Brad Jansen

MD: Havas Sports and Entertainment

Brad Jansen, multi award-winner for advertising, was once a six-year- old boy obsessed with soccer. Now he heads an internationally renowned sports events and communications company Armed with a BA in communications Jansen went from being a fan of Kaizer Chiefs and Manchester United to working on the Vodacom Challenge campaign, which saw those two teams clash in South Africa. That's when he met his idol, Sir Alex Ferguson. By the age of 24, while working for Sail Sport and Entertainment, he was managing all the Vodacom sports sponsorships in South Africa. A stream of awards followed: including gold, silver and bronze Loeries and a 2011 global leadership prize. Now, 10 years since his first award, 34-year-old Jansen is managing director of Havas Sports and Entertainment. And when he wants to escape the frantic world of advertising, he patrols the riverbanks of Johannesburg as a member of the River Ranger Foundation. � Aphiwe Deklerk

Twitter: @havas_se_sa