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Conference Programme

We will be showcasing 12 collaborators, hosting seven different during conference sessions this week, with more to follow over the next four weeks. Take a look at these amazing collaborators from all corners of the globe and the amazing experience they represent.

This week we would like to introduce you to the following collaborators:

Vasintha Pather and Tanya Cruz Teller

Igniting A Shared Vision Of Organisations And Networks Thriving Through Diversity

What OD emphasises is the capacity for empowering change through a deep sense of community around a shared purpose and set of goals, with the potential for contributing to the whole.

Imagine a conference where the theme inspires your learning journey because you are part of co-creating the vision for what is possible. Imagine a conference where together, we walk the talk and the walking is as powerful as the talking.

Imagine embodying a clear sense of meeting both the conference and your personal learning objectives, because you contributed to shaping their connectedness.

Welcome to Flourish! 2017, where as a conference community we will co-create a space to access embodied knowledge and create shared visions of flourishing diverse organisations and networks, with OD as a catalyst.  We will elevate existing strengths, weave them into the creation of shared visions, and go forward with an embodied and practical experience of thinking innovatively, and collectively, on diversity.

Tanya Cruz Teller

Tanya is a creative leader of systemic change processes founded on appreciative inquiry, cross-sectoral partnerships, and personal transformation. Her passion is for whole systems thinking and technologies that engage diverse and often divergent stakeholders.

She has over 20 years of experience as an innovative management professional with a Master’s degree in Intercultural & International Management. Tanya’s career in the OD and diversity arena includes her role as an expert panelist of the Global Diversity Inclusion Benchmarks, being a founder of the Diversity Leadership Forum and a member of several diversity think tanks including the Diversity Collegium.

Previously as Country Director: SA for the Synergos Institute she engaged sectoral leaders and philanthropists in collaborative partnerships. Tanya also worked with the SA government directing a leading-edge center of excellence in youth development practice. Currently she is consulting in the strategic planning, visioning and leadership coaching arenas, with work expanding into social enterprises.

Tanya Cruz Teller 

Vasintha Pather

Vasintha has over 20 years international experience in programme management, whole systems change and organisational development. She is passionate about deepening collaboration and strengthening systemic leadership through whole-systems, whole-person approaches. Vasintha has a background in Industrial Psychology and a Master’s degree in Drama Therapy, which engages creative expression in personal and group growth.

Vasintha is engaged at various organisations, including Liberty and Henley Business School, building capability in visual thinking, whole systems collaboration and leadership.  She is committed to women’s leadership development and facilitates several group-coaching initiatives. Her work is also committed to expanding the integration of arts-based methodologies into organisational effectiveness and people development efforts.

Former roles include OD Manager SABMiller Africa, Change Management Consultant Vodacom, Programme Manager Virgin Mobile, Programme Director Hits Telecoms Tanzania.

Vasintha Pather

Ben Akripo

Deepening Public Sector Reforms through Political Economy Analysis and Engagement: A Case Study from Nigeria. (Ben Arikpo)

Public sector reforms in developing countries often focus on changing systems, processes and structures. Unfortunately, as Peter Senge (2012) noted in  The Dance of Change,  we cannot change systems, processes and structures unless we change the thought processes which produced them.

The objective of the session is to share lessons from a Public Service Reform Programme in Nigeria which failed outrightly in attempting to change systems, processes and structures. However, it succeeded when a political economy analysis framework was introduced to guide political engagement with high level government officials for sustainable reforms in the federal public service.

We conclude that programmes of reform must embed political economy analysis and design a political engagement strategy at activity level in other to achieve sustainable reforms of the public service in Africa.

 Ben Arikpo is the former Vice President of IODA (VV)  and the 2015 Ricahrd Beckard Award winner for Global contributions to the advancement of OD.  For the past eight years, he has been involved in public service reforms at the national  and subnational level in Nigeria gaining a wealth of experience in what works and doesn’t.  Ben recently led a team of national and international consultants to engage with the new administration in Nigeria achieving great reforms and changes resulting from conducting Political Economy Analysis and Political Engagement Strategy at the national level.

Ben Arikpo

Alexander Adel, Faith Lannap and Ebele Achor

Unleashing Collaboration Through Networks.

Many organizations recognize complex challenges require collaborative efforts to deliver effective solutions. Understanding how diverse actors within a network interact ensures organizations have a deeper understanding of the complex relationships that shape their ability to implement their mission. But understanding your network and the local systems you inhabit is only part of the solution, as the ability to collaborate effectively is needed to deliver lasting impact.

The session’s objectives will include the following:

  1. To understand the purpose and potential of networks, network theory and typology
  2. To introduce Collective Impact Approach to improving collaboration
  3. To train participants to facilitate a network mapping exercise
  4. To provide feedback on Pact’s Network Analysis training module
  5. To share Pact’s experience on Network Strengthening in Africa and Asia

Alexander Adel

Alex Adel, Capacity Development Technical Advisor at Pact, brings 10 years of experience in capacity development programming throughout Africa and Asia. Based in Washington DC, he provides leadership and organizational capacity development support to civil society and government institutions by developing and conducting capacity assessments, providing organizational performance oversight, and supporting strategic planning and sustainability planning.

