Nizenande Machi


Nizenande is a Learning and Development Specialist. She has a particular interest in creating epistemologies for African people development, with a focus on equipping African professionals with the tools to perform and thrive.

Corporate Education programs. Nizenande’s people development work has included working with teams at various stages of the team development life-cycle: team formation, conflict and diversity management, stretch and high-stakes, change management, and high performance. It is this enduring passion for the development of African people that led her to birth Karani Leadership.

Nizenande has been published as a featured author alongside former South African Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel, and former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela in a book titled: ‘Inspired: Remarkable South Africans share their stories’. In 2015, she spoke at the online Global Women’s Annual Leadership Summit on ‘Developing Your Leadership Mandate’. In 2017 Nizenande was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Young South Africans as part of her active citizenry, she serves as a Member of the Eminent Persons’ Group (EPG) for Transformation in Sport under the Minister of Sport. She was also the Deputy Curator for the Johannesburg Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. And as an advocate for the empowerment of women, in 2018, Nizenande was elected as a fellow on the Zanele Mbeki Fellowship, which was designed by the Former First Lady to cultivate Feminist Leadership for Africa’s economic and socio-political leadership development.

Feminism has moved me from the fringes of my life to its centre. It has taught me to rage, be kind, be steady, be unstable, be messy and put-together all at the same time. To me, it is a sloppy wet kiss with the love of your life: you’re constantly aware of the need to improve, but feel deeply sated and loved with every encounter.