You can only achieve the best by working with the best. This is why for the Social Media Conference Suriname 2018 we've gathered speakers from our country Suriname and abroad (United States and the Netherlands) that are the best at what they do.

Keynote Speakers

Jean-Luc-van-Charante

Jean-luc van Charante

Jean-luc is an Entrepreneur, Rotarian and Suriname Ambassador. As CEO of Ineffable NV, he focuses mainly on bringing Online Marketing and Social Media to a broader audience in Suriname and helping organizations to reach their target audience in a more relatable way. He is also a lecturer at the FHR School of Business and uses his brand JEANLUC.SR to motivate and encourage young people to develop their skills in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership and marketing.

Jennifer Radke

Jennifer Radke

Jennifer Radke is an international speaker, author, and strategic business leader with over 15 years of experience in sales and recruitment leadership. The real-world solutions she brings to the stage stem from her experience coaching, developing and training employees and have made her a highly sought-after speaker for businesses of all sizes. Before purchasing the National Institute for Social Media (NISM) in 2016, “the social CEO” was the owner and chief strategist at Socially Inspired, a social media training and consulting company that is still serving small and medium-sized businesses today. She has previously served on the board for Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN) and currently volunteers her time speaking about the professional uses of social media for those in job transition. She also keeps her social media skills fresh by acting as the Social Media Strategist for the Feed My Starving Children South Metro MobilePack in her hometown in southern Minnesota. Jennifer has an MS in Organizational Leadership in addition to being an NISM-certified Social Media Strategist (SMS) and instructor. She is also currently an Associate Professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota teaching Ethics in Social Media and the author of Stories from the Social Side: Advice from Marketing Professionals to Marketing Professionals.

Nadira Ramautarsing

Nadira Ramautarsing

Nadira Ramautarsing, 28, born and raised in Paramaribo, didn’t sit still in the 10 years she lived in the Netherlands. From the moment she left the beautiful Suriname to complete her studies in the Netherlands, she already knew that entrepreneurship was in her blood. Shortly after starting her studies she founded her first company together with her partner. After obtaining her Bachelor degree in International Business, she decided to get her Master in Marketing at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. At the time of the recession in the Netherlands, it was all but easy to run a textile printing company and also create brand awareness for the brand name Wulterkens. Especially during the crises where many entrepreneurs have fallen, Nadira succeeded in letting her companies grow and learning about the ups & downs of entrepreneurship in uncertain times. Nadira runs three successful companies in the retail sector, including her own store, conducts various national and international marketing consultancy projects and is a much sought-after influencer.

Marciano Lie A Young

Marciano Lie A Young

Marciano has over 11 years of experience in providing Organizational Leadership Development programs to organizations of all kinds. He has delivered training programs in 21 countries in South America & the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Marciano has an educational background in Organizational Leadership Development and Enterprise Management, is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt holder and a Certified Digital Marketing Professional. He is the channel partner for the Ken Blanchard Company in Suriname, and is trained & certified to conduct Situational Leadership, Servant Leadership, Legendary Customer service and Coaching programs.

Personal mission statement: "To live a life dedicated to becoming better by helping others to become better, while having and sharing fun."

Bastiaan Neukink

Bastiaan Neurink

Bastiaan has a passion for digital marketing. He currently works as a Senior Advisor Digital Marketing at ROC van Twente. One of the biggest educational institutions in secondary vocational education (MBO) in the Netherlands.

He finds himself in an amazing digital challenge. Connecting with the most digital minded generation (12 – 20 years old) in the world. Bastiaan works on selecting the best digital marketing strategy using the right technology and tooling to help young people find the education that suits them best, without being too intrusive. To build something this generation will love. Resulting in projects such as personalized communication, digital campaigns and marketing automation.

He started his career as social media manager at DailyDialogues, a digital agency with a social media DNA. He worked on creating social media strategies, campaigns and content for companies such as Blokker, Remia and Royal FloraHolland. He also lived in Suriname for almost three months coaching, developing and training social media editors. And had the pleasure to work with Surinam Airways, Assuria and Telesur on their social media activities. He continued his career at Green Orange. A digital marketing agency using data to help companies like Siemens and BP achieve their online goals. In his spare time he’s a speaker and blogger for Frankwatching.

