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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.

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