Vincent Raffray is an award-winning Creative Director and entrepreneur experienced in building and sustaining communication agencies.
He co-founded Tonic International in 2004 and the agency network is represented in the Middle East, Asia and Africa with clients like Audi, PZ Cussons, Sony and DP World. His interest in new endeavors brought him to Cape Town to set up Tonic Africa, a boutique agency specializing in media neutral solutions for the African market.
Today, Vincent heads up Future Collective and is responsible for delivering strategic creative ideas across all media channels. Under Vincent’s leadership, the company continues to expand it’s client list across South Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Relevance, Authenticity and Awareness are the underlying principles behind the Forever Brand Philosophy. Without these, a brand will simply exist.
Over the years, Future Collective has developed strategic relationships with some of South Africa’s best independent creatives including Brand Specialists, Graphic Designers, Art Directors, Copywriters, Web Developers, Illustrators, Photographers and Production companies. In some cases we even helped build some of these businesses. Below is a list of just a few of our wonderful partners and links to their work.
It takes diverse skills, personalities and perspectives to do the job right. Future Collective is powered by a rich database of experts. With each project, we will assemble the finest talents available to best achieve your desired objectives. This unique collaboration lends itself well to a thriving creative culture and passes on the benefits of low fixed-overheads to our clients.
Chris Staines has a BSc in Business Economics & Accounting from Southampton University, and trained as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) in the UK with Deloitte Haskins & Sells qualifying in 1986. After a period as Deloitte’s Internal Lecturer, Chris then moved on to specialise in International Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance.
Chris started Deloitte’s Australian M&A practise in 1988, and was appointed Head of M&A Europe for Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte in 1989. Chris was Finance Director of Initial Film &TV from 1990 to 1992, sold this company to the Guardian Newspaper, before becoming Director of M&A for BDO Stoy Hayward in London in 1993.
Chris formed Freeplay Energy Group PLC in 1995, the company responsible for the world famous Wind-up Radio. With factories opened by Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki endorsements from US Vice President Al Gore and British PM, John Major, Freeplay proved to be one of the biggest success stories of the 1990’s. Freeplay won the BBC Design Awards in 1995, and was Western Cape Exporter of the year in 1998. Chris’ story was made into a BBC QED documentary in 1996, and he was voted one of the World’s top ten entrepreneurs by Business Week Magazine in 1999. Chris raised over $50m to develop Freeplay, building this to have international turnover of over R400m by 2001.
Chris remained in South Africa when the company relocated its Head Office to London. Freeplay listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2005 with a market capitalisation of £25m. He is also author of two books; How to Value and Negotiate the Sale of a Business, now in its third edition, and A License to Print Money – an Investors’ and Inventors’ Guide.
Chris is now Head of Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton in Cape Town, and specialises in Start-ups, Business Strategy, Business Planning, Capital Raising, Corporate Structuring, Financial Modelling, and all aspects of M&A. Chris is also currently Interim CFO at Clickatell, the world’s largest SMS Gateway.
Dr Iraj Abedian is the founder and CEO of Pan-African Capital Holdings. He obtained his BA Honours and MA in Economics from University of Cape Town (UCT) and received his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada.
He has served as a consultant on economic policy issues to public and private sector organisations in South Africa, as well as internationally. His involvement in the development of economic policy in South Africa includes: The Transformation of the Development Bank of Southern Africa; The RDP White Paper; Growth, Employment and Redistribution, Medium Term Expenditure Framework; the Presidential Review Commission; membership of the President’s Economic Advisory Panel (2005 to 2009) and Economic Advisor to Minister of Mineral Resources (South African Government) (2010-2012).
Dr Abedian was awarded, in 2003, the title of Top Economist of the Year by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals. Professor Iraj Abedian further serves the following organisations and companies:
Chairman of the Board: Bigen Africa (Pty) Ltd (April 2009 to date)
Member of the Board of Directors of Munich Re of Africa (2005 to date)
Chairman of Board of Capital Fund Ltd (May 2011 to date)
Member of the Advisory Board of the Auditor General of the SA Government (2006 to date)
Visiting professor at School of Business, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, SA.
Jon started his professional life in law, first as a litigation attorney and then, as a property and lease specialist, corporate legal advisor. Leaving legal life behind in 2001, he took up large landlord management positions, first as a regional property manager with retail emphasis and then as an asset manager for Retail Africa.
More recently, he spent a definitive five years as Group Head of Property of the Clicks Group, responsible for the roll out of new business for the group. This period under his stewardship was the most successful expansion in the group’s history.
Jon also practices as a retail and property consultant, where he has a particular passion for the independent retailer and an open honest discourse. He is an expert in a broad aspect of all matters legal, retail and property. In particular, he is a trained, yet unconventional and adaptable, professional with a proven track record at the highest level in negotiation, technical lease interpretation and drafting and geographic and demographic analysis and strategy.
