Civic Tech for Food Security
The Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN) will be hosting an online webinar to discuss the role of civic tech and digital transformation in food security, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is intended to open a discussion about leveraging civic tech in mobilising communities and enabling public engagement to assist with food and hunger issues.
Co-Founder at Food Equity, Equality and Democracy
Kevin Naidoo has spent many years as an entrepreneur, exploring how business, technology and culture could be used as mechanisms for change. This included time in sectors as varied as financial services (working predominantly with under- and un-serviced communities), software development and technology (particularly in financial services), agribusiness, the food and beverage industry, the creative industries (with a primary focus on the music industry) and the social enterprise/non-profit space (particularly with social entrepreneurship and indigenous knowledge); with exposure throughout the African continent.
Founder and Chief Executive of Chapter One Innovation
Rori Tshabalala is founder and Chief Executive of Chapter One Innovation, a 10-year old business model research and development firm that brings ideas to life – building, investing in and launching high-impact, “born-big” ventures and supporting corporates to do the same. In his role at Chapter One, Rori has been involved building ventures and servicing clients globally across sectors including the mining, media, healthcare, ICT, retail, education sectors.
Food Technologist and Farming Management Professional
Namhla Skweyiya is a dynamic Food Technologist and Farming Management Professional who’s passionate for food safety, food security and human development. She holds a degree in Food Technology (Tshwane University of Technology, SA). She has also completed a in Global Risk Regulations (Michigan State University, USA), certificate in Basics of Financial Management (University of Cape Town, SA).
She has a wealth of knowledge attained through her twelve year career as a Food Technologist in two of the leading Food Retailers in South Africa; Woolworths (Pty) Ltd and Pick n Pay (Pty) Ltd. She also amassed great knowledge in the farming industry as a Farm Owner and Manager of Milane Farms (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of In2Food (Pty) Ltd. She is also a Director at Food Forward SA.
CEO of Wit’s University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct
Lesley is the CEO of Wit’s University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, an international public speaker and dialogue moderator. She is also the founder of Impact Hub Johannesburg. Her focus is on social entrepreneurship and taking African digital innovation to global markets. She breaks barriers by creating common ground between corporates, government, international developments agencies and entrepreneurs to work together. A career highlight was moderating a dialogue on Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the Future of Africa between President Barack Obama and Graca Machel at the African American Museum in Washington DC.