Ruvimbo Moyo-Majapa

Emerge founder Ruvimbo Penina Moyo-Majapa obtained a Master of Architecture (Professional) degree from the University of Cape Town. She is interested in the relationship between sustainability and housing in contemporary Africa and has spoken on this topic at the Decorex ‘Conversations on Architecture’ in Cape Town.

Her thesis based paper ‘Utopia of the Developing World’ was published in the Zawia ‘Utopia’ issue (Milan, London, Cairo) and also featured in the POVO Journal Inaugural Women’s Edition. Her paper ‘Nkandlagate: Only Partial Evidence of Urban African Inequality’ was published in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology- Department of Architecture journal ‘Thresholds 43: Scandalous’. 

She has also collaborated with activists Ndifuna Ukwazi, featured in Cape Times, FastJet and recently Design Times as one of South Africa's most promising young architects. 

Ruvimbo has worked for Pearce McComish Tarabuku Architects in Harare, Louis Karol Architects in Cape Town and is currently an Associate at Fabian and Make Architects in Cape Town.

Karen Hewson

Karen is a seasoned architect and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.  Her interest lies in using various technologies and holistic design approaches to create more sustainable and resilient communities. 

Karen is originally from the USA and is still registered as an architect in the State of Ohio.  She moved to Cape Town with her family 6 years ago and recently became licensed to practice in South Africa and created 7 Studio 7 Pty (Ltd).  She holds a B.Arch from University of Kentucky and an MBA from The Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western University.

Henry Abosi

Henry Abosi is an award-winning architect and founder of BeFront Magazine.

He graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town. He is interested in the complexities of place making in intricate urban settings and the dynamic human relationship to the spectrum of scales within the public realm.

As a seasoned critical writer, he is fueled by a rich source of creative influences from cinematography to contemporary art and philosophy.

At the beginning of 2016 Henry founded BeFront Magazine, a platform for critical engagement with art, architecture and film. He has previously been involved with Elle Decoration and has worked for Revel Fox, Peerutin and SAOTA. He was an associate director at dhk architects in Cape Town and is currently working for Adjaye Associates in London.

Tom Bergmann-Harris
Specialist in International Cooperation, Human Development, Nutrition, Food Aid & Emergency Response

Tom grew up in Egypt, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, is fully fluent in English, Spanish, French and German, and earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences.

Between graduating and settling in South Africa in 2011 he spent 10,000 days in disaster relief operations and development programmes for humanitarian organizations (Red Cross, United Nations) in 50 countries on 5 continents. He ran UNICEF Country Offices as the Representative or Deputy in Niger, Rwanda, Togo, Maldives and Uruguay and was Senior Advisor on the UN reform in New York and Panama.

Tom and his wife established and ran “LOCO Lounge Restaurant” in Cape Town (2012-2017). The father of two sons loves traveling the world and enjoys food because and despite his technical background. Tom has been a Rotarian since 2011 and his favourite mottos include “Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire” by Ireland's poet William Yeats.