Meet the Speakers – Marina Pape


Marina is a writer, explorer, bookworm and has lived in Cape Town forever. Working as a Community Manager for, she has developed a keen interest in the art of using social media to build a brand online. When she finished school smartphones didn’t exist and social media was a twinkle in the internet’s eye. After completing undergraduate studies in English and Psychology at UCT in 2005 she pursued an interest in branding at Red and Yellow School of Logic and Magic then spent a very long year working in advertising before escaping into a more entrepreneurial domain, taking an opportunity to manage a Cape Town based job creation project that employed forty previously disadvantaged women in a craft project. After two and a half years – including learning Xhosa, starting a food garden in Khayelitsha, running a stand at Design Indaba and shipping handcrafted bags all over the world – she moved over to the pink green pastures, joining the startup as its sixth employee in 2010.

Wearing many hats as Yuppiechef grew, she eventually carved a happy niche in online community management and now spends her days dreaming up how to draw foodies, people and their pets into the world of Yuppiechef through social media. Speaking on behalf of Yuppiechef in social spaces for four years, she has a heap of fun dodging trolls, diffusing keyboard confidence and striving to win strangers over in 140 characters. Yuppiechef’s social media spaces include FacebookPinterestTwitterInstagram, Google+ and Vine.
Besides all of the above Marina also finds time to blog. You can read her very interesting blog here
Marina is going to tell us “How to be likeable: Social media strategy & community building for food bloggers” and I for one am very interested to hear what she has to say.
And if the prospect of being taught how to be likeable has not yet persuaded you to attend, have you seen our funky venue?  And have you heard that we will be auctioning off some truly amazing prizes in a charity auction to raise funds for the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind, our chosen charity for 2014?  Want to buy a ticket? Click here to register now. ONE lucky ticket holder who purchases their ticket in this final week before the Indaba will get a full refund….motivate us as to why YOU should be the one by liking our Facebook page and sending us a private message there. 
See you at the Indaba! 
If you’d like a nifty Indaba badge to display in your sidebar please e-mail Colleen  and she will send you the code!

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