Marion Shaer

Marion Shaer has spent her career in the areas of alternate dispute resolution, human capital development and organizational development. She has applied the extensive skills and experience she gained in these industries in the corporate sector, the political arena and the not for profit sector. Marion was involved in political and community advocacy in the 1980s at IDASA where she facilitated processes leading to democratic change. She was also involved in the Local and Regional Peace initiatives during the CODESA process. Marion completed a MA degree in Dispute Resolution at Notre Dame University in the US and applied those learnings in the labour arena where she was a mediator and facilitator for the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA) before its closure in 2000. She was also the Education Director at IMSSA responsible for the training, research and development of the organization. She was an arbitrator and conciliator at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and administered the training of the initial intake of commissioners for the CCMA. She was on the MEIBC panel and the Tokiso panel. Marion recently worked as a consultant and project manager for Connemara Consulting which specializes in human capital development and organizational development consulting. Here she advised, conceptualized and designed interventions to align people and process with clients’ business strategies. Areas that Marion is drawn towards are team dynamics, conflict management, managing change and conceptualizing processes to address these. The skills she applied in this position were management, investigations, solution conceptualization, training and evaluation processes. Marion works part time for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) programme where she works towards disadvantaged children getting access to technology to ensure equitable quality education opportunities for all primary school children. Marion is a Tokiso mediator and arbitrator, and also consults to companies and organisations on the areas covered above. Marion is based in Johannesburg.