2020 Contributors

Every year, we are privileged to have some of the foremost experts in their fields contribute to the Women’s Report. Their insights, research, and thoughts on topics provide fresh perspectives on the advancement of gender equality at work. Experts come from the ranks of practitioners and researchers, and topics span women at work and the spill-over of perspectives on gender, at home and in society, on paid work.

Ms Christine Chichi Kere

Paper 1: Unleashing Black Women’s Entrepreneurial Power

Christine Chichi Kere is a practising coach consultant who holds an MPhil Management Coaching from the Stellenbosch Business School, an MBA Strategic Marketing (Hull, UK), a Diploma in Adult and Vocational Education, and a Bachelor of Technology Management (Hons), and has completed several certificate courses in team building and emotional intelligence. She has extensive management consulting experience in education and training, entrepreneurial development, hospitality, telecommunications, and property development. In a career spanning 25 years, she has consulted in countries such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, and South Africa, and established a social enterprise, Coaching Mentoring Education Africa (CMEA).

Dr Phumzile Mmope

Paper 2: Black Girl Magic — does it have a place in the workplace?

Phumzile holds a PhD in Communication Studies from North-West University and is a lecturer at the Stellenbosch Business School. Her research focus area is intercultural communication competence in the context of facilitating strategic alignment and employee engagement in culturally diverse and inclusive workplaces. She has consulted on strategic management and leadership in diverse workplaces, including UNISA, NWU, and SU.

She is an associate member of the National Press Club and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and a registered Chartered Public Relations Practitioner with the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa. Phumzile is the author of Engaging the workforce: The role of senior managers in internal communication and employee engagement.

Ms Nastassja Wessels

Paper 3: The twice-black bind

Nastassja is a Brand Specialist in the Corporate Communication Division at Stellenbosch University. Prior to this, she was the Corporate Brand & PR Manager at the Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and the Senior Publications Officer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). She completed her Master’s in culture studies (cum laude) with a focus on global communication, at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Her thesis, #FeesMustFall: Discourse hidden in plain sight, highlights various aspects of the social processes at play in South African society – from digital culture to decolonisation of education in South Africa.

Are you interested in contributing to the next Women’s Report? Do you have meaningful insights and research to share on women and their impact on business and society? We want to hear from you.

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