Lee Mokobe

Lee Mokobe is an internationally published poet, screenwriter, literary editor and visual artist hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. Their work focuses on human rights (focus on gender inequality, education and LGBT issues) and African history.
They are the youngest TED Fellow in history. A 6 x TED and TEDx speaker, 3 x TED.blog writer contributor. They are the first African to win Brave New Voices International Youth Slam Poetry.  Mokobe has performed all over the world including at the Barclays Center, The LGBT Center, LA YouTube Space and Vidcon. Their work has been featured by The Fader, Al Jazeera, New York Public Library, Philly.com, Ideas.Ted, Soulpancake media, OkayAfrica, Leeway Foundation, NPR, and Sundance NEXT Film Festival. Their work around climate change and environmental justice was featured in TEDCountdown and Fine Acts.
Their work has graced the stages of the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of a special LGBTQ+ installation where they were the first transgender person to perform and speak on trans people in Africa. They also trail blazed as the first transgender person to be featured in Converse's Forever global campaign. And also featured as a prominent African non-binary leader in Beyonce Knowles And Gucci's Chime for Change as part of The Future is Fluid Campaign. Their works have been exhibited and published in 5 continents namely Harvard School of Education, The University of Calcutta and even in the NSC South African  high school curriculum. They have partnered with Adobe, Sundance, Twitter, Instagram, Gucci America, Hulu Pridefest as a human rights activist and performer. Their work has been published alongside Barack Obama and Harvey Milk in Loud and Proud (LGBTQ Speeches that shook the world).
Mokobe has worked with various non-profit organisations in the United States, especially in youth development. Having gained nominations and awards for their work in youth development and career advancement for township youth in South Africa. Mokobe has been shortlisted for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards and Won the Adobe Creative Catalyst Award for their innovation of media content creation in Africa.

Leadership Committee

Yonglun Liu

Singapore, ITAC Chair

Joan Parr

Scotland, Interim Director, Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland

Grace Gachocha Nakaka

Tanzania, Teaching Artist & Co- Director of Talanta Tano Organization

Eric Booth

USA, Teaching Artist Advocate and Author

María Claudia Parias

Colombia, Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta

Jean E. Taylor

USA, Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education

Ines Sanguinetti

Argentina, Fundación Crear Vela La Pena

Chrissie Ruckley

Scotland, Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland

Marit Ulvund

Norway, Director of Seanse ArtCenter

Chen Alon

Israel, Theatre Activist, Director and Scholar

Brad Haseman


Yujin Hong

Korea, KACES

Daniel Mora-Brito

Venezuela/ Switzerland, International Development Practitioner

Clothilde Cardinal

Canada, Head of Programming at Place des Arts

Simon Sharkey

Scotland, Director


Madeleine McGirk

ITAC Managing Director

Aislinn Ryan

ITAC Development Manager

Laurel Toyofuku

Communications Manager

Caryn Cooper

Leadership Development Specialist

Katie Rainey

EDEN Engagement Manager


Jessica Howarth

Art Jewelry/Crafting, UK (Scotland)

Clara Bloomfield

Theatre, UK (Scotland)

Mary Schwarz

Artworks Alliance, UK

Jeannette Brossart

Mosaic Artist, USA

Peter Atsu Adaletey

Theatre/Dance/Poetry, Ghana

Lynne Pace Green

Theatre, USA

Amanda Acevedo

Theatre, USA

Carol Ponder

Art for Healing, USA

Sangeeta Isvaran

Dance/Storytelling, India (Chennai)

Victoria Ryle

Creative Learning, Australia (Tasmania)

Zdenka Brungot Svitekova

Dance/Theatre, Slovakia/Czech Republic

Jill Massie

Dialect/Theatre, USA

Christiana Afrikaner

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