Vanessa Haywood-Sandes – Conference MC

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Vanessa Haywood-Sandes - Conference MC
Vanessa Haywood-Sandes - Conference MC

Vanessa Haywood-Sandes – Conference MC has been an entertainer from an early age, appearing in her first theatre production at the age of 4.

The budding actress appeared on stage throughout her childhood and as a teenager, she danced and acted.

In 2000, Vanessa was a Miss South Africa finalist where she was spotted by one of the most sought-after modeling agencies in the country. Book through Speakers Inc

Her modeling career took her to various exotic destinations all over the world and she has lived between London, Hamburg and Cape Town.

Vanessa Haywood-Sandes – Conference MC

She has appeared on countless magazine covers such asElle, Shape, Woman and Home, Bicycling etc. Vanessa has also been the ‘face’ for numerous successful campaigns.

Vanessa’s love for entertainment lead her to study drama to further her acting career in film and television, but not before she gained diplomas in both marketing and business management. She is also fluent in English and Afrikaans.

A regular speaker at corporate conferences and various events, her vivacious and friendly stage presence, coupled with years of stage experience, has her MC’ing loads of events!

Her biggest career success came in 2009 when she was cast as the leading lady in District 9 (directed by Neil Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson).

The film sat at number 1 on the Box Office for 3 weeks which earned more than USD200 million.

Vanessa also took part in Survivor Maldives: Celebs vs. Plebs in 2011, which she has described to be “a phenomenal life-changing experience”.

She is a keen trail runner and she plays golf from time to time as well as numerous water sports.

At the end of 2012, Vanessa became a semi-professional mountain biker, earning most of her income through cycling. Follow on Twitter

Vanessa Haywood-Sandes – Conference MC

Over the last few years, she has ‘re-invented’ herself by becoming a respected endurance athlete and she has completed two ABSA Cape Epic’s, the Leadville 100 Miler (in Colorado) and many other stage races.

The owner of Blue Fox Marketing, Vanessa runs numerous cycling and sporting events in conjunction with her various sponsors and partners.