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Wendy Luhabe

Non-executive Director

South African, born 1957

Ms Luhabe was appointed to the Board in 2020 as a Non-executive Director and is a member of the Governance and Sustainability and Nominations Committees.

She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Lesotho in 1981 and attended the Management Advancement Program at the University of the Witwatersrand. She also holds honorary doctorates in Commerce, including from her Alma Mater, the University of Fort Hare.

Ms Luhabe has extensive experience in luxury goods and is a social entrepreneur and economic activist with multiple honours for her pioneering contribution to the economic empowerment of women in South Africa. She is the founding Chair of Women in Infrastructure Development and Energy. She founded ‘Bridging the Gap’ and Women Private Equity Fund. She is also a founding member of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings. She created the Wendy Luhabe Foundation and established a scholarship at the University of Johannesburg.

Ms Luhabe is a previous Chair of Vodacom from 2000 to 2005, the Industrial Development Corporation (‘IDC’) from 2001 to 2009, the International Marketing Council (‘IMC’) from 2002 to 2009, Alliance Capital from 1997 to 2003, and Vendôme South Africa from 2001 to 2011. She has been a Non-executive Director of Tiger Brands from 1994 to 2001, Telkom from 1994 to 2003, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange from 2003 to 2011 and World Rugby from 2016 to 2018, among others.

She was a Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, and the founding Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. She has served on the Boards of the IMD and ESSEC business schools, and recently stepped down as Chairman of the African Leadership University.

Ms Luhabe was a Non-executive Director of Pepkor from January 2019 and currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman since December 2020, she also serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Libstar since 2018, and as a Non-executive Director of the Social Justice Initiative, a non-profit organisation, since 2014.