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Lize van As
Process Engineer, Entrepreneur, Project manager, Community developer , Non-Profit Sector
Kimberley, South Africa
Process Engineer, Entrepreneur, Community developer, Environmental Advocate, Project Manager and Strategist. Seeking to expand my horizons by taking on an inspiring, but challenging opportunity within the international humanitarian arena. I have 8 years of vastly diversified experience within both the private and public sectors. Can relocate immediately.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Infrastructure, Technology, Engineering, Science
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
I am the founder and Director of Source Point, a non-profit organisation focused upon the well-being of environment and community alike. We develop and implement programmes/projects based upon the principals of environmental psychology, innovation and collaboration. Initiatives include cleaning & greening, storybook production, local arts, crafts & tourism development, DENC recycling projects, environmental awareness campaigns, public park, small business and indigenous community foundation development etc. We are a small team of seven and my main duties include strategic planning, problem & project/solution identification, programme/project development, proposal writing, solicitation of funding, project planning & management, liaison with communities, governmental spheres and the private sector, monitoring and evaluation, report writing, general, HR and financial Management (4 years).
I am a business owner, farmer and consultant for individuals and communities alike. CIA Stationery is a business focused upon providing quality products and services within the office and stationery supply chain. We are seven staff members and my duties include general, HR and financial Management, procurement & sales, product development, marketing, customer care, administration & logistics.
I act as consultant for technical product/process and business development. Duties consist of problem/solution identification, R&D, process analysis, product development, PFD & P&ID’s, operational, quality and safety procedure development, report writing, business plan development etc. This includes mobile phone application development, patenting and fine-tuning a water saving device, patenting and manufacture of a boardgame, process analysis, improvement and ISO certification of an Animal Feed production plant (4 years).
GWK, an agri food value chain, involves production industries such as fertilisers, animal feeds, grains, pecan nuts, potatoes, wine, meat, maize meal, pasta, flour etc. Employed first as a food safety specialist I upgraded all grain facilities to the BRC standard, identified international trends and strategized surrounding other departmental (grain, animal feeds, meats etc.) standard implementation. I was promoted to Energy & Process Efficiency Specialist with the task of identifying and developing energy saving initiatives across all departments where after I was promoted to the position of Project Management Office Manager, entailing the establishment of an project management office, the procedures and mechanisms for monitoring and assessing the success of all projects, and evaluating all projects within all departments (3 years). I was a Water Purification Specialist at Distell Ltd. Africa’s leading producer and marketer of spirits, fine wines, ciders and RDS’s. I assessed cooling tower and boiler efficiency at all processing plants and developed a strategy/programme to monitor water quality leading to financial savings and process efficiency (2 year
Education:
Terra Firma Academy (2014)
Energy Efficiency Management

University of Stellenbosch (2010)
BEng : Chemical/Process Engineering

Northern Cape Agricultural High School (2004)
National Senior Certificate

Professional Bodies
Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

Current Studies
University of Pretoria (2019)
PPM (Program in Project Management)
Recognised by PMI & PMSA for registration purposes

Prospective Studies
MSc Environmental Psychology

I find the realm of psychology, in specific, environmental psychology fascinating and believe it to underpin sustainable change within the community development realm. People, their well-being and beliefs drive change, not technology, not large organisations, and not the state. These beliefs are subconsciously formulated and reinforced by the environments they find themselves in, whether built or natural. The knowledge of this intricate dynamic between environment and man can be used as a tool for good or bad, and I believe should be taken into consideration when implementing any programme or project where project sustainability is truly the objective.

I therefore want to do my Masters in Environmental Psychology and have enrolled at UNISA to complete a bridge year in psychology (NDP: Course code 00019) necessary for the registration of a MSc in Environmental Psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands / similar university.

Affiliations and Achievements:
I was nominated as the local environmental champion for Afrifourm, a civil society group, I joined the local business chamber, started a small-time local newspaper, formed the Local Tourism Association, and act on the following platforms; Francis Baard Local Economic Development (LED) and Tourism committee, Magareng LED and Tourism, Majeng Village stakeholder committee, the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation ambassadors forum and Magareng tourism committee.
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Bachelors
    Languages:
    English, Afrikaans
    Nationality:
    South Africa
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