Speakers

Prof Mauricio Mejia
Prof Mauricio Mejia
Designer, Scholar, and Educator
G. Mauricio Mejía is a designer, scholar, and educator. He is an Associate Professor of design at Arizona State University. His work focuses on design for transformation, change, and futures. He explores emergent and strategic design practices such as visual sense making, interaction design, service design, organizational design, and design futures. He has collaborated in diverse projects that include areas such as engineering, sustainability, public health, and business. Dr. Mejía has published works in visual communication, interaction design, human-computer interaction, transdisciplinary collaboration, and design for change.
Dr René Alicia Smith
Dr René Alicia Smith
Durban University of Technology
Dr René Alicia Smith is founding Festival Director of the Arts and Design Digital Festival (Digifest) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design.
Dr Sean Montgomery
Dr Sean Montgomery
Founder: Connected Future Labs, USA
Sean Montgomery is a new-media artist, technologist, and educator in New York City. Using research methodologies combined with emerging technologies, Sean takes a trans-disciplinary look at the human condition to examine the changing relationship between the physical and metaphysical world. From developing wearable bio-sensors and algorithms that derive meaning from sensor data, to creating interactive new-media art installations that have shown around the world, Sean’s work focuses on how technology can enhance our understanding of ourselves and create new ways for people to interact with one another and the objects around them
Ritesh Kanjee
Ritesh Kanjee
Founder: Augmented Startups, South Africa
Ritesh Kanjee is a funky master’s graduate in Electronic Engineering who started his online school called Augmented Startups and now has over 73'000 subscribers on YouTube and over 50'000 students on his Augmented AI Academy. He teaches the state of the art on trending tech topics in AI, Computer Vision, Augmented Reality and Robotics.
Dr Steve Ndinga-Koumba-Binza
Dr Steve Ndinga-Koumba-Binza
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Hugues Steve Ndinga-Koumba-Binza obtained his doctoral degree in African Languages, on a phonetics-phonology topic, from Stellenbosch University. He says of himself that he is “a trained linguist and phonetician, but a lexicographer by accident and a historian by necessity”. His research endeavours in the fields of linguistics, phonetics, lexicography and ethnohistory focus mainly on African languages and cultures.
Sibongile Musundwa
Sibongile Musundwa
Director: The Hive Network South Africa
Sibongile Musundwa is a creative industries advocate based in South Africa. She has an MA in Media Theory and Practice, experience in multidisciplinary research and project delivery. She is a Harvard South Africa fellow, and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School in January 2020. Sibongile is currently the Director of The Hive Network SA, a Creative Hub and Accelerator Programme that invests in young creative entrepreneurs in South Africa.
Elisa Bellero
Elisa Bellero
University of Verona, Italy
I graduated in classical literature in 2004 at the University of Verona and then I attended an annual master's degree in Integrated Business Management. Since 2007 I have worked in the Marketing and Communication department of various companies and since 2010 I have been holding the role of Marketing Manager at Laica SpA. In 2017 I followed a new Master to specialize in digital marketing, focusing in particular on the field of business storytelling. Since 2013 I have been collaborating with the Linguistic Department of the University of Verona
Prof Pete Burnett
Prof Pete Burnett
Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Adjunct Professor Pete Burnett is an academic in the Department of Video Technology, a position he has held for the last 34 years. His qualifications are diverse, ranging from electronic engineering, through teaching, to film and television. He served as HOD for many years, as well as other roles including an Advisor to the Minister of Communication. He has worked on many global television productions, such as the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
David Tshabalala
David Tshabalala
Durban University of Technology, South Africa
David Tshabalala is a Fine Art lecturer and a Programme-Co-ordinator at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He holds a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and he is currently registered for PhD in Visual and Performing Arts at DUT. As a practicing artist, his works comment on issues around loss, memories and spirituality. He had number of exhibitions both in national and international galleries such as UNISA Gallery, Warren Robbins Gallery (Michigan, USA) etc.
Tasneem Seedat
Tasneem Seedat
Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Tasneem Seedat is a lecturer in the Department of Media, Language and Communication at the Durban University of Technology. She has a Masters in Cultural and Media Studies. With a background in television production, her interests lie in audio-visual communication and the application of audio-visual media in various environments
Andréia Machado Oliveira
Andréia Machado Oliveira
LabInter, Brazil
Andréia Machado Oliveira (Porto Alegre/Brazil) is an associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Visual Arts at Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil and in the Undergraduate Program in Fine Arts at UFSM. She has a Doctorate in Computing Technology in Education from UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul), Brazil and the Université de Montréal (UdM) in Canada (2010); a Masters in Institutional and Social Psychology from UFRGS; a Licentiate Diploma (1999) and Bachelor in Fine Arts (1994) from UFRGS.
