Information about our various facilitators
Kirsten is an independent development consultant with 30 years’ experience in the social and economic development sector.
Having lived and worked among rural and township communities (pre and post-apartheid) in South and Sub Saharan Africa, and with experience in the non-government, philanthropic, public and private sectors, she has an appreciation for diversity and inclusion which is reflected in her values and focus on social justice. She is committed to a more just and equitable society and seeks to embody this in her relationships and her process-oriented approach to life and work.
In her capacity as an associate of the Wits University Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS), Kirsten has spent the past three and a half years facilitating workshops on transformation, transformational leadership, inclusion and diversity with clients such as the National Research Foundation (NRF), Universities of Johannesburg, Rhodes and Witwatersrand, Samancor, and several private and government schools.
Keryn House is a strategic marketer with her roots in the education sector. She holds a Higher Diploma in Education from UKZN and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wales.
Keryn has consulted to blue chip companies across South Africa in marketing strategy, sales strategy and business strategy. Her experience includes retail, financial services, media, IT, FMCG and capital equipment.
After holding executive roles in Johannesburg in government and business, she returned to her home province of KZN to be with her family and chose to move back into education. She took up part-time teaching and school marketing. In 2016, she wrote the ISASA publication: A Guide to Effective School Marketing.
Keryn’s strength is translating strategic marketing concepts and market research (such as segmentation, market positioning, target marketing) into practical tactics for implementation in a school setting and creating buy-in to the marketing effort. She works with heads of schools and their marketing teams to help them to enrol and retain more students through strategic marketing.
Claire is an Associate Director in Ernst & Young’s People Advisory Services practice. Claire has 34 years’ experience in the field of labour relations and human resources management providing advice, facilitation, training, mediation and arbitration services.
Her skills include facilitation, mediation and arbitration, labour relations, labour law, human resources strategy and policy, HR due diligence, HR and labour relations internal audit, diversity awareness, performance management, change management, job grading, training design, development and presentation.
Busi is a multinational resident fellow at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio and independent consultant in facilitation and training. She has recently been appointed an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity (AFRE) in their 2019 programme.
Her work as a dialogue practitioner focuses on issues of race, social justice and transformation. She is part of an ongoing national rollout of a transformation process through the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS) and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
She is a co-founding member of Democracy Works, a South African organisation working on citizen participation in deepening democracy. Her area of focus is around sustainability models for social justice work and cross sector collaboration. She is the former director of Dignity International, a rights-based development organisation.
Alan Arguile is a former senior journalist, communications manager for BMW South Africa, and managing director at a New York-listed advisory firm. He has worked with half the JSE Top 40 companies, Fortune 500 multinationals, more than 20 government departments, universities and independent schools in South Africa.
Alan has personally presented more than 1,000 executive media training sessions, provided advisory and support services on more than 200 significant corporate and education-related crises, and authored dozens of policies and protocols in the areas of crisis management, media engagement and social media.
He is a regular speaker at universities and schools on issues related to reputation risk, and partners with the world’s largest professional services provider as a subject matter expert in the reputation risk and resilience space.