We are a Professional Conference Organiser with more than ten years of experience.  We offer expert insight and skills to deliver innovative and meaningful conferences for your organisation.

We are masters at conferencing

Whether you are hosting a national or international conference for 100 or 10,000 delegates, African Agenda understands how important delivering a truly innovative and memorable conference experience is for you and your organisation.

Our team members are skilled experts

With our group of expert and creative professionals, we will work with you every step of the way, acting as your dedicated partner to bring together your tailored event.

We are committed to sustainability

We are committed to reducing any harmful effects that conference work can have – both in our office and at our conferences – and are dedicated to promoting sustainability. We can work with you to host a healthier, more productive green conference and to create a positive legacy.

We are recognised as experts in our industry

We are the only sub-Saharan African company to have met the stringent membership criteria of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) and we have also achieved the top accreditation from the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI).

We are internationally connected and continentally savvy

With our extensive network of suppliers locally and internationally, African Agenda is equipped to meet your every need, from bid preparation to expertly executed conferences throughout Africa.

Download our Company Profile  for more about African Agenda’s world-class professional conference organising services.

Keith Burton – Owner and Managing Director

Keith has more than 16 years of professional conference and destination management experience. He is an active participant in the local and international conference industry and serves on the Board of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) and Council of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).

His financial acumen and project management expertise ensure efficient conference budgeting and financial control, while his partnership approach ensures strong supplier relationships and buying power.

Kristen Tremeer – Owner and Director

Kristen has worked in the conferencing industry for more than 10 years and today, her experience is shared with clients and staff alike, bringing invaluable insights to the conference planning and management process. Kristen is highly regarded by her industry colleagues and clients for her solution orientated, practical approach and her breadth of experience.

Kristen’s focus is the delivery of excellence to all our clients, supporting, mentoring and training conference managers to maintain our high quality standards throughout the conference experience.

Brian McDonald – Non-Executive Director

Brian is the most senior conference professional in South Africa and has been responsible for some of the most prestigious conferences in the region.

Prior to joining African Agenda, Brian was the founder and Managing Director of Global Conferences, South Africa’s largest Professional Conference Organiser in the 2000s. Brian held a number of positions at SAACI including National Chairman and was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), of which he was a Director for six years.

Brian’s depth of experience in strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting, marketing and delegate boosting brings a unique wisdom to African Agenda conferences.

Davinia Lamb

Davinia joined African Agenda in 2005 and contributes eleven years’ experience in the conference industry.

Karen Hilliard

Karen joined African Agenda in 2009 and contributes seven years of industry experience.

Lisa Vickers

Lisa joined African Agenda in 2012 and contributes ten years of industry experience.

Sedicka Allies

Sedicka joined African Agenda in 2012 and contributes five year of industry experience.

Renee Lukin

Renee joined African Agenda in 2014 and contributes sixteen years of industry experience.

Elizabeth Winter

Elizabeth joined African Agenda in 2015 and contributes three years of industry experience.

Cher Morris

Cher joined African Agenda in 2015 and is excited to be following a career in our dynamic industry.

African Agenda has been delivering world-class PCO and DMC services to professional associations, business, government and non-profit organisations since 2005. Milestones include:

2016Awarded the contract to manage the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s annual convention through 2019

2016Hosted the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting in Cape Town for 80 PCO peers from around the world. Delegates gave the meeting a score of 89% – the best ever for such a conference

2016Owner and Director, Kristen Tremeer, appointed to the IAPCO Editorial Board

2015Owner and Managing Director, Keith Burton, appointed to the IAPCO Council

2015Delivered the 14th World Forestry Congress, providing full PCO services for 3,900 participants in Durban, South Africa

2015Organised the 10th International Conference on Cancer in Africa for the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC). This conference – the fourth that African Agenda has organised for AORTIC – attracted a record-breaking 906 delegates from 66 countries (including 38 African countries) and 753 abstract submissions, while involving 80 sessions (including 28 pre-conference workshop sessions) and 211 posters

