As an aspiring ‘changemaker’, I am working at enabling a Wellbeing Economy in ‘Makers Valley’,  Johannesburg inner city. I advocate for prioritising people and planet before profit, and enable social enterprises to further these aims. My particular interests are mixed income developments, early childhood development and ‘inner transition’.

Currently I am testing these ideas through an interdisciplinary PhD at Wits University funded by Canon Collins Trust and the Wits School of Governance, and in practice through co-founding the Makers Valley Partnership, co-working spaces at Victoria Yards, and co-living Changemakers Residences like the Troyeville House.

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, National Research Foundation 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).

I have been 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, 100 Young Mandelas of the Future, and was awarded full scholarship to attend the Young African Leaders Initiative programme initiated by President Obama. I am a member of Wellbeing Economy Africa. 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