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The Secretariat Team
Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina
Geci was contracted as the CTIN National Organiser in 2018, at a time where she had also accepted a Visiting Research Fellow role at the Wits School of Governance. She has a background in using tech and innovation to work with communities and is also a thought-leader who is Associated with South African Cities Network (SACN), a public urban governance learning network.
Her previous roles include being the Executive Manager for Programmes at SACN; developing knowledge and evaluation systems for National Treasury’s Neighbourhood Development Programme; managing research programmes at the CSIR and HSRC, and working as a technology associate at the UCLA Advanced Policy Institute.
Her research interests span a range of development foresight, policy, planning and practice topics, particularly relating to urban governance, socio-technical systems, and innovation systems. She is also a co-editor of the Innovation Africa book series (2016, 2020) and an associate editor on several journals on futures.
Sibabalwe is Programme Co-ordinator at the CTIN, a social justice activist, researcher, and social entrepreneur. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Cape Town. She also graduated with her Bachelor of Honours in Justice and Transformation from the same institution.
Previously, Sibabalwe was the Programme Co-ordinator for the Black Economic Empowerment research project at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies. Her professional background is also in the South African civil society sector which allowed her to sit on various panels, present in Parliament, co-author opinion pieces, and carry out numerous media interviews. Her interests include building an active and informed citizenry and using policy and budget advocacy to effect change.
Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe
Melissa was appointed as a journalist at JamLab and CTIN in 2018. She is a graduate of Rhodes University, she holds an honours degree in Journalism and Media Studies and a BA degree in Journalism and Media Studies and English Language and Linguistics.
She is interested in researching and advancing civic tech, social innovation, digital rights in Africa. She is also a research fellow at the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) focusing on examining the use of civic tech during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.
Nkosinathi is an Urban Planning graduate and a Wits alumni. While studying planning he took a lot of interest in issues surrounding urban governance and the ability of the State to be transparent and accountable to its constituents. He recently completed a postgraduate qualification in Business Administration at the Wits Business School.
Nkosinathi has worked in the education space, as part of the Student Equity and Talent Management Unit which facilitates a number of pre-university and university programmes including the Targeting Talent Programme. He played a significant part in his 2 years there as part of the projects team that brought these projects to life. He currently writes as part of a collective of bloggers writing about youth issues.
Majaha is a Research Associate at CTIN. He holds a BSc Honours in Geographic Information Systems and an MPhil in Southern Urbanism from the University of Cape Town.
His research interests include open government data and civic tech. He has recently co-authored an academic paper titled – “Exploring the Challenges of Implementing Open Data Initiatives in South African Municipalities”. Majaha previously worked in the urban development sector.
Lwazi Maseko is a journalist writing for Jamlab and CTIN. She recently completed a short editorial internship at Bloomberg’s Johannesburg bureau. She subsequently joined Africa Check to support a pilot project, which was a WhatsApp fact-checking bot named Kweli, as a journalist.
Lwazi is a BA Honours in Journalism and Media studies graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. She has an interest in learning and understanding news related topics or ideas that continue to shape society, especially the use of social media and how it’s changed the journalism space.
Indra de Lanerolle
Indra founded the CTIN project in 2017 and was active in managing it until he took a leave of absence in July 2019. He was also the director of the Journalism and Media Lab (JamLab) at Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Jamlab hosted the Civic Tech Innovation Network as well as running an accelerator programme for media innovation. Indra is a visiting researcher and adjunct lecturer on the Journalism and Media programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he teaches television journalism and media entrepreneurship. He has conducted research on Internet access and use in Africa and published his work in academic journals as well as newspapers. He has also presented his work at Oxford University and Harvard. He was a senior producer at the BBC and co-founded and ran one of South Africa’s leading television companies.
Tshepo Tshabalala is a web editor for www.journalism.co.za, the Journalism and Media Lab (JamLab). He also edited the Civic Tech Innovation Network online publications. He is also a sub-editor for Wits Vuvuzela’s print and online publications at Wits Journalism.
Tshepo’s work has appeared in radio, print, wire services and online in South Africa and various other countries in Africa. He has worked as a reporter at Thomson Reuters Johannesburg bureau, Forbes Africa publications, a freelance contributor to SmartPlanet and web producer for Business Day, Financial Mail and BusinessLIVE. He is a Chevening Scholar and an EVA Junior Business Fellow. He has a Master in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and is currently completing a Master in Journalism degree. Tshepo is now part of the CTIN Reference Group.