Dr Sam Braid runs a consultancy called Waterlore. She holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Wits University looking at the effectiveness of implementation of the South African environmental legislation for water resources management. She has worked in the environment and water sector, particularly catchment management for the past 14 years. She is the co-founder of the Watershed Project and lives in Cape Town. “Water is life. There is no substitute for water. I work with water-related fields every day from office to sport. I wanted to spread the message about water in a positive medium. Water doesn’t just come from a tap. We need to be thinking broader: source to tap and tap to sea. Our aim is to make the Watershed Project a fun and interactive way to raise awareness about water and for communities to re-connect with their life giving water resources.”
Andreas Wilson-Späth holds a PhD in geochemsitry from UCT and has worked as a freelance journalist with a special passion for environmental issues for the last eight years. He’s the co-founder of the South African Eco Film Festival and While You Were Sleeping. Andreas lives in Cape Town with his wife and two teenage sons. “Fresh, clean, potable water is so essential to everything we do, but we often take it for granted. I’m really excited to be part of the Watershed Project because it allows me to share some of the important water-related issues with other South Africans. To ensure a sustainable water supply for future generations we all need to work together and this initiative is a great way for me to help spread the message.” Andreas is a co-founder of the Watershed Project.
Shani Judes is a connector, curator and art facilitator based in Cape Town. With a keen interest in swimming, Shani recently developed a series of Public Pool photographs. Shani also has a keen interest in the relationship we all share with the ocean and water. Managing the Wavescape Festival for the past three years has inspired Shani to become actively involved in ocean conservation and she now participates in many local conservation projects. Shani founded the artists management agency SJ Artists, manages the Wavescape Festival, is the Director of 1,000 Drawings Cape Town, co-founded Township Art Tours, manages Art54 (an outdoor public art project in Cape Town) and also sits on the Art Committee for AfrikaBurn. Shani also surfs and lends her support to beach cleanups and development surfing.
Ross Frylinck is a media and events entrepreneur, curator and journalist. He started and still co-directs the Wavescape Festival, is a co-owner of the surfing media business Wavescape.co.za and co-founder of the documentary film network While You Were Sleeping and the digital publishing company comPress. Ross also worked for Cambridge University Press as a commissioning editor, and is a published journalist and author of children’s books. Ross is currently working on the Sea-Change Project with the Foster Brothers. Ross is a co-founder of the Watershed Project
Philip Brink is a coffee entrepreneur with a history in the restaurant industry and prior to that as a journalist in the environmental and sustainability arenas. Philip is primarily involved in the development and content generation of The Watershed Project’s mobile ‘App’ and website.
Gwen Sparks is a freelance PR consultant with more than 10 years experience in the industry. She’s worked across various leading lifestyle and sporting brands, both in agency and corporate environments. In 2009, she left behind the confines of corporate life to start her own venture, Enhance PR, which has since led to her to work with major conservation events, leading fitness brands, well-known SA contemporary artists and other exciting clients. “What I love about the work I do are the people I get to meet and the extraordinary insight I gain from them and each new project I immerse myself in. If the passion is there so is the synergy. The Watershed Project is something I feel very strongly about. I certainly am very fortunate to be working alongside such an amazing team of people.”