EGF 2018 Conference & Master Class

Learn. Network. Engage.

The sixth Event Greening Forum Conference will take place on Thursday 14 June 2018 (8:00am-5:00pm) at the forum | white light, Lanseria, Johannesburg.

Last year’s conference sold out and was a huge success. This year the EGF promises a repeat performance, and will explore how sustainability is going to be an essential ingredient for success in the not-too-distant future. The theme is “Future-proofing your business”.

A half-day Master Class, followed by a Chef’s Table Dinner and networking, will also take place on the preceding day.

For those who fly in for the conference, the venue is right next to Lanseria airport and the Hertford Country Hotel which offers accommodation.


Conference Speakers

Greg McManus, Chairperson of the Event Greening Forum (EGF)

Greg McManus has been in the hospitality industry for almost forty years – both operationally and then in the standards and audit aspects of quality and sustainability. He is the owner of Heritage, South Africa’s only independent sustainability certification company, and is actively involved in environmental certification and the development of standards and quality management systems in tourism.

He is currently Chairman of the non-profit organisation the Event Greening Forum, and was directly involved in developing its Sustainable Event Standards.

Welcome & Scene Setting

Cllr Tshepiso Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane

Tshepiso Solly Msimanga was elected unopposed as the Executive Mayor of Tshwane on Friday, 19 August 2016 at the inaugural sitting of the City of Tshwane Council.

Solly first joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) in 2006. In 2011 he was elected to the City of Tshwane Council and became the leader of the DAʼs Gauteng North Region the same year. In 2014, Solly was elected as a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, and then became the DA Provincial Chairperson in 2015.

Opening Address

Tumi Nkosi, National Business Initiative

Tumi Nkosi joined the National Business Initiative in May 2018 in the newly created role of Programme Manager: Membership & Business Development. She is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive, medium-to long-term funding and membership engagement strategy.

An experienced strategist and business developer, Tumi worked for the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) as a Customs Programme Manager where she was responsible for partnering with blue-chip companies to design leadership interventions, the outcome of which was human capital as a source of sustained competitive advantage. Her portfolio included most of the big five banks, a handful of multinational giants, high-growth mid-sized companies and state-owned entities.

Insisting on sustainability before sustainability became sustainability, Tumi has a strong record of developing diversification strategies designed to spread long-term revenue risk through customer and production portfolio expansion. Tumi has held various roles in project management, risk, leadership development, technology, strategy and innovation at Dimension Data, Kroll, Managed Integrity Evaluation, Regenesys and currently the NBI. She is widely read in strategy, sustainable development and futurism, holding a MBA from GIBS and a BBA in Marketing Management from the IMM.

Talk topic: Views from the balcony: Strategy & sustainability

Tumi will take a look at sustainability-related factors that continuously challenge strategy, and how we all contribute to it given our unique context.  It will be a vivid view of ‘what’s what’, ‘so what?’, and ‘then what?’.

Brad Montgomery, Ultimate Data Sciences

For as long as I can remember I have always been creatively inclined, trying my hand at anything I could. Following my passion, I graduated from Wits in 2010 with a BA specialising in digital design and animation for film and television. From there I went onto working in corporate broadcasting as an animator and content producer. During my time as a content producer I began focusing on web design and have been perfecting my skill since. I take pride in helping our clients at Ultimate Data Sciences develop their ideas into creative solutions through design – as I did on the Event Greening Forum’s Supplier Database.

Talk topic:   EGF Supplier Database Update

One of the simplest and most effective ways to make your event more sustainable is eco-procurement: sourcing venues, products and suppliers which demonstrate environmentally and socially responsible practices. Which is why the Event Greening Forum has launched a EGF Supplier Database. Brad will take us through the in and outs of the system and how it will benefit your business.

Judy Lain, Wesgro

Judy Lain has over 18 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry. She started her career in advertising, where she worked with global and local brands across various industries, before shifting her focus to work in the public sector four years ago. She joined Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, as the Chief Marketing Officer for Tourism focusing on leisure and business tourism. She was an integral part of the Water Comms Team hosted at Wesgro, that managed the communication for the tourism industry during the height of the crisis and is now project managing the joint industry global tourism campaign to re-establish confidence in the region.

Talk topic: Never let a crisis go to waste

UNESCO’s new World Water Development Report says that 3.6 billion people currently live in places that can suffer from water scarcity for at least one month of the year. It projects that the figure will rise to five billion—half of the world’s predicted 10 billion population—by 2050.

The news of our possible predicament Day Zero went global within 24 hours, with news networks and social media showing pictures of empty dams and people standing in queues for water. The impact on business across various sectors was immediately felt.

How can we as a destination not let this crisis go to waste?

Rudi van der Vyver, Southern African Association for the Conference Industry

Rudi van der Vyver was appointed as CEO of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) early 2017, bringing a wealth of management experience in the financial services, business consulting and hospitality industries to the umbrella body of the business events sector in Southern Africa.

Rudi holds a BCom (Hons) degree in marketing with the designation of Chartered Marketer CM (SA) and is a Professional Business and Life Coach. He has a clear vision to implement a SAACI strategy of continuous sharing, collaboration, innovation and growth, ultimately ensuring efficiency and professionalism across all aspects of the business events sector. He is very passionate about the business events industry and the business of events.

Facilitator for the standing debate: Sustainability – whose responsibility is it really, and how can we work together to achieve a greener outcome for all?

Leatitia van Straten, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery

Leatitia completed her degree in Public Relations Management from the Tshwane University of Technology and joined a listed IT company as marketing and travel co-ordinator. She subsequently joined B2B media company Terrapinn as marketing manager. She worked on a portfolio of events stretching across the finance, transport and infrastructure, telecoms and utilities sectors. Leatitia remained within the Terrapinn group of companies as Marketing Director for the SA office for 5 years and also headed up their training division, The MBA Training Company, as Managing Director – Africa.

