Socially responsible architect, Ant Vervoort, believes strongly in the capacity of architecture to create meaningful shifts in the way people make sense of themselves in post apartheid South Africa.
Dillion Sipho Phiri is the founder of Creative Nestlings & a project manager at the Cape Town Partnership. Dillon is interested in the power of creativity to transform societies on different levels, and is committed to helping build forward thinking communities. He is currently involved in projects that explore architecture (social housing),film and is investing in developing his fashion brand - The Brother Slimm.
Geci Karuri-Sebina is a founding member and director of the SA Node of the Millennium Project. She is broadly interested in foresight and research and development spanning public policy, development, and innovation issues. Geci is actively involved in the futures study field, which she champions through her role as a founding member of the SA Node of the Millennium Project. She holds an MA in urban planning and a master’s in architecture and urban design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and is currently undertaking her PhD in development planning and innovation at the University of Witwatersrand.
Gita Goven is one of South Africa’s foremost sustainability thinkers and practitioners. As founding partner and CEO of ARG Design, she has pioneered a practice of socially and environmentally transformative design that includes landmark projects such as Lynedoch Ecovillage, the Wolwekloof Youth Academy, Philippi Phased urban Development framework, and small town regeneration strategies in the Eastern Cape. Goven is currently the chair of the sustainability Institute, chairs the team of the Wescape regenerative settlement design project and is chairperson of communiTigrow, which is a development facilitation company that designs and delivers sustainable settlements at town and city scales. She recently co-authored a book in 2012; 2 Billion Strong, A Regenerative solution to building sustainable African Cities.
Mokena Makeka is the founder and principal of Makeka Design Lab. He pursued his studies at the University of Cape Town and graduated with distinction. Mokena started Makeka Design Lab out of his vision to create a sound African aesthetic that serves the public and brings dignity and grace to the built environment. He sat on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Design and lectures at UCT. Mokena is also the Founder of a ground breaking initiative MoDILA (The Museum of Design Innovation Leadership & Art, South Africa) set to be the premier Modern Art Museum in Africa. Twitter: @MokenaMakeka
Thulani Kuzwayo primarily oversees the Green Star SA Certification process and is the project manager for the development of an assessment tool for sustainable communities. He studied Architectural Technology (Applied Design) at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to joining the GBCSA, he was part of various design teams that worked on local and international architectural projects in the hotel & resort, industrial and residential sectors. Further to building design and technical documentation, he has been involved in developing Quality Management Systems and has worked as a Sessional Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Witwatersrand. His current role at the GBCSA has included promoting sustainability as one of the important core design principles and strategies in the life cycle of work in the built environment.