Africa Forum 2017 will see the launch of the much anticipated African Market Research Association (AMRA) and will set the African Agenda for market research (including social research, opinion polling and data analytics). To celebrate the journey ahead, an impressive line-up of African and international speakers awaits delegates at this once-in-a-lifetime two-day event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 16 and 17 February 2017. Space is limited, so don’t delay!

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The Africa Forum 2017 Programme Committee

AmrKaisAmr Kais (Managing Director, Ipsos, Egypt)

Dr. Amr Kais is an experienced practitioner in the fields of marketing, management, research, and media. His extensive and long expertise in these fields has been acquired through the various teaching assignments, consulting practices and employment history with international as well as local conglomerates. Dr. Kais is presently a participating faculty at the American University in Cairo (undergraduate curriculum, Graduate curriculum, Chartered Institute of Marketing and IAA Diploma),  and a designated lecturer of various institutions, including University of Cambridge (Cambridge International Examinations), World Bank Institute and others. Dr. Kais is a Certified Management Consultant by the Institute of Management Consultancy (IMC) and a Certified Coach by the Learning Circle on the “Team Learning Labs” of Peter Senge. His consulting experience is specialized in marketing, management, media, and research covering a wide spectrum of industries including automotive, pharmaceuticals, real estate, communications, advertising FMCG’s and others. Dr. Kais has completed his DBA from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands, and holds the M. Phil. from the same university. Dr. Kais obtained his MBA from the American University in Cairo and the BA (Marketing and International Business Specialization) from Cairo University. Dr. Kais was the founder and Chairman of IMI – International Marketing and Management Institute till 2011, and presently, Dr. Amr Kais is the founder and Managing Director of Ipsos Egypt which is now the largest research company in Egypt and the Middle East. Also he was the founder and Chairman of the “Marketing Committee” and The “Corporate Social Responsibility committee” at the American Chamber of Commerce, Egypt. Dr. Kais is a member of various professional institutions and associations, including France-Egypt Presidential Business Council (CPFEA), American Marketing Association, Institute of Management Consultancy, Egyptian Advertising Association, EJB – Egyptian Junior Businessmen Association. Also served as a non- executive board member in Banque Du Caire, Egytrans and B.Tech among others companies. In addition to his professional and academic expertise, Dr. Amr is an active contributor to intellectual writing. He has a weekly column at AlAlam El Youm newspaper, in addition to his numerous participation in academic books and journals.

jonathan-karanjaJonathan Karanja (Managing Partner, Frontier Consulting Services, Kenya)

Jonathan’s experience in market research covers over 30 African countries in a period of 15 years, leading and managing projects in different market and social research fields. Jonathan is particularly skilled in using insights from research to drive real outcomes for both commercial and non-profits. Having worked with key global and local corporates, his experience enables him to work collaboratively to deliver outcomes in line with organization objectives. Jonathan is a member of the Marketing & Social Research Association (MSRA) Kenya, where he has served as the Chairman. He serves as a Director of the Retailer Association of Kenya (RETRAK) and is a BMO member of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). He is currently pursuing his Masters in Economic Policy & Management.

nontuthuzelo-mashabaNontuthuzelo Mashaba (Lecturer and Undergraduate Programme Coordinator, Department of Marketing Management, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Nontuthuzelo Mashaba is an enthusiastic marketer, researcher and academic who is currently enrolled for her PhD in Management at ESC Rennes School of Business in France, focussing on Corporate Social Responsibility. She started off her career at Unilever and then moved to L’Oreal where she was Brand Manager. She moved to the University of Pretoria where she lectured and completed her MCom in Marketing Management (Cum Laude). She currently lectures and supervises research at the University of Johannesburg.

paul-nnanwobuPaul Nnanwobu (CEO, Random Dynamic Resources, Nigeria)

Throughout his 25-year career in field operation research and marketing, Paul has enjoyed participating in many high profile research projects across Africa. After an inspiring and challenging Career with ACNielsen (now , The Nielsen company), and Unisys , Paul worked with RMS,[Research and Marketing Services, now part of TNS] as Head of Field Services and has managed projects in more than 25 Countries across in West, East, Southern and Central Africa sub regions. He has also worked extensively on development projects and baseline studies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The founding CEO at Random Dynamic Resources Ltd (one-stop fieldwork company), Paul is currently based and working from RDR Headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the Publisher of Research Intelligence Magazine- the voice of marketing Research Industry in West Africa; and     currently the Secretary General of Nigeria Market Research Association (NiMRA). Paul holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Pan Atlantic University (formerly Pan African University).

phyllis-macfarlane Phyllis Macfarlane (Global Training Director, GfK, United Kingdom)

Phyllis Macfarlane has worked in Market Research throughout her career, managing GfK’s UK company, focusing personally on international and B2B research, and always interested in the global development of the MR industry, and, perhaps more importantly, in the growth of Researchers! She has spent the last several years working on the GfK Verein’s University cooperation programme, setting up post graduate courses and degrees in Africa and Asia, and supporting Interviewer training in Africa. She is now expanding that work through the ESOMAR Foundation, via education and also supporting the non-profit sector to use market research best practices more in designing and measuring their aid programmes. She believes that everyone needs market research skills: from the newest small business to top executives in global organisations, and is doing her best to spread the word! She also believes that there is a huge opportunity for the MR industry in Africa to demonstrate new thinking and support both local and international clients with real business know-how.

Logistic Information

Accommodation There are a number of options for accommodation, all within the Montecasino complex and within walking distance from La Toscana, the conference venue that is also based in the Montecasino complex (see Montecasino Map). A special group rate has been negotiated with the Palazzo Hotel at Montecasino. For any of the three recommended hotels in the Montecasino complex, BOOK HERE!

Transport A pay-for-use shuttle service is available from Europcar to the Montecasino complex. Please make use of the service from the airport for safe passage to the hotels at the Montecasino complex. Contact Europcar on e-mail or Tel +27 861 011 966.

Currency Exchange There is a Bidvest Bureaux De Change in the Montecasino complex (on the Casino Floor), for your convenience and safety.

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