Situated in the creative hub of Cape Town, South Africa, our studio is home to a collaboration of unique individual talents and skills.
The people that fill this space are united by a common purpose and passion to create enduring narratives that engage, entertain and inform a global audience.
Founder and Director of the Ginkgo Agency, Adrian is a celebrated photographer and filmmaker. His captivating photographic and cinematic works convey compelling narratives that span the globe, its wildlife and its people.
Janine’s career in advertising and branding spans 20 years. With a grounding in key client service and project management, she has spent the better part of her career in senior management positions. Before joining the Ginkgo Agency Janine held the position of Managing Director at HKLM Cape Town.
Andy is an award-winning storyteller. His strengths in creative concept and execution led him to the Ginkgo Agency where he contributes as a writer, filmmaker and photographer.
Waldi completed her BA Motion Picture at AFDA, specialising in cinematography. She also developed skills in designing and implementing creative operational processes for video production. With her experience in running a large global production studio, she joined Ginkgo to take our workflow to the next level. Waldi plays the piano and hand-trumpet, enjoys reading fantasy, analysing reality television and people watching.
Jonathan studied Media Practices, specialising in radio broadcasting, journalism and marketing. Before joining Gingko, he worked for various radio stations in production, news, presenting and digital. He also once had a stint as an educator. His New Year’s resolution every year since he was 12 has been to stop biting his nails (maybe next year will be his year).
Enhle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently completing her Master’s in Political Studies. Enhle is passionate about social activism, art, and social entrepreneurship. She used to freelance for Vanguard magazine and Soweto TV. She also served as the Deputy Junior Mayor of Johannesburg and was elected as the Research and Policy Officer for the Wits SRC. She describes herself as a chameleon, with the ability to adjust to any environment.
Anthony heads up the new media and distribution arm of Ginkgo Agency. He studied Film & Television Production at City Varsity, and then ventured to South East Asia, where he worked in PR and events. After his return to South Africa and before he joined the Ginkgo team, Anthony was the head of Distribution and Influencer Marketing at iDigital.
Talysa is a graduate of UCT, where she completed her BA degree in Film & Media Studies. While studying there, she worked as a producer and talk show host for UCT Radio. Her interests are in media, writing and gender studies.
Ethan is passionate about the dramatic arts. Whilst at school he pursued drama and took part in a number of stage productions, most notably appearing in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Artscape Theatre. The distinction he received for his final drama practical was one of the highest marks in the Western Cape that year.
After matriculating from Cedar House School, Nella travelled the world – visiting a total of 19 countries on her journey. Back home, she joined the media industry, dabbling in radio presenting on UCT Radio 104.5, TV presenting, and conceptualising and producing for Cape Town TV. Her love for the arts brought her to film. She can ride a unicycle, is deadly allergic to strawberries and once wrote a poem that went viral on social media.
Sean graduated from AFDA with a degree in Filmmaking, majoring in Writing and Directing. He combines a love of computers with a passion for moving pictures. Sean joins Ginkgo as an intern Media Manager and Assistant Video Editor.
Abdullah arrived at City Varsity with the dream of becoming a storyteller and left with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television. He hopes to learn as much as possible from Ginkgo Agency to improve himself as a filmmaker and as an individual.
Marlè studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of the Free State, where she subsequently completed her Honours in Film and Visual Media. During her studies she freelanced as a stage manager and theatre lighting technician. She is passionate about photography, videography and editing.
Brendan finished his degree in Motion Picture Medium at AFDA in 2015 and has done work ranging from writing to production design. He has freelanced part-time throughout his studies, and is now interning as a Media Manager at Ginkgo. His true passion lies in camera work and editing.
Michael is a graduate of Rhodes University, where he studied English. At Ginkgo his duties include writing, research and copy editing.
Carissa Govender is a Rhodes University graduate with a BA in Journalism and English Literature and a Master’s in Journalism and Media Studies. She’s a proud Ravenclaw who reads anything she can get her hands on, has a Harry Potter tattoo and survives off biscuits and tea.
Doug completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University, with majors in Journalism, Linguistics and Philosophy. He is keen on healthy, active and creative living. A ballroom dancer and improv comedian by hobby, Doug performed at the National Arts Festival for three years with the improv comedy troupe Naturally Caffeinated.
