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Busiso is the Regional Policy and Research Specialist for Sonke. He is a development sociologist who has contributed to published and unpublished scholarly articles on a broad range of development policy related issues including poverty, human rights, inequality, sustainability and agriculture. He is best known for his work as the advocacy and campaigns coordinator with the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and lead author of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Special Focus Area Report (2013) on the Right to Food.
Busiso started his career at the SAHRC working on the intersection between constitutionalism and politics and moved to SPII where he worked on developing a socio-economic rights monitoring tool for the country with an explicit focus on agrarian reform and the progressive realization of the right to food. His current research projects include: the role of judicial activism, public interest litigation and collective action in realizing the Right to Food and the political economy of the SDGs. He has a vested interest in gender-responsive budgeting and the mainstreaming of gender in planning processes in South Africa and the continent. For him, gender equality is both a goal and a means of achieving sustainable development.
Busiso has vast experience in corporate and public organisations and has appeared on several local television and radio networks as a human rights defender and commentator. He has delivered several thought leadership papers and presentations at local, African and International conferences. In various capacities he has also contributed to high level negotiations and meetings at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) levels, regional civil society forums such as the SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO) and other multilateral agencies on several occasions.
Busiso holds a Masters of Arts in Human Rights, an Honours degree in Development Studies, an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations all from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has received various awards over the years, he graduated as the top land and agrarian reform scholar from the University of the Witwatersrand and in 2015 he was honoured as part of the Mail and Guardian top 200 young South Africans.
Lorenzo (@lofioramonti) is Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (www.governanceinnovation.org). He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University. Lorenzo is the first and only Jean Monnet Chair in Africa, a prestigious recognition awarded by the European Commission to distinguished academics, and also holds the UNESCO-UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People. In 2012, he received the UP Exceptional Young Researcher Award and in 2014 he became the first president of the European Union Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of over 60 scientific articles and 8 books. His most recent books are Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth (Pan Macmillan 2017) and The World Aftet GDP: Economics, Politics and International Relations in the Post-Growth Era (Polity 2017, http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509511341) and Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number (Zed Books 2013, http://zedbooks.co.uk/node/12010, translated into seven languages and the recipient of the UP Best Book of the Year Award in 2014 and shortlisted for the ASSAP Best Book of the Humanities). Lorenzo’s research interests range from alternative economic paradigms to the governance of the commons, global political innovations and new forms of supranational regionalism. His opinion pieces have been published, among others, by The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, TruthOut, Die Presse, Das Parlament, Der Freitag, The Mail&Guardian and www.opendemocracy.net. He has a monthly column in Business Day, South Africa’s foremost daily financial newspaper. He is the author of two film documentaries, The Age of Adaptation (http://globalreboot.org/videos/) and Presi per il PIL (in Italian, http://www.presiperilpil.org/ilfilm.html). He blogs at www.lorenzofioramonti.org and he is a sought-after public speaker on issues regarding new economic paradigms, rethinking development and responsible business. His work is endorsed by acclaimed authors such as Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett, Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, Susan George, Richard Heinberg, Johan Galtung and leading economists like Robert Costanza, Enrico Giovannini and Tim Jackson. He is the founder of the Action Research Network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa, www.we-africa.org) and a member of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity (www.asap4all.org).
Nate is a multidisciplinary scientist who has managed more than 170 projects globally across 28 countries. As Program Director of the Global Resilience Partnership, he provides oversight and leadership of GRP’s programmatic features including the challenge competitions and technical work streams. GRP’s technical work streams include i) Markets and Innovative Financing, ii) Technology and Infrastructure, iii) Policy and Influence. He holds a PhD in Geography from King’s College in London, UK. He occasionally tweets from: @Nate_Matthews_
Michele-Lee Moore is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria Department of Geography, where she also leads the Water, Innovation and Global Governance Lab (WIGGLab), housed at the Centre for Global Studies. Currently, Michele-Lee is a visiting researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where she co-leads the Transformations stream. In all of her work, Michele-Lee divides much of her time between social innovation, transformation and water governance research and the mobilization thereof, with the aim to build understanding and capacity of both students and practitioners on the complex social-ecological challenges. Previously, she led the design and delivery of the Rockefeller Global Fellowship on Social Innovation.