Jacques - the finance assistant, also known as the Jacques of all trades, is one of the many hands part of the World design capital. With a finger in every pie, he conquers the vision of Live Design. Transform Life.
Lisa da Costa Rose
Programme Administrator for WDC2014 Cape Town, with experience in local and international events including EarthHour, TEDxCapeTown, Cape Town Tourism, Design Indaba Expo, The Annual Loerie Awards and the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Nicky's 20+ years' experience in marketing and advertising (UK and SA) saw her function as a strategic marketer for blue-chip organizations across many industry sectors (automotive, retail, financial services, and public sector) providing extensive experience in dealing with complexity and scale. A 7-year stint as Managing Director of TBWA Cape Town also provides a sound foundation for operational needs.
Sibusiso works as Programme Co-ordinator at Cape Town Design NPC. He is passionate about the role that citizens can play in building better communities. Sibusiso studied B.Com Law at the University of the Free State.
Sumarie Schreiner is a marketing and communications specialist with more than 18 years' experience in the industry and a track record for delivering highly effective branding solutions. After several years spent working in the UK, Sumarie returned to South Africa in 2000 and has since led a number of highly successful major brand launches, including kulula.com, RMB Private Bank & RCS Retail Finance.
Zelda is our very own event and exhibition specialist. She was born and bred in Cape Town but considers a 3-month working experience in Chengdu (China) last year as a personal aha moment. Besides travelling and running after two toddlers she enjoys spending time at Cape Town’s many parks, food markets and festivals. She lives by the motto "be the change you want to see".
Alayne was born in Ladismith (Western Cape) and spent her formative years in Upington. She was educated at UCT and then followed a career in diplomacy.
In 1997, Alayne graduated with a Master’s degree in Communication Studies and spent some years in management consulting. She joined Microsoft Corporation at its Seattle headquarters in 2001, where she worked for 6 years in Bill Gates’s enterprise division.
Her work for Gates was intensive relationship management between the company and its 100 top enterprise accounts, connecting with CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and CFOs of the client companies.
From 2007, until she took up the position as CEO of Cape Town Design, she has had her own consulting company - working with many of South Africa’s blue chip corporations.
She rates Cape Town, New York, Washington DC, London, Dublin, Shanghai and Paris among her personal most “liveable” cities.
Assistant to Alayne Reesberg, Hlumela comes from a film and theatre background where she worked as Production Co-ordinator and Stage Manager for various companies in Cape Town. When the opportunity to be part of WDC 2014 presented itself, it was a natural step in her love for all things artistic.
Programme Manager, Jenni Kruger is a social anthropologist with an MA in Communication for Development. She has over 10 years’ varied experience in putting users at the centre of planning through action research, facilitation, strategic planning and evaluation. Through this exposure to multiple fields, she has developed a knack for understanding sustainable impact across sectors. She’s a people-weaver, a trans-disciplinary translator and she loves a big challenge.
Melene was born and bred in beautiful Cape Town. She holds a post graduate degree in Human Rights Law from the University of the Western Cape. Over the past 8 years in her career, she has gained extensive experience in an array of fields including legal and political research, drafting of legal instruments, communication, marketing; project management, managing local and international stakeholders, media liaison, providing strategic leadership and implementing strategies.
Melene has worked on a number of high-level platforms including the Constitutional Court, Western Cape High Court, The Office of the Minister of Tourism and the Office of the President of the Republic of South Africa. With her feet firmly on the ground, Melene is a confident yet humble individual with compassion and passion for people and life.
Our PR and Media Manager for WDC 2014, Priscilla, has almost 20 years experience as a media specialist. She has worked as a journalist, editor, communications manager and independent PR consultant, before joining the CTD team in March 2013. As corporate and Brand PR manager at Brandhouse Beverages (Pty) Ltd, she project-managed the launch of the Sedibeng Brewery in 2010 and in 2011 conceptualized and launched the Responsible Drinking Media Awards.
Sarena van Schalkwyk
With a hands-on approach, Sarena van Schalkwyk keeps the events moving. Her sense of delicate beauty, balanced with her need for precision, organisation and perfection, makes her the perfect event logistics coordinator.
Sonja Hibbers joined WDC2014 in January 2013 and assisted with the setup of the office. Her career started as financial planner for a semi-state company, followed by a long corporate career in office management for the Information Technology and fruit export industries. She now follows her passion for people, managing sponsor and partner relationships, being responsible for office operations and board secretarial matters.
Subhas started as a part of the Programme Team before moving to the Communications team as Content Coordinator and then, finally, becoming a Marketing Assistant at Cape Town Design ( NPC ). With a technical and a graphic background, his passion lies in making sure that all the amazing projects, work, collaborations and effort being carried out behind the scenes are creatively communicated through all mediums of digital and print.
Prior to joining World Design Capital as Chief Financial Officer, Thilda was Finance Director at FoxP2 and Montrose Foundation. She has more than 15 years of finance and business experience, having spent the majority of that time in various senior roles, working for various listed multi-national companies.