Team bios

Michelle de Bruyn
South Africa

Michelle is IODA’s President since June 2019.

Michelle is an expert in economic policy and strategy development and stakeholder management, with extensive experience in the field of trade development policy and strategy. She also has extensive experience in the fields of sector and cluster development, SMME development, and national branding programmes (e.g. the ‘Proudly South African’ programme).

She serves as Kaiser Economic Development Partners’ Managing Director for South Africa since 2002. Kaiser EDP is a specialist economic development consulting firm focusing on economic policy, sector and regional development, trade and investment facilitation, infrastructure development, and programme management in Africa.

Vinaya Shetty
General Vice President

Vinaya is a strategic HR, OD & Career Consultant with specific expertise in Transformation, Change & Executive Coaching to deliver business results and to effectively impact to Communities.

Vinaya collaborates with leaders and stakeholders to create strong relationships and meet ambitious outcomes to grow business performance. Proactively engages in building a work culture that facilitates talent to outperform and realize their potential.

Vinaya has facilitated several employee engagement and recognition platforms as part of building a vibrant culture. She partners with leaders to align & link development plans to strategic business performance objectives.

First Indian Woman Entrepreneur to be a Finalist for the UNCTAD Empretec “Woman in Business Award” in 2016.

Melanie Brannigan

Melanie has held the position of IODA Treasurer since January 2021.

As an expert in business transformation and culture change, Melanie specializes in working with senior leadership teams to design and execute innovative strategies to build environments where employees can flourish and do their very best work – thereby unleashing the full potential of the organization. Melanie’s extensive experience ranges from tech start-ups to global entertainment organizations; with for-profit, non-profit and government; and across a wide range of industries as diverse as advertising, pharmaceuticals, and real estate development. She is also an executive coach.

Melanie has lived and worked in six countries and is currently Director, Organization Development for Farah Experiences, which delivers unique, world-class cultural and entertainment experiences in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

South Africa
Operations Manager

James runs the day-to-day operations of IODA and can deal with your member queries and correspondence.  He also supports the activities of the EC and the various sub-committees.

Glenda Hutchison
VP Conferences & Events

Glenda works as an organization development consultant with the primary purpose of providing organizations with assistance in achieving best business outcomes by working with their people most effectively.

She has over 20 years’ experience in corporate organization development, training, management coaching and education with a range of businesses and organizations, both public and private. Her roles have included planning and implementing large culture change programs, designing and facilitating programs in personal development, management and leadership development, transition management, facilitation and communication skills. She works with all levels of an organization.

Glenda is a qualified practitioner of the Hogan Assessments, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and a certified practitioner of the William Bridges – Managing Organizational Transition process.

She is past president of the Organization Development Australia (ODA) association.

Sophie Dazin
Marketing & Social Media

Sophie helps us communicate IODA’s activities through various channels, including: newsletters, mailers, social media, website, press. Sophie’s role also includes making sure IODA’s message and mission are disseminated across all continents.

Ken Nishikawa
VP Conferences & Events

Ken is Co-VP of Conferences and Events since May 2020.

Ken has worked at Japanese Universities within the fields of Organization Development, Human Development from positive perspectives, and as Practitioner Development as an agent of Action Research since 1988.

He is a member of OD Network, IODA, and ODAJ, and has learnt to know and appreciate the beauty of cultural diversity.

Susan O’Leary
Financial Administrator

Susan is a small business consultant since 1997, serving clients with accounting services, accounting software training and technical support.  She is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

Susan served as IODA’s Financial Administrator from 2007 to 2011, returning in 2021 to present.