Alexandra Blackie is an associate consultant at Aephoria. She has been coaching for 10 years and works with individuals and teams within organisations, focusing on leadership development using a bespoke mixture of team coaching, experiential learning and one on one work. She has worked with clients in the areas of property, finance, retail, beverages, packaging, and learning and development.
Alex’s personal experiences of leadership and the impact of change, especially when it is sudden and tumultuous, and her passion for growth and development, brought her to the world of coaching as a means of navigating life more resourcefully. Her focus is on leadership as a core life skill and as a process for shaping the future. Alex also has deep experience in workshop design and facilitation, leadership development, brand engagement and personal branding.
Alex’s Master’s degree research project focused on how to create integration in the diverse social environment of business when extrinsic change is having a profound impact on individuals, teams and the business itself. Her strategic approach to organisational interventions is pragmatic and engaging, and her ultimate aim is to build new skills with clients that enhance their capacity to manage and thrive in the long term.
Busi Mgbemena is an associate consultant at Aephoria and the fouding director of Reflect Coaching Life Skills (Pty) Ltd, a social enterprise in human development capacitating people with life skills, and providing entrepreneurial, career and leadership coaching.
Busi is known for connecting people with the core of who they are. She facilitates deep transformational dialogues aligned to the vision of healing past traumatic and present life experiences to create a more empowered and active citizenry in disadvantaged communities and work spaces. She has facilitated No-Name Initiative dialogues and Peace and Reconciliation workshops across organisations.
Busi graduated from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) with a Diploma in Public Management. She holds a Diploma in Coaching and is a member coach of COMENSA. She is an associate with No-Name-Dialogue Institute and the Institute for the Healing of Memories. Busi currently teaches Gender Work: WomenKind under Tertiary Studies in Business Administration at TSiBA.
In 2017 Busi successfully completed Barack Obama’s Young African Leader’s Initiative (YALI-RLCSA) programme as a young leader committed to transforming Africa.
Chantelle Wyley is an associate consultant at Aephoria and a partner in Baobab Consulting and Training, a leadership and development management consulting company based in Cape Town, working internationally since 2000.
Chantelle is a coach, facilitator and trainer specialising in development project management training, facilitation training, leadership development, organisation development and systems change. She uses emotional intelligence and Gestalt OD to coach and support mostly public sector leaders in the technical aspects of program management, leadership, personal development, diversity, and how to cultivate powerful personal presence and resonant relationships.
Chantelle graduated from the University of Natal (now UKZN) with a MA in Information Systems and a BA Honours in History. She completed the International Programme in the Gestalt Approach to Organization and Systems Development in Ohio, USA.
Chantelle teaches coaches and consultants, on the International Gestalt Organization and Leadership Development Program and in various Gestalt OD training programs in South Africa. She has taught on the Business Executive Coaching Program at the University of Witwatersrand Business School and on the International Gestalt Organization and Systems Development Program. Chantelle is a Technical Advisor in the National Treasury’s Technical Assistance Unit / Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), an associate of the Teleos Leadership Institute, and a partner in GestaltOD Partners.
Charlene Pereira is an associate consultant at Aephoria, a facilitator of Enneagram workshops and a self-development coach and part-time Enneagram writer, motivated by a deep desire to understand others and to make a difference.
After working in the travel industry for four years, she joined Integrative Enneagram Solutions in 2013, where her passion for psychology was reignited. Over the years, Charlene has gained significant knowledge in the Enneagram field, having completed Integrative Level 1 and 2 accreditation training, as well as training with international Enneagram teachers such as Russ Hudson, Beatrice Chestnut and Uranio Paes.
Charlene completed her BA Psychology in 2010. In August 2018, she graduated with her Diploma in Practitioner Coaching (DIPC) through The Coaching Centre in Cape Town and also completed the Depth Facilitation (Level 1) course with Helene Smit.
Charlene has a deep love for Cape Town and spends her free time in nature with friends and family.
Cherise Nortje is an organisational development consultant at Aephoria in Cape Town. She manages client programmes, social media and other diverse online and technology-related projects.
Cherise spent most of her career in the Marketing Research and Human Capital divisions of large corporations in the banking and petrochemical industries. With a passion for understanding how people and systems work, she started working for a business specialising in the Enneagram for coaches and team development which has paved her way for where she finds herself today.
Cherise has a BA Honours in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from UNISA. She has worked with the Enneagram for over seven years and is an accredited Enneagram practitioner. Additional development work has included depth facilitation with Helene Smit and coaching training with Thoughtsmiths (ICF Accredited).
In her quiet time, she studies and explores Metaphysics and alternative healing methods for her family and her furry friends.
Colin Brett is an associate consultant at Aephoria and the founding director of Coaching Development. Colin works in changing the mindsets of organisations through individually designed change programmes, group facilitation and coaching.
Colin has over 23 years’ experience of working in organisational development ranging from multinationals to small and medium enterprises in a diverse range of cultures and sectors. He has worked extensively in the pharmaceutical industry, finance, insurance and also in military contexts.
