The Team

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STIJN SMOLDERS
CEO

Coming from the Netherlands, Stijn has led online media teams at Ster, DQNA.com and, most recently, Habari Media in South Africa. With over 10 years of digital media experience, he’s now sharing international insights with local leading digital advertisers and e-commerce retailers.

Stijn holds a bachelor degree in marketing & media, and is passionate about ad tech, South Africa, his family, and cycling.

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MICHA SUAREZ DE KONING
Programmatic Lead

With over 10 years experience in the online advertising industry (technology & business), Micha has acquired a wide range of knowledge through his various roles, and involvement in both internal projects and client success stories. He has a proven track record in consultancy, operational management and offshore service delivery management.

By day he’s at Sprout, but by night, he’s a superhero. (Just trust us on this one.)

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JASON ZELLIE

Head of Search

Jason has a flair for digital marketing across all paid media channels. He is an eCommerce specialist & a mobile enthusiast.

He works to ensure that the job gets done without any fuss. His passion for digital mediums is clearly shown through the results he achieves for the multiple channels he manages.

“Everything will be alright in the end, if it’s not alright – it’s not the end.”

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CHARL FOURIE
Senior Paid Media Specialist
Charl is our Big Data guy. Pulling real-time data from websites into Google sheets then scripting automation that creates meaningful and insightful reports. Charl has a Rainman knowledge about cars and can competently dive into topic’s ranging from world history to collectors Nintendo cartridges.
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MIKE PEARSE
Multi Channel Marketing Specialist

Mike operates within the numerous digital advertising channels to ensure that your objectives are achieved. As an integral part of the setup and on-boarding team, he looks to get the job done as close to perfect as possible.

Phone in early, he’ll be the one to answer. If it’s the weekend you’ll find him in the water or glued to one of the SuperSport channels.

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CARMEN HORAK
Campaign Manager
After starting out as a multimedia designer, Carmen has found her niche in digital campaign management. She has experience in strategy and management across all digital channels, specialising in Facebook and Google Adwords. She always aims to surpass clients’ goals and provide clarity on their online performance. She love cats, good wine… and going to the gym to work off all that wine!

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MEGAN FORSTER
Junior Campaign Manager
Born in England, Megan moved to Mossel Bay in 2007 and later to Cape Town to begin her journey into the marketing world by studying a BComm in Marketing.

She quickly realised her passion for digital marketing and joined the Sprout family shortly after completing her degree.

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CARA-LEE ARENDSE
Programmatic Campaign Manager
After living in London, Cara returned to South Africa to juggle multiple jobs in reporting, editing and advocacy work. However, she could no longer resist the gravitational pull towards digital advertising for long and quickly found her place as a campaign manager in the industry.

Cara-Lee adores devouring novels and series, cooking for friends and family, and takes on personal and professional challenges like it’s her day job.

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RAFAEL SOUZA
Programmatic Campaign Manager
Rafael crossed the ocean from South America to South Africa in 2014, carrying a backpack full of ad operations experience with him. He has a proven track record of buy-side and sell-side knowledge and is always eager to find the best inventory. In his spare time, Rafael lifts weights instead of conversions.

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EUGENIA KLAASEN
Financial Controller

“Only accountants can save the world… through peace, goodwill and reconciliations.” An aspiring Chartered Accountant, Gina moved to Cape Town to study through the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and is now in her final year. Before joining the Sprout family, she gained tremendous experience in the ever-changing telecommunications industry.

Other than her love for numbers, Gina is a bibliophile by nature, passionate about travel, swimming and a good old game of chess.


LARA AUCAMP
Account Manager

Lara is here to help you reach your customers online through paid advertising and help you make the most of your marketing budget. From text ads to more exciting formats, she’ll help strategise campaigns to fit your objectives.

Lara is also our resident science geek, budding photographer and has a passion for cooking (currently experimenting with eastern fusion), traveling, and confusing friends with card tricks.

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ROBYN SILVERSTONE
Senior Project Manager
With 10 years digital experience both locally and internationally, Robyn has acquired a range of knowledge and skills across many disciplines. She’s run many campaign, website & app developments and makes sure projects are running smoothly, on time and the people are most importantly; happy.

Robyn 3.0 is normally at gym before the sun rises, mountain biking, swimming, attempting to run further then 4kms and the Coxswain (Skipper) of the NSRI rescue boats when she’s called out.


NINEVE VAN ZYL
Digital Media Designer

Sprouts in-house design ninja. Nineve works incredibly quickly in tight deadlines and under impossible pressure, producing incredible artwork to brand specifications in record times.

With solid grounding in pretty much anything code, image, layout, user experience and CI Nineve is an incredibly talented individual and a pleasure to work with.

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DOUG KEMP
Lead Strategist

12 years in a professional management of search marketing functions in local and international gaming and finance sectors.

Doug has been behind hundreds of local and international start-ups with a specific focus on SEO, social media, paid media and the greater online marketing strategy.

Comfortable in high competition niches or industry verticals, Doug has a battle plan for any budget.

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KARA MOUSLEY
Lead Strategist Support

Kara is a vibrant account manager with experience across various industries. With a background in quality assessment, online marketing, and SEO for both local and international clients, she is an invaluable part of the team.

She has qualifications in Events Management, Sales and Marketing, and Adult Basic Education and Training. In her spare time she is a kids party planner, loves being creative, enjoys being active and living a healthy lifestyle.