CFO OF BARLOWORLD EQUIPMENT Gounden was appointed one of the youngest Deloitte Audit partners, making her a role model to women striving to break through the glass ceiling in the workplace.
In 1999, she founded the Siyakhula programme, which provides underprivileged matriculants an opportunity to receive an accounting education. The cum laude graduate from the University of Pretoria is a founding member of the Association for Black Accountants of Southern Africa chapter at the university. Gounden spearheads the transformation process at Barloworld Equipment and is the youngest female on the board. In January 2002, after September 11, I was sent on the two-year Deloitte Global Development Programme in the Netherlands, working in the area of public sector consultancy. I was appointed chief of staff to the chief operating officer for the Deloitte EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at 24. I went from working in consultancy to managing a business. It gave me exposure to a cross-cultural, cross-border business.