Our speakers include clinical psychologists; artists; authors; academics; corporate and government leaders who explore the role of the unconscious in their lives and their work. Brief profiles are given below:

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  • Amanda Glaeser the Executive Director of Human Resources at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for the past 12 years. She has a MA in Industrial Psychology (cum-laude) and is registered with the HPCSA. She focuses on how to work beyond existing western leadership models and is interested in how stories offer healing for the psyche. Read more about Amanda & her talk
  • Jean Cooper (PhD, MCom, Mphil: University of Pretoria; Consultant at the A.K. Rice Institute, USA; Industrial /Organisational Psychologist, HPCSA) is an advisor in leadership. He desires the transformation of South African society. Together with his clients and colleagues, they explore and confront the unconscious: both within themselves and the institutions that they lead. Read more about Jean and his talk
  • Hélène Smit is the Crucibles of Leadership Conference Leader, Director of the Depth Leadership Trust and Founder/Director of Feather Associates.  Hélène is a business school lecturer, group facilitator, author and activist in raising awareness and developing theory and practice about the integration of unconscious processes into organisational life. Read more about Hélène and her talk
  • Jill Waterman is a lecturer at Wits School of Arts (WSOA), exploring the field of business practice in and through the Arts. Central to her working philosophy is discovering the intrinsic values of Arts experiences, and creating collaborations with the Depth Leadership praxis. The newly established ‘Cultural Leadership Course’ for artists at WSOA is a growing leadership framework for investigating meaning for self and others – a hot house for new cultural leaders. She will be presenting with Madeleine Lambert who co-founded the Flying House arts collective and lectures arts management in the Wits School of Arts.  Here, she co-developed curriculum for and piloted a cultural leadership course, stemming from her cum-laude MA research.  Lambert was a National Research Foundation Scholar/Intern and was shortlisted for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. Read more about Jill and Madeleine and their talk
  • Karin Osler is a co- founder of the Centre for Conscious Leadership (ccls.co.za), specializing in leadership learning and transformation at the level of individuals, teams and organisations. She has successfully partnered and coached CEO’s on effective turnarounds that have had significant bottom line impact. She has a MA (Cum Laude) in Organisational Psychology from UCT and an Executive Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD University, France. Read more about Karin and her talk
  • Katherine Glenday and Claire Beynon both qualified as fine artists in the early 80’s at the University of Natal. They have practiced as professional artists and teachers and have pioneered cross disciplinary collaborations and projects, engendering powerful social and personal transformation through the wordless creative act. Much of the tenor of their respective output has come about through personal engagement with the unconscious and the transformative power of ‘looking into the darker places’. Read more about Katherine & Claire and their talk
  • Marc Feitelberg is a clinical psychologist and corporate facilitator with a special interest in working in-depth with individuals and organisations. He has spent the last 17 years using psychodynamic and process-oriented methodologies in assisting organisational teams at becoming more effective. Marc is also the founder of the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) and continues to educate individuals in learning how to facilitate groups and teams in depth. He currently consults to large corporations locally and abroad. Read more about Marc and his talk
  • Marc Kahn is the Global Head of Human Resources for the Investec Group. 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. He is the author of “Coaching on the Axis: Working with Complexity in Business and Executive Coaching” (2014). London: Karnac Books. Read more about Marc and his talk
  • Mias de Klerk is Associate Professor in human capital management and leadership at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, with many years industry experience as an organizational development consultant. Mias received extensive training in the field of system psychodynamics, group consultation and Group Relations from the Tavistock Institute (UK) and the Centre for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Unisa).  Read more about Mias and his talk
  • Paul Lewis is an actuary by profession, and currently the Managing Director of a financial services company.  Paul has been exploring the concept of depth leadership for a couple of years now, as part of his journey to expand his own empathy.  He will share his story of the practical realities of trying to implement depth leadership learnings in a for profit organisation. Read more about Paul and his talk
  • Peliwe Mnguni is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business Leadership at UNISA. She holds a Master of Arts (University of Melbourne, Australia), and both a Master of Business and PhD from Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia. Her previous work experience includes roles in social and organisational research, organisational consulting, human resources management and leadership education in South Africa, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Peliwe has won two prestigious international awards, the Harold Bridger Best paper award, from the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisation, (2011) and the Excellence in Organizational Scholarship Award from the Centre for the Study of Organizational Change, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA (2013). Read more about Peliwe and her talk
  • Richard Fransen is an indigenous citizen of Prince Albert involved in the daily tasks of cooperative government. Richard’s position in the office of the Municipal Manager gives him a unique view of both the workings of the state and the challenges and mindset of the public. He actively engages with the conscious and unconscious dilemmas of leadership in the South African context. Read more about Richard and his talk
  • Rigby Hough has qualifications in clinical psychology (UCT) and psychotherapy (University of Warwick). He has worked for many years as a psychologist in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the U.K. He has lectured at UCT and UCL. Rigby has a particular interest in the integration of psychodynamics, humanistic and existential approaches. Read more about Rigby and his talk
  • Sean Germond is the founder and director of Pygmalion (est. 2001), a Cape Town based Organisation and Leadership Development consultancy and coaching practice.  His focus since 1997 has been in the application of key principles, models and practices of psychology (personal and organisational), systems thinking (to understand complexity and interdependencies) and High Performance Coaching to assist leaders and their organisations to adapt to the challenges of a changing, complex and interconnected world, where global issues now have local relevance.  He has an MA in Psychology (Health) and is a registered Counselling Psychologist (HPCSA). Read more about Sean and his talk
  • Dr. Sue Milton is a plant ecologist with 35 years experience, and has been involved in resource assessment in the arid zone (arid savanna, Karoo) since 1987 and before that in coastal thicket, fynbos, indigenous forest and savanna. She currently consults through Renu-Karoo Veld Restoration cc (established 3.2007, directors Dr Sue Milton and Dr Richard Dean) and specialises in Karoo vegetation restoration and dynamics in response to grazing, ploughing, mining, alien plant invasion, drought and other forms of disturbance. Read more about Sue
  • Suzan Hojdar is a Jungian Analyst, Medical Doctor, Homeopath, Family Constellation Facilitator and Biodanza Teacher. She is trained in Functional Integrative Medicine and Shamanism. Suzan uses life events, dreams and physical symptoms to access the unconscious, for healing, growth and evolution. In her work with individuals, groups and organizations Suzan merges science with psychology, conscious with unconscious and personal with collective- systemic. Read more about Suzan and her talk