New leadership for the Event Greening Forum | The Planner

The Event Greening Forum (EGF) proudly announces the appointment of new board leadership and committee chairs, signalling a significant stride in its dedication to sustainable event management. With a blend of seasoned expertise and fresh perspectives, these appointments promise to propel the EGF toward greater achievements in event greening.

John Arvanitakis, CEO and founder of Chat’r Xperience

John Arvanitakis, CEO and founder of Chat’r Xperience

John Arvanitakis, CEO of Chat’r Xperience, assumes the role of Chair, succeeding Morwesi Ramonyai of Borena Energy. Expressing gratitude for Morwesi’s service, John states, “I am truly humbled and honored to step into this role. Morwesi has set a high standard, and I am excited to build upon her legacy.”




Neo Mohlatlole of Seven Colours Communications

Neo Mohlatlole of Seven Colours Communications is appointed as the new Vice Chair, alongside Treasurer Justin Hawes of Scan Display and Secretariat Lynn McLeod. Under John’s leadership, the board aims to uphold EGF’s mission of advancing sustainable event management. “I am committed to fostering collaboration and innovation within our community,” John remarks. “Together, we will champion environmentally responsible practices while ensuring industry prosperity.”




Angelique Smith of Event Synthesis

EGF also welcomes new committee chairs and members, enhancing diversity and expertise within the organisation. Notable additions include Sonja van Rooyen of Specialised Exhibitions, Joey Swart of Take Note Events, Emma Kumalo of Chat’r Xperience, and Angelique Smith of Event Synthesis.




EGF extends gratitude to associate member representatives for their ongoing support and collaboration: AAXO, EXSA, Fedhasa, IFEA Africa, The MICE Academy, PCO Alliance, SAACI, SACIA/TPSA, and SA Roadies. Their dedication is invaluable as EGF continues to promote sustainable event management practices and drive positive change within the industry.

Reflecting on her tenure, outgoing Chair Morwesi Ramonyai expresses confidence in John’s leadership. “It has been a privilege to serve EGF alongside such dedicated individuals,” Morwesi remarks. “I am thrilled to pass the torch to John, knowing that his passion and vision will propel EGF to new heights.”

The Event Greening Forum (EGF) remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting sustainable event management, focusing on the triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity, as it leads the way toward a more sustainable future for the events industry.