Marion Walton is associate professor in the Centre for Film and Media Studies and member of the Centre for ICT4D at the University of Cape Town. She won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media at the University College London (IoE). Marion’s research into young people’s use of mobile technology is published widely and includes studies for Nokia Research, the IDRC and Shuttleworth Foundation. Marion works with Ikamva Youth on digital literacy project, Creative Code, to develop mobile coding lessons and free software for young people with limited access to computers and connectivity. Twitter: @marionwalton
Mandla Langa is currently the director of the Contemporary African Music and Arts. He also serves on the board of several institutions including the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, the Foundation for Global Dialogue and Business and Arts South Africa. Since the country’s transition to democracy, Mandla has held various prominent positions in the media industry. He was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Independent for a time, and vice-chairperson of the Africa 95 Exhibition in London. Langa has also served on the board of the SABC, having initially been the programme director for television at the broadcaster. His contribution to the world of literature is as undeniable as his political contributions to the emancipation of the country. He is a prominent and award-winning writer who continues to champion creativity in the media, through various positions that he has held over the years.
Nancy Onyango is the operations director for This is Africa (TIA), a Pan African media company that provides media solutions and opportunities, and reveals trendy elements of African urban culture via radio and online platforms. Nancy has extensive experience in public relations, fundraising, new media and developmental work. She has held executive positions while working for various Pan African festival, arts and culture organisations and has networks in Kenya, Netherlands, South Africa and Tanzania. Nancy holds a post graduate certificate in culture from the University of Amsterdam and is currently pursuing her MBA at Business School Netherlands. Originally from Kenya, Nancy is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Zubeida Jaffer is a journalist who was active in the South African anti-apartheid and trade union movements. She obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 1979. She headed the media department at the University of the Western Cape between 1987 and 1989. Between 1990 and 1995, she became a correspondent for South African and Canadian news agencies. She became a member of the Independent Media Commission for South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. She has worked as the group parliamentary editor of South Africa's Independent Newspapers since May 1997, coordinating correspondents that provide daily copy for the chain.