Unati’s extensive background in HR management, master’s degree in psychology, counselling psychology experience, and qualification as a Consciousness Coach reinforce her profound understanding of human behaviour. Through this lens, Unati empowers individuals to make more conscious and authentic decisions, driving positive change in their lives.

Prior to joining the agency world through Wunderman Thompson SA and its merger with VMLY&R SA, Unati spent seven years in the insurance industry within the HR Division of Hollard Insurance. Before this, she worked as a Counselling Psychologist at the CSVR (Centre for the Study of Violence & Reconciliation) and a facilitator at the Department of Health. Her contributions were instrumental in Wunderman Thompson SA being named a finalist in the Business Culture Awards.

Now, as Chief People Officer for VML, Unati is dedicated to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Her purpose-led approach fosters deeper conversations and facilitates conflict mediation with fairness and empathy.

Guided by principles of integrity, authenticity and the power of words, Unati creates a culture that attracts top talent and fosters personal and business growth. Her colourful personality and commitment to personal growth have shaped her as a purposeful leader who can generate business results in unconventional but impactful ways.

Her leadership style is characterised by developing and implementing people strategies, creating supportive and inclusive work cultures, and enhancing employee engagement and experience.