Yvonne Themba : Chairperson

Previous experience: I have the oversight responsibility of the corporate affairs division of Shanduka Group. My experience has mostly been gained in the financial services sector, where I headed the group’s corporate communications department at African Life Assurance Limited as well as the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and corporate communications department at Sanlam. Prior to that, I was the deputy director of the Life Officers’ Association (LOA). I attained a BA degree from the University of Botswana having majored in Economics and Accounting as well as an MBA from the Wits Business School. I was recently appointed Trustee of the Fundani Trust, the Mabindu Trust as well as the Shanduka Black Umbrellas Investment Trust.

Your family: One daughter (Zuzile – one who conquers) and one dog (Oliver – one who slobbers).

The thing you like most about yourself: Dependable and generous.

The thing you like least about yourself: I can be extremely stubborn.

Your favourite hobbies: Social golf, travelling, photography and reading. All of which I never find time for!

A quote that inspires you: “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary”. Vidal Sasson

What you love most about what you do: As it makes a difference in other peoples’ lives – it makes a difference in mine.

What music are you listening to? Micheal Franks and Lira

What book are you currently reading? The invisible gorilla (and other ways our intuition deceives us) – Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

Who is your greatest icon? My mother.