Event Details

The event industry has taken a serious beating from the COVID-19 pandemic. The world's concept of gathering has changed, and it's clear that virtual events are starting to represent the "new normal". Though the crisis has been challenging, the experience has also provided unique opportunities and avenues for the event industry.

Glue Up brings you industry experts that will share and educate, while clearly demonstrating the leading and driving role of our industry to grow together and become a global force once again on our new normal.


12:00 PM - 12:05 PM
Welcome Remarks
12:05 PM - 12:20 PM
Reinventing the Events Industry Under the New Normal
12:20 PM - 12:55 PM
12:55 PM - 1:00 PM


  • Glenton De Kock (Chief Executive Officer at Southern African Association for the Conference Industry)

    Glenton De Kock

    Chief Executive Officer at Southern African Association for the Conference Industry

    Glenton had refined his public and private sector strategic management skills during his tenure as Managing Director of Tourism Buffalo City (covering East London, King Williams Town and Bhisho) where he oversaw the development and implementation of the destinations USAID Funded Tourism Master Plan, as Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch) he refocused the organisations operating model, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, which is now The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) he drove the implementation of the provinces international partnerships program.

    As an Associate Director at KPMG he led the Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Unit for Africa and South Africa before moving onto Grant Thornton in a similar position. His position as Project Manager at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber ensured that Business embraces its civil society role by driving a holistic approach which enables business within the Metro to work towards long-term sustainability, though projects such as the Nooitgedaght Low Level Water Scheme and the re-activation for the much needed Addo Road refurbishment.
    Glenton’s business management experience cuts across various sectors, such as Tourism Hospitality, Petro-chemical, Mining and all spheres of government to name a few. He provides strategic input into his family footwear manufacturing business which employees 60 people and is run by his sister.

    As active citizen, Glenton acts as an independent advisor to the Nelson Mandela Bay Consultative Christian Churches, The Nelson Mandela Bay Civil Society Coalition, and the Northern Areas Education Forum and occasionally when time permits mentors businesses within the ICT and Services Sector.

    Glenton was recently appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI).

    In his spare time, he is the President of the Nelson Mandela University Football Club and is a budding golfer.

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  • Solly Moeng (Founder & Convenor of Africa Brand Summit)

    Solly Moeng

    Founder & Convenor of Africa Brand Summit

    Solly Moeng is an experienced holistic Brand Manager and media professional with specialisation in Reputation Management, Stakeholder Engagement Strategies, Strategic Communications, PR and Media Relations.

    As a destination brand management expert, Solly Founded and currently convenes the fast growing Africa Brand Summit – www.africabrandsummit.co

    Also French-speaking, Solly lived and studied in France (where he obtained a French Master’s Degree) before working in Canada and the US as South African Tourism’s marketing manager and country manager, respectively, managing South Africa’s country image and, while in the US, rolling out SA Tourism’s growth strategy in the US and Canada. He has also worked as Business Development & Marketing Manager of Mesure, a South African facilities management subsidiary of French Multinational Construction company, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Basil Read.

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  • Sylvia Gasana (Director of Events Coordination at Rwanda Convention Bureau)

    Sylvia Gasana

    Director of Events Coordination at Rwanda Convention Bureau

    Sylvia Gasana is the Director of Events Coordination at the Rwanda Convention Bureau where she leads a team responsible for providing advisory and technical support on preparation, implementation, and evaluation of events in addition to the evaluation of industry best practices and standards.

    Previously to joining the Bureau, she worked at the Office of the President where she served as Deputy Director of Communications, with over a decade of experience in the field of Media and Communications, and events coordination.

    Sylvia graduated from the University of Rwanda with a BA in Communications and has an MA in Media Practice for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex.

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  • Jacktone Otieno (Co-Founder of LOIS Events Managers)

    Jacktone Otieno

    Co-Founder of LOIS Events Managers

    Jacktone Otieno is the Co-Founder- LOIS Events Managers, Founder & Producer- Bamba Studios and a Director at Sauti Radio. He is a passionate media and events specialist who seeks to be a great asset to Africa by creating memorable experiences and developing wholesome content that will not only impact a diverse audience in Africa but the rest of the world. He has excellent managerial and strategic leadership skills and a passion to see the company deliver what it promises. He is a go getter and will meet every unique need of individual clients.

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  • Eric Schmidt (CEO & Co-Founder of Glue Up)

    Eric Schmidt

    CEO & Co-Founder of Glue Up

    CEO of Glue Up (formerly EventBank), an all-in-one cloud-based CRM engagement platform for event and membership management, is the leading platform in emerging and developing markets and North America.

    As CEO of Glue Up, Eric L. Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. EventBank has offices in 11 countries and clients in over 50. Eric’s focus is to continue building the best product for Glue Up’s clients and expanding the company’s presence in emerging and developing markets around the world. Over the last 18 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up; including China Entrepreneurs which was the top community organization for more than 50,000 entrepreneurs, hosting more than 100 conferences annually.

    Eric was an elected member of American Chamber of Commerce in China's Board of Governors for three years (2017, 2018 & 2019) and is recognized as an authority on digital transformation and business in emerging markets. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

    Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy, 100 days by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Philips. He also previously lived in China (17 years) and Guatemala.

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About Glue Up

Glue Up, previously EventBank, is the leading provider of the cloud solutions that provide associations, event organizers, Chambers of Commerce, agencies, marketers, businesses, and NGOs with a full suite of tools designed to streamline operations, modernize processes, and eliminate engagement challenges. Glue Up is an all-in-one CRM platform that helps build and grow communities through events, memberships & other digital tools.


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