OUR ADVISORY BOARD

​​Themba Bhebhe

South Africa / Germany

 

After working for almost a decade in international film sales, Themba has been in charge of Diversity & Inclusion at the last two editions of the European Film Market (Berlinale).  Themba is also one of the founding members of the Programmers of Colour Collective (POC2) that aims at creating a conversation around and working towards a more diverse and inclusive programming pool at international film festivals through research, awareness events, networking, profile raising, mentoring and shadowing.  Themba has shown incredible support for the Ladima Foundation throughout his extensive work and travels to film events and festivals around the world.

​​Nse Ikpe - Etim 

Nigeria 

Nse is a multi-award-winning actress from Nigeria. A recipient of the IARA Awards in the UK, the AMVCAs as well as nominations for several other awards both local and international, she has served as juror on international organizations such as the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (CTIFMF), etc.

Nse is a veteran who is well known as one of the most influential personalities on the African creative scene. Known for her humanitarian and mentoring efforts, Nse is a TEDx speaker, and she recently received an award from the Cyprus International University in recognition of her contribution to youth development.

​​Monica Rorvik

South Africa

As Head of Film and Media Promotion at Wesgro, Monica’s mission is to inspire. She travels the globe representing Cape Town and the Western Cape. She has worked in the film industry in South Africa for many years, always with a strong focus on promotion, development, and collaboration. Monica is well known and respected around the world as she works tirelessly promoting the film industry of the Western Cape. A consummate networker, Monica has already added significant value as an ally of the Ladima Foundation and will continue to do so as a member of the Advisory Board.

Elias Ribeiro

South Africa

Elias Ribeiro is a Brazilian born film producer who is been based in South Africa where he founded Urucu Media. In 2017 he had two of his films in the running for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, representing South Africa and Mozambique. He is the founder of Realness, a Pan African Screenwriters Residency, Creative Producer Indaba and most recently Realness Institute. Lately he has enjoyed being a jury member for film funds such as Hubert Bals, mentoring producers in labs in Locarno, Addis Ababa, Kampala and offering consultancy services to different production companies and film related businesses on International co-productions and distribution.

​​Debra Zimmerman

USA

 

Debra is the Executive Director of Women Make Movies based in New York City. She has worked for many years to support women in the film industry, not just in the USA, but around the world.  She is the recipient of New York Women in Film and Television’s Loreen Arbus Award and the Hot Doc’s Doc Mogul Award, given to those who “over the course of their career has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both in his or her country or abroad.”

Biola Alabi​​

Nigeria

Biola is an award-winning filmmaker, entrepreneur, investor, public speaker, and television anchor she heads the Biola Alabi Media, a fast growing media company dedicated to telling authentic African stories to the world. She is the Executive Producer of the films: Lara and the Beat, Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G), and Nigeria’s no.1 food travel documentary-series “Bukas and Joints” currently airing across Africa and in the UK. 

She is also the founder of “Grooming for Greatness” a leadership development and mentorship program for a new generation for African leaders. For over five years, Biola held the high-profile position of Managing Director for M-Net Africa and prior to this, she was part of the executive team at the influential children’s television brand Sesame Street.

Charlotte Giese 

Denmark

Charlotte is a Senior Advisor at Danish Film Institute and also works as Strategic Consultant for organisations i.e. in Middle East and Africa. She is passionately committed to the development of the film industry across the world. As a leader, who is concerned about the synergy between growth and development & between commercial and non-commercial areas, her vision is to strengthen the next generation through talent development, media literacy, cinema culture and production of high quality artistic and engaging content.

Catherine Gitahi

Kenya

Catherine is an integrated marketing communication specialist with a background in journalism & community work and a bias towards implementing issue campaigns and advocacy with many years of experience in East Africa. She is currently the Corporate Affairs Manager at the Kenya Film Commission where she plays a pivotal role in supporting the Kenyan film industry. Progressively, she has executed advocacy and development work while establishing a background in grant management. Catherine brings a wealth of experience and her strong East African network to her role on the Advisory Board.

Bikiya Graham-Douglas

Nigeria

 

Bikiya is an award-winning actress, singer and producer who is committed to telling stories through different art mediums, stage, film, and radio. Bikiya is a winner of Winner Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards and a Nominee in the Nigeria Entertainment Awards and the Nominee Nollywood Movie Awards. She is also  the founder and CEO of Beeta Productions and the Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, both of which work to produce and support quality Nigerian productions. Bikiya has also served as International Jury member at FESPACO and as a Trainer /Resource Person at The  Zanzibar International Film Festival and is also a board member of Lagos Fringe Festival.

Fibby Kioria

Kenya

Fibby is Kenyan born and raised and is the Program Director at Maisha Film Lab and has for the last 8 years worked in film education management. She has sat on numerous film festival juries around the world and xfounded two short film festivals in East Africa that she curates. She is passionate about African cinema, particularly the archiving the history of African Cinema. Fibby’s work at Maisha Lab has been well respected for a number of years and she has made a significant impact on the East African film industry. She is also the Associate Producer for the ‘Sembene Across Africa’ screenings, which, to date, have shown Ousmane Sembene’s work in over 35 countries in Sub Saharan Africa through dozens of community screening over the last three years.

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