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Maria Ramos

Chief Executive Officer of ABSA Group Limited

Born 22-02-1959 in Lisbon Portugal

Maria Ramos is the Chief Executive Officer of Absa Group. Ramos has served as Group Chief Executive of Transnet Limited and served as Director-General of the National Treasury. She serves on numerous boards including the World Bank Chief Economist Advisory Panel. Ramos was rated as the world's ninth Most Influential Businesswoman by Fortune Magazine.

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Business Address

Carlton Office Towers II, 150 Commissioner St, Johannesburg

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Chief Executive Officer | BARCLAYS AFRICA GRP LTD
South Africa | 2009 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Previous Position(s)

Independent Non-Executive Director | SABMILLER PLC
South Africa | 2011

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Independent Non-Executive Director | REMGRO LIMITED
South Africa | 2007 - 2009

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Independent Director | SANLAM LIMITED
South Africa | 2004 - 2008

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Group Chief Executive Officer | Transnet Limited
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2004 - 2009

Transportation and Logistics

Director-General | National Treasury | Government of South Africa
Pretoria | 1996 - 2003

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Director-General | Finance | Government of South Africa
South Africa | 1996 - 2003

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Research Officer | London School of Economics
South Africa | 1994 - 1995

Academia, Education and Training

Research Officer | Centre for Research into Economics and Finance | London School of Economics and Political Science
1994 - 1995

Academia, Education and Training

Project Leader | Inflation Project, ANC | Macro Economic Research Group
1992 - 1993

Social Development and Community Services

Economist | Department of Economic Planning | African National Congress
South Africa | 1990 - 1994

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Research Associate | Centre for Study of South African Economics and International Finance | London School of Economics and Political Science
1990 - 1994

Academia, Education and Training

Lecturer | Economics | University of South Africa
South Africa | 1989 - 1991

Academia, Education and Training

Co-ordinator | Centre for Development Studies | Economic Study Committee
1989 - 1990

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history


University of the Witwatersrand

1983 - 1987

Bachelor of Commerce

Institute of Bankers in South Africa

South Africa | 1983 - 1983

Bankers Diploma (CAIB)

University of London

Completed 1992

Master of Science



Outstanding Business Woman of the Year | African Business Awards

Ranked as 14th Most Powerful Woman in International Business | Fortune Magazine

Ranked Ninth Most Powerful Woman in International Business | Fortune Magazine

Business Leader of the Year | Sunday Times Business Times | 2005

South Africa's Business Women of the Year | 2001

Economic Society's Senbank Prize for Honours Dissertation

Barclays Bank Graduate Scholarship

Institute of Bankers Marketing Prize

Santambank Marketing Prize

British Council Scholarship: Helen Suzman Award | 1991

Global Leader for Tomorrow | World Economic Forum

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