Vincent Montocchio Managing Director CIRCUS! and Chief Creative Officer PUBLICIS GROUPE AFRICA
"I have been participating as a delegate at the Brand Magic Summit since the beginning. Mauritius being isolated from the rest of the world, it is vital for the marketing and communication industry to interact with high-level professionals from all over the world. Moreover, the Brand Magic Summit is a dedicated time for all the actors of the industry to meet and share best practices. Finally, the outstanding hospitality of Mind Initiatives makes this event so unique. "
Cyril Palan Managing Director, Logos Publicity Limited
"The Brand Magic Summit – Bridging the generation gap This yearly event has brought new blood to the industry. Brand Magic Summiyt, in its concept, has helped to put in the limelight local brands and their strength, and is linked to local traditions and taste. Some brands are using it as a benchmark to reposition themselves, which is laudable. Some of the local brands have more than 40 years of existence and the present generation is unaware of their difficult start despite lack of sophisticated technology. BMS helps in bridging this generation gap. Also, it helps to raise the standard of the local creative side and build a culture of brand lifting. The input of some of the speakers is close to local realities, laying emphasis on the social aspects, which we sometimes tend to neglect in our branding exercise"
KOLA Creative Director, Twögether
"The first time I attended the Brand Magic Summit, it completely changed the way I see things. As a kid, being in the same room with the local professionals was impressive. Listening to those international creatives, who for years, redefined the creative industry itself, was something that I could never imagine would happen. I believe in life. I believe in its ability to shape us. Day after day. Encounter after encounter. I believe that substance is more important than the form. Today, I live by my convictions. I want to make projects that resonate with people. I want to use creativity to change things and solve problems. And since the beginning, the Brand Magic Summit, contributed in the person I am today. Thank you guys for having me on board. Thank you guys for being part of my journey."
Christina CHAN-MEETOO Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication, Head of Mediacom Studio, University of Mauritius
"The Brand Magic 2019 was an excellent opportunity to listen to industry specialists from various countries as they shared their expertise and experience in branding. I enjoyed doing the closing remarks including a summary of the key points raised during the day. I also have to thank Mind Initiatives for graciously hosting some of our Business Communication students from the University of Mauritius. They all appreciated the chance given to them to learn from and network with international and local industry experts."
Shirin GUNNY Chief Operating Officer, Made in Moris
"The 5th edition of the Brand Summit (2019) was a very good opportunity for Made in Moris to talk about /put forward some of its 250 brands. This yearly not-to-be-missed event really helps marketers from the Mauritian industry to elevate and bring their brands to the next level. In addition to exposing all the latest trends and international benchmarks, the renowned speakers who are invited to talk bring along their creative energy. The sharing process allows participants to get inspired and think out of the box. And indeed, “Creativity” is and can really be a competitive advantage for local brands to stand out and differentiate themselves.
In addition to being able to network, the brand summit also allows one another to meet likeminded people and get ideas, feedback and advice on what’s needed to take their brand to the next level. And most importantly, brand purpose and relevancy becomes part of the conversations we share."
Emilie FORET Head of Marketing & Communication, Exotic Group
"This event is a great opportunity to stay updated with Branding and to meet Marketing passionate people during the day. It is also exciting to know the rating of the preferred local brands by Mauritians. Will be there for sure!"
Kerrie Finch Founder, FinchFactor, Amsterdam & London (Speaker at the brand magic summit 2018)
"I was impressed by the full auditorium for every speaker session and the quality of engagement. The audience proved to be eager to learn. The festival organisers are extremely professional and detail oriented. This is a quality experience for both speakers and attendees alike. From welcome committee and general support to dinners and accommodation, I've never been treated better. It was a pleasure to be involved and I'd return in a heartbeat."
Fredrik Härén The Global Conference Speaker on Business Creativity, Change, and Global Mindset, Singapore (Speaker at the brand magic summit 2017)
"I have been invited to speak in 67 countries on 6 continents and I can honestly say that speaking at Brand Magic Summit was one of my highlights in my speaking career. Mauritius is such a rare place on Earth - a place where people from different cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicity live together in harmony creating such a positive human experience. The Brand Magic Summit had a profound impact of me showing what happens when positive, creative people come together."
Alvin Teoh Executive Creative Director, Naga DDB, Malaysia (Speaker at the brand magic summit 2015)
"Brand Magic Summit 2015 was a great experience of sharing and learning and meeting like-minded people who are hungry and restless to be better marketeers, brand-builders and storytellers. It was a great personal experience for me also because I got to share the stage with people who inspired me too and met people who felt like long-lost friends. For that reason, I am grateful."
