Who we are

d-lab is a project of the Field Lab, the non-profit arm of The Field Institute, which develops digital workplace and design thinking skills in unemployed youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The project is the brainchild of a group of highly experienced and accomplished skills development practitioners and educators.

The founding group includes:
John Gilmour

Founder and executive head of the
LEAP Science and Maths Schools

Alison Jacobson

Co-founder and Director of
The Field Institute

Barbara Dale-Jones

Co-founder and Director of
The Field Institute

David Kramer

Former CEO of the
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

An incredible team runs d-lab, developing curriculum and coordinating the schedule and activities for our students and with our industry partners:

Lead Facilitator & Chief Student Nurturer


Project Manager & The Hammer

Zintle Mpayipheli

Cohort Coordinator and Facilitator


Cohort Coordinator & Junior Instructional Designer