On Tuesday 24 May, Open Streets will host our first Gathering of Transport Minds to discuss low-carbon transport solutions for cities. This will be a unique occasion to network, exchange ideas and interrogate the state of low-carbon transport in South Africa generally and Cape Town in particular. From cycle lanes to app development, from the state of data to the state of the planet, this session will be an opportunity to engage and help one another envision and action a future of energy efficiency and changed transport behaviour.
The event will include networking among professionals in the transport sector, a presentation by guest speaker Yolisa Mashilwane, and a panel discussion with Ms. Mashilwane and the three speakers below. We look forward to a productive morning of discussions, ideas, and debates as we work toward the common goal of a low-emissions future.
Yolisa Mashilwane is the Head of Public Policy for Uber South Africa. In this role, Yolisa focuses on stakeholder management and strategic advice on policy matters. Yolisa has been with Uber since April 2016 and previously worked in the government sector as a Transport Planner. In that role she was responsible for the World Cup Transport Plans and the implementation of what is commonly known as the Bus Rapid Transit Systems (BRT), amongst other projects. Yolisa has a great passion for Public Transport and Public Spaces. She enjoys the challenge of educating people about the importance of public transport and its impact on people's daily lives. Yolisa has an honours degree in Transport from the University of Pretoria and during her spare time she enjoys running half marathons.
Jeremy George is Principle Advisor, responsible for Appsafrica Advisory?s South African operations and has over 20 years experience of doing business in Africa. After starting his career in Zimbabwe with Castrol Ltd as General Manager, Jeremy set-up and ran a successful African import business in the UK for a number of years. He returned to Africa as CEO to lead an innovative mobile messaging startup called ForgetMeNot Africa for Lonrho PLC, negotiating and launching services with mobile network operators across Africa. Jeremy then moved to mobile tech startup biNu to set up their African operations in Cape Town, managing an extensive Pan-African business and international teams.
Louise Naud? leads a WWF South Africa programme on the transport sector within the economic geography of South Africa, seeking solutions which deliver a flourishing economy and human wellbeing. Despite being next door to public transport and NMT at either end, she gets to work in a Toyota Prius, go figure. See more about the WWF SA?s Transport Low Carbon Framework programme here.
Dr Martine Visser is a professor of economics at the University of Cape Town, where she specializes in behavioural economics applications to climate change, natural resource management, health, and poverty alleviation. Her recent research has focused on the role of cooperation and risk in the formation of social norms, and she also studies the role of local governance and social institution in providing basic services for public wellbeing. Martine is a Research Chair with the African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI), and also works with UCT?s Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU).
Dr Lisa Kane (moderator) is an engineer and streets enthusiast particularly interested in the connection between human values and human rights, energy and streets. Lisa has recently completed her PhD in ?Science and Technology Studies? titled ?Values and valuing in urban road engineering: the case of the ?unfinished? Foreshore Freeway, Cape Town?. Lisa was a co-founder of the Centre for Transport Studies at UCT in 2002 and is an Honorary Research Associate there. She is also a member of the WWF Reference Group for Transport. Currently she is working for the MAPS International research project with the Energy Research Centre, UCT, which is examining the potential for South African climate change mitigation projects in Latin America. Lisa is a co-founder and Board Member of Open Streets Cape Town.
Please note that this event is by invitation only, but Open Streets looks forward to sharing outcomes and ideas from the morning?s gathering! For questions or comments about low carbon transport, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org