After a successful event, TrueERP, Vizury, IGroup, Kode 88, Courier IT, Payfast and eSolutions have come on board for a second consecutive year. South Africa's largest multichannel media logistics company, On The Dot, have recently confirmed that they will be joining this powerful line up of previous sponsors and exhibitors.
Attendees will visit and meet with these pioneering suppliers face to face to see what technologies and solutions are available for them to implement in their businesses. The eCommerce Africa Confex will showcase solution providers offering innovative technology, applications and solutions to help attendees build a more robust eCommerce site, attract and convert web traffic and deliver a greater customer experience.
With the help of our advisory panel, the eCommerce Africa Confex will create another world class eCommerce conference in South Africa which will educate, inform and inspire entrepreneurs, businesses and investors to embrace and navigate the eCommerce landscape. The Confex will provide a platform for one to stay up to date with the latest developments in the field, as well as provide an excellent opportunity to learn from and connect with influential industry leaders. Finally, the Confex will offer ideas and strategies for startup players looking at setting up an eCommerce business as well as sme's wanting to take their current online business to the next level.
We are delighted to announce that we have secured another brilliant advisory panel, including Vinny Lingham, Co-Founder and CEO of Gyft. Vinny is a globally recognized entrepreneur focusing on Mobile, Online Marketing & SaaS business models. Selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur and Young Global Leader he has passion to build Internet based companies. He co-founded the non profit organization, Silicon Cape Initiative, which aims to build a high-tech cluster in South Africa. Prior to co-founding Gyft, he co-founded Clicks2Customers.com and Yola.com. Vinny is also a Dragon on Dragons Den South Africa.
Serial entrepreneur and Groupon South Africa CEO, Emilian Popa will also be bringing his expertise to the table. Prior to becoming Groupon SA CEO, Emilian founded Africa Internet Accelerator, the ecommerce builder behind 3 online retailers: style36, 5rooms and kinderelo. Emilian started Rocket Internet South Africa and ran it as Managing Director, while founding the first two Rocket ventures in South Africa, Zando.co.za (leading SA online fashion store). Prior to Rocket Internet South Africa, Emilian co-founded Twangoo.co.za/Groupon in South Africa, Wimdu.com in China (peer-to-peer accommodation), Airizu.com in China (peer-to-peer accommodation),DealHayom.co.il in Israel (group buying), Lamoda.ru (Russia's leading online fashion store). Emilian has 7 years of experience with Big 4 reputable consulting firms, 3 years of advertising agency experience and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School/London Business School and a BA from Sciences Po Paris.
Joe Ockleberry, Internet Strategist for Naspers will also be sharing his wealth of knowledge during the production of the confex. Prior to joining Naspers in 2011, Joe has been an Associate Internet Analyst at Morgan Stanley as well as JP Morgan. In 2007, he co-founded Trefis.com, a company that helps its users understand how companies' stock prices are influenced by its products.
The eCommerce Africa Confex brings together a unique blend of compelling and knowledge filled conference sessions with an exciting exhibition showcase. The conference sessions feature over 50 speakers, including founders, CEOs, venture capitalists, incubators and C-level executives who manage eCommerce platforms for some of Africa's largest companies. We consult with leaders in the industry through our advisory panel to tailor an agenda that is both current and topical. The exhibition floor features a technology showcase and technical demonstration sessions by vendors that are on the forefront of innovation in the industry. The calibre of attendees in 2015; the content and format of the Confex as well as the advisory panel, vendors and guest speakers who have already been confirmed for the next edition has set the scene for what promises to be a remarkably successful 2016 eCommerce Africa Confex.
The eCommerce Africa Confex takes place 17 - 18 February 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.