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Organisational Development CONFERENCE 2021

Transforming work, evolving culture and leveraging technology


Pre-Conference Workshop | 23 February 2021
Two-day Conference | 24-25 February 

Post Conference Workshop | 26 February 

Now in its 8th year, the Organisational Development Conference is a go-to resource for OD and HR professionals looking to unlock the latest trends and proven practices in creating more effective and resilient organisations.

The 2021 Organisational Development Conference will focus on some of the unique and unforeseen challenges that organisations now face. Join us online on 24 and 25 Feb 2021 and discover the latest OD best-practices and strategies to make your organisation more adaptable, responsive and resilient in an uncertain world.

You’ll have the chance to learn from world-renowned experts in organisation development and change management, as they present practical strategies, tools and creative ideas to help you grow and transform your impact in the workplace.

Reasons to attend the online Organisational Development Conference:

  • Unpack how the world of work has changed and what it means for OD professionals.
  • Discover the new business imperatives for OD professionals in 2021.
  • Find out how to leverage agility to meet organisational objectives.
  • Discover how to build organisational development capacity for remote and hybrid workplaces
  • Learn to use an evidence-based approach for organisational diagnosis.
  • Use organisational design to unlock resilience and flexibility and help employees prepare for the new normal.
  • Discover practical strategies to better manage complexity and disruptive change in a crisis.
  • Find out how to restore purpose and drive change in turbulent and uncertain times.
  • Discover the importance of cultivating a growth mindset (even in difficult economic conditions).
  • Learn to lead with courage – unlock insights for times of uncertainty

Who should attend?

  • Organisational development managers/OD specialists/OD practitioners
  • Learning and development executives
  • HR directors/HR managers
  • Heads of training and development
  • Heads of strategy
  • Heads of human capital
  • Change managers/Organisational effectiveness managers
  • Industrial psychologists


For more information contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba for more information +2711 706 6009 |


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Welcome and opening remarks by chairperson


International Keynote: When OD Models meet reality
Organisation design and change is a complex matter requiring multi-functional disciplines to work together through trial and error, success and failure constantly and dynamically addressing a fast-changing landscape. A great design on paper has no guarantee of success in the complex network of organisational behaviour. However, the payoff can be immense for those that maintain the stamina to see through their efforts. In this interactive session you will learn:

  • a practical hands-on approach to organisation design
  • how to use a basic model framework to quickly apply it in your organisation
  • how to shape, deliver and building change capability across a number of complex international organisations
Jaimini Lakhani, Director, Lumiere

International Masterclass:  Applying gestalt to OD
The Gestalt approach to OD is not new. Its origins are in Gestalt psychotherapy which enables a present-centred, awareness building, high impact form of intervention. This approach can be used to provide a framework for understanding and making powerful interventions with individuals, teams and organisational systems. This session aims at providing you with a deeper knowledge and understanding of:

  • the ‘big ideas’ in Gestalt theory
  • situations where a Gestalt approach can be particularly effective
  • how to use the Gestalt approach in OD

Tony Fraser, Lead: Gestalt in OD programmes, London Gestalt Centre, Author of Gestalt in Management

10 Minutes Q&A

11:10–1130 Morning break


International presentation: Transform and perform: The power of Organisational Agility
One of the fastest areas of growth in the field of OD is Organisational Agility, which refers to “the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment” (McKinsey). Join this session and unpack the power of:

  • Organisational agility as a strategic imperative
  • Building an adaptive organisation for superior performance
Lothar Christian Fischmann, Agile coach, agile42 Germany
Joanne Perold, Agile coach, agile42 South Africa

10 Minutes Q&A


Managing complexity and disruptive change in a crisis vortex

Sonja Blignaut,
Founder, More Beyond

10 Minutes Q&A


Unpacking how the world of work has changed and what it means  from an OD perspective – the experience of 4 organisations    

  • Systems in crisis: when external trends and internal practice collide – unpacking the challenges
  • Practicing OD in a VUCA environment - insights on responding to accelerated change
  • Business Continuity planning revamped: protecting your organisational life

