Private sector: Financial services

Anet Ahern
Sanlam Multi-Manager International
Tel: +27 21 950 2500

Anet Ahern started her investment management career in 1986 with Allan Gray, where she worked for seven years. She was one of the first South African women to be awarded the chartered financial analyst qualification in 1991. After Allan Gray, Ahern worked for Syfrets Managed Assets. She later spent nine years at BoE Asset Management, four of which were as the managing director. Ahern joined Sanlam Multi-Manager International in 2005 as CEO. She is a well-known commentator and columnist for publications such as Personal Finance and is a certified financial planner.

Helena Dolny

Director: Coaching and Mentoring,
Global Leadership Development & Learning
Standard Bank
Tel: +27 11 636 4821

Helena Dolny is director of coaching and mentoring at Standard Bank’s Global Leadership Development and Learning Centre. She has been fortunate enough to be involved in designing a holistic coaching and mentoring programme. Dolny worked as a development economist in several African countries. She has enjoyed opportunities of strategically reshaping business (as MD of the Land Bank and director of Standard Bank’s agricultural banking), including the creation of black economic empowerment opportunities.

Institutional transformation has been a consistent presence and led Dolny to refocus her career to qualify as a professional coach and engage with how coaching and mentoring contribute­ to institutional change and performance excellence. She is involved with Chiba Ring (a community-based development organisation) and a director of Shanduka’s Adopt-a-School Foundation. She is the author of Banking on Change, an account of her experience at the Land Bank. She is editor and co-author of Team Coaching: Artists at Work, which will be published by Penguin later this year.

Tina Eboka
Director of Corporate Affairs
Standard Bank
Tel: +27 11 636 8688

Tina Eboka is director of group corporate affairs at Standard Bank and a member of the Standard Bank Group Executive Committee. She started her career as a mathematics tutor at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in 1984, before she was appointed chief engineer at After Six, in 1987. On her return to South Africa she worked in various senior positions at Woolworths.

Eboka joined the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in 1997 as executive director of its textile technology research division. She is a commissioner of the international trade and administration commission, a position she received from Thabo Mbeki in 2000. She also serves as a board member of Unisa Business School. She has a BSc in applied mathematics (New York) and textile engineering (Philadelphia), as well as an MBA in business operations and project management (Philadelphia). She attended the Harvard Business School (Boston) senior executive programme in 1999.

Ingrid Johnson
Managing Director: Business Banking
Nedbank Corporate
Tel: +27 11 294 4444

Ingrid Johnson is the managing director of Business Banking at Nedbank. She has transformed Business Banking from a centralised, traditional-style business into a vision-led, values-based organisation operating on a decentralised, regional team-based business model, with decision-making taking place within the regions to ensure effective client service and executive accountability.

Previously Johnson was the managing director of Nedbank’s Corporate Banking Division. A qualified chartered accountant, she has been employed with the Nedbank Group since completing her articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has been a member of general management of Nedbank since 1999. Johnson completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2005 and is a member of YPO, and is a trustee of the Nedbank Foundation and the WWF/Nedbank Green Trust. She has a keen interest in travel, architectural design and renewable energy initiatives.

Faith Khanyile
Director and Head Coverage & Distribution, South Africa
Standard Bank, Corporate and Investment Bank Division
Tel: +27 11 636 3476

Faith Khanyile is director and head of Coverage & Distribution at Standard Bank, Corporate and Investment Bank Division. The areas that fall under this unit are client relationship management, origination, corporate and institutional banking, and loans syndications and distribution. Khanyile is also a member of the executive committee. Prior to this position she was head of Trade Finance & Services (Africa).

She joined Standard Bank at the beginning of 2001. Prior to this, she was with Brait Private Equity from 1995 as an investment analyst and later as a deal executive. In the latter part of 1998 Khanyile was seconded by Brait to Women’s Development Banking Investment Holdings (WDBIH) to assist in the establishment and management of the investment company. She is still a non-executive director of this company. She is also a member of the Corporate and Investment Bank credit committee, transformation steering committee and women’s forum. She completed an economics degree at Wheaton College and a master’s in business administration from Bentley Graduate School of Business, both in the United States.

