Palesa is an independent professional working in a consulting and advisory capacity in the social and public sector, with a strong bias for education and youth related work. Prior to this, her career has spanned a variety of sectors including investment management, energy and philanthropy. She holds qualifications in Business Finance and Investment Management from the University of the Witwatersrand and RAU (now University of Johannesburg). She is currently pursuing Futures Studies with the University of Stellenbosch. Palesa is energised by opportunities to conceptualise and drive high impact programmes towards solving development and societal challenges. Palesa joined the board of directors in 2019.