Thabo Mashaba, Head: People and Culture, ABSA
Tebogo Mdhluli,
Head, Organisational Effectiveness, Anglo American Platinum
JP Van Zittert, Senior Manager: Organisational Effectiveness, SA Taxi  
Mahlaku Ledwaba, Head: OD and Change, Johannesburg Stock Exchange

10 Minutes Q&A

13:15–14:15 Lunch break


Innovation: The new frontier for Organisational Development
When faced with uncertainty, instilling a culture of innovation in your organisation is a must. But how do you approach the challenge in a practical way? Learn practices to drive innovation forward from innovation expert, Brad Shorkend

Brad Shorkend,
C-Founder and Director, Still Human

10 Minutes Q&A


Culture change that sticks: Pep Case study

Anita Carollisen,
Chief Executive: People Support, Pep

10 Minutes Q&A

15:15–15:30 Afternoon break


Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work

With greater remote work, rising stress and social isolation, human connection is more important than ever to protect our emotional and physical health, and our performance. In this session you will learn: 

  • How the human body reacts in our current Covid-19 pandemic environment
  • How to cultivate a culture of connection 
  • Practices to boost connection during the pandemic

Michael Lee Stallard, Co-founder and President, Connection Culture Group., and author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work. 

10 Minutes Q&A


Remote work: Design processes, practices and strategies to engage a remote workforce and boost business performance

Chris Dyer,
CEO, PeopleG2, Author of Remote work: Design processes, practices and strategies to engage a remote workforce and boost business performance (International speaker)

10 Minutes Q&A

16:50–17:00 Wrap up and close day one




Welcome and opening remarks by chairperson 


Navigating corporate politics effectively and ethically
If you don’t do politics, politics will do you! Join Niven Postma, in this session which will open your eyes on the fundamentals you didn’t know you need to know – the fundamentals no-one ever teaches you, including what office politics actually are and how being politically intelligent is the single biggest determinant of your personal and professional success as an OD practitioner. Drawing on her own experiences as an executive, together with insights from some of the leading business thinkers of our time, Niven will share with you how it is possible to play politics without sacrificing your principles and teach you how to use politics to advance your career, benefit your team and build the organisation you are part of.

Niven Postma, Managing Director, Niven Postma Inc. Best-selling Author If you don’t do politics, politics will do you, KR Publishing

10 Minutes Q&A


Reflections on Organisational Development during Covid-19: restoring purpose and driving change

We’ve heard a lot about purpose in organisations in the last few years but never has the concept been so important than in the response to the coronavirus vortex. The pandemic has accelerated this trend of business taking a larger role in society- it’s a trend towards placing the human back into work and the workforce. Join XXXX as s/he shares how the social enterprise will be the increasing norm and how as an OD practitioner you can drive this change.

Julio Ferraz, Organisation Effectiveness Executive, Old Mutual  

10 Minutes Q&A

Alignment at Momentum Metropolitan: Strategy, organisation, design and culture
Strategic shifts, remote work and culture during SA’s various levels of lockdown in 2020

    • Matching strategy and culture
    • Bridging the gap between strategy and execution
    • Redesigning the organisation
    • Measuring and monitoring cultural evolution

Dieter Veldsman, Group Executive, People and Organisational Effectiveness, Momentum Metropolitan

10 Minutes Q&A

10:30–11:00 Morning break


AI and coaching in an OD context

Dr Nicky Terblanche, Senior Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch

10 Minutes Q&A


Uncovering the keys to organisation transformation success
Join this distinguished panel of practitioners and executives who will share stories from their efforts to drive and support organisational transformation and explore practices, techniques and methods that they used to improve the levels of transformation success in their organisations.

