The Master Leader Program’s groundbreaking curriculum takes a three-pronged approach to learning; integrating neurological and behavioural science, social change, and self-awareness to transform the leader as a whole.

Each high-touch module unlocks your conscious capacities so you can uplift your organisation, rebuild the economy and communities you engage with.

The program fosters human connection, interaction, community and network building – all facilitated by our world-class local and international faculty and high-profile guest speakers.

About The Different Streams:


Stream 1: Guest Speakers

Most people don’t know the story behind the most accomplished, socially and conscious leaders. In these participatory Guest Key Notes, we will highlight and explore the internal processes that give our Luminaries and Speakers the capacity to run successful organisations in a mindful, values-driven way. 

 Participants will get unique access to the stories of how these leaders overcame struggle and difficulty to lead with clarity—and a chance to ask questions in these special training sessions.


Stream 2: Faculty

In stream two participants will dive deep into the course material in both live training and through the Learning Management System (LMS). Throughout this stream we will deep dive into the theory, tools and models through which one can gain an integrated and full understanding of the modules.


Stream 3: Wisdom Teachers

In stream three participants will join our wisdom teachers in practical sessions which aim to integrate and embody the teachings of streams one & two. 

Program Flow

Trimester One: Self

Module Overview: Learn how to become awake (aware) of yourself and your external environment, harness this awareness to illuminate areas of your work and life – increasing your choice continuum – move forwards from a place of coherence and expanded presence.

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker:

  • Paddy Pampallis PhD:  Founder and CEO of Integral Africa: The Coaching Centre, founding member of Integral Africa Institute; and founding member of COMENSA. She is a global leader in integral coaching, developmental learning and leadership maturity. Paddy will be speaking to what it is to be a conscious, aware and integrated leader and why doing the inner development work is imperative today more than ever.

Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Mary Joe Emde: Understand the neuroscientific interplay of consciousness and awareness and how to master these two aspects of self within leadership. Gain an overview of personal, interpersonal and professional leadership in order to move forward from a place of coherence.

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Larry Holmes: Master the essentials of mindfulness meditation – the foundation practice that helps reduce stress, bolsters problem-solving skills, improves communication, and leads to greater satisfaction at work and in life. Explore the neuroscience behind how the brain and heart react to stress, how this may be affecting your actions and how to mitigate these effects.
  • Paul Mooney: Understand how to create effective dialogue within an organisation – fostering a psychologically safe and open space from which positive change can emerge.
  • Lisa Firer: Discover how somatic micro-practice (bodily awareness) can ground and integrate the theoretical understanding gained in the core modules. Learn how to develop a ‘somatic sensibility’— a way to stay connected with your embodied experience—and come back to a grounded place of centre, even under stress (more quickly and for longer).

Module Overview: Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most well-researched models of learning and development: U-Theory. Learn to apply this model to achieve personal and collective transformation – facilitating the growth of independent, interdependent thinking and collaboration between different levels of possibility. Developing capacities to emerge as an integrative, whole-person leader.

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker:

  • Taryn Marcus: Taryn Marcus is a Human Capital and Strategy integration specialist with 15 years’ experience. She is also a registered industrial psychologist and Harvard Business School Alum who will be speaking to: Gaining a global understanding on leadership and talent.

Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Dr. Mamohau Sekgaphane: Rebirth reality for consciousness and change. Explore four REBIRTH reality dimensions of human consciousness and how we can work with these dimensions to produce increased performance, innovation and change.

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Tamu Al Islam: Learn how to identify and work with your unconscious, diagnosing your own biases and becoming less responsive when provoked.
  • Lisa Firer: Discover how propper self-care can positively impact your communities and your leadership working with Self-care as a catalyst for inspired leadership, instead of a burn-out emergency strategy. Undergo a 360-degree evaluation of your present care needs and the tools to meet them. Leave with an awakened self-care system grounded in powerful service. 
  • Athena Mazarakis: Discover how to build an awakened self-care system grounded in powerful service, and micro-practices for releasing stress and finding presence in the midst of chaos. Note that awakened leaders understand self-care as community care.

