Carole Bloch is the Director of PRAESA. She has a PhD in early literacy in African settings from the Carl Ozietsky University, Oldenburg and has served as an early literacy consultant in several African countries. The main thrust of her work is to transform the way children learn to read and write, by helping to create conditions that put stories, meaning making and enjoyment at the centre of literacy and biliteracy learning. Carole is also a founder and trustee of The Little Hands Trust, which promotes and supports the development of children’s literature in Africa. She is now leading a team who are carrying out a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called Nal’ibali. Twitter: @CaroleBloch
Emile Jansen (also known as Emile YX, B-boy, War-lock or A-Free-Can I) has been involved in the Hip Hop movement since 1982. Hailing from the Cape Flats in Cape Town, Emile was one of the founding members of legendary South African Hip Hop group Black Noise in 1988. He's released several hip hop albums and has performed internationally. In 1997 he won third place at the Battle Of The Year in Germany. Emile is also a qualified teacher, an MC and graffiti artist and has authored the book My Hip Hop is African and Proud. His personal pledge: to make a significant contribution to society and the community. He's involved in various community projects including Heal The Hood and Project Breaking, which involves speaking out about racism and xenophobia.
Evan Schiff specializes in project management for events, marketing activations and sponsorships. His professional roles have included spokesperson and head of sponsorships for African Fashion International where he launched Cape Town, Durban and Joburg Fashion Weeks and the Cape Town Flower Show, amongst other events. He was general manager of corporate brand services at SAIL Sport & Entertainment (now Trinergy Brand Connectors) where he was responsible for a team of 16 people delivering key 2010 FIFA world cup projects as well as other events such as the Miss World 2010 pageant in Johannesburg. Since then he has been freelance, and continues to complete projects for Trinergy Brand Connectors and MasonCo events companies, including the Nedbank Cup retail activations, Old Mutual Sponsorship Management, Tshwane Open 2013, Telkom Sales Conference and Telkom Staff Updates. Evan holds a BTECH: Public Relations Management.
Kirsten Wilkins is a freelance Urban Designer and Disruptor living in Cape Town. She has featured in 2014 as a speaker at TEDxCapeTown as well as the keynote speaker for the 2014 Cape Town Design Development and Research Conference. Her urban design work encompasses conceptualizing innovative urban management strategies and drawing in stakeholders to engage positively in urban place making. Kirsten also writes extensively in print and online with the intention of informing, provoking and encouraging engagement with issues of the urban. Twitter: @contestedspaces
Maya works as a freelance food researcher, and illustrator. She grew up in Swaziland and moved to Cape Town in 2002 to study Environmental and Geographical Science. This grew her interest in urban food systems. In 2012 she completed her masters focusing on supermarket waste in Cape Town. Since then she has been engaged with various research projects. Her research areas include urban agriculture, food security, sustainable food systems. As well as working in academic research she has also volunteered and worked for a number of NPO’s in Cape Town such as Soil for Life, Oranjezicht City Farm, City of Eden and Tyisa Nabanye. This year she coordinated the OZCF Food Dialogues – a series of talks by people engaged in transforming Cape Towns food system. Along with two other food activists she helps coordinate Slow Food Youth Network SA, which looks explores creative methods of engaging people in dialogues ... read more
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
Edgar Pieterse is an urban scholar, writer and creative agent whose interests include the theory and practice of policy discourses and interventions to make African cities more just, open and accessible. He is the director of the African Centre for Cities and holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (2008). He has also co-edited numerous volumes, including Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town Region (2010) and Consolidating Developmental Local Government (2008), among others. He is co-editor of the ongoing The African Cities Reader series and consulting editor of Cityscapes.
Russell Galt has a passion for heritage trees as starting points for journeys of learning about local history, culture and the natural world. He is currently collaborating with the photographer, Brita Lomba, to map, document and promote Cape Town’s greatest ‘arboreal treasures’. His day-job at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) entails coordinating a network of African governments to mobilise policy-relevant biodiversity data in support of sustainable development. Previously he worked on issues pertaining to urban sustainability and local governance at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).