Wendy Luhabe

Published on October 23, 2017

Pioneer for the Economic Empowerment of Women | South Africa

Wendy Luhabe

Wendy Luhabe is considered one of South Africa’s most prominent and visionary women. She is chairperson of Vendome SA, the Industrial Development Corporation, The Abraaj Group, and the International Marketing Council, and she serves on the Board of the Johannesburg Securities Exchange.

Luhabe is best known for founding the Women Investment Portfolio Holdings in 1993, which revolutionized the participation of women in the economic landscape of South Africa.

She published her first book in 2002, Defining Moments (Experiences of Black Executives in South Africa's Workplace), and her foundation uses the profits to educate young disadvantaged black women.

In 2002 she was responsible for the launch of a ZAR120 million private equity fund for women-owned enterprises in South Africa.

Luhabe is an international trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation, a member of the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy, and a member of the Club of Rome. The World Economic Forum in Switzerland recognized her as a Global Leader for Tomorrow and in 1999 she was honored as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.

She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Fort Hare and was inaugurated as Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg in September 2006.


Read the article on the Trailblazer Challenge for Seasoned Leaders and Rising Changemakers to which she participated.

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