Our Team

Hombakazi Mercy Nqandeka

Head Writer & Content Manager


Hombakazi is an entrepreneur, published Xhosa author with two titles to her name, has a Master's degree in Agriculture from France, and works for an International NGO in Transkei.




Dr John Ashmore

Founder and CEO


John has a PhD in Public Health (UCT) and 20 publications. He was a senior manager for Doctors Without Borders and consulted to WHO. He excels in activism, senior management, research and economics.



Ryan Fortune

Head Communication Officer


Ryan has a wealth of senior experience in journalism and PR, including for Doctors Without Borders and UCT. He is an environmental activist and runs his own consulting business and NGO.



Robyn Schaffner

Head Designer


Robyn has worked in senior designer roles for Woolworths, Glamour Magazine and other well-known brands. She freelances too, and is overseeing logo, advertising, App V1.2 design and all other core design work for AfroStory.



Norman Hooper

Head Technical Advisor

Norman is a Software Engineer at DiMagi and has previously worked in CTO and Software Engineer roles at various open source firms, including his own. He is fluent in Python, all things Linux, and advises AfroStory regularly.



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