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Venete Klein

Chairman - Institute of Directors of South Africa

Born in Cape Town South Africa

Venete Klein has a leadership style that perfectly combines compassion with big business. She is a financial powerhouse, humanitarian, mother and bridge-builder all rolled up into one rather formidable package. Klein may be small in stature, but her passion for creating business with heart is larger-than-life. She served until recently on the ABSA Group Executive team where she was an integral member of the team that successfully led the Barclays integration.
Venete was named Business Woman of the Year in 2009 and served various Standing Committees as appointed by the former Minister of Finance. She is also a visiting Professor at the University of Free State and regularly presents at Stellenbosch University, University of Louisiana and Cornel University (US) to MBA students. Over the years she has studied extensively overseas and is a graduate of Harvard and holds a number of international qualifications from MIT, Insead, IMD and Wits.

When it comes to firsts, Venete is always leading the charge. She was the first South African to be invited to serve on the World Trade Organisation’s International Policy Commission. The first woman to serve as Vice Chair of the Agricultural Business Chamber, and the first woman to be appointed as President of the AHI (Afrikaanse Handels Instituut / Afrikaans Chamber of Commerce) in its 66 year history. Klein is Vice President of BUSA, Chairperson of AllPay Consolidated, Board Member of the Rural Housing Loan Fund, a Trustee of the Absa Foundation Trust, Director at IoDSA, a as well as a trustee of Community Impact Trust

Contact details

O: 012 993 5856

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Chartered Director | Governing Body Chartered Directors - South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa | August 2014 - present


Non Executive Director | Eskom
Johannesburg, South Africa | November 2014 - present

Manufacturing and Industrial

Non Executive Responsibilities

Non Executive Director | Old Mutual Wealth
Cape Town, South Africa | June 2013 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Non-executive duties

Non Executive Director | acsis
Cape Town, South Africa | 2013 - present


Non Executive Director | PG Group
Johannesburg, South Africa | June 2013 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Non Executive Director | South African Bureau of Standards
Pretoria, South Africa | April 2013 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Chairman - IoDSA | | The Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA)
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2011 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Chief Executive | Kleininc Management Consultants
Pretoria, South Africa | January 2010 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Visiting Professor | University of the Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa

Academia, Education and Training

Previous Position(s)

Member of Council (Councillor) | University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa | March 2014 - October 2014

Academia, Education and Training

Non Executive Director | Co-operative Banks Development Agency
Pretoria, South Africa | September 2013 - July 2014

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Director | Proudly South African
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - March 2013

Social Development and Community Services

Executive Director | Retail and Business Bank | ECOBANK NIGERIA LTD
November 2011 - February 2012

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Group Head | Retail Business Bank | Ecobank
November 2011 - February 2012

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Chief Corporate Affairs | Sustainability Officer | BARCLAYS AFRICA GROUP LTD
South Africa | 2010 - 2010

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Director | National Anti Corruption Forum
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2010 - December 2010

Social Development and Community Services

Director | Rural Housing Loan Fund
2009 - December 2011

Chairperson | Gotswelela
2009 - 2010

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Executive Director | Absa Retail Bank
2008 - 2009

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Non Executive Director | Meeg Bank
2007 - 2010

Accounting, Banking and Finance

General Manager | Business Banking Services
February 2005 - June 2005

AgriBusiness, Franchising, Consumables, Black Business, Franchising, Medium Business and Public Sector

Educational history


Harvard University

Completed 2001

Senior Executive Programme

INSEAD Asia Campus Singapore Institute

Completed 2005

Avira Programme

IMD Business School

Completed 2006

Avira Programme

MIT Endicott House, Dedham, Massachusetts

Completed 2006

Corporate Strategy

INSEAD Graduate Business School

Completed 2007

The Challenge of Leadership

USAID, Johannesburg, SA

Completed 1994

Financing the Closely Held Business Corporations

University of Columbia

Completed 1997

Executive Development Programme

Chase Manhattan Bank

Completed 1997

Housing Finance Development in the American Arena, American Banking Concepts, Strategic Sales Management

International Development, Dublin

Completed 2000

Strategic Banking and Development beyond the year 2000



Business Woman of the Year | Business Women's Association | 2009

Leadership Award | Barclays International & Commercial Bank

ABSIP Award | Association of Black Investment & Securities Professionals

Agricultural Business Personality of the Year

Top Region | Peoples Bank

Top Managerial Performer | Nedcor People's Bank

Business Personality of the Week | Argus



Financial Policy and Services Board

Standing Committee Member

Revision of the Short-term Insurance Act

Standing Committee Member

Two Terms

Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees


Revision of the Banks Act, 1990

Standing Committee Member, 2001 - 2011

Appointed by the Minister of Finance: South African Reserve Bank



National Anti-Corruption Forum


International Women's Forum (IWFSA)

Member, 2010 - present


Community Impact Trust


Absa Foundation Trust


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