Gretchen Wilson-Prangley

CEO, Play Africa

Gretchen Wilson-Prangley

CEO, Play Africa

Biography

Gretchen Wilson-Prangley is founder and CEO of Play Africa, a globally-acclaimed, proudly South African “children’s museum” based at the iconic Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Play Africa is a thought leader in creating visitor experiences for children and families with children in South Africa, and in considering and making provision for children in public spaces. As a children’s museum, it offers innovative early childhood development and foundation phase learning to the public through original, locally-relevant exhibits and programmes serving children 0-10, their families and schools. Play Africa brings children and families together through play and promotes the power of play as a powerful vehicle for positive change in South Africa. Prior to starting Play Africa in 2013, Gretchen was a foreign correspondent for the U.S. radio programme, “Marketplace,” and author of the 2007 book “From Dust to Diamonds: Stories of South African Social Entrepreneurs.” Gretchen is a graduate of the Social Entrepreneurship Programme at GIBS. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University (New York, NY, USA), and a bachelor’s degree from Bard College (Annandale, NY, USA).

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