Michelle Odayan

Michelle is the Co-Founder of the Indiba-Africa Group. She is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, a social activist and entrepreneur with 15 years multisectoroal (government, private sector, donor agencies and civil society) professional experience in the areas of employment law, organisation development and change management, alternative dispute resolution, strategy development, policy formulation, project and programme management and process facilitation.

She supports a variety of multisectoral development initiatives and has substantive experience within the HIV/AIDS, Gender and Development, Education, Social Justice and Human Rights, Peace and Economic Development sectors in Africa.  She is the founder of ODM Consult, a development practice that provides a suite of development services in the Organisation and People effectiveness field.  She is also an arbitrator and mediator with the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) and the Motor Industry Bargaining Council and is actively involved in a variety of professional associations.  She has held formal positions with ACCORD, Olive OD&T, Business Against Crime (BAC SA ) and  Agenda Feminist Media. She was seconded (4 years) from BAC SA/USAID  to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to lead the Court Management restructuring process within the lower courts. She served on the Presidents Working Group on Women (PWGW) between  2005 – 2007, and continues to provide advisory support to a number of public and civil society Boards. she is actively involved in a variety of local and international professional associations, and is a current fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leaders Network. Michelle holds BA LLB degrees from the erstwhile University of Natal.