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December 13, 2019
Centurion, Gauteng
South Africa

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LemonJack Studio and Theatre
276 Poole Avenue
Centurion, Gauteng, 0157
South Africa
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Andy Cohen

Art Counsellor
Andy Cohen is an artist, writer and art counsellor, currently training to become a psychoanalyst. She is deeply passionate about creativity and self-repair and works therapeutically with a wide range of groups and individuals using art and/or dialogue as treatment. Andy also writes for a range of parenting hubs with a strong focus on ‘psychoanalytic ideas made simple’ in order to empower families to live fuller, more integrated lives.

Bronwyn Kilroe

Laughter Coach
Bronwyn Kilroe, a certified Laughter Coach and Workshop Facilitator, is the owner of a company called Laughter Sessions, a soft skills training company focusing on stress management, health promotion and happiness development in the work place. She facilitates super fun Laughter Sessions and soft skills Training Workshops for business teams because Laughter is serious business, no joke! Fondly known as Cape Town’s Laughter Coach, Bronwyn reminds companies and organisations about the power of fun and laughter to create positive and productive working environments for their staff. As a sought after Workshop Facilitator and Speaker, she has helped empower and upskill over 10 000 people with practical laughter skills and positive psychology tools to help them cope with stress, improve their workplace productivity and to live happily ever laughter.

Cynthia Chigwenya

Student/Graduate Researcher
Miss Cynthia Chigwenya is an aspiring diplomat and a young global leader who believes that the betterment of Africa is our shared responsibility. I take personal and professional interest in post-conflict development; which is core to the deepening of democracy in Africa and globally. I have participated in the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA, 2015) competition, presented at the Laureate's International Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR,2016) and was selected to be a part of the Seeking Justice Tour (2017)delegation to South Africa and Rwanda. l am currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in Development Studies, focusing on social injustice, reconciliation, and development in Africa.Thus far, I have worked with various governmental, inter-governmental and non-profit organisations (listed in work experience section) that seek to advance and promote the Agenda 2030 and 2063 objectives.

Josina Machel

Gender-Based Violence Activist
Activist and Founder Kuhluka Movement Ms. Josina Z. Machel holds an MSc degree in Sociology (Gender) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Science, Sociology and Political Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has extensive experience in advocacy, political advisory and management of projects on gender-based violence, Human Development and Gender Equality in the private and non-profit sectors in the regional, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and international level.Following a horrific domestic violence attack Ms. Machel founded the Kuhluka Movement, a non-profit initiative that bridges the gap between giving a voice to women survivors, whilst providing them with safe haven in their time of need. She is a member of the UN & EU Civil Society National Reference Group for the Spotlight Initiative (Mozambique); a UNFPA celebrity Spokesperson and serves on a number of International Boards

Juwayria Asvat

Juwayria Asvat is an eighteen year old self-directed learner who developed a passion for the empowerment of the youth as a result of her schooling and unschooling experiences. She has been an active part of the South African unschooling community, participating in conferences, engaging in discussions, and facilitating conversations with those simply wanting to learn more about self directed learning/unschooling. She is also a self-taught pastry chef and entrepreneur who continues to develop herself and her business. Juwayria loves the outdoors and a multitude of sports, and is also a tennis player and coach. The other significant side to her personality is one whose dreams are filled with books and stories that lets her imagination endlessly wonder

Lebohang Pheko

Lebohang Liepollo Pheko is a public intellectual, writer, scholar activist , academic, policy analyst , lecturer and public speaker. Pheko has twenty years of experience as a strategic thinker and change agent across various sectors and this has taken her across the world lending technical, political and intellectual support to institutions and movements. Lebohang has a deep commitment to shaping change in the economy , in social policy , in states and is centred in Afrikan feminist thinking , Black liberation theology and new ideas on Afrikan States. She is proudly associated with the cohort of impatient and annoyed women who are reimagining the world and placing demands for new economics, new states, new politics that centre our realities. Pheko is a founder and Senior Research Fellow of a think tank called Trade Collective that deals with international trade, the political economy and feminist economics in relation to the Global South.

Lizelle Coombs

Social Anthropologist, Entrepreneur
Lizelle is passionate about empowering people and supporting micro and rural businesses in South Africa. She is a Social Anthropologist, professional facilitator, Business mentor and accredited Assessor. She has developed training materials and programs for entrepreneurs and employees of corporate companies. Lizelle designed a sustainable micro-incubator model for rural entrepreneurs, which is currently successfully running as independent Social Franchises. Lizelle co-founded a number of commercial business ventures during the last 10 years, most of which she is still actively involved in. Her fondness of working with micro-entrepreneurs and the diverse communities in South Africa, motivated the launch of an NPO, Angels Resource Centres, in early 2007.

