Founder and Managing Director of Makeka Design Lab
Mokena Makeka is the Founder and Managing Director of Makeka Design Lab, an “interdisciplinary design practice led by architecture and urban design as a filter and tool for design manifestation.” Mokena’s ethos lies in his belief that design has the power to better people’s lives, especially when done sustainably.
Mokena is an internationally renowned, award-winning architect whose fusion of innovation and sustainability have put him on the map. Mokena’s professional achievements are extensive and include being an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is also a member of the African Leadership Network and a Aliko Dangote Fellow.
Mokena’s passion for sustainable design has been consistently communicated throughout his career. He has spoken at a range of conferences and gatherings including the Green Building conference and the Seminar of Social Innovation and Sustainability (Brasil). Mokena has contributed key writings to the Sustainable Waters Handbook, and published a piece entitled Counter Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in Cape Town
Mokena is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his contributions to the design sector, and for recognising the importance of sustainable design.