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Organisational Development Conference 2015

Transform | Build Capacity | Master & Enable Change


Two-day conference 18 – 19 February 2015
One-day pre-conference workshop 17 February 2015

The Focus Rooms | Sandton | Johannesburg 


Today’s reality and top priority for many organisations is to develop and retain top talent, have more flexible organisational structures that can adapt and react to change quickly, become more innovative and at the same time have great leadership to inspire and lead change! Organisation Development (OD) as a field has grown and thrived immensely because of the proven value that it brings to organisations and stakeholders. Ultimately the goal of OD is to make organisations more effective, efficient, productive, increase the long term health of the organisation and enrich the working lives of its employees. There is a need to know how to effectively bring about meaningful and sustainable change in organisations even with all the turbulence and complexity that so many organisations are dealing with. OD is key to ensuring that organisations and people are able to adapt to change in today’s fast-paced and lean environment. Attend the Knowledge Resources OD Conference 2015 and become a strategic partner to help take your organisation to the next level!


By attending this engaging and comprehensive OD conference you will:
  • Engage with thought leaders and peers from leading organisations
  • Gain OD strategies, skills, creative approaches and practical tips and to foster and lead change in your organisation
  • Learn how to become a key partner in leading your organisation forward
  • Have the opportunity to stay ahead in your field and develop your OD competencies
  • Hear latest developments, trends, best practice and successful case studies


  • Organisational Development Manager / OD specialist/OD practitioners
  • Learning and Development Executive
  • Head of Training and Development
  • HR Director/HR Manager
  • Head of Strategy
  • Head of Human Capital
  • Change Manager / Organisational Effectiveness Manager
  • Industrial Psychologists

TESTIMONIALS from the 2014 OD Conference

  • “The program was presented professionally and presentations allowed for depth of learning. I also enjoyed that it spanned across different industries and was presented mostly by internal consultants within various organisations as opposed to external consultants perspectives” – Nedbank
  • “A good conference that I gained a lot of value from. Great to hear from and share ideas with other OD professionals “ – Anonymous
  • “Speakers are very knowledgeable in the OD field - much appreciated” – SITA
  • “Case studies were excellent” – Worldsview Consulting
  • “The different approaches from different speakers who had a lot in common were of great assistance with aligning the information – NECSA
  • “Thank you for using practical examples ” – Anglo American


  • Register 3 delegates and the 4th delegate attends free of charge!
  • Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!


The Focus Rooms | Sandton | Johannesburg
Tel: 0861 115 314 ext 500  
The Core, 1st Floor South, Cnr Kikuyu and Leeuwkop Streets, Sunninghill, Sandton 

Tel: +27 11 245 8000+27 11 245 8000
For accommodation reservations, please contact the above number.


Contact Debbie Atwell +2783 651 1664+2783 651 1664 or


Contact Kgomotso Molefi +2711 706 6009+2711 706 6009 or


DAY ONE • 18 February 2015


08:20–08:30 Welcome and Introduction by Chairperson
Alinda Nortje, Executive Chairperson, Free to Grow
08:30–09:30 From form to substance: The increasing role of culture as a primary driver of performance in 21st Century organisations
Marc Kahn, Head: HR & OD, Investec (Author of Coaching on the Axis, published by Knowledge Resources)
09:30–10:30 Emerging trends in OD and addressing the demands of the future organisation
Mark Orpen, Head: Organisation Development, Allan Gray


11:00–12:00 TRACK 1: Instilling organisational value – making it work!
Cynthia Schoeman, Founder and MD of Ethics Monitoring & Management Services (Pty) Ltd (Author of Ethics CAN, published by Knowledge Resources 2014)

TRACK 2: Accelerated Learning for breakthrough change
Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst Consulting
Kerryn Kohl, The Coaching House
(Editors of Accelerated learning for Breakthrough Results, published by Knowledge Resources October 2014)
12:00–13:00 TRACK 1: The evolution of diversity paradigms
Nene Molefi, Managing Director, Mandate Molefi

TRACK 2: Creating positive organisations: a more sustainable approach to business (Case study)
Lynda Gouveia, Owner, Lynda Gouveia Consulting and Coaching


14:00–15:00 TRACK 1: OD as a key partner to the strategic HR function
Clayton Lendrum, Group Leadership & OD Manager, Multichoice

TRACK 2: Requisite Organisation and levels of work:  A perspective on the implementation of RO and the lessons learnt
Kevin Distiller, Director: Consulting, Bioss 


15:15–16:00 How to enable a more flexible & agile work environment – an EY case study
Trevonica Naidu, Chief Diversity Officer, EY Africa.


