Tony Lankester

After graduating from Rhodes with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, Tony Lankester entered the world of broadcasting as a manager, presenter and producer at national radio station SAfm, including presenting one of their flagship weekend programmes (creatively named SAfm Weekend) for seven years. He moved on to the corporate world, joining Old Mutual's communications team and going on to manage its Group Sponsorship portfolio. He then decided to scratch an itch that had been building since his student days and accepted an offer to be CEO of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.This year he was at his 21st Festival. He is founding chair of the World Fringe Alliance which brings together 10 global festivals with a collective audience of 3.5m people. He was also a founding treasurer of AFRIFESTNET, which had 160 members from across the continent, and a member of the European Festivals Association.