I am South African who grew up in the United Kingdom, but would not want to consider myself as someone bound by boundaries (after all, I think part of the definition of being a ‘millennial’ is that we are globalized). I have a philosophical background in sustainable development and complex systems – my Master’s thesis was in reconceptualizing ethics from a complex systems perspective in addressing academia’s food insecurity. I’m also hoping to pursue a PhD at McGill University, in Montreal. Fingers crossed! I like to write. If I could invest in anything, I would invest in communication as the driver for change, and I would love to champion that. I think we can all attest to the gains that have come about thanks to open dialogue. I first heard about International Connector from Toby Jordan, whom I met at the Y20 Summit last year, and I am both excited and relieved that our aspirations for getting the global youth to work together, which we spoke about at the time, are becoming realized. I have hope for our generation, sometimes that hope gets tested, and fair enough, but I honestly do feel a change coming; a paradigmatic, psychological change – a revolution of the mind – that, I believe, is central to us, as a global community, overcoming the current and future challenges by adopting appropriate technically-relevant and community-orientated policies and practices, based on the principles of social and environmental justice. Simply being in this environment of ‘millennial catalysts’ (albeit online) makes me feel at home. I look forward to chatting to each and everyone of you, collaborating on whatever comes our way – be it for IC or our personal development – and I hope to meet you all in person one of these days.
A few fun facts… I love music. I used to play in a band, but now just do the odd show by myself under the name ‘Karoo Youth’. I love to be outdoors. I pretend that I can surf, but I’m probably more happy on the beach than in the sea. My favourite quote is: “Only the mountain can listen objectively to the howl of the wolf” – from Aldo Leopold’s essay, ‘Thinking Like a Mountain’. My motto (which, I think, has to be kind of cliché to be regarded as a motto) is: “Context is everything”.