Mabore Sithole,
Founder, Full Potential (Former Head: HRD and Transformation, Anglo American)
Ian Chauvet, Head: HR, Constantia Group
Pamela Rosslee, Senior Manager: Organisation and Management Development (Sub-Saharan Africa) Pepsico

10 Minutes Q&A


Job restructuring / How the coronavirus has redefined jobs: Discovery case study

Steven Teasdale,
Group Head: OD, Discovery

10 Minutes Q&A

12:45–13:45 Lunch break


Organisational design for resilience and flexibility: how to prepare for the new normal

  • How COVID-19 has impacted Organisational Design
  • Going into the future:
    • What will stay the same
    • What will be outdated
    • What will be different
    • What will be completely new
    • What will be unknown
  • Remaining resilient through change: overcoming and growing from setbacks

Prof Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Former Professor and HOD, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, College of Economics and Business, University of Johannesburg. Currently Visiting Professor at same department, Extra-ordinary Professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School

10 Minutes Q&A


The future of Organisational Development

  • Resetting organisations for a post-COVID-19 future
  • Adaptable leadership – What it takes to be a quick-change artist
  • The importance of continuous learning to prepare the workforce with appropriate skills
  • Ensuring effective digital working practices
  • OD as the moral compass of the organisation: Do we need an ethical revolution? 

Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus, President-elect, SIOPSA
Henk Struwig, Head: OD, Investec
Sthembiso Phakathi, Director: Human Capital, Deloitte
Penny Milner-Smyth, Director, Ethicalways