Creators Track: How to Rock It with Video

Jill Chen Poun Joe

Jill Chen Poun Joe

Jill started off as a screenwriter with a major passion for cinematography. As she stepped into the world of filmmaking at the age of 18, she was introduced to Kenneth Gooswit, who taught her how to bring a script and idea to life through shots and editing. Going from there, she finally had the courage to pick up her own camera and CREATE. She attended workshops, both locally and internationally, to expand her knowledge and grew confident in the process of filmmaking. During her internship at the Torarica Group, she wanted to try something new (besides creating short films and dance video concepts) and made one promotional video. After that she hasn't stopped creating videos both within the Torarica Group, promoting the hotel group and events, and her own projects with dance and films.

Serge ‘Skitzo’ Dyon

Serge ‘Skitzo’ Dyon

Serge ‘Skitzo’ Dyon is currently a student at AHKCO and the Managing Director of the Facebook pages ‘Dit is het Nieuws’ which has 40.883 likes and ‘Tiendrop Reality’. ‘Dit is het Nieuws’ is a platform where he publishes comic and sometimes dramatic short movies, whereas on ‘Tiendrop Reality’ he only publishes dramatic stories. The content is assembled by ‘Team #Logisch’, which is the acting group of ‘Dit is het Nieuws’ led by Serge himself.  Writing is his passion and therefor it only makes sense that he writes his own scripts. Before making videos sketches, he used to make music. He chose to put that aside for a while since he saw little progress in that. With the popularity of his stories and videos continuously increasing he’s decided to use his music in his videos.

 

Robenson Louis

Robenson Louis

Robenson Louis also known as MrZonneman has been dominating in his field of work since 2008 when he first started. What first started as “Artiesten nieuws Suriname” where the focus was put on artists and their art quickly grew into something much bigger. Artiesten nieuws Suriname was used as a platform where art was promoted with interviews and videos. The movement quickly evolved into “MrZonneman Media” where the focus is expanded to the crowd because Robenson identified a need from the crowd. He is most known for shooting at Suriname‟s biggest events and doing their promotion regardless of the nature. Also for making after movies for events for various big names. He has also done and is still doing social media marketing for various events and companies.

Marketers Track: How to Own It on Social Media

Megan Lahé

Megan Lehé

With a Bachelor degree in International Business and Languages, Marketing was the next logical step for Megan. During internships in the Netherlands and Singapore, she had the opportunity to go more in depth in Social Media Marketing while taking the different cultures into account. She learned how to design in Photoshop, how to plan content for different channels and how to keep up with the current trends within the industry. Needless to say, her interest in the subject grew. When she came back to Suriname she knew that she wanted to stay in this area of business.

Currently, she's a marketing officer at CIC and one of her focus points is Social Media. She manages the Instagram and Facebook pages of the brands Ozon and SUN, writes newsletters and manages the corporate website. Her hobbies consists of writing and Social Media Marketing. She always tends to read up on the newest trends and practices in Social Media to see how she can implement them on a personal and professional level.

Andy Tanoesemito

Andy Tanoesemito

In 2016, Andy joined the Marketing & Public Relations Team of GODO.  As a Marketing officer Andy was responsible for the creative services such as Social Media Management, Graphic Design and campaign management. After a year into the organization, he contributed to the planning & strategy of the department. The experience he gained in that one year made him realize where his true value and purpose lie and that is “Branding”. The urge to be part of the community and develop a loyal customer base, gave Andy the tendency and the perseverance to pursue the vision of GODO as a brand.  The only Cooperative Bank in Suriname believes in helping people. Andy strives to develop the potential of those who have yet to believe it. That’s why he can communicate the core values of GODO as if they were his own. A true Brand Strategist by heart!

Rachel Kasketi

Rachel Kasketi

Rachel Kasketi is a Campaign Manager and Strategist, who traded in her background of Construction and Civil Engineering for a career in Creative Writing, Marketing and International Business. She is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of the Marketing Communication company “Ineffable NV”. Rachel also enjoys singing and the process of songwriting. Broadly oriented and easily able to shift perspectives in order to understand the needs of her clients. She lives by the the motto: “Life is about learning and continuously improving yourself”.