2014Organised the 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) at the CTICC in Cape Town

2014Appointed to organise the SAACI Annual Congress for three years (2015-2017) – an important endorsement from our industry

2013Non-Executive Director, Brian McDonald, joined African Agenda, bringing invaluable knowledge and expertise gained through the management of such conferences as the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the International Diabetes Foundation, and the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

2012Delivered the first Annual Convention of the Actuarial Society of South Africa to exceed 1,000 delegates

2012Keith appointed to the SAACI Board of Directors

2011African Agenda successfully met the stringent accreditation requirements of IAPCO – the only sub-Saharan African PCO and DMC company to do so

2010Organised the International Congress of Actuaries (1,500 participants), which was brought to South Africa by the International Actuarial Association and the Actuarial Society of South Africa

2009Pronounced a SAACI-Accredited International Professional Conference Organiser

2008Keith appointed Chair of the Western Cape Branch of SAACI

2008Organised the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s Annual Convention (550 participants) and retained each year thereafter to organise the annual convention

2007Delivered the International Conference on Cancer in Africa (400 participants) as hosted by AORTIC in Cape Town. Thereafter, African Agenda was retained to manage subsequent conferences including Dar es Salaam in 2009, Durban in 2013, Marrakech in 2015 and Addis Ababa in 2017

2006Flawlessly executed our first major conference, the Velo Mondial Conference, in Cape Town

2005Keith and Kristen launched African Agenda to focus on the association market following the successful implementation of Access 2004, an association conference on disability and accessibility

2001Keith Burton founds African Agenda’s predecessor – a PCO focused on providing professional conference services to the corporate market

RareX featuring ICORD 2016

“Of all the many Thank You’s which need to be said for the success of RareX 2016 – one of the biggest goes to African Agenda. To Karen, Elizabeth, Renee and all the team members who worked tirelessly over the past year and a half – Thank You! Efficient, professional and a seamless conference from start to finish – we cannot sing your praises enough #RareX”

Kelly du Plessis, Rare Diseases South Africa, South Africa

Breast Interest Group of Southern Africa 5th Scientific Meeting

I would like to congratulate you on organising another very successful and enjoyable BIGOSA meeting. Thank you for your dedication to our cause and passion for our annual meeting. I trust the feedback was very encouraging and positive. Once again, congratulations on a job well done!

Ines Buccimazza, President BIGOSA

2016 Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers

This is to say an enormous thank you for everything you did to make this such an exceptional meeting. Without exception, everyone said it was an amazing experience and it has certainly put South Africa on the map as far as IAPCO is concerned. Everything was so good, from the awesome Table Mountain reception, to the brilliant programme and arrangements. Far too much to eat but so delicious, definitely back to the diet when we get home. I hope you are not too tired, just trust me this was one of the best meetings we have ever had; in fact it was the best, with your achieving an 89% score, the highest since records began 13 years ago!

Sarah Storie-Pugh, IAPCO

2nd World Seabird Conference

Thank you for your tremendous support and assistance with the 2nd World Seabird Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 2015. Planning an international conference in South Africa from Canada required us to trust your suggestions and ask your advice on things local and unique. The African Agenda team not only provided us support onsite and in the preparation, you became part of our team in delivering a seamless conference.”

 

“We thank you for your open lines of communication, especially with time zone differences, with regards to all manners of the conference, including accommodations, exhibitor services, and off site locations. We can’t thank you enough for the entertainment suggestions, supplier recommendations and advice on unique South African customs to aid in the delivery of the conference.”

 

“The collaboration in the lead up to the conference was extremely useful and thorough and your onsite team were a seamless link between our team and yours during the five day event. Their kindness, helpfulness and general service attitude was appreciated and noticed by our delegates, the Board and our team.”

