Introducing the Board
Happy Ralinala was previously the Managing Executive of Private & Wealth Banking Segments for Barclays Africa Group where she held numerous senior roles, including Managing Executive Business Banking SA. Before joining ABSA she worked for FNB where she worked for 7 years and also held senior roles which involved providing strategic business direction, ensuring business growth and stakeholder interaction. Happy holds a Master in Business Administration and won the Barclays Global Women of the Year Award in 2015. She has served on a number of Boards including Absa Trust Board as well as Barclays Africa Ghana Board. She currently serves on the board of Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) and Africa Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
Kgomotso Tshaka is the Sustainable Futures Executive of Wesizwe Platinum Ltd. She is an MBA graduate from the Gordon’s Institute of Business (GIBS), has an undergraduate B.Soc Sci. degree from UCT and has attended various management programmes including Global Executive Development Programme at GIBS and Management Advancement Programme (MAP) at Wits. She has 20 years executive management experience in strategy development, sustainability, risk management and social and labour plans specific to the mining sector. Ms Tshaka held the position of President of Lonmin Development Trust prior to joining Wesizwe. She sits on various boards and committees including National Business Initiative, The Bakubung Economic Development Trust, Gabonewe Housing Estate and Keeping Children Safe (KCS) UK.
Matshepo Msibi has considerable experience as a management consultant and strategist. She gained invaluable senior management experience while consulting and working in the private sector, government and NGOs. She has numerous post graduate qualifications in Project Management, Leadership and Transformation. She ran her own consulting company (Tshepo-Pitso Services) for 5 years, and then moved to Gauteng Provincial Treasury as the Head of Strategy Management, where she was supporting the Accounting Officer and Political Executive in defining and driving the direction of the organisation. Msibi is a leadership coach with a focus on legacy building leadership for young people. Msibi is passionate about entrepreneurship, women’s economic emancipation and community development. Matsphepo is an alumni of the Fortune 500 / US State Department’s Global most powerful women’s mentorship programme and a member of the Global Leadership Network through Vital Voices based in Washington DC.
Ayanda Ballensiefen is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Senior Manager in the EY Financial Services Africa division. She has extensive experience in both Internal and External Audit, banking, insurance, finance and risk management. Prior to joining EY, she worked on the Business Banking Exco of one of the big four banks, which drove some of its key strategic objectives. Most notable achievements while there, was being selected as one of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountant’s Top 35 under 35 for transformation-focused initiatives that she spear-headed to empower and educate the women at the bank. Earlier this year, she was selected as one of 20 young Africans from across the continent as a member of the Harvard University Center for African Studies (CAS) Leadership Council. She also completed the Executive Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2016.
Cristina Freitas-Teixeira is Group Five’s first ever female CFO, and the first woman CFO within the engineering & construction sector listed companies. She achieved the position of CFO within six years of joining the group after clearly demonstrating her ability to operate at a very senior level and to effectively manage numerous complicated business and financial issues. She is the 2013 Businesswoman of the Year winner in the Corporate Category. She was as guest speaker at the Global Female Leaders’ Summit in 2014 held in Zurich representing, the only African attendee and speaker
Deidre is the founder and owner of DNF Waste and Environmental services, a company she started in 2008 specializing in provision of customized Waste and Environmental Management services. A Senior Environmental Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry – skilled in Waste Management Services, ISO 14001 Implementation, Waste, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Environmental Compliance. She is a strong business development professional who was awarded the Emerging Entrepreneur award in the East London RBAA.
Lerato Mgidlana originally trained as a lawyer, served as the Head of Legal for the Municipal Union, and later enjoyed a management career in organisations such as Medscheme, Group 5 and SITA. Mgidlana has had a successful corporate career, while embarking on entrepreneurial ventures. She started her management consulting firm PAL & Associates Management Consulting in 2000. Then later rebranded and repositioned it to Prugen Management Consulting under Prugen Investment Holdings, which also has Prugen Properties and Travel and Prugen Corporate Gifts & Events as subsidiaries.
Dr Nathalie Chinje
Dr Nathalie Chinje is the Founder and CEO of Upbeat marketing Pty Ltd, a strategic marketing and communications company based in Johannesburg. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at the China Europe International Business School where she teaches marketing and enterprise development on its Global Executive MBA and Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Africa Program.Dr Chinje has over 18 years of practical business management and marketing experience in leading African markets including but not limited to SA, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cote d’ Ivoire, Cameroon. She is an Expert for the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and consults to the African Development Bank on private sector development in Africa.Dr Chinje holds a PhD in Business Administration, and spent a year as a PhD visiting scholar at the Hautes Ecoles Commerciales in Canada and Stern School of Business at New York University, USA. She also graduated from the University of Stellenbosch Business School, with a Master of Business Administration Degree. She holds the status of Chartered Marketer CM (SA).Dr Chinje is a board member at BWA and chairs the Brand, Marketing and Communication Committee.
Dorothy Shosho Botsi-Thulare
Dorothy Shosho Botsi-Thulare is a dynamic progressive attorney, a visionary entrepreneur and a black woman industrialist who leads several companies in South Africa, amongst others Alvern Cables Pty Ltd , and Botho Ubuntu Group, with long-term facilities management services contracts with Government, Parastatals and the Private Sector companies. An admitted attorney since 2001 and a Partner at Sim & Botsi Attorneys Incorporated (Pty) Ltd in Parkview, Johannesburg. Botsi-Thulare has extensive legal experience across a number of areas, with a special focus on Immigration services and facilitating, setting up global corporations and advising foreign companies in South Africa on compliance matters ,including NGO’s Section 21 registration, relocation services, tax and compliance laws and International Talent Acquisition. She also has experience in copyrights, patent and trademarks law and overall commercial litigation.
Kerry Anne Oosthuysen
Kerry Anne Oosthuysen is a devoted gender activist and is firmly resolute on advocating for the rights of women and minority groups within South Africa. Kerry is a cum laude scholar in both her undergraduate degrees (BSocSci and LLB) and is currently completing her Masters of Law. Her unyielding passion for gender equality and women liberties saw her being appointed as the Eastern Cape attorney for the Commission for Gender Equality. In addition, thereto, Kerry leads the national legal investigation into the lack of gender transformation in the judiciary and advocates for a fully transformed bench. Kerry is a Mandela Washington Fellow and has served on the board of the Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa. She has a keen interest in LGBTI rights, law reform, gender budgeting and gender mainstreaming.
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