South Africa

Michelle Constant stepped down as CEO from Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) after 10 years, in 2019.

Post BASA, she consults diverse NPCs, Trusts, and corporates on strategy, social impact, corporate social development, fundraising, partnership, transformation and diversity – using cultural and creative intelligence and shared value tools. Constant writes regular opinion pieces for different national newspapers and magazines.

Michelle hosts the weekend breakfast shows on national radio station SAFM 104-107, between 07h00-10h00. She is renowned as a facilitator and speaker at diverse conferences, and events, both nationally and internationally.

She was an Ampersand Foundation Fellow in NYC in 2012, and in 2014 she graduated from the University of Pretoria Business School – GIBS, on the Social Entrepreneurship Programme.

In January 2016, she was awarded the Order of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the Government of France for her work in culture and the arts.

Michelle is serving her second term as a non- executive director on the Board of SA Tourism nationally. She serves on the Board of the National Arts Festival as a non-Executive member, and was recently invited to the Board of Trustees for the UP Javett Arts Centre.

Michelle believes her purpose and passion lies in promoting the creativity of South Africa.

Nakanjani G. Sibiya

South Africa

Nakanjani G. Sibiya was born in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal. He has authored several volumes of short stories, novels, dramas and co-authored or edited numerous anthologies of short stories and poetry. He has won awards for almost all his literary works; including the prestigious M-Net Book Prize for his debut novel, Kuxolelwa Abanjani? (2003). He recently translated Kasikho Ndawo Bakithi (a novel by MJ Mngadi) into English. His debut anthology of short stories in English will be released soon. Sibiya holds a Phd in isiZulu and is a lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.