10 Minutes Q&A

15:00 Close of conference


Jaimini Lakhani, Director, Lumiere
Jaimini runs her own consulting practice, Lumiere, where she specialises in working with organisations of all sizes through pivotal moments of change. She has worked in diverse industries – private, public and third sector, from construction to retail, from China to South Africa. Her clients include well-known companies such as Accenture, Burberry, British Council, Heathrow and the Ministry of Justice. Jaimini also applies her knowledge and experience in supporting start-ups such as Aha Retail Partners, where she is a non-executive board member. She is a guest lecturer at Claude Littner Business School, University of West London and certified to train CIPD’s Advanced Organisation Design and Development accreditation course. Born in Uganda, educated in the USA and now based in the UK, she enjoys blending her personal and work-based international experience towards business challenges.
Tony Fraser, Lead of the Gestalt in OD programmes, London Gestalt Centre & Author of Gestalt in Management
Tony has held senior management positions in large corporations in Human Resources, Strategic Planning and Business Development. He used this experience to establish and successfully lead his own Organisation Consulting Business. Over that period, Tony led many large- scale organisation and leadership development projects in the private, public and not for profit sectors. Alongside his executive coaching practice, Tony now leads the Gestalt in OD programmes at the London Gestalt Centre and also holds the following positions: Non-Exec Director: Academy of Executive Coaching Ltd; Non-Exec Director: The British Gestalt Journal Ltd and Non-Exec Director: Phoenix Therapy Centre, Brighton.
Lothar Christian Fischmann, Agile coach, agile42 Germany
Lothars most important assets when facing new challenges are his solid team performance and his hands-on behaviour in agile transitions. His systemic approach helps to understand situations holistic and to develop scalable solutions that fit to customers’ needs. Based on that Lothar Fischmann helps customers to recognize patterns and design sustainable solutions for change.
Joanne Perold, Agile coach, agile42 South Africa
Joanne has worked in the software industry since 2003 in roles ranging from product management to writing functions and creating business intelligence. In 2008 she went on her first Scrum course and discovered the world of Agile and a different approach to developing software. Since then she has worked with teams and organisations to transform and improve the way they work. Through these interactions, she has worked with many contexts and different ways to apply Agile principles. As someone who wants to give back and grow the community here in South Africa and abroad, Joanne has been on the Johannesburg Committee of the Scrum User Group of South Africa. She has organised both the regional Scrum Coaching Retreat as well as helping with the regional Scrum Gathering and Agile Africa. She also enjoys sharing learning and insights so she blogs, and has written for Better Software magazine and spoken at conferences locally and abroad.
Sonja Blignaut, Founder, More Beyond
Sonja is an internationally recognised expert in the fields of complexity and OD. She acts as thinking partner and guide for leaders confronted with uncertainty and complexity. Sonja’s work spans many boundaries and she has worked in top local and international organisations, NGO’s and Academia. Sonja is the CEO of Cognitive Edge, and international company that has pioneered multiple sense-making approaches and catalysed a global network of complexity practitioners. She is also the founder and CEO of More Beyond, a niche consultancy specialising in helping leaders navigate uncertainty.
Thabo Mashaba, Head: People and Culture, ABSA
Thabo has more than 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry. He rejoined Absa in March 2019 as Head of People Function in Engineering Services. This followed a distinguished seven-year career at Alexander Forbes, where he was the Group Chief Human Resources Officer for six years and then Group Chief Empowerment and Transformation Officer for a year before he left. Prior to his Alexander Forbes stint, Thabo spent 16 years in Absa until March 2012 in various roles, having started as a graduate trainee in the United Bank in 1995. These were Head of HR for Absa Retail Bank, Group Head of ER, Transformation and Wellness, Regional Manager Absa Private Bank, HR Account Executive in some of the Corporate portfolios, amongst others. From the 1st of June 2020, Thabo has taken up the role of Head of People and Culture: Corporate Functions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, an MBA from North-West University and an Executive Masters in Coaching and Consulting for Change in Insead, France.
Tebogo Mdhluli, Head: Organisational Effectiveness, Anglo American Platinum
Tebogo is a Human Resource Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in the world of work, 15 years of which were in mining and metals with exposure in Diamonds/Ferrochrome / PGM's. She has strong business acumen and is a great leader. She has been with Anglo American Platinum since 2013 and is responsible for HR Strategy; Organisational Design; Organisational Effectiveness and Workforce Planning. She also has past experiences in Talent Management, Responsible for HR Strategy; Organisational Design; Organisational Effectiveness; Workforce Planning. Past experiences in Org Effectiveness; Talent Management; Generalist HRBP as well as an HR Generalist HRBP
JP Van Zittert, Senior Manager: Organisational Effectiveness, SA Taxi
