Daksha Vallabh joined the Sandton Convention Centre team as Exhibition Sales Manager in October 2016, bringing with her a wealth of experience from a host of different industries. Daksha first trained as a radiographer before moving to a new field and working as a supervisor for Trade Information Systems for six years. While she was there, she was approached by Kagiso Exhibitions and Events to be an event organiser. “I quickly fell in love with the excitement and vibe at exhibitions – and when I was offered a position at one of our leading exhibition companies I immediately accepted, and I haven’t looked back since.”
Her interest in the exhibition industry grew from there. She studied further and achieved a national diploma in Exhibitions, Events and Conference Management from Damelin in 2006 and a certificate in Project Management from Wits University in 2009.
Since then Vallabh has worked at several other reputable exhibition companies including the Creative Axis, the Business Revolution Group, Events on Show, Scan on Show, and more recently for Sun International, before joining Sandton Convention Centre.
Vallabh’s position at SCC entails maintaining good relationships with exhibition organisers whose exhibitions are hosted by the SCC, while also sourcing new exhibitions. “It’s exciting to promote the SCC as a venue because it is ideal with all the world-class facilities necessary for exhibitions, as well as its location in the heart of Sandton, the business hub of South Africa, and close to many reputable hotels, including several Tsogo Sun hotels.”
Vallabh recently attended Green Forum training and believes the South African exhibition industry needs to work harder to be compatible with international standards, particularly in respect of greening. “I believe it will benefit the industry as a whole if organisers are educated on making their exhibitors responsible for off-setting their carbon footprints by reducing the ‘fancy bells and whistles’ on their stands. We should also be using recyclable and biodegradable material for stands if they are for one-off use; use more natural light and air conditioning only if necessary; use soft copy rather than hard copy collateral on stands; and reduce travelling time as far as possible.”
Shaun Bird, GM of SCC confidently welcomes Daksha: “We are delighted that Daksha has joined our dynamic team. Her experience is extensive and ideally suited to the SCC systems along with her deep understanding of the needs of the industry, as well as her consummate skills, not least of which her people skills, will add great value to our line-up. We look forward to many productive and enjoyable years with Daksha in our staff arsenal.”