Deputy CEO: Corporate Services

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Ms Akhtari Henning

With her significant financial experience, Ms Akhtari Henning is committed to making a difference in the lives of South Africa’s people and serving her country with a purpose.

Ms Henning joined the Electoral Commission at the start of April 2018 as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer for Corporate Services, where she is responsible for Financial Services, Human Resources and Support Services, Information and Communication Technology, and Legal Services.

Before joining the Electoral Commission she served in a similar role – as Deputy Director-General for Corporate Services – at Statistics South Africa for six years.

Ms Henning has hands-on experience as a Chief Financial Officer and has managed a significant team and budget, with multiple projects across a vast logistical landscape. Her strengths lie in complex logistics, integrating resources – financial, human and tools of the trade. She has a proven record as a turnaround strategist and the ability to implement lasting solutions.

Ms Henning has experience of leading and overseeing a Public Private Partnership (PPP) process from the pre-bid phase to completion. She was Chief Negotiator for her department for the legal, labour and procurement contracts in this regard, and the negotiations and building period were fast-tracked with a clean audit record. In fact, this was marked as the fastest PPP in South Africa.

Ms Henning has proven experience in the Public Finance Management Act, Treasury Regulations, and in establishing the King III governance requirements for the Public Sector Guide for National, Provincial and Local Government.

Ms Henning has achieved a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and completed her Articles of Clerkship at Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants. In 2015, she completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in Boston, in the United States.