The 2017 VEUVE CLICQUOT ELLE BOSS Awards in association with Old Mutual is upon us. We introduce you to each of our very special female judges.
- KHANYI DHLOMO – FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF NDALO MEDIA
Khanyi Dhlomo is the founder and CEO of Ndalo Media, a multi-platform media company which seeks to positively impact lives through various content platforms and experiences. Through these platforms, Ndalo Media connects with a high-quality audience of approximately four million consumers in 13 African countries.
Khanyi has over 25 years of experience in the media industry. In the early days of her career, she became an award-winning news and lifestyle television anchor and magazine editor. In 2003, she was named one of the most influential women in South African media and, in the same year, became Head of SA Tourism in Paris, France. Dhlomo went on to obtain an MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS), before launching Ndalo Media in 2007.
In 2009, she received the Olay SA Iconic Woman Award in the Media, Arts and Entertainment category. In 2010, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Later, she was named one of Forbes magazine’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa under 40. In addition, she was named a young African economic leader in the Choiseul 100 Africa rankings, a study independently carried out by the Institut Choiseul which identifies and ranks young African leaders who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development.
In 2016, Khanyi was awarded the prestigious HBS Africa Business Club Leadership Excellence award.
She is a proud mother of three children and the wife of an education entrepreneur.
- ZIZIPHO NYANGA – CEO OF OLD MUTUAL’S MASISIZANE FUND
Zizipho Nyanga, CEO of Old Mutual’s Masisizane Fund, has 10 years’ experience in business support, entrepreneurship, deal-making, financial management, auditing, risk advisory and internal control improvements in fast-paced organisations.
The Masisizane Fund is an Old Mutual nonprofit funding company that provides financial and non-financial support to small, medium and micro enterprises. Zizipho has been CEO since October 2016 and is passionate about continuing the fund’s pledge to contribute to positive change in South Africa.
Zizipho believes that institutions like Old Mutual have a very important role to play in creating access to funding for small businesses and she works closely with those that have a similar mandate to Old Mutual in order to make a meaningful impact.
Zizipho holds a BCom Accounting from the (former) University of Transkei and a Higher Diploma in Accounting from Wits University. After graduating she joined Ernst & Young as a trainee and later qualified as CA(SA). During her time at Ernst & Young, she was seconded to the San Jose office in California where she was exposed to the entrepreneurial culture in small businesses and her passion for rural development and economic transformation was born.
Zizipho believes that the only way to truly bring about economic transformation is to walk a journey with the business and assist them to grow into a thriving enterprise rather than to just give them money, waiting for them to pay back and hoping for the best. Her philosophy is that growing and assisting a business successfully can only be done through establishing good and trustworthy partnerships.
- YOLANDA MIYA – MANAGING DIRECTOR FINANCING AND SOLUTIONS GROUP DEUTSCHE BANK, SA
As the first woman to be appointed to Deutsche Bank SA as MD, Yolanda Miya is a pioneer.
Her career at Deutsche bank spans over 15 years, where she joined as a graduate in the Equities Research team, progressing to be a top 5 rated Financial Mail equity analyst. She subsequently spent five years in London as an Equity Sales specialist, covering European institutional international investors.
On her return to SA in 2011, Yolanda was promoted as Director and co-headed the local SA Equity Sales Team, earning herself the ABSIP Dealer of the year award in 2012. In this role, Yolanda participated in significant transactions, such as the Massmart/Walmart M&A deal as well as the Alexander Forbes IPO.
In 2015, Yolanda was promoted to head up Public-Sector Coverage within the corporate finance team and was again promoted to Managing Director in March 2017, taking over her current role as Head of FSG, SA.
Yolanda’s recent milestone transactions include the listing of AB InBev on the JSE in 2016, the recent sell down of Barclay Group Africa by Barclays PLC, as well as the National Treasury USD2,5 billion international bond issuance.
Yolanda is a member of the Deutsche Bank South African Executive Committee, the DB sub-Saharan Africa Business Forum, the FSG CEEMEA Management Forum and chairs the SA Transformation and Diversity Committee
Under the Transformation and Diversity Committee, Yolanda runs a successful Entrepreneurial Development Center which is the only one offered by an International Bank in SA.
4. HONEY MAMABOLO – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER THEBE UNICO
Honey Mamabolo is the Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Unico, a specialty chemical manufacturer for the automotive sector and subsidiary of Thebe Investment Corporation. She also serves on the boards of Sekelo Oil Trading and The Drakensberg Boys Choir School.
As one of the three first black female Chemical Engineering graduates from the University of Pretoria, Honey has 17 years of experience across various industry sectors, including mining, retail banking, energy, development finance and manufacturing. Adept at managing various facets of a business from strategy development and implementation to business development, finance and operations. She has a demonstrable track record in corporate and project finance, capital raising and fund management, as well as project management and stakeholder management.
Honey believes that in today’s complex business environment, diversity, agility and the ability to connect and leverage others to form long lasting and sustainable partnerships are key to one’s success. She is passionate about education, people development, emerging markets; development finance and entrepreneurship.
Honey lives by the mantras: “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard” and “Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up”.
5. DR LULU GWAGWA – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER LEREKO INVESTMENTS
Nolulamo (Lulu) Nobambiswano Gwagwa is the Chief Executive Officer of Lereko Investments, a black-owned investment company, and one of the principals in the Lereko Metier Capital Growth Fund. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Fort Hare and proceeded to the University of Natal’s Planning School where she completed her Master’s in Town and Regional Planning.
