Mrs. Johanna Cloete –Managing Director of GEN Namibia since 2015. She is part of a community of doers and makers supporting startups and scale ups in Namibia. As a professional she was always interested in community development. After sixteen years in business development in commercial banking, she opted for development banking and investment brokering. A seasoned banker in government and private sector ventured in the realm of becoming a social entrepreneur, improving the quality of life for many young people who joined the programmes she managed at Junior Achievement. Always representing civil society at many fora like serving on the National Comission for UNESCO in Namibia. Current interests are accelerating startups to contribute to the Economy andmaking a paradigm shift to the support the industrialization process of Namibia. She played an integral part in the growth and development of related organisations involved in SME development such as government structures and at NGO level, development finance and micro financial services dealing with diverse client portfolios. She was actively involved at policy development and implementation level with the Ministry of Trade and industry and Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in the SME environment. She completed her Post Graduate Education at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania (U-Penn) in partnership with Harvard Business School, and Emory Business School, and the Management College of Southern Africa. The Africa American Institute sponsored part of her tuition. Her career started out as a science and mathematics teacher but she left after three years to become a banker where she had to read economics and accounting. Completing 2 MBA's after changing career direction.