Willem Ellis

Political/Social & Stakeholder Management Facilitator

Willem consults for a variety of organisations regarding issues pertaining to dialogue, facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution – among other the national Department of Rural Development and Land Restitution. He is further involved with NGOs in issues of social entrepreneurship and NGO governance.

Willem obtained a Baccalaureus Procurationes (B.Proc) degree from the Law Faculty of the University of the Free State (UFS) in 1989 and after completing his candidate attorneyship he was involved in the political transformation processes taking place in South Africa in the early 1990s. He was employed by the National Peace Secretariat as a conflict resolution practitioner and trainer, taking part in a variety of interventions aimed at facilitating a peaceful election in the Free State. In 1998 he joined the Free State Centre for Citizenship Education and Conflict Resolution (CCECR) as programme director of the conflict resolution unit. Here he specialised in mediation in the local government environment, conflict resolution training – mostly for NGOs and government departments -and election monitoring. In 2004 he received a Master’s degree in Governance and Political Transformation from the UFS.

Since 2004 he has been involved with the International Institute for Development and Ethics (IIDE) (based at the UFS) as the executive officer – tasked with establishing the institute as an institution researching issues of development ethics and social entrepreneurship in Southern Africa.