Wendy Luhabe, social entrepreneur studied social sciences at Fort Hare from 1976 – 1977, and graduated from the University of Lesotho with a Bachelor of Commerce. In 1994, Wendy pioneered the founding of the fi rst investment company to be owned by women, and the first women-owned company listed on the stock exchange, Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (WIPHOLD).
She has been featured as one of South Africa’s most powerful women; in Monaco as one of 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World for 1999 and in Financial Mail as the most infl uential leader and business woman among her peers. She is involved with The Resilience Company, offering resilience training in organisations.
Wendy is currently the Chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation, Women Private Equity Fund and the International Marketing Council. She is also the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, a non-executive director of the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, a Patron of Junior Achievement, a member of the Club of Rome (an international think tank) and the Jury President of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. She speaks and writes regularly on the empowerment and economic development of women, transformation, human capital development, diversity and spiritual intelligence. Wendy is a member of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Foundation Board and Executive Committee in Switzerland, as well as the Chairman of the IMD Alumni in South Africa.