Marike Groenewald is the founder of Anew. Holding a Masters Degree in Law from Stellenbosch University, Marike has pursued a career as a developer of people and facilitator over many years, and in various organisations. While at university, Marike served as the Vice Chairperson of Stellenbosch University's Student Representative Council, and formed part of the organising committee of Brightest Young Minds.
She was until recently employed by a political party, South Africa's Official Opposition - the Democratic Alliance - as the Executive Director of Development and Learning. In this role, Marike was responsible for the development and learning needs of almost 700 members of staff and nearly 2000 public representatives. Marike also served for nearly eight years as the Director of the DA's Young Leaders Programme, the party's flagship year-long leadership development course and the only programme of its kind in the world.
In November 2016, Marike graduated as an Ontological Coach through Australia's Newfield Institute. As a coach she supports individuals, teams and organisations to access their most resourceful way of being, both in their personal and professional lives through the areas of language, moods and emotions, and the body.
Marike's professional focus, interest and experience lie in the fields of leadership development, specialist and niche leadership programme design and consulting, organisational change, advanced personal and team development, facilitation and coaching. Marike is an accredited facilitator of the Thinking Environment and is passionate about creating a space where individuals can think at their best, and for themselves with ease, courage and freedom in all the interventions and programmes that she is involved with.
Marike works with leaders, political parties, think tanks, NGOs, and companies around the world and regularly facilitates seminars at the International Academy for Leadership in Germany. Her clients have included Old Mutual, Stellenbosch University, Zoona, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the Africa Liberal Network, the UK Liberal Democrats and numerous high-level leaders in these organisations.
In 2015, Marike was selected as one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 young South Africans. She is a fellow of the 2016 Westerwelle Foundation's Young Founders Programme.
She is a published poet and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.