Introduction
Our Team
Milestones
Testimonials
Introduction

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.

Read our Sustainability Policy

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.

Our Team
Keith Burton

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

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.
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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.
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Davinia Lamb

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

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Karen Hilliard

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

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Lisa Vickers

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

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Sedicka Allies

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

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Renee Lukin

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

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Elizabeth Winter

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

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Cher Morris

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

Milestones

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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2012Keith appointed to the SAACI Board of Directors

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

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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

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2009Pronounced a SAACI-Accredited International Professional Conference Organiser

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2008Keith appointed Chair of the Western Cape Branch of SAACI

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

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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

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

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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

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

Testimonials

RareX featuring ICORD 2016
RareX featuring ICORD 2016

Efficient, professional and a seamless conference from start to finish - we cannot sing your praises enough.

Kelly du Plessis, Rare Diseases South Africa, South Africa
Breast Interest Group of Southern Africa 5th Scientific Meeting
Breast Interest Group of Southern Africa 5th Scientific Meeting

Congratulations on a job well done!

Ines Buccimazza, President BIGOSA
2016 Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers
2016 Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers

It was the best meeting we have ever had with your achieving an 89% score, the highest since records began 13 years ago! ...it has put South Africa on the map as far as IAPCO is concerned.

Sarah Storie-Pugh, IAPCO
2nd World Seabird Conference
2nd World Seabird Conference

You became part of our team in delivering a seamless conference.

Marischal DeArmond - President, De Armond Conference Management
19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control
19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

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.

Ian Craig, President, IFAC
17th Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference
17th Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference

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
Actuarial Society of South Africa Annual Convention

I recommend them unreservedly.

Peter Doyle - President, Actuarial Society of South Africa (2010-2011)
International Congress of Actuaries 2010
International Congress of Actuaries 2010

The range of African Agenda's skills was displayed especially well in two areas: the tight control of the financial aspects of the event and the careful and considerate management of VIPs.

Desmond Smith - Chairman, ICA 2010 Organising Committee