Who We Are
The South African LGBT+ Management Forum (or "The Forum") is an umbrella organisation for professional lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) employee network groups seeking to create safe and equitable workplaces that enable professionals to contribute to their fullest potential. We are a registered non-profit organisation working in South Africa.
Our mission is to create a safe and equitable workplace for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression by educating, supporting, leading, networking and celebrating.
We spend the majority of our waking day at work therefore it is imperative that every employee, regardless of their otherness, should be treated equally as well as enjoy equal opportunities. In order for this to happen, LGBT+ diversity and inclusion standards need to be set and greater accountability needs to be expected from leaders in our workplaces.
To achieve this, the Forum will work with large businesses in South Africa to ensure that a best-in-class approach to promoting and celebrating diversity is achieved.
We aim to be the trusted voice of the private sector on LGBT+ workplace issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
One of the core functions of The Forum will be an annual Workplace Equality Index (WEI) which seeks to benchmark the levels of LGBT+ equality in the RSA workplace. This benchmark helps us to celebrate best practice and to identify opportunities to shape the way we engage, educate and guide South African businesses to improve LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
As the Forum develops further we intend to expand our activities into community support, networking events, coaching and seminars.
Luke is an experienced strategy consultant with a focus on the manufacturing, consumer and industrial products sectors.
Dylan van Vuuren
Dylan is a marketing professional who paid his dues at Procter and Gamble and now is following his passion as a freelance social media strategist and Enneagram development coach.
Rudi is the Director of Byleveld Attorneys, a young and dynamic attorney, specialising in fields of Commercial Law, Contracts, and Medical Malpractice.
Teveshan Kuni CA(SA) is a Financial Services professional with 15 years experience in Financial Services across Africa and the US, largely in Credit Head and Risk Management positions.
Marnus is a consultant focusing on big data analytics in healthcare, with the aim of improving long-term patient health outcomes in South Africa.
Thandi is a digital sales specialist focusing on Cloud Managed Services and Systems Services across industries.
Desirée is an Organisational Psychologist with a global remit. She assists organisations in transforming their productivity through deeper people insight.
Farai is a communications and development professional with experience in corporate communications consulting and international development.
Jarred is a marketing professional with multi-cluster experience and specializes in Digital, Content & Tech Marketing. Jarred works on a local and global scale which allows him to entrench his passion for LGBTI+ values and equality on a larger platform and network.
Ami is a recent Master's of Public Health graduate and passionate advocate for gender and health equity.
Thabang is a management consultant with experience in the Financial Services industry in South Africa and UK.
Luke is a political administrator for the City of Johannesburg within the Office of the Chief Whip. With experience in international project management for Africa's largest political affiliation, Luke coordinated extensive support and resources for underrepresented and minority groups across the continent. He is also actively involved in the empowerment of LGBTQ individuals of faith.