Wilhelm Verwoerd

Wilhelm VerwoerdWilhelm Verwoerd was born in South Africa in 1964. He grew up during the heyday of the system of Apartheid, within a white, Afrikaner family and with former Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd as grandfather. It took Wilhelm more than 20 years to truly face up to the systematic dehumanisation of Apartheid, leading him to join the African National Congress in the early 1990s and to work as a researcher within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. During the 1990s Wilhelm was also a lecturer in Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics at the University of Stellenbosch.
Wilhelm’s personal and professional journey of reconciliation continued on the island of Ireland, where from 2002 to 2011 he worked as a co-ordinator of and facilitator within the Glencree Survivors and Former Combatants programme (www.glencree.ie). During this period Wilhelm worked closely with Alistair Little to help develop the Journey through Conflict process. At the end of 2012 Wilhelm moved back to South Africa to help develop the work of Beyond Walls in that challenging context.
Wilhelm is the author of My Winds of Change published by Ravan Press (1996) and co-edited with Charles Villa-Vicencio, Looking Back, Reaching Forward: Reflections on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Juta Publishing Co./ London: Zed Books, 2000). In 2008 his PhD, Equity, Mercy, Forgiveness: Interpreting Amnesty within the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was published by Peeters, Leuven. Wilhelm is also the author and co-author of a number of articles on topics such as reconciliation, forgiveness and apology. He has an MA (Politics, Philosophy, Economics) degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Applied Ethics from the University of Johannesburg.
For more on Wilhelm’ journey, listen to recent interview:

For more information contact Wilhelm on:wilhelm@beyondwalls.co.uk