Ms. Tumi Dlamini
Chief Executive Officer
Tumi is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa with a multi-disciplinary background in public policy, African development and the nexus of business and government. She is currently an Advisor to the African Peer Review Mechanism, an organ of the African Union (AU) where she leads and promotes corporate governance policies and initiatives on the African continent. She has worked and assessed corporate governance policies and practices in several African countries.
She founded the African Network on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (a joint project of AU, the World Bank and African Development Bank) and is also a Lead Convenor on the development of the African Principles and Guidelines on Corporate Governance, a joint project of APRM, the African Development Bank and the UN Global Compact. She is a strategic thinker who can drive results and has amassed knowledge of the political, economic and regulatory dynamics across key markets in Africa
Prior to this, she was the Executive Director at Master Builders South Africa (MBSA), a business association for employers in the construction and infrastructure industry in South Africa. She was the first woman and first black person to hold the position in the organisation’s 110 year history.
She was a partner at Bowman Gilfillan, an international law firm, where she became the first female black partner in an international law firm in South Africa. She specialized in Corporate, Commercial and Financial Law.
Tumi has served on several boards including Business Unity South Africa, an apex South African organization representing all sectors of organized business. She is passionate about promoting access to education and served as the Chairperson of the Board of the CIDA Empowerment Fund, a fund established to build an investment portfolio to secure funding to South Africa’s first tertiary education institution for the economically and socially disadvantaged rural black South Africans. She is currently the President of Harvard University Association South Africa. Tumi also serves on the inaugural Governance Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), a Committee that has been tasked with introducing Governance Reforms in African football to promote integrity in the sport.
She holds a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where she was awarded the prestigious Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program and the Kistefos Fellowship, a B Social Sciences Degree and a postgraduate degree in LLB from the University of Cape Town.