OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Founder and Organizer
Kbey Business Services
Founder and General Director of Kbey Business Services, Karine Barclais has been working for many years in the global event industry. Namely, she has been the Promotion Director for France and french speaking countries for prestigious events.
Karine holds a post-graduate degree in International Business (Toulouse University, France), a Diploma in Economics and English Studies (Portsmouth Polytechnic, England). Karine also studied entrepreneurship at HEC. What drives this polyglot (she speaks 5 languages) is to open new opportunities for companies, governments and institutions who would feel shy to go on their own on the global markets.
Pavillon Afriques at Cannes Film Festival is the latest initiative launched by Kbey Business Services to give more visibility to african talents on the global scene and allow the continent to take a better
share of the multi-billon dollars film industry.
Jon is an investor and the founder of Southbox Entertainment, a film fund.
Jon spent the past fifteen years in the tech industry building companies to acquisition. Previously, with Warner Music he lead the build of a platform that provided artists like Camila Cabello, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Shakira, Rihanna, Jay-Z access to new economies based on the sale of data (instead of streaming royalties).
Inspired by that success, his new company Dataca.sh offers an entirely new way for studios, film creators, and stars to receive compensation for their work through the monetization of the audience data they attract.
Prior to his work in tech and film, Jon lived in East Africa where he worked on crisis response, humanitarian relief and counter-terrorism. This period of his life will be explored in a forthcoming memoir published by HarperCollins. He is an alumni of Savannah College of Art and Design.
Alberto Marzan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VumaTV (vuma = all together in Zulu), the only streaming network focused on bridging the gap in media for global multicultural audiences and consumers of color. Alberto has worked in the media, marketing, technology, and geopolitical space in more than 50 countries as a corporate turnaround chief executive and entrepreneur.
Throughout his 20-year career, Alberto has brought consummate leadership to numerous roles, including CEO of the International Children’s Heart Foundation which operates on children with congenital heart disease in more than 40 countries, Founder and CEO of Dominican Gold Coffee, in which he took the business international, designed a global supply chain, and established a North American distribution warehouse and CEO of Inspiring Champions, an educational and business management company focused on empowering salon and spa owners to become better business leaders. While leading Inspiring Champions, Alberto revived the company and helped it expand into Canada, establishing powerful partnerships with some of the country’s largest spas.
Forbes Magazine recognized Alberto as one of the nation’s outstanding business leaders, and he received Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award—its youngest ever recipient. Alberto has a passion for empowering entrepreneurs.
Today, Alberto is launching VumaTV as a global network where talent from diverse backgrounds can find representation both in front of and behind the camera can thrive in vuma.
Uganda Communications Commission
Mr Mutabazi is the Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) - the Communications sector regulatory authority with oversight of broadcasting, Film, postal, data communications and telecommunications services in Uganda.
Mr Mutabazi has been at the helm of the transitioning and transformation of the communications sector in Uganda since 2010 giving birth to a converged communications regulator. He has championed the promotion and development of the Uganda Film industry and stimulated its growth through initiatives that promote Uganda local content, effective broadcasting and content regulation, and capacity building.
The Uganda Film Festival now in its Seventh-year is the brainchild of Mr Mutabazi, a platform that has transformed the Uganda local film industry. He continues to play an active role to enable the industry to achieve full economic potential.
Tsitsi studied at the German Film & Television Academy Berlin. With credits on many Zimbabwe feature film classics such as NERIA (story writer, 1993) and EVERYONE’S CHILD (writer, director, 1996), her works comprise feature films, documentaries and short films, including the award-winning musical KARE KARE ZVAKO (MOTHER’S DAY 2005) which was a finalist at Sundance Film Festival.
She has served in the Grand Jury of some of Africa's most renowned film festivals. She lives and works in Harare building capacity locally and amongst African women filmmakers and working on a slate of six films that are in various stages of development.
African Women Filmmakers' Hub
Managing Director at FilmOne Entertainment
and Director of Filmhouse Cinemas
Moses Babatope has over 17 years’ experience in Cinema Operations Management, Production and Film Distribution gained from several territories across the world including the UK, US and Africa. Moses started his career at Odeon-UCI in the UK. He is currently the Managing Director of FilmOne Entertainment and Director of Filmhouse Cinemas.
FilmOne is the largest studio-styled distributor in the region and responsible for the successful Hollywood hits such as Logan, Hitman’s Bodyguard, Ocean’s 8, The Nun and Aquaman. As the largest producer and distributor of Nollywood films, he released Chief Daddy, King of Boys, Merry Men and Nigeria’s highest grossing film ever The Wedding Party, and its sequel The Wedding Party 2.
Moses manages a 21-person team who together oversee the theatrical distribution interests of Hollywood Studios Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Nollywood and films from Times Media (Lionsgate and STX) in English Speaking West Africa. Moses also oversaw the aggregation arrangement that delivered the highest batch of Nollywood films to the world’s largest internet TV platform Netflix.
Moses has also released many Nollywood films in the UK market including The Wedding Party 2 which became the highest grossing Nollywood film in UK cinemas making its entry on the UK top 10 box office chart in just 10 cinemas in 2017.
Moses has an MSc degree in International Finance from Middlesex University Business School London. He, along with Kene Okwuosa, was the recipient of the 2018 Harvard Leadership Award for Entrepreneurship.
He was also honoured at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas with the Emerging Market Award.