She returned to her roots in event marketing by joining Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery as Marketing Director in 2012. Leatitia has been listed on the International Who’s Who multiple times as an expert in her field, has been awarded as one of the Top 40 Women in the MICE industry and was instrumental in establishing a new industry association, AAXO – The Association for African Exhibition Organisers in 2016 and currently sits on AAXO’s Board of Directors.

Panel member for the standing debate: Sustainability – whose responsibility is it really, and how can we work together to achieve a greener outcome for all?

Kim Roberts, the forum company

Kim Roberts has been serving in the hospitality industry for 24 years, the last 10 years of which were at the forum company in Johannesburg. As Operations Director and a passionate foodie, Kim wants to ensure that her guests have an awesome food experience while being mindful of what is local, minimising waste and, of course, being seasonal in her food offering.

Interactive Session: Healthy Venues

The forum company is constantly looking at areas where it can reduce its impact on the environment and where possible improve to set a new status quo. It has always focused on being a leader in its sector pushing to apply best practice across the business. Currently, this has led to it working on being accredited as a Healthy Venue, through the World Obesity Organisation. This exciting project looks at food sustainability, nutrition and lifestyle of delegates and employees engaging with the forum brand.

Kim will take delegates on an interactive tour of the forum | white light’s premises, to showcase what Healthy Venue and sustainability measures have been implemented, and how. This will include a tour of the vegetable garden, which supplies the forum venues with much of their fresh food produce needs.

Silvana Claassen, Climate Neutral Group

Silvana has extensive experience in providing both government institutions as well as major international corporations and SMEs with strategic solutions to an increasing number of challenges related to the transition to a low carbon and resources constrained economy.

Silvana started her career as a sustainability consultant 12 years ago working at firms and governmental agencies across Europe and the African continent. For the last 6 years, she specialised in topics related to climate change. Building on her experience and expertise, Silvana registered CES South Africa (Pty) Ltd early 2016: an advisory firm that assists businesses to turn climate change related challenges into opportunities. Beginning 2018, she joined Climate Neutral Group.

Talk topic: Estimate – Prevent – Offset

Considering the current state of technology, hosting a climate neutral event without offsetting is impossible. At the same time, science is pointing out that decarbonization of business activities, including events, is becoming imperative for a company’s future competitiveness and profitability. Climate Neutral Group believes that taking responsibility for the environment makes business-sense. Carbon offsetting also comes with co-benefits, which will be touched on during this talk as well as the steps required to put in place ambitious targets to achieve carbon neutrality.

Dr Mathilda du Preez, University of Pretoria

Dr Mathilda du Preez is passionate about the interaction and reciprocal impact between people and the environment. After working at the University of Pretoria as a lecturer and researcher from 2010 to 2016 and completing her PhD in Environmental Psychology, she moved to Cape Town and focused her attention on running her research consultancy, EnviroPsych Research. She takes on several private and university-linked research projects per year. Research projects range from studying safety commitment on Marine mining vessels for DeBeers, the social interaction in mixed gender new-generation student accommodation for The Feenstra Group, and optimisation of the behavioural interactions to improve energy efficiency in low cost housing as part of her PhD.

Talk topic: International trends in exhibition stand sustainability and exemplary practices in South Africa

As part of the research on custom-built exhibition stand practices commissioned by the Event Greening Forum, we will be taking a look at the international trends in exhibition stand design for sustainability, the challenges it presents, and some of the best-practice principles that could be put in place to reduce the impact of wood-based exhibition stands on the environment.

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Deon Robbertze, The Change Agent Collective

Deon Robbertze has over 25 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry. Nine years ago, he had a shift in consciousness and started focusing on sustainability and how communication could drive critical awareness, inspiration and action. In 2009 he launched Ogilvyearth for Ogilvy in Africa, and in 2011 he launched a collaborative sustainability communications platform called Sustain our Africa (SoA) – which hosted Africa’s first full circle sustainability summit focused on inspiration and tools for change in 2012. SoA brought together over 100 sustainability experts and 800 delegates over 3 days.

In 2012 Deon co-founded The Change Agent Collective, a specialist sustainability and behavior change communications Agency.

Deon has co-published two books: The Conscious Brand (now a set work book at the Cape Town University of Technology) and the Change Agent.

Talk topic: What if Climate Change isn’t only a crisis? What if it’s the best chance we’re ever going to get to build a better world?

Deon’s talk will look at the interconnected issues of climate change and consuming without thinking, and from there delve into the massive opportunities we now have to build a better world.


Provisional Conference Programme


Master Class

The Master Class is a half day workshop (12:00pm-5:00pm) held on the day preceding the EGF’s annual conference, on Wednesday 13 June 2018, at the forum | white light, Lanseria, Johannesburg.

The session will be run by Deon Robbertze, and will explore how to activate change in human behaviour to promote sustainable outcomes in your business.

Specifically he will address:

  • Why sustainability has to be at the core of your businesses purpose, and how you can ensure it is.
  • What influences change in human behaviour.
  • What conscious consumerism is.
  • Why humans are only inspired to react when the crisis is on their doorstep.
  • How you can activate behaviour change in your employees and your customers.


Who should attend the Conference and Master Class?

Event Suppliers & Services; Venues; Event & Exhibition Organisers; Transport; AV & Production; Marketing & Communications; Food & Beverage; Marketing; Procurement & Event Managers in the Corporate, Association & Public sectors; and Convention Bureaus.


Conference Costs


A big thank you to our existing sponsors: Inspire Furniture Rental, Scan Display and Ultimate Data Sciences!