About us

We bring people and organisations together to connect with information and each other in meaningful conversation to reach the next level of growth in their industry ecosystem.

20 years operating across Africa

A Uniquely African Approach

Industries in Africa are developing rapidly, offering rich opportunities for businesses able to connect to the right people. VUKA Group operates in this fluid environment with an approach that fits the business landscape.

Entrepreneurial spirit is baked into Africa culture, & businesses that innovate in this space can grow fast.

During 2021, VUKA Group grew out of Clarion Events to form an independent B-BBEE compliant company, adapted to the unique conditions of Africa.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in emerging industries is seeing how rapid growth drives positive change. That’s what keeps VUKA Group people motivated, and we bring that same drive to help you grow your enterprise.

“Our responsibility at VUKA Group is to serve our customers, and grow emerging industries in Africa to the benefit of local communities.”

Murad Ebrahim

CFO
VUKA Group

About Us / Our Story

Growing Emerging Industries

There's a belief that you need to be a bit crazy to be in the events & media business. Add to that the fast pace & high energy of Africa, and the craziness quotient goes up a lot.

However, this environment is where VUKA Group people find work most rewarding. We’re able to go and do things no other business in our space does.

It starts with a fluid approach. Operating in Africa means adapting to the local conditions.

VUKA Group events focus on innovative settings that bring together decision makers in an informal environment, where real conversations & connections can happen.

Because we’ve grown with emerging industries, our media titles are trusted resources read by leading decision makers in industry & government.

VUKA Group has built the reputation & knowledge to connect your business to the people who can help you grow to the next level.

This year’s smarter mobility was fantastic. It was an excellent networking opportunity for those interested in Smarter Mobility for Africa. I certainly have high expectations for the 2022 event

Gad Senyuiedzorm Ashiagbor
Lead Moderator, AfricaNEV

[Nigeria Mining] is indeed a proven platform to connect to industry professionals, promote the company and its activities and provide a business-to-business singular interaction

Fadi Abou Ghazale
CEO, Ag Vision Mining Ltd

I would like to thank the VUKA Group team for the professional and creative execution of the Enlit Africa sessions...it is comforting to witness the agile nature in which they worked with us

Gugu Masina
Brand Manager, Conlog

I have had the pleasure of working with the team at ESI Africa a few times. I have found the team to be very professional throughout the process from conception through to execution of the campaign.

Kevin Robinson
Technical Sales, LONGi Solar - MEA

DRC Mining Week is a platform where the sector can meet and exchange experiences which is fundamental for the region's development and will benefit the population.

Eric Monga Mumba
Chief Executive, Kipay Investments

Our Industries

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Built over Decades in the Industry

Meet the Team

Leaders in your Industries

David Ashdown
David Ashdown
Chief Executive Officer

David is a twenty six year veteran of growing businesses in global emerging markets. He's leading the VUKA Group at a pivotal point in the company's growth, with a focus on clear communication.

Bruce Robinson
Bruce Robinson
Chairman

Bruce has a global career offering extensive experience in the commercial and financial leadership of multi-national businesses, working across Start-Ups, SME's to Blue Chip listed companies.

Murad Ebrahim
Murad Ebrahim
Chief Financial Officer

Murad leads an incredible financial team within VUKA, growing the business across the African Continent. He's also passionate about VUKA's social programs that give back to communities.

Chanelle Hingston
Chanelle Hingston
Group Director Energy

Chanelle uses her international marketing experience to lead the energy sector of VUKA Group media properties. Her passion is developing and growing people & brands in a fast changing industry.

Ben Pullen
Ben Pullen
Group Director Mobility

Ben lives and breathes smart mobility and is passionate to play his part in building a better world for the future. He has enjoyed running projects across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa over the last 10 years.

Terry Southam
Terry Southam
Group Director Retail

Terry is the innovative leader of VUKA Group's retail sector. With over 150 conferences on his track record, he's responsible for delivering the two largest eCommerce & CX events in Africa.

Errol Bryce
Errol Bryce
Group Sales Director

Errol brings his extensive experience in global print media to his role in VUKA. His goal is to deeply understand customer objectives & create campaigns that deliver measurable results.

