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Lynette Ntuli

Lynette Ntuli is the Founding Director and CEO of Innate Investment Solutions, a professional services firm in the built environment that provides property and infrastructure development services; and enterprise asset management solutions. Ntuli has held senior leadership roles in the commercial, development and investment spheres of the property management and trade and investment sectors, and serves as a non executive director on listed, unlisted and public sector boards and real estate organisations.

Passionate about youth development and leadership, Lynette is a Founding Director and Chairman of IgniteSA.com. Lynette is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow and a 2018 Tutu Fellow.

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices.

His work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Paul is Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. The organization maps and models the scaling of one hundred substantive technological, social, and ecological solutions to global warming.

Edward Colle

Edward is a 3rd generation family member in the business, which started in the 1950s in Europe and has evolved into a global network of companies which has a physical presence in 5 continents. His passion for the industry and the sustainability thereof is what drives him on a daily basis.

In 2008 he officially joined the Belgotex business, after he studied graphic design in Stellenbosch. Creativity has always driven him and has opened his world to various insights and opinions, which he says allow him to see the world as “grey” – there is no black or white in life.

After starting on the factory floor and getting to know the staff on a personal level, he slowly moved through the business taking learnings from each stage of his journey. He has recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, an exciting and dynamic move for him and the company.

In this role he aims to evolve the business into a purpose driven organization which has a significant impact on the generation that follows him.

Dorah Modise

Dorah Modise (nee Nteo) is the CEO and an executive director of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).
She is a sustainability specialist with over 16 years’ experience in the field. She previously served as a Strategic Executive Director: City Sustainability at the City of Tshwane where she was responsible for developing and implementing the City Green programme, and ensuring that the City becomes the greenest, most sustainable city in Africa.

Until December 2012, Modise was a Chief Policy Advisor for Sustainable Development within the South African Government Department of Environmental Affairs where she led the development and implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, South Africa’s engagements in global sustainable development negotiations, the environment sector green economy response including the establishment and management of the national green fund. Modise also led the National Environmental Outlook Reporting Processes and the Generation of Environmental Statistics.

Modise holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS); A Master of Arts Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Sussex, UK; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; and a National Diploma & B-Tech Degree in Environmental Health from the Tshwane University of Technology.

She is currently a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Government Advisory Group, the SA Network of the United Nations Global Compact, the GIBS Sustainable Development Advisory Panel and a Non-Executive Director of the Council for Geosciences Board.

James Law

James Law JP is an architect and entrepreneur. Renowned for creating the philosophy of Cybertecture in which a better world is designed with technology to alleviate suffering for mankind, his company’s projects cover buildings, spaces, technologies, education and social enterprises.

James is a Justice of the Peace, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum; a Council Member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation; Board Member of the Hong Kong Design Centre, Board Adviser of the Hong Kong Designers Association, and Member of Hong Kong Trade Development Council Real Estate Advisory Board.

James is the founder of architecture and space design firm – James Law Cybertecture; laboratory for future investment firm – Cybertecture X; design education institution – Cybertecture Academy, and social innovation NGO – Cybertecture for Humanity.

James and his companies are winners of multiple international awards including the FT Asian Innovation Award, Edison Award for Innovation, Design for Asia Award, HSBC World Architecture Award.

James received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London and is a chartered architect of Royal Institute of British Architects, Architects Registration Board UK, Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Architects Registration Board Hong Kong.

James has a passion for art, social innovation and travel. He resides in Hong Kong, London and Dubai with his family.

Faieda Jacobs

Faieda is responsible for Strategic Projects at Old Mutual Property. The team currently consists of 43 people who manage retail, office and industrial assets of approx. R12 billion. Retail assets include Cavendish Square and Gateway, and the Portside Development, which has a 5 star Green Star SA rating is part of the office portfolio. Faieda’s extensive background in property management, property asset management and people management enables her to bring her managerial flair and analytical skills to the fore.

Faieda has 30 years of experience in property, ranging from valuations to property management and asset management. Prior to her current position at Old Mutual Property, she was a property manager at Fountainhead Property Trust and Allan Gray Property Trust, managing the Office and Industrial Portfolios for 5 years. Before that she spent 3 years with Drake & Scull Facilities Management as an Account Manager.

