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Dr Shirley Zinn

Dr Shirley Zinn has a wealth of experience in Human Resources with impressive credentials in academia. She has an interest in motivational speaking designed to inspire especially disadvantaged young women.
She joined the board of WWF South Africa in 2020 and is Chair of the Remuneration and HR committee.
Dr Zinn is the former Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited. Prior to this, she was the Head of Human Resources of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group. She also registered her own company, Shirley Zinn Consulting, which provides consulting and advisory services in HR, Transformation, Leadership and Education.
Zinn’s previous roles also include serving as Group Executive HR at Nedbank and General Manager for Human Resources at the South African Revenue Service.
She has served on several boards including serving as the former Chairman of DHL: Global Forwarding SA, and the former Chairman of Starfish Greathearts Foundation. She is also a former Independent Non-Executive Director at Shoprite and previously served on the Board of Cricket South Africa.
Zinn was Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town.
She holds a BA (University of the Western Cape); Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape); B.Ed. Honours (UNISA); M.Ed. (University of the Western Cape); Ed.M. (Harvard); and Doctorate in Education (Harvard).

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