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Dr. Lulu Gwagwa is CEO of Lereko Investments (Pty) Limited. She also runs her own development planning consulting business. She was the CEO of the Independent Development Trust (1998 - 2003) where she put together the trust's restructuring program and was behind its new focus on development implementation management. From 1995 to 1999, she was deputy director general in the national Department of Public Works, where she championed the construction industry's transformation and started the emerging contractor development program. Before that, Dr. Gwagwa was a senior lecturer at the University of Natal. She presented seminars at University College London and the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. Dr. Gwagwa has an MSc (cum laude) from the London School of Economics and a PhD from University College London. She was the first black person to qualify in town and regional planning from Natal University. She serves as a non-executive director in the boards of FirstRand, Sun International, and Massmart, and is the Chairperson of Tsebo Outsourcing. Lulu is the founder and chairperson of the Mhakazi Trust which supports development initiatives for orphaned children and youth in KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.