She launched her career in property at Old Mutual Properties in 1984, heading up the Valuations department, then moved into property management, until leaving for Drake & Scull. Faieda sits on the Executive Committee of Old Mutual Property and serves on the Board of the Central City Improvement District.

Nkosinathi Manzana

Nkosinathi Manzana is the Head: Professional & Technical Services within the Group Real Estate Services of Standard Bank. In this role, Nkosinathi is responsible for Development Management of strategic properties, Maintenance, Engineering & Energy Management.

Nkosinathi has over nineteen years experience in the built environment in South Africa and has been involved in the planning, design and implementation of a broad range of multi-disciplinary projects such as transport infrastructure, buildings, petrochemical pipelines and pump stations, ports and municipal engineering services.

During this time he has developed a keen interest in the subjects of sustainability, green buildings and energy management. He forms part of the core Standard Bank team that has overseen the certification of four bank owned building in the last three years.

Anne Kerr

Dr Anne Kerr has been a driving force in Mott MacDonald’s businesses relating to the development of future cities and urban living for around 30 years. Having recognised the need to focus attention on developing themes of holistic community development she established the Future Cities Working Group which coordinated thought leaders and practitioners across the Group some years ago. This Working Group is now a Global Initiative which sets targets for growth across the entire business, considers the development of communities and connectors in a holistic manner, and encompasses every sector within which we provide consultancy services. From the start of her career Anne has been engaged in the delivery of projects from concept through implementation in an integrated manner. The benefits of this approach can be seen in community and new town developments in various countries. She has been constant in “putting people and their needs first” and espouses the view “what is the city but the people” so embraces the social health and well being aspects as essential components before considering infrastructure and the built environment.

Anne has worked on city scale projects in over 30 countries, has been seconded into government agencies to advise and work in partnership on the development of implementation plans and programmes, and thus has a broad understanding of how to better align public and private sector drivers.

Anne works across various organisations and institutions and is currently an Adviser to the HK Trade Development Council Infrastructure Advisory Committee which examines the role of HK in the external market (Belt and Road and the Greater Bay Area), is Vice Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and is chair of the Chambers Smart City Forum, among other roles.

Dr Makhosi Khoza

Makhosi Khoza is a Civil Activist and former Member of Parliament who served as chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration. She holds a PhD in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Social Science. The corruption and maladministration in the local sphere of government led her to join OUTA as an Executive Director and Head of their Local Division.

Edward Garrod

Edward Garrod is a sustainability strategist and environmental designer of award winning green projects in over twenty countries. He has a passion for design communication, translating analysis into actionable design strategies, and helping clients to develop compelling visions for their projects. Edward joined Integral Group, based in its London office, Elementa Consulting, as a Principal in 2014 having spent three years as a Partner at Foster + Partners. In 2017 his team created LETI – the London Energy Transformation Initiative that has brought together the design and construction sector in London to develop recommendations for transitioning energy policy in London towards Zero Emissions. He holds degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College London. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and Europe’s first Fitwel Ambassador.

Luyanda Mpahlwa

Luyanda is a Cape Town based Architect /Urban Design practitioner and commentator on various design and socially relevant matters especially Design for Social Change, and the urban condition of African Cities. He obtained his Masters in Architecture at the Technical University in Berlin and is the Director of Luyanda Mpahlwa DesignSpaceAfrica, an Architecture and Design firm he founded in 2009. Until then he was a partner at MMA Architects for 12 years. His education in South Africa was interrupted when he was incarcerated on Robben Island Prison in 1981 for his role in the anti-apartheid struggle. After his release in 1986, he left for Germany, where he spent 15 years in exile, and relocated back to Cape Town in 2000.

He has received various design Awards, including SAIA/Corobrik Award of Excellence in 2006 for the South African Embassy building in Berlin, Germany. He was the recipient of USA based Curry Stone Design Prize in 2008 for the Design Indaba Sandbag Low Cost House in Mitchells Plein, Cape Town. In 2010 Luyanda was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from the Walter Sisulu University for his contribution to innovative design and technology and upliftment of communities.

