Pam Yako

Pam Yako

With a BCom (Rhodes University) and a master’s degree in Business Leadership (UNISA), Pam is also a Certified Coach with the Coach Training Alliance and is accredited in the Integrative Accredited Practitioner. Currently Pam is a Managing Director of Zenande Leadership Consulting (Pty) Ltd and brings more than 14 years of professional and consulting experience in leadership, organisational strategies, people management, financial management, change management, and coaching to the table. She has worked with organisations in both the public and private sector. Her experience encompasses posts as Municipal Manager and Director General for two national departments. As a member of the Coaches and Mentors Association of South Africa (COMENSA) she is qualified as a coach, change-maker and a speaker on issues of organisational management and leadership. She is also an entrepreneur running her own business and a consultant in leadership and coaching.

Claudia Beck-Reinhardt

Claudia Beck-Reinhardt

Dr Claudia Beck-Reinhardt, with a PhD in Public Policy and Management, has worked in the public policy and NGO space for two decades. Currently at the Government Technical Advisory Centre, she works on public management and organisational development, with emphasis on economic and social development, municipal support, human settlements, public expenditure, and policy analysis. Her primary areas of interest in social development include the post-schooling sector and transition to work opportunities, thus exposing her to experience in regional socioeconomic development, organisational development, integrated planning, and implementation facilitation.

Sakhile Masuku

Sakhile Masuku

Sakhile Masuku is a Chartered Accountant and an entrepreneur with businesses in the Healthcare manufacturing industry. Sakhile has gained extensive experience sitting on Audit Committees in both the public and private sectors and has been an audit partner on Financial Services and public sector clients, including, ABSA, Standard Bank, Alexander Forbes, Government Employees Pension Fund, Zurich Insurance Company, National Empowerment Fund, and South African Post Office, PwC in the Financial Services division and at Masuku & Associates. In addition, he has also occupied financial management positions at the IDC, Eskom, Premier Foods, and National Sorghum Breweries.

Wandile Sihlobo

Wandile Sihlobo is the Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz) and the author of “Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity, and Agriculture, published by Pan Macmillan in March 2020. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Fort Hare and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University. Sihlobo was appointed as a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Economic
Advisory Council in 2019, having saved on the Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture from 2018. He is also a member of the Council of Statistics of South Africa (Stats SA) and a Commissioner at the International Trade Commission of South Africa (ITAC). Sihlobo is a columnist for Business Day and Farmers Weekly magazine

Juanita Pardesi

Juanita Pardesi

Juanita Pardesi, with an MBA (UNISA and the Open University Business School, United Kingdom) has a dynamic track record in project and financial management in the development sector. She possesses advanced expertise in project design and implementation and management, financial management, capacity-building and skills transfers, translating strategy into operational objectives and activities, corporate governance, HR, risk assessments, evaluating projects, due diligent audits, and stakeholder management. These competencies are further enhanced by her ability to understand complex information and reporting systems, and her use of innovative GIS mapping tools to support monitoring and evaluation. She has additional expertise in financial appraisal, implementing value for money frameworks, contracting, grant management and logistics of issuing disbursements, quarterly and annual reporting, developing and managing all finance and business processes related to project management.

Her professional repertoire includes chief operations management at ComMark Trust and at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS); as a technical assistant to the Government Technical Advisory Center (GTAC) to provide grant management expertise to the Jobs Fund. She is committed to “making markets work for the poor” evidenced through her involvement in the design and implementation of the Community Work Programme (CWP) and GIZ’s Community Safety Initiative. She serves as a Board Member of Apparel Lesotho Alliance to Fight AIDS (ALAFA) and serves on various non-government organisations’ finance committees. From 2013 to 2015, she served as project manager on the Land Rights Management facility (LRMF). She mentors and coaches CPA Exco members and provides training on regularisation and compliance. Juanita served as Chief Operations Officer for Seriti Institute from 2015 to 2017 and was appointed to the position of CEO in October 2017.

If you like what we’re doing and want to support our work, please consider donating towards our programmes.

Donate Now