about aephoria

We change inner worlds to impact our world.

who is aephoria?

Aephoria Partners was founded in 2011 by Dr. Simon Kettleborough and Dr. Julia Kukard and joined by globally renowned Enneagram teacher and psychometrist, Lucille Greeff in 2015. They are supported by a team of experts in the fields of psychology, leadership, coaching, and organisational development.

Our facilitators and coaches create strong, safe, and powerful learning containers for people to heighten their awareness of self and others, to identify patterns within and between systems, and to develop their own solutions to organisational and personal challenges.

Aephoria’s suite of products offers coaches cutting-edge, rigourous, accurate assessment solutions. We empower you to become a mature, wise, sought-after developmental coach.


We do good work because we do good work”

- Angela Blanchard

We support people and organisations to thrive by creating appropriate, respectful, and pragmatic individual and group leadership development interventions that deliver the outcomes our clients want, both personally and professionally. We do this by providing a space and stimuli for people to connect with their full intelligence and passion.

Our individual and group development programmes provide opportunities for people to mature. Often lasting 10-20 days over the course of 12-24 months, we work deeply and intensely to help people, teams, and organisations to increase awareness, consciousness, and confidence. Our work provides a framework for understanding functional and dysfunctional behaviours, increasing compassion for self and others, and uncovering pathways to further growth. Ultimately, all of these improve engagement, productivity, and performance.


"Who do you choose to be for this time? Are you willing to use whatever power and influence you have to create islands of sanity that evoke and rely on our best human qualities to create, produce and persevere?"

- Margaret Wheatley

Some say that we face an unprecedented global predicament, whether our perspective is informed by economics or geopolitics, mental health concerns, or environmental unease. Many of our organisations are creaking under the weight of market expectations, retrenchment, financial constraints and demands for exponential growth

We support people and organisations to survive during this time of volatility and disruption.

In such environments, our work is typically to gear people and institutions up for survival. We often operate against the emotionally charged backdrop of restructuring and business turnaround, supporting people and systems through the inevitable anxiety, opportunism, uncertainty, and change.

meet the aephoria team

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Dr. Simon Kettleborough

Chief Executive Officer

Simon Kettleborough’s career spans 27 years in private, public, and non-profit sector organisations engaged in Leadership Development, Strategy...

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Dr. Julia Kukard

Chief Knowledge Officer

Julia Kukard has over 30 years of experience in learning and development. She has worked globally with, nationals, multinationals governments, and NGOs...

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Lucille Greeff

Chief Product Officer

Lucille Greeff is a Chartered Organisation Development (OD) practitioner, facilitator, coach, team development specialist, and HPCSA-registered psychometrist...

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Dr. Makgati Mokwena

Senior Consultant

Makgati Mokwena is a registered Art Therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and has taught psychology at two universities...

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Karl Geggus

Lead Software Developer

Karl is a core member of the Aephoria team, whose work involves the implementation and maintenance of the online AIM assessment platform and...

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Marlon Ford

Front-End Web Developer

Marlon Ford is our web developer with experience in front-end web development and is equipped with a host of self-taught knowledge and insights into the web...

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Cherise Nortje

Programme Manager

Cherise Nortje is based in Cape Town and manages client programs, social media, and other diverse online and technologyrelated projects for Aephoria.

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Rikus Combrinck

Machine Learning Engineer Consultant

Rikus Combrinck is Aephoria’s machine learning engineer, working primarily to automate the marking of AIM by Maturity assessments by Artificial Intelligence

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Cheryl Hendricks

Office Manager

Cheryl Hendricks is a self-motivated, hardworking, and passionate all-rounder with more than 24 years experience in Office Management, Bookkeeping, Payroll...

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Andisiwe Mketo

Product and Assessment Administrator

Andisiwe Mketo holds a Bachelor of Arts honours in Linguistics as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of the Western Cape

aephoria can transform
your inner world

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AIM presents coaches and development practitioners with a full suite of personality and maturity assessments to support, accelerate, and enhance professional and personal development. AIM by Aephoria is the first assessment globally that combines the Enneagram and Maturity.

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for Organisations

Gain potent and transformational insights about your organisation’s overall personality type and maturity stage with AIM for Organisations. We specialise in using the power of our Maturity and Enneagram personality tests to produce profound, unique, systemic views of entire organisations and how they are operating. This enables developmental interventions that are appropriate, meaningful, and pointed towards radically successful impacts and outcomes.

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Accreditation Programmes

AIM accreditation programmes are comprehensive, certified learning journeys that take people from entry-level Enneagram practitioners to master professionals able to work skillfully in one-on-one, team, and group facilitation spaces with the Enneagram and Maturity Frameworks.