Luyanda Zindela
Luyanda Zindela
Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Born in 1991, Luyanda Zindela is a visual artist based in Durban, South Africa. He completed his BTech Degree in Fine art in 2012, as well as his Master’s Degree in Fine Art in 2019 at the Durban University of Technology. He was the recipient of the ABSA L’atelier Art Competition Merit Award in 2014 and became a fellow of the Ampersand Foundation’s artist’s-in-residency programme in New York in 2015. Zindela was also the recipient of the runners up prize for the Sasol New Signatures art competition in 2019. Zindela has curated a number of group exhibitions locally, most notably the A Change in the Narrative: group exhibition of Gerard Sekoto Award winners at the Absa Bank Gallery in Johannesburg in 2017 as well as An_unfurling
Camila dos Santos
Camila dos Santos
LabInter, Brazil
Camila dos Santos is a master student in the Visual Arts program at UFSM and holds Bachelors degrees in Theater from UFSM. She is a member of LabInter (Interdisciplinary Interactive Laboratory) – (https://www.ufsm.br/laboratorios/labinter/) at the Federal University of Santa Maria/RS (UFSM) and of the gpc.interArtec/CNPq research group. CV link: http://lattes.cnpq.br/2252201868050625
Niresh Singh
Niresh Singh
Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Specialist IT Technician: Video Technology Works at the Durban University of Technology in the Department of Video Technology Qualifications: Bachelor of Technology in Video Technology
Luiz Augusto Alvim
Luiz Augusto Alvim
LabInter, Brazil
Luiz Augusto Alvim is an undergraduate student in the acoustic engineering program at UFSM and holds a scholarship from the Practices in Art, Sciences and Technology Fund (PRPGP - UFSM). He is a member of LabInter (Interdisciplinary Interactive Laboratory) – (https://www.ufsm.br/laboratorios/labinter/) at the Federal University of Santa Maria/RS (UFSM) and of the gpc.interArtec/CNPq research group. CV link: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6824019359584158
Laurence CASSIER-ETSIFOSAINE
Laurence CASSIER-ETSIFOSAINE
ESA, Reunion Island
“Laurence CASSIER-ETSIFOSAINE was born in Saint Pierre, Reunion Island. She decides to become an international hostess. She goes to Monaco to do her school there. To her credit, she speaks 3 modern foreign languages at that time. However, after a year spent rubbing shoulders with the stars of French Riviera between Monaco and The Palais des Festivals in Cannes, she moves back to Reunion Island to study English at its university. In 1994, she left to Galway (Ireland) for a year. She is one of the pioneers of the famous program ERASMUS-LINGUA. It thus opens the way for other students to go there studying as she comes back rich in cultural discoveries. She presents her Master's thesis on Ireland especially through Seamus Heaney's poetry
Robin Sewlal
Robin Sewlal
Associate Director: Journalism at the Durban University of Technology (DUT)
Advocate Robin Sewlal is the Associate Director: Journalism at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He is the legal representative on the Institutional Research Ethics Committee, and Chairperson of the Senate Rules Committee. Adv Sewlal has served as a Commissioner at the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), Convenor of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year competition, and Chairperson of the Board at King Dinuzulu Hospital
Franklin Huizies
Franklin Huizies
Community Radio
Franklin Huizies has 25 years of experience in the community radio sector in South Africa and globally. In 2006, the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) appointed him as the national CEO. Two years later, Franklin was co-opted as Vice President for Southern and East Africa on the Africa chapter of AMARC (World Forum for community radio). In 2009, Unesco contracted him as part of an expert panel to look at sustainability challenges and best practice within the community radio sector, and was then elected International Treasurer for AMARC. Franklin owns & manages ComRadio, a company providing expert support services to ensure growth and development within community radio. Franklin is national adviser for the NCRF and freelance community radio consultant with BioWatch & AMARC
Sifiso Shange
Sifiso Shange
Artist
Sifiso Shange is a modern artist from Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. He embarked on a journey of self-discovery in the year of 2009, where his love for art and design grow stronger. Sifiso studied and excelled in the field of study graduating Cum Laude in 2013 for his National Diploma in Interior Design at DUT. He finished his Bachelor of Technology in Interior Design in 2014 where he was ranked top 3 in the class. In 2015, he made it to the top 3 finalists for the design reality show Win A Home on SABC 3. Sifiso's spiritual and cultural journey inspired and motivated him to create art and design that would preserve his experiences and his culture, this gave birth to his art and design lifestyle brand Afri Modern.