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Shameela Soobramoney

CEO, National Business Institute, South Africa

Shameela is the CEO of the National Business Institute (NBI).

Shameela was previously the Chief Sustainability Officer of the JSE. Passionate about the systemic importance of sustainability thinking in corporate strategy, she was responsible for advising the Executive Committee and Board of the JSE Limited on sustainability and the integration into strategy.  She project-led the JSE’s Sustainability and Climate Change Disclosure Guidance which won the 2022 award for Thought Leadership in Sustainable Investing: Africa from Environmental Finance.

Shameela is the past chair of the World Federation of Exchange’s (global) Sustainability Working Group, a member of the Strategy Group of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD), and chair of the Sustainable Finance Working Group of National Treasury.

She is a non-executive director of the WWF (South Africa), and of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

She is the winner of the SERAS Africa CSR/Sustainability Professional 2021 and the IRMSA[1] ESG Sustainability Professional 2020 awards. Her previous experience includes senior roles in the banking and insurance industries,. She is a popular speaker at local and global events and a regular contributor to media articles.

Shameela completed a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership (MSt) at the University of Cambridge and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pretoria, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is a recipient of the Chevening and Mansion House scholarships and is a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA). She holds the ESG Global Competent Boards designation (GCB.D).

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