Marie-Louise Ström

is a co-founder of the Institute for Public Life and Work. Originally from South Africa, for 20 years she directed the democracy education program at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), an organization that promoted a non-violent politics of engagement and played a significant role in facilitating the country’s democratic transition. Ström adapted this approach in citizen leadership training programs across the continent of Africa and elsewhere, working with professionals from diverse backgrounds as well as grassroots leaders.  At the beginning of her career she taught first in a high school and then at Rhodes University in South Africa.  She holds two master’s degrees, the second in public theology from Luther Seminary in St Paul.

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