Young Artist for the year 2011, due to her refreshingly innovative choreography and performance in the art of dance. This innovation has just won her yet another National Award called the IMBOKODO Award 2016 in Dance, an acknowledgement for immense uplifting artistry work beyond the dance. Furthermore, Ms Nyamza was recently invited to take part in the Dance Future 11: Focus Pina Bausch 2017 in Germany, where the iconic and visionary dancer, Pina Bausch, was celebrated and commemorated.
Ms Nyamza’s formal training in Ballet (acquired Diploma in Ballet at the Tshwane University of Technology), and related experiences at the Alvin Ailey New York School of Dance as the visiting scholar, and at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as a visiting fellow at UCT’s Institute for Creative Arts in 2012, had definitely encouraged Ms Nyamza to tackle the classical genre of dance, by unapologetically demystifying and deconstructing both the traditional methods and logic of ballet. Her works, “The Meal”, “Hatched” and collaborated work “The Last Attitude”, are autobiographical pieces of work that trample on the norms and standards of dance/classics.
Ms Nyamza is continuing to develop her own artistic practice and performance by creating and choreographing work-pieces that deal with important political and societal issues of today’s South Africa. Works such as “I Stand Corrected” (against homophobia); “Wena Mamela” (against discrimination); and her recently created work called “DE-APART-HATE” (against institutional prejudice and intolerance), has won Ms Nyamza numerous nominations for awards, such as being nominated for the 2016 BroadwayWorld South Africa Awards, Best Choreography, and at the 2016 South African Theatre Magazine (SATMag) for Best Production, Best Performer, and Best Choreography.
Her strong belief that art has the power to change the world for the better, has also led to her recognition by the Art Fraternity in South Africa and Internationally In this instance, Ms Nyamza is currently one of the Advisory Panelist in DANCE for the South African National Arts Council (NAC).
Ms Nyamza’s vision is to make DANCE, as the genre of the performance art that conveys body politics on all social issues, and not to just entertain. Her ultimate goal is to reach the most remote areas of South Africa to unearth young, raw talent in the art of DANCE.
Ms Nyamza has already started with this grass-roots work by providing free mentorship sessions to the up-and-coming dance artists, and other performing artists.
Ms Nyamza has had numerous solo and collaborated shows and continues to be indebted to both South Africa, continental and international festivals that continue to give her opportunity to showcase her immense talent in the art of Dance and Theatre. Festivals such as Dance Umbrella, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Avignon in France, and many important Festivals in Germany, Singapore, Slovenia, Canada, Mali, Senegal, United States of America, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, deserve the special mention.
Brenda Ntombela is the Head of Secretariat: Human Resource Development Council. She is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Secretariat. Brenda is a graduate of the University of the North (now Limpopo), where she received her B Cur (I et A). She thereafter received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of South Africa. She also has completed various management courses.
Brenda has worked in various fields, such us Higher Education and ICT, where she served as a Councillor for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). She also worked as a consultant in ICT policy making and regulations in Africa. She is a currently serving as a Council member at the Durban University of Technology.
Brenda is an influential leader, with experience in strategic planning, policy and regulation formulation, research and conflict management to name but a few.
Mr Liso Steto is the Acting Chief Director for Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment in the Department of Trade and Industry. He is an internal auditor by profession. He completed his Association of Certified Chartered Accountants training articles in 2005 with the Office of the Auditor General South Africa. Liso worked at PWC (then called PriceWaterhouseCoopers) as a senior consultant focusing on internal audits and process improvement assignments for a number of public and private sector clients.
Liso has been with the Department of Trade and Industry since 2009 where he has served in various roles as a Deputy Director: Procurement & Verification and Director Operations in the Special Economic Zones & Economic Transformation Division.
Since June 2015, he has been the Acting Chief Director of BEE. Amongst his other roles relating to policy development and review, He heads the Secretariat of the B-BBEE Presidential Council, which is government’s think tank on the implementation of B-BBEE.
He has spoken extensively about B-BBEE at international platforms and locally, he has written various articles and opinion pieces for some of the most influential magazines. He is a thought leader and opinion shaper on matters concerning B- BBEE. He has been involved in the latest review of B-BBEE Act, its Regulations and the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.
Barry Masoga is the Director of The Education-Industry Exchange (Pty) Ltd. He was until recently the Program Specialist/Chief of Party for the $7,6m U.S/South Africa Partnership for Skills Development, responsible for the implementation of Student Support Services in the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape in South Africa. Prior to that he was Regional Director Education for the British Council, Southern Africa for 19 years, gaining expertise in the schools, FET and HE sectors.
He has vast experience in development assignment in Southern African Development Community countries including Mozambique, Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. He has an expert knowledge of donor procedures, including for DFID and USAID, and other development agencies. Barry is a hugely experienced project manager, facilitator and education consultant with an unparalleled network of connections. He has led a number of high-powered delegations to Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, United Kingdom, India and the United States of America.
Mr. Dumisani Nkomo is the Chief Executive Officer of Cutting Edge Consultants (Pty) Ltd, an entity he co-founded in 1995. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc) at the University of Botswana, and later went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Witwatersrand. Dumisani has served on several National and Provincial Boards and Councils, these include:
• Estate Agency Affairs Board (Chairman);
• South African Property Charter (Council and Board Member);
• South African Council of Valuers Profession (Council Member);
• Gauteng and Limpopo Immigration Boards (Chairman); and
• Gauteng Development Tribunal (Member and Presiding officer).
Currently, he serves as the Chairman of Tshwane North TVET College (TNC). TNC is one of 50 national public TVET colleges whose focus is on building the necessary skills and technical base for South Africa’s economy.
Dumisani is also a part-time lecturer at University of Witwatersrand - Business School (WBS), an engagement or position he has held since 2008. At the WBS his specialization is in Strategy management and implementation, Supply Chain management and Stakeholder management. The engagement at the WBS has led to specialisation in public, specifically, in the municipal sector.
I was born and raised in a suburb just outside central London in a time when music and dance was taking a different turn from Rock & Roll, Rnb and Disco into pop and alternative music. It was a time when we all wore leg warmers and were break dancing on street corners or imitating our icons from the TV hit “Fame”. I was no different and so much so I decided to pursue this way of life further by engaging in a Drama & Music Academy so as to further my passion.
With the family decision to move to South Africa in the mid 80’s my desire to become the next big thing was squashed but not forgotten and once I had established myself I quickly got involved with Sun International in assisting and arranging not only local events but a few internationals, with my first exposure being to Mr. Peabo Bryson, from that moment on my destiny was set and the entertainment industry become part of my blood.
Apart from being part of various productions, in 1994 I started performing on stage as of my passion for music, this leant access and in-sight to a different world to the industry and I quickly became versed to the technical aspects of the industry and how it enhanced a performer...this intrigued me further and a desire was born to understand and master all aspects of the industry.
Since 2000 I have had the opportunity to not only engage on various levels of a production but also directly been involved with the design and technical orchestration of many events, both local and international and am proud to have been associated with artists such as George Benson, Diana Ross and Ronan Keating to mention but a few and these experiences have today afforded me an education to the event industry that quite honestly cannot be attained in any class room. Today I, as Sharif baker can proudly boast my services and reputation within the industry, which can be attested, by all industry associates that know me.
To conclude, my motto still stands and that is that I pride myself on the fact that I learn every day and that all that I do is with passion and thus should I make a mistake, I do not falter and constantly look back at it with hurt....I rather take it with me and let it guide me for all endeavors I encounter further in life!