Module Overview: Master how to pause instead of reacting under pressure – identifying emotional and mental triggers so they do not become larger conflicts. Become the witness to your experience and discover who you are at the core. Apply the six personal mastery factors. Face your ‘immunity to change’ and discover the hidden payoffs that exist when there’s a lack of change. Learn what your blind spots are and avoid bringing them into meetings in ways that are hurtful to others. Identify the patterned ways you defend yourself and move beyond them to understand your deeper nature. 

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker: 

  • Zelda la Grange: Zelda Le Grange is an international motivational speaker. After serving Nelson Mandela for almost 20 years in many roles and as his closest aid, she now shares her life changing experiences inspired by the most powerful statesman and humanitarian of our time. She will be sharing lessons learnt along her journey and how Mandela’s philosophy to life can be applied by conscious leaders today.

Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Dr. Eric Albertini: Use the 5-lens mastery factors and dimensions of personal mastery to shift your attitudes, assumptions and beliefs. Discover the true power of choice and learn to transcend ego-directed behaviour in order to emerge an agile and masterful leader. 

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Lisa Firer & Athena Mazarakis: Learn to manage limiting beliefs and difficult emotions in the workplace. Apply step-by-step methods for bringing presence and tolerance to any battle, and become less reactive when provoked.

Awaken self-compassion to improve your self-esteem and uncover the wealth of innovation and possibility that emerges when you start believing in yourself. Learn to open your energy so that we can stay innovative and on purpose.

Trimester Two: Interpersonal Relationships

Module Overview: Define and align your values to live ‘on purpose’, which allows the flow of life and optimal states of working powerfully. Learn exercises to apply these values as ethical underpinnings to key aspects of your life and organisation, so that they serve as your moral compass and set the direction. Become a conscious leader and team player, raising the standard as well as levels of success and accomplishment at work. Discover that the ‘how’ of leadership is underpinned by strong values and, as a result, determines the strategic direction to follow.

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker:

  • Mteto Myati: As a prominent leader and Group CEO at Altron, Mteto Nyati’s particular leadership journey and experience will no doubt make an impact as well as enhance participants’ already established leadership competencies exponentially. Mteto will highlight and explore the internal processes that gave him the capacity to run multi-million and billion Rand operations in a mindful, values-driven way. 

Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Dr Preeya Daya: Explore the different types of leadership, what it means to lead authentically, instead of egoically and how to lead from a values-based perspective. Become a conscious leader and team player, raising the standards, as well as levels of success and accomplishment at work. Discover that the ‘how’ of leadership is underpinned by strong values and as a result, determines the right strategic direction to follow.

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Larry Holmes: Gain a conceptual understanding of the Hero’s Journey and how to apply this concept and framework to leadership and life.
  • Paul Mooney: Dive deeper into how to create conscious dialogue within an organisation.
  • Lisa Firer & Athena Mazarakis: Practise practical micro-practices in support of the hero’s journey. Learn how to embody your purpose.

Module Overview: Explore what you bring to your interactions with others, and how that affects the way others experience you. Turn soft skills into hard numbers – you will work with your Personal Development Guide on your unique path of development, using your personal, data-driven action plan. Start measuring and managing behaviours, shifting them for the better. 

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker:

  • Adam Cracker: Adam serves as presiding CEO at IQbusiness and COBRA as well as being an ardent lobbyist for government and business collaboration. Participants will get unique access to Adam’s story of how he overcame struggle and difficulty to lead with heart and turn his business into a force for good.

Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Marc Rogatschnig: Dive deep to uncover what you bring into your interactions with others and how this could be affecting your leadership ability. Discover how to turn soft skills into hard numbers, a management system of behaviour change and how personal development leads to the development of the organisation. Embrace a journey with heart as the personal development of a whole person, which potentially leads to a whole business transforming for the better.

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Evan Klisser: Illuminate the shadow aspects of yourself and your leadership styles, emerging a more conscious awakened version of yourself.

Module Overview: A step-by-step process to creating conscious change. Examine your own history with change and receive guidance to overcome blockages. Provided with the tools and a roadmap towards transformation, you will be moved towards a state of being which is authentically engaged, creative and productive.

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker:

  • Eiman Al Zaabi: Director, Executive Education – New York University Abu Dhabi and Author, Eiman believes in the transformative power of knowledge to create a better future. Eiman will speak on her passion for education, sharing knowledge and wisdom gained through her lived experience and global leadership capacities and skills most required to manage change and lead effectively into the future.

Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Debbie Craig:  Deeply understand your brain, the Neuroscience of change, your 8 capabilities for developing, six brain shifts, the power of choice and the power of embedded learning. Gain future skills required to lead successfully into the future.

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Debbie Craig & Mary-Joe Emde: Immerse yourself in the power of your thoughts. Discover practical techniques grounded in the latest neuroscience to improve your state of general well-being, fulfillment and immunity.

Trimester Three: Systems, the workplace and Awakened Organisations

Module Overview: Learn to embrace and work with cognitive differences. Develop and express greater empathy. Explore how to encourage inclusivity in an organisational culture. Get curious about other people’s perspectives and how they see the world.

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker:


Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Tamu Al Islam: Uncover how you define difference, the layered complexities of intersectionality and how to unpack cultural empathy and use the language of inclusion as a tool for fostering healthy orginisational and business culture.

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Larry Holmes: Use mindfulness as a tool to unpack internal biases.
  • Lisa Firer & Athena Mazarakis: Immerse yourself in a somatic journey to finding a sense of belonging and learn how your body serves as a psycho-somatic archive. 

Module Overview: Practise generating and boosting resilience on all levels: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Turn habits into routine: accountability and daily rituals – including sleep hygiene, the science of movement and brain activity. Learn about integral practices to elevate your immunity and discover the science of energy, agility and productivity.

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker:

  • Deshun Deysel: Is the current CEO of Go Peak International Pty (Ltd) Key Performance Insights & People Analytics. She is an international business speaker, coach and facilitator as well as being a pioneering high-altitude mountaineer, with 16 expeditions on five continents. Deshun will share unique leadership insights from her experience both within business and on the peaks.

Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Joni Peddie: Learn how to turn habits into optimal routines which ultimately build mental, emotional, physical and spiritual resilience. Discover the science of energy, agility and productivity and how these tools can help boost your immunity.

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Athena Mazarakis: Develop an embodied practise which fosters radical self-care, including embodied meditations and power poses.
  • Engage in somatic practises for building optimal resilience.

Module Overview: Cultivate deeper presence at work and learn why it’s important to reward creativity and innovation. Inspire others to think outside of the box. Develop a way of being that supports innovation by inspiring others to bring their best selves forward to think creatively both inside and outside of the box. Develop an understanding of the role of making and managing commitments in the actualization of creative ideas.

Stream One: Luminary/Guest Speaker:

  • Rich Bello: Is the CEO of Arootah and Co-Founder of Blue Ridge Capital in the USA. He has a deep-rooted passion for both personal and professional development, which surfaced early in his life and blossomed throughout his career. Rich has a born-to-coach personality and is uniquely qualified to provide valuable insights and practical solutions to business executives at the most senior levels. He propels clients to reach their potential by combining inspiration and experience with practical solutions to their most difficult challenges.

Stream Two: Faculty:

  • Graham Smale: Explore U-theory and the evolutionary impulse. Learn how to develop a greater sense of presence in work, inspiring others to think out of the box and properly rewarding creativity and innovation. Discover creativity as an emergent phenomenon to innovate in business.

Stream Three: Wisdom Teachers:

  • Lisa Firer: Participate in an integrative movement closure session moving back into U.
  • Larry Holmes: Travel the final stages of the Hero’s Journey, wrap-up the big picture and learn how to move forwards mindfully. 

Additional Bonus Conscious Workshops on The Inaugural Program 2021

  1. Your Mindset on the Journey – Rich Bello
  2. Inner Resources – Rich Bello
  3. Mental Wellness in the Workplace – Natalie Wessels
  4. Conscious Engagement – Dr Preeya Daya
  5. Intentional Integrity & Ethics – Harry Loubser 
  6. Why Doing Good is Good for Business – Tom Fels

Integrated self-assessments & coaching

During your nine month transformation journey, you will receive individualised 1:1 feedback assessments, reports, guides, and group coaching – ensuring you have the appropriate tools and developmental pathway crafted uniquely for your optimal growth.

