Sonia Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress, which strives to transfer scientifically validated knowledge on stress to the public.
For the last 20 years, Lupien has studied the effects of stress on the human brain from infancy to adulthood and old age. Her studies have shown that children—as vulnerable as adults to stress—can produce high levels of stress hormones as early as age six. Her research in adults demonstrates stress can significantly impair memory performance, as well as the effects of stress on the aging brain.
Lupien recently published the book Par amour du stress to help us better understand stress as it has been studied for the last 50 years by scientists around the world.
Jonathan Shapiro is a South African cartoonist, famously know as Zapiro, whose work appears in numerous South African publications and has been exhibited internationally on many occasions. Jonathan Shapiro was born in Cape Town in 1958. He studied architecture at University of Cape Town and then as he couldn't imagine a career in architecture he tried switching to Graphic Design and promptly got conscripted. While in the army he refused to bear arms and became active in 1983 in the newly-formed United Democratic Front.
His work as a cartoonist began in earnest with a wide range of political and progressive organisations. When the newspaper South began in 1987, he became its editorial cartoonist. He was detained by security police in 1988 shortly before leaving on a Fulbright Scholarship to study media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. New York was an eye-opening experience where he studied under comics’ masters Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. He returned to South Africa in 1991 and with Story Circle produced educational comics including Roxy (Aids education), Tomorrow People (democracy education) and A Trolley Full of Rights (a child abuse prevention comic later used by UNICEF elsewhere in Africa.
He was editorial cartoonist for Sowetan from 1994 - 2005 and appeared in the Cape Argus from 1996 -1997. He has been editorial cartoonist for the Mail & Guardian since 1994, the Sunday Times since 1998 and since September 2005 also appears three times a week in Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury and Pretoria News.
Ms Joyce Ras is an Industrial Psychologist, Executive Coach and OD Consultant with over 17 years of experience in the field of Organisational and Leadership Behaviour. She is the owner of Capability2lead where she specialises in Executive Coaching, Facilitating Strategic Planning sessions, Culture Change Interventions, Team Development as well as Designing and Facilitating customised Leadership Development Interventions. She is proud to be associated with the UFS Business School where she is the Lead Coach and Leadership Facilitator of their Executive Development Program as well as facilitator for the MBA Organisational Behaviour delegates. She is grounded in her values of Christianity, Family, Integrity and her Strive for Excellence. Her passion lies within Woman Leadership, and supporting FEDSA to empower Leaders within the Educational Environment. One of her main projects currently is entrenching Model 21st Century skills for the UFS Leaders through an 8 month Engage Leadership Journey and Program.
Dr Andri Barnes was born in the Eastern Cape, in the town of Indwe. She was schooled at the local school after which she moved to Bloemfontein to study at the University of the Free State. She started her teaching career at Ugie High School in 1981. From Ugie she move to Barkley-West and then to Forest High School where she taught for 13 years. She has been on the staff of Glenwood since 1997. She headed the History Department and served as deputy principal for 10 years. She has also played a leading role in the management of the school’s boarding establishment over a number of years. Andri was appointed as the principal of Glenwood in 2018. She is a respected academic who was awarded her PhD for her thesis entitled: Teenage boys’ Construction of Masculinities in a single-sex boarding house in post-apartheid South Africa.
Garth has spent most of his life in boys' schools. Having attended Queen's College from Grade1-12, his call to teaching came during his gap year at an all-boys’ school in England. Having qualified from the University of Stellenbosch, his formative teaching years were spent at Paarl Boys' High School. His passion, however, always was for working in development contexts. He cut his time at Paarl Boys' High short to accept a promotion post at Claremont High School- a start-up school specifically seeking to serve poorly positioned learners. Having completed his Honours (in School Management) during his first year at Claremont High, Garth enrolled in a Masters study at the University of Cape Town which he later upgraded to a Doctorate study.