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Creating opportunities for our clients to engage, enable and evolve.

Empanda is a people consulting organisation that brings together expertise in coaching, leadership, development and sustainability to develop strategic people transformation initiatives. We believe in enabling people to fulfill their potential by building a sense of purpose and play. Our approach is creative, collaborative and caring.

What We Do

People Consulting

We specialise in delivering change management, training and communication services for major digital transformation programmes.

Unicorn Hunting

We have a network of talented professionals specialising in change, learning, coaching, leadership, and digital design.

Leadership

Our OASIS leadership development programme builds total motivation and delivers real-time business results.

eLearning

We have a team of storytelling and graphic design creatives who create high end learning and communication tools.

Virtual Collaboration

Our online platform, Juno, hosts online collaboration, learning, coaching and thought leadership in the virtual world.

Inspiration Centre

We have a boutique venue just outside Cape Town that is perfect for workshops and the facilitation of creative thinking.

Our Name

Empanda is the Roman goddess of asylum, charity, and hospitality. Her temple distributed food to those in need. Her name derives from the Latin verb pandere, “to open” or “to spread out” or ”with hands outstretched“. Empanda is “She Who Opens”. Originally a goddess of the countryside, worshipped by rural folk, she enshrines the ancient duty to welcome, clothe, feed, and shelter a stranger. Empanda represents the spirit of openness, friendship, trust, and charity. She inspires the sharing of knowledge, and of openness to creativity, collaboration and innovation. 

Empanda inspires us to support the evolution of humankind.

Our Capabilities

We put together people transformation initiatives that bring together critical skills, blended in the right way to land your change. 

Creative Story Tellers
Graphic & Multimedia Designers
Change Managers
Trainers & Learning Consultants
Communications Specialists
Executive Coaches

The OASIS Leadership Journeys

Mobilise and sustain motivation levels in order to drive performance.

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The Empanda Inspiration Centre

We have created a space that is designed to hold and inspire creative thinking and authentic engagement, away from the bustle of the corporate world.

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Our Focus on Sustainability

Empanda is proud to work with the United Nations Global Compact and for the Global Compact Network of South Africa. We are committed to the 2030 Agenda for ambitious transformational change, and have aligned our business model to make a direct contribution to the delivery of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

In 2019 we will be proudly supporting and facilitating collaboration on the private sector Voluntary National Review for South Africa.

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Unique Global Equine Leadership Programme

 Empanda is honoured to host Yolanda Sing at our Inspiration Centre and on our grounds. Find out more about this powerful and unique approach to personal and leadership development.

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Our Team

Thabiso
Thabiso
Thabiso, our eInteractive departments artistic maestro. Thabiso is an incredibly skilled designer who also has skills in video post-production editing! He has fresh ideas, is motivated and driven, and we can’t wait to produce all kinds of magic with this talented young man.
Darryl
Darryl
Having come from a strong financial background, 6 years ago Darryl took a leap of faith and as it turned out, found his true calling as a highly efficient, SAP FI certified trainer. Darryl does what it takes and remains positive even in the face of the greatest adversity.
Rosalind
Rosalind
Rosalind is the Empanda Head of Storytelling. She helps us push our creative boundaries and strengthen our ability to craft inspiring and engaging stories.
Neal
Neal
Historically a lead animation artist with experience on 2 top grossing, international release films, our Head of Interactive brings progressive production experience to Empanda.
Janice
Janice
Our Head of Talent has over a decade’s experience in 4 different countries.  Her deep specialisation brings global, forward thinking ideologies to our talent business.
Warren
Warren
Warren has a passion for rural life and is skilled in many areas, most notably land management. As farm manager, he is responsible for the care of Empanda HQ facilities.
Karla
Karla
Karla is a highly intelligent and committed change and training analyst, who always manages to keep those she works with organised and grounded. One of our ‘next generation’ consultants, Karla is a highly valued member of our team.
Chesston
Chesston
A key member of the Empanda HQ team, Chesston is a skilled graphic designer with particular expertise in developing comic strips and interactive learning material. There is never a dull moment with Chesston around, as he is always able to tell a good story and has a great sense of humour.
Christy
Christy
The CEO and founder of Empanda, Christy has world class experience and is a subject matter expert in people-led transformation, with background in strategy, organisational change management, learning and development, and human capital management. The guiding force behind Empanda, she breathes life into everything we do.
Fhatuwani
Fhatuwani
With a background in finance, Fhatuwani has training consulting experience in the retail, manufacturing and FMCG industries. He has worked across a wide range of business processes with a number of large clients. Be careful of him, because he will tease you.
Jess
Jess
Jess is the Empanda Chief Operating Officer. Apart from being responsible for command and control of the CEO, she also looks after all administrative matters relating to the business and people management. Empanda’s know to be nice to her – she manages payroll.
Gavin
Gavin
Gavin is a graphic designer, eLearning content developer and front end web developer responsible for building the beautiful Empanda visual identity. He is never satisfied with the mediocre, takes pride in the smallest detail and is the heart of Empanda’s creative team.
Daniela
Daniela
Daniela is a massively powerful and committed learning and development professional with strong didactical, analytical and creative skills. With experience working on multiple blue-chip clients, Daniela is the real deal. Daniela leads.
Emma
Emma
With 10 years advertising experience behind her, Emma is our resident communications specialist and is Head of Brand for Empanda. She has the eye of an eagle and goes more than the extra mile, delivering work that is not only beautiful, but considered, informed and effective.
Evan
Evan
Evan is the Empanda Chief Infrastructure Officer. He looks after IT support for all Empanda people, and oversees Empanda system development, Porta Pandana infrastructure, agriculture and building projects. The only reason he would consider leaving Empanda is if the coffee were to run out, which tells us he is pretty hard core!
Shaun
Shaun
Shaun is a dedicated and talented graphic designer, web designer, illustrator, draughtsman and writer. He takes great care in his work and always does so with a smile and a sense of humour, which has earned him the respect of his colleagues and clients alike.
De Villiers
De Villiers
De Villiers is a digital designer, 3D animator and new media expert who plays an integral role in the development of Empanda’s interactive system for market. His delivery will mark the start of a new chapter for Empanda, welcoming eCommerce into our stable.
Lisa
Lisa
Lisa is an adaptable and professional SAP instructional designer and assessor, with deep experience in supply chain management. Lisa is also a trusted member of the Empanda team, and goes above and beyond to deliver even in the most difficult situations.
Jorge
Jorge
Jorge is a very talented graphic designer and eLearning developer with a great thirst for knowledge. He is always reading a book or teaching himself a new skill. As a matter of fact, he taught himself how to code. We think that’s pretty impressive.
Charmaine
Charmaine
Charmaine’s extensive experience in the financial services and retail sectors gives her the upper hand when communicating in a language our clients understand. A specialist in corporate communications, Charmaine is enviably and naturally elegant in everything she does.

Client Credentials

We have deep experience working across Southern Africa on major SAP initiatives.

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