Our Certified Assessment Partners:

FLOW Readiness Self-Assessment

FLOW in-House Master Leader Program self-assessment tool. Completed online at the start of the course and then again at the end of course to measure your shift in transformation from start to finish of the program.

Heartstyles Indicator

Personal development for business growth. When individuals become their best selves, organisations flourish. Some of the factors determining success are invisible. The Heartstyles Indicator online personal development tool brings them to light.

Receive your Personal Development Guide (PDG) and 1:1 debrief on the Master Leader Program outlining the steps you need to take to realise your goals.

Five Lens / Enneagram

EnneaInternational’s Five Lens Feedback Report is focused on the enneagram and the integration of personal mastery, thereby creating extraordinary human and team performance. 

Receive your customised Personal Feedback Report (PFR) with a debrief session to empower yourself as a leader and take control of your developmental journey.

Customised reports are emailed and a debrief feedback, one-on-one (online) session is held with each participant per assessment report by a qualified coach.

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.
Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist.

Richard Bello

Current Role and Organisation:

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arootah LLC

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Blue Ridge Capital LLC

As a Co-Founder of Blue Ridge Capital, Rich serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, a role he has held for over 24 years. Blue Ridge had $10 billion in assets under management at its peak. Prior to Blue Ridge, Rich held senior positions at Ernst and Young, Tiger Management and Morgan Stanley, after graduating from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As the Founder of Arootah, The Center for Inspired Action, Rich leads various seminars, webinars, and workshops while consulting on a variety of business topics.

Rich has a deep-rooted passion for both personal and professional development, which surfaced early in his life and blossomed throughout his career. Rich has a born-to-coach personality and is uniquely qualified to provide valuable insights and practical solutions to business executives at the most senior levels. Rich enjoys working with partners, colleagues, and teams to share his philosophy on the importance of personal and professional drive, which he believes is the key to unlocking stellar performance. Rich empowers his clients to get superior results by setting clear objectives and designing strategic plans with an accountability strategy for flawless execution. He propels clients to reach their potential by combining inspiration and experience with practical solutions to their most difficult challenges.

Amongst various philanthropic endeavors, Rich proudly serves on the Board of iMentor, an organization that he was instrumental in founding. iMentor is an established leader in both high school and college mentoring and has served over 33,000 students, most of whom are from low-income communities. Through iMentor, Rich continues to provide direction, support, inspiration, and encouragement to the next generation of young leaders.

Rich is currently in the editing process of his new book, The Return: Get the Highest Return on your Intrinsic Resources: Mindset, Time, Energy, Discipline and Focus.

Dr Ian Weinberg

Current Role and Organisation:

Neurosurgeon and Neoromodulator at Triangles Model Applications (TMA) Academy

Professional Qualifications:

Neurosurgical Fellowship

Professional Experience:

Private neurosurgical practice since 1988

Developed the first PNI-based clinical application – 1992

Started a comprehensive spinal clinic – 2000

Co-developed a prosthetic spinal disc (Kineflex) – 2001

Developed the first online PNI neuro-diagnostic – 2005

Formed Quantum Health Solutions – 2006
Kineflex prosthetic spinal disc FDA approved – 2008

Developed the definitive Neuromodulation program in 2010 – the first quantifiable coaching application incorporating the mind-body connection and based on the integration of neuroscience with psychoneuro-immunology (PNI)

Completed the development of two online neuro-diagnostics – quantifying wellness, performance as well as leadership and entrepreneurship potential

Created NeuroSurge in 2014 – an integrated neuro-coaching application based on the neurosciences and fully quantifiable through the online neuro-diagnostics

Completed the development of the E-Modulate program (2015) – an electronic online neurocoaching template in support of the online Neuro-Diagnostics and online audio-visual course

Eiman Alzaabi

Current Role and Organisation:


Professional Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Personal, Interpersonal and Professional Leadership

Masters in Philosophy (Personal, Interpersonal and Professional Mastery)

B.Comm (Hons) in Financial Management (Cum Laude)

B.Comm Marketing

IMM Diploma in Marketing Management

Professional Experience:

He has taught and facilitated at leading local and global educational institutions for over 20 years. He has consulted to clients such as Standard Bank, Barclays, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, EY,Total SA, Liberty Life, Hollard, Edcon Group, Massmart, JD Group, Toyota, Jaguar LandRover, The Bidvest Group and various SOE’s and Public Sector companies.
“Leadership is about facilitating co-creation. To do this leaders must connect (to self and others), remain curious (suspend judgement) and leverage differences (collaborate)”.

