Bongiwe Kunene

Bongiwe Kunene (19)

Master of Science in Development Economics – University of London

Ms. Bongiwe Kunene is the Managing Director of the Banking Association of South Africa. She assumed this position on March 16, 2020.

Prior to that Bongi was the Pan Africa Head, Public Sector Banking for the Standard Bank Group. She had responsibility for strategic direction of the business in 15 African countries including South Africa. Her career has included a role as the Executive Director at the World Bank Group in Washington DC. In that capacity she served in the board representing South Africa, Nigeria and Angola. She chaired the Audit Committee of the World Bank Group from November 2016 to October 2018.

Bongi has served in the South African government in different capacities including 4 years in The Presidency first as Chief of Staff for the Deputy President and as the Deputy Director General responsible for economic policy coordination. She served as the Superintendent General heading the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Finance and Economic Affairs. She also served at the National Treasury.

Bongi has been a member of boards including the South African National Parks where she chaired the Audit Committee; and she served as the Chairman of the Richard’s Bay Industrial Development Zone.