Cape Town born with three brothers, Mark Richard Orpen attended SACS school in Cape Town and later Woodridge near Port Elizabeth where he matriculated. He studied at Port Elizabeth Technikon and attended military service in Kimberly. He has lived in Knysna, East London and now Johannesburg and holds the position chairman and CEO of the Institute of People Development (IPD) situated in Carswald, Midrand.
With an undying entrepreneurial spirit, Orpen founded many companies over the years including IPD in 2000 to enable the enablers of learning and development. His primary responsibilities include governance, finance, strategy and marketing. Having completed a National Diploma in Marketing and Sales, another in Learning and Development and a National Higher Certificate in Occupationally-Directed Education, Training and Development Practices, Orpen has the skills necessary to execute his duties as CEO of IPD. With a keen desire for knowledge acquisition, he has also completed training courses and oversees businesses in Primary Agriculture, Commercial Property Investments, International Network Marketing, Offshore Sailing and Tourism & Hospitality.
Orpen has an impressive employment history, including Berrington Properties, Plascon Paints, BarlowWorld, Palian Racking and Shelving, GNLD International, Congruence Training and serves on the boards of many companies established by Orpen himself; such as Morokolo Game Lodge, Southern Yachting Academy, PointXchange, Workplace Skills Solutions, Collaboration Zone and others. As a result of his vast experiences, he has been a sought after orator and has spoken at over 100 conferences over the last 20 years.
Orpen lists collaboration, innovation, new venture creation and entrepreneurship as his professional passions. He confirms that his goals include creating multiple and sustainable income streams through on-going enterprise development initiatives in the commercial property, education and training, hospitality and tourism sectors. These passions and goals have led to various awards being bestowed upon Orpen, including two National Innovation Awards and a Midrand Chamber of Commerce Best Company Award and being recognised as leading Training Provider of Management Development Training, Learning and Development Practitioner Training, SDF Training and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Solutions.
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