Gyanno van Kanten

Gyanno van Kanten

Gyanno grew up in Suriname, studied in the Netherlands and now lives in Curacao.

With a bachelor in International Business Administration and a master in Marketing Management owning / running his own business was always the plan. He’s currently the owner and Managing Director of EdgeUp Marketing, which focuses mainly on providing Marketing Consulting, Social Media Management & Training, Online Marketing and the recently added Aerial Media!

The multifaceted nature of marketing allows him to combine both creativity, in campaigns and content, with the effectiveness of strategy and advertising.

The fact that he personally loves / enjoys photography and videography is a useful added bonus!

Creators Track: How to be an Influencer

Nadira Ramautarsing

Nadira Ramautarsing

Nadira Ramautarsing, 28, born and raised in Paramaribo, didn’t sit still in the 10 years she lived in the Netherlands. From the moment she left the beautiful Suriname to complete her studies in the Netherlands, she already knew that entrepreneurship was in her blood. Shortly after starting her studies she founded her first company together with her partner. After obtaining her Bachelor degree in International Business, she decided to get her Master in Marketing at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. At the time of the recession in the Netherlands, it was all but easy to run a textile printing company and also create brand awareness for the brand name Wulterkens. Especially during the crises where many entrepreneurs have fallen, Nadira succeeded in letting her companies grow and learning about the ups & downs of entrepreneurship in uncertain times. Nadira runs three successful companies in the retail sector, including her own store, conducts various national and international marketing consultancy projects and is a much sought-after influencer.

Natasha Fong Poen MSc.

Natasha Fong Poen

After graduating from the University of Amsterdam with a Master of Science in Persuasive Communication, Natasha started working as Social Media Community Manager at HP Inc. As part of the Global Social Community Management team she was responsible for the Social Media Community Management in the Netherlands ranging from content management to monitoring and advertising, before being promoted to Marketing Manager at HP. Inspired during the last Social Media Conference in Suriname, she decided to pursue a career in Suriname and move back in March 2018. Helping the country move forward has always been a dream of hers and she intends to keep breaking barriers, innovate and inspire.

Vishant Poeran

Vishant Poeran

Vishant is a software engineer who started his career at Spang Makandra NV in 2007. Now he works as a software engineer at i-Frontier Software Solutions. He also likes to spend his time writing and giving motivational talks on topics like life, the strength of humans and love.

Enver Panka

Enver Panka

Enver Panka, born on July the 23th 1985 is known by many as a rapper, a musician, percussionist, fireman and a father of two. Enver has been a member of the afro cultural organisation NAKS for many years now. This is where he was introduced to his roots, its music, the culture. He developed his own sound in drums and vocals. In 1999 Enver decided to start writing texts which he turned into songs. Most of the songs are still very popular in Suriname and abroad.
His wish is to have a positive influence on the youth. His motto is 'success is the answer to hard work and dedication'.

Marketers Track: Looking Beyond Facebook

Jill-Joy Landburg

Jill-Joy Landburg

Jill-Joy is a “foodie”, who loves to travel and experience different cultures. She is an Executive Director at Creative Communications & Marketing NV (CCMnv). Jill began her career with the Agency just over a decade ago, where she worked her way from the position of receptionist to the position she now occupies. In this latter sphere of her career development, she successfully launched Victuals Magazine and Victuals Blog, two popular illustrative products, which represent her passion in her own unique way and, through which, she introduced herself to the local and international food industry. Building on her growing reputation, Jill launched her blog, Victuals.me, which was rebranded in 2017 to extend its reach worldwide.

As her career paths crisscrossed, she found it necessary, desirable and, in many ways, enjoyable, to plunge into the world of information and communications technology. It was here that she developed her creative and computer skills, by editing press and print artwork, TV commercials and short films, radio commercials, voice overs, and more. Along the way, she discovered the benefits of Social Media and began to use it as a tool to consolidate her presence and further promote her brand.

