Willem Vriend has a vast knowledge in sport development and sporting activities. He is an expert in preparing coaches and trainers to develop sports. He has been a lecturer, consultant and advisor for many different organizations and projects. Willem completed his studies at the Academy for Physical Education in Amsterdam. From 1996 to 2003 he worked for Sports Coaches’ OutReach (SCORE), a South African NGO active in sport and sport-based development activities. Willem worked and stayed in Southern Africa and the Netherlands alike. He recruited and trained many local teachers, sport leaders and volunteers and eventually became the Director of Programs. In 2003, Willem established Sondela Sport Consultancy (SSC). As a consultant he is specialised in developing ‘using sport & games as a tool – concepts’ for organisations active in the field of Sport and Development. His experience includes facilitating many train the trainer workshops, developing activity manuals and methods using sport as a tool for various NGO’s and governments. He also was part of the development of many famous manuals. He has been a lecturer at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences, in the Department of Sport, Management & Business. He is part of the international INSDC network. Willem worked in Nepal, Bolivia, DR Congo, Uganda, Gambia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Burundi. Today Willem is living a sabbatical experience and lives in Spain together with his wife and newborn.
Prof. dr. Philip Wagner
Philip Wagner is a well-known thinker and pioneer in the Dutch and international sport industry. He is the first person who formalised Sport Management studies in The Netherlands. He made a significant contribution towards developing sports as a professional industry.
Philip Wagner MSc studied Economy and Business Science at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and at the European Academy in Berlin. He is director and founder of the Wagner Group and Philip is program director at the Administrative Leadership course and the Business Strategy Course. He also lectures International economics at the Comenius courses of the University of Groningen.
Philip is a member of the supervisory board at three different organizations. He is a member of the board of directors of the Noorderpoort College, Chairperson of the Groningen Provincial Department of Sport and Vice Chairman of Curaçao University where he is also installed as a professor. His expertises are in economics, governance, strategy and organizational science.
executive vice president of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt International, responsible for the company’s business outside the United States. As a sports development worker as well as a sales person for education software, Terry has got a profound history in working in South Africa.
He has got expertise in marketing, business strategies and senior management. A member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, Terry holds a bachelor of commerce degree from University College Galway, and a post-graduate diploma and an M.B.A. from University College Dublin. He started working as a sales and marketing manager at Nebula Technologies. After three years he moved on to become a senior corporate account manager at BT telecommunications. He then took a year off from his corporate life and left for South Africa to develop Sports in rural Mount Fletcher, Eastern Cape. Back in Ireland Terry became director of sales at Riverdeep, a computer software company and traveled all over the world to sell their products. After two years he joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a education publishers company with over 5000 employees. He climbed up the ladder in the organization every two years and currently is the Excecutive Vice President and International General Manager. Terry is a passionate sports lover and lives in Washington DC with his wive, son and daughter.
Edgar Neluvhalani is a fulltime Pastor, Businessman and supporting Mavu on its fundraising activities.
Pelle Kvalsund is a sports development professional with over a decade of experience from international youth sport programs. His background as an professional sport and as a physical educator in Norway took him to Southern Africa in 1999 where he worked in the field of sport and development, volunteering, managing and supporting sport development projects, focusing on social change through sport, for 5 years. For 7 years he was working as a consultant for the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport, supporting their international partners. Amongst mandates in Eastern Europe, South East Asia and Africa for the Norwegian Football Association, he was managing the “Toolkit for Sport and Development” (initiated by NCDO – Holland) for 2 years. Pelle registered as an independent consultant in 2008 based in USA, and was part of establishing the International Network for Sport and Development Consultants (insdc.net) the same year. Some of the projects and organizations he currently supports are SCSA Zone VI’s – Sport Education and Accreditation System Project in Southern Africa, Future Peace – Sport and Peaceful Dialogue Project in Sri Lanka and Right To Play in Burundi, in addition to acting as a general advisor for the NIF in their international development cooperation. In 2011 Pelle merged his consultancy with Sondela (Sondela.info). He lives in Lusaka, Zambia, with his wife and sons.
Siphokazi is a young South African professional that has been involved in almost all aspects of the sports industry. Siphokazi is an assistant Director of Club Development for the South African Department of Sport and Recreation. She is a former national handbal athlete, a local sport coach, a local sport committee member, chaiperson for the Western Cape provincial handball federation, a student tutor, a Cape Town Principle facility manager and a former sport Promotion officer for the Western Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. For her current job Siphokazi is travelling all over the country to look after the club developments. In this way she is still in touch with the local grassroots. But as an assistant Director she is as well as overlooking the broader perspective from a national progress point of view. Siphokazi studied Sport Management at the university that is now known as the Cape Peninsula Universiy of Technology.
Elsa Storm is a worldwide well-known fitness and conditioning coach. As a presenter she is regularly seen in USA, China, Taiwan, Europe and in Africa. Currently she is the fitness and conditioning coach at Golden Arrows Football Club, and previously for the Sundowns, Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs. She is also part of the under 17 and under 20 national women’s football teams. But that is not the only thing Elsa has been busy with. As someone with a vast knowledge in her industry she was asked to be a Radio & TV wellness & fitness host, a motivational speaker, personal trainer, mental trainer and author of books and DVD’s. She is also International Fitness & Conditioning presenter as well as coach/trainer worldwide. Elsa received many national and international awards. She is also the founder and president of the Professional Aquatic Association of South Africa. She is a member of the South African Fitness Board. Elsa lives in Durban.