EGF 2017 Conference

About the Conference

The fifth Event Greening Forum (EGF) Conference will take place on 27 July 2017 at Valverde Eco Hotel in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

The Forum’s first stand-alone conference took place at Hackle Brooke Conference Centre in July last year, and was a resounding success. This year’s conference aims to inspire and equip business leaders to pave the way for a better, more sustainable future. It will delve into issues surrounding carbon offsetting, the risks of greenwashing, and business best practices, as part of the theme “Sustainability: The Business Case”.

Who should attend?

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

Conference MC


Taubie Motlhabane, Executive Director: Tshwane Convention & Visitors Bureau

Taubie holds a BA Communications from the University of the North West and a Masters in Global Marketing from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.  She has over 25 years of workplace experience, 15 years of which have been in senior and executive management. Her career has been forged in both private and public-sector entities, in the areas of Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Tourism, Customer & Stakeholder Management, Conferences, Events, Broadcasting (TV), Print Media and General Business Management. Currently, she is the Executive Director: Tshwane Convention & Visitors Bureau at the City of Tshwane.


Conference Speakers

Angela 2Angela Barter, CPRP, The PR Agency

Angela is a PRISA (Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa) Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP), with more than 18 years of experience. She holds a PGD in Environmental Management from Stellenbosch University and a GCX qualified residential eco-auditor and carbon footprint analyst certificate.  She is a highly-regarded public speaker at public relations and sustainability events including speaking at the World PR Forum in Madrid, Spain (2014) and more recently, Toronto, Canada (2016). Angela has written numerous articles featured in a range of media including her contribution to the Handbook of Public Relations (10th Edition) by Skinner, Mersham & Benecke.  Her work in the field of Sustainable Communication is grounded in a solid background in classic PR practices and a sound insight into social, economic and environmental sustainability.

GavinGavin Heron, Co-founder of Earth Probiotic Recycling Solutions

Gavin co-founded Earth Probiotic with his wife Karen in 2010.  Earth Probiotic focuses on the on-site composting of food waste and since 2010 has developed scalable food waste composting solutions — all South African developed and manufactured — Bokashi composting, in-vessel composting technologies, and vermicomposting.  Gavin is an ex-advertising executive who now, instead of selling rubbish, recycles it into soil food.



SGSimon Gear, Kijani Green

Simon is a broadcaster, writer and environmental scientist with two decades of experience. He is the bestselling author of Going Green and has contributed to a wide range of magazines, textbooks and website blogs. He has lectured extensively on South African Environmental Impact Assessments, Air Quality and climate change to business schools, universities and industry bodies


MLMarco Lotz, Nedbank Group Limited 

Marco Lotz holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (chemical), a master’s degree in the modelling of process systems with genetic programming (chemical engineering) and a PhD in engineering management. Marco started his career in 2006 and consulted to a wide variety of industries, including steel and cement manufacturing and preciousmetal mining and processing, where he was involved in numerous carbon reduction projects.  He joined Nedbank in 2010 and was appointed as the Nedbank Group Sustainability Carbon Specialist. Marco is an associate researcher at the Tropical Research Institute in Portugal, acts as a contributor for various well-known carbon publications and as external review expert for selected academic and other publications.


MLEco Groove

Eco Groove is South Africa’s only sustainable instrumental ensemble. Formed and based in Johannesburg, South Africa,Eco Groove uses ONLY recycled materials to make of their uniquely hand-crafted musical equipment.




Amanda 2Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, South African National Convention Bureau

Amanda is the Chief Convention Bureau Officer of the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) and was appointed in November 2011. She joined South African Tourism following a successful tenure at the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau where she held the position of head of the Bureau for six years. Amanda has more than 15 years of experience in the industry. Her experience and successes in promoting South Africa’s unique offering to the meetings, conferences and conventions industry have been critical as South Africa has formalised and streamlined its work around growing the number of business and other big events that it attracts and hosts.


SimoneSimone Carolissen, Exotically Divine Ital

Simone Carolissen was selected as a British Council International Climate Change Champion, representing the youth of Sub-Saharan Africa at the UNFCCC COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009. So deeply inspired by the work of the United Nations, she went on to  study International Relations at Stellenbosch University in 2011, earning her degree at the end of 2013 and going on to pursue a post-graduate degree in History at the same university.  Her postgraduate research focused on the representation of African bodies’ within popular media and its impact on shaping perceptions based on aesthetic beauty. In 2016, she formed the Dignatrees Creative Collective, which was comprised of a team of creative minds, who sought to redefine perceptions around African beauty. Towards the end of 2016, Simone was recruited by Exotically Divine Ital, Johannesburg’s best Vegan Food Artists, to join the team. Having spent the year developing vegan recipes and creating food-making and sharing events, Simone found her craft in Vegan food-making.

CMChristelle Marais, Independent Sustainability Consultant

Christelle is a subject matter expert in the field of Sustainability – with a specialisation in sustainable procurement and responsible sourcing, supplier development, sustainable agriculture and social compliance. She is currently an independent Sustainability Consultant. Prior to her current role she was employed at SABMiller as Procurement Sustainability Manager for the African region where she defined and implemented sustainable development strategies for all procurement categories. She has also worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture, where she assisted key South African organisations in developing sustainability strategies, corporate governance and stakeholder management.


MSDr. Muhammed Sayed

Muhammed is a Principal Investment Officer for the Green fund at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Before joining the DBSA, he worked for several years at the Innovation Fund and TIA. With extensive experience in Venture Capital and commercialisation of science and technology innovation, Dr. Sayed assisted numerous high growth SMMEs and innovators across diverse sectors including Advanced Manufacturing, ICT, Energy and Biotechnology. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and a MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.



Master Class Outline:

The  Master Class  will focus on planning, managing and reporting on sustainable events.  We will be unpacking the process that PCO’s and other conference and meeting planners will need to follow when organising and holding greener events.  The session will look in depth at:

  • Developing a Sustainable Event Vision Statement
  • Identifying and contracting sustainable services and products
  • Planning for sustainability
  • Marketing your sustainability vision
  • Managing a green event – the A-Z
  • Monitoring and mitigating impacts
  • Reporting on sustainability
  • Offsets and carbon neutrality in eventing

The session will be focused around the EGF standards but designed to provide practical solutions designed to meet the standard.

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