Vicki Saunders | Founder of SheEO
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki is Founder of #radical generosity and SheEO, a global community of radically generous women supporting women-led Ventures working on the World’s To Do List.
Roman Rezac | Surf Culture Retail Entrepreneur
Roman Rezac is a prolific South African retail entrepreneur with 25 years experience in a constantly evolving environment. He was an International knee-board surfer before he made his passion for beach lifestyle into a career. He opened his first Surf store in 1993 in Durban with borrowed capital and with hard work and perseverance he opened his second store two years later.
Lise Kuhle | Director at Eco Smart Group
Lise Kuhle founded Eco Smart in 2010, a business that manufactures commercially viable products such as recycling boxes, iPad covers, hotel slippers, conference and shopping bags, out of up-cycled waste materials. One of these products, a geyser blanket made from potato chip packets and billboards, was named the SAPRO Recycled Product of the Year and was featured on Talk Radio 702 as part of the Nedbank Business Accelerator Campaign as well as on Summit TV’s Big Small Business show.
Stephan F.Ekbergh | Founder of Travelstart
Stephan F. Ekbergh is a Swedish entrepreneur best known for his pioneering work in the online travel industry. He is the Founder of Travelstart, one of the biggest online travel agencies in the emerging global markets, that has a web-presence in multiple countries in Africa as well as Middle East and Asia.
Simeon Oriko | Digital & Innovation Strategist, Entrepreneur
Simeon Oriko is a young entrepreneur, who is the founder and Executive Director of The Kuyu Project, which is a digital literacy initiative aimed at teaching African high school students how to use social media and other digital tools to effect social change in their communities. Another project Simeon is involved in is Jamlab which is a community that co-creates ideas through the strategic use of digital technology to achieve personal goals as well as societal objectives.
Sandeep Murthy | Founder, Partner & Managing Partner at Lightbox Management Ltd
Sandeep Murthy is the Founder, Partner, and Managing Partner at Lightbox Management Ltd. Mr. Murthy was a Partner and General Partner at Sherpalo Ventures and focused on investment opportunities in India, spending nine years there till April 2014. As a Partner with Sherpalo he has been a part of two Indian technology unicorns ($1 billion value companies – InfoEdge and InMobi), with a third (GreenDust) on the way to joining the club.
Ross Douglas | Artlogic Director
Ross Douglas started Artlogic with a project that took celebrated South African artist William Kentridge's animated art films, put them to 35mm and projected them with live music. The event was a major success with performances taking place in Central Park New York amongst other international venues. Artlogic quickly became the first company in South Africa to focus on corporate sponsorship to produce major art events including a Kentridge Opera and the first art fair in Africa.
Rose Caiola | Rewire Me Founder
Rose Caiola could have easily been defined by her success in the highly competitive world of New York City real estate, but she has ventured far beyond the boundaries of the business world. Her yearning for a better understanding of human wellness has taken her down diverse paths and led her to meet many fascinating people who have enlightened and inspired her.
Robin Emmons | Founder of Sow Much Good
After spending 20 years in corporate America, a force tugged inside Robin Emmons to leave her job in the financial services industry for an unplanned journey. One week after quitting, Emmons helped her brother find residence in a mental health facility; however, while being treated he became unhealthy due to the consumption of canned and sugary foods. Robin, a gardener, donated produce to the facility and her brother’s physical health improved dramatically.
Banele Christopher – Entrepreneur, Social media influencer
Banele Christopher is my pick for this month’s RISING STAR. With a background in strategic communications, he is a Jozi-based entrepreneur and social media influencer, doing massive things, particularly in the fashion, style and lifestyle space and last year was voted in the Top 100 Most Influential Young South Africans.
Richard Griffin | Restauranteur and Founder of The Highly Acclaimed Madame Zingara
Richard Griffin is the managing director of dinner theatre and restaurant group Madame Zingara Holdings. He has a talent for creating unique dining experiences for customers and his focus on delivering personalised service is almost fanatical. Every night that Madame Zingara runs, Richard Griffin and his crew transform the famed Belgian tent of mirrors into a theatre of dreams, complete with spellbinding circus acts and dazzling, dramatic performances
Ricardo Bofill | Architect
Ricardo Bofill is a Spanish Architect, with a long list of accolades and worldly experience. In 1963 he gathered a multidisciplinary, multitalented group in order to confront the complexities of architectural practice, engineers, planners, sociologists, writers, movie-makers, that is known today as Taller de Arquitectura, which is now a leading international architecture, planning and interior design studio.
Ran Neu-Ner | Co-Group CEO, The Creative Counsel
An entrepreneur from birth, Ran Neu-Ner believes business is business, whether you're selling cabbages or cars. He graduated from university with a B.Com and a CFA, and, having added qualification to entrepreneurial drive, was unleashed onto the world of real business. After a number of business ventures – some hugely successful and some not – Neu-Ner started The Creative Counsel, a below-the-line activations company, with school friend Gil Oved in 2001, which they sold to Publicis in 2015
Peter Harvey | MD of PayGate
With more than 26 years in IT and payment processing, Peter is a master when it comes to architecting solutions to clients' exact requirements. He is an integral member of the PayGate team and works tirelessly to ensure a continuing culture of integrity and quality. PayGate was established in 1999, as a simple and effective online payments solution. PayGate provide effective, turnkey payment solutions that keep businesses on top of the continuously evolving world of online payments.
Paul Budnitz | Entrepreneur & Creator of Budnitz Bicycles & Kidrobot
Paul Budnitz is the creator and owner of Budnitz Bicycles - a luxury bicycle company, he also owns Ello, a social network as well as creating Kidrobot, an online art-toy emporium. To add to this, he has written several books and exhibits as a filmmaker and photographer - a real jack of all trades. Budnitz studied photography, sculpture, and film at Yale University, earning honors and a degree in Art in 1990. His first two films, 93 Million Miles and Ultraviolet won awards in Berlin