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Dr. Julie Reddy is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Prior to joining SAQA in October 2012, she was the owner and managing director of Afrika Skills Development (ASD) for nine years. In 2009/2010 she was contracted to develop a business model and establish the Thabiso Skills Institute, linked to the Catholic Institute of Education, and served as its founding Director. Dr. Reddy also served as founding CEO of the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority and CEO of the Sector Education and Training Authority for Secondary Agriculture. Over a period of six years prior to her skills development involvement, she was the Country Director/Chief of Party for a USAID-funded technical support programme for NGOs and government departments in South Africa. Dr Reddy’s academic qualifications include a Master's Degree as a Fulbright Scholar, and a PhD from Cornell University in the USA.
Desiree Jason obtained her Honours Degree in Education from the University of the Western Cape, and a Master's Degree in Consumer Science from the University of Pretoria. She started her career as a teacher, then became a lecturer at the Vaal University of Technology, teaching BTech students Research Methodology Skills. She has worked in the South African Public Service since 2004. Currently, she is a Senior Manager at the Department of Social Development, responsible for the implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy. This ensures that policy and programme development as well as planning and budgeting processes are informed by evidence.
Prior to starting Hlumelelisa, Paul worked for many years in marketing & sales and general management roles in both the service and fast-moving consumer goods industries. He held management positions with various companies including Bakers, ABI Coca-Cola, SmithKline Beecham and Group Africa. He has always been passionate about South Africa and its development. He has also been involved with substance abuse rehabilitation programs for the past 30 years. In 2014, Paul was awarded the Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Rehabilitation and Job Creation for the work he and Hlumelelisa have done over the past 10 years. He was recognised as a South African Hero by eTV and a South African Visionary by SABC 2 in 2015.
Jeannette Dowding is semi-retired, having started her career firstly as a teacher and then moving into the commercial realm. She joined the Smollan Group, which has grown from a small privately owned company to an international group that now employs more than 40 000 people globally. She has held the position of Financial Director, Organisational Effectiveness Director (which includes the Human Resource Function) as well as Commercial Director responsible for all legal matters. During her career she has set up a Learning and Development Academy and initiated the Diversity Forum which is responsible for its Corporate Social Investments. She currently chairs the Smollan Pension Fund and is a member of its investment and audit committee and consults both to the Smollan Group and its BBBEE Employee Share Trust. One of Jeannette’s interests is gardening and she is a member of three diverse garden clubs in Johannesburg.
Mokibelo Ntshabeleng is a 360-degree seasoned monitoring and evaluation practitioner having worked with the non-governmental, the corporate social investment, and now the public sectors in development research, monitoring and evaluation. She has experience spanning more than seventeen years in the areas of development programme and projects management, research, capacity building, planning, strategy development, monitoring and evaluation. She previously served as a director for non-government organisations specialising in youth development and development generally. She is reading for Master’s degree in Management, specialising in Monitoring and Evaluation with the University of Witwatersrand.
Khutšo Ramontja did his tertiary education at the University of the Western Cape, and graduated with BCom (Management and Information Systems), BCom Honours (Marketing) and MCom degree in Management. Khutšo is a member of the examination committee at the Da Vinci Institute. He also serves on the academic board at Ekurhuleni West TVET College. Khutšo is the founding member of the Western Cape Anglican Board of Education. He is a former trustee of the Anglican Education Trust. Khutšo is an academic, oratist and social entrepreneur. He has been involved in entrepreneurship development, career counselling and youth development for almost two decades. He is currently doing a Bachelor of Law with the University of South Africa.