DAY TWO • 19 February 2015


08:20–08:30 Welcome and Introduction by Chairperson
DUMISANI NTOMBELA, Head of Academic, Worldsview Academy
08:30–09:30 Leading in times of change: the cornerstone of transformational change
Linda van der Colff, Business strategist, Leadership Development Expert, Learning strategist, Executive coach and Business Mentor (Past Head: Global Leadership and Learning, Standard Bank)
09:30–10:30 Endurance for practitioners – exploring ways to increase the possibility and potential among Organisation Development practitioners & leaders
 Nishani Ford, OD and Learning Manager, DHL Express Africa


11:00–11:45 TRACK 1: Building game-changing organisations – aligning purpose, performance and people
Phelelani Nzuza, Head: OD & Change Management, Barloworld Equipment

111:45–12:30 Requisite Organisation and levels of work: A perspective on the implementation of RO and the lessons learnt
Kevin Distiller, Director: Consulting, Bioss 

13:00–14:15 Where to organisational design – designing organisations of the future
Professor Theo Veldsman, Head of Department: Department of Industrial Psychology and People management, University of Johannesburg (Author of Organisational Design as a critical organisational discipline: an emerging country’s perspective, published by Knowledge Resources - to be released shortly) 
14:15–15:00 Creating the learning organisation – promoting learning to improve work process and enhance services
Dr Stefan Fourie, Managing Director, Stefan Fourie & Associates (Author of Learning Organisations, published by Knowledge Resources) 

15:00-15:15 TEA BREAK
15:15–16:00 Human capital in a complex world - running HR like a business
Dr Boris Ewenstein, Partner & Africa Head: Organisation Practice, McKinsey & Company