Colin is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (there are approximately 190 in the UK), an accredited coach supervisor, a teaching and supervising transactional analyst in organisations (one of only six in the UK), an NLP coach and a senior practitioner with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Colin holds four Masters degrees in, inter alia, Organisational Analysis and Leadership and Positive Psychology.
With a strong interest in languages and cultures (his primary degree is in German and Russian), Colin works in South Africa, the Czech Republic, Qatar and Germany.
Colin Campbell is an associate consultant at Aephoria and a full-time practitioner of traditional African medicine with a practice in Cape Town. He has clients from all over the world, and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing and personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology. Colin co-runs a training school and resource centre in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas.
Colin grew up in rural south-eastern Botswana. During this time, he acquired knowledge of Tswana culture and its traditional medicinal and spiritual practices. He has been trained and initiated as a traditional doctor and sangoma.
Colin is also a lifelong artist and musician, his style bridging the traditional with the contemporary, the timeless with the timely, and the sounds of the sacred with the lyricism of electric rocking funk.
Dano “Ronnie’’ Ndlovu
Dano ‘’Ronnie’’ Ndlovu is an associate consultant at Aephoria who has been coaching for over 10 years in public and private sector organisations. Clients include teams (shop-floor employees and their leaders through to executives) as well as individuals (professional to executive levels) in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Ronnie also provides coaching to couples.
Ronnie is the founder of Execufind, which he started in 1994, focusing primarily on executive search. He has extensive experience in evaluating executives’ suitability, especially cultural fit, for roles in a wide range of companies, both South African and multinational, and specialises in the on-boarding of strategic hires, including coaching and integration.
Ronnie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is certified as an organisation and relationship systems coach. He completed a one-year Co-Active Coach training programme with the Coaches Training Institute, and has also completed a two-year programme on process work facilitation based on Process Orientated Psychology. In 2014, he was one of the first two coaches in Africa selected for the international training faculty of CRR Global, Inc.
Elaine Millin is an associate consultant at Aephoria and a facilitator and trainer of Bridging Polarities through Art. She experienced the gentle yet powerful transformative qualities of process art while participating in The Bridging Polarities through Art training in 2002/3, brought to South Africa by four Dutch women.
Elaine is inspired by nature and the natural rhythms that underlie our existence, using these as mirrors into our lives. The gifts of insight, deeper understanding and creativity brought to her own life and artwork motivates her facilitation work with others. Elaine offers this form of non-judgmental, guided art facilitation in diverse fields, creating exercises to meet the needs of each group.
Dr Grant Freedman
Grant Freedman is an associate consultant at Aephoria, a consulting industrial psychologist and a lecturer on psychological assessment in the workplace and organisational effectiveness at Rhodes University.
Grant has spent more than 30 years in the business world. He has held line management positions in Human Resources and Learning and Development. He has spent 10 years consulting to organisations across Africa, specialising in process facilitation to develop and promote the execution of organisational and people strategies. Grant has extensive experience in designing and operationalising integrated talent management and leadership and development functions, systems and processes. He holds international accreditation for numerous psychological and sociological assessment instruments.
Grant is able to bring unique insights to clients due to his broad experience on several ‘sides of the table’ – a corporate leader with complex accountabilities to deliver on, a consulting industrial psychologist and now an academic.
Grant holds a Doctorate in Commerce. In addition to consulting and lecturing, he is developing a new Master’s degree programme in Organisational Psychology that will lead to professional registration as a psychologist.
Jennie Tsekwa is an associate consultant at Aephoria and one of the founding directors of The Kopanya Institute, a consulting firm providing coaching, writing and strategic facilitation services.
Jennie specialises in working with individuals and teams who are going through seasons of change, growth or stress, and seeking greater alignment, connection and effectiveness. She has many years of experience in the fields of individual and organisational change, leadership development, employee engagement, strategic alignment, and diversity and transformation. She has worked with executive leadership teams in large organisations such as Discovery, Standard Bank, Eskom, the CSIR, De Beers, ArcelorMittal, Nedbank and Sasol, as well as in the education sector, where she has coached individuals and teams in Advtech, UCT, the NRF, UJ and Wits University. She currently serves on the Parent Advisory Council of her son’s school.
Jennie is licensed in the use of individual and group coaching tools, including the Barrett Values Alignment Tool, the Enneagram, Gender Reconciliation International (GRI) process work and Organisational Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC). She is accredited with Mentors and Business Coaches International (MBCI), an international network of mentors and coaches.
Johan Greeff is an associate consultant at Aephoria and established Treetops Consulting in 1989. He is a clinical psychologist, organisation development practitioner and facilitator.
Johann journeys with clients on large-scale change initiatives, leading teams through conflicts and challenges into new strategic waters. His approach and methodology combine theoretical principles with the practicalities of life which enables facilitating whole-person and whole-systems transformation. He works with individuals, teams and companies to make their organisations fit for human habitation and flawless execution.
