Tasos Calantzis


CEO of Terrestrial


"Design a New Africa"


Each one of us has the creative capacity to design a new Africa. Across South Africa, there are people who are reimagining science, society, business and government. What these people have in common with each other and with their peers in the arts is that they are designing the future of their field. This talk is about the idea of design. It is also about some of these designers and their work to change our nation and our continent.


“I am an industrial designer and the CEO of Terrestrial, a consultancy to organizations such as P&G, The World Bank and Philips. Terrestrial has won Red Dot and Good Design awards and been a finalist at the INDEX awards. I have served at events like the World Economic Forum, taught at business schools and written for Core77, Management Today and others. I am also CEO of Arivi, which aims to address energy poverty with safe and efficient energy products for low-income homes in emerging markets.”


Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts? “Social + Innovation + Entrepreneurship = A brighter future, starting now”

HOW DO YOU ‘IMAGINE A NEW AFRICA’? “We need to be creative to change the future. The good news is that each of us has deep creative potential.”