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Lisa Gahan KPMG SA

Lisa Gahan

Head of Human and Social Development

KPMG in South Africa

Lisa is the Head of Human and Social Development for Southern Africa. She has been with KPMG for 15 years, starting her career in the UK and then in New York City, US, before moving to South Africa to set up the Human and Social Development practice locally. Lisa has been involved in all manners of consulting projects, including strategy, programme design, evaluation, operations, financial management and technology, with a particular focus on development sectors. “For me, it’s about using the skills of professional services firms for the benefit of national and global social development goals. Social problems are the most complex of all and deserve the attention, support and dedication of professional services who can bring the best in innovation, technical expertise and private sector best practices to support the deep sector knowledge of governments, donors and non-governmental organisations.” Her passion for this sector comes from her own experience growing up on welfare in the UK and watching her mother navigate complex systems and bureaucracy to access services for her family: “I realised that we needed to focus on the experience of the beneficiary or “customer” and organise service delivery around their needs, to create a pathway of care and services.”

Education and qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Economics

  • MSc Public Service Management

  • PhD Candidate in Development and Human Rights

  • Prince2

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Managing Successful Programmes

Other Areas of Expertise
  • Evaluation

  • Programme design

  • Programme improvement

  • Programme and project management

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