Promoting excellence in public participation in Southern Africa

2012 Judges Panel

IAP2 SA announced a stunning line-up of Judges for the first Southern African Core Values Awards for Excellence in Public Participation. Read more about their backgrounds and qualifications below.


Convened by IAP2 SA’s Director and Treasurer, Ken Smith, the Panel featured five outstanding individuals who have, in their professional and personal capacities, demonstrated leadership, rich experience, and deep expertise in the field of Public Participation. They also bring the perspectives of  key institutions and stakeholders involved in implementation and promotion of high standards of practice.

Select a Judge’s name below to read more.

Sandra Fowkes

Sandra has three decades of work experience related particularly to the southern African environment, focusing broadly on contributing to sustainable decision making and governance. She has been a catalyst for introducing facilitation, mediation and negotiation to many environmental practitioners in southern Africa through consulting, training and research activities. Sandra has had wide experience of public involvement as both practitioner and researcher. The range of public involvement projects includes water resource management, fisheries management, pollution control, property development, community development, mining and tourism. In the mid 90’s she undertook an assessment of the current practice of public involvement in environmental decision making in South Africa under the Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) guidelines. The research promoted sharing of insights between the natural and social sciences. Sandra was part of the Metaplan team that ran the public involvement for the Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.). The C.A.P.E. project produced a twenty-year strategy and five-year implementation plan for sustainability of the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region. She was also involved in the implementation of the new National Water Act.

As a result of her research and practice in public involvement as well as in other fields, Sandra has been invited to contribute to a number of international environmental gatherings such as the Geneva based International Academy of the Environment’s policy dialogue on Environmental mediation; as a member of the South African delegation to the Global Forum meeting on Sustainable Cities; UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme’s Social Monitoring workshop; IUCN’s workshop on scenarios in preparation for the 2003 World Parks’ Congress. The Netherlands based Sustainability Challenge Foundation invited her to participate in their annual International Programme for the Management of Sustainability in June 2005. In the subsequent regional programmes run for Southern Africa, Sandra was one of the faculty members.

For nearly a decade, Sandra co-designed, ran, managed and lectured on a series of mid-career environmental management short courses for the University of Cape Town’s Environmental Evaluation Unit. The value of these courses was acknowledged when they received the National Premium Award of South Africa’s umbrella environmental body, EPPIC, in 1989. Sandra holds an MSc in Environmental studies from the University of Cape Town, a BSc Honours in Botany & Microbiology from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Zoology Microbiology from the University of Cape Town.

Tisha Greyling

Tisha is a senior principal with Golder Associates. Africa (Pty) Ltd. – Pretoria. She is an accredited trainer with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). She has developed and reviewed numerous guides on Public Participation/ Stakeholder Engagement, presented training in social impact management to a wide range of companies and organisations, has worked extensively with international bodies and has directed social impact management programs for several large mining and oil and gas companies. Trisha has worked and trained in the mining, oil and gas, energy, waste management, industrial forestry, chemical and paper manufacturing sectors in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Ghana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the UK, Italy, Romania, Canada, the USA, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Singapore, Chile, Peru and Brazil.

Her 30-year experience and expertise cover, i) national, regional and company policy and strategy planning and development, ii) design and facilitation of multi-party and multi-country participatory processes, iii) implementation of socio-economic performance programs to international standards, iv) public sensitivity analysis, public disclosure strategy, planning and implementation, v) cross-cultural communication, strategy and capacity building for indigenous peoples, vi) social risk management and advice, and vii) strategic direction of social and environmental permitting for new developments.

Amar Inamdar

Amar leads the Operations Dispute Resolution and Prevention team at the World Bank. He has pragmatic, on-the-ground experience of implementing investment operations in over 30 countries. Until early 2011, he was Principal Specialist in the office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman for IFC and MIGA, where he led the team focused on addressing citizen complaints on complex and sensitive corporate projects around the world. Prior to joining the Bank he founded, managed and sold a successful consulting firm serving global clients in emerging markets. Amar has a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Sharon Lewis

Sharon became interested in cities and urban development during her years as a student of Town and Regional Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand in the 1990s. She has been a civil servant for almost 15 years; working for the National Department of Housing, the National Treasury, and the SA Cities Network.

Sharon is currently employed as Executive Manager: Planning and Strategy with the Johannesburg Development Agency, where she is responsible for directing the strategic focus of this agency of the City of Joburg, assembling a set of potential public upgrading projects and improving urban development practice through area based interventions. Urban development practice includes a focus on public participation processes to ensure that there is adequate and meaningful consultation with the communities in which JDA projects are rolled out. JDA was awarded the IAP2 Company of the Year Award for Core Values in 2011.

Solly Manyaka

Solly is founder member of MS Manyaka Consulting, Manyaka Greyling Meiring, Golder Associates Africa, Zitholele Consulting and currently the Managing Director of Kaleo Consulting ( He is trained in forestry, nature conservation, development studies, public participation and business development. He started his first private practice (MS Manyaka Consulting) in 1995 after four years at the Forest Science and Technology Division (Forestek) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Solly has designed and implemented over 1000 public participation processes in southern Africa for a variety of clients, including the public sector (national government departments), private sector (largely the mining sector – Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum, BHP Billiton, etc.) and international development agencies (USAID, DANCED, DfID, DANIDA, etc.). Solly has co-authored a number of public participation guidelines, including the Public Participation Guidelines for Stakeholders in the Mining Industry (South African Chamber of Mines) and Appropriate Public Participation for Catchment Management Agencies and Water User Associations: Towards Cooperative Governance (Department of Water Affairs). He consults for the University of Pretoria, providing lectures in public participation to national and provincial Departments of Environmental Affairs’ environmental impact reviewers, and is the Director: Africa Region and a global board member of the International Association of Facilitators (