Tracey Gersowsky
Tracey Gersowsky
Group Director Client Experience & Operations

Tracey has over 20 years’ event experience across Africa and in the UK, and is passionate about delivering creative, fun and engaging in-person, hybrid and digital experiences for audiences, knowing that there is only one chance to make a good first impression.

Amelia Kühn
Amelia Kühn
Marketing Operations & Data Director

Fifteen years in marketing, design and data, has fed Amelia's natural passion for problem solving. She makes sure her department answers the ‘why’ and not just the ‘how’ in their marketing.

Liezel Killingbeck
Liezel Killingbeck
HR Director

Liezel uses her studies in psychology & sociology to help develop the skills of the VUKA team. Every business boils down to people & her role is to support them in creating fulfilling careers.

Ashvir Dhanrajh
Ashvir Dhanrajh
Finance Manager

Ashvir's experience in one of the Big 4 accounting firms set the stage for him to master the financial needs of large corporations. He ensures financial reporting compliance across VUKA Group.

The Really Good Stuff

Community Outreach Projects

“I’m proud to be part of a company that contributes to the care of children, especially the most vulnerable.”

Errol Bryce
VUKA Group

BUMI orphanage visit and VUKA donation
Outreach Recipient: Bumi Children's Village, DRC

Post DRC Mining Week 2023, a team from VUKA Group along with some of our contractors had the privilege of visiting the BUMI orphanage in Lubumbashi which VUKA Group supported this year through a cash donation.

What struck them as they arrived is how neat the children’s village was. Each home has a mother who is responsible for 20 – 40 children per house, and girls and boys are separated into their own homes from age 8 onwards. Currently BUMI has over 200 children up to the age of 19 however the facility caters for 100, so there is a real need to build capacity.

Our donation went to the upgrade of the oldest home in the village which houses the teenage girls and is aptly named VUKA House 😊.

Eimeric who manages the orphanage then took us to a local market to buy beans, which are their best source of protein for the children who eat 3 meals a day. The market is a sight to behold, a real immersive experience of sights, smells and sounds.

“I’m proud to be part of a company that contributes to the care of children, especially the most vulnerable.”

Errol Bryce
VUKA Group

“Golden Valley Primary School is known to be one of the best performing schools... due to the support rendered through the Agritech Outreach Programme.”

Darius Chisenga
Head Master

Improving Education & Opportunities for a Zambian School
Outreach Recipient: Golden Valley Primary School, Chisamba, Zambia.

Problem:

The school was very rundown, most of the desks were broken, the toilets weren’t working, & the electrics were dangerously old. No maintenance had been done in years, & there was no funding for improvements.

Solution:

The school was renovated, including: rewiring, plumbing, new desks, & upgrading the school building. Water tanks were installed & malaria kits donated. A training program taught students how to grow food at school.

Results

There was a 30% improvement in students’ pass rate. Growing food at school improved the children’s nutrition. They were also able to sell the excess food to fund future school developments, so the process became self-sustaining.

“Golden Valley Primary School is known to be one of the best performing schools... due to the support rendered through the Agritech Outreach Programme.”

Darius Chisenga
Head Master

“Outreach Programmes where we give back to local communities are where the magic happens. Vuka Group is committed to scaling its African Outreach.”

David Ashdown
VUKA Group CEO

VUKA Group Community Outreach Programs

One of the most rewarding parts of running regional VUKA exhibitions and conferences are the outreach projects our team has run on location. We’ve been able to donate & do local work to improve communities where events are taking place.

This includes projects like renovating schools & orphanages, & introducing agricultural technologies to areas other organisations aren’t willing to go.

An increase in crop yield or an improvement in education has the ability to lift communities, leading to a better quality of life. Initiatives like this are where the magic happens.

We work with local community leaders and organisations to drive real change at a neighbourhood level. If you have ideas for an Outreach Project, please share with us.

 
 

“Outreach Programmes where we give back to local communities are where the magic happens. Vuka Group is committed to scaling its African Outreach.”

David Ashdown
VUKA Group CEO

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