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Wendy Luhabe – The Pioneer Of Economic Empowerment Of Women


Wendy holds a portfolio of activities, which is increasingly becoming a phenomenon of today’s generation of people who wish to live a life comprising of diverse experiences that make a difference.

Her activities ranged from corporate employment to social entrepreneurship and the boardrooms, with bridging the gap between women and the economy being a common thread in all her endeavors.

Wendy holds a portfolio of interests and has been a social entrepreneur since 1991 after 10 years in corporate marketing of a luxury brand.

She recently stepped down as Chairman of Vendome SA, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the International Marketing Council (IMC) responsible for Brand South Africa and as director of the Johannesburg Securities Exchange.

Wendy is a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation to inspire young people, a Patron for Junior Achievement South Africa to develop entrepreneurial capacity.

She is a member of the founding board of Patrons for Student Sponsorship Program which has enabled more than 500 financially struggling students in South Africa to access private school education.

She’s also a Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, on the board of the International Institute of Management Development Business School in Switzerland and also sits on the International Advisory Board of Essec Business School in France.

Wendy is a recipient of two Honorary Doctorates in commerce for her pioneering contribution to the economic empowerment of women. She assisted an entrepreneur in starting a Global movement of Entrepreneurship which was launched during 2012, called The Big Break Legacy.

Over the past 15 years, Wendy has received international recognition from different organizations in different countries such as Switzerland, and Japan.

She is featured regularly in various media (Sunday Times, Financial Mail) as one of South Africa’s most powerful women.

Wendy was recently invited by Ms. Hilary Clinton to join the International Council of Women Business Leaders, a new initiative by the U S State Department.

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