Namibian-born Dieter Brandt graduated from University of Cape Town with distinction in 2002. He is a leading pan-African spatial and creative consultant and an experienced architect.
Dieter specializes in creating places that are provocative and meaningful in a changing environment. His design provocation was key, as he served as the lead designer for Freedom Park and the new Mathematical and Sciences building for the University of Witwatersrand.
He was also the lead design consultant for Mmabatho Precinct, a proposal for an original, public and shared space precinct as part of the repositioning and rebranding of the capital of the north-west province in South Africa. Dieter’s design work also includes the designing of the South African pavilion at the 10th international Venice biennale in 2006. The exhibit work was further showcased at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London in 2007.
Dieter is a director of MVS whose focus is towards developing a Global African cultural and economic accelerator, for the creative industries with a core interest in African film production.
As founder, in 2017 Dieter registered (AEDI) Advanced Environmental Design Initiatives UG in Germany. He hopes to use ‘storytelling’ to transcend and harness meaning for African & European public’s.
Research associate in the Department of Environment and Geography, University of York
and, University of Cape Town
Namibian-born Jessica is a futurologist and complex systems analyst with a background in
ecology and human geography. She holds a postdoc at Colorado State University and ETH
Zurich, DPhil (University of Oxford), MSc Environmental Change and Management
(University of Oxford), and BSocSci(Hons) (University of Cape Town). Over the last twelve
years, she has been involved in various NSF, NERC, NRF, DFID, CGAIR, IDRC, World
Bank and USAID funded projects, consulting and advising a wide range of stakeholders on
climate, land use and development issues. Among these, include the UN International
Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction; Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre; Conservation
International; World Wildlife Fund for Nature; CGIAR Climate Change Agriculture and
Food Security; Centre for International Forestry Research; Kew Royal Botanical Gardens;
Cambridge; Oxford; London School of Economics; Brown University; University of Cape
Town; and the governments of South Africa, Kenya, Nepal and Ghana. She is currently
working on an ESRC-funded collaborative capacity building project, using probabilistic
social-ecological modelling and scenario analysis to measure potential impacts of Chinese
foreign direct investment in transportation corridors in East Africa with the University of
As an African Women in Climate Change Science fellow, she is also leading an IDRC-funded
project predicting the synergies and trade-offs of ecological infrastructure in peri-urban areas
in Tanzania and Namibia with the University of Cape Town. Country experience includes
Kenya; Ghana; South Africa; Namibia; Peru; Argentina; Switzerland; UK; US; India; Nepal;
Vietnam; Tanzania; Namibia; and Rwanda.
Chiedza Ntuli is a pan-African financial and auditing expert.
She has built a reputable financial management record across
industries; services and manufacturing, retail and the public-social
sectors. She has completed an Accounting Science degree and is
currently an MBA candidate at the Gordon Institute of Business
She is passionate about emerging and distinct businesses, to ensure
they maximise their growth in African and global markets. She is the
founder and Managing Director of Tanchi Consulting, an accounting
firm, which works with entrepreneurs at all stages of their life cycles,
from go-to-market, end to end productization and all round financial