Mila Bahadoersing

Mila Bahadoersing

Mila Bahadoersing is an International Business Cross Cultural entrepreneur with a HR background. She is one of the founders of “Ondernemershuis Paramaribo”, an incubator that promotes entrepreneurship and innovative entrepreneurship with a co working space, the OndernemersNest program and OndernemersCafe. With a company in the Netherlands and the “Ondernemershuis Paramaribo” in Suriname, she has found the perfect balance to be able to do what she likes. She often organizes trade missions and joint exhibition participation for entrepreneurs from the Netherland and Suriname. She thinks that LinkedIn is a handy entrepreneurial tool that more entrepreneurs in Suriname should use to generate business and to reach their market anywhere in the world with super low costs.

Ayida Slooten

Ayida Slooten

Ayida graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master’s degree in Communication/ Science. 5 years ago, she started working at the Fernandes Bottling Company as a Senior Public Affairs & Communications Officer, responsible for corporate communications and corporate social responsibility. Recently she’s been promoted to the new position of Brand & Communications Manager, entrusted with further developing and executing a strategic approach to consumer engagement; making sure consumers in every target group are reached with the right message.

Nerissa Goedhart

Nerissa Goedhart

Nerissa Goedhart was born in the Netherlands and moved to Suriname at the age of 19. After studying one year of International Business and Management in the Netherlands, she knew she had a passion for Marketing. During her Marketing study she worked for Digicel in Sales and as a Content Manager. For a short period she was also part of the Marketing Department and was responsible for Social Media, in-store marketing and campaigns.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Economy she is now the Marketing Manager at McDonald’s Suriname. A brand known all over the world for their famous Arches and golden fries. Social Media plays a big part in this role and she has a strong believe in its power. Experimenting with it, is something she finds joy in. Planning campaigns and events is, besides Social Media, another major part of her role where her creativity can flourish.
Sirano Zalman

Sirano Zalman

Sirano Toscanni Zalman 6 June 1961, was raised in Paramaribo and moved to Tilburg, Netherlands in 1983 to pursue art. After various exhibitions in 1993 he moved back to Suriname and became a teacher at the AHCO; produced artworks and established his own tour company Access Suriname Travel. In 1999 he starting doing  intensive promotion work for Suriname in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the Antilles and was able to place Suriname on the Dutch tourist map. At the end of 2013, he took Danpaati River Lodge over and turned it into a successful ‘Saamaka’ resort in the Amazon jungle. In 2016 he acquired Frederiksdorp and are also turning Frederiksdorp into a successful lodge with an extensive eco concept.

Creators Track: How to Monetize your Personal Brand

Helio Phoeli

Helio Phoeli

Helio Phoeli is a photographer that succeeded in turning his name into his brand. He is one of the most sought after photographers in both Suriname and the region. When he’s not busy doing wedding photoshoots or photoshoots for models during Fashion Week, you’ll catch him carrying out assignments for companies. What really makes Helio stand out is that he always uses unique elements in his photos. He likes everything that's hard to find. From plants to very daring photoshoots. He wants people to keep wondering where those photos were made or how he executed the task.

Kevin Amain

Kevin Amain

Kevin Amain who is also known as Chocolate King is a fitness model and social media influencer. He has over 109.000 followers on Instagram and his posts have gone viral on multiple occasion. Besides Suriname, his posts on social media also reaches international borders such as The Netherlands, The United States of America, France, Brazil, The Caribbean and more. In 2015 Kevin became the winner of the 1st Mister Six-pack Suriname and not too long after that he won the Mister Facebook Suriname pageant. It’s safe to say that Kevin is a very busy bee that keeps on finding ways to improve himself and his personal brand: Chocolate King.

Âdïka

Âdïka

Âdïka's musical story began at the age of eleven, when she entered a singing competition and finished third place. With her fascinating rap and singing vocals combined with dance moves, she brought a new dancehall movement to the entertainment scene. Her first song called “accurate” which went number one on the best radio stations in Suriname in 2013 is the living proof. Shortly after the release of her song she was nominated for the Sranan pokoe Award as best newcomer and won. Having various hits like; MUSIC TOONUP, LMLY, WORK FOR IT, RUFF GYALL and others took her from a normal teenager to being a huge inspiration to both kids and adults. As a singer/songwriter, dancer, performer Âdïka is a creative individual who has captivated and astonished many fans from Suriname, The Netherlands, UK and America.

