Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Lerato heads the legal and compliance team at MFS Africa, a pan-African fin-tech company that develops innovative financial solutions for mobile wallets and Africa’s largest mobile payments inter-operability hub. Previously, she led Naaya Consulting, a niche legal strategy consultancy that helps clients understand, navigate and manage transactional and operational risk across the continent. She began her career in the M&A teams of Shearman and Sterling LLP in New York and Paris, and Bowman Gilfillan in Johannesburg. An advisor to The Harvard Innovation Lab and an AlphaCode partner, Lerato also serves as a non-executive director on several boards and is a member of the strategy committee for Rose-Act, a community and volunteer centred school in Alexandra, Johannesburg. She holds a Juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School, a masters in law and diplomacy in international business strategy from Fletcher School at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.