Bridgit Evans is the Tshikululu Social Investments CSI Fund Manager for Anglo American, De Beers and the FirstRand group, and manages the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at GIBS. She recently provided input to a World Bank teaching aid to increase the level of social entrepreneurial thinking at a post secondary school level. Evans is passionate about creating opportunities for restoring dignity to South Africa’s most marginalised communities and hopes to use her skills to leverage the knowledge and expertise between the corporate and social sectors to bring about a wave of sustainable social change.
Elelwani Ramugondo is an Associate Professor within the Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town. She is a renowned play-activist, who draws from research on children’s play as well as everyday observation to explain the politics of human occupation within the context of rapid social change, and to raise occupational consciousness. Her own research takes an intergenerational approach, and negates the adult-child binary often prevalent within the study of play. Recent research that Dr Ramugondo has supervised at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels says a lot about the state of play in the Western Cape.
Tony Elvin has worked with youth and disenfranchised communities for two decades. Working in cities as diverse as London, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Cape Town, he found and cultivated his gift for managing and mentoring young people. The most well known of his successes is Jamie Oliver’s acclaimed social enterprise, The Fifteen Foundation, a network of restaurants set up to transfer skills from chefs and to create employment. Responsible for skills development, Tony has changed the lives of over 200 marginalised young people, many of whom had low academic qualifications or criminal records (often making them unemployable). Once described as Jamie Oliver’s ‘right hand man’, Tony was the architect of the ‘fifteen training model’ and grew the program into a franchise. @MrTonyElvin