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In Conversation with Sim Tshabalala, CEO of Standard Bank

Join the Dean of GIBS, Professor Nicola Kleyn as she interviews Standard Bank CEO, Sim Tshabalala about the changing banking landscape in South Africa.

Learn more about how Standard Bank has repositioned its strategy away from emerging markets to a focus on Africa, and their outlook on the continent. There is much hype around digital and its impact on financial services, we find out how they view the future of financial services and fintech. The competitive banking landscape has a number of new players in the entry-level segment of banking, we ask how the traditional banks are viewing these competitors and responding to the changing demands of customers and customer experience. We also ask CEO, Sim Tshabalala, about the private sector's role in creating growth and inclusion as well as managing the countries fiscal pressures and the concerns within business.


Sim Tshabalala, group chief executive, SBG and executive director, SBSA

BA, LLB (Rhodes), LLM (University of Notre Dame, USA), HDip Tax (Wits), AMP (Harvard)

Skills and experience:
Sim Tshabalala, a banker with over 22 years’ experience in the financial services industry, joined the group in 2000 in the project finance division of SCMB and was appointed to group ExCo in 2001. Between 2001 and 2006, he was managing director of Stanbic Africa, and was appointed chief executive of PBB in 2006. In June 2008, he was appointed chief executive of SBSA. In March 2013, he was appointed joint group chief executive of SBG, a position he held alongside Ben Kruger until September 2017. He resigned as Chief executive of SBSA in January 2018.

Additional Info:

Registration: 17:45-18:00

Starts: 18:00

Ends 19:30

A light supper will be served after the event.

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  • Professor Nicola Kleyn is the Dean: Executive Education at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management and a full professor of Corporate Marketing.

    Until June 2020 Prof Kleyn was Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), a position she held for five years. In addition to her executive management responsibilities at GIBS, Prof Kleyn is a researcher and teacher in the areas of Corporate Branding and Reputation Management. She is also an active strategic facilitator and enjoys moderating public events.

    Prof Kleyn a former President of the Board of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), the African representative on the CEEMAN board and a member of the global EYQ Fellows Program and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Gordon Institute of Business Science and MIB Trieste School of Management.


    • DBA (UP)
    • MBA (Wits)
    • B Com (Hons) (Wits)
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