Guru Kali

Current Role and Organisation:


Professional Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Personal, Interpersonal and Professional Leadership

Masters in Philosophy (Personal, Interpersonal and Professional Mastery)

B.Comm (Hons) in Financial Management (Cum Laude)

B.Comm Marketing

IMM Diploma in Marketing Management

Professional Experience:

He has taught and facilitated at leading local and global educational institutions for over 20 years. He has consulted to clients such as Standard Bank, Barclays, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, EY,Total SA, Liberty Life, Hollard, Edcon Group, Massmart, JD Group, Toyota, Jaguar LandRover, The Bidvest Group and various SOE’s and Public Sector companies.
“Leadership is about facilitating co-creation. To do this leaders must connect (to self and others), remain curious (suspend judgement) and leverage differences (collaborate)”.

Athena Mazarakis

Current Role and Organisation:

Managing Director – EMBODIMENT NOW

Professional Qualifications:

Masters in Dramatic Arts (MADA, Wits University) Certified Assessor

Professional Experience:

Development Manager – The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative & Ebhudlweni Arts Centre (Mpumalanga): responsible for curriculum development & design of Educational Programme, Monitoring & Evaluation, Grant-applications and grant reporting

Lecturer in Physical Theatre, Choreography, Dance & Mime: University of the Witwatersrand & The University currently known as Rhodes

Award-winning independent choreographer & performer

Research and television production: Trial Productions

“I believe there has never been a greater need for this work of embodied mindfulness than NOW – this NOW of global pandemic, ecological crisis and global change. This NOW calls for the wisdom, compassion and empathy that emerges from mindful embodied presence. It is a call for the resourcefulness, resilience and creativity that will steer us both individually and collectively through this time of global transition. The time for a conscious engagement with our own embodiment, our complex inter-relatedness with each other and the planet, is NOW”

Lisa Firer

Current Role and Organisation:

Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor Arts (University of Witwatersrand)

Higher diploma in Education (University of Witwatersrand)

Honours in Psychology (University of Western cape)
Ceramic Design JHB (Technikon)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Centre for Mindfulness, University Massachusetts)

Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Intervention Design
(Stellenbosch University)

Internationally accredited Biodanza facilitator

Professional Experience:

Lisa Firer is a designer and facilitator. She has run a ceramic design business for the past 20 years and concurrently pursued a keen interest and practice in creative, movement and awareness-based processes as they pertain to human development, learning and awakening. 2006-2016 she offered basic Mindfulness practice to the full-time and modular MBA students at UCT Graduate School of Business, as well as to Executive Education groups from Anglo-Gold Ashanti, Standard Bank and Engen. She facilitated on the Business Acumen for Artists programme and GSB Leadership Executive Programme (LEP). She has also developed a programme entitled ‘Creative Awareness’, an 8-session intervention, as part of the Creativity in Business module offered on the Diploma in Entrepreneurship through the School of Management Studies, University of Cape Town. She has offered traditional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programmes, as well as shorter Taste of Mindfulness retreats in various contexts.

Dr Lawrence Edwards

Current Role and Organisation:

Founder and Director at Optimal Mind®

Professional Qualifications:

PhD in Psychoeducational Processes (clinical psychology track) – Temple University

Licenced Psychotherapist (LMHC)

Professional Experience:

Teaching meditation for over 45 years. Trained as a monk in India, in Tibetan Buddhist practices, mindfulness, and Jungian depth psychology.

Licensed by the state of New York (LMHC) where he offers transpersonal psychotherapy, spiritual direction, biofeedback and neurofeedback training to children and adults for stress reduction and enhanced performance training in sports, business, and daily living

Offers neuro-biofeedback training to individuals with clinical issues such as ADHD, headaches, stroke, anxiety, closed head injury, PTSD, and spectrum disorders

Clinical Instructor at New York Medical College since 1998.

