2017 Judges

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Janet Pillai

BA Hons, Masters in Business Administration - Museum Management (University of Michigan) Janet Pillai is the CEO and Founder of Multilayer Trade Corporation, (MLT Corp) a company that offers a seamless vehicle hire, shuttle and accommodation solution from inception to completion in the public, private corporate, tourist and maritime sectors. Her extensive business knowledge, has built the capacity and infrastructure of the company to manage both mass and niche bespoke needs with both domestic and international clients. She has worked for academic institutions and governments and has achieved all her qualifications cum laude. She has been awarded the King Chavez Sparks Visiting Fellowship as well as a Visiting Fellowship to the Smithsonian Institution. Appointed as a visiting fellow at the University of Fort Hare. She was involved in the Liberation Archives Project which led to the establishment of the Liberation Archives project as well as the mirror archive at the University of Michigan. Making the transition to government she managed the Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio for the Western Cape Provincial Government until she established Multilayer Trade Corporation in 2002. MLT Corp is a results driven company which prides itself on good governance and sound turnaround time and service. The team has been handpicked and has had the benefit of Janet’s mentorship and has grown with the company into positions they currently hold. Janet Pillai is active on the speaking circuit handling topics such as Transport, Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Oil and Gas and Women’s development and mentorship. Janet Pillai’s Memberships and Nominations - International Women’s Club - The Press Club - Botanical Society of South Africa - South African Oil and Gas Alliance - Womanzone ( Chair) - Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Cape Town Tourism - Member Transformation Committee Institute of Directors of SA - Nominated Member Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry - WESGRO - Speaking Engagements - Women in Freight Transport and Logistics Conference - Women in Oil and Gas Conference - Institute of Directors Transformation Think Tank - South Africa /Italy Summit Educational 1989 completed BA degree University of Durban Westville KZN Three majors English, French, Art History Degree awarded cum laude Awarded French Embassy Bursary for 3 consecutive years 1991 completed BA Honors degree University of Durban Westville Degree Awarded Cum Laude Awarded Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence 1992 Completed Diploma Principles of Public Relations Executive Education 1994 Completed MBA University of Michigan Ann Arbor USA 1999 – 2000 Various Short Courses Completed through the Western Cape Administrative Academy - Executive Orientation Course for Senior Management Service Managers - Financial reporting - Financial Management Systems Employment History 1994 – 1997 Appointed Visiting Fellow – University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape Areas of Responsibility - Collections management - Policy development - Marketing and promotion of the contemporary and indigenous collections - Museum management - Fostering of relationships with national and international donors - Facilitation of exhibitions - Sorting and development of finding aids and catalogues for the art collections from the various liberation archives - Created catalogue of the artworks from the ANC Archives - Facilitated the digitization of records of papers and art collections with the University of Michigan - Facilitated the development of a mirror archive of Liberation Struggle Records with the University of Connecticut - In Partnership with the CSIR developed and raised funds for the National Culture ware project ( funded by the Innovation Fund)