He is currently serving in various boards, including the Robben Island Museum, he is a Council member of the Walter Sisulu University and is the newly elected Vice President of the South African Institute of Architects(SAIA). His company is a member of the Green Building Council SA.

Maria Chiara Pastore

Maria Chiara Pastore (1980) is an independent researcher and Course Instructor at Politecnico di Milano (Urban Design Studio). In March 2013 she concluded her PhD at Politecnico di Milano with a research on the relation between water and urban planning, particularly in rapid urbanizing African cities. Her research and professional interests regard the relation between the development of water and sanitation systems and urban environments, urban planning in Africa, adaptive planning in relation to rapid growing cities, and disaster risk reduction.

As an urban planner, Pastore worked on the Masterplan for EXPO 2015 (with Stefano Boeri Architetti), the Masterplan for the city of Dar es Salaam in 2011 the Masterplan Tirana 030 – focus infrastructure (with Stefano Boeri Architects).

Since 2014, she is consultant to the World Bank (GFDRR) and the Government of Malawi  for the production of post-disaster guidelines.

Pastore is a member of the research project FARB funded by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Politecnico di Milano “Learning From Disasters: Methods, Tools and Techniques for Resilient Urban Areas”, which deals with the most important seismic events in Italy over the last 50 years, in order to contribute to the production of post-earthquake reconstruction guidelines.

In 2017 she worked as consultant, together with Stefano Boeri, for the Commissario Speciale Sisma 2016,  from the reconstruction post-earthquake in central Italy, and now leads the Research Department at Stefano Boeri Architetti, particularly working on Urban Forestry.

Jacob Maroga

Jacob Maroga has over 30 years operational and executive experience in various industrial sectors spanning from mining, petro chemicals, energy and public property infrastructure. He holds several qualifications including a B.Sc. in Engineering (Electrical) from Wits University (1985) and an Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School (2000). He has operated in various engineering and managerial positions at Anglo Gold, AECI, Sasol and Eskom.

Jacob Maroga is the former CEO of Eskom where he spend 14 years of his career and occupied various senior management positions in the Distribution and Transmission Divisions.

He is currently the Acting Head of the Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE) of the Department of Public Works.

Rob Peña

Rob Peña is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington where he teaches architectural design and building science with an emphasis on ecological design and high-performance buildings. With the UW Center for Integrated Design he is helping convene knowledge communities to re-imagine the future of our cities. Rob works regionally with design teams on the development of high performance and net-zero energy buildings.

Since inception of the Bullitt Center, Rob has worked with the Bullitt Foundation, the Miller Hull Partnership, and Schuchart Construction, on the design and development of this groundbreaking high performance building.

Ipeleng Mkhari

Ipeleng Nonkululeko Mkhari founded Delta Property Fund Ltd. and Motseng Investment Holdings. Currently, Ms. Mkhari is Director, Chief Executive & Operating Officer at Motseng Investment Holdings.

She is also on the board of 38 other companies. In her past career she held the position of National Chairman at Women’s Property Network and Non-Executive Director at Delta Property Fund Ltd.

She received an undergraduate degree from University of Natal.

Dr Morné du Plessis

Morné du Plessis is the Chief Executive of WWF South Africa since September 2007. Among memberships of several Trusts and advisory boards, he is the Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS).

Before joining WWF South Africa, Morné was the director of one of only six national Centres of Excellence in South Africa, at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of the University of Cape Town. Before that he held research and management positions at the former Natal Parks Board and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively.

Morné has presented keynote lectures and scientific presentations at a wide range of local and international conferences, and authored or co-authored over 50 scientific publications in the fields of conservation biology and environmental science. He was awarded the South African National Research Foundation’s President’s Award in 1996. In 2000, he was listed among the Mail & Guardian’s “Most Promising 100 Young South Africans in the New Millennium”.

Morné has degrees in Agriculture and Zoology from Stellenbosch and Pretoria universities, an Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business (Cape Town), and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Cape Town.