Faculty

Madeleine Dunford
Kenya

Madeleine Dunford

Madeleine Dunford has been working across all industry sectors coaching energetic, focused and ambitious senior corporate leaders who are striving to better themselves, and as a consequence, their organizations. She graduated from the Academy of Executive Coaching in 2010, and her background in occupational psychology assessments has given her a strong grounding in understanding how positive and negative behaviours manifest themselves in the workplace and can derail leaders if not worked on.

She is accredited in various assessment and coaches senior executives as part of global and pan-African leadership development programmers for some of the biggest employer brands in the world, and typically forms strong and lasting bonds with her clients.

Her coaching ethos borrows a lot from her high impact, inquisitive and creative dimensions, and given her entrepreneurial and competitive background she prefers to use her coaching sessions to brainstorm with executives on their goals, challenges, possible action plans and what they might need to build or reflect on. She has a BA (Hons) from York University and MSc (with Distinction) from Edinburgh University, UK, and brings a wealth of knowledge of cross cultural leadership and coaching to the table.

Zia Manji
Kenya

Zia Manji

Zia Manji graduated from Edinburgh University in 1995 in Business Management, winning the University’s John MacFarlane Award for Leadership.

He brings a wealth of business experience to the field having worked in one of Kenya’s largest manufacturing companies, rising through the ranks to become Managing Director. Zia completed his British Psychological Society recognized training in 2004 in the area of assessment and development centres. He holds a diploma in recruitment practice from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and is a member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals. He has been responsible for the recruitment of a number of CEO and C-Level hires mainly in multinational organizations.

Zia recently completed an Executive Master Degree at INSEAD Business School in Consulting and Coaching for Change, a specialized degree in clinical organizational psychology that provides him with a psychoanalytical perspective in his coaching and leadership development.

Sophie Bruas

Sophie Bruas

Sophie Bruas has developed her career in various international contexts for the past 20 years, leading large teams of individuals in multi-cultural settings. She graduated from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), UK in 2012 as an Executive Coach and is a co-faculty for the Academy to deliver internationally accredited coaching courses in East Africa. She holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and Development (with distinction) from Manchester University, UK.

Her approach is strongly influenced by the Co-active Coaching school that emphasizes the systemic perspective of coaching, highlighting that various facet of the client’s life (family, social network, physical environments) interact in motion and impact work decisions.

She understands the challenges related to leaving, working, raising a family and developing a balanced fulfilling career and has developed an expertise in coaching across cultures. Her coaching focuses on supporting transitioning career decisions as well as balancing challenges related to international posting. In her facilitation work she displays passion in developing others and in ensuring that the skills gained are applied back at the workplace. Together with Career Connections she actively contributes to supporting organizations to go beyond creating a community of coaches to creating a culture of coaching.