Craig Schwabe is the director of the geographic information systems (GIS) division of AfricaScope andthe former director of the GIS Centre of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa. At the HSRC he was also the programme director for the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in Africa (ANSA-Africa), which was sponsored by the World Bank. He has a BSc degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a diploma in business management.
In his present position, Schwabe focuses on the development of spatial information and its application in decision-making within the public and private sectors. He was one of the first people to develop a nationwide census database in GIS. He is also the author of the crime, telephone exchange, development funding, poverty and food insecurity data sets. In the private sector he pioneered the integration of living standard measures, financial summary measures and lifestyle segmentations into GIS.
Schwabe has recently developed a Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information Management System for the Department of Agriculture and the World Food Programme (WFP), and conducted Citizen Report Card Surveys in Tshwane Metro and OR Tambo District – a United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) initiative. He has advised the UNECA African Ministers Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the Southern African Development Community on GIS matters.
He is currently pioneering the use of Google Earth in representing spatial information and is developing information products to use in disseminating spatial information to the general public.
Dr George Wangirayi Nyabadza
Dr Wangirayi holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Zimbabwe and is a qualified chartered accountant with a Master of Business Leadership degree from Unisa. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Stanford Graduate School of Business in the USA and recently completed his doctoral studies with Unisa’s Graduate School of Business. He received his Doctor of Business Leadership degree in May 2008.
Dr Wangirayi’s area of study is strategic leadership. He is a qualified practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and obtained his Meta-Master Practitioner certification in Neuro Semantics and NLP from the Institute of Neuro Semantics. He is also an international faculty member of the Haggai Institute of Advanced Leadership in Hawaii, USA, where he has taught on leadership.
Dr Wangirayi also worked as a columnist for The Independent newspaper in Zimbabwe for several years. This culminated in the publication of his first book, Leadership At The Peak: Volume 1.
In 1999 he was recognised by the USA-based Success Motivation Institute as their World Client of The Year – the first person from Africa to be so recognised.
Dr Wangirayi has held various executive positions in both Zimbabwe and South Africa, as chief financial officer, chief executive officer, and currently as general manager – marketing for WesBank, a division of FirstRand Bank.
He is currently working on his second book: The Black Box Of Leadership, which is scheduled to be published early this year.
Kevin Lester is a founder and director of Transcend Corporate Advisors. He is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa and has been involved in the development of a wide range of policy and regulatory instruments around Black Economic Empowerment. These include the Codes of Good Practice, the Financial Services Charter, the Property Charter, the Accounting Profession Charter and the Legal Services Charter.
Lester was recently consulted by the government of Zambia around the development of their Sector Codes, as laid out under the Zambian Citizen Empowerment Act.
He continues to consult to a large number of South African corporates, multi-nationals, black investment houses and public enterprises.
Mansoor Mohamed is the City of Cape Town’s Executive Director of Economic, Social Development and Tourism. His portfolio also includes property management.
Before joining the City of Cape Town, Mohamed worked on the ‘other side of the table’, building up and selling successful enterprises.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Mohamed was employed by Old Mutual and relocated to the United Kingdom. However, he decided that the cut-and-thrust of business would be a more rewarding career for him, and he left the company and opened a recycling franchise company in London.
When he became bored with the franchise, Mohamed promptly set about something quite different – the development and manufacture of a phone for making voice calls over the internet using voice-over-internet-protocol, or VOIP (‘Skype’ is the best-known system).
His slim, lightweight ‘purelyvoip’ handset is easier to use than a headphone-and-microphone system, but developing it from an idea into a working product was quite a challenge. “I worked with programmers in Taiwan and the UK, manufacturing plants in China, and distributors in the UK and Iceland – mostly from my desk in London,” he says.
Mohamed was appointed to his position at the City of Cape Town in September 2006.
Nick Taylor has a PhD in Maths education and has taught school Maths and Science. He has worked as a subject advisor in Soweto and in policy research at the Wits Educational Policy Unit.
In 1991 and 1992 Nick ran the National Education Policy Investigation (NEPI), under the auspices of the National Education Crisis Committee.
