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Lynelle Bagwandeen FCG, LLB, LLM

Lynelle is president of CGISA and serves as chair of the membership committee. Lynelle is the company secretary of Naspers Limited. She has held this position since August 2020. She was previously the company secretary and general counsel of Netcare Limited. She was appointed as a director to the board of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) in 2015. Her background includes providing corporate governance and legal advice to two large national banks and an international mining house which included work on foreign listings in London in respect of the AIM. She completed her articles at a large national law firm and was admitted as an attorney in 2002. Her area of expertise remains corporate governance and enhancing compliance. Her master’s dissertation was on corporate governance and was invited to be published as a book entitled The Role of Disclosure in enhancing Corporate Governance.


Senior Vice President
Sonia Giuricich FCG (Acc)

Sonia runs an accounting and tax practice, which has some large clients. Sonia is senior vice president of CGISA. She is a PPG member and serves as chair of the CGISA finance and risk committee. She worked for 6 years at Anglo American and for 3 years at Total SA in accounting and internal auditing.


Vice President
Sandile Mbhamali FCG, RA(SD) Eswatini

Sandile is currently the company secretary and management accountant at Robinson Bertram Attorneys (2011), where he advises on tax and finance issues, performs all company secretarial functions and supervises the accounts department. Sandile founded the first beneficiary fund in Eswatini, Likhwane Beneficiary fund. Sandile is a former director of CGISA representing Eswatini. Sandile’s professional skills include lecturing in corporate governance, risk management experience and having an in-depth knowledge of King IV. Sandile serves on the CGISA executive committee and is chair of the social and ethics committee.


Past President
Karen Robinson FCG, LLB, LLM

Karen is the company secretary of Vodacom SA. Karen is past president of CGISA and serves on the CGISA executive committee. Karen is a member of the professional standards committee of CGI.  Karen is an experienced company secretary, having worked in both the listed and unlisted environment. She has experience in the construction, mining, financial services, and telecommunications industries and previously served as the company secretary of Huge Group, Aveng Ltd, Gold Fields Ltd and FedGroup.

Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Sadie MBA, M. Ed, BA (Hons), H DipEd PG, BA

Stephen is CEO of CGISA. Stephen is a member of the King Committee. He serves on the International Council of CGI and was Secretary of CSIA from 2010-2012. Stephen has held several senior positions in the education sector. He was Director: Strategic Support at the South African Qualifications Authority. Prior to this he was Director: Research and School Improvement at the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, which was responsible for training 2000 school governing bodies in Gauteng. Prior to that, Stephen was Chief Education Specialist: Curriculum Delivery and Support of the Johannesburg East District of the GDE, which was responsible for 120 schools. Stephen regularly presents at various corporate governance conferences.


Board of Directors

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Simon Akala

Ophelia Akosah-Bempah

Lynelle Bagwandeen
Sharon Clark

Deolinda da Silva

Sonia Giuricich

Fiona Maskell
Sandile Mbhamali

Lindelwa Mngomezulu
Karen Robinson
Stephen Sadie