Katuka runs in the lead

The Katuka Mentorship programme kicked off last week with an energetic explosion when 28 mentors and mentees attended the first orientation training conducted by Sabine Rügg of Thalestris Training Consultancy.
The programme’s organiser, Desèré Lundon-Muller of the Economist said “The programme aims to empower and encourage entrepreneurs, business and professional women to achieve success in their careers through mentorship by seasoned business and professional women. It is a method of advancement, which provides support and training through relationship building. It is about matching a mentee and mentor with a similar personal and professional interest in a process of support, sharing and learning to help entrepreneurs/businesswomen, who want to start up or successfully run or achieve success in their existing field of business and reach their full potential.”
Currently in its 15th year, the Katuka Mentorship programme has already produced significant results in the careers of the participating mentees. To date 280 entrepreneurs and businesswomen have completed the programme.
The Katuka Mentorship Programme is designed to facilitate career development of younger women by exposing them to the experience of individuals with established careers.
In October last year, the programme invited career women to join its ranks for this year to ensure that promising younger women enjoy the benefit of learning from their more experienced colleagues.
Following this a selection panel screened applicants and determined whether they are best suited as mentors, or whether they can gain more by joining the league of mentees.
The programme started with a three-day orientation programme for both groups of 30 mentors and mentees.
The second training session will take place during April and the third in August. The Katuka Mentorship programme is sponsored by Telecom Namibia to the amount of N$53,760.
Mentors for 2016 are Annemarie van der Riet, General Manager, Avis Fleet Services; Heidi Von Hase, Business Owner, Casa Anin; Rauha Nangula Uaandja, Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Ericah Shafudah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Of Finance; Simonee Shihepo, Programme Director, Society for Family Health. Baronice Hans, MD designate of Bank Windhoek; Virginia Kaimu, Performance and Transformational Coach, Synergy Coaching Academy; Chistine de Bruyn, General Manager, Eqestra Fleet Services; Mathilde Ishitile, Owner, White Feather Creations; Babara Nyathi, Psychologist, Maerua Medical Clinic; Elke Hanstein, HR Manager, De Beers; Esmerelda Ngausena-Katjaerua; Legal practitioner, AngulaCO and Piachon Sheya, Practice Manager, Khomas Medical Centre.
The mentees are Saara Ilovu, Local Economics D. Officer, Usakos Town Council; Taimi Hamutenya, Financial Advisor, Old Mutual; Jennifer Pogisho, Media Officer, Ministry of Information; Senia Shikongo, Managing Member, Longeni Electrical Contractors CC; Joyce Tsei-Tseimou-Swartz , Customer Care Manager, Standard Bank; Diana Katjiuongua, Owner, M’MAJ Investments CC; Yvonne Ndeitwa, Internal Auditor, Ministry of Health and Social Services; Hilma Vilho, HR Assistant, Olthaver & List; Susanna Amutenya, Bank Teller, FNB; Kredula Amutenya, Financial Advisor, Entrepo Finance; Honest Shigwedha; Sales Manager, Champions Global; Popyeni Shiweda, Owner, Healing Touch CC; Rauna Iitembu, Financial Analyst, Bank of Namibia and Roini Oskar, accountant, National Energy Fund.

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