Speaker Profiles 2020

Ryan Bacher - Netflorist

Co-Founder and Managing Director

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Ryan studied and completed a Bachelor of Arts and Law Degree at Wits in 1994. He then went to work for the Club Med Group in the Caribbean. Following Club Med, he returned to SA where he was offered a position at NetActive Internet where he worked in marketing and sales for two years.

Portia Mngomezulu - Portia M Skin Solutions

Founder and Managing Director

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Managing Director of Portia M™ Skin Solutions. A wife and a mother of two boys, who during her first pregnancy developed stretch marks and was advised by her mother-in-law to use marula oil. The results were amazing and this meant the beginning of the Portia M product line.

Desi Gilbert - Engen Petroleum

Head of Convenience Strategy and Partnerships

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Desi Gilbert is a highly skilled and ardent Executive Retail Management Professional, with 24 years’ senior managerial experience within the widely recognised national retail chain, Woolworths Holdings Ltd.

Burt Gunning, Gunret Foods

Founder and MD of Gunret Foods & a KFC Franchisee 

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Burt personifies the successful multi-unit franchisee. As a multi-unit franchisee, Burt Gunning owns 41 franchised units in the KFC network.

GG Alcock, Minanawe Marketing

Author and Entrepreneur 


Born white in apartheid South Africa but raised & bred as a Zulu man, GG was raised in a mud hut in one of the most poverty-stricken and violent parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Msinga. 

Chris Yelland - EE Publishers

Energy Specialist

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Chris Yelland obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Natal in 1976, and was founder and managing director at EE Publishers (Pty) Ltd, the publisher of EngineerIT, Energize, Vector and PositionIT magazines.

Melanie Ramjee - Hypress

Managing Director

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Professionally Melanie Ramjee is an acclaimed South African publicist over a space of 18 years. Currently the managing director of South African PR company boutique agency Tutone Communications.

Madelaine Krige - Think Leverage

Partner and Integrated Marketing Strategist


In 2015 M&M Global recognized Madelaine as one of the top 24 Millennials across the globe who’s set to shape the future of the marketing industry. Madelaine obtained an Honours Degree in Marketing Communication from the University of Johannesburg and received the award for Best Overall BA Student and Best Bcom Marketing Management.

Warrick Guest- Valora


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Warrick has developed brand identities for numerous clients across the African continent. He co-founded and partnered in three creative studios, gaining experience across various forms of design, from brand identity and below-the-line to digital media and online environments.

James Maposa - Valora


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James has 16 years work experience, mostly spent in the research & advisory sector. James lives to tell a good story and leverages culture as a big inspiration to building compelling narratives from a business, branding & customer experience standpoint.

Siphamandla Mkhwanazi - FNB

Senior Economist

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Siphamandla joined FNB in January 2019 as a consumer and property economist. Prior to this, he served as an economist at Standard Bank where he played an instrumental role in setting up the bank’s Consumer and Property Economics Unit.

Anita du Toit - Franchising Plus

Partner and Senior Consultant

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Anita du Toit has been in franchising since 1998 and has gained experience servicing diverse clients in the telecommunications, automotive and retail industries in the South African franchise sector. She also gained experience as a product manager in retail banking and as a Franchise Specialist at FNB Commercial.