Inhale to Exhale

Pause, Reflect and Reset in the midst of constant change

What might we gain from slowing down and pausing for a while even as we feel increasing urgency in our fast-paced world to address the social injustice and climate change crisis our world faces?

About the symposium

Date: 8 – 9 November 2022
Venue: Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek, Cape Town

The IPASA Annual Philanthropy Symposium is a unique annual event exclusively for grant-makers, which is focused specifically on issues and opportunities relevant to funders in South Africa. The symposium provides an ideal platform for funders to connect, learn, share and collaborate.

The 2022 Annual Philanthropy Symposium is a two-day in-person event which will be held on the 8th and 9th November. The Symposium theme: Inhale to Exhale: Pause, Reflect and Reset in the midst of Constant Change, will allow delegates to:

  • pause amongst the constant sense of urgency and relentless pace of change in order to review all that has been done and all that has changed over the last few years since Covid created a new normal in our world
  • reflect on the lessons learnt, what worked, and what still needs to be further developed or changed and
  • reset to allow philanthropy to prepare itself to take decisive and strategic collective action to address the pressing issues our country currently faces.

The symposium will include presentations, panel discussions and facilitated break-away sessions looking at both funding priorities and funding practices including:

  • How do we as funders link education with employment initiatives to fully address the employment crisis in our country?
  • How do we as funders address the intersectional critical issues of climate change and social justice in our country?
  • Which funding practises need to change in order to achieve real impact in these current times? Which new practises do we need to adopt?
  • What is the best role philanthropy can play in uncovering, shaping and amplifying solutions to the numerous intersecting crises facing our country  to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable future?

For more information contact: Thuli:; Louise:

This year’s programme has been designed to ensure maximum opportunity for delegates to connect, share and learn from each other.

Click here to download the full programme.

Tuesday, 8 November

Wednesday, 9 November

Alison McCallum
Alison McCallum

As a social scientist, the focus of Alison’s work over the past 24 years has been in the field of ‘corporate social performance’, predominantly in the extractive industry (mining), and more recently, in the renewable energy sector. During this time Alison has focussed on supporting clients to become transformative actors in the sectors of society and local communities where they have influence and reach.

Alison is an accredited mediator with the African Centre for Dispute Settlement and CEDR, has coaching accreditation with the Centre for Coaching at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and is an accredited Time To Think facilitator. In 2019 she completed a 9-month “Ecosystem Leadership” Programme run by the Presencing Institute in Berlin and is a fully competent facilitator in the Theory U methodology.

A significant focus of her current work is in the design and facilitation of learning journeys and thinking spaces, where ideas and people need to be connected, and current ways of being, doing and thinking, reconsidered. Alison’ work also involves the development and implementation of training programmes and communities of practice, the design and facilitation of social change processes, and the hosting of conversations and workshops around key ‘social performance’ topics in the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Nomfundo Mogapi

Nomfundo Mogapi currently holds the role of Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Centre for Mental Wellness and Leadership. She is a clinical psychologist by training with over 20 years experience in the mental health, psychosocial and violence prevention sector. She also has over 16 years experience in senior leadership and management within the sector. 

Previously she worked as the Executive Director at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), the Head of Psychosocial interventions at CSVR and as the director for the South African Institute for Traumatic Stress. Her areas of expertise include integrating mental wellness and psychosocial expertise within policy and programming on a range of issues such as violence prevention, leadership, development, human rights, peacebuilding, governance, democracy and transitional justice.

She is an experienced facilitator, trainer and motivational speaker and has facilitated processes that have integrated mental wellness within various organisational processes, including strategic planning, performance management, organisational culture and staff development. 

She has a passion for providing an understanding of the psychosocial healing of leaders, institutions and collectives. She has used this to contribute in shaping policies and programmes such as the African Union Transitional Justice Policy (AUTJP), The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACPHR) General Comment on Redress for Victims of torture. Nomfundo has worked with leaders from the African Union Commission, Government officials, NPOs and corporates.