Author of The Soul’s Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within, Kali’s Bazaar(a collection of poetry), and Awakening Kundalini: The Path To Radical Freedom

“Through meditative practices and a heightened awareness of the profound meaning and purpose of your life you can strengthen your resilience, develop a calm, non-reactive centre of consciousness, and expand your vision of your work, your relationships and yourself. “

Tamu Al-Islam

Current Role and Organisation:

Independent Contractor, The Journey Global Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Network

Professional Qualifications:

Master’s degree in educational leadership, focusing on the intercultural development of collegiate faculty and staff.

Professional certification in diversity, equity, and inclusion as a practitioner/strategist.

Senior HR generalist.

Skilled at developing innovative inclusion and belonging initiatives.

Certified U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Investigator for gender-based discrimination and harassment.

Professional Experience:

20+ years of experience and expertise in human resources, organizational development, and higher education administration.

Deep background in conflict resolution, employee relations, and managing organizational change.

Experienced in designing and facilitating intercultural fluency development programs.

Accomplished record of leading teams, managing complex projects, building consensus, and developing and implementing strategic initiatives across a broad array of constituencies.

Marc Rogatschnig

Current Role and Organisation:

Founder & Director – Tidal

Professional Qualifications:

MA Clinical Psychology

Completing PhD in Consulting Psychology

Numerous Accreditations – including MBTI, Heartstyles, Insights, DISC & EQi

External Faculty General Electric Crotonville University, NY (2008 – 2015)

Professional Experience:

Clinical Psychologist in Psychiatry – 4 years (Head of Dept)

Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice – 8 years

Consulting Psychologist as a sole proprietor 2 years – Joint Ventures with DuePoint

General Manager – Connemara Western Cape – 6 years

Executive Heartstyles Global (UK) – 2 years

Founder/Director – Tidal – 5 years

The body keeps the time of NOW. Through mindful attention to the senses of hearing, sight and touch, we come home to the body and explore being fully embodied in the present moment. Our sensory perception is the bridge between our internal and external world. Through mindful awareness of the senses, we are able to practice deep listening and tuning in to self, to the world around us and importantly to ourselves in relation to the world.

Graham Smale

Current Role and Organisation:

Managing Director of Gordian Risk Advisors and innoFindo and Co-Founder of Venture Designers

Professional Qualifications:

B.Sc. (Chem Eng)



Alumni of the THNK School of Creative Leadership

Professional Experience:

35 years in the financial markets in roles spanning product and business development, risk management and the C-suite.

Dr Mamohau Del Sekgaphane

Current Role and Organisation:

Founder: Global Center for Integral Rebirth.

Professional Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Management of Technology and Innovation.

Professional Experience:

DaVinci Institute of Management in Technology and Innovation – Faculty: Management of Innovation (MoI); Management of Systems (MSW); Management of People (MoP).

Henley Business School – Adjunct Faculty (Innovation PGDIP)
WESBANK – Head: Organizational Change and Development (OCD).

FNB Premium (previously FNB Wealth) – Head: Change Management
Diphororo Consulting – Founder.

“In the knowledge economy, sustainable return on investment (ROI) will be a compound effect of relevant practices organisations inculcate to awaken conscious energy in their people.”

Joni Peddie

Current Role and Organisation:

Behavioural Strategist and CEO of Resilient People

Professional Qualifications:

Professional Experience:

Managing Partner at Resilient Energy using the FAB Quotient (2008-Present)

Founding Associate of The Enneagram Institute SA (2005-Present)

Training Director at BizComm Group (1998-Present)

“To inspire actionable resilience in body, mind, emotion and purpose – to live an optimal life”

Debbie Craig

Current Role and Organisation:

Managing Director & Founder, Catalyst Consulting

Professional Qualifications:

Heriot-Watt University -Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Wits Business School – Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Human Resources

University of the Witwatersrand – B.Comm and PDM (Industrial Psychology and Business Economics)

Professional Experience:

Over 20 years’ experience in the field of strategy, leadership, change, talent, culture, teams and HR transformation and has worked and consulted at leading local and global organisations in the private and public sector throughout Southern Africa and internationally in 15 countries across five continents.

