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The Rising Star Programme, operated by BlackBark Productions, has been established for the purposes of recognising, celebrating and connecting young talented people who have a capacity for achievement and success and who contribute in an inspirational manner to the future of our nation. The qualities that elevate Rising Stars to the top go beyond performance and technical excellence. Rising Stars are polished, brilliant individuals with tremendous promise and great talent who excel for reasons that go far beyond their technical abilities alone.

Talented people make things happen, are highly committed to achieving goals, innovate very rapidly, and create a great deal of value (for companies and/or themselves) when their talent is spotted and harnessed.

The Programme aims to be a significant and sustainable vehicle through which organisations, our country and our continent can identify and nurture these “organisational and national assets” who are set to play a key role in shaping the future of our country and our continent.

The Rising Star Programme is establishing a living community of young African talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with platforms for development and communication, therefore enabling them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future African Talent.

RSA2The Standard Bank Rising Star Awards publicly recognise inspirational and passionate individuals in South Africa who have a capacity for achievement and success. The Rising Star Awards are business-sector (rather than profession) specific, and encompass a gamut of different professions. A stringent assessment process is followed, culminating in panel interview with leading talent and industry specialists, to identify stars. All steps in the process are monitored to ensure good governance and integrity and high standards are adhered to.

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Rising Star Awards KenyaThe Rising Star Awards Kenya publicly recognise inspirational and passionate individuals in Kenya who have a capacity for achievement and success. The Rising Star Awards are business-sector (rather than profession) specific, and encompass a gamut of different professions. A stringent assessment process is followed, culminating in panel interview with leading talent and industry specialists, to identify stars. All steps in the process are monitored to ensure good governance and integrity and high standards are adhered to.

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Rising Star SummitFollowing on from the Awards, the Arcelor Mittal Rising Star Summit brings together the Rising Star community of Stars, CEOs, HR and Talent practitioners and learning and development service providers and gives them a forum to discuss ideas. The Summit facilitates communication between the organisation and the young identified talent, allowing the Stars to have a voice and address their organisations on their key issues, presenting their vision for the future. Essential engagement for all companies looking to seek, attract and retain top talent.

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Rising Star AnnualRising Star – The Annual is a publication that highlights the gems of wisdom and knowledge discovered through the Rising Star Programme in South Africa and serves to give back to all of those that have supported the project over the past few years. The main focus of the publication will be 12 key sectors replicating the Awards industry categories – each including a sector skills overview, interviews with select previous Rising Stars, CEO editorial insight pieces, a list of all Rising Stars recognized over all previous years – and an interview with each of the Rising Star category winners.

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WHO WE ARE

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LAURA BARKER

Managing Director, BlackBark Productions

The overall purpose of this assessment is to identify and publicly recognise ‘Rising Stars’ as having the qualities needed to join a guiding coalition of other Rising Stars able and willing to walk the talk to help themselves and others rise to the top of their game. Our Rising Star Network will be formed from the top 5 finalists in each of the 12 business sectors – making a network of approximately 150 (over the last 3 years) of the most talented young people in the country.

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CARL CHOTHIA

Senior Sales Manager
 
A polished, driven, well – traveled and highly experienced sales professional; Carl Chothia has been involved in the field of professional sales for more than 20 years, during which time he has amassed millions of rands in sales revenue. Thrice recognized with the Top Sales professional award, Carl is known for his professional presentation skills and personable nature. He has spent many years working for companies as diverse as the Radisson Carlson International Hotel Group, Woolworths both locally and on the European front, the London based Clarion events company and its South African arm, Spintelligent, as well as Topco Media.

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ALISTER SWART

Chief Operations Officer, BlackBark Productions
 
After numerous years working in the hospitality industry, Alister decided to move into sales and marketing. He now plays a critical role in the BlackBark office as Chief Operations Officer. Managing both creative design and general day to day operations – two roles that are not often seen hand in hand yet a role that Alister straddles comfortably. His passion for the Rising Star Network drives the programme to reach out to new territories with the vision of developing a Pan African Network of Rising Stars in years to come.
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HAZEL VALANTINE

Nominations & Events Manager
 
A far cry from her current position, Hazel has spent the last 15 years in the nature and hospitality industries. She is a qualified Level 2 Nature Guide with The Nature College and has experience with the Big Five of Africa and has worked at the London Zoo Reptile House. In hospitality she has worked in several hotels and restaurants in the UK and SA. Moving out of these spheres, Hazel has been at BlackBark Productions for over a year and is proud to be helping to give Rising Stars a place to shine.

2016 SPONSORS

  • Arcelor Mittal
  • Sasol
  • Hilton

2016 PARTNERS

  • THE PACIFIC INSTITUTE
  • SABPP