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Biography of Wendy Yvonne Nomathemba LUHABE

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Wendy Yvonne Nomathemba LUHABE
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Born on 29/05/1957 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Wendy Yvonne Nomathemba Luhabe (born May 29,1957), is one of the most influential women in South Africa.

Wendy Luhabe considers herself a social entrepreneur and is regarded as one of South Africa 's prominent, visionary and pioneering women. She spent 10 years in Marketing before venturing on her own. Her first enterprise was in Human Resources (Bridging the Gap). She is most known for her vision in the founding of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings in 1993, an initiative that revolutionized the participation of women in the economic landscape of South Africa . She has been a director since the age of 36 and is chairman of International Marketing Council (IMC), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Vendome SA.

She published her first book" Defining Moments" in 2002 (Experiences of Black Executives in South Africa's workplace).
In 2002 she was responsible for another first in South Africa, namely the launch of a R120 million private equity fund for women-owned enterprises. She was, until quite recently, chairperson of Alliance Capital and the Vodacom Group. Currently she is chairperson of Vendome SA, the Industrial Development Corporation and the International Marketing Council and also serves on the Board of the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. She also holds a number of influential international appointments: She is an international trustee of the Duke’of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation, she is a member of the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy and is also a member of the Club of Rome.

Many awards have been bestowed on her. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Fort Hare. She was recognised as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and as an Outstanding Young Person by the Osaka Junior Chamber in Japan. The Unisa Business School recognised her contribution to Leadership in Practice. In 1999 she was honoured as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.

Personal Life

She is married to Mbhazima Shilowa, the Premier of the Gauteng Province, and they have two adult sons. She has established the Wendy Luhabe Foundation, which uses the profits from her book, Defining Moments, to educate young disadvantaged black women, particularly from the rural areas.
Ms Luhabe was inaugurated as Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg in September 2006.

Last update : 07/02/2008

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