Simon Back is the CEO of Backsberg Estate Cellars in Paarl. As the fourth generation proprietor at the winery, Simon oversees all operations. Backsberg´s mission is to make fine wine an everyday pleasure.
Jonti is a qualified actuary having started his working career in 2012 at Hollard Insurance, South Africa’s largest privately held insurer. In 2014 Jonti joined LeapFrog Investments, a leading private equity firm specializing in profit with purpose across Africa, India and South East Asia. More recently Jonti concentrates on private equity and venture capital in South Africa, Israel, China, USA and Europe in his private capacity.
Angus Donald Campbell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg with over a decade of university lecturing, research and freelance design experience. His design and research interests focus on industrial design, social innovation and technology for sustainable development within the South African context. He is coordinator of the Design Society Development DESIS Lab and is a Doctoral lead researcher for Izindaba Zokudla (Conversations about Food): Innovation in the Soweto Food System.
Nick is the former General Manager of the Ellerman House in Cape Town, considered South Africa's leading hotel property. After building the Ellerman House Contemporary in 2009, a purpose-built art gallery curating the 1000+ works in the property's Collection, Nick moved to Johannesburg to become the Director of Everard Read Gallery. Upon leaving Everard Read, Nick began researching the needs of collectors and museums around Africa, Europe, and the United States. Nick is passionate about encouraging young professionals to consider collecting art and design, and equally motivated to introduce new talent to established entities.
Allana Finley hails from Philadelphia. Before moving to Johannesburg in 2001, she worked in fashion for such brands as Eileen Fisher, Tiffany & Co and Gucci America. She served as Head of Wardrobe in Oxygen Media’s inaugural year of operation, and dressed the likes of Candice Bergen, and Tasha Smith during that time. Over the past 13 years, her focus has been on telling the story of the African continent in innovative ways through fashion, design, television and film production. She has worked with companies such as Oxygen Media, African Fashion International, CNN, Goodbye Malaria - a malaria elimination initiative launched by Robert Brozin. Her recent focus has been on launching contemporary African fashion brand Kisua.com, the first South African Menswear Week, and Merchandise buying for Oxosi.com.
Hugh Fraser graduated in Architecture from Wits University. He practiced as an architect and travelled extensively to document the built environment. He is currently the Media Manager at Paragon Architects. He works in the very wide world of media, which includes film, photography, graphics, online content and communication.
Aimee the founder and owner of Malica Design, a bespoke interior design firm based in Johannesburg. Her design philosophy is grounded in the belief that well-designed spaces influence the way we live and work and through good design we can align ourselves to an improved way of life. Aimee has been involved in the MOAD building upgrade, which in addition to the museum now includes a number of retail/maker spaces, a basement speakeasy concept and serviced offices.
Stephen Hobbs graduated from Wits University with a BAFA (Hons.) in 1994. Since 1994, Hobb’s personal practice has been centred around Johannesburg as a reference. He was the curator of the Market Theatre Galleries (Johannesburg) from 1994 to 2000, Co-Director of the purpose built Gallery Premises (2004-2008) at the Joburg Theatre. Since 2001 he has co-directed the artist collaborative and public art consultancy – The Trinity Session. And since 2004 has co- produced a range of multi-medium urban and network-focused projects, with Marcus Neustetter, under the collaborative name Hobbs/Neustetter.
LESLEY LOKKO trained as an architect before becoming an academic and is the author of ten best-selling novels. She has a PhD in Architecture from the University of London and spent over a decade teaching at schools of architecture in the UK, USA and South Africa. In 2004, her first novel was published, which was followed by nine more best-sellers over the next ten years. She recently returned to academia and is currently Head of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.
MacGarry holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Witwatersrand, an Honours in Business Management from the Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town (UCT), and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural, Literary and Visual Studies from UCT. From 2009 - 2013, MacGarry worked as Art Director for the corporate collections of Yellowwoods (Spier, Hollard and Nando’s). In 2010 she curated 'National Treasures' with works from the 100-year-old collection of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. From 2005 to 2009, MacGarry held the position of David Krut Projects, Gallery Director in Johannesburg. Since late 2014, MacGarry has been the Curator of the FNB JoburgArtFair, the largest and most established art fair on the continent. In 2015, MacGarry spearheaded a dense programme of experimental film and live performance in an effort to cultivate an ongoing dialogue with dynamic new art forms. As founder of L’MAD Collection, she also collaborates with artists to create limited edition fashion collections that promote local artists and designers.
Hlonipha Mokoena received her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2005. She is currently an associate professor and researcher at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her articles have been published in: Journal of Natal and Zulu History; Journal of Religion in Africa; Journal of Southern African Studies; Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa and Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing. Her first book is on Magema M. Fuze, author of the Abantu Abamnyama Lapa Bavela Ngakona (1922) / The Black People and Whence They Came (1979).
Nimay Parekh is the managing director and owner of FLNT+TNDR (Flint and Tinder), a digital agency, design and mobile application development firm. Nimay studied and began his career in New York, spending more than 10 years in the tech and start up industry. Nimay made the move back to South Africa and was appointed head of business development at OgilvyOne South Africa, Ogilvy & Mather's digital offering. In its first 3 years, Flint and Tinder has been awarded some of the top accolades in the African digital agency landscape.