Professor of Play, Elaine Rumboll, is the founder and managing director of The Creative Leadership Consultancy, a learning agency based on global collaborations to build more Agile, Playful, Curious and Energised leaders, an internationally accredited Master LEGO® Serious Play® practitioner as well as a blues singer and internationally published, award winning poet. 

After having spent three years running weekly creative transdisciplinary workshops in maximum security prisons (Johannesburg Maximum Security Prison, Diepkloof Womens Prison, Pretoria Central) for which she received a nomination by Femina for Woman of the Year (1996), she reskilled herself and entered the world of business and went on to become Dean for Damelin Management School overseeing the learning of 55 000 students.

She then tackled the executive education space and as director of Executive Education at UCT GSB (2005-2011) built the unit to international recognition. During her seven years as director of Executive Education at UCT GSB, she grew revenues 4.5 times and ensured a place in the top fifty globally for customised leadership development work - first in Africa according to the Financial Times of London and in the top 5 internationally according to the Economist (London). She also served as the chairperson for the advisory board of UCT GSB Women in Leadership. As a result of these works, she was the winner of the Business Women's Association Regional Business Achievement Awards in the Professional category for 2010.

After leaving UCT GSB, Elaine completed a two year stint as Professor and Leader in Residence for Sustainable Leadership Practices on the Masters in Business Leadership at Curtin Graduate School of Business in Perth, Australia (2011-2012) and served as Adjunct Professor in the Engagement, International and Governance portfolio at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia (2013-2014).  In 2017, Elaine was granted a Professorship in Play by the Western Orthodox university

She holds an MA (cum laude) in Comparative Literature and an MBA from Wits where her research report focused on Executive Coaching as a Leadership Development tool. 

Elaine has taught in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Switzerland, England, Denmark, Italy, the United States and Australia. She has worked with many organisations on growing their leaders including The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Ogilvy, SC Johnson, PwC, Mr Price, The Coca-Cola Company, HomeChoice, Zoona, Toyota, the United Nations, Audi, VW and Nestlé.

She has run the Business Acumen for Artists programme at UCT GSB for the last eleven years, helping artists from up to 20 different disciplines understand the language of business. Alumni include Julia Anastasopoulos (Suzelle DIY), Karin Rae (Dear Rae) and Lorraine Loots (365 Paintings for Ants).  

In 2017 Elaine was named one of the 50 Changemakers advancing gender equality in South Africa and in 2018 as one of the global change makers advancing gender equality worldwide. She is currently also an adjunct faculty member at UCT GSB.





Mistinguet Sutton-Pryce is an educator and theatre practitioner.  She began teaching in South Africa in 1998 and the following year moved to London, United Kingdom, where she taught Drama and English for eight and a half years.  Whilst in London, Misty belonged to a theatre group called Third Person Theatre Company with whom she performed improvisational theatre over four years at venues around London’s West End.

In 2007, she moved to Australia. When Misty arrived in Sydney she was involved in teaching English as a second language to adult students from around the world. For the past seven and a half years she has been working as a Drama and English teacher at a private boys’ school in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

In 2014 Misty presented at the New South Wales state Drama conference and wrote an article for the journal, JEDA. Last year she also presented at the iNACOL conference on Blended and Online Learning in Palm Springs, California, U.S.A. In March this year she presented at the A.I.S. conference in Sydney.

After 16 years abroad, Misty has returned to South Africa to pursue theatre-informed communication strategies for leadership development and is currently an Associate of The Creative Leadership Consultancy. Misty holds a BA (Hons) in Drama.





Lianne Burton is a respected communications advisor, brand strategist, writer, speaker, design champion and proponent of African creativity. 

She distinguished herself as founding editor of the South African edition of Elle Decoration magazine and editor of House and Leisure, before being hired in 2009 to set up Cape Town Tourism’s destination marketing department. Drawing on her editorial expertise, she pioneered a multi-faceted, content-driven approach – with a focus on digital and social media – that is today widely regarded as best practice in tourism marketing. She went on to head up communications for Cape Town’s successful 2014 World Design Capital bid, coordinated by the Cape Town Partnership and lauded globally for its innovative approach.

Lianne currently consults on brand strategy, content development and communications to a diverse range of companies, with a particular interest in social entrepreneurship, the creative industries and sustainable design. She was part of the team that developed Cape Town’s groundbreaking Policy on Arts, Culture and the Creative Industries – spearheaded by the City’s Arts and Culture Department – was instrumental in positioning the Cape Craft and Design Institute to implement the Design Strategy of the Western Cape, and serves on the Advisory Board of Future Cape Town.

A passionate educator, coach and mentor, Lianne facilitates communications workshops for top companies on behalf of The Creative Leadership Consultancy – including at UCT’s Graduate School of Business – is a regular speaker at the Business of Design conference, and has tutored Business Communications, Digital Marketing and Leadership & Self-Development at the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA).

Lianne has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Political Science from the University of Natal, Durban, and gained post-graduate experience in advertising as one of ten graduates selected for the Association of Advertising Agencies’ prestigious year-long Graduate Recruitment Programme. 






Francois Jonker is a learning-process designer with a background that includes engagements in various different creative disciplines including Conceptual Art, Communication Design, Illustration, Photography, Performance Art and Web Design.  

