Lesle Jansen

Director: Cape Town Hub & Programme Director: Governance of Land and Natural Resources

Lesle Jansen is Director of Natural Justice’s Cape Town Hub and is also the Director of the Governance of Lands & Natural Resources Programme. She is an indigenous lawyer from South Africa, from the Khoi-khoi community, who specialises in indigenous peoples rights and Access and Benefit-sharing. She has been integral to the conclusion of the first industry-wide Access and Benefit-sharing agreement for rooibos.

Before joining Natural Justice, Lesle worked as a legal consultant with the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia as part of their Lands, Environment & Development Project. She holds a Master’s degree in Indigenous Peoples in International Law from the University of Arizona (USA). She completed a second Master’s degree in the Rule of Law for Development from Loyola University (Chicago) in Rome, Italy, where she now serves as an external supervisor. She was appointed as an indigenous expert member to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ special mechanism called, the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa. She is also a consultant to the law firm Chennels Albertyn Inc.