President, Duke CE in Africa
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.
Currently Chairperson for the Share Scheme Board for BCG (Boston Consulting Group South Africa), the Chairperson for the Duke CE Board Africa, Director on the Duke CE Board Europe and Director on the Share Scheme Trust AVI.
Sharmla was also 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. As part of an Aspen fellowship programme, she is the founding member for “Women Leading Africa Board Leadership” initiative building Pan African bench strength for women serving on board positions for Africa. Sharmla is also founding a founding member of the Mentorship Circle along with Mrs. Zanele Mbeki (former first lady of South Africa), this groundbreaking programme is a mentorship programme aimed a equipping and inspiring a group of 30 young future leaders in South Africa.
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.
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.