First National Bank Public Sector Banking
Tel: +27 11 371 2111

Elizabeth Maepa is CEO of FNB Public Sector Banking. She is a member of the FNB, FirstRand Banking and FirstRand Limited executive committees. She has been in the banking sector for 27 years and has held the following leadership positions: head of BEE, head of corporate banking in KwaZulu-Natal, and head of public sector business.

A well-respected member of the financial services industry, she is regarded as an all-rounder and a deal-maker who has been at the centre of a large number of corporate and public sector deals. She belongs to a number of community upliftment groups.

Angela Mhlanga
Managing Director/CEO
Compass Insurance Company Limited
Tel: +27 11 745 8333

Angela Mhlanga was appointed as MD of Compass Insurance, a short-term insurance company, on August 1 2006. She is a qualified chartered accountant who served her articles with KPMG. In 1999 Mhlanga joined Anglo American as an assistant asset manager, responsible for managing the Anglo group company’s pension funds. In 2001 Mhlanga joined Wipcapital in the private equity division through which she held directorships on various boards.

While at Wiphold, she gained extensive experience on the operations of the investee companies. In 2004 Mhlanga was appointed as senior account manager at the Industrial Development Corporation, where she was responsible for evaluating mining and agricultural projects. In January 2005 she became a director of Mahogany Capital. Mhlanga’s strengths lie in her analytical and negotiating skills.

Nombulelo Moholi
Director: Group Strategy and Corporate Affairs
Nedbank Group
Tel: +27 11 295 9683

Nombulelo Pinky Moholi joined Nedbank as director of group strategy and corporate affairs in 2006. She manages the group strategy portfolio and oversees marketing, communications and the Nedbank Foundation at the bank. Her areas of responsibility play an important role in the ongoing repositioning of Nedbank in its business credo of creating a bank that remains aspirational and yet is accessible to all South Africans. Formerly, she was chief sales and marketing officer of Telkom and a member of the company’s executive committee.

After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a BSc degree in electronic engineering, she worked for GEC and Siemens. She joined Telkom in 1994 as general manager of payphones and became group executive of regulatory affairs the following year. Moholi was appointed managing executive in international and wholesale services in 1999 and assumed responsibility for the sales and marketing portfolio in 2002.

Reabetsoe Motsepe
Head: Corporate Social Investment
Nedbank Group
Tel +27 11 294 3486

Reabetsoe Motsepe is the head of the Nedbank Foundation — the bank’s corporate social investment arm, a position she assumed in 2005. Previously, she was a marketing manager at NedEnterprise and also represented the bank in the financial sector charter process. The Foundation’s work is focused education as well as community and economic development in specific nodes. A commerce graduate from the University of the North, Motsepe also has additional business qualifications from Damelin and the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Babalwa Ngonyama
Group Chief Internal Auditor
Nedbank Group Risk
Tel: +27 11 295 7747

Babalwa Ngonyama is the Group Chief Internal Auditor of Nedbank Ltd. Before joining Nedbank Ngonyame was audit partner in Deloitte’s Financial Institutions Services Team (FIST) division. Her career has also included working for PDB Pretorius Dondashe and Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba, and a major chemical and fuel company. As a graduate of the University of Transkei she qualified as a chartered accountant in 1999.

Her academic qualifications include an MBA from Bond University in 2002 and a Higher Diploma in Banking law at RAU University (2003). Ngonyame was the founding chairperson of the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) and is a member of its Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Education and Academic Review Committees of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Thembi Nwedamutswu
Independent Development Trust
Tel: +27 12 845 2000

Thembi Nwedamutswu is the CEO of the Independent Development Trust (IDT), which she has restructured to ensure a focus on women, women’s groups and their dependents. With government, the IDT has developed an anti-poverty strategy. She was previously a deputy director­general in the Department of Social Development and was responsible for government’s poverty relief programme.

