Odette van der Haar
Odette van der Haar was already revealed as one of the main judges when the call to entry was launched during early July.
Recognised as The Most Powerful Women in SA Digital Marketing in 2016, Odette is the CEO of advertising agency J Walter Thompson Johannesburg, and the former CEO of South Africa’s Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA). Her celebrated tenure saw the official body raise more than 80 bursaries for the students of the AAA School of Advertising, and the development of the APEX Awards into a significant brand with enormous equity.
Odette’s wealth of knowledge and experience, positions her perfectly to be a judge of a reality series of this nature.
Sylvester Chauke certainly knows a thing or two about brand building. He is The All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year 2017 and a multi-award winning entrepreneur and founder of 2018 Agency of the Year, DNA Brand Architects; a marketing and brand consultancy that works with some of the most revered brands on the continent.
Sylvester is one of 22 young leaders from around the world to sit as the Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum Global Shapers and selected to the Harambe Entrepreneurs Alliance in 2018.
He intends sharing his insights while judging the efforts of the contestants with a view to shaping the influencers of the future.
Nandi Madida (née Mngoma) is a well known and celebrated media personality, singer, actress and fashion designer. She landed her very first television presenting gig at age 15 when she hosted the SABC2 pre-teen entertainment show Bling in 2004. Since then her television career has grown to co-hosting the BET entertainment magazine show BET A-List, covering red carpet events and interviewing A-Listers from home and abroad.
As a singer, Nandi has been featured as a vocalist on the chart topping hit single “Tonight” by DJ Franky in 2011. Later she signed with Universal Music and released her self-titled debut album “NANDI”. Her song with KO “Skhanda Love” was nominated for Record of The Year at the 2016 South African Music Awards.
Nandi, who is married to musician Zakes Bantwini, has her own fashion label Colour, is the face of many brands and has 1.7 million followers on Instagram.