IWF member profile

Shirley Machaba

Board Member and Deputy Chair: Leadership Development Committee, Young Leaders Connect and IWFSA FASSET Women’s Leadership Programme Alumni

Shirley is PwC SA’s CEO and Regional Senior Partner, Southern Africa, and has held many leadership positions within the firm. She’s a Chartered Accountant (CA SA) and a Chartered Director Southern Africa (CDSA), with over 29 years’ internal, external audit, risk management, compliance and governance experience across all industries. She’s deeply engaged in internal audit and served on IIA local, global, and regional structures. She serves as a Trustee of the global Internal Audit Foundation since 2019 and has been recently nominated to serve as chair of Finance and Development committee. She diligently chaired the Institute Relations Committee and has been a member of the IIA Global Board Committee (Member Relations Committee) for six years. She represented Southern Africa as a member and Secretary General of the African Federation of Institutes of Internal Auditors. She is a renowned thought leader on governance, risk and internal audit.

She participated in Partner Development Leadership Program (PDLP) by GIBS, PwC global Network Key Talent Pool (NKTP) and Reinventing the Future (RtF) programmes and she is now a fully fledged Futurist. She is also a mentor to Network Leadership Development Program-a PwC global partner development program.

She is currently a board member and audit and risk committee member of BLSA and AMCHAM since 2020.

Shirley is a global speaker on governance, risk, internal audit and D&I and presented at conferences and key events like Africa WEF, UN Women side events in New York, Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women’s Summit, the Standard Bank Top Women Leaders Conference, IWFSA women leadership summit and Leaderex to name a few. She’s been a judge for the Gender Mainstream Awards since 2018. She has been awarded various awards of which recent ones are “Africa Business Woman of The Year” by AABLA,  African Business Leadership Award. “Women Lifetime Achievement Award” by ABASA, “Audit partner of the year” by AWCA and  “AWCA Luminary Award” for its 20th-anniversary celebration and “Chairman’s Guardian of Governance Award” by IIASA.