Directors and Partners
Investing in WOMEN in infrastructure IS development
Across Africa, investments are being make in infrastructure
Through partnerships, shareholding and collaborative arrangements, WINDE has access to over 2000 women in more than 16 countries across sub-saharan Africa
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Dr Wendy Luhabe
Co-Founder and Chair
Wendy Luhabe is a pioneer in the Economic Empowerment of Women with her revolutionary ideas which enabled South African Women to become Investors for the first time in the mid ‘90s, after South Africa became a democracy.
She has Chaired and served on a number of diverse Boards in South Africa and overseas over the past 20 years, including becoming the founding Chair of South Africa’s International Marketing Council founded by President Mbeki more than 10 years ago.
Wendy is an Economic Activist, a champion for Social Entrepreneurship, a Mentor for younger generations and a recipient of numerous Awards and honors.
She is a recipient of three Honorary Doctorates for her work with Women, is a former Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and was awarded the Lieutenant of the Victorian Order (LVO) by the British Royal Family in 2014.
Wendy is married, has one son, and three grandchildren.
She is a Thought Leader, an Author, an accomplished business woman.
She is passionate about leadership development in Africa and inter-generational dialogue to find new solutions to Africa’s chronic problems.
Dr Sharron McPherson
Co-Founder and Legal | Strategy
Representing Centre for Disruptive Technologies
A noted advocate for gender smart investing and smart city development in Africa, Sharron is a Founding Member of WINDE, as well as Co-Founder of The Centre for Disruptive Technologies (Johannesburg), Adjunct Senior Lecturer (University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business), Faculty – Singularity University Silicon Valley (NASA Ames Research Centre – Mountainview California)
Her qualifications include a Doctorate in Juris Prudence (Columbia University School of Law), Honours in International Trade & Finance (University of Toulon), BA in Economics (The College of William & Mary).
A former Wall Street investment banker / attorney turned serial social impact investor, Sharron is an advocate for the disruption of corporate and traditional educational systems that are failing to equip people with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the age of disruption.
She is the creator of an AI enabled STEM learning platform, SuperSchool, as well as the “Launchpad” school enterprise development initiative which is being adapted by over 8,000 schools in South Africa.
Sharron also sits on a number of high level UN Committees on sustainable public private partnerships and was a founding board member of the Graça Machel Trust for Women in Finance. She also sits on the Brains Trust of UnitedSucces (a global network of high impact women entrepreneurs) as well as the Katerva Council for Social Innovation.
Wanjiru has more than 25 years’ global finance and pension experience in executive management (Shell, FirstRand, Mercer and Stanlib).
She has worked in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda and Swaziland.
Wanjiru is a leader in the African financial industry with a particular emphasis on sustainability.
She is an experienced board member for both with-profit and non-profit companies across Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Kenya), with expertise on pension funds, medical aid schemes and companies.
She is the co-author of the 2015 IFC/UNEP Report ‘’Aligning Kenya’s financial systems with inclusive green investments’’ (a study that reviews the financial policies, regulations, industry structures, governance and products within the Kenyan financial sector).
Ms. Kirima is the founder of a Southern African Pension Fund industry initiative funded by the IFC and supported by the industry, that provides guidance to pension funds on how to integrate sustainability (Environmental, Social and Governance) into the traditional investment process, “Responsible Investment and Ownership – a Guide for Pension Funds in South Africa”
Representing Women in Logistics & Transport (WILAT) – South Africa
Margaret chairs the South African arm of a global forum within the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport International whose main objective is to revolutionize supply chain in the logistics and transport.
Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) is a women’s global forum within the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport International whose main objective is to revolutionize supply chain in the logistics and transport sector.
The government’s vision of appropriately skilled workforce, women, youth and people with disability inspired the interest of empowering the previously sidelined section of our population in the supply chain in the Logistics and Transport sector as Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
The long term objective of WiLAT South Africa is the acceleration of extreme poverty alleviation, gender equality and participation of women in the global economic stream through community activities, business procurement, mentor-ship, collaboration and teamwork.
Representing Segametsi | Xpertise
Erni has a B.Compt Degree with honours, majoring in Accounting | Auditing | Taxation as well as a post grad qualification in Chartered Accounting. He then went on to complete his MBA degree with major subjects being Financial Management and Strategic Planning.
Erni has been accepted to the Institute of Management Consultants – SA (IMC) and is a current Member of the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) , was a Founding Member of ACHIB Marketing in co- operation with ‘African Council for Hawkers and Informal Business’, as well as Financial Consultant for AA Mutual Insurance Business in Liquidation, appointed by the joint Liquidators, Director of BDO Consulting, with the main purpose to establish a new national consulting Division.
He was also Arbitrator for a Supreme Court case – VS Hydraulics, Director of the Franchise Association of SA (FASA), Founder Member of Carewell concept and model, Member of the GCOWE ’97 Primary Health Committee for Benin, held an appointment as a Consultant to the Health Organisation – Africa region as well as appointment as consultant to WHO.
Erni was also appointed as a ‘Compliance Officer’ in terms of FAIS act and was registered as Company Secretary at CIPRO, Registrar of Companies in SA.
Dr Eugenia Kula
Dr Eugenia Kula is a Dynamic Leadership, Governance expert, Strategist, and Social Entrepreneur and Strategist with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from Oxford Brookes Business.
She has a Doctorate in Corporate Governance from UNISA SBL and various certificates in politics, national building, sustainable enterprise development, policy development from various institutes in Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Zambia and Ghana.
As a Policy Development expert and in her 10-year government service, Eugenia has contributed on three Acts (FET Act, Skills Development Act and Skills Development Levy Act) and has recently pioneered and authored the Chapter 4 on Transformation in the Property Practitioners Act 23 of 2019. This Act is said to be the only Act in SA with a Chapter in Transformation.
Eugenia is also a Corporate Professional of over 12 years and has developed Strategies including Africa Growth Strategy and World Cup Strategy – both of which won Awards.
She is a founder of BWOSA a member organisation with a vision to empower, position and grow women businesses.
She was also a member of the Presidential Working Group focusing on building the SA economy. She has been part of various Presidential Business Delegations annually to BRICS Business Council in SA and Brazil. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, (USA and FACOC in China.
She represented South Africa in the UN Women CSW 60 in New York and presented on Economic Empowerment.
She is a published author who is passionate about development, transformation and Nation building.
Representing Women in Oil and Energy South Africa (WOESA)
Mmabatho Mcunu is an entrepreneur with an Accounting background (both Financial and Management). After spending 15 years in corporate, working in the FMCG and Retail environment, she decided to leave the executive management level and pursue her passion of being an entrepreneur – firstly joining the Retail Sector in the petroleum space, running Engen, Sasol and Shell filling stations.
She then saw an opportunity in the property arena, specialising in Buying, Selling and Construction.
Currently a director at Mcunus Property Enterprises and an executive member of SACCI Soweto branch.
Ms Mcunu also represents Women in Oil and Energy South Africa (WOESA) which is a leading women’s organization in the energy sector that aims to facilitate the participation of women in business ventures in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.
WOESA Infrastructure is one of the WOESA Group of Companies and is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) established with the sole intention of holding shares in Women in Infrastructure Development and Energy (WINDE).
WOESA Infrastructure shareholders comprise 1,000 broad-based shareholders, whose shares are held through WOESA Investment Holdings, as well as individual direct shareholders.
The two organisations, WINDE and WOESA, share a common investment philosophy of seeking to ensure women participation in groundbreaking projects not only as investors in infrastructure projects, but also as procurement partners and service providers across the value chain.
Investing in WOMEN in infrastructure IS development
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