Valerie is currently the National Coordinator of UNIDO’s Economic Empowerment of Women in Green Industry (EEWiGI) Project for South Africa. This is part of a global programme which seeks to promote the participation of women as professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs through gender integration in green industrialisation, one of the focus sectors in South Africa being Road Transport.
She has extensive leadership experience in the areas of Sustainability, Climate Change, Energy and Stakeholder Management, having played a pivotal role between the Private Sector and Government in strategic advocacy and implementation of various related programmes and projects at the National Business Initiative. She has received numerous awards included The Women in Energy Award for Energy Efficiency from the then Department of Energy in 2017.
She has also worked as Senior Advisor to UNIDO’s projects which included Industrial Energy Efficiency, Low Carbon Transport and the Global Clean Tech Innovation Programme. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Management of Energy Leadership (MMEL) at the Wits Business school.