MARLON PARKER: CHAIRMAN
Marlon is a social entrepreneur and activist of using social media and mobile technology for social good. He obtained his Masters degree in Information Technology (cum laude) and is currently busy with his PhD. Marlon has produced several academic research papers, supervised postgraduate students and co-authored a published book called, “The social and economical impacts of ecommerce”. He’s also featured in the 2009 and 2010 Top Young South Africans list compiled by the Mail and Guardian.
Luvuyo completed a Bachelor of Technology degree in Business Administration and Commercial Education from Cape Peninsula University of Technology as well as an Associate in Management from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. He previously worked for Edcon, a clothing, footwear and textiles retailing group, as a credit controller and has four years’ experience as a teacher at Kwamfundo Secondary School. In addition to being the managing director at Silulo and Ulutho Technologies, he is also a member of the Khayelitsha Business Forum’s executive committee and engages in the function as a treasurer.
Dave Duarte is founder at Treeshake. As an educator and entrepreneur, he specialises in digital media, marketing and strategy. In 2014 Dave became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He also serves on Endeavor’s Venture Corps, and on the board of Mail & Guardian. Prior to launching Treeshake Dave was Programme Director at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, where he launched the first social media strategy and mobile marketing courses in Africa; headed up Creative Commons South Africa; founded the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy; and co-founded South Africa’s largest Social Media Marketing agency, Cerebra.
Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. Wallace holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Magdeburg, Germany. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and the African Journal of Information Systems.
For the past 5 years, Kamesh has served as the executive director of Social Impact Bond Solutions South Africa – an NGO that focuses on remedial intervention in impoverished areas. In this role, she successfully developed programmes that showed significant improvements in literacy and numeracy levels, and mobilised the local community to volunteer and engage with at-risk and vulnerable children. In 2015, the Department of Social Development in the Western Cape appointed Kamesh to project manage and develop a more quality-driven Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme to serve the poorest performing ECD centres in the region.