About Our Team

Stefan Louw

Co-founder of Innovate South Africa 

Stefan is passionate about unlocking the creative potential of young people to help them create resilient communities.

Stefan is the co-founder of Innovate South Africa. He designs and helps facilitate educational experiences that help students design creative solutions to complex problems using design thinking methodology.

He completed a masters degree in Energy and Development Studies at UCT. His thesis used Innovate the Cape as a case study on how to enable grassroots innovation by youth in Cape Town’s townships using an innovation challenge. He attended UCT’s first d.school class in 2016 and was awarded the top prize for the EBE Post-grad Student’s Council Social Consciousness Challenge in 2014. Stefan’s background is in Mechatronics Engineering and in various education initiatives.

Emma Dicks

Director at Innovate South Africa and Founder of Code4CT

Emma is passionate about seeing young people create sustainable solutions to pressing problems faced in South Africa.

Emma is the founder of Innovate South Africa’s project, Code for Cape Town which is an initiative that introduces high school girls to web development and creative problem solving with the vision of enabling young women to leverage technology to drive African innovation.

She has been awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her work towards social justice which she received in June 2015 from her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She is an Ambassador for Africa Code Week, a Brightest Young Mind delegate, and has been listed by Marie Claire as a “Game Changing Woman in South Africa”.

Lilian Schultze

POWER Program Manager
Lilian is a creative business consultant and social entrepreneur in the education, culture & sustainability space. At ISA she is project managing the POWER Renewable Energy Challenge. She has a BSc in International Business (University Maastricht, NL) and a MSc in Business & Development Studies (Copenhagen Business School, DK), has co-founded the Ubuntu Academy, worked as management consultant focusing on innovation strategy, and loves design thinking research & facilitation, as well as communication & organisational development. Lilian is super optimistic about the African future and she’s just as excited to be part of it.

Rachel Botsis

Bellville Box Program Manager
Rachel is by nature passionately people driven, and thrives of projects which are culturally-complex. Her experience lies in projects which require creativity and community to meet, making her an ideal fit for our Bellville Box public space redesign challenge. Her academic background lies in African linguistics, with a particular focus on the isiXhosa language, and thus her expertise makes her an essential element required in a diverse cultural climate which the Cape Town urban spaces demand.

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Industrial Engineer graduate with a minor in Business Management from University of Toronto.

At the age of 20, he founded his company called Placey which is an architectural visualization firm focusing on virtual tours of  commercialized and residential houses. He has also done some great research on areas such as optimisation research and human centered design.

At his time at Innovate South Africa, he worked on the ISA curriculum for high school students related to Ideation and Human Centered Design. and a township experience project.