Sakshi is a Manager of the Marketing communication and business development team who joined Grant Thornton in 2011 as Trainee Executive.

Experience

Sakshi completed a 3 month internship with Price Waterhouse Coopers where she worked in the Entrepreneurial and Advisory division. Her professional career, however, began with Grant Thornton when she joined as a Trainee Executive upon becoming an ACCA affiliate.

Sakshi worked in the Advisory services and Audit assurance divisions of the firm for 3 years, and later joined the Marketing communications and business development division in 2014 to pursue her passion and refine her skills in the field.

Sector experience

Sakshi is the Manager in charge of Marketing communication and business development, including external marketing material and resources, advertising, promotions and branding, external and internal presentations, corporate communications, client satisfaction research, client and corporate events, client data base management, facilitating industry development with national industry champions, identifying business development opportunities through various sources, client gain and loss tracking, national website management and update in coordination with the external host, CSR, monthly reporting, implementing tools and disseminating information provided by the international office, tender proposal templates and internal marketing.

Sakshi has also been the Executive and later Manager in charge of the Private Business Growth Award (PBGA) presented by Grant Thornton in association with Business Botswana and Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC).

The team leads the initiative from start to finish including award administration, promotional campaigns, Public Relations and event management. This award is unique to Botswana, and the Grant Thornton network in Africa.

Professional qualifications and memberships

Sakshi holds a Diploma in Digital Marketing, and a Diploma in Social Media Marketing. She also holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE - Business) from the University of Botswana. Sakshi has also attained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Derby.

She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and associate certified professional member of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA).

Sakshi served on the Finance and Administrative Committee of BICA in 2017/18.

Community involvement

Sakshi has been a member of the Private Business Growth Awards committee since 2015, as part of her role as Executive and later Manager in charge of the initiative. Presented in association with Business Botswana and Botswana Investment and Trade Centre, this initiative is Grant Thornton’s biggest corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity that encourages and honours the development of growing private businesses in the country.

Sakshi is also involved in various CSR activities of Grant Thornton in Botswana, the latest being Tshwaragano Primary School adopted in line with the “Adopt a school” program.

She has served on the CSR committee for several years, and is in charge of co-ordinating all other CSR activities of the firm.

In her personal capacity, Sakshi is an active member of volunteer-initiated cultural/entertainment organizations and trusts such as ‘The Bollywood Girls’ and ‘Sargam Trust’, which support numerous charitable causes across the country.

Presentations and publications

Sakshi has been a member of Grant Thornton’s corporate Toastmasters club since 2014, which has facilitated development of communication and leadership skills. She served as Vice President Public Relations in 2014/15 and 2015/16, Vice President Membership in 2016/17, Vice President Education in 2017/18 and President in 2017/18. She has achieved ‘Competent Leader’ status, and is Winner of the 2014 Botswana Area Impromptu Speaking Contest.

Sakshi has contributed to Grant Thornton’s publications as writer, and is currently editor of all thought leadership, and brochures released by the firm. She makes presentations both internally and externally on matters marketing the firm, brand, and the Private Business Growth Award.

As part of her MBA, Sakshi has completed a research and report on the subject of ‘Talent Management and Retention’, which has enhanced her abilities as a Manager.

Languages spoken

English, Hindi.

Qualifications
  • DipDM
  • DipSMM
  • BAcc
  • PGDE Business
  • ICDL
  • ACCA
  • ACPA
  • MBA