Dr Preeya Daya

Current Role and Organisation:

Executive Director at Leadership Dialogue

Executive Academic Director at the Achievement Awards Group

Part-time faculty for several business schools

Associate researcher at the UCT Allan Gray Centre for Values-based leadership

Professional Qualifications:

Doctorate of Business Administration (PhD)

Diploma, Honours and Masters Degrees in Human Resource Management

Professional Experience:

Practitioner in Corporate for 13 years (globally) Academic and Consultant for 10 years

Dr Eric Albertini

Current Role and Organisation:

Director: Learning Solutions – Future Fit Academy (Pty) Ltd.

Professional Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Personal, Interpersonal and Professional Leadership

Masters in Philosophy (Personal, Interpersonal and Professional Mastery)

B.Comm (Hons) in Financial Management (Cum Laude)

B.Comm Marketing

IMM Diploma in Marketing Management

Professional Experience:

He has taught and facilitated at leading local and global educational institutions for over 20 years. He has consulted to clients such as Standard Bank, Barclays, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, EY,Total SA, Liberty Life, Hollard, Edcon Group, Massmart, JD Group, Toyota, Jaguar LandRover, The Bidvest Group and various SOE’s and Public Sector companies.
“Leadership is about facilitating co-creation. To do this leaders must connect (to self and others), remain curious (suspend judgement) and leverage differences (collaborate)”.

An introduction to an embodied mindfulness approach, focusing on gentle movement-based breathwork, centring and grounding practices.

This session provides practical tools to support the down-regulation of the stress response and lays the foundation for developing a mindful and embodied self-awareness.

Contemporary neuroscience confirms what ancient wisdom traditions have long known – that we have three intelligence centres or ‘brains’: the head (cephalic) brain, the heart (cardiac) brain and the gut (enteric) brain.

Our ability to balance these three brains or three ways of ‘knowing’ (through cognitive thought, creativity, feeling and intuition) is key in times of transformational change.
This session is an embodied meditation that guides participants to tune into, activate and balance these ‘three brains’.

Larry Holmes

Current Role and Organisation:

Creator and director of Larry Holmes Practical Wisdom

Professional Qualifications:

Larry is a graduate of the University of Michigan in psychology with postgraduate studies in organisation behavior and dynamics, sociology, and educational psychology.

Professional Experience:

Larry Holmes is an adjunct faculty member of the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is a corporate and Conscious leadership development consultant, mentor and confidante to leaders in business, government, education, sport and the arts. He is an international teacher of organisational change and learning, and “Mindsports” individual and team development strategies and skills.
“Leadership is not a destination, but an exciting and challenging journey. It is an outward and conscious expression of the intersection between the organization’s objectives; and the individual leader’s values, skills, experience, and purpose. The Master Leaders program is designed to facilitate that journey.”
This session will explore some of the many definitions of mindfulness, followed by a guided mindfulness meditation practice.

Why Mindfulness is not enough.

Let’s explore why, and the vital role of self-compassion and its development alongside a mindfulness practice.

The 5 senses are our portals through the body to presence.

This session includes a guided meditation practice, Coming to our Senses, inspired by modern mindfulness pioneer Jon-Kabat-Zinn.

Join us for a session of mindful poetry, experiencing how poetry can be a gateway into the present moment.
This session will introduce the body of work that is Somatics, and include a neck and shoulder tension release practice from Clinical Somatics.
This session will investigate the language that points to Presence, and will include a guided meditation practice.
In this session, we will enquire into the Present Moment, and experience why Eckhart Tolle, well-known teacher of secular spirituality, calls it the “Power of Now”.

Mary-Joe Emde

Current Role and Organisation:

Core of U – Director

Professional Qualifications:

MPhil Personal and Professional Leadership – UJ

Executive Masters – NeuroLeadership Institute

Level 2 BWRT practitioner

Certified Brain Based Coach – Neuroleadership Institute

PCC Coach – ICF

Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning – UFS

Professional Experience:

Mary-Joe worked at Investec for 7 years – left to start training and development business focussing on the financial services industry. Got coached and decided to pursue coaching as a career. Enrolled in Results Coaching and completed all their training over a period of three years after which I took over the corporate licence for Results Coaching. Results rebranded to The Neuroleadership Institute and I ran the company for 7 years in South Africa. Sold the business three years ago and now focus on personal and leadership development from a transformational perspective.