Megan Nethercote

Strategy Director
Megan is the Strategy Director at FINE GROUP GLOBAL – an organisation offering strategic communication consulting services to healthcare and other technical and regulated industries. As the F/NE conceptual storyteller, Meg has a strong grasp of the ‘power of the human story’ in accessing people’s hearts and minds to effect behaviour change and create alignment around common purpose and values. Meg’s effusive energy and disruptive thinking style enables her to galvanise people to successfully deliver large-scale communication programs – she makes large companies feel like connected communities through the power of hope and imagination.

Murunwa Mutele

Murunwa was born on the 01 October 1999 in Pretoria. She brought up by both parents and have three siblings.Growing up was quite shy until my early teenage years. She always loved talking and sharing ideas with people around her.She is the type of person that stands up for what she believes in, she is not one that backs down easily. Murunwa is a young woman who finds joy in writing stories and sharing them on her typical word press blog. She is a routine type of person, so planned schedules are the best way to get going..She enjoy doing online activism work and sharing her plant-based diet recipes with facebook friends,which means she is a typical millennial “feminist”girl navigating through the world trying to share her ideas of an equal and inclusive world.. No matter how they talked about women, she never feel the need to mask the type of woman she is. She a go getter and she have found myself studying toward a national diploma in Chemical Engineering.

Nocebo Bucibo

Nocebo Bucibo is a photographer based in Johannesburg. She is a Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning candidate at Wits University and holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, from the same institute (awarded with distinction). She has a National Diploma and BTech in photography from the Vaal University of Technology. She has worked on a number of photographic projects such as the 20018/19 Market Photo Workshop Incubation program, the Wits Roodepoort project in conjunction with PARI and the VUT Sharpeville project. She was a 2009 Sasol signatures finalist and SABS young design achievers finalist in the same year.

Nozipho Mbanjwa

Conversation Strategist
Nozipho Mbanjwa is conversation strategist moderating global conversations that are designed to have measurable outcomes. She is in demand for her unique and insightful ability to facilitate difficult conversations with courage, depth and breadth. As an internationally acclaimed conference moderator and Human Capital Advocate for The World Bank and Global Citizen, she has successfully moderated conversations for global and African institutions including, leading listed and unlisted multinational corporations, business schools, and civil society organisations that seek to leverage conversations for change. Nozipho is also an award-winning financial markets broadcaster lifting the African business story through the lens of leadership, performance, the political economy, development finance, gender mainstreaming, and youth development.

Ntombi Mhangwani

Ntombi Mhangwani is the Director for Integrated Marketing and Communications, and Women’s Forum Lead at Accenture Africa. She joined Accenture in 2015, tasked to build strategic value and deliver personalised, unique marketing as well as communications experiences. She also drives initiatives to attain Accenture’s vision to achieve a 50/50 gender balanced workforce by 2025. In September 2019, Mhangwani won the Gender Mainstreaming Awards’ Positive Role Model for C-Suite award. Prior to joining Accenture, Mhangwani held senior marketing and communications roles in various multinational companies such as Schneider Electric South Africa, Dimension Data and MTN – to mention a few, with a scope that covered the rest of Africa and the Middle East. Mhangwani’s journalistic, marketing and communications experience spans a period of more than 20 years. She has a huge hunger for continued learning, and an ability to master and implement the new knowledge she gains.

Phokwane Moloele

Investment Manager
Ms Phokwane Moloele is an Investment Manager at Alitheia IDF Fund. A Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of investment experience, Phokwane has been extensively involved in investment banking, corporate finance, development finance and private equity environments. She has over the years gained extensive experience in leading and managing due diligence teams, structuring transactions, presenting investment papers and implementing and monitoring approved investments.

Queen Ramotsehoa

Consciousness Coach
Queen is the founder of Tsheto Leadership and Coaching Academy, previously known as Tsheto Educational Services. She has been a coach and mentor since 1983, in her first teaching role. She qualified as a workplace coach and mentor in 2004 and as a Consciousness Coach® in October 2006. Her passion for people development has therefore evolved from teaching to mentoring and coaching. She believes that every leader is a coach. Her coaching methodology has a very strong influence of both the Consciousness Coaching Model, and the Gibs V-GROWTH Models. They provide structure and a very strong commitment to coaching the client’s relationship to issues, and this is where powerful shifts lie, and this is how her clients grow and achieve results that exceed expectations. She has developed and published Self-Leadership tools: Diary, Journal, Cards and App that support the client to stay focused and creating outside the coaching sessions.

