Adri Marais is a co-founder and Managing Director of the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA). A private not-for-profit provider of higher education based in Cape Town, TSiBA offers emerging leaders the opportunity to study towards an innovative and enriched business degree that is focused on entrepreneurship and leadership.
Allon Raiz is the founder and CEO of Raizcorp: the only privately held, unfunded, profitable business incubator on the African continent, supporting more than 300 businesses. Allon has authored two bestselling entrepreneurial books and has also hosted a radio show and a prime time reality TV show in the field of entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation South Africa and Rural Roots, and sits on the advisory and judging boards of numerous local and international NGOs and entrepreneurial awards. He has also been appointed by the South African Cabinet to the board of the National Empowerment Fund (NEF). In 2008 he became a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader. He completed his B.Comm (Honours) Degree in Marketing at the University of Natal and is currently studying toward a Doctorate in Entrepreneurial Studies and Innovation.
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.
George Vicatos is an engineer and designer with experience ranging from marine ship design to bioengineering applications. A Greek native, George obtained his PhD in thermodynamics with application to absorption refrigeration. A life-long passion for medicine however resulted in him combining his mechanical engineering skills with bioengineering. Having also studied anatomy at UCT, the skeleton and the soft tissues provided the foundation to designing and developing implants for bone-tumour suffering patients. His designs focus on implants for anatomical reconstruction of the skeleton. His ongoing research focuses on improving the manufacturing processes for the implants and identifying new technologies, choice of materials, treatment of articulating surfaces and osseo-integration techniques.
Jan Pool is an electronic engineer, software developer, product manager and entrepreneur. He enjoys working with small, dynamic companies where one has the opportunity to be involved with a variety of activities in design, development, management, business and innovation. Jan started programming at a young age and commenced his professional career in 2001 at Stone Three as an engineering project manager. Here, he was primarily involved with research and development projects in the industrial and communication segments. In 2007 he joined NioCAD, a Stellenbosch based start-up company focusing on the development of electronic design automation CAD tools for the superconductive integrated circuit industry, as product manager and later CTO. In October 2011 he started Actualiser to help startups build great products. Pool has been a committee member of the Cape Town Software Process Improvement Network since 2006. He holds a master’s degree in electronic engineering (M.Sc.Eng) from the University of Stellenbosch, South ... read more
Johnny Anderton is a social entrepreneur and innovator committed to developing simple, cost effective ideas to improve the lives of those living in informal settlements. Johnny is the brain behind the ‘EarthbagBuild System’. The innovation is a straightforward construction system that combines ancient building techniques with 21st century technology. While the idea of building structures out of layered sacks filled with readily available materials is in no way a new one, and was commonly employed in military bunker construction and flood control, the EarthBagBuild’s locally developed and patented high strength polypropylene bag created with recycled materials does make it unique and an innovation worthy of attention.