As an Advisor, Jana contributes to our Valuing Respect Project focused on finding better ways to evaluate business respect for human rights. She also provides advisory support in our work with business.
As an Advisor, Jana contributes to our Valuing Respect Project focused on finding better ways to evaluate companies and investors’ efforts to respect for human rights. She also provides advisory support in our work with businesses.
Prior to joining Shift, Jana led and contributed to assessments of socially responsible investments in microentrepreneurial space in Johannesburg and mining investments in South Africa. She has experience in advising companies, social enterprises and NGOs in designing strategies for delivering positive outcomes for affected stakeholders. Her prior research contributed to hands-on recommendations to improve poverty-reducing and growth-inducing policies, including implementation of the historically first national minimum wage in South Africa, and policies to finance industrial development and to manage natural resources in developing and emerging economies.
In her previous roles, Jana gained a wide range of experience in on-the-ground stakeholder engagement, including conducting in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with worker representatives and local communities. She has experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) from rights-holders’ perspectives and training in political economy. Jana is an author or a contributor to several peer-reviewed publications on inequality, impacts of international investments and development finance. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, with studies also conducted in the Netherlands, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Jana is a Slovak national.