 

“The 2nd World Seabird Conference was a success on many levels, including delegate and exhibitor satisfaction, media coverage and conservation outcomes for the future. These successes are due in part to the contribution and support of the African Agenda team.”

“We look forward to working with you in the future.

Marischal DeArmond – President, De Armond Conference Management

19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

We have just completed the 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) that was held in August 2014 in Cape Town at the CTICC. Over 2000 delegates attended and about 2000 papers presented. An IFAC World Congress differs somewhat from other similar events in that the IFAC Council and related meetings, totalling about 60 separate meetings, are held in conjunction with the Congress together with many social IFAC events that are not directly related to the Congress.”

 

“Keith Burton, Kristen Tremeer and the rest of the African Agenda team did an excellent job of organising this very complex event.”

 

“They are very knowledgeable about their field and you can trust them to do what they have committed to do in an amicable, friendly and professional way.”

 

“I have no hesitation at all in recommending African Agenda
to anyone interested in hosting an event, big or small.

Ian Craig, President, IFAC

17th Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference

Reach to Recovery International awarded their 17th International Breast Cancer Support Conference to their South African division Reach for Recovery. The conference was held in Cape Town in March 2013 and delegates from 46 countries attended.”

 

“The management of this conference was awarded to African Agenda, Conference Design and Management.”

 

“Their capable team took control of all aspects of the conference in a quiet and efficient manner Delegates remarked on the smooth running of the conference and the pleasant nature of the staff. Where required they dealt with travel arrangements, flights and hotel accommodation. Nothing was too much for them and there was attention to detail which was greatly appreciated. Their co-ordination of the Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner resulted in excellent evenings.”

 

“They were good listeners and worked hard to ensure that what we wanted was achieved. We were able to rest assured that the financial aspects were professionally handled.”

 

“I have no hesitation in recommending them. Our choice of African Agenda, Conference Design and Management was an inspired one!”

Ann Steyn – President, Reach to Recovery South Africa

Actuarial Society of South Africa Annual Convention

The Actuarial Society of South Africa has utilised the conference organising skills of African Agenda in several of our recent annual conventions. Our conventions are large and complex affairs, with over 1000 delegates, plenary sessions, the delivery of published professional papers, discussion forums, presentations, parallel sessions, dinners and other social events. We also have interaction with the media and other invited guests. The quality of our convention has undoubtedly been enhanced significantly since African Agenda has become part of our team. Their logistical skills, enthusiasm and sheer hard work have allowed our leadership and the organising committee to focus more on the content of the convention, leading to much better events. I recommend them unreservedly.

Peter Doyle – President, Actuarial Society of South Africa (2010-2011)

International Congress of Actuaries 2010

As Chairman of the International Congress of Actuaries (ICA) 2010 Organising Committee, I have worked closely with African Agenda for the last 4 years in the planning and production of the 2010 International Congress of Actuaries. The congress, produced by African Agenda, attracted approximately 2000 delegates from over 100 countries. It has been widely acclaimed by all as the best-organised conference they had ever attended. I only have high praise for their conference management skills, from planning through execution.”

 

“Throughout the planning stages, Keith Burton and Kristen Tremeer displayed the ability to interact at the highest level with members of the organising committee. They have the humility required to listen and take suggestions, and the strength to make recommendations and take decisions.”

 

“During the congress, African Agenda had a full strength management presence on the ground, and were at all times professional and in control despite complexity of the event. Their attention to detail across all aspects of the event was excellent.”

 

“The range of African Agenda’s skills was displayed especially well in two areas: in the tight management and control of the financial aspects of the event (they were responsible for developing and managing the budget of a R30,000,000 event); and in the careful, warm and considerate management of VIPs – from our papers authors to our keynote speakers.”

 

“I have no hesitation in highly recommending African Agenda’s services to an organising committee tasked with the delivery of a stand-out, world class event.

Desmond Smith – Chairman, ICA 2010 Organising Committee