Pan-African business executives to attend BizTrends2021

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At last it seems that Pan African collaboration is becoming a reality. Bizcommunity, in partnership with Africa’s leading business trend consultants, Flux Trends, invite you to join BizTrends2021 – Towards New North and New Narratives on Thursday, 28 January 2021.

Now in its 16th year, the BizTrends Report delivers an annual overview of business trends from a diverse range of pan-African companies, media groups, agencies, individuals, associations and institutions across 19 sectors of the economy to provide the annual first-to-market industry trend report from our region.

The virtual event will feature a dynamic and diverse selection of South Africa and Africa’s top trend analysts, led by futurist-in-chief Dion Chang, to provide the most relevant new narratives, inspirational and operational trends for a broad business audience.

BizTrends2021 Event coordinator, Bizcommunity’s CCO Terry Levin says: “Our trend predictions for 2020 were all about Afro-optimism and a vision for Africa. These objectives have not gone away. Africa’s hubs and platforms are growing more important than ever for sharing pan African common interests. We are looking forward to welcoming delegates from across Africa to connect in the virtual space at BizTrends2021 and tomore productive collaboration and connectivity in the new decade.”

Speakers confirmed to lead these conversations towards new norths and new narratives:

Dion Chang – FluxTrends

BizTrends2021 will be led by ‘futurist-in-chief’ Dion Chang. Founder of South Africa’s leading executive trend consultancy Flux Trends, Chang will provide the anchor and overview to assess and identify the impact of key trends and provide insights as to how business can derive value from incorporating these within their organisations across multi-sectors.

Boniswa Pezisa – CEO, Network#BBDO

The BizTrends lineup welcomes the latest Loeries Hall of Fame inductee and CEO of Network#BBDO Boniswa Pezisa, known for a nurturing, people-first management style and belief in the societal and community building currency of brands. As the former chairperson of the Loeries and the ACA boards and committed industry activist with experience in sectors from banking to broadcasting, Pezisa will lend her purposeful voice to new narratives.

Musa Kalenga – CEO, Bridge Labs

Keynote speaker, entrepreneur, tech solution provider and CEO of Bridge Labs Musa Kalenga is also a shareholder and a board member The Brave Group and Loxyion Conexyion. His experience as former Nedbank digital marketing group head and Facebook Africa client partner, M&G’s Top 200 young South Africans in 2012 and University of Johannesburg (UJ) School of Consumer and Information Sciences Industry Advisory Board chair, Kalenga is ideally qualified to lead broad based trends from youth and educational to corporate perspectives.

Ndeye Diagne – MD, Kantar Nigeria and Ghana

One of the highlights of BizTrends 2020, this year will see Diagne analyse how Gen Z is influencing societal and cultural trends. An eloquent Afro-centrist and data storyteller with a knack for picking up on fast-changing trends, a master’s degree in English literature, postgrad from ISC Business School, Paris and an Africa Market Research Association Award 2019, promise a fresh take from the new norths of our region.

Doug Place – CMO, Nando’s IMEA

Doug Place is lauded as the driving force behind SA food giant Nando’s iconic marketing and the fact that consumer brands under his watch consistently attain market share highs. The recipient of scores of international and national marketing and advertising awards, which included Loeries Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award 2018.

Ann Nurock, Relationship Audits

Trendhunter at the annual Cannes Lions and international industry awards events, former CEO of Grey South Africa and president/CEO of Grey Canada, current Africa Partner at Relationship Audits and Management global consultancy, a passionate advocate of purpose, Ann Nurock will be in conversation with Doug Place via their presentation, which has been a year in the making, to be launched as a Biztrends2021 exclusive.

Bronwyn Williams – Flux Trends partner

Always a highlight of BizTrends events, part economist, part marketer, with a postgrad in economics from the University of London, Future Studies from the University of Stellenbosch and in fintech and postcash markets from Oxford, UK, Bronwyn Williams’s BizTrends2020 presentation entitled Unreal Estate, on the trend towards dematerialised assets and exchanges, all but brought audiences to their feet. One of the truly brave futurists, her fast talking, sweeping scope has all the credentials to launch business audiences decisively to their northstars.

Luzuko Tena – IAB Youth Council, Get Smarter, 2U

Recently appointed to head up IAB SA Youth Action Council, Luzuko Tena also gives of his time to serve on the IAB SA Manco. A paid social executive at leading global education technology company GetSmarter, a brand of 2U Inc, with experience at Social Lab South Africa (formerly Neo@Ogilvy). A UCT degree in social sciences, a passion for people and society and the vantage point of youth, will provide Tena’s BizTrends2021 glimpse into what’s on the table for the new seats at the table.

Ultimately, BizTrends2021 aims to renew a sense of shared societal purpose and solidarity among business stakeholders and to discuss ways of leveraging key trend movements such as new north, course correct, kindness economy, people before profit, the role of leadership, connecting people to purpose, inclusivity, diversity, youth and African opportunities.

We look forward to having you along.

“There’s never been a better time to rewrite the future or a better time to come on board as a category sponsor or thought leader.”

Event: BizTrends2021
Date: Thursday, 28 January 2021
Time: 11am – 2.30pm, with lunch break
Location: Online webinar
Price: ZAR150 per head; 25% discount for bookings of five or more. Students are free.

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Blessing Ngorima, originally from Zimbabwe, is passionate about Technology and Innovation across Africa. Ngorima began his career by working for several leading Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies. He currently runs monthly events to teach the public on how to build and operate drones. Ngorima is a Contributor and Features Writer at BizNis Africa.

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