One of the fundamental ingredients for unlocking innovation is creating an open and beneficial collaboration culture. It is important to work with people who bring different perspectives and world views to your problems.  This results in a richer and more robust innovation strategy.

Futures Think Tank and Vision 2030

The UCT Futures think tank was established by the Vice Chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng, in September 2018 to help UCT navigate the future in this rapidly changing world.  The think tank has taken a futures methodology approach to ensure that UCT becomes proactive in shaping the future. The group works across faculties and departments with the intention of introducing futures, design and complexity in a coordinated manner across the institute.



Co-founder and board member

At Open Design Afrika we believe that innovation, education and community are the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive, prosperous society. Design is the unifying thread that links the building blocks and solutions to develop a better future world. One of Cape Town’s most dynamic design and innovation events, the Open Design Festival brings these concepts together. The 10-day programme takes place across various venues in the City of Cape Town and in different communities creating various cross-cultural experiences that also inspire social cohesion and nation building.

Community liaison Afrika – WDO

The World Design Organization (WDO)® is an international non-governmental organization and the international voice for industrial design. We advocate for Design for a Better World, promoting and sharing knowledge of industrial design-driven innovation that enhances the economic, social, cultural, and environmental quality of life. Today, WDO services over 150 member organizations, representing thousands of industrial designers around the world.


Guest facilitator on innovation and business 

Design Thinkers Group  is one of the leading design driven innovation agencies helping organizations around the world making the transition from being strictly product orientated and sales driven, towards being service oriented and human centered. They are represented in 25 countries and train, develop and facilitate multidisciplinary teams and communities of change. “Our aim with the Design Thinkers Academy Network is to create an open network to facilitate and inspire a rich conversation between creative thinkers and doers. We strive for a learning community that has a positive impact on people’s lives, careers and our ever-changing world.”

Transformation advisory committee

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) is a voluntary association of Consulting Engineering firms with a member base across the country totaling in excess of 560 companies. CESA is the custodian of the wellbeing of the industry supported by member firms who employ approximately 21 000 people.


Senior futurist: Innovation and design thinking

The IFR is the first and only Futures Institute of its kind on the African continent.  Based at the University of Stellenbosch  it is a research institution uniquely positioned to assist decision-makers and strategic planners in initiating and managing medium to long-term change. We believe a preferred future can be created if we realistically envision and understand our strengths and the nature of the obstacles to our success. The creation of a desired future also requires creative leadership, the cooperation of all stake-holders and strategic action.





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