Justin Hawes is a Chartered Accountant with a BCom, BAcc and HDip Tax from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been Managing Director of South African exhibition, events and display company, Scan Display since its formation in 1996.
Scan Display has branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Gqeberha, Botswana and Rwanda, and a network of distributors throughout Africa.
Justin served on the executive committee of the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA) for five years. He was the association’s Vice Chairman from 2002 to 2004, and its Chairman in 2005.
In 2009, Justin co-founded the Event Greening Forum (EGF), a non-profit organisation aimed at promoting sustainability in the South African events industry. He is currently the organisation’s Treasurer.
In 2011, Justin became the first African to be represented on the International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services’ (IFES) board. He was the association’s Treasurer from 2013-2016, Vice President: Finance from 2017-2020, and President from 2021-2022.