Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 interim advisory board was convened by the Cape Town Partnership and made up of industry experts and activists. Their responsibilities have fallen away with the appointment of the official World Design Capital 2014 board.
Managing Director of Cape Town Partnership
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana is a qualified town planner with extensive experience in managing and coordinating public-private partnerships. An urban revivalist at heart, she has spent the last eight years with the Cape Town Partnership managing, developing and promoting Cape Town's Central City as an economically thriving, creative and valued public and private space in which to live, work and play. She was one of the key role players in developing Cape Town's Central City Development Strategy (CCDS) in 2008, which puts forward a shared vision to guide future developments in Cape Town until 2018 and, as managing director of the Partnership, she is the key driver of this strategy. She has also been central in Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 bid. She sits on the boards of the Central City Improvement District (CCID), a public-private partnership for Cape Town's CBD; official regional tourism organisation Cape Town Tourism; non-profit heritage conservation agency Cape Town Heritage Trust; investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape, Wesgro; and microfinance NGO the Kuyasa Fund. Follow Bulelwa on Twitter: @Darksjokolade
City of Cape Town Director for Spatial Planning and Urban Design
Catherine Stone has worked for the city in spatial planning for eight years, with an intervening period of three years working for pro-poor, people-driven housing programmes in South Africa and a year working in local government in the UK.
Director of African Centre for Cities
Professor Edgar Pieterse directs the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town and is a founder member of an urban think tank, Isandla Institute. He holds a PhD from London School of Economics and a master's in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. His is an influential and internationally recognised urbanist who has published extensively: his most recent work is City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development.
CEO of Accelerate Cape Town
Guy Lundy is a futurist, strategy consultant and professional speaker. He is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town and founder and director of Centric Management, an international consultancy specialising in the area of customer relationship management. He is the co-author of South Africa: Reasons to Believe and co-editor of South Africa 2014: The Story of Our Future. Follow Guy on Twitter: @GuyLundySA
Western Cape Chief Director of Trade and Sector Development
Jo-Ann Johnston is a specialist in the field of sector development, investment and export promotion, and international marketing. A graduate from the University of Cape Town who trained and practised as a teacher, she went on to work for the Western Cape's provincial trade and investment promotion agency, Wesgro for several years. In 1997, she joined the department of trade and industry, where she became responsible for the development and implementation of sector development and investment promotion strategies before being posted to London as minister of economics at the South African High Commission. During her five-year posting in the United Kingdom, her responsibilities included management of a number of the department of trade and industry's European offices. She returned to South Africa in 2005, and joined the Western Cape Provincial Government as chief director of trade and sector development in the department of economic development and tourism.
Western Cape Deputy Director-General of Provincial Strategic Management
Dr Laurine Platzky graduated from the University of Cape Town with a master's in city and regional planning before going on to become the national coordinator for the Surplus People Project, which exposed the forced removal of more than 3.5-million people between 1960 and 1983. After working to empower communities threatened with removal, she worked on economic strategies for rural people in a post-apartheid South Africa, and completed her PhD through the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Her PhD thesis, focusing on the development impact of South Africa's industrial location policies, contributed to her later work for the Reconstruction and Development Programme. Based in the Premier's Department since 2006, she is responsible for provincial strategic management and strategic projects, having coordinated the Western Cape's 2010 FIFA World Cup programme.
Marketing and Communications Strategist
Lianne Burton is a marketing and communications strategist who has worked extensively in publishing, both as an editor and editorial director - she launched ELLE Decoration magazine into South Africa and was editor of the award-winning House and Leisure magazine. Since May 2009 she held the title of executive marketing manager at Cape Town Tourism, and now works as an independent marketing and brand consultant for the Cape Town Partnership. Follow Lianne on Twitter: @LiBurt
Director of MMA Architects
Luyanda Mpahlwa is an award-winning architect, urban activist and director of MMA Architects. His architectural education was interrupted in the 1980s when he was incarcerated for five years on Robben Island for anti-apartheid political activities. He completed his architecture degree at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin in 1997 and served on the local organising committee and stadium technical oversight committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Mel Hagan is a self-styled design activist. She served for a number of years as dean of the faculty of informatics and design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and she currently works both independently and for the highly acclaimed Cape Craft & Design Institute, which she helped establish. She holds a master's in fine art from the University of Cape Town.
Director of Makeka Design Lab
Mokena Makeka directs Makeka Design Lab, a laboratory practice that designs innovative urban, architectural, cultural and installation solutions. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1998. He was selected as one of ORDOS 100 architects, sits on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Design and on the boards of various private and public institutions. He also served on the 2010 FIFA World Cup arts and culture task team. Follow Mokena on Twitter: @MakekaDesignLab
Dr. Mugendi M'Rithaa
Professor of Industrial Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Mugendi M'Rithaa is a Professor at the Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Informatics & Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Educated in Kenya, the USA, India and South Africa, he has a keen interest in socially responsible design with respect to majority world contexts. He is active in a number of international design networks and has previously lectured in Kenya and Botswana. Follow Mugendi on Twitter: @MugendiM
CEO of espAfrika
Rashid Lombard is CEO of espAfrika, an events services company that produces and directs the highly successful Cape Town International Jazz Festival, a premier event on the African continent. Similar festivals have been started in Maputo (Mozambique) and Luanda (Angola). Rashid has a long career as an internationally renowned photographer.
CEO of Convenco
Rashid Toefy is CEO of Convenco, the holding company of the Cape Town International Convention Centre. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, where he attained degrees in environmental science and economics. He also holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. He previously served as managing director of South African Students' Travel Service.
Director of Tsai Design Studio
Architect Y Tsai directs the Tsai Design Studio, a multidisciplinary practice. He uses his eastern upbringing, mixed with inspiration from the diverse South African culture, to build a body of work that has already earned him a number of accolades and awards, including the prestigious Red Dot Award and the title of Design Indaba's Most Beautiful Object in South Africa in 2008 for the Nested Bunk Beds. Follow Tsai on Twitter: @tsaidesign
City of Cape Town Manager: Arts and Culture, Tourism, Events and Marketing
Zayd Minty is a cultural manager, and researcher. A former head of Cape Town Partnership's Creative Cape Town programme, he has worked at the District Six and Robben Island museums and has curated a number of festivals, exhibitions and dialogic forums. He has written for a range of publications on public art, identity, diversity and cities. Follow Zayd on Twitter: @ZaydMinty