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Meet the people who make it all happen

Our Team

Rob Burton


Rob's interest in Ashanti Design reflects his dedication to African artistry, aiming to produce unique pieces that celebrate African culture. While his partner Vanessa handles daily operations, Rob focuses on strategic growth, sales, and efficiencies.

He envisions Ashanti Design as a leader in bespoke lighting, committed to high-quality, artistic creations.

Vanessa Steyn


Vanessa's admiration for Ashanti Design's African-inspired products led her to leave the corporate world for a more creative role.

As the new CEO, she will manage daily operations, building on Rob Walker's foundation. Vanessa and Rob Burton aim to offer bespoke products and nurture long-standing relationships.

They have exciting collaborations planned to showcase South African craftsmanship, aiming to become the preferred supplier of African-inspired artisanal lighting while supporting community development and maintaining global client relationships.


Theresa is the floor manager and production guru firecracker of the team! She comes from the CMT industry and was the floor manager at the previous factory that worked on our products. 

So, she’s been working on our creations for 9 years, but only permanently employed for five. Nevertheless, Theresa was running the show in no time and the rest of the team calls her ‘soldier’ because she makes miracles happen, pushing us through right to the end. 


It's been such an honour to witness Amiena's journey at Ashanti Design over the last five years. She started working on the CMT manufacturing line, but we soon noticed her top-notch organisational skills and attention to detail, so we had to put them to use! 

With some further training, Amiena has moved into the admin department and now runs all of the accounts. 

Amiena was rather quiet in CMT, but has now found her voice! It's been such a pleasure to witness this growth. Thank you Amiena — you're amazing and such an asset to the team! 


Siya began his journey with Ashanti Design 10 years ago, working in the fusing department and eventually managing it. Now, he is our dispatch manager — his hands are the last to touch every order.

An unbelievably organised and hardworking human being, when asked why he loves Ashanti, Siya told us it was his 'second home'.

We are so blessed to see Siya's growth, and are equally grateful for his dedication, loyalty and hard work. You're the one Siya.

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