Dr Vuyo Mahlati is serving a second term (2011-15) as the President of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) South Africa, and appointed in 2013 global director of IWF Leadership Foundation Board member. In May 2010 she was appointed by the President to serve as one of the inaugural members of South Africa’s National Planning Commission for five years responsible for crafting the National Development Plan. As the Commissioner she chairs the working group on the Capable and Development State, as well as Spatial Transformation. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Panel of Experts tasked with developing the Integrated Urban Development Framework for the country.
Vuyo obtained her PhD from Stellenbosch University. Her thesis, focusing on the role of value chains in mainstreaming rural entrepreneurs into global markets was the only one selected by the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences to be presented at the University’s New Voices in Science Colloquium. Vuyo’s leadership draws from vast experience as a policy specialist trained in the UK London School of Economics as well as her corporate leadership and entrepreneurship. She was appointed in September 2013 to serve as the Deputy Chair of the State Information Technology Agency. Her other directorships include being the non-executive director of Lion of Africa Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Listed Brimstone Investment Company. She has served two terms as the Chairperson of the South African Post Office Board of Directors which includes the Post Bank. Here she led the corporatization strategy from traditional to digital business in mail, logistics and banking. She previously served for two terms on the Financial Markets Advisory Board as well as member of the Financial Services Board Licensing Committee. She was a director of Alexkor Mining Board, and fund manager Umbono Capital (now One Stone). Vuyo’s entrepreneurial experience includes participation in major business ventures that include the listed Sasol Oil and Tongaat Hullet. As the Principal Consultant and Co-owner of African Financial Group her investment portfolio targets financial services and resource-based industries in emerging markets.
As a recognized global thought leader Vuyo participates in global think tanks on corporate diversity leadership and inclusive development. She serves as member of the Global Advisory Council of Corporate Women Directors International based in Washington DC, USA. Vuyo is also a member of Impact Hub Global Advisory Council, an entrepreneurial network with HQ in Vienna, Austria. In 2011 she participated in the 2011 Aspen Seminar in Colorado, USA, as well as the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. She’s the Committee member that produced the 25 year Gauteng Province Integrated Transport Strategy (Africa’s gateway). Vuyo is the recipient of the 2008 Black Management Forum Presidential Award for Transformational Leadership, as well as the Black Business Executive/ABSA Kaelo (Guidance and wisdom) Award. In 2012 she was the finalist for the 11th Van Ryn’s BBQ Public Visionary Award.