Our Team

Our team of Korumo Associates are experienced leaders in their field. We combine ‘soft’ skills in facilitation, coaching, and counselling with ‘hard’ skills in rural development, agribusiness, mining, and health sciences. We have a footprint in Africa, and can offer services in English, French, Swahili, Xhosa.

Mo Salomon

Mo Salomon

Chief Navigator | Founder of Korumo

Strategic facilitator, coach, and yoga teacher. Passionate about people as drivers of their own development. Mo has a background in anthropology, a PhD in participatory rural development, and worked on assignments in Africa, Asia and Europe. Novice surfer, running yogi, and mindfulness blogger. Pronoun: they. Ennea 7.

Home base: Durban, South Africa

Languages: English, Dutch

Proudest achievements:

Leading the NGO that I was Director of into participatory management. Coaching a multi-country team in gender-transformative change in the agrifood system in Africa.

Leadership philosophy:

Inspiring people and organizations to explore their edges and stretch to make a difference in the world.

 

Atafeinam Abalo (PhD)

Atafeinam Abalo (PhD)

Coach

Coach, consultant, teacher, project manager, city councillor, and NGO president. I work for a better world. I’m Ata for friends.

Home base: Lomé, Togo

Languages: French, English, and Togolese languages (Kabyè, Ewé, Kotokoli)

Proudest achievements: 

As President of the Association for Women in Mining (AFEMET) and member of grassroots network  (RADEB) I managed to obtain 107 ha for young people and women to farm in Togo's ZAAP-Pya agricultural development. As Korumo gender coach in GIZ's ATVET for Women project, I carried out group coaching in Benin, making both men and women realize that gender has an economic benefit.

Became a Korumo Associate because...

As Paulo Coelho says in The Alchemist: it is an opportunity to walk with partners from diverse backgrounds towards each one's personal legend, by building a model of growth for a continent!

Leadership philosophy:

Everyone can make a difference. Often people want to hear it in a special way to boost their energy.

Thembela Njenga

Thembela Njenga

Coach

Transformational coach and development practitioner. Passionate for justice. Aspiring to see women live their truth, show up authentically and take up their place without fear. Thembela is a gender coach in GIZ's ATVET4W project.

Home base: Johannesburg, South Africa

Languages: English, Xhosa, Zulu.

Proudest achievements: 

When I discounted my fears and gave myself permission to explore deeper what else lied within me beyond what I was comfortable with. I walked away from formal employment to start my own organisation, Womaniko Transforming Spaces which seeks to see women thrive in and out of work.

Became a Korumo Associate because...

I believe in what Korumo stands for - inspiring people and organisations to organise for impact. When I joined, I knew this was a great opportunity to be stretched in areas I have not been before, and was proven me right.

Leadership philosophy:

You cannot lead others when you can’t lead yourself.

 

Akizou Bataba

Akizou Bataba

Development Facilitator

Business analyst, investment officer. Thirteen years of experience in business and project analysis. Helped to set up a state-owned holding company to attract direct investments in Togo.

 Home base: Lomé, Togo

Languages: French, English and Togolese Languages

Proudest achievements

Being part of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) 2014 program where I launched my vision to improve young African entrepreneurs’ conditions by assisting their start-ups.

Became a Korumo Associate because....

I joined as translator and process observer in GIZ’s project on Gender Makes Business Sense.

 

Christine Guchu

Christine Guchu

Integral Coach

Passionate about people and real results. Great at creating space and the freedom to identify new ways of being, while remaining simple, practical and fun.

Home base: Nairobi, Kenya

Languages: English, Kiswahili

Proudest achievements: 

Doing a bungee jump at the Vic Falls… Birthing and Mothering of Five Women. As WMG Management Consultants Ltd establishing the Beyond Your Edge Program - a strong and rigourous personal development program for leaders.

Became a Korumo Associate because...

We were implementing the gender-coaching program for GIZ ATVET for Women in Africa.

Leadership philosophy:

It all starts with me

Wambui Njuguna

Wambui Njuguna

Coach

Development professional with vast experience in leadership, development management, capacity enhancement, and value chain analysis. Strategic thinker and facilitator of multi-stakeholder processes. Worked on assignments in the wider East Southern African region.

Home base: Nairobi, Kenya

Languages: English, Kiswahili

Became a Korumo Associate because....

I joined as gender coach and process observer in GIZ’s project on Gender Makes Business Sense.

 

 

Rebecka Henriksson (PhD)

Rebecka Henriksson (PhD)

Virtual Facilitator

A Swede in South Africa who is creative, down-to-earth, diligent, positive and passionate about exploring the interface between people and the earth. A sustainability scientist with a PhD from Stockholm Resilience Centre, currently involved in trans-disciplinary research in Malawi and South Africa. Rebecka is part of the Virtual Facilitation team convening IWMI’s stakeholder engagement process for climate-resilience in Southern Africa.

 Homebase: Pietermaritzburg

Languages: English, Swedish

Proudest achievements:

Raising happy and fulfilled children and completing my Doctorate thesis.

Became a Korumo Associate because...

I see Korumo as the perfect organisation to contribute to making a difference outside of my usual academic pathway.

Leadership philosophy:

To lead others by inspiring and guiding them to see their potential and achieve what they want to achieve.

Karen Engel (PhD)

Karen Engel (PhD)

Virtual Navigator

Facilitator, researcher, lecturer and project manager. Expertise in community resilience and disaster risk management, inter-organizational learning, sustainable and inclusive development, and climate adaptation. Karen is part of the Virtual Facilitation team convening IWMI’s stakeholder engagement process for climate-resilience in Southern Africa.

Home base: Pau, France

Languages: English, Dutch, Spanish

Proudest achievements:

The projects in which I was able to ensure intercultural learning on an international level, and the PhD project through which I gained in-depth understanding of earthquake and tsunami resilience and vulnerability in Greater Concepción, Chile.

Became a Korumo Associate because.... 

Korumo's approaches, drive, energy and values are in line with my professional outlook and pursuits. And it is a pleasure to be part of a team that can inspire, is creative and brings together ample and diverse experience and knowledge.

Leadership philosophy:

Collectivity, preparation, imagination, and improvisation.

Berenice Meintjes

Berenice Meintjes

Clinical Psychologist

Expertise in trauma counseling, and psychosocial support for children and youth. Vast experience in management and consultancy in the non-profit sector in Southern and East Africa. Developed learning materials on trauma counseling, psychosocial support for children and youth, supervision, and financial management. Led programme evaluations for local and international organisations, and numerous training workshops in Africa, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Iraq.

 Home base: Dargle Valley, South Africa

Languages: English, Afrikaans

 Became a Korumo Associate because

Teamed up with Mo to evaluate Iranti’s Leadership and Wellness programme, and compiled a Self-study Guide for leaders of transgender- and intersex organizations. In partnership with GenderDynamix, we articulated Organizational Competencies for a Trauma-Transformative Professional Practice.

Spring

Spring

Associate

Mo Salomon is an associate of Spring, a global organization that supports and accompanies social and climate justice leaders to thrive in complexity and and forge powerful new pathways.

International Support Group

International Support Group

Associate

Mo Salomon and Karen Engel are Board members of the International Support Group, an international network of experienced facilitators for social innovation and multi-stakeholder learning and collaboration.

Thoughtsmiths

Thoughtsmiths

Associate

Korumo is an associate of Thoughtsmiths, a coaching company that offers high quality strategic support and coaching skills training. Through this partnership, Korumo seeks to promote coaching as leadership skill in the social justice sector.

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