Andrea Couvert moved to Cape Town 9 years ago from Italy. Having worked in social co-operatives and development agencies for over 15 years, he has an extensive experience in developing communication projects such as documentaries, magazines and multimedia exhibitions. In South Africa he has been volunteering with an NGO working with refugees, has worked as project manager for an IT Co-operative, then became art director in a graphic design company and is now founder and managing director of the communication agency Slowdesign.
             
        Annalisa Contrafatto was born and raised in Italy, where she worked as researcher, proof reader, copywriter and editor for socially engaged magazines, journals and publishing initiatives. From 1998-2003 she was editor-in-chief of the magazine Segnali, published by the Arcobaleno Association in Turin, and taught a course in editorial design at the same entity. She has lived in Cape Town since 2004, and works as researcher and translator (English-Italian). She is member of the Association of Professional Italianists and the South African Translator’s Institute.
             
The Slowdesign network
             
        Mluleki Sam was born in Cape Town into a family originally from Eastern Cape (King William’s Town); as a drama educator and trainer he runs workshops on life skills programs through arts and culture. He is founder and creative director of Masibambisane Youth Educational Drama Organisation, based in Khayelitsha, which was established in 1998 with the purpose of raising awareness and educate through theatre and drama. Mluleki is an extremely versatile freelance artist: actor, facilitator, play-writer, motivational speaker, drama educator, MC and stage play director.
             
        Nawaal Deane was born and raised in Johannesburg. She cut her teeth as a print journalist at the Mail&Guardian when she realised that she would like to tell stories visually through video and photography. She is now a bit of a mixed bag of skills specializing as a video journalist but also working as a social media and marketing consultant.
Nawaal can shoot and edit and her passion is in filmmaking and capturing the stories of Africans through amazing cinematography and creating a platform for people to tell their own stories.
             
        Wendy Upcott was born in Zambia, educated in Zimbabwe and has lived all her adult life in South Africa. Originally trained in public relations, she worked many years in the advertising and corporate world and latterly in the NGO sector. Her forte is the written word – she calls herself a ‘wordsmith’. Wendy offers creative writing and editing (precis, correcting/simplifying language, preparing material for repro) plus proofreading services in English and Afrikaans. Now also qualified in complementary health therapies, Wendy operates from her guesthouse in the beautiful Boland town of Tulbagh.