• Shulami Qalinge took over as the first woman chief executive of Transnet National Ports Authority 2017. In her current role Qalinge oversees the operation of eight commercial ports with a total staff capacity of over 4 300.

    She most recently served as Transnet’s Group Executive: Strategy, leading Transnet’s drive for additional revenue outside South Africa. In her capacity she was driving implementation of Transnet’s company-wide Strategy, ensuring attainment of the Shareholder’s Compact and looking after the company’s reputation through Corporate Communication. She was previously responsible for the overall management of the office of the Group Chief Executive through a provision of strategic support.

    She holds an MBA from De Montfort University, Diploma in Industrial Engineering from Nelson Mandela University of Technology, Strategic Leadership Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Programme for Senior Executives from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Senior Executive Programme Africa (SEPA) from Harvard Business School.

    She is known for her skills in operations, strategic planning, performance monitoring and diagnostic and project management. She has a strong focus on Rail and Port Operations, Supply Chain Management, Performance Monitoring and Reporting and Stakeholder Management.

  • Sibongile Sambo is a pioneering woman of South African aviation. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of SRS Aviation Ltd., the first 100 percent black, female-owned aviation services company in South Africa. Launched in 2004, SRS is an integrated provider of private aviation services offering South African and international clients professional and personalized flight options including VIP Charter, tourist charter and helicopter services, to destinations around the world. Today, the company also provides maintenance, sales and fleet management services to private jet owners. Sibongile’s pioneering entrepreneurial spirit has earned her a string of accolades and awards. She is also is passionate about mentoring young women, helping them become pilots, leaders and entrepreneurs.

  • Sizakele Mzimela is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fly Blue Crane, a South African airline that launched in September 2015. Mzimela was also the first black executive vice president of South African Airways and the first woman to be selected to the Board of the International Air Transport Association in 67 years

  • Ms. Nomfuyo P. Galeni serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Transnet Freight Rail (Pty) Ltd. Ms. Galeni served as Chief Financial Officer of Khula Enterprise Finance Ltd. from 2001 to 2004. Ms. Galeni joined the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa as Chief Financial Officer. Whilst working for the Nuclear Energy Corporation. Having developed a passion for numbers and auditing she then joined Coopers and Lybrand in Umtata to serve articles of clerkship. In 1997, she joined Transnet Group Audit as an Internal Audit Manager. In 1999 she moved to one of the business units within Transnet as a financial manager, later became a General Manager of Finance and Admin. She served as a Non-Executive Director at Airports Company South Africa from May 1, 2007 to September 27, 2010. Ms. Galeni matriculated at Umtata Technical College in 1982, studied B. Comm at Unitra (the then University of Transkei). Proceeded to the University of Natal to do B. Compt Honors, Qualified as a CA in 2001

  • Maphefo Anno-Frempong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Transport, Education and Training Authority (TETA) for the past 7 years. She knows that leadership is quite complex, but she loves her role and has embraced both the rewards and challenges of the position.

    Credited with reviving the fortunes of the organisation, which has ushered in a new era of unqualified audits, strategic occupational programmes and innovative remedies to address persistent sectoral challenges, she has set her sights on transforming the domestic transport sector. This is premised on skills development, employment creation, expansion of entrepreneurial opportunities and building a pool of quality leaders. In her efforts to advance women in the transport sector into executive roles, among many other initiatives, she is championing the introduction of two strategic occupational programmes, namely, the International Leadership Development Programme and International Executive Development Programme. Her defiance of male perceptions towards female leaders is inspiring her vision.

  • Refilwe Ledwaba is the founder and executive director of South African Women in Aviation (SAWIA), a hybrid organisation dedicated to the empowerment of women in the aviation and aerospace industry. She is a qualified rotor wing and fixed wing pilot and a qualified fixed wing flight instructor.

    She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from UCT graduate school of business and an MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of business science with a focus on Airline strategies.

  • Poppy Khoza has over 15 years experience in the field of aviation and now holds the position of the Director of Civil Aviation, having worked in various management portfolios. She has 10 years’ experience in senior management with her academic progression being largely in strategic business administration, coupled with aviation specific training. Her experience encompasses both the industry and the Regulator.

    Ms Khoza serves in various aviation structures nationally and internationally as a member. She was appointed as Vice Chairman of the ICAO Aviation Security Panel for two consecutive years and also co-chairs the ICAO AvSec Panel Working Group on Air Cargo Security.

    She is the recipient of a Meritorious Award as South Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government. She is also a 2014 finalist in Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government. She is passionate about meaningful change and aspires to provide good leadership in the aviation sector in the interests of aviation safety of security.