7 July 2020
Webinar: Human-centred Design: A key approach to solving critical challenges in South Africa

(Published - 7 July 2020)

Human-centred design is an approach to problem solving, commonly used in business and social innovation, that develops solutions by involving the people connected to the problem in all steps of the innovation process. This webinar puts forward the argument that Human-Centred Design is a critical approach to solving challenges in the South African context today.


Date: Monday 13 July 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:30

Streamed via ZOOM

Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Each registrant will receive a unique login link that cannot be shared or duplicated.
Registration link: https://bit.ly/humancentreddesign_CEI

This webinar is being hosted by the UWC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

SPEAKER INFORMATION: Full bios & images are provided below

Panellist: Lorenzo Davids - Chief Executive Officer, Community Chest
Panellist: Geoff Jacobs – President, Cape Chamber of Commerce  
Panellist: Lana Franks - Student Entrepreneurship Program Lead and Coach, UWC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Moderator: Charleen Duncan – Director, UWC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


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Geoff Jacobs – President, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Geoff is a product of the Cape Flats. After a successful career in teaching, he joined the corporate sector, eventually retiring in 2015 as HR Director of Maersk South Africa. Geoff runs his own management consultancy, The Caerus Effect, and serves on the boards of Dinaledi Educational Coaching, School Turnaround Foundation and St James Church, Kenilworth. He is also currently President and Chair of the Board of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Geoff has BA and BEd degrees from UCT, a BA (Hons) degree from UNISA, an MA in History from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from UCT’s Graduate School of Business.

Lana Franks - Student Entrepreneurship Program Lead and Coach, UWC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Lana Franks holds a BSc in Electro-Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Energy and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town. She is a creative problem-solver and a social entrepreneur with a passion to mobilise youth-led innovation across universities in South Africa. Lana works as a Human-Centred Design Practitioner and Entrepreneurship Coach at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Western Cape and has also co-founded CodeYourFuture South Africa, an organisation that repositions adults for a future in tech.

Lorenzo Davids - Chief Executive Officer, Community Chest

Lorenzo Davids is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Chest South Africa and has career in development spanning some 35 years. Lorenzo is a founding board member of the homelessness magazine, The Big Issue, in Cape Town, as well as Christel House South Africa, a school offering world-class education to children from impoverished communities.

He has also served on the Boards of Beth Uriel, Media Village, The City Mission World Association, The Viva Network, Beautiful Gate, Christel House, The Big Issue, The Carpenters Shop and most recently the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, The Pinotage Youth Development Academy and Community Chest.

He has also worked with various Local and Provincial Government departments on a number of Development initiatives over the last 10 years and his particular interests lies in developing sustainable models to address the challenges in the NPO and government sectors.

In 2020, Lorenzo was appointed as a consultant and facilitator for the University of Stockholm’s Resilience Centre’s Transforming Change programme, which trains African leaders in Systems Change Thinking. He is a graduate of the University of the Western Cape and is currently doing an M.Phil in Inclusive Innovation at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

Charleen Duncan - Director at UWC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Charleen Duncan is the Director for The Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Currently she serves as the chairperson of board of directors of Community Chest of the Western Cape. The CEI is active in developing short courses and entrepreneurship training programmes at UWC which has a footprint across all seven faculties. Its objective is addressing the student entrepreneurship agenda. Ms Duncan has developed a global network for Centre’s for Entrepreneurship on the African Continent, USA and Europe.

She is the co-convenor of the Community of Practise: The Entrepreneurial University, for the national platform representing the 26 SA universities, Entrepreneurial Development in Higher Education reporting into Universities South Africa (USAF). Ms Duncan recently completed a Master’s degree (cum laude) in development studies with a focus on the informal economy.