Colvyn Harris Founder Harris-Mint, India/Former JWT South Asia CEO (Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2017)
"I have been fortunate and privileged to be a Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2017. My experience to say the least has been magical - from the most impressive line-up of globally acclaimed and recognised speakers, to the curation of topics and content - for anyone in branding and marketing with responsibility for their brands and businesses, this Summit will recharge you and your knowledge. What's current, what's relevant and being ahead of changing trends, will help you develop a comprehensive and effective plan to make you a better professional and help your career as you use the knowledge in your respective companies. I wish The Brand Magic Summit even more success in the future. Best wishes."
Sumit Roy Founder Director, Univbrands, India (Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2015)
"As if there is not enough that's magical about Mauritius, in 2015, I was privileged to be part of the first Brand Magic Summit held there. I think of that as one of the better organized meets I have attended across the world. Three reasons make that so. Wonderful guest speakers, who are now friends. Wonderful hosts, who are now friends. Wonderful attendees, many of whom stay in touch. May the tribe of brand-builders in Mauritius grow."
Philip Thomas Chief Executive Officer and President, Ascential Events / Chairman, Cannes Lions (Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2016)
"I was fortunate enough to be asked to attend and speak at the Brand Magic summit; it’s a fantastic initiative aimed at raising the bar for creativity in the country, executed to a world-class standard. Even the smallest country, as we have seen many times at Cannes lions, can excel on a global level, but only if there are efforts like the Summit to help people learn, network and be inspired. I wish them all the best for the future growth of the event."
Ravid Kuperberg Partner, Mindscapes, Israel (Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2018)
"The experience at the Brand Magic Summit was exactly as the name suggests – magical and proficient. A magical venue in a magical place with magical people excited about learning and experiencing valuable knowledge. I personally made a variety of new friends within the event and cast of talented speakers. Found myself staying at the event after my lecture to hear further interesting lectures, rather than leaving early to explore the island and beaches of Mauritius (as I originally planned)…"
Jonathan Tavss Co-Founder & Director, Kaleidoko, UK and USA (Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2018)
"Before we even started our travels to Mauritius for Brand Magic Summit 2018, we could feel the warm hospitality and phenomenal attention to detail that made our ultimate experience easy and productive. While the event was produced beautifully by Mind Initiatives and everything was top-notch, the opportunity for true interaction amongst our hosts and fellow speakers - in ways not normally afforded at conferences - made this one truly stand out. The rich beauty of the island and the smooth tempo of the schedule allowed for professional and personal relationships to be built that will absolutely last forever."
Carla Enslin National Academic Navigator, Vega School of Brand Leadership, South Africa (Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2016)
"A truly enriching experience. The points of view were diverse and thought provoking. I met individuals who are genuinely passionate about their fields and dedicated to making a purposeful difference through their brands and businesses."
Piers Schmidt Founder, Luxury Branding, UK (Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2015)
"I was delighted to be invited to participate as a speaker in the inaugural Brand Magic Summit in Mauritius back in 2015. Having been involved in a number of high profile branding exercises across industries in Mauritius, this was a fantastic opportunity to support this bold new platform that Mind Initiatives was establishing by sharing my experience as an international practitioner with their local audience. Both the attendance and the level of engagement from the delegates was impressive, not least for a first event and I was hosted magnificently by the Mind Initiatives team.
I can recommend the Brand Magic Summit to speakers, sponsors and most importantly to the senior executives, whether from marketing or other departments, of regional enterprises with hesitation.
I look forward to watching this successful annual event continue going from strength to strength."
Annicia Manyaapelo Founder and Creative Director, Nich Luxury Africa and Executive Business Director, FCB Africa, South Africa (Speaker at the Brand Magic Summit 2017)
"I got the opportunity to be one of the International Speakers at Brand Summit 2017 in Mauritius at the invitation of Ravin Lama, representing my country South Africa. And I must say, what an experience it's been! The platform gave me the opportunity to have a voice and share my passion for brand Made in Africa. The presentation was well received and opened doors for me back home as I was subsequently invited to more talks because of it.
Its been an honour to be part of the global speakers network that Mind Initiatives work with, I've made lifelong friends and look forward to doing more work with the team. The conferences are so well organised and always give great insights plus relevance to the ever changing world of branding.
A big congratulations for many more successful Brand Summits in Mauritius and beyond."