Prof Staak is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He is responsible for all academic programmes, academic planning, the teaching and learning support unit, community engagement and the short course unit.
He previously held the position of Dean of Engineering at the Peninsula Technikon. He qualified in engineering at the University of Cape Town and completed further studies in engineering, economics and technology policy at local as well as overseas universities, most notably Oxford University which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.
He has a long-standing involvement with higher education in South Africa, having been part of the senior management of both the university and the technikon for many years…more
Professor Johannes Cronjé
Professor Johannes Cronjé is the Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He started his career as a schoolmaster at Pretoria oys High School, then became a lecturer in communication at Pretoria Technikon, and later a professor of Computers in Education at the University of Pretoria.
He holds two masters degrees and a doctorate from the Unviersity of Pretoria, and was visiting professor at universities in Norway, Finland, Sudan and Ethiopia. He has supervised more than 70 Masters and 38 doctoral students and has published more than 40 academic articles and chapters in books.
He is married to Franci and they have three children and a dog…more
For more than two decades he has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focussed on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes, and on what design can do to support it. In this perspective he started and currently coordinates, DESIS: an international network of schools of design and other design-related organisations specifically active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability (http://www.desis-network.org ).
In addition to his continuous involvement in the design for sustainability arena, he has explored and promoted design potentialities in different fields, such as: Design of Materials, in the 80s; Strategic Design, in the 90s (starting a Master in Strategic Design); Service Design, in the last ten years (starting the specific courses in Service Design).
Presently, he collaborates with the Politecnico di Milano and he is Honorary Guest Professor at the Tongji University, in Shanghai, at the Jiangnan University, in Wuxi, and at the COPPE-UFRJ, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2012 he has been Distinguished Visiting Professor, at Parsons, the New School for Design, in New York.
Throughout his professional life he has taught and carried out research at the Politecnico di Milano where he directed several national and international research projects and where he coordinated the Unit of Research DIS, the Doctorate in Design and, recently, DES: the Centre for Service Design in the Indaco Department).
Parallel to this, he has also been director and vice-president of Domus Academy (in the 90s) and Chair Professor of Design under the Distinguished Scholars Scheme at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (in 2000)…more
Director: Online Platforms, GCIS and alumnus of CPUT’s Multimedia Technology Programme
“A deep fascination with technology from an early age, together with the early realisation of how transformative access to information can be, set Aslam Levy on a path to change lives for the better and transform society.
Levy has made it his life-long journey to ensure that more citizens are able to improve their lives by better access to government services and information through an internet capable device.”
As director of social media at Government Communication and Information System, Levy is leading the charge in government for the adoption of technologies that will allow easier, cost effective and convenient citizen interaction with government.
“My vision is a public service that utilises digital innovations to make it flatter, more agile, streamlined and technology-enabled. That will see a government that is more participative, accountable, responsive, transparent and service delivery oriented,” says Levy.
To achieve this, Levy led the initiatives to develop the first mobile application for the South African government, along with a co-ordinated effort to integrate social media into the public service culture and way of working.
“With the increase in the use of mobile devices and social media by citizens, it will be through technology that we will reach into the deeper rural areas where government information can be hard to find,” says Levy.
“The adoption of these new technologies requires me to engage senior politicians with educational sessions and workshops where we unpack how we should use these new digital tools. While there still is apprehension, we have made good progress in rolling out this new digital face of government.”
As a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Levy attended the One Young World summit last year in Johannesburg as one of the four young South Africans selected by Brand South Africa. Appointed incoming curator of the Tshwane hub, he will represent the city at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Curators Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, in August. — Linda Doke “
Artist and Teacher
Andrew Putter is a Cape Town-based artist and teacher.
He set up and ran the Rondebosch Boys’ High School Design Department from 1996 – 2007, and was a co-writer for the South African National High School Design Curriculum. During the 90’s Putter was a pioneer of collaborative, cross-field cultural events in Cape Town, bringing huge groups of artists and designers from different fields together to make temporary, total culture-environments. One of these experimental events was the Mother City Queer Project, which he invented in 1994 with architect Andre Vorster, and which continues as a yearly project to this day.
Putter currently works as a consultant to the Cape Town Partnership, where he focuses on how designers and their collaborators communicate across big social divides. He has exhibited on the Venice Biennale, the Havana Bienal and at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington.
Freelance Urban Designer
Kirsten is a freelance Urban Designer and Disruptor living in Cape Town.
She is a passionate about translating urban design theory into usable tools for improving authentic city living and is researching the parameters of Open Source Urban Design in the context of the African City.
Kirsten is an advocate for social justice and believes that appropriate urban design response is birthed from empathy. After years of saying all the right things about NMT and livable cities, she decided to get on a bicycle and actually understand this intoxicating thing called cycling.