Khanyi Chaba is currently the Head of Responsible Business at Old Mutual Limited. She is responsible for leading the design and roll out of the company sustainable development strategy for all Old Mutual Limited operations across 13 countries in the continent. This includes setting the strategic direction and OML responses to UN Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals. Khanyi manages OML’s sustainability reporting, memberships, internal and external stakeholder engagement including government, rating agencies and industry organisations.
She is a qualified Architectural Technologist (University of Johannesburg, formerly Wits Technikon), Marketing Strategist (Institute of Marketing Management) Business Management (University of Cape Town), Interior Decorator (Vega and Design School of London) and Executive General Management (GIBS). She attended the Cambridge Institute on Sustainable Leadership (Cambridge).
Khanyi’s career in Financial Services spans over 12 years where she spent 11 years with Standard Bank, holding positions from being Director Group Sponsorships, Private Banking, Affordable Housing and ultimately Customer Experience. She served as a committee member of the SA Banking Association and was instrumental in the establishment of the Financial Services Charter.
Prior to banking, Khanyi started her career in the Construction Industry where she spent 15 years as a built environment professional. Over her tenure, she held various roles including Technical Designer, Business Development and Marketing Director. She was the first female Executive Board Member at Corobrik.
Her passion for community development and creating positive impact started in the early days of her career in the construction industry. She was the founder and Chairperson of South African Women in Construction (SAWIC), a Board member of Construction Industry Development Board and advisory council member to the Minister of Housing and Public Works. She is the Deputy Chairperson of the Soweto Plough Back Project.
Khanyi has been fostering and mentoring children from difficult backgrounds and providing support for their educational needs. She is involved with the Shoshana Foundation, raising funds for single mothers and child headed households. She is the Trustee of the Dr Thandi Ndlovu Children Foundation, whose aim is to provide financial and emotional support to young people from improvised communities. Khanyi is an Ambassador for Smile Foundation (providing financial support towards surgical operations for children with cleft lip). She is non – executive Director at Motheo Construction Group where she chairs the Social Ethics and Environmental Committee (SEEC). She is a Board member of the United Nations Global Compact (SA Networks) and the National Business Initiative (NBI).
Her endeavours for community work were ultimately acknowledged when she was voted the SABC Lebone Woman Achiever of the Year Award in 1998. She is passionate about adventure sports and has achieved 10 medals in Comrades Marathon and 10 medals in Two Oceans Marathon. She also holds the 6 Finisher Star for World Major Marathons by completing the Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Paris, London, Boston and Chicago Marathons. She also holds medals for the Paris and Great Wall of China Marathon.
Khanyi summited Mount Kilimanjaro (highest peak in Africa) in 2008 and Mt Elbrus in Russia 2018 (highest mountain in Europe!
She is a public and public speaker who has delivered talks at national and global platforms.