Deputy Chairperson of Animation South Africa (ASA);

– Head of ASA’s Social Impact and Human Capital Innovation;

– Sole owner and Chief Enabling Officer of EPN Pty Ltd, a Producer and Consultancy firm.

Enlightened Poppy Network Pty Ltd (EPN) is a Social Impact Innovation consultancy in the ICT sector

with a specialist focus on Human Capital Innovation. The company strategy relies on two pillars:

Differentiation and Value Innovation – looking at various strategic approaches to project, company and industry innovation as well as animation development and production.

Isabelle’s 2018 brainchild – the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct – Animation Internship –

with a focus on 2 critical areas of shortage in the animation industry namely, Concept and

Storyboard art. These 2 areas help address Africanization of Imagery and Content in animation.

She is also the creator of the AnimationSA Road to Commercialisation program, an incubator

created to support black SMMEs in animation and gaming. The incubator aims to develop the

entrepreneurs’ business, producing, creative and production skills with the goal of preparing their

projects for TV series broadcast, while the gamers are aided in developing their prototypes.

From 2000 – 2010 Isabelle started and ran Anamazing Workshop with a partner Dumi Gumbi,

creating one of the fastest growing, highly innovative animation companies in Africa.

Multi-Award Winning Executive producer and Business Woman:

  • Best Animation at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs)
  • Regional and National winner of the dti Technology Women in Film Awards
  • Gauteng Economic Development – Winner of the ‘Women in Film category’.
  • Finalist in the African Pioneers of Prosperity Awards –Representing S.A.
  • Most Innovative Company in Africa at the Africa growth Institute Awards
  • Ubizo the Calling – 3 SAFTAs

∙ Magic Cellar – Won 29 Awards internationally

Isabelle was selected as one of 12 women in ICT to attend entrepreneur training at the University of

Maryland Baltimore in the USA as well as invited to be an Endeavor Entrepreneur


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