The very first African edition of the world’s premier event for advertising, creative, entertainment, marketing, media and technology professionals, ‘Advertising Week Africa’ will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa this October.
Led globally by leading consultancy, Stillwell Partners and on the ground in Africa by marketing firm, Republicom Group, Advertising Week Africa 2019 brings a new, outstanding destination, joining the five other global cities as a place to recognise, celebrate and amplify Africa’s contribution to the global industry.
The event will run from Monday 28th to Thursday 31st October 2019 at the 1FOX Precinct in Johannesburg.
Among the inaugural edition’s confirmed speakers iare: Jean Marie Dru – Chairman, TBWA Worldwide; Kwame Acheampong – CEO, Mall for Africa; Lolu Akinwunmi – Group CEO, Prima Garnett, Africa; Faheem Chaudry – Managing Partner, MC Saatchi Abel, SA; Colleen DeCourcy – Co-President and Chief Creative Officer, Weiden + Kennedy; Jeff Goodby – Co-Chairman and Partner, Goodby Silverstein & Partners; Enver Groenewald – Africa Director: Media, Marketing & Enterprise Digital Transformation , Unilever; Thebe Ikalafeng – Founder and Group CEO, Brand Leadership; and Monique Nelson – CEO, UWG, among others.
Over the past 15 years, Advertising Week events have provided the biggest platforms to showcase innovative approaches to the creative crafts, new collaborations and partnerships and next-generation thought leadership across the global marketing and advertising industry.
Johannesburg now shares the stage with powerhouse cities, such as New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo and Mexico City, as the host of the prestigious four-day gathering, which will for the first time put Africa’s thriving creative industry on the global stage.
“Many of the positive cultural shifts that we have seen in art, music, entertainment and film originate from Africa. It’s the perfect time to provide the international platform to share authentic African stories and showcase thought-provoking marketing and technological innovations sweeping the continent. It’s an exciting opportunity to bring internationally recognised professionals together with emerging talent to exchange ideas about how this vibrant continent is shaping global trends,” Advertising Week’s CEO Matt Scheckner explained.
“For us, Advertising Week provides a great platform to tell authentic African stories and showcase the great marketing and technology innovations and breakthroughs that has come out of Africa” said Tunji Adeyinka, Republicom Group Managing Director and Chair the Advertising Week Africa Advisory Council.
The inspiring, forward-thinking four-day programme is expected to attract 4,000 attendees and will include more than 100 curated events and involve over 200 leading speakers.