Cape Town Design NPC

Cape Town Design NPC is the implementation company of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the implementation company will be responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the World Design Capital 2014 Host City Agreement are met, and that programme delivery is aligned with Cape Town’s vision of bridging historic divides and repositioning the city for a sustainable inclusive future, through design.

Meet our CEO

Alayne Reesberg

Alayne was born in Ladismith (Western Cape) and spent her formative years in Upington. She was educated at UCT and then followed a career in diplomacy.

In 1997 Alayne graduated with a Master’s degree in Communication Studies, and spent some years in management consulting. She joined Microsoft Corporation at its Seattle headquarters in 2001, where she worked for 6 years in Bill Gates’s enterprise division.

Her work for Gates was intensive relationship management between the company and its 100 top enterprise accounts, connecting with CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and CFOs of the client companies.

From 2007 until she took up the position as CEO of Cape Town Design, she has had her own consulting company, working with many of South Africa’s blue chip corporations.

She rates Cape Town, New York, Washington DC, London, Dublin, Shanghai and Paris among her personal most “liveable” cities.

Board members of Cape Town Design NPC


Anton Groenewald

Executive Director of Tourism, Events and Marketing, City of Cape Town

Dr Laurine Platzky

Deputy Director-General, Department of the Premier, Provincial Government of the Western Cape

Martin Smuts

Executive Deputy Mayor, Stellenbosch Municipality


Gillian Benjamin

Owner, Make Content

Prof Hayman Russel Botman (Chairman)

Rector & Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University

Masana Mayimele Chikeka

Deputy Director: Design, Department of Arts and Culture

Erica Elk

Executive Director, Cape Craft and Design Institute

Porky Hefer

Designer and Owner, Animal Farm Creative Consultants

Noeleen Frances Murray-Cooke

Architect and Academic, University of the Western Cape

Dr Chris Nhlapo

Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Prof Francis Petersen

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town

Talia Sanhewe

Managing Director, Talia Productions

Bruce Snaddon

Chairman of the Cape Town Design Network and Senior Lecturer: Graphic Design Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Christopher Whelan

CEO, Accelerate Cape Town



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