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During her prolific career, Maya Makanjee has gained experience in a number of different fields, including director positions in human resources, marketing and communications, corporate affairs, strategy, and business re-engineering.
Maya holds a Master’s in Business Leadership and is currently Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs at Vodacom, a position she took up in 2012. Prior to that, she was the Chief Executive Officer of FinMark Trust, an organisation that makes financial markets work for the poor across Africa, and Corporate Affairs Director for SABMiller’s operations in Africa and Asia.
Maya sits on the boards of Vodacom (Pty) Limited, Tiger Brands Limited and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and joined the Board of Trustees at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2015, bringing her extensive commercial background, as well as a good understanding of and passion for making a difference to society at large.
“I don’t think any one of us alive today could be comparable to Madiba, but I think supporting his agenda and what he stood for is very much a way of life that my value system is aligned to,” she says.
“For me, Madiba’s legacy is not only about his vision for South Africa, but his vision for a better world. His reconciliatory attitude and his forgiveness are part of a huge legacy he left behind, and I think we have to remember that when we hit difficult times, not only as a country, but also within our personal lives.”