Hello Fellow Traveller!
Thank you for your interest in what I do. I believe you have landed on this page because you have been looking for a product that linked you to me, maybe you did a search on me or something else. No matter how you arrived, I hope you feel welcome.
Some of you might want a more formal introduction. You can just scroll down, and you will find a short CV.
For those of you who would just like to get acquainted – here is a short informal introduction:
I was raised on a farm in the Eastern Free State, one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa. I had the opportunity to grow up with wonderful, weird siblings, (they will probably say the same about me, but might leave out the “wonderful” bit). You might have noticed them at the top of this page. It is really important to choose who you grow up with, but I had no choice.
My parents worked really hard to allow me the opportunity to study. I was privileged that my studies converged with my passion (history, education and languages). I eventually completed MA degrees in History and Linguistics. Did a 5 year stint as teacher at my alma mater, got promoted to making educational video’s, got swept into a career in computers and started teaching weird and wonderful (again?) things like leadership and strategy at the local University’s Business School. I mostly work for a great insurance company, and often take leave to do inspirational keynote presentations, mostly based on photographs and stories. My first book, Light on Leadership, has just been published. It combines my passion for stories, history, leadership and photography. I am married to the love of my life, Arne. We have to wonderful kids, and my weird mother-in-law lives with us.
OK, for those of you dressed in suits, wanting the more formal version. Let’s go:
Igno van Niekerk: keynote-speaker, corporate trainer, storyteller, author and photographer.
Short CV: (Informal).
Igno van Niekerk’s main achievement was completing pre-primary school. He is grateful that there were no “school-readiness” assessments at the time, as he might never have been allowed to attend pre-primary school, let alone complete his subsequent schooling. After surviving school, he had to complete his compulsory National Service, which he was also glad to survive.
He then attended the University of the Free State where he studied Languages and completed a Higher Education Diploma. His passion for teaching took him back to his alma-mater, Voortrekker High School in Bethlehem. He still wonders why he was appointed, but he believes that he was probably a forgettable student- which worked in his favor. He taught at Voortrekker for five years, whilst studying part time at the University of Stellenbosch, completing his MA degree in Linguistics.
Igno continued pursuing his passion for Education by becoming involved in the directing and producing of educational video’s for the Free State Dept of Education, thoroughly enjoying the creative freedom and learning opportunities he was allowed.
For the past 17 years Igno has been doing training on Leadership/Presentation Skills/Sales/Social Media etc for Liberty Life. During this time, he has completed his MA degree in History as well as completing his exams to qualify as a Certified Financial Planner. He has been a part time lecturer at the University of the Free State’s Business School (teaching Leadership and Strategy for the BML and MBA courses). Igno is a keen photographer, and his book, Light On Leadership is based on his passion for photography, history and storytelling. He also writes a weekly column for a regional newspaper.
Igno is an Adobe Certified Trainer on Photoshop and Lightroom. He was also the creator of the biggest Afrikaans speaking social network for photographers, fotoskool.
Igno is married to Arne, and they have two children, Benno and Anien.
The family has four dogs, two cats and a living-in mother-in-law.
Apologies for the fact that my Mother-in-Law is not in the picture. She was being detained for disruptive behaviour 🙂