Meet our Team

Mike van Graan

Executive Director

BA (English and Drama), BA Honours (Drama), Higher Diploma (Education)

Provides overall strategy and vision to ensure sustainability of the Institute. Also: entrepreneur, researcher, strategist, cultural policy expert, trainer and playwright.

Belisa Rodrigues

Business Development Manager

BA Honours (Fine Art), Post-Graduate Diploma (Management), MBA

Provides the overall management of the operations and development of projects. Also: business analyst, trainer, marketer, researcher and visual artist.

Annie Hoosain

General Manager

B.Ed, Diploma (Business Studies)

Ensures the smooth administration, day-to-day office management and bookkeeping of the organisation. Also: editor, proofreader and copywriter.

Sophia Sanan

Research Manager

BA (Graphic Design), BA Honours (Political Philosophy and Social Theory), MA (Sociology)

Responsible for all research and theory-related project work including monitoring and evaluation. Also: writer, lecturer, tutor, facilitator, community worker, inter-culturist and designer.

Ayanda Mpono

Project Co-ordinator: Capacity Development

Higher Certificate (Education, Training and Development)

Responsible for the management of the capacity-development programme including the Cultural Leadership Programme running across 5 regions of Africa. Also: community activist, facilitator, trainer and theatre practitioner.

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