Juanita Pardesi / Chief Executive Officer

Juanita Pardesi has a formidable track record in project and financial management in the development sector. She possesses advanced expertise in project design and implementation, project 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 financial appraisal, implementing value for money frameworks, contracting, grant management and logistic of issuing of 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 Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), as well as serving as a technical assistant to the Government Technical Advisory Center (GTAC) to provide grant management expertise to the Jobs Fund. Her commitment to “making markets work for the poor” is evidenced through here 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. Since 2013, she has been project manager on the Land Rights Management facility (LRMF). She holds an MBA (UNISA and the Open University Business School, United Kingdom).

Dr Gavin Andersson / Director: Learning and Innovation

Blessing Rufetu / Finance Manager

Simon Leshoai / CWP Programme Manager

Sandy Dlamini Zhanda / Support Services Manager