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Gary Swart
Consultant , International Non-Profit
Durban, South Africa
Dedicated and passionate peace building specialist with extensive first-hand experience working in conflict-affected countries and over 7 years in direct peace building, dialogue facilitation, and community engagement. A strategic thinker and problem solver with over 25 years' experience in program management, including; design, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian & developmental programs.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
•Thirteen (13) years Mentoring and Coaching senior leaders, and leadership teams of Non-Governmental Organisations.
•Eight (8) years providing Consulting Services to the international development and non-governmental sectors, including: programme evaluations, organisational development and institutional strengthening, and strategic planning.
•Twenty-three (23) years Programme Management experience in community-based, demand-driven developmental initiatives.
•Five (5) years direct Programme Implementation in disaster management and humanitarian relief including both; programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building
Experience living and working in various countries in Africa, SE Asia, Balkans and the Middle-East.
Passionate about developing the capacity of individuals and organizations for greater social impact. A qualified coach with experience in mentoring and coaching senior leaders and leadership teams. Proven ability to work with wide range of government departments, foreign donor organisations, local community-based and non-government organisations. Demonstrated skills in peace-building and trauma response, community water supply and sanitation, disaster management and humanitarian relief, community and organisational development.
An executive/senior management team leader from 2005-2015 with a large international charity based in London, UK, responsible for overseeing all the international programmes, and organisational restructuring and change management. Pioneered an initiative supporting approximately 100 social entrepreneurs and social activists from across Africa, SE Asia, Middle-East and Latin America.
An accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), providing executive coaching to leaders within the international development sector.
Areas of expertise include:
• Peacebuilding and Conflict-Sensitivity
• Strategic Planning and Change Management
• Organisational Development and Institutional Strengthening
• Team Leadership/ Management
• Disaster (Humanitarian) Response in conflict (cash and NFI distribution, emergency shelter, WASH, post-conflict reconstruction)
•Coaching and Mentoring at senior executive level
•Project/Program Management
•Grant Management (institutional donors and private foundations)
•Community-based Water and Sanitation (WASH)
B.Sc (Eng) Agric: KwaZulu-Natal University, South Africa.
MA (Org. Leadership): Eastern University, USA.
Proj. Mangt. Diploma: Executive Education, South Africa.
Associate Accredited Coach (ACC): accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation.
Affiliations and Achievements:
International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited Coach
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Afrikaans
    South Africa , United Kingdom
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