JP Van Zittert is a registered Industrial Psychologist with the HPCSA. He has worked in large consulting firms (Deloitte Consulting and JvR Consulting) supporting various organisations with the design, implementation and sustainability of large scale Organisation Development initiatives. He further crafted his skill as an Organisational Development specialist by moving into corporate (Comair Limited) and managing the day-to-day relationships with a large pool of stakeholders. Currently he is the Senior Manager OD and Talent for SA Taxi Development finance and his main focus is on leveraging the benefits of Organisational Development in the informal sector and driving business efficiency. JP has worked from large scale organisational restructures and mergers and acquisitions to Talent segmenting and effective performance management implementation.
Mahlaku Ledwaba, Head: OD and Change, Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Mahalaku is dynamic, results driven, high performing individual with over 15 years in-depth experience on Strategic Organisational Change Management and Development. She is passionate about developing individuals and leaders by enabling, supporting and coaching them to become resilient and navigate through the volatility and unambiguous nature of change. She is dedicated to building high performing organisations through its people by partnering with individuals and teams in bringing out the best of their abilities through coaching and development. Her skills include proactively analysing external and internal organisational changes, the organisation's readiness to change, the impact and risks of change to the organisation and individuals. Through this analysis, she is able to develop strategies and action plans to for individuals and teams to go through the change successfully. She is very enthusiastic about influencing decisions at a strategic level of an organisation to drive positive changes and transformations thus enabling individuals and groups to function at an optimum level towards a common goal.
Brad Shorkend, Co-CEO, Still Human and Adjunct faculty, GIBS
Brad Shorkend is an agitator and thought provoker… he works with business leaders around the world helping them to be constantly innovation ready and to create exceptional employee and customer experiences that translate into kick-ass innovation, constant relevance, and significant revenue. He is a published author of the book “We Are Still Human!... and work shouldn’t suck.”, co-authored with his business partner Andy Golding in 2018. Brad is an accredited Consciousness Coach (2007), Results Certified Workplace Coach (2009), Multipliers Master Facilitator (2014), Design Thinker Accredited Facilitator (2013), NBI brain Preference Practitioner (2015), Evolved Coach Certified (2011), Evolved NLP Coach Certified (2011), Evolved NLP Practitioner Certified (2011), 9 Conversations in Leadership Accredited - Level 1 (2009), Purposeful Teams Accredited - Level 1 (2009) and Heart of Leadership Accredited - (2010), to name a few.
Anita Carollisen, Chief Executive: People Support, Pep
Anita is an experienced Head of Human Resources with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. She is skilled in Negotiation, HR Consulting, HR Policies, Organizational Design, and Labour Relations. Strong human resources professional with qualifications in Industrial Psychology and International Leadership in Retail (Henley Business School and W&R Seta). Some of the organisations she has worked at include, Paarl Media Group, Virgn Active, Vodacom, Foschini and Pep.
Michael Lee Stallard, Co-founder and President, Connection Culture Group, and author of Connection culture: The competitive advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work (International speaker)
Michael Stallard is an author, keynote speaker, workshop leader and expert on how leaders create and maintain cultures of connection that help individuals, teams and organizations thrive for a sustained period of time. He is cofounder and president of E Pluribus Partners and Connection Culture Group, leadership training and consulting firms. Michael’s recent clients have included Costco, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, TCU, Turner Construction, U.S. Air Force and Yale-New Haven Health. Michael is the primary author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Share Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work, now in its 2nd edition, and Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity, and Productivity. Learn more at
Chris Dyer (California) CEO, PeopleG2, Author of Remote work: Design processes, practices and strategies to engage a remote workforce and boost business performance
Chris Dyer is the founder and CEO of PeopleG2, where he manages 30 full-time remote employees and 3,000 independent contractors. PeopleG2 is routinely ranked one of the best places to work and has been listed as one of Inc.'s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. Having made the transition to remote during the recession in 2009 with stunning success, Chris Dyer is now a world-renowned expert on remote leadership and productive company culture. He is best-selling author of many publication including Remote work: Design processes, practices and strategies to engage a remote workforce and boost business performance
Niven Postma, Managing Director, Niven Postma Inc
Niven Postma has had a wide and varied career across multiple organisations and sectors, in South Africa and internationally, including being CEO of the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA), CEO of NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), Head of External Strategy and then Head of the SARB Academy at the South African Reserve Bank and Head of Leadership and Culture for the Standard Bank Group. She is the MD of Niven Postma Inc., and works as a leadership, culture and strategy facilitator for clients in Australia, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the UAE. She lectures at Henley Business School and on various global leadership development programmes and is the author of the book “If you don’t do politics, politics will do you – A guide to navigating office politics ethically and successfully.”
