Dr Jeanne-Mari Retief
LLB LLM LLD (UP), Admitted Attorney (2009), Prince2 Practitioner, Belbin Accredited
I founded CALIBRICS in 2012 and its been my passion ever since. I currently run the new offices in Portugal.
I like to push boundaries in order to innovate and achieve. I believe I cannot change the status quo if I am not an active participant in driving that change. I am also passionate about human rights, especially in the African context.
I develop new initiatives but find it more fulfilling to ensure follow-through and continued success of existing initiatives. Practical implementation is where human rights projects often fall apart, and I hope to change this.
In my spare time, I am a mom, a wife, an aspiring guitarist and an avid music lover. After all, life needs to be lived!
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LLB LLM (UP), Admitted Attorney (2010), International Anti-Corruption Practitioners Commission
I am the new CALIBRICS Partner and I run the South African office.
Thought-provoking issues intrigue me, but I aim to remember the priceless value the basics can provide. I value inputs from others and strive toward continuous growth and self-awareness.
I have a special interest in public and private administration, good governance and ethics. I strive to be a catalyst for change and success in peoples' lives. I believe in effective and efficient leadership and I actively advocate for this.
In my spare time, I find solace in endurance sports and believe that a healthy body hosts a healthy mind. After all, balance is key!
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To make human rights real and change the way the world does business, through visionary approaches that empower clients to:
Practice good governance
Apply sustainable business practices
Implement effective human rights initiatives.
To bring order to organisational chaos, nurture the foundation, and enhance what works.
"During her term as Acting CEO, Dr Retief led the organisation during a crisis and transitional period with skill, due diligence and a high level of professionalism. Her thorough knowledge of Corporate Governance and Best Practices is invaluable, and I highly recommend her services."
Nontuthuzelo Memka, Director M Memka Attorneys & Former Vice-Chair Attorneys Development Fund
"Dr Retief keeps long working hours and deals exceptionally well under pressure. Her exceptional legal intellectual ability is particularly impressive. She is success-driven dynamically and constructively and has a strong ability to analyse and solve challenging situations creatively."
Nic Swart, Former CEO Law Society of South Africa
"Dr Retief's compassion for the poor and marginalised speaks to her passion for human rights. Her ability to remain calm and to take control in situations where pressure is high and needs often outstrip capacity. Her excellent people skills deserves special mention - she proved to be a great builder of bridges."
Fransiscus Haupt, Former Director University of Pretoria Law Clinic
"What an absolute pleasure and privilege it has been to work with Dr Retief over the years. Her knowledge is unsurpassed, and she has a beautiful ability to communicate this clearly and to maintain the interest of her audience. She is at all times a genuine professional, committed to the task at hand. "
Margaret Scroope, M&M Associates
Die Hoewes, Centurion, South Africa &
Santo Estêvão, Benavente, Portugal
Portugal Offices: +351 263 010 963 / +351 962 422 393
South Africa Offices: +27 (0)71 869 1959
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