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Chief Executive Officer, National Business Initiative (NBI)
Joanne Yawitch has expertise in issues related to business and sustainability, business and government collaboration, climate change, and sustainable development.
Prior to her role at the NBI since 2011, Joanne was Deputy Director General for Climate Change in the Department of Environmental Affairs. She also worked for the Gauteng Department of Environment and was Special Adviser to the then-Minister of Land Affairs. A former Chair of the South African National Parks Board of Directors, Joanne is also a Board Member of the South African Forestry Company SOC Limited and Chair of its Social and Ethics Committee.
Recently, Joanne has been appointed as a member of both the Presidential Climate Commission and the Third National Planning Commission, and as Head of the Secretariat of the Just Energy Transition Partnership.