What will future leaders need?
Wendy is a Medical Doctor who has worked in the areas of equity, transformation, diversity and inclusion since 1999. Her career path turned from medicine to diversity and inclusion after she had served three years as a Commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of South Africa – a position to which she was appointed by then President Nelson Mandela. Her path to the TRC began in 1985 when, while working at the District Surgeon’s Office in Port Elizabeth, she became the first and only doctor in government employment to reveal evidence of police torture of political detainees, when she successfully sought a Supreme Court interdict against the police to stop them from assaulting and torturing political detainees. Subsequent to this she remained active in health and human rights issues, particularly in respect of the rights of political detainees. Wendy is the Group Head of Inclusion for Standard Bank Group and is responsible for three functions, namely Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Wellbeing, and Corporate Social Investment.