WHO WE ARE
‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise working on digital inclusion and digital rights in Nigeria. ‘Gbenga originally trained as an Electronic and Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University. A Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2014) and former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, ‘Gbenga has also been a CyberStewards Fellow, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow and Cordes Fellow.
Co-director | Production, Exhibition
Steven Markovitz has over 20 years’ experience on feature films, documentaries, short films, distribution and festivals. He has an extensive production and distribution network across Africa. Steven co-founded the production company Big World Cinema in 1994 as well as Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in 1999.
Co-director | Workshops, Training, Exhibition
Ingrid Kopp has worked in documentaries and interactive media since 2000. In addition to her work with Electric South, Ingrid is a Senior Consultant in the Interactive Department at the Tribeca Film Institute in NYC where she works at the intersection of storytelling, technology, design and social change. She lives in Cape Town and on Twitter.
Zayd Minty has been involved in culture and development professionally since 1993, as a cultural manager, curator and commentator. He has played a key cultural leadership role in Cape Town, South Africa and was recently head of the Arts and Culture Department in the municipality of the City of Cape Town, where he penned the Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy 2014. Currently Zayd is developing Creative City South, telling inspiring stories of culture and sustainability in the Global South.
Lina Srivastava catalyzes and amplifies social impact in human rights and global development through cultural expression. She is a strategist who combines media, technology, art, and storytelling for social transformation. She is the founder of a social innovation strategy group in New York City and has provided project design consultation to a group of social impact organizations, including UNESCO, the World Bank, UNICEF, MobileActive, Apne Aap, Shine Global, BYkids, and Donor Direct Action.
Cornell Dipper studied Game Graphics and Multimedia Entertainment in Cape Town in 2016. His background in animation makes him a key collaborator for Electric South’s supported artists.
Caitlin Robinson is a creative producer and entertainment strategist. She explores emerging technology’s influence on how stories can be told and how stories can reach audiences. Her work spans critically-acclaimed documentary films; investigative journalism for TV; branded content; and new media.
Lorna Okeng is a tech enthusiast, passionate about unconventional works that bring the arts, culture and tech worlds into the same conversation. She is currently an MPhil candidate specializing in Inclusive Innovation with research exploring African Futures with immersive technologies at the University of Cape Town GSB.