Anna is an architect, urbanist, facilitator and educator with over twenty years of experience working in social change. She is co-founder of Meshfield, an action-research consultancy exploring ways to thrive in complexity and uncertainty, as well as the co-creator of the FLOW programme (www.flowafrica.org), a new trans-disciplinary action-research initiative addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, resource depletion and financial instability. For the past 5 years, as co-founder of Meshfield, she has been facilitating and leading multi- stakeholder, cross-sectoral processes that integrate system dynamics analyses of complex challenges, most recently with the World Green Building Council, assisting the board with global strategy, as well as working with the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at UCT, emerging trans disciplinary applied research projects that address “wicked problems”.
Claire is an ecologist, with a background in environmental science, fisheries and sustainable development. Her interests lie in ecosystem health, food systems, and behaviour change for sustainability and conservation, with a keen interest in challenges like urbanisation, inequality and informality. Her Masters research was on food waste management in the Enkanini informal settlement. She is working on designing similar systems for a community in Franschoek. She is constantly amazed by nature, and is keen to be quiet and listen to Mother Nature, in exploring how to work with rather than against her, to create resilient social, economic and environmental systems.
Gina Ziervogel is a geographer by training, with 15 years of experience in the field of adaptation and vulnerability to climate change. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town and received her DPhil in Geography at the University of Oxford in 2002. Her work focuses on the barriers to and opportunities for effective adaptive management in urban and rural settings where socio-economic priorities need to be addressed in tandem with environmental needs. Twitter: @GinaZiervogel
Florian Kroll is the programme head at Siyakhana Initiative for Ecological Health and Food Security at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has worked in the field of South African permaculture since 2004, with particular interest in food security, ecological design, nutrition, ethnobotany, and ecological health promotion. Permaculture is sustainable land use design based on naturally-occurring ecological and biological principles, intended to minimise work, eliminate waste, and increase productivity, while also preserving and restoring the natural environment. Through his work as a researcher, consultant, and designer, Florian advocates with representatives of government and corporations to increase awareness, support, and funding for urban permaculture.
Lauren O’Donnel is a co-founder of Greenpop. After studying law and education, Lauren walked, worked, waitressed, bussed and hitchhiked through an interesting mix of countries and continents looking for adventure. She spent two years as a high school teacher and then explored a variety of careers. In the quest to find something that felt right, she gave writing and editing a go. At the time, magazines were starting to include ‘green’ sections and Lauren began exploring. She loved writing about all things green, but needed to be more hands on and reconnect with her education roots. On the 1000 Trees campaign, Lauren’s writing skills helped get the word out about a bunch of friends starting some sort of a treevolution. When the initial month ended and it became clear that the project had to go on, Lauren co-founded Greenpop and has now found what feels right.
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
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).