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    Better knowledge from and for Africa

    The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) hosted the international Gender Summit 5 Africa, 28-30 April 2015. Gender Summit Africa (GSA) encouraged mutually beneficial collaborations to boost Africa’s research and development in order to realise the continent’s full potential.


    Gender equality issues in science knowledge exchange and policy charters were a focal point; along with strengthening partnerships within the industry; enhanced shared responsibility, and promoted research and innovation to stimulate a better knowledge economy from and for Africa.

    Julian Jacobs, Director of Communications at the HSRC, had this to say: “When we were looking for a venue to host the first ever Gender Summit Africa meeting, we found the CTICC to be the most suitable for our needs. We could not have asked for a better Day-One, where we had both SABC’s Morning Live and e.tv’s Sunrise morning breakfast shows kick-starting our day. The deliberations in all the venues were thought provoking and the catering was excellent. The facilities were of a high caliber.”

    “We are pleased to see this event come to Cape Town, to address a pertinent issue not only experienced in Africa, but globally. GSA is cognisant of the impact that research has within the field of science and technology, and how gender imbalance can hinder valuable knowledge exchange and adversely impact the growing economy”, adds Julie-May Ellingson, CTICC Chief Executive Officer.

    The CTICC is equally committed to gender equality and the upliftment of marginalised communities. 53% of the permanent employees at the centre are female. Four of the five executive positions at the CTICC are filled by women, making it one of only a few convention centres in the world led by a female management team.

    Its operations are firmly rooted in the transformation of the industry, and great emphasis is placed on providing job opportunities for people from all walks of life – this adds to the diversity of the organisation and the centre’s ability to deliver an exceptional service to its various markets.

    Moreover, the CTICC strives to raise the visibility of female employees through recognition and rewards. Last year the CTICC’s Chief Executive Officer, Julie-May Ellingson clinched the esteemed title of “Africa’s Most Influential Woman in the Public Enterprises Sector” in business and government.

    “Being bestowed this coveted title is testament that empowering women is a pivotal cornerstone to making fundamental strides in shaping society and transforming the role which women play in the business arena,” said Ellingson.

    In addition to these awards, Ellingson was also a finalist in the 2014 Business Women Association’s “Business Woman of the Year” Awards. Julie-May Ellingson and Megan Arendse, CTICC General Manager: Commercial and Business Development were also recognised as two of the top 40 women in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) industry in September 2014.

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