Happenings - Our Stories

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Adewale Adejumo

Adewale Adejumo, or Wale as he prefers to be called, is the Founder and Managing Director of Zasttra - one of the fastest growing online retail stores in South Africa.
An entrepreneur, with a postgraduate degree in Marketing, Finance, Banking and Investment, has been recognised a number of times for his business acumen and ‘forward-thinking’, this includes being selected as Destiny MAN’s 40 under 40 Entrepreneurs (2017), The Young Independent Newspapers 100 Young Innovators in South Africa of 2017, and one of Nedbank’s 25 young future change-makers in South Africa (2015). He’s also been nominated to be in the Top 10 Black Tech & eCommerce Entrepreneurs in South Africa (2016), and was selected by Google Startup Grind as one of the Top 40 start-ups worldwide to present in San Francisco.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Cindy Mkaza-Siboto

Recognised as one of the 100 Brightest Young Minds in Africa, Cindy Mkaza-Siboto is the co-founder of Emagqabini Education Academy, an educational non-profit organisation operating in Site B Khayelitsha.

The organisation - which was established to assist young people from the township through academic support, mentorship and career planning- started off assisting 15 learners and today supports more than 100 young people.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Richard Mulholland

Richard Mulholland is an ex-Rock ‘n Roll roadie, entrepreneur and renowned speaker who has presented his ideas in many countries including Canada, Puerto Rico, UK, USA, Germany, Kenya and Pakistan.

Passionate about problem-solving and spreading ideas, Richard spends his time doing what he loves -  activating his audience. When he’s not doing that he can be found coaching many top CEOs and TED speakers.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Lauren Jacobs

Lauren Jacobs is a ‘Her’storian, a word she chooses to describe herself as she is passionate about discovering and sharing women’s stories, especially from the past. She hopes the TEDxCapeTown speaker experience will be filled with personal growth and fresh vision for the future. She adds that, “I hope to see lives changed. I hope the audience will be deeply moved, especially women when they hear that their stories and their lives hold unique value and deserve to be preserved for future generations. We all are a living story and we will leave something behind that deserves re-telling.”  

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Gill Grose

Gill Grose describes herself simply as a sixty-something serial volunteer who is a book, travel and tree lover, but there is far more to her story.

When the ex-librarian retired more than eight years ago, Gill looked for something constructive to keep her occupied and through a series of events she landed up volunteering 30 minutes of her time twice a week to help children who were struggling at school.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Preston Jongbloed

The talented Preston Jongbloed loves people, something that shines through in every project he takes on whether it is public speaking or presenting on the radio. He currently dedicates much of his time to the Refocus Foundation, an organisation which specialises in working with youth at risk. This opportunity has provided him a platform to inspire troubled youth and prisoners, and change their lives for the better.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Verity Price

Verity is a former singer/songwriter who became one of the forerunners of crowdfunding in South Africa when she sold 2000 copies of her album that ‘didn’t exist’ in 2006. As a result, she is a sought after speaker on innovation and the power of thinking differently, and now owns and runs TAP Results where she’s a full-time speaker and facilitator.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Sam Beckbessinger

Sam Beckbessinger is a writer, user-experience designer and entrepreneur who is on a quest to help the emerging middle class understand how to take charge of their finances. Author of ‘Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up’, she is also a co-founder of Lettuce, an app that wants to make managing your money as simple as making toast.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Ruth Hall

Ruth Hall, a Professor at the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, is an accomplished academic whose research on land and agrarian reform in South Africa spans 23 years.

Passionate about social justice, Ruth says her mission is “to make land reform sexy” , and is excited about the opportunity to present her case on the matter at TEDxCapeTown’s main event on Saturday, 17 November 2018.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Jared Molko

Jared Molko is an ex-Googler who has worked across Africa, Europe and the Middle East, training and educating people on Google products and delivering digital transformation programmes to top multi-nationals across the globe. He is now focusing his attention towards the intersection between technology and psychology, more specifically, leveraging data-driven intelligence to improve job placement and skills development.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Ndoni Mcunu

Ndoni Mcunu is a PhD Candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Global Change Institute and the Founder & CEO of Black Women in Science (BWIS). She's passionate about improving the lives of our youth, specifically young women. “I believe that education is a tool to enable improved and informed personal and professional decisions. It could also be a tool to empowering rural and disadvantaged young women to improve their livelihood, ” she says.

#HumansBehindTEDxCT Wyomia Mouwers

Here follows a small introduction to the force of nature that is Wyomia Mouwers. Wyomia joined the TEDxCapeTown team in 2015 after attending a recruitment drive and she hasn’t looked back since.

As per usual, the first question on our lips is what exactly drew Wyomia to TEDx and what she loves about working with the TEDxCapeTown team. “I enjoy interacting with like-minded people who want to make a positive contribution in society”, she answered. Furthermore, she boasts about how TEDx enables her to explore and develop skills in a safe environment of encouraging individuals.

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Kerry Sink

Dr. Kerry Sink is the Marine Programme Manager and Principal Scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). She loves what she does, which entails exploring the ocean and mapping all the habitat types in South Africa’s oceans, assessing the state of marine biodiversity, supporting the establishment of Marine Protected Areas, and training a new generation of marine scientists with a passion for sustainable oceans.

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Dane Duplessis

Dane Duplessis is based at the port of Cape Town, where he works as a coordinator for the non-profit organisation Biblia, a South African Christian NGO, that inspects boats in an effort to find victims of slave labour. His key responsibility is to create awareness around slave labour among international fisherman that enter the port. “I am passionate about human rights and business governance,” he says.

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Tim Conibear

Tim Conibear is the Founding Director of Waves for Change (W4C), a Surf Therapy organisation that is looking to make the provision of therapy more child-friendly. W4C is a multi-award winning organisation based in Cape Town, led by surfers and mental health professionals, in partnership with township communities and the University of Cape Town.

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Michael Markovina

Michael Markovina, is a Consultant for Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) SmartFish Programme, and the co-founder of Moving Sushi, a non profit company that ‘uses scientific exploration and open access data to better understand the social, economic and biological needs for the conservation and sustainable use of key African marine resources.’ [Source MovingSushi.com]