From there Lulu went to the London School of Economics and Political Science where she graduated cum laude with an MSc (Social Policy and Planning). She then obtained a PhD from University College London. After studying abroad, Lulu took up a position in 1992 as senior lecturer at the University of Natal’s Department of Town and Regional Planning. While there, she served on a 12-member Commission for the Delineation and Demarcation of Provincial Boundaries, which decided on the country’s current provincial boundaries. She has also served as the Deputy Director General in the national Department of Public Works from 1995 until 1998.
Lulu currently serves as a non-executive director of FirstRand, Massmart and Sun International. She is also the Chairperson of Aurecon Africa and recently served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Planning Commission.
Lulu’s passion for spatial equity has driven her philanthropic work. Two decades ago, she founded the Mhakazi Trust to empower the young people of Umzimkhulu, some of whom have even graduated from tertiary institutions. Lulu is a multifaceted woman: an accomplished development planner, business leader and philanthropist. She is also a keen writer and photographer who is currently studying philosophy.
For more information on Lulu, visit her website on www.lulugwagwa.co.za.
6. CHICHI MAPONYA – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MAPONYA GROUP
Chichi Maponya is the CEO of the Maponya Group, a diversified family owned business and is also the Deputy Chair of South African Council on International Relations (SACOIR), a council which is tasked with advising the Minister of International Relations.
Chichi also serves as a Board Member of South African Tourism (SAT), Chairman of African Entrepreneurs Council (AEC), Vice-President of World Investment and Trade Organization (WITO), Board Member of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), Board Member of 4 Africa Exchange (4AX) – Alternative Stock Exchange, Board Member of Barloworld Maponya, Director Nalesa Investment Holdings, Trustee of Dr Richard Maponya Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship, Trustee of the Marina Maponya Memorial Fund, Trustee of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation, Chairperson of Opera Africa and she serves as the director of a number of private companies.
Chichi was formerly the Chairman of Brand South Africa, an Agency tasked with developing and implementing a proactive marketing and communication strategy for South Africa and to promote South Africa internationally.
7. EMY CASALETTI-BWALYA – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OPTIMIZE STRATEGIC AGENCY
Emy Casaletti-Bwalya is the CEO of Optimize Strategic Agency and is a FIFA Marketing Consultant and Instructor. In her over 25 years of marketing experience, she has worked in general management and executive levels for a large range of local and international sports organisations, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee, Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, Octagon Sports Marketing, Reebok, Kappa, Vodacom, Rothmans, Eskom and Coca-Cola.
As a seasoned marketer, Emy’s work incorporates all facets of marketing, but her particular strengths lie in the development of brand strategy and positioning, new product development and business development strategy formulation.
Married to football legend Kalusha Bwalya, Emy is a Chartered Marketer and Associations of Marketers member as well as a Board Member of Women & Men against Child Abuse.
8. NUNU NTSHINGILA – REGIONAL DIRECTOR: FACEBOOK AFRICA
Nunu Ntshingila is Regional Director of Facebook Africa and responsible for leading the team that engages with agencies and brands in Africa to help them make the most of the company’s products, including Facebook itself, Instagram and related services.
She is passionate about the role of technology in driving social inclusion in Africa and about Facebook’s mission of creating value for African advertisers and people.
Before joining Facebook in 2015, Nunu helped drive the creation of Ogilvy’s network in sub-Saharan Africa, which spans some 27 countries. During a long career at Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, Nunu served as Deputy Managing Director and was later promoted to Chief Executive Officer. She later took on an extended role managing the offices in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.
A graduate of the University of Swaziland and Morgan State University in the USA, Nunu has also held senior marketing positions at Nike and the South African Tourism board.
In 2011, Nunu was appointed to the Ogilvy & Mather global board. She has also served on the boards of Transnet, the V&A Waterfront and Old Mutual South Africa.
Nunu has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Financial Mail for her work in leading and transforming the advertising business in South Africa. In 2016, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. She loves family, architecture and food.
9. SINDI MABASO-KOYANA – EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON OF AIH (PTY) LTD
Sindi Mabaso-Koyana is currently the Executive Chairperson of AIH(Pty) Ltd, an Investment Holdings company for The African Women Chartered Accountants. She is also the Non-Executive Chairperson of the Advanced Group of Companies which is invested in Mining Services and Non-Executive Chairperson of MTN Zakhele Futhi.
Sindi is a Chartered Accountant by profession, with experience in the public and private sector. Her illustrious career has included being Managing Director of Viamax Logistics, Group CFO of Transnet, Executive Partner at Ernst & Young, Chairperson of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa and the Chairperson of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee. She has served on a number of boards including Transnet, South African Airways, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, MTN, SANRAL, Altron Group and a few others.
Her current board positions include Adcorp Holdings LTD, Phembani Group and Toyota SA. She is the Founder Member and Former President of African Women Chartered Accountants(AWCA). She now chairs the Advisory Board of AWCA.
Sindi is a renowned leader and champion in growth and development of young women. She has been named one of the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in South Africa and was a Finalist for the Business Woman Award of South Africa in 2004.
Sindi was, in 2013 nominated by The CEO magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Business and Public Sector. She was the Chairperson of the Task team of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants which launched the paper on Meaningful Reporting on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and is now the Chairperson of the Chartered Accountancy Sector Charter.
Sindi is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (African Chapter).