Call for nominations for South Africa’s top marketing professionals

By our News Team | 2023

IMM Marketing Excellence Awards will be a key part of the institute’s conference being held in Johannesburg in November.

The Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) will again showcase and celebrate the achievements of South Africa’s top marketers and their organisations when it presents the annual IMM Marketing Excellence Awards on 8 November.

Now the IMM is inviting all marketing industry role players to submit nominations for the different categories in this year’s awards.

Marketing Awards

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The top award will once again be the prized Marketer of the Year, which recognises the individual marketing professional who has demonstrated unrivalled excellence in their field. 


A rising star who shows exceptional promise and potential will be honoured with the Emerging Marketer of the Year award, while the Marketing Student of the Year category celebrates the outstanding achievements of marketing students who are the future of the industry.


Other award categories include the Corporate Marketing Team of the Year, which recognises the collaborative efforts of a high-performing marketing team within a corporation. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a seasoned marketing professional in recognition of their lifelong contribution to the field.


Nominate exceptional colleagues or teams


“We would like to invite the industry to be a part of this celebration by nominating exceptional colleagues or teams for the prestigious IMM Marketing Excellence Awards,” states Irene Gregory, CEO at the IMM. 


“Through your nominations, you not only acknowledge their outstanding work but also inspire others in the industry to strive for excellence,” she stresses.


Award nominations close on 16 October 2023. To submit your nominations, visit: https://imminstitute.co.za/awards


Three finalists will be selected for each category. The winners will be announced at a gala event that forms part of the annual IMM Marketing Conference.


This year’s conference, which takes place at the IMM Graduate School in Johannesburg, will be held under the theme ‘Global Thoughts, Local Leaders’.


Recognised as a not-to-be-missed annual platform for all levels of marketing professionals across South Africa to learn and network, the 2023 event will explore new marketing technologies. These include artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), voice search optimisation, and personalisation. 


The conference will offer practical case studies, panel discussions and insights from international and local industry experts who will share their thoughts on what it means to be a marketer in 2023.


Dr Kin Kariisa

Group CEO - Next Media

Dr. Kin Kariisa is an extraordinary force at the helm of Next Media Services, a conglomerate encompassing NBS TV, Nile Post, Sanyuka TV, Next Radio, Salam TV, Next Communication, Next Productions, and an array of other influential enterprises. His dynamic role as Chief Executive Officer exemplifies his unwavering commitment to shaping media, business, and community landscapes.
With an esteemed academic journey, Dr. Kariisa’s accolades include an Honorary PhD in exemplary community service from the United Graduate College inTexas, an MBA from United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Huazong University in China, and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University.
Dr. Kariisa pursued PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. As a dynamic educator, he has shared his expertise as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at both Makerere University and Radboud University.

Dr Kin did his PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radbond University in Nigmegen, Netherlands. He previously served as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and Radbond University in Netherlands.

Dr Kin did his postgraduate courses in Strategic Business Management, Strategic Leadership Communication and Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives at Harvard University, Boston USA.

  • Other current and previous roles played by Dr Kin Kariisa:
  • Lecturer of e-Government and Information Security to graduate students at Makerere University, Kampala and Radbond University in the Netherlands
  • Director of Eco Bank Uganda Limited, one of the largest banks in Africa
  • Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, an umbrella industry association for all Television, Radio and online broadcasters in Uganda.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Nile Hotel International, that owns the leading hotel in Uganda, Kampala Serena Hotel.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Soliton Telmec Uganda, the leading telecom company in Optic fibre business managing over 80% of optic fibre in Uganda.