As founding partner and the Academic Head of the Cape Town Creative Academy, Francois is well versed in the strategic development of learning programmes, curricula and teaching methodologies.  Francois' style of facilitation is characterised by a firm belief in the power of play and a tremendous passion for creating opportunities for trans-disciplinary creative collaboration. 

As a member of the PlatformSIX Collective, Francois works in close collaboration with various esteemed design educators and the South African Department of Education on various programmes geared towards the upliftment of design education in secondary schools across the country. This initiative strives towards instilling an understanding of the potential for social innovation that can be unlocked through the application of design-thinking. 

As associate of the Creative Leadership Consultancy, Francois consults for clients such as the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders and PWC, by using prototyping tactics to move beyond personal blockages and stuckness.  

Francois holds a BA in Communication Design, a BA in Visual Art (Honours) and a MA (cum laude) in Visual Studies. 





Lelemba Phiri is an award winning educator, writer, keynote speaker and development professional. She is the Chief Marketing Officer for Zoona,  an African mobile payments business that helps communities thrive by enabling emerging entrepreneurs to provide much needed financial services in their communities. Zoona leverages mobile technology to enable the entrepreneurs and provides them with access to finance, business training and support to ensure their success.

Lelemba is passionate about women leadership and entrepreneurship development in Africa and is also the co-founder of Africa Trust Academy that is dedicated to building trusted leaders and organizations across Africa. 

Lelemba has worked with private, public and government organizations for over 12 years with experience extending across South Africa, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Angola and other sub-Saharan countries. Her work experience includes having headed finance functions in multi-nationals, providing personal and business financial training to individuals and organization; and providing leadership, personal development and strategy development training.

Lelemba holds a Masters Degree in Development Finance with distinction from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. She is a UK Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA) and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting (Hon) from the Oxford Brookes University (UK). She has also received extensive personal and business development training from various world renowned experts such as Dr John Demartini, Roger Hamilton and Robert Kiyosaki including training on organizational effectiveness and staff development experts from Vital Smarts. 

Lelemba is a 2016 Cordes Fellow, an honour awarded to 50 of the world’s most promising emerging social entrepreneurs who are identified to be high-impact and innovative with a demonstrated commitment to economic justice and poverty alleviation. She was named as one of African’s most influential women in business and government in 2014 by CEO Magazine and was the recipient of a Zambian Woman of the Year Award in 2015. Lelemba was awarded the Rising Star Award for 2010 at the Mwape Peer Awards in Washington DC in recognition of her contribution towards financial education in communities and was a nominee for Shoprite Woman of the Year Award for 2012. 





Zahid Fakey believes that in learning from our personal life experiences and from that of our collective humanity, we are able to design a life which directs us to the higher purpose which we were designed to achieve.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor. He combined his love for travelling and his career by working and living abroad.  His professional experience across 18 countries and personal travel across a further 16 has helped him in understanding and being open to, different cultures, new experiences and the larger synchronicity, which we all form a part of.

He served his articles at Coopers & Lybrand, now Pricewaterhouse- Coopers where he is currently a Partner. While an Associate Director at PwC he was appointed on the Executive Committee Innovation Hub. Since being admitted as a Partner in 2009 he has been appointed as the Regional Leader in diverse areas including, Information Technology; Human Resources; Internal Audit, Governance and Risk Management.  He serves on the National Risk Assurance Culture Committee and serves as a Partner Mentor appointed by PwC leadership amongst other leadership roles he is currently involved in.

He has a weakness for a good cup of coffee, preferably with company.  He also enjoys cycling, and is currently preparing for his 12th Cape Argus. He believes in a work life balance and enjoys spending time with family; travelling and growth through new experiences.





Francois Irvine is a passionate and curious creative entrepreneur. He is a talented artist with a higher diploma in printmaking, a gifted silversmith, an internationally renowned interior designer and collector of beautiful things.

Currently co-owner of the Haas Collective, he  spends his days working with unbelievably talented local artists and designers. Conjuring up delicious recipes and jewellery design are part of his daily routine.

Any spare time is spent on exciting new ventures and discovering unknown mediums. Every day is an opportunity to experience something novel. Francois is both generous in sharing what he knows and in collaborating with interested and likeminded people.

He has a keen interest in the simplicity of eastern philosophy and practices and working toward a more sustainable and mindful way of living.

As an Associate of the Creative Leadership Consultancy, he is spearheading the sensemaking experiments we are undertaking focusing on our first initiative, The Smell of Bravery - Creating Incense to mark Bravery.





Jeanne kick started her career in the food industry as a creative director. Her passion for the creative and organisational aspects of product development has resulted in her being directly involved in over 500 successful product launches over the last two decades. In 2009 Jeanne spent the year traveling and researching narrative, culminating in a multi-disciplinary overview of storytelling incorporating aspects from anthropology to neurobiology to modern digital communication.

This unique toolkit has allowed her to develop a penchant for scaling small businesses to flourish through organisational effectiveness and project managing appropriate product and service commercialisation. 

She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in innovation management, with a specific focus on how transformational leadership, self leadership, relational quality and team dynamics ensures commercial success. 

A ceramicist by night, Jeanne’s off-white bisque dinner plates scribbled with witticisms/aphorisms have become sought-after gifts in South Africa and abroad.