She holds a post-graduate business qualification (Executive MBA) from Institut Francais de Gestion and several IT, finance, sales & marketing qualifications, including a Diploma in Digital Marketing & Strategy from Dublin Business School.
She is also a Certified Scrum Product Owner and Prince 2 Project Management Professional.
In her 30 plus years of business career, Joanna performed several roles, as an Information Systems Auditor, Business Analyst, Project Manager, Management Consultant, Digital Marketing Expert and a Product Owner.
She has worked on projects in South Africa, Poland, Canada and Ireland in a wide variety of business sectors such Information Technology, Financial Services (Banking, Investments, Insurance), Construction, Real Estate, Public Sector (Police & Transportation), Non-profit, Telecommunications & Utilities.
The projects varied in nature and included – software development, process improvement, business transformation, profitability and cash flow improvement and regulatory compliance audits.
Joanna describes herself as mostly soft and cuddly type, but who nevertheless gets things done. She insists on finishing whatever she has started, and cleaning up afterwards.
In her spare time, Joanna travels to exotic destinations, reads voraciously (even the back of the milk cartons) and stares at sunsets at her local beach. She loves wildlife and the unpredictability of the African bush. She has a pet bearded dragon called “Freddy” who has amassed more than 1000 Facebook fans (“Bearded Dragons Den”) and a stray cat called Gearbox (don’t ask, it is a long story) .
One of her favourite quotes says:
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
Robert A. Heinlein