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Maria Ramos

Non-executive Director

South African, born 1959

Ms Ramos was appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in 2011 and is a member of the Compensation and Nominations Committees.

She holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand (Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics) and from the University of London (SOAS) – Master of Science in Economics.  She also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Stellenbosch and Free State University.  She obtained an Institute of Bankers’ Diploma in 1983.

Ms Ramos, until February 2019, served as Chief Executive Officer of Absa Group Limited for a period of ten years. Before joining Absa (previously Barclays Africa Group Limited) in March 2009 as Group Chief Executive, Ms Ramos served as the Chief Executive of Transnet Limited. This followed an eight-year tenure as director general of South Africa’s National Treasury (formerly the Department of Finance). 

She has also served as a Non-executive and Independent Director on the boards of Sanlam Limited from 2004 to 2009, SABMiller PLC from 2008 to 2009, and Remgro Limited from 2007 to 2009.

Ms Ramos currently serves on the boards of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, where she serves as Chair since December 2020; Public Investment Corporation (‘PIC’) and The Saudi British Bank, since 2019, and Standard Chartered PLC from 1 January 2021.

She is a member of the Group of Thirty and Co-Chair, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (2018 to 2020). She also serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University.