Ben Schernick is a registered social worker, facilitator,
mediator and founder of Co-Create Change
Consultancies. He grew up in Berlin/Germany, where he
left his first career as police detective in 2001, after realising
the limitations of the conventional criminal justice system.
He then spent almost three years of grassroots traveling,
hereby learning about and living in alternative
communities (Ecovillages). Engaging in social activism and
interactions with people from different social, cultural and
spiritual backgrounds provided invaluable experiences
and exposed him to alternative ways of handling
interpersonal conflict, health issues and social problems.
In 2004, he started studying Social Work, specialising in
nonviolent conflict resolution, which lead him to Namibia
and made him decide to stay.
For over ten years, he is now working here with various
organisations, communities and individuals on issues
relating to teambuilding, conflict resolution, empathic
communication, leadership development and
organizational change processes.
TED talk title
Parenting the Power of
Presence & Relationship
In early 2014, he completed his Masters in Conflict
Facilitation and Organizational Change in the
field of Process-oriented Psychology and became
registered as a social worker in private practice,
as well as an accredited training provider with the
Health Professions Councils of Namibia.
He is also the co-clerk of the Namibian Quaker
Community, enjoying the regular worships in
silence, as this allows for a direct encounter with
that of God in every human being.
In a voluntary capacity, he serves as secretary and
senior facilitator of the Alternatives to Violence
Project in Namibia, and for the last two years
he enjoys the joy, blessings and challenges of
fatherhood and intercultural parenting. Ben values
good humor, flexibility, creativity and dreaming,
while being allergic to dogma and any overly
conservative rules and regulations.
An example of such clearly outdated rules is
forcing employees to come to an office from 8am
to 5 pm. Instead, with sufficient mutual trust and
flexible mindsets, organisations could grant their
workers greater autonomy and self-determination,
hereby letting them become much more
responsible, effective and efficient.
Hannah H. Tarindwa
Hannah H. Tarindwa is a Lecturer of Journalism and
Media and student of Monitoring and Evaluation
but identifies herself as a Social Scientist. She enjoys
reading, writing and travelling within Africa.
She cannot stand not having a writing project. As
the Founder of Writers Academy Namibia and a
published poet, she believes that story telling is a
multi-billion-dollar industry in Africa, waiting to be
Mohammed Shehu- Analytics Consultant
I intersect ideas. I'm a strong believer in the multiplied impact of unrelated concepts, and drawing on a vast pool of knowledge and experience allows me to ask the important "what if" questions that spring forth new business ventures, opportunities and learnings.
Siegfried Lange, completed his Masters in Clinical
Psychology at the University of Namibia with a
master’s thesis focusing on the development of
emotional intelligence. He has 15 years’ experience
in Retail, most of which in Management.
He has been coaching individuals and teams in
Namibia and abroad since 2007. Siegfried is one of
the founding partners of Capacity Trust, which is a
pioneer in true Namibian Human Sciences.
He was a founding member and the president of
the Professional Speakers Association 2017 – 2018.
Siegfried is a well-known radio and Television
personality who has a weekly slot on NBC radio
and ad-hoc appearances on Tupopyeni and Good
Morning Namibia (NBC Television). His books “True Emotional Freedom” and “Emotionally
Debt Free” have proven to be 2 of the most well-known
Namibian Emotional Intelligence resources available on
His passion for Emotional Intelligence and Freedom has
inspired many individuals to become emotionally free
Thuba Sibanda is a Senior Program Manager at Physically Active Youth, a community-based
Sport for Development N.G.O in Katutura, Namibia that is home to 120 children and youth
from disadvantaged backgrounds and marginalized communities. She invests her time in several
hobbies as they serve as a release from a high-pressure job she is very passionate about – she enjoys
writing and motivational speaking because she believes in the inspirational power of sharing your
story. Thuba Sibanda is a recent graduate of the FIFA Master -the number Sport Management
Master in Europe which admits 31 people from all over the world each year. She’s one of few
females from Africa and 2nd of 2 Namibians to have done this course. The sheer belief in her dream
has taken her from a small township in Zimbabwe where she was raised to partaking with top sport
minds in some of the biggest sport boardrooms in the world. A well-travelled, energetic woman, she
draws a lot inspiration from nature and the outdoors -and can sometimes be found owning the
Vivette Rittmann-Cultural Analyst
I herd cats uphill. Getting a group of strong willed individuals to reach the same goal is my speciality. My drive is to create a digitally literate society, to enable everyone to compete in a knowledge based economy.