As an aspiring ‘changemaker‘, I am working at enabling the complementary dimensions of collective wellbeing, sustainability and a culture of active citizenship, through mixed income mixed use Social Housing developments and partnership-building. I am interested in the power of mindfulness meditation and associated mental frameworks to further these aims. Currently I am testing these ideas in the Johannesburg Inner City through an interdisciplinary NRF-funded PhD at Wits University, and in practice through a Changemakers Residence.

My previous work experience includes my positions within the Office of the City Manager at the City of Johannesburg (Assistant Director), National Association of Social Housing Organisations (Project Coordinator), UN-Habitat in Nairobi and an independent consultant for a variety of housing-related projects. Previous non-paid work included my role as Chair of United World Colleges Trust South Africa and founder of Innovate Jozi and RideLink.

Academic qualifications include a MSc in Development Planning (Distinction) from Wits University where I received awards including SAPI Best Student and was awarded Oppenheimer, NRF and other scholarships; a BSocSci from the University of Cape Town (Stream Distinction); and an International Baccalaureate from United World Colleges Red Cross Nordic (full scholarship).

In 2016 I was recognised as a Mail & Guardian top 200 Young South African, by SouthAfrica.info as one of 40 South Africans born since 1976 who have changed the country, and was awarded full scholarship to attend the Young African Leaders Initiative programme initiated by President Obama. Please see curriculum vitae for additional awards and leadership experience.

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Contact details:
ss “at” mayson.co.za
+27 (0)65 901 7793