Mpho Leshabane holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pretoria. She is a human rights activist and a leading expert in grant-making in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Her career in grant-making spans over 19 years, both as a full-time employee and as a consultant. In those years, her achievements include the 2011-2012 edition of the Stanford Who’s Who (USA) Black Book - an inclusion which is limited to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their occupation, industry and profession. During her time at the National Lottery Commission (NLC), she was part of the task team that introduced the Grant-Making Process Re-Engineering Project, which was a smart digital platform that ensured efficient output of grant applications and processing. She then moved to the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), where she introduced the Accelerated Grant Disbursement Strategy to improve efficiency in grant making in the community media sector.