Rosie Motene

Pan African feminist
Rosie Motene is a Pan African feminist, survivor, writer, global speaker, media personality and award-winning author. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from The University of the Witwatersrand. With over two decades of experience in TV, film and theatre industry, she has worked from across Africa to the USA, UK, and Australia.Rosie is a revered speaker and emcee and speaks on the following topics:African identity, GBV (Gender-based violence), Pan African entrepreneurship, setting and achieving your goals, where she documents her two climbs up Mount Kilimanjaro.Her memoir, Reclaiming The Soil was published and launched in 2018. The book details her extraordinary upbringing of being raised by her mother's white employers. Being born in 1974, under the apartheid laws, created a rather unconventional upbringing and many sacrifices for her biological and foster family.The book looks at the themes of African identity, interfaith and interracial adoption, abuse and career goals.

Rumbidzae Vambe

Based in South Africa, Rumbi Vambe is a 19 year old Pan-African award winning writer, activist and young change maker who is catalyzing important dialogue, action and change on the African continent. As both a young South African and Zimbabwean, Rumbi spends her time redefining, challenging and addressing both African and global social mores, with the guiding principle that we all share in the responsibility of actively serving as architects of the world that we would like to see, particularly as young people.

Sister Jenny

Sister Jenny I, CEO of Sister Jenny JEN-TIL TOUCH also Trading as JEN-TIL HEALING is an inventor , Entrepreneur and Registered in Therapeutic Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage as well as a professional Registered Nurse and was blessed with a natural ability for healing massage, and a passion for easing pain and suffering and extremely passionate about helping people with diabetic wounds ,bedsores, HIV sores and skin problems like eczema and very dry skin. After qualifying as a Professional Nurse in 1980, She worked in a hospital for 18 years. She then specialized in Reflexology and Aromatherapy perfecting her skills and natural healing therapies through intensive studies and practice. This vast experience became the foundation for the launching of JEN-TIL TOUCH Clinic in 1993, a holistic and natural approach to healing. Sister Jenny has developed a wide range of natural healing creams.

Stacey Fru

She is an Philanthropist, Child Activist, Inspirational Speaker and 12-year-old International Multiple Award-Winning Bestselling Author of Chapter Books. I wrote my 1st book, ‘Smelly Cats’ without my parents’ knowledge at the age of 7. This book was approved by the SA Department of Basic Education as suitable for young learners from Early Childhood through to Primary Schools.

Thato Belang

Business & Leadership Coach
Thato is an entrepreneur at heart who is very passionate about people development and growth as well as helping them unleash their greatness and become the best versions of themselves. My areas of interest in coaching are with small and developing businesses as well as large organisations. My passion is in fast-tracking the development of female leaders, talent development and in addressing the gaps of transformation. I offer business and executive coaching to help organisations transform themselves and reach their goals. I facilitate dialogues and programmes that unlock leadership potential in individuals, teams and organisations so that businesses expand and grow through tapping into more and more of the innate potential of their people.

Vumile Msweli

Career Coach
Vumile Msweli is an international speaker, renowned career coach, founder and the Chief Executive officer for Hesed Consulting, a pan-African consulting firm specializing in coaching; human capital management; facilitation; recruitment and training on the African continent with presence in Nigeria; Rwanda; Namibia; Botswana and South Africa. She is an award winning business woman who has received honours such as the Women's’ Economic Forum’s Woman of Excellence Award, being named 34th Most Influential Young South African by Avance Media, the Mail and Guardian Top 200 most influential Young South Africans; Elle Boss of the Year (Corporate Category); Black Management Forum’s Young professional of the Year; 15th of Africa’s 1000 most inspiring voices as well as CEO Magazine pan-African small business woman of the year .

Zakiyya Ismail

Children's Rights Advocate
For the last 25 years, Zakiyya has been experimenting with living and learning in freedom, also known as unschooling. She is an advocate for freedom in education and an advocate for children’s rights, specifically in resisting adultism. Her three children have never been to school, living instead as if the idea of schooling doesn’t exist, and she has been tirelessly connecting with and building a community of practitioners walking similar paths, including families wounded by, and looking for sustainable alternatives outside of the school system. She curates the Living Unschooling anthology on her website, where young people are invited to write about their experience in living unschooling. She has been supporting and has been consistently sharing her reflections on the intersections of unschooling with decolonisation, social change and unschooling’s foundational role in social justice. .

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Johannesburg, South Africa


Johannesburg, South Africa