Meet The Team

Lara Van Zyl
Lara Van Zyl
Head of Magic and Unicorn Herder

Lara is the Managing Director and Partner of Paragon Africa. She has over a decade of experience in the conference and events industry in South Africa and the UK, with a core focus on association business. Before joining Paragon Africa, Lara ran her own successful PCO company. Prior to that, she worked with other well-known PCO’s in Cape Town, as well as for a large association in the UK managing their events.

Lara currently makes magic happen for Paragon Africa clients, and is Chief Herder of a team of magical unicorns.

Zandra Langenhoven
Zandra Langenhoven
Marketing Mage and Visionary

Zandra is Paragon Africa’s pot of gold at the end of a magical rainbow – richly experienced with a wealth of knowledge spanning over 20 years.

Zandra is responsible for creating magic collaborations, executing marketing plans and generally making marketing magic happen.

Leanne Baatjies
Leanne Baatjies
Chief Exhibitionist

Leanne is the Industry Liaison Manager responsible for conjuring up sponsorship and exhibition magic.

If you also want to be an exhibitionist and show off your brand at one of our events, Leanne will create a magical proposal to give you the best exposure.

Adele Volkwyn
Adele Volkwyn
Marketing Associate and People-Person

Adele is a “People Wizard” with the magical ability to make anyone feel at ease with her warm welcomes, funny jokes and bubbly personality. That’s exactly why she’s our go-to-girl for telemarketing, outbound calls and registration follow ups.

Adele’s ability to make any delegate or potential delegate feel like a VIP makes her an invaluable member of our magical marketing team and the Paragon Africa tram overall.