Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Joanne Bender

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Joanne Bender has been with Junior Achievement South Africa since September 2011 but is also a Junior Achievement Alumni from her High School days in the US. She first came to South Africa as a young manager at a company producing computer-based education materials for schools and Teacher In-Service Colleges where she stayed for 10 years. In 1996 Joanne went back to the US and was self-employed for 14 years, mostly as a software designer. She has also managed several theatre and dance companies throughout the US. In 2010 she could no longer stay away and returned to South Africa.
Joanne is particularly good at managing teams of people and keeping projects on track. Through her software consultancy, she has worked with many NGO’s and gained much experience in designing and implementing systems. Her passion for entrepreneurship is inherited from her Father who owned a family grocery store and restaurant for 35 years.

Joanne has a BComm from Pennsylvania State University and an Med (distinction) from the University of Pretoria.

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