Dr. Maria Phalime

Dr. Maria Phalime is a dynamic and accomplished coach, leadership development facilitator and speaker who challenges clients and audiences to perform at their best while thriving in all areas of their lives. She began her professional life as a medical doctor, working in public health systems in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Since leaving clinical practice she has championed the cause to address the scourge of burnouts. Her current coaching work has a specific focus on the neuroscience of performance and the practice of mindfulness. Her experience as a coach has taught her that, without a clear understanding of how the brain works to drive behaviour, sustainable change is unlikely to happen. Her work with clients, therefore, focuses on the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that are at the root of behaviour, and helps clients to instil new mindsets and habits to produce the results they are committed to and achieve a sense of wholesome. Dr. Phalime acts as Adjunct Senior Lecture at the University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. She facilitates leadership development programmes for emerging and established leaders such as the Emerging African Leaders Programme, Leading in Public Life – Women, Influence and Power as well as the UNSSC UN Leaders Programme. She is the author of the award-winning memoir, Postmortem – The Doctor Who Walked Away. Dr. Phalime spoke at TEDx Johannesburg and for numerous public and private sector clients.