Internationally, Nwedamutswu taught at the Mozambique International and Business School under the United Nations Peace Cooperation Agency. She has worked with the Solomon Mhlangu freedom college and managed both the ANC fund in Dar es Salaam and the ANC international defence and aid fund in the United Kingdom.

Sarah-Anne Orphanides
Group Marketing Director
Standard Bank
Tel: +27 11 636 3476

Sarah-Anne Orphanides joined the Standard Bank Group in 2002, and was appointed to the company’s executive committee in April 2006. She is responsible for all group marketing and communications. During her term as director, she has been responsible for developing a new group brand architecture, positioning, personality and iconography. Before joining Standard Bank, she worked as Cell C’s marketing director.

During this time she developed and implemented a marketing plan for pre-paid and contract launches. She was also responsible for managing all consumer communication. She cut her teeth in the marketing world as marketing manager at Schweppes. Orphanides was also Coco-Cola Southern Africa’s marketing director when the company bought Schweppes in 1999. She holds BSocSci honours from the University of Cape Town and a MBA from the University of London.

Mangwashi Victoria “Riah” Phiyega

Group Executive
Tel: +27 11 350 4000

Mangwashi Victoria “Riah” Phiyega is Absa’s group executive for group public affairs, a position she has held since 2005. In that, she is a highly articulate and fun-loving face of the bank. Previously she was the group executive for corporate affairs at Transnet and the general manager for ports and corporate affairs at the National Ports Authority. A council member of the University of Limpopo, Phiyega also serves on the board of Absa consultants and actuaries; the Southern Africa Trust. Her areas of expertise are varied but her passion clearly lies in people and women empowerment.

Daisy Pillay
General Manager: International Financial Institutions
Tel: +27 11 350 3763

Daisy Pillay manages the relationship with all international finance institutions that transact with Absa, a portfolio of almost 700 global relationships. Previously, she started the Africa and emerging markets trading desk at Absa. One of her key personal achievements was the establishment of an exchange programme between this desk and other African banks.

A former deputy president of the Association of Black Financial Sector Professionals, Pillay played a pivotal role in negotiations for the Financial Sector Charter. She has also worked as the head of trading for ABN Amro Bank (South Africa) and was a senior trader at the Standard Bank treasury. She has trained at various global banking institutions.

Tabby Tsengiwe
Head: Group Corporate Communications
Nedbank Group
Tel: +27 11 295 8731

Tabby Tsengiwe recently joined Nedbank to head up its Corporate Communications Division. Before joining Nedbank she was with Microsoft South Africa where she was PR and image executive. She has worked for other blue chip corporates such as Medscheme and Bateman as a group executive in communications and has telecommunications and media marketing experience from MTN and MNET respectively. She holds a BA Journalism from Rhodes University and an MBA from Bond University.

Shirley Zinn
Director: Human Resources
Nedbank Group
Tel: +27 11 295 8368

Professor Shirley Zinn is the director of human resources at Nedbank. Prior to this, she was the general manager for human resources at the South African Revenue Service. She is also an extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria’s department of human resource management and chairperson of the Institute of Bankers. She serves as a board member on the Bankseta and Monash University in South Africa. Zinn started her career as a secondary school teacher, then moved to the University of Western Cape where she lectured in teacher education. Thereafter, she served at Southern Life as training manager.

She held the position of executive employment equity at Computer Configurations Holdings and director of Special Programmes for the department of public service and administration. Finally, before her appointment at SARS, she filled the role of regional human resources director for the Middle East and Africa for Reckitt Benckiser. Zinn holds a BA (UWC), higher diploma in education (UWC), BEd Honours (Unisa), Med: adult education focus (UWC), Med: psychology focus (Harvard) and doctorate in education (Harvard).

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