Gavin Weale

Gavin Weale is an award-winning social entrepreneur and publisher from the UK. In 2010 Gavin wonthe UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Award for his work on Live Magazine UK, which brought him to South Africa, leading to the development of the idea to replicate the project in South Africa. In early 2011, he was awarded a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship, and moved to Cape Town. He has since been responsible for launching Livity Africa as a social enterprise operating across South Africa. In 2013 Gavin was awarded a third year of Shuttleworth Fellowship, and launched of a new office in Johannesburg in partnership with the British Council. In 2014, Livity Africa launched the VIP Campaign, a major democratic engagement campaign via its channels with funding from Omidyar, Making All Voices Count and the Indigo Trust, aimed at creating a mass movement of youth taking over the political agenda and interacting with government and parliament. Livity Africa’s other major project is a digital skills accelerator programme called Digify in partnership with Google, Facebook, the Rockefeller Foundation and the British Council. Digify has trained over 75,000 young people in in-demand digital skills in the last 18 months.