9 - 11 April 2025
Cape Town

Meet our 2021 judges

The WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards judges bring together a breadth of expertise from throughout the travel and tourism industry.

Clare Dewhirst

Clare’s interest in the complex area of place branding was sparked whilst working on a series of Nation Branding Masterclass events, led by Simon Anholt, one of the first thought-leaders to speak about and promote the concept of place branding.  Having listened to Simon address audiences in Accra, Delhi, Dubai, London and Singapore on how policy, governance, and symbolic actions need to combine with branding and marketing to create a competitive identity and drive economic growth, she continued to follow the growth in this sector.

As Global Conference Director for The International Herald Tribune, now the New York Times, Clare also saw growth in advertising and storytelling around tourism and investment promotion strategy.  Clare launched the first City Nation Place Global conference in London in 2015: CityNationPlace.com has been steadily building followers and in 2017, she launched the first City Nation Place Americas conference, in 2018 City Nation Place Asia Pacific took place in Singapore, and 2019 has seen the first City Nation Place UK, specifically for towns, cities and regions across the UK, and the launch of the first City Nation Place LatAm & Caribbean event.  Clare manages the small team at City Nation Place alongside providing event consultancy and management for a number of clients in the publishing and trade association sector, including running the World Media Awards for the World Media Group  and event consultancy for the UK Association for Online Publishers.

Dionne Domyan-Mudie

Dionne has over 30 years’ experience in high profile entertainment and lifestyle PR and brand management. Her long term relationships with key clients is testament to her ability to put the client`s needs first, focusing on achieving their goals cost effectively.

Passionate and vivacious, Dionne will go to the ends of the earth for our clients. Her effervescence and endearing personality, make it almost impossible for media to refuse her pitches!

Gabriella Ribeiro

Gabriella Ribeiro is a global wanderer, explorer and serial entrepreneur with a varied career wrapped around tourism. She runs Trumarketing, a boutique sales and marketing firm dedicated to luxury travel clients and also heads up Explorateur Journeys, a company which curates immersive journeys for globally curious travelers that leave a footprint on one’s soul.  Additionally, Gabriella heads up The Mogul Mom where she mentors a dynamic community of female entrepreneurs running businesses, raising families and rocking both.

Naledi Khabo

Naledi currently serves as Chief Executive at the Africa Tourism Association (ATA), a global trade association promoting travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships. ATA serves both the public and private sectors of the international travel and tourism industry. Naledi is passionate about the intersection of marketing and emerging technologies, and is excited about this intersection and great opportunities within the tourism sector.

Septi Bukula

Septi M. Bukula is the founder and director of Osiba Management, a company that specialises in research and international business events. He is nationally recognised as a leading expert on entrepreneurship and small business development and has served in leadership roles in several international small business organisations. Using his extensive contacts in the small business field internationally, Bukula has brought several international small business conferences to South Africa since 2012. 

Bukula also uses his extensive research skills to research and design business events from scratch, the latest being the International Conference on Business Advising (ICBA), a 364-delegate conference held in Johannesburg in November 2017. Bukula is the founder and director of Seeza Destination Network, a unique destination management collaboration (DMC) comprising tourism SMEs across South Africa. Seeza Destination Network is a business acquisition and sharing network founded on SME collaboration in the tourism sector across Southern Africa.

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