Julio Ferraz, Group Organisation Effectiveness Executive, Old Mutual
Julio is a registered Organisational Psychologist with the HPCSA, specialising in Organisation Design and Development. He has more than ten years’ experience in Business Transformation as an Organisation Design and Development professional. Six years of his experience was as a Management Consultant working for top global consulting firms, including Accenture, across multiple industries and geographies. He is currently the Group Organisation Effectiveness Executive at Old Mutual. His experience spans most functions in Organisation Design and Development and includes Strategic Facilitation, Operating Model Design, Organisation Design, Capability and Competency Management, Process Design, Culture Assessment and Transformation, Leadership Alignment and Coaching, Organisation Diagnosis, Organisational Solution Development, Organisational Development, Change Management, Change Capability and Resilience Building, Change Methodology Development, Psychometrics and Assessment, Career Assessment and Counselling, Conflict Resolution and Team building, Strategic Workforce Planning, Performance Management Design, Training Development and Delivery, Learning Transformation and Human Resources Julio has worked for the following industries: financial services, FMCG, mobile telecommunications, utilities, government and retail (cosmetics).
Dieter Veldsman, Group Executive, People and Organisational Effectiveness, Momentum Metropolitan
Dr Dieter Veldsman is a seasoned organisational effectiveness practitioner specialising in organisational design, business transformation, change and development at an executive level. He is a passionate research. He is currently the Group Executive: People and Organisational Effectiveness at the Momentum Metropolitan Group, a multi-national financial services provider with a footprint in Africa, the United Kingdom and India. He has worked across various industries and has completed numerous global consulting assignments across Africa, Europe and Asia. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on the topics of people effectiveness, employee engagement, workplace trends and organisational development. He is involved in academia as researcher and lectures part-time at various institutions on the topics of employee engagement, human capital and organisational behaviour.
Dr Nicky Terblanche, Senior Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch
Nicky is a senior lecturer and researcher in Management Coaching, Research Methodology and Information System at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. As an academic he lectures on the MBA and MPhil Coaching programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School where he is also a research supervisor. He has a PhD in Business Management from USB. In his executive coaching practice he combines his analytical ability (honed as electronic and software engineer) with his interest and passion for people to help executives and senior management make sense of the complexities of daily organisational life. He facilitates transformational learning by helping his clients take a long hard look in the mirror, identifying limiting patterns of thinking and behaving and then helping them to change these. He specialises in career transition at senior level. He has conducted workshops in 20 countries around the world and has in total travelled to 45 countries for work and leisure, always marveling at the fascinating diversity of humanity.
Mabore Sithole, Founder, Full Potential, Former Head: HRD and Transformation, Anglo American Platinum
Mabore is the Founder of Full Potential. She is the immediate former Head of HRD and Transformation at Anglo American Platinum. She is an experienced HR leader who has worked within a number of industries, including Mining, Financial Services, Public Service, Non-profit and engineering. Prior to joining Anglo she was Executive Head of HR at Fraser Alexandra, HR Director at Otis and Group Head of Learning at Sasol to name a few. She has an honours degree in HR from University of Johannesburg.
Ian Chauvet, Head: HR, Constantia Group
Ian holds a Master’s Degree in IO Psychology at Unisa (Cum Laude). He has worked in a number of organisations and has extensive consulting experience across multiple industries in the fields of Human Resources Management, Talent Management and Change Management. Previously Ian was a Director at Human interest and before that he fulfilled a General Management Role providing leadership and management expertise to an emerging business in the ITC sector. Ian is currently a PhD candidate at UNISA where he is exploring the overlap between IO Psychology, Sport Psychology and the performance of the New Zealand rugby team. He is passionate about finding that elusive sweet spot in organisations between people, processes and technology – creating winning teams and businesses.
Pamela Roslee, Senior Manager: Organisation and Management Development (Sub-Saharan Africa) Pepsico
Pamela holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Psychology. She has broad HR Generalist skills with deep specialisation in Organisational Development, Design and Performance Management. Pamela has a strong track record of successfully implementing processes, systems and strategies at plant, regional and organisational levels. She has managed and led several Organisational Development projects and has held several Executive roles, leading HR teams within plants and regions. Pamela also has extensive experience in HR Business Partnering - working with and coaching teams and leaders to improve team/individual performance. She has worked in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (Manufacturing, Sales, Warehousing and Distribution) and more recently she has worked on projects in Telecommunications and Media and, Energy and Chemicals. Her Specialties include: Talent Management, Project Management, Leadership and Team Development, Business Process Reengineering, Change Management, Performance Management Organisation Design
