Joretha Després has prior experience as a Senior Project Manager at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. Working at the IDC enabled her to obtain valuable insights into of the realities and obstacles that small growth businesses face everyday. Earlier in her career as an engineer at the Department of Water Affairs & Forestry in South Africa she was chosen as “Woman of the Year”. She also developed an innovative training and development programme for Tourism SMEs. Joretha’s passion is to assist SMEs improve performance and resulting in job creation. She holds a degree in Engineering from Stellenbosch and a diploma in Accounting & Finance from the ACCA. She is presently busy wth a specialised Masters degree in Paris.