Thobeka Poswa

Thobeka’s career over the last 20 years has been driven by her passion for Social Justice and Development, with an intersection of Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, and Self Leadership/Mastery. She is the founder of TLP Services Pty Ltd, co-founder of Etico Capital a BBBEE investment company and associated with local and international organisations such as Social Enterprise Academy, Ubuntu Lab Institute a facility member of The Presencing Institute.

She has worked with organisations such as  The Social Enterprise Academy, the British Council Sudan, Open Society Foundation, Viva con Agua, the ASEAN Foundation, Incubators and NGOs in South Africa and Ubuntu Lab Institute.

Thobeka has served on two boards as a non-executive director at ANB Investments and Rainbow Produce (subsidiary of In2Fruit) in the Agricultural sector. She has been sitting on the Hoedspruit Hub board for the last four years.

Melissa Fourie

Melissa is the Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Rights and one of the co-managers of the Life After Coal campaign, a joint climate justice campaign of Earthlife Africa, groundWork and the Centre for Environmental Rights.

Melissa started her career in 1998 as an attorney at the law firm Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galombik (now ENSAfrica), followed by a stint at Sydney law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst). After completing a Master’s degree in London, she joined the Research & Policy Unit of the South African Country Office of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) in 2003. She was appointed Director: Enforcement at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in 2005, where she was responsible for both enforcement of national land use, pollution and waste legislation, as well as the roll-out of the Environmental Management Inspectorate (known as the Green Scorpions), until 2008. 

Melissa holds a BA LLB from the University of Stellenbosch and an MSc in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics. She also holds certificates in tax law, environmental law and environmental compliance and enforcement from the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand and Pretoria respectively. In 2018, Melissa completed the Art of Leadership programme at the U.S. based Rockwood Leadership Institute. 

Nicolette Naylor

Nicolette Naylor is a senior philanthropy executive who led the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office and International Program on Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice for over 15 years. She has been responsible for directing the Foundation’s strategy and team in the Southern Africa region as well as global programming on gender, racial and ethnic justice. Her work has focused on addressing gender-based violence and increasing resources and financial support for Black feminists in the global South by strengthening the feminist funding ecosystem for Black women, indigenous women and women of colour. She retired from Ford Foundation on 30 September 2022. 

Nicolette has published extensively in the social justice philanthropy and gender fields, most recently on the issue of decolonising philanthropy. She serves on a number of global Boards and Advisory groups.  She is a Global Civil Society Advisor for the European Union’s €500 million Spotlight Initiative on ending violence against women and girls and a Board member for the Atlantic Fellows for Socio-economic Equity (AFSEE) at the London School of Economics. She has also previously served as the co-chair of the OECD Network of Foundation’s Gender Working Group and as co-leader for UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum’s Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence.  

Nicolette is a Pan-African feminist lawyer who completed an LLM in International Human Rights and spent many years practicing law in the public interest law arena before joining philanthropy. She led the Gender-Based Violence work at the Women’s Legal Centre, also worked at Interights in London on key international women’s rights cases involving violence against women before the European Court of Human Rights and African Commission of Human & Peoples’ Rights.  

Mbongiseni Buthelezi

Mbongiseni Buthelezi is the Director of the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg. PARI is a Johannesburg-based research and advocacy organisation working on the improvement of state performance in South Africa and other countries. Prior to joining PARI, he was a researcher and a lecturer at the University of Cape Town variously in the Research Initiative in Archive and Public Culture (Department of Anthropology), the Land and Accountability Research Centre, the Department of English, and the Centre for Popular Memory (Department of History).

Buthelezi holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature, co-supervised in History and Anthropology, from Columbia University. He has published on rural governance and the role of traditional authorities, the state’s constructions of identities in KwaZulu-Natal through heritage, and on the state of public archives and its implications for government accountability.

Lisa Chamberlain
Lindiwe Johnson
Jessie Chiliza
Seth Tladi
Zanele Twala
Halima Mahomed
Taona Tsopo
Gail Campbell
Fumani Mthembi
Ayesha Mago
Yogavelli Nambiar
Malik Dasoo