Steven Teasdale, Group Head: OD, Change and Transformation, Discovery
Steven is a results-driven HR and Organisational Development Executive with 20+ years of experience designing and deploying customized business solutions that drive growth and productivity. Expertise in overseeing the design, development and execution of innovative programs. A strong and decisive leader with strengths in strategic planning, project management, change management, leadership, talent management and internal management consultancy. Known for collaborating with key stakeholders to identify and integrate successful solutions to ensure organizational success.
Professor Theo Veldsman, Work Psychologist, Strategic People Effectiveness Advisor Former Professor and HOD, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, College of Economics and Business, University of Johannesburg. Currently Visiting Professor at same department, Extra-ordinary Professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School
Theo is regarded as one of the thought leaders in South Africa with respect to people management and the psychology of work. He has demonstrated his ongoing ability to pro-actively identify emerging people and leadership needs and arrive at fit-for-purpose, innovative solutions that are simultaneously theoretically and practically sound. He has a proven ability to move seamlessly between theory and practice, and vice versa. He has led the profession of Psychology and Industrial Psychology nationally as President on several occasions. He has been awarded Fellowship status by the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of SA (SIOPSA). He was given an Award for Life Long Achievement by the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) in 2012.
Dr. Natasha Winkler-Titus, President, Society of work psychologists in SA (SIOPSA), Senior lecturer, University of Stellenbosch business school
Dr. Natasha Winkler-Titus was awarded the 2019 Organizational Psychology Practitioner of the year- South Africa and was awarded Best Paper at the 2018 British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual Conference in Bristol, UK. Natasha believes in using her influence and platforms to empower others toward significance and drive societal change and transformation. Following a career in Management consulting where she held senior management roles with Rio Tinto and KPMG, she now consults and is the founder of SigniFYER, a body of associates aiming to making change significant for individuals and organizations. Natasha is also a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch business school, teaching Organisational behaviour and Leadership on the MBA as well as Post graduate programmes in Leadership, business management and Future studies. Natasha currently serves as President for the Society of work psychologists in SA (SIOPSA) as well as an International Expert Panellist for the Centre of Global Inclusion.
Dr. Henk W. Struwig, Head Organisational Development, Investec
Dr Struwig helps organisations develop the capabilities they need to respond to challenges in the market place, solve complex problems and organise themselves to stay competitive over time. He is an expert in human relations and organisational culture, with 15 years of consulting experience in the financial services industry, locally and internationally. He consulted to major financial institutions including Absa and Barclays and is presently employed by Investec Ltd as the head of the organisation development team. Henk holds a doctorate in organisational consulting psychology and is registered with the professional board of psychology.
Sthembiso Phakathi, Director: Human Capital, Deloitte
Sthembiso is currently Director in the Human Capital practice at Deloitte Consulting focusing mainly in the Energy, Resources and Industrials sector. He is a part-time lecturer at Wits University in the department of Economics and Human Sciences. He's conducted research in marketing management, operating models and strategy analysis. Sthembiso is an experienced and talented business advisor and has built many strong business relationships over many years. He works with his clients to harness culture and build competitive advantage through strategic focus, business connection and execution excellence. He's known for his passion for organisation design and behavioural change management. He has broad knowledge in the development of organisational models, HR optimisation and workforce transition strategies. He's regarded by his peers as one of the leading practitioners in enterprise transformation and organisational effectiveness. His delivery experience encompasses both the public and private sector working with global blue-chip organisations and major multinationals.
Penny Milner-Smyth, Director, Ethicalways
Penny is an organisation behaviour specialist who as Director of Ethicalways focuses on the creation of ethical workplace environments. As a writer, speaker and content developer for an international audience, Penny closely monitors global anti-corruption trends, while as a Master HR Practitioner with an MA (Research Psychology) she integrates the latest evidence-based insights from behavioural science into her teaching. With over 25 years of in-house HR leadership experience, Penny well understands the multitude of day-to-day challenges facing the HR practitioner in the new era.


