Our Country Chairs are influential media arts and communication professionals leading their Country Club, taking the mission forward into deep interiors, and into the hearts and minds of every woman and ALL within their communities.
South Africa Country Chair
Mayuri Naidu is a South African actress trained in film, television, theatre, and voice. She is a familiar face in the Durban theatre scene and has done numerous television dramas, including Muvhango, High Rollers, Broken Vows, and currently, Generations. She has also dubbed hundreds of Spanish telenovelas over the years. She is best known for her starring role as Dhananjay "Dhanny" Rangila in the SABC3 telenovela High Rollers.
Mayuri is trained in contemporary, modern, hip hop and Latin America Dance and has a keen ear for languages. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Africa (Unisa) and currently studying animal welfare through Unisa. She has a strong interest in educating people about domestic animal care and changing legislation to protect animals as much as possible.
Natalie Fort is a multiple award-winning Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor and Television Host based in Ghana, West Africa.
She serves as Patron of the Ghana Philanthropy Forum, a Board Member supporting Grant & Partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (Ghana), and Advisory Board Member of the World Sustainability Organisation.
Beginning her career in Broadcasting with TV3 Network of the Media General Group, Natalie quickly grew to become the network’s youngest and most sought after news anchors, presenting its prime-time bulletin - News 360 every weekday. Natalie’s success in media begun in her work anchoring the weekday news.
Mi Elfverson is a Producer, Videographer, Photographer, Business Vlog Expert and founder of "The Vlog Academy" supporting thousands of people to communicate better on video, get more confident in front of the camera and connect on a deeper level with a larger audience. She is a creative portrait, brand, fashion and travel photographer.
Educated at Stockholm Film School, New York Film Academy and New York University, Mi has 25 years of experience in high-end international film and video production. From Stockholm to LA, New York to London, Mi has worked as a production manager and casting director with global brands and renowned Hollywood films, ranging from Kellogg's adverts to James Bond films. Mi launched The Vlog Academy to share her expertise with business owners and organisations, helping them to increase their online visibility and communicate with confidence via video.
Hon. Karishma Pelham-Raad is the CEO of HRH Charity Foundation, HRH Entertainment, a Multi Award-Winning Humanitarian & Radio/ TV Personality.
She is a member of Congress for Democratic Change Political party (CDC) - A Young Politician, Youth Leader, Philanthropist, Actress and Brand Influencer.
Currently, she is the Brand Ambassador for 3 different brands “Aqualife Mineral water, SEGAL Liberia & NICOM LIB, she’s an Entrepreneur, Child Advocate, and Network Engineer. She is an Ex-employee of MTN Liberia with 12 years of working experience in the Telecommunications Industry. She’s also involved in Event Planning & Promotion in the Liberian Entertainment industry.
Remi Ibinola has fourteen years in Nollywood as a prolific screenwriter, producer, and film director. She is the quintessential artist.
Remi has a library of highly rated movies on the Irokotv.com app with her movies shown on ROK Channel on DSTV, the foremost provider of Nollywood Film content. As a writer, Remi's work experience range from television series for clients like MTV Shuga, BBC, Ford Foundation, ROK Studios, Royal Roots, IBST etc to directing and producing films and children’s shows.
A tried and tested hand in the Nigerian Movie Industry - She was awarded "Director of the Year" at the 2019 Nigerian Women Achievers Award.
Aalia Lanius is a multiple award-winning Novelist, Media Executive and producer, seasoned businesswoman, and recently debuted filmmaker based in Los Angeles.
As Founder and President of UNSUGARCOATED Media, a 501c3 media production enterprise, Lanius uses her creative skills to mentor and facilitate media and live events that empower survivors of trauma—largely through storytelling.
Nominated for “Mother of the Year 2019” for American Mothers, Lanius shares her heart wrenching, yet inspirational personal story in an effort to remind others of their own resilience. Featured in interviews around the globe, Lanius takes the representation of underdogs to another level as the media industry comes to appreciate her message.
Swapna Abraham is a multiple world record holder, singer-songwriter, actor, author, interior designer, mentor, and marketing and branding enthusiast with her roots and formation in India and prime experience in the UAE. She is a multiple world record holder and award winner.
Swapna has authored and produced 21 musical albums and performed extensively on the international gospel music platform. Holding 4 world records in singing and songwriting with the Golden Book of World Records, her book entailing the journey and lessons through the 1000-day world record journey is soon to be published.
A mentor in singing and songwriting, Swapna championed the first branded karaoke cafe “Kafeoke” in India with a school for singing and songwriting and a recording studio. She is also known for her acting performances as Donna in the Mamma Mia musical directed by the late Mithran Devanesan, and Meenakshi in the Tamil feature film Nadunissi Naaygal directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon.
Lisa Burke is an experienced broadcaster having spent the bulk of her career presenting live television with Sky News, plus BBC, Channel 4, Fox News, many other Sky channels, RTE (Ireland) and RTL (Luxembourg). Her reporting has covered national and international assignments, documentaries and radio.
In Luxembourg, Lisa created RTL Today which has now become the biggest English news platform in the country. Now, she hosts and produces a weekly radio show and podcast: 'The Lisa Burke Show'.
Lisa is in high demand as a host and moderator, covering TED talks, all Luxembourg Space Agency work, finance, health, entrepreneurship, tech, science, European Institution events and many more. She is a public speaking coach, and launched the first Presenting & Debating Society at the University of LUxembourg. Additionally, Lisa is a sought-after voice-over artist, a trained classical singer and pianist. Whilst living in Abu Dhabi for two years, Lisa wrote for The National newspaper.
Machérie EKWA BAHANGO is a Congolese writer and director passionate about cinema. Machérie is self-taught. Maki'la is her first film as a director. Machérie was invited to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in 2017 as a young talent invited to a round table organized by the OIF and the French Institute.
In December 2017, Machérie was selected for the Berlinale Talents 2018 program but was unable to participate because Maki'la was selected the same year at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival in the Forum section.
Her film Maki'la has made about twenty festivals around the world and has won several awards such as the JCC Jury Prize and the Golden Screen at the Festival Écrans Noirs in Yaoundé. Machérie participated in the film Félicité by Alain Gomis. She was in charge of translating the script into Lingala..
Jannette Riffo M. is a Media Specialist, Journalist and Editor born in Chile and lives in Argentina. She is the owner of Agencia Milla Turismo S.p.A. and founder of "Tu Revista Emprendedora", a trilingual digital magazine and the first media in Latin America that connects entrepreneurs and professionals, establishing entrepreneurial journalism. She leads a team whose essence is based on the contribution of supportive and collaborative women. Her journey as a journalist and digital press at APEC in Chile started in 2007-2008, when she created the CCTV program "Mundo Emprendedor" in the city of Venado Tuerto and later created a radio program on Radio Nacional de Rosario called "Mujer Siglo XXI”.
Specialized in communication, she is also the Author of the workshops "Let's sell", "From Doing to Being", "The Entrepreneurial Footprint" and "What Do You Want to Communicate?
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