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
Laila Asmal is a senior lecturer and consultant psychiatrist at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa. Leila holds a medical degree from the University of Cape Town, an MMed (Psych), an FCPsych and is completing an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology. She directs clinical neuropsychiatry services at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town. She supervises neuropsychiatry training for psychiatry fellows and co-ordinates the post-graduate MPhil training program in neuropsychiatry at Stellenbosch University. This training includes sustainable projects in communities, allowing students to critically reflect on social determinants of mental illness.
Mandisa Mbali is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2009, she completed her doctoral degree in modern history at the University of Oxford, where she was a KwaZulu-Natal Rhodes Scholar. In 2013 Palgrave Macmillan published her book South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics as part of their Global Ethics series. The book demonstrates the transnational impact of South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) on the politics of global health. In 2014 she was elected as a member of the South African Young Academy of Science and will be speaking to the thinking behind a symposium she is co-organising in that capacity on the theme of science and society in Africa.
Steven Robins is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch. His book entitled From Revolution to Rights in South Africa: Social Movements and Popular Politics (2008) focuses on globally connected social movements, NGOs and CBOs that are involved democratic struggles over access to AIDS treatment, land and housing. He has edited a book entitled Limits to Liberation after Apartheid: Citizenship, Governance and Culture which is published by David Philip, James Currey and Ohio University Press, 2005. His edited volume (with Nick Shepherd) is entitled New South African Keywords (Jacana and Ohio University Press, 2008).