Meet Our Speaker

Ravi Naidoo

Newly appointed Youth Employment Service (YES) Chief Executive Officer (CEO),  Ravi Naidoo, has joined the organisation with over 25 years of experience in  implementing and managing a range of social change and impact programmes. During this time, he has worked with trade unions, the public sector, and private  sector fund management, finding ways to implement programmes in complex  institutional environments.  

His role as CEO will assist YES in collaborating with other industries and organisations  to help create a better future for all South Africans. 

Along with this, Naidoo joined the National Planning Commission in 2022, where he  will work on the long-term plans to advance growth and development in South  Africa.  

Some of his impact intervention successes prior to joining YES, include the  establishment of the SA National Green Fund, being the manager of the multi stakeholder ‘Health Roadmap’ that culminated in government’s AIDS turnaround  strategy (which saw average life expectancy rise from 49 to 62 years), and the  restructuring of the Unemployment Insurance Fund to include coverage for the first  time for over 600,000 domestic workers. 

Ravi holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.