Marc Kahn, Head: HR & OD, Investec (Author of Coaching on the Axis, published by Knowledge Resources)
Marc Kahn is head of human resources and organisation development for Investec Ltd. He also manages Investec’s enterprise development initiatives. Marc is a Chartered Business Coach™ with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC), a clinical psychologist with registrations in both South Africa and Australia, and a seasoned management and organisation development consultant. Prior to Investec, Marc was managing director of Resolve Encounter Consulting Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the Resolve Group (subsequently sold to Ernst & Young), which specialized in large-scale learning and development solutions, competency-based assessments, and coaching programmes in both the private and public sectors. Marc began his career as a clinical psychologist in private practice, where for nine years he focused on adult psychotherapy as well as psychological assessments for medico-legal cases, for which he regularly gave evidence as an expert witness in the High Court of South Africa. Marc is the author of "Coaching on the Axis: Working with Complexity in Business and Executive Coaching" (2014), published by Knowledge Resources.
Nishani Ford, Learning and OD Manager, DHL Express Africa (2012 Mail & Guardian Most Influential Women In South Africa)
As an award-winning distinguished executive, she is passionate and committed to developing leaders. Nishani has over twenty years’ experience in the corporate world where she held senior roles in the Learning and Organizational Development fields, including the Head of Learning and Development at Nedbank for more than 14 years. Nishani has been consistently recognised and sought after for her excellence and innovative projects which have been transformational in the South African landscape. In 2012 she was recognised as Mail & Guardians’ Most Influential Women in South Africa and has many other awards under her belt including 2014 winner of the CSIR Achiever Award for Teams, 2009 Corporate Social Initiative winner, 2007 Women Empowerment Program Top Achiever to name but a few. Nishani is also the CEO & Executive Coach at Working With Purpose.
Nene Molefi, Managing Director, Mandate Molefi
Nene is the Owner and Managing Director of Mandate Molefi. She is an experienced facilitator, HR and Transformation consultant. Over the past 18 years, Nene has gained a reputation both locally and internationally as a thought leader in Diversity & Inclusion, Values Driven Leadership & Transformation. Nene has managed large scale Culture Change projects in various sectors of South Africa’s organisations. She has customised her organisation’s “tried and tested” ten-step process for sustainable transformation. Nene received her post graduate degree in South Africa and her Master’s from York St John University in the UK.
Phelelani Nzuza, Head: OD & Change Management, Barloworld Equipment
Phelelani is the head of OD and Change at Barloworld Equipment. Prior to joining Barloworld Equipment, Phelelani was with Accenture for six years as a senior leadership and OD consultant where he led various organisational design, culture transformation, change management, and talent management projects. Phelelani has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg and an MBA from IE Business School in Spain.
Lynda Gouveia, Owner, Lynda Gouveia Consulting and Coaching
Lynda Gouveia has over 22 years’ experience in the People Development field and has run her own People Development consultancy, Lynda Gouveia Consulting and Coaching for the past seven years. In this capacity, she has worked as a People Development consultant and represented People Development on the executive team of a small financial services organisation, taking responsibility for the strategic alignment, design, development and implementation of all people processes. Prior to that, Lynda was employed by an accredited management and leadership development learning provider where she held a range of positions including internal coach, client services manager, operations manager and general manager. Prior to that, Lynda was the director of an adult education learning provider. Lynda is a registered social worker, has an Honours degree in Social Sciences and has a Masters in Management in Business and Executive coaching from Wits Business School.
Debbie Craig, Managing Director, Catalyst Consulting (Co-Author: Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results, published by Knowledge Resources October 2014)
Debbie has over 18 years’ experience in the field of strategy, leadership development, change management, talent management, high performance teams and organisational development. She has worked and consulted at leading local and global organisations in the private and public sector throughout Southern Africa and internationally in the UK, Australia, South East Asia, South America, Mexico, China, Canada, Europe and the USA. Debbie is a skilled strategist, design architect, team builder, a powerful facilitator, change agent and executive coach. Her passion is transformation and empowerment which she facilitates through individual coaching and empowerment workshops, team-development workshops, corporate training and consulting assignments and organisation wide strategic change interventions. Debbie is the founder and Managing Director of Catalyst Consulting which she has grown into a successful consulting company with her business partner, John Gatherer. She is also the founder of World Alive, a personal empowerment and transformation company. She is a registered Master HR Professional through the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) Debbie has published 2 books I am Talent and I am Alive and the latest release published by Knowledge Resources co-authored by Debbie Craig and Kerryn Kohl is entitled Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results. She has also written numerous articles, and appeared on radio talk shows, presented at conferences and does public talks.
Kerryn Kohl, Founder, The Coaching House (Co-Author: Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results, published by Knowledge Resources October 2014)
Kerryn Kohl is the founder of The Coaching House. Kerryn Kohl holds a Master’s Degree in Adult and Community Education and an Honours degree in Psychology, all from the University of Johannesburg. She is a registered life and business coach with COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa). Kerryn has consulted for a global management consulting firm and brings 14 years of valuable experience as a Talent and Organisation Performance professional. Kerryn has experience across industries and her strengths lie in change management, workforce transformation, organisational learning, organisational design, performance management and coaching. Kerryn is a strong leader and is skilful in motivating and encouraging others whilst taking the lead. She co-authored the book Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results, published by Knowledge Resources in 2014.
