Illona is an organisational complexity specialist that focuses on integrated energy management for business performance enhancement. She has revolutionised strategic and other implementations by innovating creative rapid cycles, effectively delivering measurable and radical results. As a business consultant and as an executive business coach, her core focus is business performance turn-arounds.

Her experience in strategic thought leadership and execution, leadership and management, programme & project management, change management, risk management and business turn-arounds and business coaching has been obtained through the industries and disciplines of defence (from mine protected vehicle design & development to international defence & air expositions and conferences in Europe, the Middle East, Malaysia and South Africa); the Telecommunications industry project managing integrated and virtual project teams in Johannesburg, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States; and the Financial, IT, Manufacturing, Marketing, Supply Chain, Mining, and Aerospace industries, as well as the academic fraternity. Her largest change management programme was to transform the defence industry (more than 200 companies) from “defence to commercial”. She also managed the development and delivery of a customised MSc programme in Mining to fast track black females to the position of mine manager for corporate clients in the mining industry. Additional and in parallel to the academic programme, Illona designed, developed and presented a Broadening of Horizons programme for those students to help them build a sustainable and effective suite of leadership and management competencies so that they can hold their own in any tough business and management environment.

Her extensive business experience is complemented by an MCom (Cum Laude), an MBA, a post-graduae diploma in project management and other post graduate diplomas and certificates.
Illona polished off her Executive Coaching skills by completing The People Business Leadership Coaching Academy in 2007. Upon completion of the Academy, Illona qualifies as a Senior Executive Personal and Leadership Coach.

Strengths and Experience Summary:

  • Leadership & Leadership Coaching/Development
  • Executive Business Coaching
  • Strategy Extraction and Development
  • Strategy Execution and Integration
  • Scientific Team Engineering®
  • Teaching & Lecturing
  • Programme & Project Management
  • Business Performance Turnarounds
  • Business Consulting
  • Change Management
  • Organisational Effectiveness
  • Risk Assessments & Risk Management
  • Marketing & Corporate Communications
  • Mental Energy Profiling and Job/Role-Fit Mapping
  • Personality Profiling
  • Corporate Stress Audits
  • Wellness Consulting for Organisational and Business Performance Enhancement

Professional Membership:

Licensed and Accredited Kolbe Specialist Consultant (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
Internationally Licensed and Accredited as a Facilitator for the Nine Conversations in Leadership Programme (WorldsView Consulting)
Accredited by Gallup University as an International StrengthsFinder Coach and Consultant
Illona completed a coaching programme at The People Business Group Coaching Academy
Whole Brain Practitioner: Dr Kobus Neethling Whole Brain Academy

Illona has graduated from The People Business Leadership Coaching Academy and based on her business and coaching experience to date, she qualifies as a Senior Executive Personal and Leadership Coach.


“She is an excellent, active listener. She focuses on the conversations and directs it. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge, which she channels and brings to bear on my situation.” ~ Design Engineer.

“She has good points of reference in her own life in order to relate it to the coachee – it is real.” ~ Head of business unit in large South African bank.




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