Wendy Luhabe

South African

Women Private Equity Fund WPEF
Member of IMD Foundation Board and Supervisory Board


Wendy Luhabe pioneered the founding of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (WIPHOLD) in 1993 and Investment Fund for Women and the Women's Private Equity Fund (WPEF) in 2002.

Dr Luhabe recently retired from the Board of the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, is Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, a Board member of the Institute of Directors and the Club of Rome. She pioneered the founding of WIPHOLD in 1993, which revolutionized the participation of women in the South African economy, and in 2002 launched the Venture Capital Fund for Women Owned Enterprises. She is a recipient of many accolades including from the World Economic Forum. She established the Wendy Luhabe Foundation after she published her book Defining Moments, to educate young disadvantaged black women, particularly from rural areas. In 2011, she was invited by Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to join the new International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL) which consists of women world leaders from US, foreign, public and private sector organisations and institutions. She is currently involved with a revolutionary idea to start a global movement of Entrepreneurship through Reality TV.

In her career, Dr Luhabe served as Chairman of the Vodacom Group, the Industrial Development Corporation and the International Marketing Council of South Africa. She gained national and international corporate experience with Vanda Cosmetics and the BMW Group between 1981 and 1991. In 1992 she founded Bridging the Gap, her first exercise in social entrepreneurship to prepare young graduates for Corporate employment.

Dr Luhabe holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Lesotho (South Africa) and two honorary doctorates from the University of Fort Hare and the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa).