Pravina Makan-Lakha is the General Manager of Operations. Joining ACCORD in May 1998, initially as a consultant, Pravina was responsible for the ACCORD Public Sector Conflict Management Programme (PSCMP). In January 1999 she was offered the full time position of managing this Programme and expanding it beyond South Africa to Mozambique. In May 2003, Pravina was promoted to take on the role of Programmes Coordinator at ACCORD, and subsequently assumed the position General Manager: Operations and Business Development. Her responsibilities include, leading, managing and taking responsibility for the Operations Division which is responsible for implementing ACCORD’s Programming. Giving strategic direction to the Operation Division; translating ACCORD’s strategy into operational plans and supervising the activities of the Programme Managers. Pravina also manages ACCORD’s relationships with partners.
Her qualifications include a four year degree in Social Work from the University of the Western Cape and a Diploma in Business Management from Damelin. She has completed a part-time certificate programme of one year duration each, in Leadership, Administration and Management of Early Childhood Development; and Organisational Development and Strategic Planning with Private Agencies Collaborating Together (PACT). Further, Pravina has completed several short courses on Peace and Conflict, Leadership and Management. She has received Mediation training at CDR Associates in the United States of America and has trained in Conflict Management through the Programme at ACCORD.
Through the PSCMP, she has been responsible for strategically expanding the Programme beyond the South African borders. She successfully conceptualised and implemented the expansion of the Programme to Mozambique, based on the Best Practices of the South Africa Programme. Pravina has also engaged with the African Women Movement in particular around the areas of Women, Peace and Security.
Pravina has 18 years of working experience in the NGO environment and 12 of these years have been with ACCORD.