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.