Founder and CEO of Bluefields; former Executive Director of Economic Development at the City of Johannesburg; executive at the Development Bank of South Africa; and coordinator of the South African Cabinet Committee on the Economy. Independent Non-Executive Director at Grassroot and Chair of the Board.


Former Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC); Deputy Director-General of the dti; served on the Financial Services Policy Board; National Lotteries Board, among others; over 20 years' experience in public policy, regulation and governance. Independent Non-Executive Director.

Luke Jordan

Formerly at McKinsey in Johannesburg and Shanghai for 5 years (2005-10), the World Bank in New Delhi for 3 years (2011-14), and advisor to municipal and national government in South Africa (2014-15). Executive Director at Grassroot.

Nokwanda Sihlali

PhD student at UCT. She was Grassroot's first community builder from 2016-17, in which role she engaged extensively with early adopters and helped build Grassroot's field organization.

Operational team

Grassroot works with a flexible team that draws on the contributions and efforts of a range of part-time contributors, as senior developers and as our community outreach coordinators and "Grassroot ambassadors". Our operational team is:


Community builder, coordinating field work in the Greater Soweto area, managing Grassroot social media and LiveWire. Self taught digital marketer, graphic designer and social activist. Former Gauteng working group member within the Right 2 Know campaign.

tello maema

Operational team member, supporting fieldwork in Greater Soweto, content production and awareness building for for LiveWire. Previously studied fashion design, and worked with a range of civil society organizations (including

busani ndlovu

Junior developer, building the Grassroot natural language understanding (NLU) service.


Junior developer, working on core platform maintenance and Android client.

Past contributors

Here we acknowledge the debt we owe to past developers who have contributed to the Grassroot platform.

Paballo Ditshego

Formerly an agribusiness entrepreneur, subsequently transitioned into software development. Junior developer, focused on Android development, at Grassroot.


A student at WeThinkCode, and formerly a teacher and co-founder of Uchongo Lwee Ngcali, an education and training group in East London, Siya has been an intern developer at Grassroot.

Tyler Smith

Computer Science undergraduate at Stanford University, joined Grassroot as a CS for Good fellow. Built the first machine learning components of Grassroot.