Chief Executive Officer of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M SETA).
Ms Yende was born and raised in Soweto and is the youngest of her four siblings. She holds a BA Honours degree in Social Work, a diploma in Integrated Marketing Communications from AAA School of Advertising as well as a master’s degree in Public and Development Management.
She is also currently studying towards a PhD in Public Sector Leadership. Yende’s academic accolades don’t stop there; she completed a Stakeholder Engagement Strategies programme at Oxfam University in Australia), attended the prestigious Africa Leadership Conference at Harvard Business School, the Executive Development Programme at the University of Cape Town and the Manufacturing Platforming Programme from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Her leadership style has seen her gain representation on professional bodies such as the Vaal University of Technology, Fort Hare University, South African Furniture Initiative (SAFI), and People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA). She is also the Secretariat for the Association of SETA Organisations (ASEO) CEOs Board and a member of the International Finance Committee at BHP Billiton and the Forestry Sector Charter Council.
Having been actively involved in transformation at various companies including BHP Billiton and PwC, it is evident that transforming the lives of unemployed youth and the careers of people has become a keen passion. Her zeal has led her to become a multifunctional professional with extensive experience in facilitating high level integrated policy development and strategy implementation in large multi-national organisations; specialising in transformation, communications, government relations, sustainable development, enterprise development and board participation.
She boasts an array of experience across multiple industries including mining, pulp and paper, leatherwear, footwear, clothing, textiles, printing, wood, furniture, print media, packaging, financial services and agriculture in both the private and public sectors.
Yende’s exceptional negotiation skills, paired with her qualifications in management, communications and social sciences has enabled her to excel in internal as well as external stakeholder relationships.
Her visionary drive and bottom-line focused execution have ensured Yende continuously makes a difference in people’s lives through training and education in a valuable way.
With a global outlook, Yende aims to accelerate the FP&M SETA’s growth, leveraging its strengths to advance the mandate of the National Skills Development Plan which is aligned with the National Development Plan 2030.