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Desireé Markgraaff is an executive producer and managing director at The Bomb Shelter Productions. From 1985 to 1992, Desireé worked as a line producer on numerous international feature co-productions, including Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca, starring Kathy Bates. In 1993, disillusioned with the creative standard of South African feature films, Desireé decided to concentrate on other genres, producing many local television series and commercials. Desireé has won US International Film and Television, Avanti, Loerie, IPM and Artes Awards. In 1997, her multi-award winning television campaign, I'm Addicted to Life, was the only South African project invited to the United Nations media conference on drugs. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.