Linda van der Colff, Business strategist, Leadership Development Expert, Learning strategist, Executive coach and Business Mentor (Past head of Global Leadership and Learning, Standard Bank)
Linda is a business strategist, leadership strategy and leadership development expert, executive coach and business mentor. Her clients include corporate from the healthcare, mining, banking and manufacturing sectors. Linda has held a number of executive corporate positions over the past decade in particular, as Global Head of Leadership and learning at Standard Bank, as Director of Education at Netcare, and as Managing Director of Milpark Business School. She graduated in Economics, has an honours in Sociology, post graduate qualification in Labour Law as well as an MBA. Linda was one of the contributors to the recently published book released by Knowledge Resources in October 2014 entitled The Role of the Chief HR Officer: Perspectives, Challenges, Realities and Experiences.
Cynthia Schoeman, Founder and MD of Ethics Monitoring & Management Services (Pty) Ltd (Author of Ethics CAN, published by Knowledge Resources 2014)
Cynthia Schoeman is the founder and MD of Ethics Monitoring & Management Services (Pty) Ltd. Cynthia established the company with the aim of promoting the proactive management of workplace ethics and of providing practical support to organisations to improve their ethical status. She has worked in the field of ethics for more than a decade. Her research and teaching led her to develop a web-based ethics survey, the Ethics Monitor which enables organisations to accurately measure, monitor, manage and report on their ethics. She is the author of two books on ethics: Ethics: Giving a Damn, Making a Difference, published in 2012, and Ethics can, published in August 2014 by Knowledge Resources. Cynthia is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on a range of topics in the field of workplace ethics and is often interviewed as an ethics expert, including by CNBC Africa, Carte Blanche, eNCA, ClassicFM and SAfm. She has lectured and facilitated workshops on workplace ethics for more than 10 years with a wide variety of audiences, from students to senior executives. She is part of the external faculty of Wits Business School, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development, UCT Graduate School of Business and Duke Corporate Education. Cynthia spent time in the corporate world as the HR Director for TWP Projects. Cynthia has a BA from Unisa (University of South Africa) and an MBA from Wits Business School.
Professor Rosoava Rijamampianina, Director: Management Advancement Programmes, Wits Business School
Prof. Rasoava Rijamampianina is the Director of the Management Advancement Programmes at the Wits Business School (South Africa). Previously, he was the Director of the Senior Executive Programme for Southern Africa – a joint initiative of the Wits Business School and Harvard Business School (USA) – and the Academic Director at the Wits Business School (South Africa). He holds a DSSC and a DESCA from the National Institute of Accounting Science and Business Administration (Madagascar), an MBA from Otaru University of Commerce (Japan), and a DBA degree from Hokkaido University (Japan). Before joining Wits Business School, he was a Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Hokkaido University (Japan). Rija has also been an auditor consultant at Delta Audit Deloitte & Touche (Madagascar) for many years and the overseas international consultant of the Indian Ocean Resources for Quality. Rija is a Council member of the World Business University Association, an editorial board member of various international academic journals and a member of several international academic associations. Rija’s research and teaching interests include multicultural/diversity management, organisational learning and change, and human capital management. His work has resulted in numerous publications in scholarly journals and international conference proceedings. Rija has been orchestrating and teaching on various local and international programmes with other reputable institutions such as Hokkaido University (Japan), Otaru University of Commerce (Japan), Harvard Business School (USA), INSEAD (France), Duke Corporate Education (UK), Fuqua Business School (USA) and De Chazal Du Mee Business School (Mauritius).
Vinolia Singh, Group HR Manager: People & OD, MultiChoice
Vinolia Singh, Group HR Manager for People & Organisational Development at MultiChoice. Having already served 15 years in the industry, Vinolia has notched up a few achievements such as implementing the end-to-end e-learning solution at Discovery, presenting a white paper case study at the SABA Global 2009 User Group in San Francisco and 2014 in Orlando, speaker at the Skillsoft EMEA 2011 Learning conference in Turkey, speaker at the Global 2012 SkillSoft Learning Conference in Florida and 2014 in Vegas, and also received various top performer awards. In her current role at MultiChoice she is responsible for designing and developing an overarching organizational learning & development strategy and sub-strategies including learning technologies and leadership development. She has been involved in realigning resources to support the approved strategies. She has taken MultiChoice to being a winner in the Top Company 2012 Awards in the ―Business Education & Training category and a finalist in the Top Company 2011 and 2012 Awards in the – Investing in People Category. She has been recognised by MultiChoice as one of their top senior managers and profiled in the Mail & Guardian Book of Top South African Women 2011. She has introduced an automated talent and succession planning process within the group, transformed the employee engagement process and re-engineered the performance optimization process. Vinolia has a Masters in Computer Based Education – ICT. She completed a second BSc in Information Technology Management & Software Engineering at UNISA in June 2013 and starts her MBA at GIBS in 2015.
Dr Stefan Fourie, Managing Director, Stefan Fourie & Associates (Author of Learning Organisations, published by Knowledge Resources 2014)
 Dr Stefan Fourie is managing director of Stefan Fourie and Associates. Stefan is a leader in HRD and innovative workplace education. He holds qualifications in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, a master’s degree in Education and Training, and a PhD in Learning and Development. He is an Organisational and Learning Development practitioner and consultant who draws from two decades of experience within a variety of organisations, knowing firsthand the potential that the learning process holds.