Alexander Adel

He has extensive experience in conducting network analysis and network strengthening in the African context including in Nigeria, Namibia and South Sudan, as well as throughout Southeast Asia, focusing in Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. He has expert knowledge teaching and developing training curriculum on network strengthening approaches, net mapping facilitation and internationally recognized network analysis software. He has also presented and conducted training events on network analysis at the US Department of Education, George Mason University, and USAID. He holds a Master of Art in International Development from the University of Denver.

Ebele Achor

Ebele Achor has over 13 years of experience in health service integration, rights and gender; peace building and conflict resolution; Advocacy; and Democracy and good governance. She spent 7 years in Nigeria leading capacity development interventions such as leading the establishment and coordination of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency’s Community of Practice in Nigeria and conducting Organizational Network Analysis with the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS at the state level in Nigeria.

She recently spent 2 years as the Capacity Development Advisor in Swaziland, managing all capacity development programming, including working with two consortiums within the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland (CANGO). This includes designing and implementing knowledge systems, through training, coaching and mentoring of Civil Society Organizations, government systems both structured and unstructured. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Anthropology with a Master in International Management from the University of Liverpool.

Ebele Achor

Faith Lannap

Faith Lannap, Government System Strengthening Technical Advisor at Pact Nigeria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies both from the University of Jos with eight years of experience in public health interventions including capacity development in Nigeria.

She has extensive experience in capacity development initiatives for Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and Government Institution at Local, State and National levels. She is currently working as part of the 4Children project team to support the Nigeria government put in place mechanisms for sustainable Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) response through capacity strengthening, sustainability planning and increase budgetary allocation.

She has experience using the Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) approach to strengthen network interactions and collaboration. She currently utilizes the ONA approach on 4Children project to strengthen the referral mechanism for comprehensive service provision for vulnerable children and their households.

Faith Lannap

Radhika Subramanian and Megho Don Bosco

What behaviours by women lead to workplace exclusion or inclusion? A framework for proactive, self-led inclusion

Inclusion in the current environment is often looked at as a mind-set and behaviours that need to be demonstrated towards others. “How can we be more inclusive at work?” for example, is a common question discussed within the diversity and inclusion strategy at companies. Similarly, inclusion training for employees aims to help them be more inclusive of people different from themselves to create an inclusive workplace.

We find, in our experience working with gender inclusion with our clients that there is no or minimal conversation around “how to make oneself included in the workplace”. As a result, inclusion is not empowering for women employees and perceived as an imposition by male co-workers.

In this session, we would like to:

  • Share our experiences and findings of successful gender inclusion in the workplace
  • Discuss a framework for inclusion in organizations and communities that shifts the focus from collective responsibility to individual empowerment

Radhika Subramanian

Radhika is an experienced OD practitioner and learning facilitator. She has a keen interest in corporate inclusion and diversity, having been the practice area lead for Diversity and Inclusion Learning at Goldman Sachs and co-chair of the Women in Learning & Leadership Network at HSBC in India. Her firm also works with clients to evolve their inclusion strategy and practice for gender and sexual orientation inclusion. She is the Founder of Glow Worm Consulting, a learning, leadership and OD firm with a focus on India, Middle East and Africa.


Radhika Subramanian


Megha Don Bosco

Megha is an experiential learning designer and OD practitioner. With a background in talent acquisition, new hire integration, performance and talent management, she is a keen observer of the interplay between organizational culture and individual values in workplace inclusion and diversity. As a learning and OD consultant, she helps clients at Glow Worm Consulting encourage open conversations about gender inclusion at work and establish mentoring programs for diverse talent, including women in middle management being groomed for leadership roles.


Megha Don Bosco

Jose Campoverde

The development of future societies. Transition from Homogeneity to Diversity under the  Vision of Organizational Development.

OD has been influencing societies for 50 years; from the outset, the concerns it started to sow were in the field of education of companies.  With the method of observation, we can affirm that whenever an individual improved his or her behavior, society reaped the benefits.  And the company was successful, too.

The messages communicated by universities, through the formation of OD post-graduate degree courses, had high impact.  So much so, that there has been an expansion over the past 30 years, involving 400 Universities, 32 IODA World Congresses, and 50,000 consultants on the 5 continents, with the result that there are now some 5.000,000 practitioners in 50 countries.

In the past 50 years, society throughout the world has been undergoing changes, the most conspicuous of which are: Corruption, Drugs, Weakening of Democracy.  Misuse of Personal Freedom.  Weakening of political parties.  Greater importance of small enterprise.  World happenings approaching real time.  Work moving to the home.

