Our People

Ronelle Bester, Founder

With over 20 years of experience in PR and Marketing, Ronelle is one of the South African communications industry’s most influential voices. It was during her four-year tenure as the Marketing Manager for Dimension Data that Ronelle discovered her passion for the technology sector, and she went on to open Red Ribbon Communications. Ronelle has lectured extensively at Varsity College and UNISA and she attained her BTech in Public Relations Management from UNISA in 1996. Ronelle is a farm girl with a city heart and a love for traveling, trail running, interior and all things beautiful.

Emilie Carver, Account Director

Emilie is a skilled communications professional, creative thinker and strategic content creator. A native from Mauritius, she started her career at a local PR agency on the island before transitioning to the corporate world. In 2019 Emilie took a leap of faith and became an entrepreneur. She joined Red Ribbon in 2021 as Account Director. She loves connecting with people and finding out what they are passionate about. When she is not working, Emilie enjoys nature walks, a good read, cooking and travelling to discover new places and cultures. She holds a PG Dip in Management in Business Communications from the University of Cape Town.

Ida-Marié Steenkamp, Account Manager

Ida has a BA degree in English and Afrikaans literature. She started her career at Red Ribbon Communications in 2018 as an intern, but she quickly climbed the ranks. During her time with the company she has gained experience in media relations, social media and project management. She enjoys creating creative content ideas for clients and achieving her goals of good quality publicity and building clients’ thought leadership profiles in the local media. When she is not working she enjoys hobbies such as reading, photography, music and hiking.

Ilhaam Bardien, Digital Copywriter

Ilhaam is a creative, led by her passion for words. With a background in content management, strategic content creation, and journalism, she decided to pursue a journey in digital content for B2B tech companies with Red Ribbon Communications, in 2021. While her love for the written word is evident in her career choices thus far, it also reflects in her hobbies. When she’s not working, she loves immersing herself in a good book and writing short stories. Ilhaam also enjoys spending time in nature, painting, and exploring the city. She holds an undergraduate degree in Media Studies, Political Science, and Industrial Sociology, and an Honours Degree in Political Communication, from the University of Cape Town.

Tanya Koch, Finance and Operations

Tanya is a bit of a perfectionist who loves to make things run like clockwork. From financial figures and travel bookings to organising successful - physical or virtual - corporate events. She is the longest serving employee with more than 10 years’ happy memories at Red Ribbon. Previous studies in office management, marketing and financial management allow her to juggle a host of different responsibilities during the average working day - which is always fast-paced, challenging and fun. When she is not supporting the Red Ribbon team, she loves spending time with her family and friends, exploring new places and experience new things.