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Zohra Ebrahim has over 20 years experience in the fields of development, housing, change management and governance. She chairs the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, was the inaugural chair of the Social Housing Regulatory Authority, a statutory body, from 2010 to 2015 and also serves as a director for Edcon, Aurecon SA Pty Ltd and Towers Watson SA. While these are non-executive directorships, her governance experience across non- profit, private and public companies has been recognized by her chairing a number of board committees for the companies she is involved with, and regularly asked to advise on change management, housing and governance.
Previously she was the non-executive chair of Sanyati Holdings, and the executive chair of Organization Development Africa( ODA), a niche strategic management consultancy, and earlier served in a similar capacity for the New Housing Company, and Inframax Holdings. Zohra also headed the Consultative Business Movement in the Western Cape before it became the National Business Initiative, and was a director of the non- profit Development Action Group (DAG) for many years.
She was elected the first black female president of the South Africa Institute of People Management IPM) and during her tenure, the name changed from the Institute of Personnel Management to the Institute of People Management.
In April 2014), Zohra together with a number of civic stalwarts, received an award from the Minister of Human Settlements, with the citation ‘in recognition of your contribution to gender transformation in South African Human Settlements’.
Previous awards include the Lebone Women Achievers Award , Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and a Fellow of the Institute for People Management. Zohra serves on the board of the Africa Leadership Initiative. She is a Fellow of the Mayihombe (fifth) class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.