Fellowship Year: 2024
Nationality: South Africa
Job Title: South Africa & West East Central Africa Market Lead
Organisation: PepsiCo Foundation


Job Title: South Africa & West East Central Africa Market Lead

Organisation: PepsiCo Foundation

Professional History: Devendri Adari is the South Africa and West East Central Africa (WECA) Market Lead for the PepsiCo Foundation. She leads PepsiCo Foundation programs across South Africa and West East Central Africa, with 13,000 employees, 45 production facilities, and 70 distribution and warehouse facilities. It procures more than 1.5 million tonnes of local maize, raisins, wheat, oats and potatoes annually, with a footprint in 12 countries in this region. In her role she oversees grant strategy, management, partner relations and execution of all PepsiCo Foundation programs in this region.  

She previously occupied the role of Group Sustainability Manager, taking care of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBB-EE) National Schools Breakfast Programme, as well as the environmental sustainability portfolio.  

Devendri has 16 years of experience in a variety of business areas that include environmental and geographical sciences, consulting, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Academic and professional credentials: BSc Honours in Environmental and geographical sciences
Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Post graduate certificate from the University of Stellenbosch Business School

Programs: University of California, Berkeley Environmental Leadership programme


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