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Events and Communication Manager

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationBrussels, Belgium
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  • ProfessionsEvent Organiser - Marketing Coordinator - Production Manager - TV

About me

I am an events and communication specialist currently working in the Intelligent Transport Systems sector in Brussels. I love organizing and managing events, tv shows and projects - and telling people about it! I have moved around quite a lot and am a top student at the University of Life! Ask me anything except my age.

Skills

  • Event Organisation
  • Copywrighting
  • Event Management
  • Creative Co-ordinator
  • Problem Solver
  • Forward-thinking
  • Quick Thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Branding Strategy
  • TV Production

Work history

Currently

Congress Coordinator

ERTICO ITS Europe

Apr 2017
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Full Time
  • • Working with the Programme, Exhibition & Sponsorship Managers to gather necessary information to promote sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and highlight events during the Congress • ¬Writing targeted email campaigns messages, articles, press releases, news and update the Congress website and social media platforms accordingly • Working closely with the appointed Communication agencies to ensure the implementation of the marketing & communications strategies • Liaise with ERTICO Communication department to ensure coherence with ERTICO activities • Production of collaterals • Organising other events related to the Congresses • Working with suppliers to produce branded stands at international congresses

2016

Production Manager - TV

Jack Parow

Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Freelance
  • Managing and coordinating the production of the Dis Hoe Ons Rol series for kykNET, featuring rapper, Jack Parow and sponsored by Harley Davidson. This included research, setting up interviews, finding interesting places to film and stay, coordination of various adventure activities as well as managing the crew.

2016

Senior Events Coordinator

Vodacom

Oct 2015 - Sep 2016
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Full Time
  • • Taking responsibility for the overall effective, efficient planning and implementation of various events including conferences, group board meetings (up to 5 consecutive days at a destination), staff launches, year-end functions and other internal events • Management of event logistics, e.g. catering, décor, attendance, bookings, data base management, program development, travel arrangements/transfers, query centre etc. • Preparing brief documents according to specifications for internal client’s approval • Acting as contact person to client for Vodacom sponsored events • Compiling of budgets for small, medium and large sized events • Preparing brief documents for external event companies • Acting as contact person to client and external event companies • Managing internal communications for the Western Region • Hosting international tours for the Vodacom Business Partners • Support on the Vodacom Durban July event

2015

Production Co-ordinator

Media Club

Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Freelance
  • Coordination of TV series: Kom ons Braai - this is the South African version of 'Come dine with me'. Duties included securing sponsors, finding interresting candidates to take part in the show, working out the film schedule, coordinating with contestants, venues, sponsors and the crew.

2015

Freelance Events / Production Coordinator

Danielle McDonald

Oct 2014 - Oct 2015
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Freelance
  • • Produced and managed the Disaronno (Italian Amaretto) tradeshow stands for Taste of Cape Town and the Cape Town and Johannesburg Town Good Food and Wine shows. • Worked on various events such as the Fleur du Cap Awards (production) and the kykNET Fiestas (PR). • Freelance work as a production manager / coordinator / location scout on movies and advertisements including a French film, an Indian luggage advertisement, work for Comedy Central and kykNET. • On-site event manager for Johannesburg Festival of Beer. • Organizing various smaller events (weddings, live performances of artists in and around Cape Town).

2014

Operations Manager

National Braai Day

Apr 2012 - Sep 2014
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Full Time
  • • Managing and coordinating the production of the Jan Braai vir Erfenis series for kykNET. This included research, setting up interviews, finding interesting places to braai and stay, coordination of activities and cooking inserts as well as managing the crew. • Implementing and executing PR strategies for the Jan Braai vir Erfenis TV series, National Braai Day and the Jan Braai cookbooks and products. • Marketing content creation, e.g. writing copy for distribution on social media, magazines, PR agencies etc. • Marketing for the National Braai Tour. This included working closely with the Media Partner, kykNET (South African TV channel), as well as updating the Braai Day Facebook page and website feeds. • Organizing the National Braai Tour. This included liaising with various vendors, service suppliers, media partners and participants. • Securing and liaising with sponsors for the National Braai tour. Sponsors included SANParks, Parmalat, Sparta Meat, Eureka Mills, Ford, Durbanville Hills and The Braai Cube. • Assisted with new product development and design. Products included National Braai Tour logo, Jan Braai Boerewors and the packaging thereof, Mzanzi Jan Braai Braaipap packaging, Braaitour clothing, Jan Braai vir Erfenis Caps, Thsirts, Hoodies etc. • Coordinating the organization of various Braai Day celebrations throughout South Africa.

2012

Arts and Culture Coordinator

Distell

Jul 2011 - Apr 2012
  • Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Full Time
  • • Writing content for the Oude Libertas Website, managing the Facebook page and writing the monthly newsletter for the Slow Market, Amphitheatre, Art Gallery and Corporate Social Investment branch of Distell. • Management of the Oude Libertas Centre and tenants including the Slow Market, The Oude Libertas Amphitheatre and The Oude Libertas Art Gallery. • Coordinating, management and marketing of new art exhibition openings every 6 weeks • Identifying arts and culture projects and assisting the controller with the distribution of funds from the Distell Foundation towards these projects • Assisted with the organization of the Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards

2011

Event Assistant

GourmetSA

May 2011 - Jun 2011
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Internship
  • I assisted with planning, and worked on the Good Food and Wine Show in Cape Town

2011

Event Assistant

Absa Cape Epic

Nov 2010 - Apr 2011
  • Internship
  • • Composition of various excel spreadsheets • Obtaining permission from farmers for cyclists to cross their farms • Basic intern work

Education

Currently

BA Arts and Humanities

University of Stellenbosch

Jan 2004
  • Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Philosophy, Sociology, Ancient Cultures Graduated 2008

2017

French Diplôme D’études en Langue Française (delf A1

Alliance Francaise

Mar 2017 - Apr 2017
  • Brussels, Belgium

2016

Project Management Fundamentals

All about expert

Jul 2016 - Sep 2016
  • Cape Town, South Africa

2014

Basics of Graphic Design Short Course

University of Cape Town

Apr 2014 - Jul 2014
  • Cape Town, South Africa

2010

Post-graduate Diploma in Management Marketing

University of Cape Town

Jan 2010 - Nov 2010
  • Cape Town, South Africa

Awards

2008

Toastmasters Western Cape Winner

Toastmasters

  • Public Speaking Award