Zenariah Barends (chairperson)

Zenariah Barends is a consultant in communications, publications and project management. Prior to her consultancy she was at the Community Chest of the Western Cape, where she was responsible for publications. Zenariah has also served as the Chief of Staff at Independent Media, a subsidiary of the Sekunjalo Investment Group. Other positions worth mentioning are having served as the head of investigations at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the Western Cape, as a researcher at the Education Policy Unit (EPU) at the University of the Western Cape where she conducted research into post-apartheid higher education policy.

Zenariah served as the Chief Secretariat of the BRICS Business Council in South Africa for two years while at Sekunjalo. She has a passion for arts development and is a founder member of the Cape Cultural Collective. She has served on both corporate and non-profit boards including The South African Institute for Advancement (Inyathelo) and the Cape Cultural Collective, where she currently serves as chairperson of the board.  Zenariah has a BA (Honours) from the University of the Western Cape and is currently a first year candidate for an MPhil in Inclusive Innovation at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

Noel Daniels

holds an M.A. in Education Administration and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Institute, a private higher education institution.

He has always supported the role of artists in making learning both accessible and attractive and actively promotes the central role of the arts in all his endeavours.

Noel is the recipient of the United Nations sponsored Karmaveer Award for his contribution to leadership development. He also serves on the board and is the chairperson of Darkroom Contemporary.

Noel Daniels

holds an M.A. in Education Administration and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Institute, a private higher education institution.

He has always supported the role of artists in making learning both accessible and attractive and actively promotes the central role of the arts in all his endeavors.

Noel is the recipient of the United Nations sponsored Karmaveer Award for his contribution to leadership development. He also serves on the board and is the chairperson of Darkroom Contemporary.

Ncebakazi Mnukwana

is a lecturer in Music Education at the University of Stellenbosch  where she teaches Ethnomusicology and  World Music.

Currently she is reading for her PhD at the University of Cape Town with a special focus on umngqokolo, the overtone singing of Xhosa-speaking adolescent girls.

She has been an active member of the Cape Cultural Collective since 2012. She was the indigenous instrumental soundscaper for uHadi (2013), a poetry and musical stage production commissioned for the French South Africa Season in Paris.

Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar

is a Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Omar’s research and teaching focuses on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religion for constructive social engagement and interreligious peacebuilding. He has published extensively. 

In addition to being a university-based researcher and teacher, Omar serves as Imam at the Claremont Main Road Masjid in Cape Town, South Africa; a trustee of the Healing of Memories Institute in South Africa; a member of the Interfaith Council for Ethics Education; Arigatou International in Japan; and an advisory board member for Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa.

Pamela Mtati 

has been involved in the arts from an early age. She has  worked with Amampondo Cultural group, Manyanani, Pace dance and Jazzart.

She co-founded Women Unite in 1997.   In 2003 she established Likhwezi Arts project which aims to develop youth in the arts industry.

She is currently a teacher at Oscar Mpetha High in Gugulethu.

Pamela Mtati 

has been involved in the arts from an early age. She has  worked with Amampondo Cultural group, Manyanani, Pace dance and Jazzart.

She co-founded Women Unite in 1997.   In 2003 she established Likhwezi Arts project which aims to develop youth in the arts industry.

She is currently a teacher at Oscar Mpetha High in Gugulethu.

Siviwe Minyi

Siviwe Minyi is currently a manager for student recruitment at the University of the Western Cape. He has worked for a few NGOs including Idasa, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Getnet. He also has a passion for community media, particularly community radio. He also enjoys working within the field men and masculinities. He strives for a world that is free from all forms of discrimination and oppression. Another of his passions is working with young people in the area of mathematics and physical sciences.

 

He is completing an MPhil in Development at UWC.

Samir Saban (CA)SA 

is currently a director/partner at SSP Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors Inc.

A qualified chartered accountant with over 15 years commercial experience, he has held many senior positions  in listed and unlisted companies during his corporate career.

More recently he has been the CEO of a public listed entity after successfully listing it on the main board of the JSE in 2017.

His areas of expertise includes corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and turning businesses around as well as valuations and business planning.

Brenda Skelenge

Brenda is a Special Needs teacher and a driven social entrepreneur, currently providing learning support services using art, creativity and innovation in various communities.

She is the founder of Leaps Development and Advocacy NPO; She is also a Microsoft Global Training Partner and has developed a holistic educational support hub that facilitates training, support and transformation for youth and communities.

Brenda has placed education, creativity and technology at the centre of community development.  Under Brenda’s leadership, Trending Khalture opened and she ran Moholo LiveHouse which became a beacon of arts; hosting live music, book launches, artistic exhibitions and powerful creative discussions. These collaborations birthed Khayelitsha’s first ever free “pop-up” arts school, The Harare Academy of Inspiration. In recognition of her role, Brenda received an award from the Department of Arts and Culture in 2016.