Sharmla Chetty

President, Africa & Global Managing Director, Europe & Africa

Sharmla Chetty is the Global Head of Europe & Africa for Duke Corporate Education.  An innovative non-conformist with the strong commercial drive to see opportunities where others see challenges, her passion includes working in the area of corporate social responsibility and contributing to the development of female leaders.

Prior to her appointment as Global Head of Europe & Africa, Sharmla served as the Regional Managing Director of Africa. Sharmla opened the South Africa office in 2007 and helped build Duke CE into Africa’s preeminent corporate educate provider. Through her work at Duke CE, Sharmla has for the past eight years passionately grown the next generation of African leaders and played an active role in public and private sector organisations to transform and develop the skills and capabilities needed by African companies to win on the world stage.

In her current role, Sharmla sets strategic direction for Duke CE in Europe and Africa.  Her expertise includes a strong focus on driving strategy through leadership development, by working at the intersection between strategy, culture and people, understanding the capabilities needed to transform businesses, and successfully navigating complex stakeholder environments.  Sharmla leads client relationship management, advisory work and leadership solutions to build strategic capacity and capabilities for clients. In doing so, she helps prepare leaders to face new challenges, solve business issues, and shape a better future for their organisations.

An expert in emerging markets, Sharmla brings a “glocal” perspective to clients, merging global best perspectives with local understanding.  She has experience working in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, mining, petroleum and FMCG.  She also has extensive experience working in many regions including Africa, Europe, China and India.

Prior to joining Duke CE, Sharmla was the Head of Human Capital Development at Nedbank for over 19 years. Key to her success is her strong financial acumen and her ability to build resilient business disciplines and networks with leaders in industry, key political stakeholders, community leaders, academic institutions and consulting partners, enlisting her local team to be part of the process.

Sharmla is currently a member on the advisory board at the University of Technology of Tshwane Business School and a Board trustee for AVI Group of black shares scheme. She previously served as a non-executive director for Bigen Africa as well as on several board sub-committees including the Remuneration committee, Audit and Risk committee and as Chair of the Social and Ethics Committee.

Sharmla is a finalist for Business Woman of the Year for 2016 in the Education sector,  a fellow of the eighth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa, the recipient of the 2016 Award for Entrepreneurial and Academic Excellence on the African continent, Chairperson of the BCG Development Trust and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  As part of an Aspen fellowship programme, she has implemented the “Women Leading Africa Board Leadership – Voices of the Future” initiative building Pan African bench strength for women serving on board positions for Africa.

She obtained her MBA from Henley Management Business School in the UK.  Sharmla studied at Johannesburg University and holds a qualification in Human Resources Development.

Contact Information

phone: +27 11 575 6241

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