As a globally recognized innovator in Ecological Engineering she continues to focus on repairing, designing and building Ecological Infrastructure for the benefit of the environment and the people living in that environment. She also specialize in Sustainability Science and Innovation, Green Infrastructure, Industrial Ecology, Zero Waste management and building sustainable ecosystems. She is very passionate about helping companies to establish and advance their sustainability portfolios.
She was part of a Global project team researching Green Infrastructure Globally. This initiative was funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation in collaboration with the University of Arizona and the University of the West of England. She represented Monash South Africa in this initiative.
She was also included in the 2017 Austrian Leadership Program (ALPS 18) as selected by the Austrian Ministry for European, International and Foreign Affairs that took place during November 2017, and recognized as an international leading executive. They select approximately 100 young leading executives globally per annum to take part in this Austrian Foreign Ministry's professional exchange program. Candidates are nominated and selected by Austrian Embassies and Advantage Austria offices around the world. The ALPS program took place in November 2017.
For Yolandi it is all about Ecological Engineering Innovation, Integrated Water Management and Sustainability. She has over 10 years’ experience in environmental-, waste and water management, green infrastructure and ecological engineering and has been involved in several innovative and ground-breaking environmental projects in the heavy manufacturing, consulting and mining sectors. Previous employers include Highveld Steel and Vanadium Limited, CSIR, SANPARKS, Singita Lebombo, Private Game Reserves, Tertiary Educational Institutions and Engineering Consulting Firms.
She is currently completing a PhD in Environmental Management and also a PhD in Economic and Management Sciences. She holds an MPhil in Integrated Water Management and also a Masters Degree in Environmental Management.
She positioned Baoberry as a global and local innovator in ecological engineering innovation. Baoberry was a runner up in the 2015 Green City Start-Up Challenge and the winner of the 2016 Eco-Logic Eco-Innovation award. Baoberry was selected as the overall winner of the 2016 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme-SA Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises with their innovation, the “awetbox”. Baoberry also received the reward as the most promising Women-Led Business in the GCIP-SA 2016 programme for Small and Medium Enterprises. Baoberry was also a runner up in the International Global Cleantech Innovation Programme 2017 (Silicon Valley, San Francisco). Yolandi was named 1 of 200 Mail and Guardian's Young South African's for 2015. She is the founder of various institutions where she continues to strengthen networks across Africa towards one common goal: Africa's sustainability.
She is also an external lecturer and examiner at the IIEMSA and a Big Blue Ocean Cleanup Ambassador.
Fields of Specialisation
Green Infrastructure Design and Implementation
Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management
Ecological and Environmental Monitoring and Modeling
Integrated Water Management
Protected Areas Planning and Management