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Finalist: Jazz Mbanjwa

Businesswoman, executive coach, radio personality, conversational moderator and mentor.


Jazz Mbanjwa is a businesswoman, certified in ICT services, renewable energy, industrial executive coach, radio personality, conversational manufacturing, and automotive and moderator, social entrepreneur, and mentor, with telecommunications industries.

Businesswoman. Executive coach. Radio personality

Communication and media


She is a regular invited SAFM radio speaker on the topic of mindfulness and a conversational moderator with experts, for example, those in the pharmaceutical and medical industries, on how to fast track the transformation agenda. She is the author of various opinion pieces published on JazzOptimism.Com; a recent piece is ‘COVID-19 in Our Times: a VUCA analysis on businesses’. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.


Education:


She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Industrial and Labour Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and speaks Afrikaans, English, Xhosa (her mother language) and Zulu.

Jazz has a Master’s in Positive Psychology, Leadership and Strategy from the IE School of Human Sciences and Technology in Madrid, covers topics such as Activities and Societies: Methods and Skills for continuing Personal Growth as a Leader, Team Management and Coaching; Strategic Capabilities; Heightened understanding of behavioural finance; Risk and Macroeconomics; Ability of designing products; services; functions and organizations. Advanced Knowledge of Decision Making; Conflict Resolution and Negotiation. Shortly after her graduation, she was profiled in the Leadership August 2019 edition.


She has completed a number of courses as part of her ongoing professional development: Information Technology Agency certificate; the IWF Strategic Leadership Programme (Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria); Introduction to the Board: The Effective Company Director (PSAROS Training); and a Certificate in Marketing Management (Unisa).


Jazz is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) in the WEConnect International network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world. She has attended WEConnect International Conferences abroad and she serves on the WBE Council of WEConnect International in South Africa. She is a member of the WBE-created African Women in People Development, a professional collaboration group. She has served on the IBM Transformation Committee for IT skills. She is an alumnus of the International Women’s Forum (IWFSA) and served on the Executive Round Table 2010 and Young Leaders Connect. She also served as a board member of the Information Technology Agency. She took on the role as chair of the Parents Teacher Association of St Stithians College Girls Preparatory, focused on fundraising, sustainability advancement, talent activation and stakeholder engagement.

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