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 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.
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
Executive Deputy Mayor, Stellenbosch Municipality
SELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
Owner, Make Content
Prof Hayman Russel Botman (Chairman)
Rector & Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University
Masana Mayimele Chikeka
Deputy Director: Design, Department of Arts and Culture
Executive Director, Cape Craft and Design Institute
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
Managing Director, Talia Productions
Chairman of the Cape Town Design Network and Senior Lecturer: Graphic Design Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
CEO, Accelerate Cape Town