She is currently signed to the Dutch record label Top Notch landing her collaborations with some of the best producers from The Netherlands and Germany. She also worked with the producer Diztortion from England and is now working on her international music career.

Tanielle Seauw

Tanielle Seauw

Tanielle Seauw is a makeup artist and social media influencer operating under the handle @Taniellemua. You may remember her from a picture that circulated the web and went viral. Generating over 93.000 Likes and 3.000 comments. It was this occurrence that sparked up her influencer status on Instagram, boosting her already 6k following to 23.1k.
Tanielle has been a makeup artist for 7 years which started off as a creative outlet for herself. It was the artistic value of makeup that she loved and allowed her to express herself in numerous ways.
Her services range from bridal to editorials to fx makeup. When applying her makeup on others, her goal is to ”enhance the beauty that’s already there”.

Marketeers Track: Social Media & E-Commerce

Priya Soekhai-Mohan

Priya Soekhai-Mohan

Priya  graduated with a BSc. in Mineral Production at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.

She is the owner of Dressticious, an online shopping store which she started from home in 2012. Since then this online shopping store has become one of the leading companies when it comes to online shopping from Suriname to the USA, Europe, China and India.

Dressticious, uses Facebook as a platform to offer its customers products and services. The page itself has 96K likes.

Raoul Brahim

Raoul Brahim

In 1994 Raoul Brahim went to the Netherlands to study Business Economics but after the first year he switched his course of study to Business IT. During his time in the Netherlands he founded two internet companies with friends and worked for companies like Bit-IC and CAP GEMINI. In 2003 Raoul returned to Suriname and started working at Telesur as an external software engineer, building  the Telesur’ website and TROI (Telesur Accounts on the Internet). Together with others, he first set up Gabit Solutions, which in 2006 changed to Your Solutions. In these companies Raoul worked as the Managing Director and Senior Software Developer. In 2014, it was decided in good agreement to stop Your Solutions and thus Adept was born. At Adept Raoul fulfills the role of Managing Director.

Sergio Emanuels

Sergio Emanuels

Sergio, 38, has always worked in the commercial sector. He worked 8 years at Digicel Suriname NV at the sales & marketing department. One of his first tasks entailed business sales, selling BlackBerry’s to corporate heads when the device was still unknown. While he experienced the rise and fall of BlackBerry, the sales of smartphones only grew. With the introduction of mobile data, social media spread even faster. Later he supervised all branding activities and also responsible for social media within the company. His knowledge and experience of social media was even further broadened through international marketing workshops within the multinational company.

In 2015 Sergio started at Fernandes Bakery, first responsible for the Snacks department, introducing new snacks, tap into international markets (Curacao & Guadeloupe) and utilizing our Snackman through marketing engagement; 2 ½ year later he joined the marketing department and is currently responsible for new projects within the company.

Sergio enjoys keeping an eye on the latest world technology trends, tools and economics tied to it.

Shake Up Session

Marvin Pollack

Marvin Pollack

Marvin Pollack started his career as an administrative assistant at Kersten Bakery. His dedication to delivering great results were drivers to his growth and soon he worked his way up to become a marketing assistant. In his second job, Marvin started as a marketing assistant at HEM Suriname, where he quickly rose to the position of Sales Manager; a job in which he guided the HEM Suriname sales force to big successes. Marvin continued his professional career as the Area Manager responsible for marketing and sales at Suriname Alcoholic Beverages (SAB) NV, where he worked for 8 years. After Marvin left SAB NV, he founded his own firm, ATCON (All bright Training & Consultancy N.V.) and became a Partner at GET!T. Today Marvin is a renowned speaker, educator, counselor, coach, and trainer. His latest seminar Be Your Own Hero and his most recent startup called Impact Coaching have risen him to National Prominence.

MC Creators Track

Cleon Juriaans

Pres Juriaantje

Cleon Juriaans, known as Pres Juriaantje, started his career as a stand-up comedian in December 2012 . In 2015, he made his debut on the big stage in the program "Tjar A Lobi" by Roué Verveer in Suriname. In December 2017 he performed at the Comedy XL show and in February 2018 he did his first solo show.

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