Dr Mark Orpen, Head of OD, Allan Gray
Mark is the founder of Synenergy Consulting which delivers bespoke, needs-driven people capital solutions using proven applied psychology principles in the OD and training spaces. Specific areas of expertise: leadership development, resilience, engagement, culture, performance management, employee wellbeing and people strategy. Over the last 18 years he has been privileged to work in the people capital field at Harrods (London), Allan Gray Ltd, Unilever and Old Mutual. In the last 10 years he built the HR function then moved to heading up the OD function at Allan Gray, whilst consulting part-time. Mark was awarded a Ph.D. for his research focusing on developing individuals resilience capabilities. He has practiced as a registered Industrial and Organisational Psychologist since 2000.


OD as a strategic partner: Optimising your OD interventions 

The business environment today is more  competitive, unpredictable and volatile than ever before  Organisational efficiency and staying ahead of the competition is a daily priority for leaders world-wide.  A competent OD Practitioner  can add immense strategic value to the organisation but in order to do so and to flourish in this arena – requires a special skill-set and toolbox combined with the common-sense ability to balance organisational fitness and organisational health issues. This workshop aims to address this.

What will this engaging and practical workshop cover?

  • The history of Organisation Development globally and in SA
  • What OD is and what it is not?
  • Qualities and competencies of the OD Practitioners
  • OD roles
  • The importance of contracting with the client
  • The OD Toolbox
  • Organisation Development
    • Change Management
    • Issue driven
    • Intervention Driven
  • OD Challenges
  • OD case study’s
  • The future of OD in SA

Key learning outcomes

  • Understanding the field of organisation development
  • To test how practitioners measure up to required competencies
  • Refine OD intervention skills set
  • Optimise effectiveness of interventions
  • Improve contacting with client organisations

Who should attend

This workshop will be a good introduction to younger OD practitioners, BUT will also give the experienced practitioners to test their knowledge and skill set.

About Johan Greef, Founder, Treetops Management and Development Consultants

Johan Greeff is a qualified Psychologist, Academic and former Executive member of the International Organisation Development Organisation (IODA). Johan has spent the last twenty years assisting organisations in areas of training and transformation. He is a passionate public speaker, strategist, team builder and facilitator with a unique ability to apply African Wisdom and healing balms to organisational problems. He holds an MA Degree (Cum Laude) in Clinical Psychology and various Diplomas. Johan has been welcomed by the Board of Personnel Practice as an Approved Mentor. This recognition of seniority is awarded by invitation only, and honours his willingness to give time and attention to the development of his profession and prospective professionals.

Workshop times

07:30–08:30  REGISTRATION
10:30–11:00  MORNING BREAK
12:30–13:30  LUNCH


Price (Incl. VAT)
Pre-conference workshop: 17 February 2015
R 4 250.00 each
Day one or two of conference: 18 or 19 February 2015
R 5 450.00
Two-day conference: 18 and 19 February 2015
R 10 900.00
Two-day conference and one day workshop: 17, 18, 19 February 2015
R 13 650.00

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking, workshop and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements
Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.

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  • Investec
  • Allan Gray
  • Multichoice Africa
  • Barloworld Equipment
  • DHL Express Africa
  • Wits Business School
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Mandate Molefi
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Catalyst Consulting
  • Stefan Fourie & Associates
  • Lynda Gouveia Consulting and Coaching
  • Ethics Monitoring & Management Services (Pty) Ltd
  • The Coaching House
  • Treetops Management and Development Consultants




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