Monde Sitole

Monde Sitole is an educational strategist, columnist, adventurer and the pioneer of the NextSchool Initiative. Based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Sitole has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice and also scaled Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, and Mount Denali, the highest summit in North America. He has his sights set on climbing Mount Everest without bottled oxygen to raise awareness and funds for girl child education and empowerment.

Sitole is an ambassador for the UN’s A World at School, the Brookings Institute and Girl Up. Among other accolades, he has been included in the prestigious Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans list, The Young Independent’s 100 Trailblazers and the Superbalist 100.

Sitole’s NextSchool Initiative will culminate in the building of Monde Sitole Primary School in Lady Frere.

Sitole’s belief in the importance of empowering and inspiring South Africa’s youth through education is central to the vision of The Monde Sitole Foundation and the multi-faceted and innovative educational work that falls under its umbrella.

John Gilmour

John Gilmour is the founder of the LEAP Science and Maths Schools and co-founder of Bridge and the South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition.

LEAP is a leading learning organisation which aims to give young South Africans the academic and life skills they need to become future leaders.

John co-founded Bridge with Dr Mamphela Ramphele; Bridge focusses on linking and replicating innovation in education.

In collaboration with other leaders in education, John co-founded The South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition. The Coalition represents a collection of intervention-based independent and public schools and organisations committed to transforming the lives of socio-economically vulnerable children.

Robyn Farah

Robyn Farah is involved with pushing the hardware and tech growth to better in Africa. Her main business is KAT-O which builds hardware prototypes for clients, we also run monthly talks around tech and innovation called #TechTalkCPT.

She runs three of South Africa’s most active tech/maker communities; Arduino Cape Town, Modern Alchemists and Women in Tech Cape Town. She was a partner in Curiosity Campus, which taught people all sorts of tech skills from Python, building and coding your own robot, creating VR environments.

In 2015 was invited to be a guest lecturer at MIT and to attend the World Maker Faire in New York.

Gavin Marshall

As the Head of MXit Innovation, Gavin has the enormously important task of leading the team that develops new features, entertainment and technologies that keep the mobile social network’s community enthralled.

Gavin has made it his business to understand MXit’s user base and the types of mobile social networking interaction that they will want and need in the future. This, coupled with his knowledge of developing trends in the global market, allows him and his team to create the type of platform that keeps the community coming back for more.

Gavin has been involved in technology and social networking research and development for over ten years.

Ben Malphrus

Dr Malphrus is head of Space Science at Morehead State University in the US. He served as project director of the design and construction of the 13 M Morehead Radio Telescope and the 21 M Space Tracking Antenna operated by the Space Science Center.

Recently, Dr. Malphrus has been involved in promoting, capitalizing, designing, and constructing a $15.6 million state-of-the-art research, development, and education center for the space science program.

He has initiated and participated in numerous educational initiatives including the development of space science and astrophysics degree programs at Morehead State.