Judges & Speakers

2022 Judges for each categories are listed below.

Exporter of the Year

Mr Michael Gamwo

Michael Gamwo is the Head of Africa within the International Trade Unit at Wesgro. The overall aim of Africa unit is to contribute to the growth and development of the Western African region through facilitation of Trade and outward investment between Western Cape and the rest of the continent, with a particular focus on countries such Angola, DRC, Gabon, Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Cote d’ivoire, Senegal, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.

In addition to his International Trade Promotion expertise, Gamwo successfully runs regular Africa business networking forums, which are a platform for business people on the continent to network and interact with South African companies, with the view of forming partnerships to explore opportunities in Africa. The success of these programmes also rests on Gamwo’s ability to develop strategic partnerships with companies, governments, international organisations and NGOs operating in the African region. Michael has featured in several local and international business magazines and tv programmes dealing with intra African trade and Investments.

Prior to working at Wesgro, Gamwo held Export Manager Positions at two Cape Town based companies, driving their penetration into African countries. Michael holds an LLB and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Cape Town. He is also completing a Masters in development finance from the University of Stellenbosch

Ms Janice Jonathan

Lover of Cheesecake. International Trade Marketer. Socially Conscious Aspiring Entrepreneur. Responsible Economic Development enthusiast. Ambitious, results-driven professional with a track record of successful Industrial Development Projects, investment attraction, and international business marketing projects. 

Extensive experience within export marketing, business development, investment assistance, as well as Industrial Development at the dti. Consistent and meticulous, with keen attention to detail. Has an extensive network of valuable business contacts throughout RSA and abroad. Strategic orientiation offering exposure and experience in business development, export management, marketing, and incentive administration, works well in a deadline driven environment and is able to make effective leadership decisions under pressure. 

Accustomed to being both a project leader and team player, who enjoys engaging with a variety of people and adapts easily to new challenges.  

Mr Warwick Blamey

Warwick started his career at Invicta Holdings before moving into a role as head
analyst at a leading asset management and derivatives trading house which followed
with a move to SA partner of UK based BCMS Corporate where he was a deal maker
in their M&A division focusing on Sub Saharan Africa. 

Foxvest Group was founded in
2016 which has grown into a diversified investment holdings with operations spanning over sub-Saharan Africa. 

Warwick’s expertise is focused on investments into agriculture, manufacturing, tech, and services industries, where he has been involved in various transactions over the past decade. Warwick holds a BCOM and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.


The Denzil Africa Vusa Band

Denzil Africa and the Vusa Band is known as one of the Eastern Cape’s top Jazz, cover and function bands, and is the preffered choice for festivals, presidential and corporate functions in Port Elizabeth and beyond.  They have featured at numerous major festivals throughout South Africa (including Grahamstown Festival All Star Jazz Festival, and the Somerset East Biltong Festival together with Mafikizolo, Dr.Victor, Jennifer Jones, and many more), and have acted as backing band for several South African jazz icons such as Robbie Jansen, Winston Mankunku and Jimmy Dludlu.  The Vusa band has also performed live on Jazz Café (ETV), and regularly features in the local media.