CEO & Director
Bsc. Eng. Civil (Hons) : Wits University (2002)
Business Management : UNISA (2004)
GDE (Project Management, Property Law) : Wits University (2006)
Strategy is Innovation (Feb 2018) :
Tuck Executive Education in Dartmouth
Internet of Things (IoT) (Aug 2018) : Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)
Sloan School of Management
Business Analytics (Dec 2018) : University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Lebo Leshabane is a Civil Engineer with 20 years’ experience after completing her Bsc. Eng at Wits University in 2002. She has experience in the design of infrastructure services, project and programme management, and business management. She is the former Managing Director of Black Jills Engineers and was the Deputy President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), an organization that promotes engineering disciplines to high school learners, mentorship to undergraduate tertiary students and new graduates. She served as a Council Member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). She sits on the Board of Spectrum Valuations and Asset Solutions and Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF).
She started her career at BT Mongwe & Associates, a Consulting Engineering firm in 2002 as an Engineer in Training and was involved in various projects in the Civil Engineering fraternity including design of infrastructure services such as water and sanitation, roads and storm water and development of business plans.
In 2003 she joined Transnet Freight Rail and was part of project management team that was responsible for the assessment of the Train Monitoring System that being Piloted (DIIS) worth R300m. Her role included providing technical advice, quality assurance and scope management. She also had exposure to Transnet's Geotechnical Department, where she was responsible for the implementation of a 5 year rail rehabilitation plan which involved conducting field tests, data analysis and designing of remedial measures.
In 2005 she joined SAA as an Executive Manager, responsible for SAA’s global property portfolio worth approximately R2,5b and the (outsourced) maintenance contract for the movable and immovable assets worth about R1,5b over a ten year period. In 2008 she was promoted to a Head of Department position reporting to the CFO. In preparation for the 2010 soccer world cup, she was responsible for Project and Programme Management for the upgrading of SAA business class lounges at all local airports worth R100m, on a fast-track programme.
In September 2007, she was elected Deputy President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), an organisation that promotes engineering disciplines to high school learners, mentorship to undergraduate tertiary students and new graduates. In 2009 she was appointed by the Minister of Public Works as a Council Member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). She sits on the Board of Spectrum Asset Management company and Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF). In 2019, Ms. Leshabane was appointed as Chairperson of NEMISA by the Minister of Communication on the 25th October 2019
She assumed a full time role as the Managing Director of Black Jills Engineers (Pty) Ltd in July 2011. The company was a startup Consulting Engineering firm at the time and over a five year period it had grown to a staff compliment of 38 employees. The company carried out various infrastructure and property development projects over that period.
She then joined iX engineers (Pty) Ltd, a product of a partial merger between Worley Parsons PI business and Black Jills Engineers (Pty) Ltd consulting business, on the 1st of October 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).