Vanessa Viljoen has over 25 years’ experience in process management/project co-ordination of Public Participation Projects / Stakeholder Engagement Processes. Her expertise involves the planning and the execution of the public participation processes for Environmental Impact Assessment projects and other applications. As a Stakeholder Engagement Consultant, her duties include identifying and consulting with Interested and Affected Parties, liaising with government departments, and dissemination of project information to stakeholders to obtain their comments. Development and updating of stakeholder databases through networking and referral is also a key focus area. Her duties also include co-ordination of logistics for group meetings such as public meetings, focus group meetings, landowner meetings, open days, multi-stakeholder workshops and other events, including meetings in remote rural areas. She has worked both locally in South Africa and internationally in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Swaziland.
Her skills include:
- Stakeholder engagement;
- Project/logistical co-ordination;
- Database development;
- Facilitation of landowner activities.