Complete CV: Igno van Niekerk
The full CV on this page is for reference purposes and not intended to be used when introducing Igno where presenting keynotes or workshops. Scripts for introduction can be found elsewhere on this page.
When I connect the dots today, I realize that I have been privileged to study fields that I am passionate about. Studying languages taught me the power of communication and story. History taught me more about leadership than any of the many corporate leadership courses I have attended.
Additional Tertiary Education
The HED (Higher Education Diploma) I completed to qualify as a teacher, was another step on the way to living my passion for sharing and teaching. Since I have been working with an Insurance Firm, I enrolled and completed my Certificate in Financial Planning. The UFS’ One year course in Management Development was one of the turns in the road, and little did I know at the time that I would be a part-time lecturer at the same Business School a few years later. UNISA’s Group Process Facilitation course was one of the most interesting and challenging courses I have ever attended, and until today I am grateful for having the experience.
The Dawning of the Information Age
By the end of the 20th Century, I realized that knowledge and experience in computers & new technology would be essential requirements for the modern workplace. This is where a journey of learning and unlearning started, and has never ended.
At the time, I believed in international benchmarking, and completed several internationally recognized courses. This gave me a good foundational knowledge of computers and computing – and although I am now working in a completely different environment, I believe that the foundation that was laid, especially in terms of software knowledge has been worth the time, effort and monetary investment made at the time.
The fact that many of these qualifications have “expired,” is an indication that we live in an ever-changing environment in which we often need to unlearn and revisit what we have learnt.
The internationally recognized courses I completed included:
A+ Service Technician : (The inner workings of a computer).
MCP and MCSE : Microsoft Certified Professional and Systems Engineer
MOUS : Microsoft Certified Office User Specialist (MSWord, MSExcel, MSPowerpoint.
CIW : Certified Internet Webmaster
ACE: Adobe Certified Expert (Photoshop and Lightroom)
ACI : Adobe Certified Instructor (Photoshop and Lightroom)
Career and Work Experience
When connecting the dots, I realize how my work-experience and career path so far has created opportunities that I will be eternally grateful for.
There are always learning and growth opportunities, often through informal courses.
I have had the privilege of learning from globally recognized institutions including:
GIMT – The Graduate Institute of Management and Technology
UFS Wellness & Arbinger Institute
Creativity Foundation of South Africa
Network of Training
ATD (Attended sessions in Orlando and Denver)
Photography & Storytelling
I have always believed in a holistic approach, and my work-life has always been enriched by my hobbies and passions. Photography, history and storytelling has found its way into many of my workshops, keynote-speeches, training sessions and eventually into my book, Light On Leadership.