Liesel Lombaard was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. She matriculated in 1987 from Centurion High School and went on to obtained a B-Iuris – degree in Law, part time through the University of Pretoria. She then later obtained her LLB degree through the UNISA.
After obtaining her B-Iuris degree, she then went on to spend time with the National Department of State Expenditure, focussing mainly on dispensation and budget related issues. This was a unique opportunity to combine her legal background with financial matters.
She was then transferred to the Gauteng Provincial Government in July 1998, where she took up a permanent post as a member to the Provincial Treasury team in the Department of Finance and Economic Affairs.
As the Director, Compliance Office in Gauteng her key responsibilities included the determining of financial policy for Gauteng, management of the budget and overall expenditure in Gauteng, dispensation issues, legal assistance, drafting of legislation and financial management reform initiatives in the public sector.
She has also been requested to assist the compliance office in the Procurement Division with legal contracts and procurement policies. This initiative was aimed to support sound procurement related issues, policies and contracts and minimize possible legal actions against the state in a sustainable way.
Public Private Partnerships as a relative new concept in the South African public sector, currently administered under National Treasury as the PPP-Unit, called for the
need to capacitate such initiatives on a Provincial level. Building a foundation for the success of these projects on a Provincial level became imperative. Liesel Lombaard has been nominated as a secondi to the National PPP-Unit, in October 2002, to take part in an increasing number of South African PPP projects-in-development.
Returning to the Gauteng Provincial Treasury she was faced with the challenge to establish a foundation for a PPP-enabling environment at a provincial level. During her time spend in the Provincial Treasury she obtained her Masters Degree in Financial Law through the University of London, which specifically broadened her understanding in alternative financing of projects.
She is now employed at the Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency, a government component within the Gauteng Provincial Treasury, focusing on alternative financing for infrastructure developments and providing her inputs and expertise in PPP’s.