I bring together teams of associates around your needs, for greater diversity and impact.

Nicola is a co-founder and director of Thoughtsmiths. She is a medical doctor whose fascination with the quality of conversations started early in her career at the bedside of patients. Working within the government, non-profit and corporate sectors, it became clear to her that whatever the field of work, the quality of conversations determines the effectiveness of individuals and organisations. She now focuses on supporting organisations to thrive through enhancing the quality of workplace conversations. She trained as a facilitator, is an ICF accredited coach, and her approach draws significantly on emerging brain science and how it can be applied to facilitate working with greater potency, meaning and connection. She has a wanderlust for the African continent, and lives in Cape Town with her husband, two children and two badly behaved dogs.

Dr Nicole Graham

Dr Nicola Graham

  • MBChB (hons) (UCT)
  • Masters in Palliative Medicine (UCT)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in HIV Management (Colleges of Medicine of South Africa)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Professional Certified Coach with International Coach Federation
  • Certificate of Coaching Skills through the NeuroLeadership Group
  • Accredited Enneagram Practitioner

Thembi has an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of South Africa and works as a facilitator and coach. She has extensive experience in the fields of organisational excellence, change, transformation, and strategic facilitation, and she specialises in Diversity and Inclusion and team coaching. She is also an experienced systems Psychodynamic consultant/coach/facilitator. Thembi is a certified Analytical Network coach, Enneagram practitioner and Aephoria Identity Map practitioner.

Thembi Kwengwenyane

  • Honours in Industrial Psychology (University of South Africa)
  • Aephoria Accredited Enneagram Practitioner level one
  • Aephoria Accredited Leadership Maturity Practitioner level two
  • Certified Analytical Network coach

Mbuyi is a trained coach and facilitator and is passionate about working with youth and supporting them in shifting their limiting mindsets. He lives in one of Cape Town’s largest townships, Khayelitsha. Mbuyi has worked with numerous young people from Action Volunteers Africa, The Year Beyond Afterschool Gamechanger Programme, the Youth@Work programme of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation and recently Project Codex. He is currently working at Next Step Coaching & Training as a Trainer and Facilitator, delivering various programs and supporting and mentoring young people from the townships in the Cape Town area. He is also a director of the Institute for Mindfulness South Africa.

Mbuyisela Yanta

Mbuyisela Yanta

  • ORSC in Systems Coaching
  • Art and Science of Co-facilitation (CRR Global)
  • African Family Constellations foundation training
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Fellowship in Organisational Innovation (DG Murray Trust)

“Expand.ed kept us honest throughout the process and were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend the process to any team who want to unlock their potential and create a thriving environment for success.”

Elouise Kelly

COO – Universal Music Group Africa