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Alison Engelbrecht

Nickname: 'Ali'

Pioneer for entreprenerially minded women

Currently resides in: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Born in Howick South Africa

CEO and founder of Women In Business. Social Networking Platform for Entrepreneurial Women. Service provider to the business community. Educator in Tertiary Education. Mentor and motivational facilitator for conferences, workshops and training.

Contact details

M: +27829722675

Web presence

Business Address

Howick, Howick, South Africa, 3201

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Entrepreneurial Employees

in Educating Women for Business

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Executive Director | Treasurer | Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | 2017 - present

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Executive Director roles and responsibilities

Vice Principal Academic | Varsity College | IIE
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | October 2014 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Support to students and lecturers in the learning and teaching environment.

CEO | Women In Business
KwaZulu Natal | June 2006 - present

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Facilitate, co-ordinate and encourage entrepreneurially minded women

Owner | SMME | Ali Cat's Business Services
Nottingham Road, South Africa | 1998 - present

Life Coaching and Motivational Speaking

Motivation, encouragement, skills and development of entrepreneurially like minded individuals through various platforms including conferences, workshops, training and one on one interaction.

Previous Position(s)

Academic Development co-Ordination and Accounting Lecturer | Student Support | Varsity College
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | 2010 - 2014

Academia, Education and Training

Lecturing Accountancy to Degree, Diploma & Certificate students.
Academic Development

Educational history


Howick High School, Howick, South Africa (1976)



Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | January 2014 - present

Financial Accounting - Intermediate Level - Accounting

Financial Accounting


Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | January 2012 - January 2014

Honours - Bachelor of Eduction - Education

Honours in Education

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Howard College)

Durban, South Africa | 1977 - 1980

H.D.E. - Commercial Subjects

Studied all commercial subjects for High school students



Pioneer - Woman Entrepreneur | 2014

Recognition of Pioneering Entrepreneur skills for women

Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government | 2014

Country Winner - South Africa - Africa's Most Influential Women In Business and Government (Welfare and Civil Society)

Shortlist and nomination

Pioneering Entrepreneurship for Women | 2014

Award was given in recognition of being a pioneer for entrepreneurial women

Africa's Most Influential Women In Business & Government | 2014

Country Winner (South Africa) - Welfare and Civil Societies Sector

media exposure

Sunday Tribune | 2014

Profiled in the Business Supplement

The Mercury | 2013

Articles regarding Mind The Education Gap Conference (2013, 2014 and 2015)
Article regarding nomination and award - Africa's Most Influential Women In Business and Government

The Meander Chronicle | 2005

Various articles published regarding Women In Business and achievements

Competitive Accomplishments

Competitor | Mandela Marathon | 2017

10 kms

Competitor | Maritzburg Marathon | 2017

Completed 10 kms

Competitor | Longest Day | 2016

Completed 62 kms in 11 hours

Competitor | Mandela Marathon | 2016

20 kms Mandela Marathon

Competitor Maritzburg Marathon | Maritzburg Marathon | 2016

Participated for the last three years as a walker

Competitor | Mandela Marathon | 2015

Participated in the Mandela Marathon 2015 - 10 kms

Competitor | Mandela Marathon | 2014

Participated in the 2014 Mandela Marathon - 10 kms.

Academic Achievements

Mind The Education Gap Conference 2016 | 2016

Organise, facilitate and co-ordinate the conference

Mind The Education Gap Conference | 2017

Organise, co-ordinate and facilitate the conference

Teaching and Learning Conference | 2015

Presented at the Teaching & Learning Conference hosted at Vega in 2015. Topic: When Collaboration kills creativity

Mind The Education Gap | 2013

Founded, facilitated, organised and hosted the Mind The Education Gap Conference.

Presenter South African Law Teachers Conference | 2015

Presented at the annual conference for Law Teachers - Topic: Teaching Accounting to Law Students

Teaching Excellence | 2014

Acknowledgement of Teaching Excellence at Varsity College Pietermaritzburg

Other Achievements

Mentor - Cherie Blair Foundation | 2017

Mentor - Women In Business Programme

Leadership and Management Training | 2017

Leadership and Management Training to floor supervisors for a textile manufacturer

Presenter | 2015

Presenter and facilitator at various Conferences, Workshops and training sessions

Presenter | 2015

Leadership for Managers Workshop

Presenter | 2015

EWA Women's Initiative Forum 2015 - Women In Business presentation

Support Cansa Shave-a-thon | 2016

Organised and participated in the annual Cansa Shavathon event for 13 years. I have personally shaved every year



Sage Pastel

Support, 2009 - present

support and training

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants

Certified Senior Bookkeeper, September 2017 - present

Certified Senior Bookkeepr

South African Institute of Tax Practitioners

Member, January 2013 - present

Member of SAIT

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business

Member, 2005 - present

Member of PCB

Kamberg Trout Festival

Committee, 1998 - 2012

Organised annual Kamberg Trout Festival. Biggest Trout Festival in the country.


Wessa Umngeni Valley Nature Reserve

Supporter , December 2011 - present



Facilitator, 2002 - present

Facilitated and organised CANSA Shave-a-Thon in the KAZ Midlands for the past 13 years.


Supporter, 2013 - present

Supporter to FreeMe - organisation which rehabilitates injured wild animals in Howick

Other Activities

Blog Posting

Blogger, 2015 - present


Walking & Travelling

Individual, 1976 - present

I love to walk anywhere and everywhere
Love to travel and see & experience God's glorious creations

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