About Us

Our Team

We are an internationally networked organisation with a core team of associates. In addition we have access to world authorities and consultants who contribute to our client work. See Alliance Partners & Associates

  Managing Partner - Louis van der Merwe
He has spent six years in City Government, Fifteen years in Eskom up to 1990 and for more than twenty years he has been an educator, coach and independent consultant based at different times in Boston, Amsterdam, Dublin and Johannesburg. He is a Fellow of the Colorado State University Scenario Planning Institute (

Louis works in Africa, and internationally, as a consultant, strategy facilitator, executive-coach and -educator. His core competence is in Scenario based Strategy, Systems Thinking, Leadership Development and Organisation effectiveness.

He has a passion for developing capacity in general and specifically through coaching and personal development planning. This is usually done in parallel with his work in large organisational systems, also in start up companies and through coaching individuals. His preferred approach is always to engage with clients and their organisations as a whole system.

He has a Bachelors Degree from University of Pretoria, majoring in Economics. Psychology. and Ethnology and a Masters Degree in Applied Behaviour from City University, Seattle, USA. Publications consist of a number of international refereed Journal publications, conference papers and book chapters.

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  Marie McCrea - Partner
Marie is a seasoned consultant of more than 10 years with proven skills and ability in supporting organisations in managing large scale change and transition projects through the use of scenario based strategy & systems thinking, as well as capacity building within these projects. She is known for her attention to the people aspects, and a firm understanding of changing systems, through establishing improved behaviours and processes. She has a passion for quality and continuous improvement.

She engages with a view to empowering people to look for and become part of the change that is required to make the organisations they are in, resilient & sustainable, while attending to the needs of the individuals in them.

She has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry both in Ireland and Europe. She has provided analysis, support and advice on operational and strategic matters to executive teams and boards of the companies she has worked for.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a member of their Global Futures Forum ( )as well as being an active member in her local ACCA branch.  She is certified as a Master Trainer by the Master Institute in Geneva and in team analysis by Belbin Associates.

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  James Forson - Associate
James Forson has been a general management consultant for 19 years. He has had wide experience in, Scenario Based Strategy, Stakeholder Engagement, Feasibility Studies, Corporate Governance, Regulatory Impact Assessment, Risk Management and Business Turnarounds across a variety of industries. His speciality is coordinating and directing multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of complex assignments. James has worked with state-owned enterprises on governance and stakeholder engagement assignments. He is an experienced company director and board chairman.

James has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa.

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