WED Cadre





Betsy Ings

Expert in Women Entrepreneurship and Community Development, Project Manager and Skills Development Advisor and Social Entrepreneur.




Current Position:




» Facilitator and Advocate for Women Entrepreneur Development and Leadership  
 » Founder and Board Member of Siyaloba Community Training Centre
 » Project Initiator and Manager for Women Entrepreneur Development and
Leadership Projects Internationally
 » Project Initiator and Manager for Community Development Projects Nationally 
 » Advocate for Women and Maritime Matters Nationally  
 » Appointed Representative on various Development and Training Boards
 » Skills Development Facilitator 
 » Verifier, Facilitator, Internal Assessor and Moderator
 » Certified ILO WEDGE Programme Trainer 
 » Franchise Associate & Trainer Business Edge IFC SA 
 » Managing Director» Tradelane Project Management Education Training and Development Pty Ltd 
 » Board Member of the South African Sea Cadets Training Committee – Training Advisor to the Executive 
 » Key Note Speaker




Recipient of:




» Business Women's Association's (BWA) National Business Achievers Award as the Social Entrepreneur for 2008/2009
 » Royal Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Meritorious Service Award 29 April 2010 
» Business Partners Certificate of Recognition Honouring Exceptional Achievement – 7 June 2011 




Colleen Larsen


Colleen is a networker & organiser, but more than that she is a visionary with a passion for empowering entrepreneurs and women. A leader whose career spans 28 within financial services.




Finalist in S.A's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards 2011/12.




Colleen is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. 




In November 2005 she founded Women In Finance, now called Business Engage. Colleen has grown the organisation to include various corporates including PwC, Deloitte, Educos, AngloGold Ashanti, Sasfin, Microsoft, Standard Bank & Edcon.




Head 85 broads Southern Africa – a multi-cultural, multi-generational international network of over 28,000 women.




Representative – Steering committee for the International Labour Organisation programme on gender.




Council Member - Business Unity South Africa and representative of BUSA Transformation Committee at Nedlac in terms of the Draft Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill.




Colleen is one of the ILO cadre in South Africa accredited by the ILO as experts in women entrepreneurship development and is also accredited by ILO to carry our Gender Audits.




Hope Zigwari




Hope Zigwari has more than 19 years working experience in various capacities that included training and development.  She was a consultant for six years at Empretec as a facilitator in Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (EDW) which is a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).




During the past 10 years she has specialised in the area of entrepreneurship development and soft skills.




Hope was certified as a Women Entrepreneurship Expert by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2012.






Mandisa Jostrey




Mandisa Jostrey is a KZN based banker, facilitator and a business development consultant who has been intimately involved in a number of enterprise development activities.  She has worked both in public and private sector under the field of economic development with special focus to small businesses and in particular women in business.  Mandisa has led the women empowerment portfolio in Pietermaritzburg where she has developed and assisted a number of women who are aspiring entrepreneurs and those who are in business.




During her tenure in the women development portfolio, she has achieved accolade from the ILO WEDGE SA as an expect in the field of women development hence she is one of the South African Cadre of Women Entrepreneurial Development expects.  Mandisa is a business graduate and is currently in the final stage of her post graduate degree Masters in Business Administration.




Marina Clarke


Marina Clarke is currently employed as the National Director of Epilepsy South Africa (a national non-profit disability organisation serving people with epilepsy and other disabilities). She is an accredited Master Trainer with the International Labour Organisation able to deliver a variety of entrepreneurial development programmes, specialising in entrepreneurs with disabilities and women entrepreneurs.




In a career spanning more than 20 years in the disability sector Marina has developed expertise in the development and facilitation of entrepreneurship programmes with a specific focus on entrepreneurs with disabilities. She holds an NQF6 qualification in occupationally-directed education, training and development and has worked in several African countries.




Maud Masiyiwa


Maud is passionate about Enterprise development on the African continent; with an emphasis on tourism business development.   She advocates for Women in business empowerment on the continent and believes that confidence needs to be instilled at an early age; through the inclusion the African Girl Child.


Maud’s love for the industry and the community is expressed through the current discussion around Responsible Tourism practice. She often delivers a light hearted look at the social-cultural, environmental and economical impacts to be gained by both the visitor and visited; bringing home simple solutions, and in turn encouraging enterprise development for the people in the communities in the destinations visited. 


She is a Sector Education Training Authority (SETA) within the Tourism and Hospitality sector; as part time lecturer.  She is an ILO WED Cadre Facilitator.  She holds a number of local and international qualifications in Tourism Operations, Community Development, and Enterprise development and is currently pursuing a Msc.  Degree in Responsible Tourism Management through the ICRT Leeds Met University in Leeds Uk.



Patience Mutasa




It is Patience's passion to work and serve in the area of entrepreneurship development. She has worked with SMES since 2001. Patience's involvement with entrepreneurs started when she worked for Empretec facilitating the Entrepreneurship development programme.




Empretec is an integrated capacity building programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the area of SMEs and Entrepreneurial skills promotion. It is dedicated to helping promising entrepreneurs put their ideas into action and fledgling business to grow.


Patience believes that the SME sector can be assisted to enhance its productive capacity and international competitiveness for the benefit of real economic development, poverty eradication and equal participation of developing countries and transition economies in the world economy.




In 2012 she was certified as a Women Entrepreneurship expert by the International Labour organisation and has been involved in a number of projects.