Jose Esteban Campoverde Ayres 

MA, Master in Development and Organizational Behavior, Campoverde Consultores Asociados S.A.C. Lima, Peru

Graduated from Chorrillos Military School (EMCH). Graduated from the School of Skydiving, the School of Commandos, the School of the Peruvian Army Intelligence. Retired peruvian army captain.  Management Studies at the Del Pacifico University. Founder and President of Campoverde Consultores Asociados S.A.C.Master in Development and Organizational Behavior from ESERP School Barcelona – Madrid. Master in Development and Organizational Behavior from the Diego Portales University in Santiago de Chile. He has provided consulting services to the OAS, UN, AID, USAID and to many companies in Peru since 1973.

Jose Esteban Campoverde Ayres

Undine Whande and Lawrence Ngorora

Seeing More, Seeing Deeper – Systemic Constellations in the Workplace. How can we thrive in our creative processes in face of divisive histories?

By exploring a systemic challenge impacting on the work environment related to diversity and legacies of historical woundedness in South Africa, this session intends to expose participants to simple yet powerful nuances of the modality of systemic constellations work. We believe that  the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of attention that the participants in the system operate from. This leads us to think that the quality of attention is impacted by the embodied stories that each individual and collective system carry. Besides the quality of the participant, equally so, “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener.”  This implies that as facilitators we are willing to offer a space for systemic constellations work as a modality to explore the less visible dimensions of the inheritance of history(ies) in organisations. The method works on a somatic basis, so there is very little talking as the facilitators observe and inquire into what is happening in the bodies of the participants and in particular : the overt and subtle emotional landscape that is evoked when working together in face of shared divided and divisive histories.

Dr. Undine Whande

Dr. Undine Whande was born in Germany and emigrated to South Africa in the mid-1990s. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town. Most of her life she has worked in conflict transformation and social justice initiatives on the continent. From the big societal process of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to working with the Healing of the Memories initiative to providing community mediation support and accompanying change in African justice institutions, her path led deeper into what helps us transform and heal as human beings. She trained in organisational constellations work and systemic leadership coaching in 2006-08 and has since been working with leaders and their teams in co-creative, wilderness-based learning processes.

Undine Whande

Lawrence Ngorora

Lawrence Ngorora originates from Zimbabwe. Professionally, Lawrence studied Synoptic Meteorology in Russia, almost 20 years ago. Graduation done, he worked in the weather services industry for a little while. For the most part he grappled (and still is) with thoughts such as “what is my purpose and who am I?” He has worked at the weather forecasting desk interpreting weather phenomena, constructing weather reports and presenting weather on television. Lawrence has found huge freedom of self-expression facilitating group men’s work with The Mankind Project, meanwhile also attending mixed gender groups on Gender Reconciliation workshop model and Family Systems Constellations. Using the power of Awareness to realize individual personal leadership, Lawrence enquires about the illusion of self-identity. His work in community participatory processes includes Emotional Intelligence work with youth, capacity building in community based organisations, coaching in non profit organisations and team development in corporate/private business. In mixed groups of both men and women Lawrence helps participants to speak openly about the difficult topics of gender injustice. Lawrence is trying out new ways of welcoming and bringing to light that pain which hides us from active citizenry using the model of deep democracy, enquiry and principles of Theory U to influence healing and transformation through dialoguing and conversations that matter, sometimes in wilderness settings.

Lawrence Ngorora

Mark Orpen-Lyall

Resilience – the science of thriving in a dynamic, competitive world.

We will be exploring the Synergistix resilience approach that is rooted in science (based on my Ph.D.  study), that has helped thousands of people in high performing contexts like Allan Gray Ltd, SAB-Millers etc. There will be an opportunity for suitably qualified facilitators to franchise this approach.

Synergistix resilience is a multi-dimentional approach to proactive thriving, aimed at building positive change over the long-term irrespective of circumstances. It is based on the 4 universal aspects of humankind: mental, spiritual, physical and socio-emotional fitness and their synergistic inter-play. The approach is rooted in the exercise of conscious choices, starting with paradigms and progressing to practical behaviours. This is not a short-cut approach to resilience, but rather effort over time that delivers a worth life living.

Mark registered as Organisational Psychologist in 2000. He completed a Ph.D. in Building resilience in  individuals. He has worked for the last 20 years in blue chip organisations in an internal HR/OD capacity, with the last 11.5 years running the OD function at Allan Gray.

In June 2016 he left Allan Gray Ltd. to pursue an external consultant role, and counts himself lucky enough to have had amongst others the following exceptional clients: SAB-Miller, Daimler Benz, Sanlam, Zurich Insurance, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Allan Gray Ltd, Jumo, Zoona, Carat, Priontex and Personal Trust.

Synergy Consulting delivers bespoke, needs-driven human capital solutions using proven applied psychology principles. Our key areas of focus are:

  1. Organisational development (OD) consulting where we identify those factors at an individual, team and organizational level that will both differentiate yourself from your competitors whilst  improving your businesses effectiveness.
  2. Cutting edge product development. Synergistix resilience is just one of them.
  3. Bespoke learning and development solutions.

Mark Orpen-Lyall