Founder and Creative Director of Rock City Foundation and RC Events, Suné Stassen is a designer and entrepreneur at heart and a creative consultant, project and events manager, design education specialist, curriculum advisor and content developer by choice.
Suné taught design for more than 15 years and contributed to the development of the current national design curriculum in an advisory capacity. She has published extensively and was also the contributing editor of the three nationally approved design textbooks, produced for design at secondary school/level. She was also the project manager of the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship since its inception in 2008 and a former board member of DEFSA (Design Education Forum South Africa).
Suné was the original concept and content developer of the Woolworths “Making the Difference Through Design” (MTDTD) programme which was acknowledged as a finalist in the 2009 INDEX: Design to Improve Life®, the world’s biggest design award.
She is the former editor of the biannual online publication Design>Ed; was an assistant researcher for the WDC2014 bid and served on the advisory committee for the development of the Western Cape Provincial Innovation policy. She has also contributed to the initial development phase of the Western Cape Design Strategy.
Suné is currently involved with a number of initiatives such as serving on the SABS Design Institute’s Panel of Design Experts; a project partner of MoDILA’s ACE Programme; is the founder and principal investigator of LIVE DESIGN TOURS and Design Transform Life Edu Bus, both approved WDC2014 projects. She is also the Festival and Programme Director of the Open Design Cape Town Festival.