Following a reshuffle of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) board, South African Limpo Moeti joins as one of several new additions.

The IGDA is pleased to welcome four new members to its board, Zak Whaley (appointed), Valentina Birke (appointed), Limpho Moeti (appointed), and Nazih Fares (elected). The new board members bring a wealth of experience and expertise from the game development industry and will play a crucial role in guiding the IGDA’s strategic direction over the coming years. In addition to these new board members, the IGDA has re-appointed Rami Ismail for a two-year term.

The International Game Developers Association is the largest nonprofit membership organization serving game developers worldwide. The IGDA is committed to advancing the careers and enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community.

“We are delighted to welcome Zak, Valentina, Limpho, and Nazih to the IGDA Board of Directors,” said Dr. Jakin Vela, Executive Director of the IGDA. “Their expertise and experience will be invaluable in bringing the IGDA closer to its strategic vision in supporting developers around the world and democratizing career opportunities and resources for our global community.”

Limpho Moeti is a business developer who has been involved in the gaming industry for seven years. She has worked with two of the biggest Studios in South Africa – Free Lives (Gorn, Broforce) and Nyamakop (Semblence). She is now a business development manager at RocketRide Games, a consulting agency in the video games space. She helped create and run indie and interactive media festival Playtopia. Moeti has a deep passion for the gaming industry and has spoken at various events about representation, inclusivity, business development and how to minimize crunch. 

In other news, as of December 2022, Renee Gittins has stepped down from the IGDA Board of Directors to Chair the IGDA’s Alumni Board, a new advisory council created to support future initiatives of the organization with insights from all previous generations of IGDA leadership. In addition to Gittins’s departure from the board, IGDA will also be saying farewell to Sonia Michaels and Tarja Porkka-Kontturi.

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