Charlene VerzmoterHead of Philanthropy at Microsoft
Charlene joined Microsoft in February 2008 and is currently the Philanthropies lead for Microsoft, involved with various youth development programmes and empowering NGO’s to use technology through our software donation programme and grants to impact more lives in the communities and the people they work with. She is also the project manager for a youth programme to train 1 million youth in South Africa over the next 3 years in digital and computer science skills in partnership with government and the private sector.
Prior to joining Microsoft, she work for a number of years at Accenture as a management consultant, developing skills in large IT systems implementation projects, change management, transformation strategies and later joined the HR team at Accenture as the Professional Development Lead.
Charlene is an innovative and highly self-driven professional with extensive and diverse experience in the Training and Skills Development, Transformation Management and Social Enterprise Development. She worked in both large global and JSE listed companies with significant business acumen in people and talent development and retention. In addition, she also worked with both private and public sector organisations driving skills and skills development programmes for enhancing employability and business growth for organisations.
She obtained her B(Ed) Honors degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. She is passionate about helping people reach their full potential through technology and to discover their talents and gifts.