Megan graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a degree in History of Art and English Literature. In Cape Town, she discovered her love for film production while working on the brand-funded, global format TV show, Ultimate Braai Master. She worked for three years managing the show’s many sponsorships. Having found a home in film, Megan is excited to be a part of the ever-growing Ginkgo team and its inspirational storytelling, especially seen through the lens of Beautiful News.
Carla is passionate about people. Married with two amazing girls, she runs a mentorship project for teenage girls called She's My Sissy. She also has a cat named Loopy. Carla thrives in her role as Production Manager for Ginkgo. She facilitates the coming together of each creative channel to ensure that productions run smoothly.
Asemahle graduated with a B-Tech in Film and Television Production from the Tshwane University of Technology. She used to present News and Traffic reports for The Capital Breakfast Show on Tshwane FM 93.6 from 2013 to 2016, and is the South African Brand Ambassador for 2016. Mahle loves singing, dancing, doing volunteer work, walking barefoot and eating ice cream.
Teresa comes from a corporate background of Fashion Buying but contributing to the cycle of consumerism felt like bad 'juju'. She joined our agency with a new sense of purpose – making a difference through storytelling. In Teresa's free time she makes art, runs on mountains, and can cook a mean lasagne.
Nawaal has over 10 years of experience in various administrative roles. She worked for a company in the Sales and Marketing industry, where she gained experience as a Pastel Bookkeeper. She was listed among the top academic achievers throughout her school career and obtained outstanding results from all the formal training she completed after matriculating in 2001.
Thembile Gwaza is from Mossel Bay. Before joining Ginkgo, Thembile worked at Outdoor Warehouse as well as in the Finance Department of the Robben Island Museum. He has a knack for fixing laptops and phones.
Zayaan studied Office Administration at 1 Monarch Global, where she went on to work as an office administrator. She achieved acclaim for increasing department productivity through the implementation of a new work process flow and also received awards for customer satisfaction.
Bulie was born in the Eastern Cape. She worked as a store assistant in Durban before moving to Cape Town and joining Ginkgo Agency.
Bulie is a key helping hand around the office. Besides keeping it clean and presentable, Bulie runs errands, organises general office duties and assists with managing the stock of kitchen and office supplies.
Erick is the Office Assistant at Ginkgo, which involves a broad range of duties that vary from day to day.
Erick first came to South Africa from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
in 2003. In the Congo he was part of the military and did extensive training in the army.
With a passion for exploration and discovery, Brian found himself in the video industry after many hours of tutorials, forums, and help from friends. He has conceptualised, directed, produced, scripted, edited and animated various projects for several clients both locally and internationally. His work was nominated for “Best Video of the Year” at the SAMAs in 2011.
Before Ginkgo, Chris was an editor at NBB Productions, where he focused on cooking and lifestyle shows. He also spent time as a cameraman shooting NPOs in Nyanga and Lavender Hill. Chris plays the bass guitar and violin for his band Bat Country Natives, photographs live performances, and enjoys a good hike. He is a fan of horror movies. John Carpenter's 'The Thing' is his top film.
Jacquie was born in Johannesburg where she completed her Masters in Fine Art and her Bachelors in Anthropology. She has lived in Switzerland for 4 years where she acquired a Masters in Public Art, specialising in experimental filmmaking. When she moved to Cape Town, she attained a diploma in film production at SAE.
Gary is a natural photographer, he has a unique ability to capture what is happening behind the scenes in an artistic way, revealing peoples’ personalities and emotions.
He has a wealth of experience working with high profile individuals. He worked for both Oprah and Desmond Tutu before joining Ginkgo.
Dominic is passionate about filming and editing for Ginkgo. He grew up on the south coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, before moving to Cape Town for his studies. He graduated from AFDA with a BA in Motion Pictures, specialising in Directing and Screenwriting.
Garrin is from Durban and moved to Cape Town to study Film and Television Production at CityVarsity. He graduated from CityVarsity with an Advanced Diploma, majoring in Cinematography. Garrin enjoys filmmaking because it allows him to bring together two of his passions, art and technology to create visual stories.
Jodi brings an array of portraiture and commercial photography skills to Ginkgo. Her passion for social documentary photography has driven her career to date, which has included freelancing for Independent Newspapers and being a recipient of the Ken Oorsterbroek Fellowship.