The Advisory Board

Reed Exhibitions has established an advisory panel, including industry partners & experts, that will meet once every few months to discuss issues in the industry and the content of the expos. Suggestions will be put forward after each meeting to ensure the positive growth of the Small Business Expo

The panel members confirmed to date include:

Marang Marekimane In response to the alarming rates of failure in the Small and Medium Enterprise Sector, Marang Marekimane started Business In Theory. As Business In Theory, Marang assists entrepreneurs and business owners to improve the sustainability of their business operations.
For more than a decade she’s applied her training in various process and project management methodologies, including SixSigma, Agile and PrinceII, on strategic projects for large corporations such as Liberty, First National Bank (FNB) and Standard Bank.
Through Business In Theory, Marang partners with entrepreneurs to expose opportunities to grow their businesses and implement projects that will assist entrepreneurs and business owners achieve their objectives.


Mr Tshepo Phakathi is the CEO of Phakathi Holdings. In 2001, Tshepo founded Phakathi Capital, A corporate finance and advisory business that he still owns today. CEO Magazine describes him as a learned entrepreneur and a development enthusiast. Tshepo holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics (inc) and a National Diploma in Banking.

Numerous other advanced certificates proudly adorn his office walls. Tshepo serves on a number of boards including Elliott International and other group companies.

Tshepo has spent the last ten year wrestling with the question of how to solve the problems of abject poverty and chronic joblessness. He describes this phenomenon as “my ultimate obsession”. He has published more than 300 columns on this and related topics in leading business publications.

He has coached more than 2000 start-up entrepreneurs, written a book on how to profit from the soccer world cup (2004) and he co-authored a Financial Literacy program with FNB Bank which reached more than 35 million people in sub Saharan Africa in 13 different languages.




Mr Brian Walsh is considered a leading authority on entrepreneurship and human behavior. He is the Founder of The REAL Entrepreneur™ Institute, a private research and education organization dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs to live a life of true wealth, freedom and meaning.




Mr Kizito Okechukwu is the Executive Head of SEA Africa, a research and development firm in Johannesburg South Africa that supports businesses venturing into Africa markets.

Okechukwu is an MBA Graduate and has travelled and worked with key public and private firms in over 15 African countries.

He is a co-founder of the Centre for African Youth Entrepreneurship (CAYE) a non-profit organisation that facilitates entrepreneurship development in high schools and universities.

Okechukwu expertise are in Business Strategy, Research and Risk Assessments.



Ms Carol Weaving to Reed Exhibitions, a diverse working background in the business, tourism and events industry. Over 30 years, Carol’s career has expanded through many sectors within the industry, and her knowledge and expertise spans across marketing, exhibition management, events, conferences as well as venue and facility management. She was the first-ever female chairperson of the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa [EXSA] and now chairperson of the Association of African
Exhibition Organisers (AAXO), which was formed to provide a collective platform of address and representation for professional exhibition organisers throughout Africa.

Thanks to Carol’s continued passion, hard work, dedication and management, Reed Exhibitions is one of the largest and most successful exhibition and venue management companies in Southern Africa and is now in a position to grow its footprint across the African continent with many new ventures already underway or in the pipeline.



Mr Kobus Oosthuizen is a chartered accountant and the founder and CEO of SA Franchise Warehouse, which is a service provider to the franchise industry involved with the recruitment, assessment, training and funding of franchisees for a portfolio of franchisors. Kobus was also a co-founder and CEO of Butterfield from 1996 until 2004 from where he entered the greater franchise sector and also served FASA as chairman until 2009.

SA Franchise Warehouse is also a media platform publishing a bi-monthly magazine serving as a mouthpiece to the franchise industry as well as promoting opportunities from various franchisors. Since 2012, SA Franchise Warehouse has been actively involved with the facilitation of funding form franchisees in association with the Jobs Fund and various development funding institutions.