He has been the director of the Joint Education Trust (JET) for the past 15 years. Research on schools is one of his specialist interests and he has written extensively on this subject, including the books Getting Learning Right (1999), and Getting Schools Working, which was published in 2003.
Nomvula Dlamini has been working as an organisation development practitioner with the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) for the past 13 years. She has worked with a vast number of organisations, including small community-based organisations (CBOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and large international agencies and institutions that are concerned with social development, poverty reduction and development funding.
Dlamini has experience in facilitating organisational development, change and learning processes, conducting reviews and evaluations, and designing action research processes in search of innovative organisational practices that improve developmental impact.
Dlamini’s professional background is in education. Her early work history includes 10 years working as a secondary school educator. Since then, she has spent the last 15 years in the social development sector as field worker, trainer/facilitator, evaluator and programme manager. These positions were held in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the fof whole school development, adult learning and organisation development. She is currently completing her research project towards a Masters degree in Adult Learning and Global Change.
Dlamini has published various articles on the CDRA website (www.cdra.org.za) and in publications for other organisations. She is a board member of Keystone Southern Africa and a founding member of Fair Trade South Africa.
Reuben Mogato Mogano
Reuben Mogato Mogano is a development management director at the National Development Agency (NDA). He is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight of grants and institutional capacity to community-based organisations throughout South Africa. He is the former executive director of Sedibeng Centre for Organisational Effectiveness, and programmes director for PACT/SA.
Mogano has served the not-for-profit sector in a leadership, management and consultancy capacity for more than 16 years. He has also consulted extensively for private sector organisations, such as Eskom, Rand Water Board, Spoornet and Orbicom.
He studied law and politics at Wits University and Unisa and is currently completing a Master of business administration (MBA) at the Wits Business School. He has also studied project management, participatory project planning and evaluation, and organisational development in Zimbabwe, Kenya and the United States of America. He serves on numerous committees of not-for-profit organisations in a non-executive capacity.
Dr Taddy Blecher
Dr Taddy Blecher is the National Director for Consciousness Based Education in South Africa, and CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association (CIDA). He is the ‘father’ of the free education movement in South Africa and has helped found five key free educational institutions.
Dr Blecher is a management consultant and on the board of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, the Maharishi Vedic Institute of South Africa and Good News South Africa. He is also a patron of the Tomorrow Trust.
He has had significant work experience in strategy, management, statistics, business mathematics, IT, insurance and financial services, leadership and consulting, and has lectured in several of these fields at both the CIDA City Campus and prior to this in a part-time capacity.
Formerly an actuary at a large South African financial services organisation, Dr Blecher has won several awards and scholarships, including the Liberty Life Gold Medal for top actuarial honours student in South Africa.
Dr Blecher has presented at over 300 conferences over the past 11 years, both locally and internationally, on topics related to poverty eradication, developing economies, innovation in education, and human potential development.
In 2002, Taddy received the Global Leader of Tomorrow award from the World Economic Forum. He was recognised as one of 100 young leaders under the age of 37 who were making an exceptional contribution to ‘making a better world’.
He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Goodwin College in the US in 2004, in recognition of his achievements and a contribution to society.
Tracey Henry is the CEO of South Africa’s largest independent corporate social investment management agency, Tshikululu Social Investments. She helped establish the agency in 1998 to manage the CSI funds and trusts of Anglo American and De Beers. Since then, Tshikululu’s client base has expanded to include the FirstRand Foundation (including the CSI funds of FNB, Momentum, RMB and WesBank), the Discovery Fund and Foundation, the Epoch and Optima Trusts and the UTi Community Trust.
Tshikululu undertakes full-house grantmaking and CSI project management for clients and also provides consulting, training, and communications services. Henry was appointed Tshikululu CEO in July 2008.
Vuyo Kahla is the Group Executive: Office of the Group Chief Executive at Transnet Limited. In this capacity he has executive responsibility for, among others, the Transnet Foundation; group strategy and business modelling; public policy and regulation; group legal services; corporate governance; and corporate and public affairs.
