Group Strategy Director recognised as a top young South African

By our News Team | 2023

Wunderman Thompson executive wins Film and Media category in Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2023 Awards.

Parusha Partab, Group Strategy Director at marketing communications agency Wunderman Thompson South Africa, has been recognised as a winner in the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2023 Awards: Film and Media.

The annual awards presented by the Mail & Guardian newspaper showcase the most promising and inspiring young individuals across various categories, marking a significant milestone in Partab’s career.


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“Faced with fierce competition from thousands of entrants across over 15 categories, Partab’s contributions to the marketing field have truly made her stand out,” Wunderman says in a press release.

“The awards are known for recognising the visionary work of young professionals actively shaping South Africa’s future. They celebrate resilient, entrepreneurial, and innovative minds that offer robust solutions to societal challenges.”

Award serves as a beacon

Says Partab of her award: “It is a tremendous honour to be included among them. South Africa stands at a precipice, yearning for the promise and progress brought forth by future leaders. This serves as a beacon, shining a light on an alternative narrative that transcends despair and leads towards renewed hope in building a thriving, inclusive nation.”

In 2022, her work earned her a high commendation at the Global Women in Marketing, where she won the Strategy Planner of the Year Award. 

With an educational background that includes a BA (Hons) in Information Design from the University of Pretoria, Partab has held multiple senior and executive positions across Africa.

Partab advocates for representation and inclusion through her strategic work, speaking engagements and published writing. She serves as a member of the Women’s Charter and is on the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Transformation Council.

An article by Partab will appear in the forthcoming issue (Issue 2 2023) of Strategic Marketing for Africa, the magazine of the African Marketing Confederation (AMC).

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.