Toybox is home to the Born Curious.

We are a network of top experts from diverse disciplines who see the world differently and are committed to making things that matter.
Toybox Fellows have access to resources such as a world-class lab space, like-minded collaborators, and market and investment opportunities.
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Abdul-Khaaliq Mohamed

ABDUL-KHAALIQ MOHAMED

AI
Robotics
Design Thinking

Abdul-Khaaliq Mohamed

Abdul-Khaaliq is an Information/Electrical Engineer with a MSc in Biomedical and Control Engineering. He has 11 years of work experience in numerous fields, including telecommunications, financial risk analysis, biomedical research and development, electrical systems for commercial buildings, energy efficiency, green technologies and solar energy.

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Adam Rosman

ADAM ROSMAN

Aeronautical Engineering
UAVs
Entrepreneurship

Adam Rosman

Adam showed an early passion for aircraft and engineering, and went on to obtain a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. His first job was at a rocket design company, followed by a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone) operations company, where he was involved in anti-rhino poaching initiatives.

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ARLENE MULDER

Mathematics
Corporate Finance
Data Science

Arlene Mulder

Arlene is passionate about driving the development of the tech industry and growing digital problem-solving capabilities in Africa. She has always loved exploring the power of mathematics and coding to transform the way we face challenges.

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Ben Nortier

BEN NORTIER

3D Printing
Robotics
IoT

Ben Nortier

Ben is an electronic and software engineer with diverse experience. He studied a BSc and MSc Electronic Engineering with Computer Science, developing a GPS receiver for satellite operations. He then worked as a software engineer, building CAD tools for electromagnetic simulation.

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Benjamin Rosman

BENJAMIN ROSMAN

Machine Learning & AI
Robotics
Research

Benjamin Rosman

Benjamin is a Principal Researcher in the Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems group at the CSIR in South Africa, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he runs the Robotics, Autonomous Intelligence and Learning Laboratory.

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Co-Pierre Georg

CO-PIERRE GEORG

Blockchain
Finance
Information Theory

Co-Pierre Georg

Co-Pierre is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also holds part-time positions as Research Economist at Deutsche Bundesbank and policy associate at Economic Research Southern Africa. Co-Pierre is the convener for the MPhil in Financial Technology at UCT where he teaches courses on fintech and cryptocurrencies.

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Gareth Steele

GARETH STEELE

VR/AR/MR
Design/Conceptual Thinking
360 Photo/Video Production

Gareth Steele

Gareth is the co-founder of Eden Labs, an emerging technology R&D house which develops technology and shows for contemporary art.

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Giancarlo Beukes

GIANCARLO BEUKES

Entrepreneur
Engineering
3D Printing

Giancarlo Beukes

Giancarlo is an inventor and entrepreneur with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering. He has developed numerous medical devices in fields such as asthma, public health, allergy, sports medicine and orthopaedics.

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Gokul Nair

GOKUL NAIR

Engineering
3D Printing
Medical Device Regulations

Gokul Nair

Gokul has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering. He often thinks through complex philosophical issues and grapples with the bigger questions, and he is able to incorporate these thinking processes into the work that he does.

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KANINA FOSS

Systems Thinking
Software Engineering
Research

Kanina Foss

Kanina spends a lot of time thinking about the future we all want and how to get us there. She is deeply optimistic about human potential and loves engaging with human ingenuity. She believes Africa has profound contributions to make in this regard.

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Kenny Inggs

KENNY INGGS

Software Architecture
Development Methodologies
Cloud & Shared Infrastructure

Kenny Inggs

When Kenny was still learning to spell, his dad brought home an 8088 IBM PC. It asked for his name, he typed it in and to his amazement, it said “Hello Kenny”. He’s been playing with computers ever since.

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Matthew Proxenos

MATTHEW PROXENOS

Robotics
Machine Learning
Teaching & Mentorship

Matthew Proxenos

Matthew is a mechanical engineer, biomedical engineer and all-round enthusiast about the world. He enjoys thinking about optimizing processes and about the James Webb Telescope.

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NICK ALLEN

Hardware Technologies
Renewable Energy
Food Tech

Nick Allen

Nick Allen is a civil engineer with an MBA and additional education in IP management, Venture Capital, Private Equity and corporate Governance. He has a passion for building businesses from first principles.

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Phathwa Senene

PHATHWA SENENE

IoT
Electronics
3D Printing

Phathwa Senene

Phathwa is a self-taught inventor who focusses on creating inventions that have a direct impact on improving people’s lives.

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REFILOE MPAKANYANE

Communications
Broadcasting
IoT

Refiloe Mpakanyane

Refiloe spent 14 years in radio and television as a news anchor, presenter and producer. She also acted in two films: Clint Eastwood’s 2010 film, Invictus and Roli Nikiwe’s 2012 film, Nothing for Mahala. Her website and YouTube channel, RefilloeLife, focused on addressing the gap in the mainstream media’s offering to women who were not thirst trapping, fashion blogging and generally living only for the gram.

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Richard Poplak

RICHARD POPLAK

Writing
Directing
Producing

Richard Poplak

Richard trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials.

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Rick Treweek

RICK TREWEEK

Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality
3D Printing

Rick Treweek

Rick is the co-founder of Eden Labs, an emerging technology R&D house which develops technology and shows for contemporary art.

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Sam Beckbessinger

SAM BECKBESSINGER

Design thinking
Financial literacy
Behavioural change

Sam Beckbessinger

Sam is a South African writer, UX designer, product manager, fintech entrepreneur and money dork who has spent most of the past 10 years building tools to help people manage their money better.

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Simon Dingle

SIMON DINGLE

Cryptocurrency
Design Thinking
Communications

Simon Dingle

Simon is a broadcaster, designer, technologist and entrepreneur, with a focus on fintech. He believes we are doing money wrong and is trying to fix it.

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Viroshan Naicker

VIROSHAN NAICKER

Mathematics
Economics
Blockchain

Viroshan Naicker

Viroshan is trained as a mathematician and completed a doctoral degree in graph theory which is the study of networks. He has at various points been an economist, physicist, applied mathematician, data scientist, business analyst, school teacher, box packer and driver.

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