Pre-Conference Workshop

Change Management for the Agile organisation (Based on the HCMBOK Change Model certification training)

Facilitated by: Florence Chikowore, Director, FloConsult

The Workshop will explore why and how to apply change management within projects with an Agile approach. The day will be interactive with a mix of concepts and exercises.

The following elements will be covered:
  • What changes in the role of the Change Manager?
  • How to integrate typical Change Management activities with those that the project team takes accountability for.
  • Breakdown of the Change Management activities that should be carried out throughout the iterative and incremental cycles of project development.
  • How “agile thinking” can be used to define the strategies for introducing major changes in an organisation.


  • An understanding of the myths surrounding Agile and the realities of the approach
  • An understanding of how to successfully apply Change Management activities on projects following an Agile approach.

Florence Chikowore, Director, FloConsult
Florence is Founder and Director of FLOCONSULT, a niche Change Leadership Coaching company, and Associate Director of Tribal Change Consulting. She has over 20 years of experience in Management Consulting both independently and having worked for Deloitte, PwC, and IBM. Her field of specialisation is Change Leadership, Human Change Management and Organisational Design. Florence has experience working in both Agile and Waterfall project environments. She is a Certified HCMBOK® and HCMP Global Facilitator and a Change Leadership Coach and holds a BSc (HONS) in Psychology. Flo is also a graduate of the Duke CE Excellence Programme and the Absa Executive Leadership Development Programme. Florence has a passion for working with Leaders and their teams to problem solve and deliver on desired programme and project outcomes, while growing in their individual leadership and teaming abilities. Her focus is equipping leaders with skills of empathy and kindness which has positive effects for all staff under their care. In our African culture we refer to the same as "Ubuntu". There is incredible strength in bringing African philosophies into corporate dialogue. Flo is a keynote Speaker and brings her energy and experience to change resilience conversations.

Post Conference Workshop

Virtual/ Online Facilitation Approaches and techniques: A masterclass

Facilitated by: Maryke Burnett, Founder and Partner, Futureprufe

The world around you exploded with many tools available to collaborate virtually with your teams. Understanding which tool to use to advance your team’s productivity, can be tricky. As a team leader or people manager, you are tasked with the responsibility to find the right tools for energise your virtual collaboration and harness the power of virtual working approaches to boost the collective power of the team.

This workshop is a practical session on how to use existing popular tools to bring your team together in an active virtual working mode to redirect the effort from the leader to the team.

Please note: this is not a presentation, but an active learning session where activity by participants will be required

Workshop outline:

  • Introduction and connection with the group
  • Analyse barriers to virtual collaboration in teams
  • Workshop agenda and Mural App overview (use prebuild templates)
  • Topic 1: Creating Virtual Working Alignment & Consensus in Your Team
  • Topic 2: Using Design Thinking to build solutions that make sense to clients
  • Other topics for virtual working with teams
  • o Virtual comms techniques
    o Technical and delivery implications
  • Open Questions, Collecting feedback and Insights for transfer to work environment, additional topics available

Maryke Burnett Founder and Partner, Futureprufe

Before founding her own business, Maryke managed virtual talent mobility for Deutsch Telekom for more than three years. She has more than 25 years of cross functional experience ranging from sales, delivery, service and HR. She says the most exciting part of her work is to see how companies get results from virtual transformation initiatives. Maryke’s key COMPETENCIES include, Virtual Change Management Projects, Virtual Classroom Design, Digital Enablement Projects, Online Facilitation and Coaching, Working in global, virtual teams (8 years)


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For more information and to book your seat contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba for more information +2711 706 6009 | busie


To register for the Pre-Conference Workshop Click here.
To register for the Two-day Conference Click here.
To register for the Post-Conference Workshop Click here.
P.S. Delegates that will be attending both the workshop and conference are required to register separately on the 2 links above
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the login details.

  Excl. VAT
Organisational Development Online Conference   
Option 1: OD Two-day Conference and workshop 23,24,25,26 February 2021
R7 000.00 Excl.VAT
Option 2: OD Two-day Conference and Pre-Workshop | 23,24,25 February
R5 250.00 Excl.VAT
Option 3: OD Two-day Conference and Post-Workshop | 24,25,26 February
R5 250.00 Excl.VAT
Option 4: OD Pre-Conference Workshop Only | 23 February
R2 250.00 Excl.VAT
Option 5: Two-day OD Conference Only | 24,25 February
R4 500.00 Excl.VAT
Option 6: OD Post-Conference Workshop Only | 26 February
P.S. Delegates that will be attending both the workshop and conference are required to register separately on the 3 links above
All presentations will be recorded and made available to delegates for viewing again after the event. 
R2 250.00 Excl.VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
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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Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!


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