Steering Committee


Olwethu Jack is an alumnus of the Department of Architectural Technology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) who has worked with the Community Organisation Research Centre (CORC) and South African Slum Dwellers International (SDI) Alliance to support communities as a technical supporter. 

Currently he is the founder and Managing Director of Ubuntu Growing Minds (UGM). UGM is a group of qualified, skilled and experienced professionals who are designers and community development facilitators in South Africa.


Zahira Asmal is the director of The City, a research, publishing and placemaking agency she founded in 2010. Her projects, through engagement and collaboration with governments, cultural institutions, architects, academics, and the public, seek to improve procurement processes and enhance the design of public infrastructure and spaces in South African cities. Asmal has presented her publications, and lectured on design, architecture and inclusive city making, at various forums across the globe. Her current project, See, explores inclusive urban histories, equal representation in the memorialisation of history and the construction of resilient postcolonial urban identities and spaces. Zahira served as advisor to the Africa Architecture Awards in 2017 and African Crossroads in 2018. She is currently serving on the board of advisors for the International Archive of Women in Architecture.


Vernon Moonsamy is a Senior Professional Urban Planner for the City of Cape Town Spatial Planning and Environment Directorate specializing in Integrated Transport and Land Use Planning and Property Development. His responsibilities include the conception of strategic development frameworks and policies to guide and manage the future growth of urban development (residential, commercial, social and recreational) in Cape Town in a way that reinforces the long term sustainability, accessibility, affordability and efficiency of public transport and builds integrated and resilient communities. He also has experience in the identification and implementation of alternate revenue generation opportunities to off-set the cost of operating high quality public transport and the strategic use of public land. For the past three years Vernon haw been actively involved in the process of modelling TOD land use scenarios and developing key interventions and implementation tools/levers to facilitate TOD in Cape Town. He is also the lead author of the City of Cape Town’s Strategic Framework. 


Gregg is the deputy director of the Green Economy Programme within the Provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism. He is responsible for developing projects and programmes that aim to increase economic water resilience in the Western Cape. Gregg contributes to a number of other programmes within provincial and local government department, including the development of financial mechanisms and models toward improving economic water resilience at municipal level, sustainable water management plans, the enhancement of economic options along the Berg and Breede Rivers, the implementation of ecological infrastructure options and many more. Prior to joining DEDAT, Gregg worked in academia and the private sector, with experience in sustainability, natural resource management, and rehabilitation and disturbance ecology. Gregg has a PhD in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, where his researched focussed on the uses, values, impacts and management of water-related ecosystem services in Cape Town and Table Mountain National Park. 


Lance Greyling graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1996 with an Honours in African Studies majoring in politics and economics. He also received a Post Graduate diploma in Sustainable Energy from the University of Stellenbosch in 2009. During the past twenty years he has held positions in the private sector, civil society and the national government sphere. He first started out as a partner in a production house called Matchframe Pictures, which produced television commercials and raised funding for video programmes. After a year and a half expedition around Africa he took up the position as regional manager for GLOBE Southern Africa, which empowered parliamentarians on issues of sustainable development. 

In 2003 he entered the world of politics when he volunteered at the newly formed Independent Democrats before being appointed as their researcher and then in 2004 elected in to Parliament. During 2004 to 2015 Lance Greyling served on a number of parliamentary committees including education, finance, public enterprises, minerals and energy and environmental affairs. He was elected Chief Whip of the Independent Democrats and during the merger with the DA he was appointed in 2011 to the position of Shadow Minister of Energy. 

In March 2015 Lance Greyling left the world of Parliament to take up the position of Director of Enterprise and Investment in the Mayor’s Office at the City of Cape Town.  


Emma has been named one of the top 10 women in Science & Technology in Africa, has twice been voted as one of the top 50 women globally in mobile entertainment, elected one of South Africa’s top business women and one of the 20 most powerful women in technology in Africa. Emma has also been judging the Digital Emmies for the last four years and is a board member for Wiki in Africa. 

As an entrepreneur Emma founded and ran two successful companies, the CEO another company and Executive Director of a Foundation:

Executive Director of the Cape Digital Foundation, ensuring that there is a digitally connected society through Smart Townships

Founder and CEO of Bozza, a global marketplace for African musicians, poets and filmmakers. For this platform, she raised significant funding from Silicon Valley

CEO of Breakdesign which became the top 5 developers globally for Nokia

Founder and CEO of Triggerfish Animation - the largest and most successful animation company in Africa.


Prof.dr. Mark Zuidgeest is the SANRAL Chair of Transportation Planning and Engineering (SANRAL Chair) at the University of Cape Town. He graduated with an MSc (Civil Engineering) from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, in 1997, and a PhD from the Netherlands Research School for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL) in 2005. His fields of interest include land use – transport systems analysis, with an emphasis on questions around sustainability, equity and accessibility. He has worked extensively throughout Africa and Asia.

 Contact details: Centre for Transport Studies Department of Civil Engineering University of Cape Town Private Bag X3 Rondebosch 7701 South Africa T: +27 21 650 4756 E:


Helen Davies has worked in the fields of sustainability, climate change, operations management and the green economy for the past 20 years, switching between the public and private sector. Key positions she has held include Co-ordinator of the West Sussex Sustainable Business Partnership (UK), Director of Climate Change & Biodiversity (Western Cape Government (WCG): Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning), Head of Environmental Policy and Planning (City of Cape Town) and (current) Chief Director of the Green Economy in the WCG’s Department of Economic Development & Tourism, including leading the Western Cape Drought Economic Security workstream through the water crisis. Helen holds a B.Sc. in Environmental & Geographical Science and Oceanography; a B.Sc (hons.) in Atmospheric Science, an M.Sc. in Conservation Biology and an MBA.

Robin Jutzen currently works in the City of Cape Town’s Catalytic Sectors Branch in the Enterprise and Investment Department. As the Principal Catalytic Sectors Officer, he focusses on the Creative Industries, with particular emphasis placed in the areas of Design, Animation, Gaming, Fashion and Film.

Key work streams include:                     

  • Initiating and managing sector development programme interventions;
  • Building, managing and sustaining relations with key internal and external stakeholders;
  • Sector strategy and action plan development to influence regulatory changes at City and National level; and
  • Establishing clusters and industry forums

Before taking up his current position, Robin worked as:

Head of Partnerships and Promotion for the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department. The range of work conducted in this position aimed to promote and develop arts and culture in a manner that celebrates the city’s rich diversity and contributes to social development and economic growth; Project manager at the Africa Centre - a social innovation company that uses a variety of tools including: arts, culture, knowledge sharing and thought-leadership to articulate alternative contemporary and historic, narratives and ideas that emerge from the African continent.  

Robin acts in an advisory capacity for the following organisations: Open Streets Cape Town, a citizen-driven organisation working to help bridge the social and spatial divides by exploring how streets can be a conduit towards inclusivity, which is best manifested in the way Capetonians experience mobility across the city; World Bunfight:  a Performance Company that presents the diverse works of South African artist, Brett Bailey: theatre productions, installations, operas, house music shows, and site-specific performances; Open Design, an annual festival that positions design as the unifying thread that links innovation, education and community as the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous society.

Even though our countries differ, there are many parallels in the public and cultural debates on identity, integration and transformation. Our long term cultural policy is therefore focused on co-creating cultural interventions to build mutual understanding and trust.

Our mission is to promote inclusive economic growth and support Dutch businesses by strengthening entrepreneurship and cross-sectoral cooperation in South Africa.