Johan has a MA in Clinical Psychology and is a Master OD Practitioner (SABPP). Career highlights include being a founding member of the International Organisation Development Association (IODA) and co-authoring the book, Ek en my Personeel. He has done extensive work in the field of assessment and development centres. As a chairperson of the Khuluma Counselling Centre, he provides counselling services in the Centurion local community.
Johan and his wife Laura have three daughters and a son, as well as five grandchildren. He believes in living life to the fullest and has completed 12 Comrades marathons, 11 Argus cycle tours and countless endurance events. He also races competitively in the Porsche Club Time Trial Series.
Johann Verster is an associate consultant at Aephoria. He has been practicing as a psychotherapist for 30 years, and is also a facilitator and supervisor for coaches and therapists.
Johann has a strong background in the development of consciousness, emotional maturity and interpersonal relationship. He assists people in understanding the richness of their interior lives and the direct relationship this has with their experience of success, contentment and personal meaning.
Johann holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (1987) from North West University in Potchefstroom, and is a registered user of the Integrative Enneagram personal and group assessment tool. He has 10 years’ experience in Enneagram interpretation and the practices particular to the growth pattern of each style.
Johann uses this framework within the corporate environment to help people understand their potential for effective leadership through self-awareness and self-management, as well as through the development of positive and productive relationships.
Kariema Gool is an associate consultant at Aephoria and a change manager for a digital investment project. She has over 25 years’ experience in the people and organisation field across both private and public sectors.
Her experience spans a number of diverse projects and industries, including managing learning and training projects, management and leadership development, organisational alignment, skills audits, training and facilitation, change management and transformation, project management, organisational development, general human resources and induction.
Kariema has managed numerous large-scale strategic projects during her career, including the Western Cape Premier’s service excellence awards (project manager and then adjudicator for service excellence awards), training co-ordinator / facilitator / manager for Shell South Africa, business process re-engineering, performance management, change management (including local and provincial government experience), eProcurement, developing and implementing mentoring programs and extensive service excellence initiatives.
Linda Henning is an associate consultant at Aephoria and has extensive experience coaching and mentoring individuals and teams in various systems. She has worked in both corporate and non-profit sectors, from grass roots to executive levels, creating, designing, implementing and delivering a variety of courses, processes and/or development projects.
Linda’s organisational experience includes a large-scale culture change project within a financial services institution. Chiefly addressing the leadership journey for natural teams, focusing on the fast pace of change and transformation within the financial services environment, Linda facilitates both team and interpersonal conflict and courageous conversations as well as the impact of rank and privilege on groups within corporate and community. She also coaches individual clients from medical, legal, psychological and other professional backgrounds.
Linda brings her lifelong passion for horses, and the belief that they have many lessons for individuals and groups. Working with horses enables total engagement of “the other 90%” of non-verbal communication as we become aware of messages from our own bodies, as well as beginning to realize how our bodies are communicating with others.
Megan Furniss is an associate consultant at Aephoria, running improvisation (improv) theatre interventions across our client base. She is a South African born playwright, actor, writer, director, teacher, facilitator and improviser. She has spent her life involved in theatre and make-believe.
Megan graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1986 and worked as an actress and director before starting her own improvisation troupe in Cape Town. She has written and co-written numerous plays and musicals, performed and directed theatre, improvises and teaches improv. She has self-published a novel, and writes short stories for competitions.
For the past 25 years, Megan has headed up an industrial theatre company Improvision, creating bespoke theatre for a diverse range of clients, including Engen, ABSA, BP, NSFAS, Indigo, Portnet, and SAB Miller.
Michele Dean is an associate consultant at Aephoria, facilitating a transformational movement process in classes and workshops for individuals and organisations looking for personal growth. The sessions are always in the form of a group activity and use movement and organic world music to create profound experiences of transformation in individuals over time. The process breaks down barriers and brings people into a place of connection with themselves and others. It is deeply restorative and can play a huge role in the integrated health of individuals recovering from trauma or addiction.
She is fully qualified in the Biodanza system, founded by Rolando Toro. She also facilitates
Creative Workshops: Dancing on Paper© – combining movement with creativity and recovery workshops which entail healing movement sessions and workshops for people with addiction.
Tsietsi Molebatsi is an associate consultant at Aephoria and a director, consultant and facilitator at Treetops Consulting.
Tsietsi has more than 30 years of experience in training and development, community and organisation development. His experience includes marketing, community participation, strategic management, team effectiveness, leadership development, communication, talent management and organisational research. Tsietsi has a passion for leadership development, personal mastery, mentoring, strategic planning, organisation development and organisation culture. He is in his element when he facilitates team effectiveness and alignment seminars or conducts organisational research (culture and climate surveys).
Tsietsi embarked on a B.Proc degree at the University of Fort Hare. He was elected president of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University during the challenging period in South African politics and education in 1979. He was simultaneously chairperson of the soccer club and a member of the All Sports Union. Unfortunately, Tsietsi could not complete his legal studies because of his political involvement and activities.
Tsietsi loves almost all forms of sport. He has always been involved in committee work in cultural, welfare, development, sport, community and neighbourhood affairs, and continues to hold leadership positions in these environments.