Today, Jon is a shareholder and Director of LUSH, South Africa. LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is a market leading and award winning cosmetics retailer with over 1000 stores in more than 50 countries around the world.
Martin grew up in Leipzig, Eastern Germany. He studied International Management with focus on Finance and Marketing at Bradford’s Management Center and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from London’s City University.
His career started with a stint at Daimler Chrysler’s research and development division, before moving over to Adidas, where he held various positions at Adidas Germany, Europe and Global Marketing. In 2001, Martin moved to the United Arab Emirates where he worked as Business Development Manager for the BBDO and in 2004, he co-founded Flip Media.
In December 2006, HSBC Private Equity Middle East Ltd. acquired a significant equity stake in Flip Holding Ltd. And in January 2012, Flip Holding was sold to Paris based Publicis Groupe (PUB.PA), the third largest communications group in the world, and folded into Leo Burnett Worldwide.
Martin has a great passion for everything digital, entrepreneurial business ideas and technical gadgets and spends his days between South Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Allan Maritz is well known in the clothing industry for his innovation, style and retail and consumer expertise. He started his career in the 80’s at Rex Trueform and launched the international brand Lanvin into the South African market. Edgar’s then approached him to develop and grow their men’s fashion and executive wear from their head office in Johannesburg. Allan received coveted awards such as The Chairman’s Citation for his design and launch of the brand Route 66 and The Fair Lady Award for his contribution to men’s fashion in South Africa.
Allan’s next challenge was to start his own business called USA, which specialised in clothing for the black consumer. In 1992 he moved back to his hometown, Cape Town to join Woolworths as the menswear design consultant. His main role was interpreting global trends for the local consumer. He was also extensively involved in cross group synergy between menswear, ladies wear, children swear, accessories and home ware, enabling all stores to market a cohesive Woolworths statement. He also worked directly with Marks and Spencer and Brooks Brothers to achieve this.
In 2000, after 8 years at Woolworths Allan moved on to work independently as an international and local consultant. He was contracted by S.A Rugby to consult and develop the on and off field clothing for the players and management. He was instrumental in the development of technical performance kit and supporter wear under the Nike and Canterbury brands. Allan’s tenure was highlighted when the Springboks won the World Cup in 2007.
In his consulting career, Allan has also worked with brands such as New Balance, Levi’s, Guess, Woolworths and their suppliers. He currently runs a bespoke clothing business supplying local and international customers. Allan remains passionate in sharing his knowledge and expertise.
Brad’s roots are firmly grounded in Fine Arts. His fascination with people and how they interact within different environments lead him to perfect his skills in 2d and 3d visual communication.
In 1992, interior architecture and space planning became his preferred vehicle to create inspiring office and play areas that would positively stimulate the user experience. A few years later, Brad founded Premier Design Studio that specialized in design and space planning of office environments. His creations have had a direct impact on work culture, communication amongst staff, increase in productivity and an overall increase in the morale of the business.
Brad’s experience includes the TBWA Hunt Lascaris offices, the Discovery head office, the MTN head office and DTI head office to name but a few. Brad is also a certified NLP specialist, which bodes well in helping him understand the needs of his clients and people in general.
Helen Nicholson has been called “The Networking Queen” by many of her clients. She is the director of The Networking Company, specialising in teaching people to Master the art of networking. She has recently published the business best seller: “Networking- How to get your black belt in business success”
Helen lived in the Middle East for five years where she developed and sold her own successful business in Dubai before returning to South Africa. She also gained international corporate experience in the IT industry, co-ordinating the marketing Middle East operation for Novell.
On her return to SA, Helen consulted and lectured at Wits Business School and she also writes a bi-monthly column in the Star Newspaper on the power of Networking.
Helen is a passionate South African and thrives on the meaningful work she does as a consultant in the area of leadership development. Her clients include Standard Bank, Citadel, Investec, Ernst & Young, RMB & Old Mutual. Helen is a mentor at Shanduka Black Umbrellas for aspiring young businesspeople and is a founding member of the Professional Speakers Association of South Africa.
Lola Lazarus has her CPRP, APR and BA Honours Degree in Communication Science and in excess of 25 years in the industry. After achieving her National Diploma in public relations Lola completed her practical training at a leading international PR Consultancy. She assisted in the founding of a top Johannesburg based Consultancy and went on to launch Bullion PR and Communication in 1996, after which, she was invited to by the North-West University to do her Honours and Masters degree.
Lola is a member of the following organisations:
Investment Analyst Society of South Africa, (IASSA), Public Relations Institute of South Africa, (PRISA) and the Public Relations Consultants Chapter, (PRCC).