Marlene Ogawa, is a passionate facilitator who has worked within the private sector, and NGOs globally and the government of South Africa. Her expertise is in designing and implementing adult learning and sharing interventions addressing both micro and macro needs. She works across various leadership and collaboration initiatives which build on the principles of Theory U and relational leadership. She strategically designs and holds space using various methodologies including World Café and Open Space Technology. Marlene works in strategic planning and diversity, equity and inclusion work with diverse public, private and civil society sectors as well as academia, using Appreciative Inquiry. Over the years Marlene has supported cross and multi-sectoral collaborations towards systemic change and institutional redress through journeying with, project management and facilitating collaborations and gatherings with diverse sectoral groups and communities.
Her work at Synergos focuses on bridging leadership through systems thinking and partnership building. At the heart of her work is relational leadership and social connectedness for personal and collaborative systems change. This work includes collaborating with strategic partners to influence practice, building a body of knowledge through experiences and design of programs that contribute to cross-sectoral Bridging Leadership for collective and impactful social change.
She has an education degree with the University of Johannesburg and various certificates in project management and ICT. She is passionate about online learning and virtual engagements that amplifies collaboration. Marlene participates in various conference and dialogue speaking engagements. She facilitates various engaging and participatory virtual dialogues and workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion, new leadership, social justice and systemic change.
Recent Publications and articles:
- Putting Children First: New Frontiers in the Fight Against Child Poverty in Africa (CROP International Poverty Studies) – Social Connectedness and Youth Transitions: Reflections on a South African Programme