Melanie’s 25 years of working experience has been in the business sector, with focus on banking services and information technology. Since 2004, as a social and impact entrepreneur, she has built her own successful consulting business and shareholdings in complementary companies. Her consulting business focuses on the building of capacity in people and organisations, through the use of technology, systems, processes and other business innovations and support mechanisms that create commercial value along with social impact and sustainability. Clients have included big business, small enterprises, government and civil society organisations.
In 2008 she accepted an assignment as senior programme director at Common Purpose SA, an international leadership development non-government organisation. Although a relatively late bloomer to the development sector, she has experienced profound resonance and privilege in building leadership and other organisational capabilities in a multi-disciplinary landscape, particularly in the Southern African context.
As a generalist her skills in business include account management, vendor management, channel management (including training), marketing and brand management, innovation/development/product management, project management, strategic management, sales strategy, business process re-engineering, contract management and leadership development.
Melanie’s formal qualifications include a Master of Business Administration (MBA), specialising in Information Technology, as well as Project Management and Marketing diplomas. She is also a qualified and practicing Diversity Management Consultant.