Shirley Zinn

Independent Non-Executive Director at Sanlam

Prof. Zinn has been a member of the Board of Directors since December 2018. She qualifies as an independent non-executive director. The Board has appointed her as an expert in human resources as well as ethics governance.

She is also an extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Human Resource Management, and has recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town. She is registered as Master HR Professional with the South African Board for People Practices.

Prof. Zinn is currently a non-executive director on the Boards of JSE-listed ADvTECH (Lead Independent and Chair of Remco). She also serves as a director on the Boards of Tuesday Consulting, Empowerment Capital, Knowledge Resources, Business Engage, Community Chest and the Boston Consulting Group SA. In addition, she is HR Adviser to the Board of Silvertree Internet Holdings. She also serves on the Takeover Regulation Panel Board and on the Council of the University of Cape Town. She is a trustee on the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust, ambassador for the Orbis Africa Charity, and the former chair of Starfish Greathearts Foundation. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Monash South Africa, and the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

Prof. Zinn was recently appointed as the patron for the South African Council of Business Women. She is a coach and mentor to several women across multiple industries and has presented at numerous national and international conferences as a keynote speaker.


  • Independent Non-Executive Director

    Current role