Hleziphansi Zita @nandi.naya
The daughter of exiled South African parents, Hleziphansi was both born and raised in New York. Following in her artistic father's footsteps the self-taught jewelry designer and artist nurtured study of the arts at the New York Art Institute. Since then she has founded the Nandi Naya a jewelry line named after her beloved daughter Nandi Naya. Her minimalist handcrafted and sculptural jewelry can be found in a number of boutiques across the US including: Las Cruxes in Texas, Saint Heron & The Drive New York. Her work has been adorned by an array of fashion influencers, including style icon, Solange Knowles. Her signature gold, silver pieces like the " Zola" earring and "Soweto" choker can be seen between the pages of elite publications like, Fader Magazine, and the Art section of the Wall Street Journal.
Kenny Morifi-Winslow @kennyjmw
Kenny Morifi-Winslow is a published fashion scholar and writer. She uses her blog as a platform on which to discuss the intricate details of the fashion and food industries, from a socio-political perspective, focusing on community, ethical production and sustainable design. True luxury is artisanal quality, an ethos she tries to maintain in her work. The platform is a long form and photo essay style publication, that aims to not only celebrate the positive impact ‘design done right’ can have on communities and cultures, but the world at large.
The blog IIIRD CITIZEN is so entitled for the three countries Kenny originates from and explores through her work; South Africa, England and the United States. Currently based in New York, she commutes between Johannesburg, London, Cape Town and New York throughout the year, to stay current on popular culture following wherever the research leads.
A well-travelled digital anthropologist, Kenny uses blogging as a tool to connect consumers with brands who have a strong community impact, an attention to ethical practice and artisanal quality, and make an effort towards luxury eco-consciousness. With two degrees in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design, Kenny is not only a critical writer, but also a forward thinking creative. She has a specialised interest in Sustainable and Ethical Design and Curation, and is fascinated by the politics of Fashion. Her thesis research focused specifically on race, representation and the impact of social media on the South African creative renaissance.
Siya Beyile @siyabeyile
The 22 year old founder of The Threaded Man one of Africa’s largest men’s fashion and lifestyle portals and agencies working with countless brands on communicating effectively with African Millennials.
Named on Forbes Africa's 30 under 30 2016 list, Siya launched The Threaded Man as a blogg while he was in Fashion School, (LISOF) studying Trends and Garment construction. Since then,The Threaded Man has grown into a full blown agency with a South African based team that consults and styles for brands such as Adidas, Stuttafords, American Swiss, TITAN watches, H&M, SAB & Pandora to name a few.
His style vision has seen him celebrated as one of the 30 under 30 Africans to watch in 2015, GQ’s 7 leading voices of African Men’s Fashion, and also part of the top 50 best dressed men in South Africa. He has been featured by various publications such as: The Times, Cape Argus, GQ UK & America among others. He is also a contributor to SABC’s Trends Tv Show. Siya plans to make The Threaded Man’s digital footprint visible throughout Africa and expand TTM into a formidable agency across the continent, and beyond.
Business Development Manager, Progeny
Progeny Resources Pty Ltd. is a 100% black owned fresh produce wholesale operator. This initiative is run and owned by young black professionals with the vision of creating an organisation that operates at the forefront of the commercial farming space in South Africa and Africa with a global presence. The culture of innovation at Progeny Resources reinforces a focus on maintaining and increasing margin growth while insuring a quality final product. Therefore, the choice of our strategic partners furthers their focus on good value and reliable quality produce at competitive prices.
Their business employs a custom feedlot farming model. Progeny Resources’ cattle stand at Beefcor one of the largest feedlotters in South Africa, with a strong, tested track record. They produce approximately 15 tons of A-grade beef and are currently looking to diversify this product offering. The feed provided at the feedlot is a mix that specific materials that maximize weight gain throughout the process until ‘finished’ and ready for slaughter. Progeny aims to develop into serious market player in the beef wholesale market.
MODERATED BY: YOLANDA SANGWENI
Yolanda Sangweni is a South-African born writer, editor, and culture curator. She’s the current Deputy editor of ESSENCE.com, and founder of AFRIPOP, an online magazine covering global African youth culture, music, fashion and film. She has written for Essence, Time Out New York, Page Six Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine (South Africa), True Love and Glamour. She is also the creator of African Women Create, a quarterly celebration of African women in the creative arts
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of South African Youth Month, on June 25,2016 Ndosi Strategies, and our sponsor Brand South Africa,
hosted the 1st Annual Meeting of the Minds: South Africa’s Enterprising Next Generation -
at the Farm Soho in New York City.
Engaging South African youth entrepreneurs, both U.S. and S.A based-- from a variety of industries, including;
fashion, STEM, business, and finance (to name a few) as they convened in New York for a discussion on their ventures,
the youth’s roles in South Africa’s development, and the entrepreneurial movement as a tool to move the country/ continent forward.
The Keynote address was given by world renowned branding expert, entrepreneur, and founder of Brand Leadership Group: Mr.Thebe Ikalafeng.
Moderated by: The Deputy Editor of Essence .com, Co-founder of AfriPOP: Yolanda Sangweni.
The event was powered by: Brand South Africa Photos by:Isaiah S. Morris
The conversation was followed by a reception with appetizers and wine.
You can view more photos Here
Chaba Caswell Mokake @Sweetgenious
The Co-founder of Rush Events,an entertainment initiative that collaborates, and organizes musical events and gatherings in Florida and New York respectively. He is popularly known as “Sweetgenious” due to his elite training as a pastry chef and lover of music.
The disc jockey craft has propelled him to grace stages like the “South African Miami Invasion,” “Are You Afro,” and “Invitation To Dance” during the World Music Conference in Miami---stages that have featured legendary DJs such as Black Coffee, Oskido, and many others. Utilizing his international position and love of music to further promote South African culture through house music. Playing his part, Chaba developed the Sweetgenious initiative brand,a project were with every purchase of a Sweetgenious (a cupcake DJ logo) brand t-shirt a donation is made to help support community organizations back in his hometown of Khuma location,NW province. Chaba believes that “the true reward of life is always in the act,not the recognition.” This philosophy is the main driver of his T-shirt initiative and musical journey.
Roxsanne Dyssell is a Marketing Director and co-founder of technology startup Nalla International LLC. Nalla International is a network hardware supplier based in New York City, specializing in serving Mobile Network Operators and ISPs in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
She is the founder and coordinator of African Ladies Brunch, a social initiative created in 2012 to empower young African diaspora women based in the Tri-State area. African Ladies Brunch has hosted accomplished guests including Forbes 500 executives, magazine editors, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders.
Proudly South African, Roxsanne holds a B.Sc and BA (Honors) from the University of Cape Town, and received her MA degree from New York University’s renowned Africana Program.
Keynote speaker:Mr. Thebe Ikalafeng,
Named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African Magazine, Mr. Ikalafeng is arguably the foremost global African brand and reputation architect, advisor, and author. The world renowned South African entrepreneur is the founder of the award-winning African brand and reputation advisory firm, Brand Leadership Group. Noted as the man that brought Nike to Africa he has worked on over 100 diverse brands across Africa, including Brand Ghana and Brand South Africa, Transnet in South Africa, University of Botswana, Zanaco Bank in Zambia, Mail&Guardian Africa in Kenya, the Africa Green Revolution Forum in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zambia, Banque Populaire du Rwanda, and several successful political branding and campaigns for, amongst others, the late President Atta Mills and President John Mahama of Ghana in 2008.He currently sits on the board of a number of notable African companies, and brands.