The Core of U Pty Ltd was registered three years ago and Belinda Young and I focus on authentic leadership and accessing core values through greater self-awareness and conscious living.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek – Joseph Campbell

An embodied mindfulness practice that assists us in connecting to and staying present with what is alive or present within us, and balancing that awareness with our perception of our external environment.

It is a balancing of interoception (feeling from the inside out) and exteroception (awareness from the outside in).

We practice this balancing in the session so that we are more easily able to stay present to ourselves, and to what is happening within our heads, hearts and guts when faced with challenging circumstances in our work and home lives.

Evan Klisser

Current Role and Organisation:

Owner Evan Klisser Associates

Professional Qualifications:

Heart Styles Accredited

Insights and Lumina Accredited

ESCI, ILS & OCS Accredited

Clinical Psychology internship

Clinical Psychology Masters course work

BA (Honours) Psychology and Philosophy

Clinical Psychometrist

Professional Experience:

Evan has coached, facilitated and consulted to corporations, NGO’s, small businesses and individuals for 30 years. He has specialised in EQ and Shadow work.
“Culture can only function if we live out the unwanted elements symbolically. All healthy societies have a rich ceremonial life. Less healthy ones rely on unconscious expressions: war, violence, psychosomatic illness, neurotic suffering, and accidents are very low-grade ways of living out the shadow. Ceremony and ritual are a far more intelligent means of accomplishing the same thing.” ― Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche

Tom Fels

Current Role and Organisation:

Founder & CEO, Animarem

Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor of Business Science (Hons)

Professional Experience:

Tom is the Founder & CEO of Animarem, a business advisory and conscious movement builder focused on enabling business as a force for good. He has worked in the UAE, UK and South Africa, having held Executive leadership positions in award winning communication groups and an iconic conservation-tourism business. An active community builder, Tom is the Southern Africa lead for the B Corp movement, a Transformational Travel Council Ambassador and B Tourism lead for Middle East / Africa. He is also a non-executive Director, wilderness retreat host, author and speaker on sustainable business and transformational leadership.
The most significant responsibility of leaders today is to reconcile our humanity with the way in which we work, create, and consume. – Tom Fels Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small – Lao Tzu

Natalie Wessels

Current Role and Organisation:

Positive Psychology Practitioner and Coach for Unapologetically Authentic (Pty) Ltd

Professional Qualifications:

B.A. Clinical Psychology Honours

B.A. Industrial Psychology Honours

Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations

Professional Experience:

Natalie has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services, specialising in Organisation Development, Strategy, Change Management, Talent Management and Human Resources Management at senior management, executive and board level.

She is a specialist in bringing people management to the forefront of business strategy, developing and implementing Human Resources strategies aligned to business objectives, leadership development and coaching, driving diversity, inclusion and transformation, and facilitating courageous conversations in developing corporate cultures of accountability.

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; We get stronger and more resilient.
(Steve Maraboli)

A somatic activation that facilitates personal self-enquiry and intention setting.
It asks the following questions –

To be the fullest version of yourself:

a) what can you let go of or release?
b) in letting go of that, what have you made space for? What can you invite in?
c) What is the offer you can then make the world?

An exploration of archetypal body postures to activate particular states of readiness, focus and agility.

The session allows for self-enquiry around habitual responses and states in particularly high stress situations and provides the opportunity to begin practicing new responses.

In this session, the symbolic dimension of the sense of sight is explored as a portal for self-enquiry.

Through embodied explorations based on sight and focus, the session activates states that support the ability to zoom in to detail, and zoom out to big-picture thinking.

It also facilitates self-reflection around VISIONING.

An embodied exploration of the body systems of skeleton, joints, musculature and circulation as the basis for self-enquiry.

The metaphoric dimension of these systems is used as the portal for self-enquiry and investigation around the themes of structure and support (skeleton), agility (joints), mobility and vitality (musculature), and flow (circulation).

Paul Mooney

Current Role and Organisation:

Founder CeltiCrescent 

Professional Qualifications:

Marketing Degree 

Marketing Diploma 

Masters in Resilient Engagement 

PhD in process 

Professional Experience:

12 years public services telecommunications 

12 years international telecommunications 

10 years technology entrepreneur 

10 years leadership development