Inspiring a Life of Significance

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Nizenande Machi

Learning and Development Specialist. Fellow on the Zanele Mbeki Fellowship

Nizenande is a learning and development specialist. She has an interest in creating epistemologies for African leadership development, with a focus on equipping African professionals and entrepreneurs with the tools to perform and thrive. Nizenande’s people development work has included working with teams at various stages of the team and leader development life-cycle: team formation, conflict and diversity management, stretch and high-stakes, change management, and high performance. It is this enduring passion for the development of African people that led her to found Karani Leadership.

Nizenande has been published as a featured author alongside former South African Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel, and former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela in a book titled: Inspired: Remarkable South Africans share their stories. In 2015, she spoke at the online Global Women’s Annual Leadership Summit on Developing Your Leadership Mandate. In 2017, Nizenande moderated a panel with former African heads of state on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the African Youth Demographic Bulge.

As part of her active citizenry, she serves as a member of the Eminent Persons’ Group (EPG) for transformation in sport under the Minister of Sport. She was also the deputy curator for the Johannesburg Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. As an advocate for the empowerment of women, in 2018, Nizenande was elected as a fellow on the Zanele Mbeki Fellowship, which was designed by the former First Lady to cultivate feminist leadership for Africa’s economic and socio-political leadership development.

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