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:
Zonke
Ngidi

d-lab:
Our Lead Facilitator & Chief Student Nurturer

Ayanda
Orrai

d-lab:
Administrator & Chief Whip

Martin Cheetham

d-lab:
Design Thinking Pathfinder

Siphumezo Adam

d-lab:
Junior programme administrator

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CATHY MACDONALD

d-lab:
Head of Programmes & Command Pilot