Vera Marbach was born in Germany, but grew up in South Africa. As a German South African she has learnt to live and work in cultural environments different to her primary culture. She speaks fluent German, English and Afrikaans and is learning Sepedi. She lives in Gauteng with her husband and three children.
Vera studied Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist in England and in South Africa in a variety of fields, including in mental health and in childhood development. She has co-ordinated and facilitated monthly discussion events, occasional conferences and weekend breakaways. She is also a regular guest speaker at various churches and events on a variety of subjects such as self-esteem, family relationships, ethical consumerism and so forth.
During the last few years she has become involved in inter-racial meetings to address the racial tensions evident in South African society. She is passionate about conscious and thought-through living, active citizenship and practical social justice. She is interested in history and how it influences our present. She writes poetry to process her thoughts and challenges.
She was trained in the NNi methodology of group facilitation in June 2016 and since then has facilitated monthly NNi dialogues. Since December 2016 this has taken place under the banner of Diversity Dialogue SA. In August 2017 she attended the advanced NNi training and is now a NNi Facilitator-Coach.