Jo-Ann Strauss – MC has become one of South Africa’s most recognized media personalities since embarking on her career in front of the camera in 2000.
She is best known for presenting the South African show “Top Billing” and has presented and produced various other shows both on TV and online.
Both in South Africa and worldwide, she is renowned for her ability to seamlessly integrate her witty charm and take audiences on an insightful and entertaining journey throughout the proceedings she hosts.
She has been the brand ambassador of Lufthansa, Samsung and BMW in South Africa and also sits on the boards of Media24 (one of Africa’s biggest media companies), M&C Saatchi Abel (award-winning advertising agency), Village and Life (a property and tourism company) as well as the advisory board of one of Africa’s top business schools, the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has designed a clothing range which raised funds to feed over 8000 families. She has three children aged 6 and under with her husband, a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and has an inspirational micro-blog called “Modern Mommy.” She strives for balance in everything she does. Her social media credentials are also worthy of mention, as well as the fact that she produced #SocialStar, a media property that enables young influencers to carve profitable and sustainable businesses in the new sphere of media. She has over 650 000 followers across the most popular platforms.
She has MC’ed conferences for bespoke brands on 4 continents and traveled extensively as a television host and producer. Her innate sense of style has earned her a number of awards and magazine covers. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and creating an environment in her home country which helps people grow their own businesses.