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Ezelle Theunissen

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 15303, Panorama,
7506, Bellville, South Africa


Mobile: 083 3022730

Skype: zelbelle

Center for Appreciative Inquiry

Afrikaans, English, German

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Ezelle Theunissen is a leadership coach and community psychologist with substantial experience in developing people, businesses and organizations.

Ezelle practices as a coach and appreciative inquiry trainer and consultant to create “generative & learning” organizational cultures that wish to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. She specialises in individual, organisational and community transformation and the design of innovative programmes that integrate learning and coaching at individual and team level. She especially enjoys discovering people’s unique strengths, values and contributions – and how to amplify these.

Ezelle has gained considerable experience working in diverse environments – from rural, small town and peri-urban communities to big brand corporate industries. She feels equally inspired collaborating with private, non-government and / or public sectors and thrives in environments rich in diversity. She is equally fluent in English & Afrikaans and especially enjoys working with other English-second-language speakers throughout the world.

Ezelle’s coaching practice focuses on coaching leaders and managers at the cutting edge of their fields. Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship and business development, sustainability and resource economy, managing change, learning and development, and increasing effectiveness and quality of experience in the workplace. She thrives in settings lead by avant-garde visionaries who pioneer new enterprises and programs in fast-paced and growing environments. She is committed to ongoing voluntary community development projects and is a founding member of Rokpa Bardo (a subsidiary of Rokpa Trust, an international welfare organisation).

Ezelle holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Rhodes University, a Higher Education Diploma from UCT, and certificates in Coaching Skills and Coach Supervision Skills from Coaching Development (ICF accredited).Ezelle is a certified Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and facilitator trainer (Centre for Appreciative Inquiry), and Mindfulness facilitator trainer (Mindfulness Africa). She is a member of HPCSA (Health Professions Council, SA), COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of SA), and an accredited NQF level 7 assessor with the ETDA (Education, Training & Development Authority) and Services SETAs.

  • Appreciative Inquiry Consulting & Training
  • Coaching
  • Content Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic Development
  • Workshop Facilitation

Academic and Professional Details:

  • BSocSc : Psychology, Religious Studies (University of Cape Town, 1991)
  • BA(Hons) : Psychology (University of Port Elizabeth, 1992)
  • HDE(PG)Sec : Guidance & Counselling, Religion Education (University of Cape Town, 1994)
  • MSocSc : Counselling Psychology (Rhodes University, 2001)
  • Registered with Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Counselling Psychologist
  • Dip. Child Care : Prime Care Training, Cape Town, 1993
  • Dip.R.Aroma : Cape Institute for Allied Health Studies, Cape Town, 1995
  • Registered with Allied Health Professions Council as a Therapeutic Aromatherapist
  • SETA Assessor: Services Sector Education & Training Authority (SETA), Cape Town, 2004
  • Registered with ETDP and Services SETA’s as accredited assessor, NQF level 7
  • Cert. AI Facilitator : Company of Experts (USA) Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training, 2006
  • Cert.Coaching: Coaching Development (International Coach Federation accredited training), 2007
  • Mindfulness Trainer : Mindfulness Africa, 2008
  • Cert. Coach Supervision : Coaching Development, 2008
  • Cert. AIFT : Company of Experts (USA) Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Trainer, 2009

Awards and Achievements:

  • 2005 : Most Popular Facilitator, Siyaya Skills Institute, Cape Town
  • 1991 : Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Dean’s Merit List, UCT
  • 1989 : Entrance Merit Scholarship, UCT
  • 1988 : Pass Matric with an A aggregate symbol (First Class Distinction)
  • Atmosphere PR (South Africa)
  • Best-AC (Tanzania)
  • JHPIEGO (Ghana)
  • Industrial Psychology Consultants
  • Industrial Psychology Consultants (Zimbabwe)
  • Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)
  • SAB Miller, Latin America
  • “The authenticity of Ezelle Theunissen and her genuine belief in the power of Ai. Also the interaction with other individuals from diverse backgrounds. I particularly enjoyed the Dewitt Jones DVD, “Celebrate What’s Right with the World” ~ Chantelle Murray, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • “I appreciated the passion and knowledge of all participants including our facilitator, Ezelle Theunissen.” ~ Derrick Hann, Doha, Qatar
  • “The workshop was well done. The contents and presentation were valuable to improve my profession as a change agent.” ~ Consultant, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania