Eugene Hugo, Managing Director
Eugene earned his stripes in magazines on the advertising sales floor. His 14 years’ combined experience in the publishing industry kicked off with nine years of sales, which included four years of project management. Eugene left the publishing industry in 2007 only to fall back into it out of desperation for a job. His career path has allowed him to understand the many facets of the industry that need to work in unison in order to have a successful publishing company.
“Having an incredible team with me makes this journey worth every second.”
Education: National Diploma, Marketing Management, Cape Technikon
Favourite drink: good coffee
Favourite movies: Outrageous and Jobs: The Movie
Favourite place: Sea Point Promenade
Favourite restaurant: Postachino, Sea Point
Favourite person: my daughter, Phoebe-Star Hugo
Liesl Hattingh, Editorial Director
Relieved that at last her vast range of interests is seen as an asset, Liesl has found her professional home after twenty plus years in journalism.
Bred on the Garden Route, Liesl completed a B.A. degree at Stellenbosch University that set her up to follow her own nose, which, at first, led her back to Knysna for a year of in-job training at the local newspaper.
The inking was permanent, so over the next few years there was much work in hard news, business to business, custom and consumer publishing, in print and online, from Johannesburg to London (8 years) and back to George.
After completing Baviaanskloof: A World Apart in 2010, Liesl was drawn back into the world of magazines at Young Africa Publishing, where she now focuses on growing and supporting the talented editorial teams.
She loves a good one-liner, but one in particular remains an inspiration: “Make visible what, without you, might have never been seen.” (Robert Bresson)
Best investment: any time spent in nature with her family.
Suna Dindar, Sales Director
Suna joined Young Africa Publishing in 2011, when she cut her teeth as an advertising sales consultant in magazine publishing on the second issue of earthworks. She is currently project manager on earthworks as well as a director of the company.
Born in Karasu, Turkey, Suna moved to Switzerland with her family when she was eight. She studied B.Com before becoming an investment consultant in Zurich, the city that was her gateway to the world.
Fluent in Turkish, German, English, Afrikaans, French and Italian, Suna still loves to travel. Yet even here in South Africa she relishes experiencing different cultures and learning from them.
Her greatest joys are her sons, Mert and Onur. Jogging along the Sea Point Promenade is a regular indulgence.
She believes – as the Swiss do – that if you have a good product and put enough hard work behind it, nothing can stop you.