MSC Project Planning and Development (2009 – 2010)
How would you introduce yourself?
My name is Boipelo Sekgororoane, a native of Botswana. I recently completed a consultancy in Tunisia, as an Advisor in Project Planning and Management with an international management consulting firm. I was involved in the design and implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Sustainability projects for public and private sector clients with projects or project interests in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Prior to consulting in Tunisia, I was worked as a Financial Consultant in Botswana for a leading commercial Bank. Additionally I worked in Tanzania for 4 years as a Senior Associate Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers and was I the Team Lead on several high value clients. I possess a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Botswana and an MSc Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford.
How did you come to study in the BCID?
After working in Tanzania, I developed an interest in the development sector in particular project finance/accounting. This lead me to research a number of universities which offered project related studies, and which were highly recognised by MDBs. I found the University of Bradford, and after researching on the BCID department, I noted that they were renowned for project planning with Lecturers who were part of major development projects in Africa. Out of all the interesting courses, Project Planning and Management offered the best fit in terms of future career advancement and diversifying from accounting and auditing.
How was the Bradford experience for you?
I loved my one year, wish it had gone on for longer. The courses were fantastic and challenging, and meeting people from different countries with different experiences was wonderful. There were a few challenges here and there but nothing that could not be overcome. The support and guidance I received from Lecturers was well appreciated.
Has the degree helped you in what you are doing now? How?
The degree has opened a lot of doors for me. I am more eligible to apply for work in MDBs and other institutions, and now as an Independent Consultant based in Tunis, I am working on assisting clients on starting up small development projects in Africa. I have been successful in my previous consultancy with a company based in Tunis to win a project for the company for 3 years funded by DANIDA in Uganda, within a few months of joining the company. I fully understand the project planning process and of course the management side, which nicely complements by accounting degree and audit experience.
Received 9th November 2012