I worked at the University of Johannesburg as a design educator a researcher and I have been involved in community engagement. I am passionate about finding sustainable strategies to developmental challenges in South Africa and using design to facilitate change in many aspects of society, economy and the environment. I am interested in the role local knowledge can play in finding sustainable solutions in the emerging economy context. I believe in collective efficiency and creative thinking processes to develop sustainable solutions for the manufacturing sector, service systems and products. My education includes a doctoral degree in Design from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As part of my doctoral research I spent an academic year in Italy researching small-scale sustainable vegetable leather tanning practices in Botswana and Italy in order to find possible best practices for South Africa. I also hold an Mtech in Design from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. In addition, she has also worked as a researcher, consultant, designer and a product developer.