Barbara Van Heerden, Finance Expert in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Barbara Van Heerden

Management Consulting Expert

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Toptal Member Since
June 2, 2022

Barbara is a high-performance ESG implementation business coach and economic strategist with a PhD in commerce. She walks her ESG business prosperity talk, using participatory action embedding with CEOs, government executive officers, and institution leaders. Barbara's process guarantees a win-win-win outcome, meaning that the business wins, the individual helps shift wins, and Barbara's unique insight wins by shifting companies and their people towards their perfect performance results.

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Career Highlights

Democratic Governance and Rights Unit | Public Law Department

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AnalyticsCoachingCommerceEconomicsImplementationInternational ProjectsStrategy

Work Experience

2021 - 2021


Democratic Governance and Rights Unit | Public Law Department
  • Understood administration, technology, operations, systems, and processes.
  • Identified key factors to speed up transformation. Cooperation is key to my work as I require depth and openness to gain specific insight into the work routine’s challenges, obstacles, and task delivery facing judges daily.
  • Identified resources needed and used them effectively to ensure the judiciary and its processes continue to improve access to justice, the independence of the courts, and the implementation of the rule of law in Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa.
Focus areas: Interviewing, Analytics
2006 - 2006

Sector Specific Economic Strategist

Western Cape Government
  • Produced an economic strategy, including a short- and medium-term plan of action.
  • Scoped the environment to ascertain new opportunities for emergent enterprises, mainly black and women-owned, through working with large retailers. Developed detailed strategies for the sub-sector and facilitated implementation.
  • Established key policy levers that supported the sector in enhancing employment, including implementation of employment equity and job growth and SMME development, identifying constraints to entry, and entry opportunities.
  • Designed a framework tool against which all projects and programs of this category were evaluated.
Focus areas: Economics, Research, Commerce, Retail, Franchises
1972 - 1991

Owner | Seasoned Manufacturer

  • Built her first food sector factory at 19, in a heavily regulated health and safety sector, achieving a consistent A grade food quality Government-regulated certification.
  • Managed key operational points centered on operations management, cost accounting, financials, skills training, production flow, sales and marketing, and customer relationships.
  • Ended my seasoned manufacturing career by establishing an Industrial Hub and up and down stream supply chain factories. 50% export 50% local market centered around ceramics, food, cosmetics, beauty supply, and personal care products.
  • Moved to Cape Town to implement my manufacturing operations and business management skills as a consultant. My clients were from South Africa's top JSE-listed public companies, national, international institutions, and businesses.
  • Performed as the microeconomic development strategist for wholesaling, retailing, and franchising for the Western Cape Government in 2006. My task was to produce an economic strategy, including a plan of action for the short and medium-term.
  • Enrolled for my fulltime PhD at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. I graduated in 2020 with my PhD in Commerce. I currently run my business prosperity workshops and undertake short-term consulting contracts.
Focus areas: Business Management, Cost Accounting, Financials, Human Capital Management, Customer Service, Marketing, Operations, Supply Chain, Procurement


2014 - 2019

PhD in Commerce

Nelson Mandela University - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2002 - 2005

Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

Edinburgh Napier Univerrsity - Edinburgh, Scotland



Training Provider Programme Profile



Human Resources Diploma