JOHANNESBURG — Mail & Guardian editor-in-chief Khadija Patel will feature at the Johannesburg In2 Innovation Summit on 29 March, alongside communications heads from Microsoft (Delia Sieff), Sasol (Wrenelle Stander) and FlySafair (Kirby Gordon).

The new additions to the lineup also include Destiny deputy editor Sheena Adams, along with Weber Shandwick EMEA and Asia-Pacific chairman Tim Sutton.

Patel, who co-founded the Daily Vox digital platform, became Mail & Guardian editor-in-chief last year. She will feature alongside Adams on a panel that explores how technology is disrupting media in South Africa and beyond.

Stander, who is Sasol SVP for corporate affairs and real estate services, will explore why gender equity is a business imperative in South Africa. Microsoft's Sieff and FlySafair's Gordon, meanwhile, will investigate how corporates are reshaping their crisis communications strategies in the digital era.

They are joined by several agency heads, including Burson-Marsteller Africa CEO Robyn de Villiers, Ogilvy PR national MD Joanna Oosthuizen, WE Communications GM James Wilson, and Engage Jo Public managing partner Keri-Ann Stanton.

The conference, which is taking place at The Maslow Hotel, will explore how communications and marketing are evolving in South Africa and the wider African region. The conference is being backed by seven partner firms: Weber Shandwick, Atmosphere, Burson-Marsteller, FleishmanHillard, Engage Joe PublicMagna Carta and Ogilvy PR.

Thanks to these partners, and as a signal of our long-term commitment to the market, the discounted registration offer is currently priced at US$25 (ZAR330), before rising to US$50 once discounted tickets sell out.