facilitators

Judy Bekker

IDirector of Training for GenderWorks. She founded Renaissance Business Associates in Cape Town, and has served as professional facilitator for more than 30 years in corporations, non-profit organisations, and educational institutions. Judy has specialised in personal and leadership development, communication skills, relationship building, and solo wilderness experiences. Judy is a GERI certified facilitator, and is widely regarded by her peers as one of the most talented professional facilitators and facilitation trainers in South Africa.

 

Jabu Mashinini

Is an organisational trainer and facilitator for diverse projects in corporate and service sectors, including Phaphama Initiatives based in Soweto. He has a strong background in diversity training, counselling, peace studies, and the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) which he helped establish in Hong Kong, Angola, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, Namibia and Zimbabwe. He is also founding Director of Leadership Pathways Consulting, specialising in executive coaching, leadership development and conflict transformation. Jabu is a GERI certified facilitator, a trainer of Gender Reconciliation and is one of South Africa’s most skilled professional facilitators and trainers.

Corlette 
Lesotho-Nxumalo

Is consults for GenderWorks and is a Soweto-based facilitator for Phaphama Initiatives, which he first became involved with volunteering as a language facilitator in 1994. Since then, he has served as a community developer and peace activist. Corlette is trained in the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), facilitates AVP workshops in prisons and elsewhere, and coordinates an e-learning schools’ programme for the nonviolent resolution of conflict. Gender Reconciliation has helped him examine his personal, cultural and societal concepts of what it means to be a man. Corlette is a GERI certified facilitator and is particularly drawn to engaging other men in this work.

Zanele Khumalo

Is Programme Manager for GenderWorks. She is a trained facilitator with experience in diversity management, conflict resolution, youth facilitation, and the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). Zanele holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology, and a postgraduate degree in Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town. She has several years’ experience as a social science researcher, and trained young adult mentors of children at risk. Zanele is a GERI certified facilitator and trainer of Gender Reconciliation.

Xolile Zukani

Began his career as an entrepreneur working in construction. His interests shifted towards social justice issues and creating social change within the non-governmental sector. Xolile is an experienced Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitator and has run workshops in prisons as well as for out of school youth-at-risk. He is passionate about creating a gender-healed society free from violence, and is currently on track towards certification as a GERI facilitator. Project (AVP). Zanele holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology, and a postgraduate degree in Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town. She has several years’ experience as a social science researcher, and trained young adult mentors of children at risk. Zanele is a GERI certified facilitator and trainer of Gender Reconciliation.

Desiree English

Is Operations Officer for GenderWorks. She has spent most of her 25-year career creating and holding spaces for learning and development for individuals and groups including local government, corporates and NGOs. As an Integrative Trauma Healing practitioner and independent learning and development consultant, Desireé is strongly grounded in her purpose of facilitating healing and empowerment within communities, especially working with women and youth. She loves being a mom to her daughter. Desireé is a certified GERI facilitator.

Laurie Gaum

Is an ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. He is passionate about and advocates for sexual diversity, gender identity and expression freedoms in churches. Laurie also designs and facilitates interdisciplinary dialogues and programmes related to spirituality, masculinities, gender and sexuality. He holds a BTh, MTh and MA from the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town and has recently completed an International Peacemaking Fellowship at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, USA. Laurie is a GERI certified facilitator and trainer of Gender Reconciliation.

Judy Connors

Is Director of Phaphama Initiatives in Soweto, South Africa. She has over 20 years’ experience in non-profit management, and is a leader in the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) as a senior facilitator and trainer in South Africa, Africa and Europe. She helped develop the TALK African language and intercultural learning programme, based on the U.S. socio-cultural Brewster methodology, which facilitates the building of meaningful relationships between South Africans who have been divided by Apartheid. A student of Kundalini Yoga, she teaches yoga and meditation, and co-facilitates spiritual retreats in the Catholic Church. Judy is a GERI certified facilitator and also serves as a trainer of Gender Reconciliation.

Vuyo Koyana

Is a facilitator and trainer in the field of personal development and diversity management, and has solid expertise in dispute resolution and mediation in her capacity as a conflict resolution practitioner. She also serves on the leadership of The Pan African Market project, a Cape Town-based market showcasing African culture, craftmanship and artistic talent. Vuyo is strongly inspired by the belief in people’s ability to grow, to harness the best in themselves and to change. Vuyo is on track towards certification as a GERI facilitator.

Les Thomas

Is a consultant for GenderWorks. He is an experienced trainer and facilitator of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and runs workshops on AVP in prisons and schools around the Western Cape. He is also involved in men’s work, through the Imbadu Men’s Project, a programme of the Centre for Christian Spirituality. Les also holds men’s circles and group processes at Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA). Les is a GERI certified facilitator.

Antonia Porter

Consults for GenderWorks in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a conflict resolution practitioner who has worked in South Africa, Nepal, India, Mozambique, the United States, and the UK. Antonia spent four years at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Africa’s most internationally recognised think-tank. She designed projects on conflict transformation and gender equality, including the application of new information and communication technologies (ICT) to map sexual violence, which is now being implemented widely. Antonia has published book chapters on gender, masculinity, peacebuilding, and articles in International Peacekeeping and various South African newspapers since 2011.

Mthunzi Funo

Is a consultant for GenderWorks in Cape Town, South Africa. He is the co-founder of Crowns of Change Consulting, and serves as a professional facilitator for corporations focusing on diversity, personal mastery and leadership. Mthunzi also works for Ikamva Labantu, and has an extensive background in outdoor-experiential education and wilderness programmes, specialising in working with young adults. He is a GERI certified facilitator and is deeply committed to growing Gender Reconciliation work in South Africa. He holds a diploma in Oral Health from the University of the Western Cape and a post graduate diploma in Management of HIV/AIDS from Stellenbosch University.

Rob McLeod

Is an organisational consultant, a trainer, coach, artist, writer, editor, and art historian. He designs and delivers courses for corporates on diversity, mastering conflict, leadership and change management. He also trains trainers, upskilling them in experiential learning. Rob is married, with one daughter, and is passionately committed to contributing to growing South Africa. He is a GERI certified facilitator.

Emma Oliver

Is a qualified social worker and jin shin jyutsu and body work therapist. Emma is a trainer for Capacitar and facilitator for AIDS Response working with home based carers in the Western Cape. She has a love for the beauty of life and a passionate belief in the deep potential of everyone. Emma is a GERI certified facilitator and is deeply devoted to the work of gender healing in South Africa.

Lucille Meyer

Is Chief Executive Officer of the Chrysalis Academy. She holds an MBA from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a MPhil in Management Coaching from Stellenbosch University Business School. In March 2018, Lucille obtained her Doctorate in Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She is passionate about developing young people and has served on the Council at the University of Cape Town and as a Member of the Western Cape Premier’s judging panel for the Social Innovation challenge of the YearBeyond Youth programme. In addition to being an Integral Yoga teacher, Lucille is a Quantum Energy Coach and a Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) facilitator. She is a GERI certified facilitator.

Mandy Antzoylatos

Is a facilitator and professional coach who has worked in the field of reconciliation for many years. During her time in local government she was in community development and diversity management, and was involved in gender in both those roles. She now works for herself and conducts personal development courses, organisational interventions, and group and individual coaching. She has a vision of living in a connected society and sees her life purpose as playing her part in building towards that. Mandy is a certified GRI facilitator.