Kahla is chairman of Transnet’s subsidiary, Autopax Passenger Services (Pty) Limited. He is on the board of trustees of the Transnet retirement fund, and a trustee of Transmed, a closed medical aid fund.
Kahla is also chairman of the St John’s College council, a member of the Unisa council and its executive committee, chairman of the Unisa audit committee and a member of the audit committee of the South African Revenue Services.
Before joining Transnet, Kahla was director of corporate governance and legal services at the Africa division of the Standard Bank Group. He has previously served in government as assistant legal advisor to President Nelson Mandela; special advisor to the national director of Public Prosecutions; chief legal advisor to the minister of Finance and the national Treasury, and director of corporate strategy and transformation in the department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
Kahla holds a BA LLB from Rhodes University. He is an Abe Bailey Fellow and an alumni of the Prince of Wales University of Cambridge Programme. He has co-authored the manual on the executive acts of the president – the constitutional law book titled Fundamental Rights in the Constitution – Commentary and Cases.
Deon is an independent socio-sustainability consultant who focuses on social and labour planning, as well as local economic development strategies. Deon currently manages the client portfolio of Johannesburg consultancy The Mineral Corporation. This portfolio includes companies such as Anglo Platinum, Lonmin Platinum, Northam Platinum, Goldfields, Kumba Resources, AfriSam and Pallinghurst.
Deon’s educational qualifications include a MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and a BSc Honours from the University of the Free State.
Bishop Mpumlwana heads the Northern Diocese of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church. His vision is “to contribute to the making of an all-inclusive African church experience whose spirituality empowers the weak – the poor, women, and the young – and engages the social and economic realities of our time for the common good.”
This is in line with his other pursuits, which include serving as co-chair of the Foodbank South Africa Initiative and championing its rural support programme.
The bishop also chairs the board of South Africa’s National Development Agency, a grantmaking agency that informs government developmental policies.
Bishop Mpumlwana is deputy chair of the President’s Advisory Council on National Orders and sits on the board of the Historic Schools Restoration Project, among other non-profit organisations and corporations. He is currently senior associate for Setsing sa Modisa, focusing on platforms for youth development, social giving, and instruments for social security for the poor. He trained at the Federal Theological Seminary and the University of Cape Town, developing his theological work out of the practice he calls Kairos Theology. It is a theology that reflects on momentous challenges and distills those elements that cry out for intervention. In this regard he has worked with other theologians in South Africa, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Until August 2006, he served as the WK Kellogg Foundation’s Africa Regional Director, providing leadership for its programming in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.
Fireglow facilitates innovative and highly inclusive conversations between stakeholders in corporate and conference forums. The methodologies used seek to tap into the best experiences and creative thinking of all participants in order to envision and mobilize action towards mutually beneficial outcomes. Their work seeks to enable communities, organisations and individuals to become increasingly adept at shaping their environments in positive and productive ways. This includes partnerships in community work with the City of Cape Town, South African Breweries, ABI, Unilever and Tiger Brands. Fireglow is Cape Town-based and has a number of associate facilitators across the country.
Bridget Woods (BA University of Natal, Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning UCT) has more than 18 years’ experience in the field of change management and facilitation. She has been involved in many large-scale change interventions in large and SME organizations, both locally and abroad. Woods is part of the international network of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) practitioners. She teaches and practises AI in combination with other leading edge methodologies, such as Future Search and Open Space, in large group and leadership development processes in organisations, schools and non-profit communities. Woods’s interest in sustainable development has led to her involvement with several non-profit social and environmental transformation initiatives.
Liz Hodges (BComm University of Natal) is a Fireglow associate and has been involved in training and facilitation for ten years. Her focus in that time has been on strategy formulation and management, particularly in the financial service and retail environment. She is licensed in DPI and Participlan facilitation methodologies, regularly uses facilitation approaches advocated by Edward de Bono, Clem Sunter and Kaplan and Norton, and has experience in business coaching. Liz has recently worked with Bridget Woods on a number of interventions on sustainable development.