Meet the Curatorial Committee

MMAKI JANTJIES
Co-Founder of Peo Ya Phetogo & Associate Professor at UWC

Mmaki is a technology specialist, researcher and advisor. She holds a PHD in computer science and has held various strategic positions in the field. Mmaki Jantjies is also an academic at the University of the Western Cape and a member of the W20 digitization group which is a G20 working group looking at the effect of technology on human personal in the digital era. Mmaki is also a 2017 Inspiring Fifty winner.

ELLEN FISCHAT
Founder of Story Room and Inspiring Fifty South Africa Ambassador

Ellen is impact entrepreneur who is woven into the fabric of the South African tech industry. She is the Founder of Story Room, a universal platform that allows for the transfer of ideas, skills and resources to foster innovation in emerging regions. Ellen also serves as the Inspiring Fifty Brand Ambassador (and was the first managing director at Silicon Cape.)

GLENN GILLIS
Co-founder and CEO of Sea Monster Entertainment

Glenn is the co-founder and CEO of Sea Monster Entertainment, one of Africa’s pre-eminent animation, gaming and augmented / virtual reality companies. This rapidly growing business has delivered financial education, retail engagement and learning solutions for some of the largest companies in Africa and around the world.

Robin Jutzen
Principal Catalytic Sectors Officer, City of Cape Town

Robin is currently the Principal Catalytic Sectors Officer at the City of Cape Town, where he focusses on the Creative Industries. He is also the UNESCO Creative Cities Network focal point for Cape Town and serves in an advisory capacity for Open Streets, Cape Town Fashion Council, Third World Bunfight, Open Design Afrika, The Hope Exchange and the Craft and Design Institute.”

Chantal Lailvaux
Researcher and Entrepreneur

Researcher and entrepreneur, Chantal Lailvaux's fascination with how people interact with each other, the physical and the digital has taken her down the most interesting rabbit holes. From fashion design, to curation, and now as a user researcher, Lailvaux has worked in industries from art, design and fashion to tech in agriculture, alternative energy solutions and mobility.

Each of Lailvaux's co-founded companies has been an ah ha moment of what is missing and creating those spaces. Lailvaux's belief  that the public should be part of the important debates in technology and science is the focus of her volunteer work, thus, she is co-director of Pint of Science South Africa and is on committees such as Inspiring Fifty and #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL.

Nicholas Hall
CEO Interactive Entertainment South Africa & Founder Nick Hall Consulting

Nicholas Hall is SA's leading lawyer in the digital entertainment industry. Nicholas has worked and trained at one of South Africa's leading ICT law firms.

Nicholas is very well known in the South African video games industry (where he is a founding member and chair of Make Games South Africa the largest online community for game developers in South Africa, and CEO of the local industry association for video game development, Interactive Entertainment South Africa.).

Nicholas advises on a broad range of legal issues facing the digital entertainment sector, including policy development with national government.

Vuyisa Qabaka
Partner, Southern Africa, HYBR Group 

 VUYISA QABAKA is a Partner at Pan African innovation firm, HYBR group and Non-Executive Director at equity crowdfunding platform Uprise Africa. He holds directorships and advisory roles on various start-up boards and is a founding non-executive Director of Uprise, Africa; an equity crowdfunding platform. 

He has been active in setting up creative business strategies and innovation spaces, as well as consulting at executive committee levels, primarily bringing disruptive market positioning, offbeat social impact initiative and ecosystem development. 

Vuyisa has built up extensive experience in corporate communications, business innovation, business development and marketing through his contributions with numerous companies and projects over the years. His journey into entrepreneurship already started as a 2nd year student when he was involved with launching a student magazine and the Afriquezeen restaurant at UCT Upper Campus. 

He currently consults in marketing and communications for the ICT industry and has supported projects for The Barn Khayelitsha, SiMODiSA, Startup South Africa Conference, Executive MBA startup mentorship with Columbia Business School, Global Entrepreneurship Movement (Malaysia), SA Business Angels Network (SABAN) and Seedstars South Africa. 

For more detailed profile, see his LinkedIn profile.

Sonwabile Maxebengula
Heritage, Culture and Education Officer Castle at the Castle of Good Hope
Advisor to the Curatorial Committee

Sonwabile Maxebengula was introduced to tourism through the Walter Sisulu University where he enrolled for National Diploma in Tourism Management. His leadership skills came to the fore when he was first elected as a learner council member, a class representative and later chairperson of the student council in the School of Tourism and Hospitality. He completed his integrated work and learning module when he enrolled as an intern at the Castle of Good Hope in 2001. He subsequently became a shadow tourist guide, a post to which he was moved to permanently in 2012. The role came with enormous research and training such as confident communication, studying of history books on the “Cape Colony”. The latter resulted in significant adjustments to the narrative of this historic and heritage building in Southern Africa. The 350th year commemoration required a transformation of the conventional perception of the Castle as a symbol of colonialism and apartheid oppression. Sonwabile assisted in the research of four freedom fighters of South Africa. The resultant statues are now permanently exhibited and became the top attraction in the Castle. In 2018 he enrolled for his Bachelor of Technology in Tourism Management with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and completed it in the same year. His thesis is titled: “The residents’ perspectives in the socio-economic impacts of tourism in the township of Langa”. Sonwabile is currently serving as the Heritage, Education and Culture Officer at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.

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