Dr René Alicia Smith is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at Durban University of Technology (DUT). She is the current President of the South African Humanities Deans’ Association and Chair of the Steering Committee of South African Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), a national Digital Humanities project supported by the Department of Science and Technology. Dr Smith is founding Festival Director of the Digital Art and Design Festival (Digifest) and a member of DHETs Advisory Panel on Creative Outputs and Innovations. She has worked across public, private and community sectors and consulted on gender and media policy projects in different SADC countries. She is an interdisciplinary researcher and has taught at several institutions of Higher Education in South Africa and served on a range of governing boards, including an appointment on the recommendation of South Africa’s Parliament. She completed her undergraduate qualification at Falmouth College of Arts, now Falmouth University in the United Kingdom. She has a MA cum laude and a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from University of KwaZulu-Natal.