Euvin Naidoo (18)

Bachelor of Arts in Law and Politics, Summa Cum Laude – University of KwaZulu-Natal

Master of Business Administration (Business Administration and Management) – Harvard Business School

Selected by as one of the African continent’s Top 10 most ‘Powerful and Influential Men’ of his generation, Mr Naidoo has engaged as an executive within financial services in both the USA and Africa for the past 15 years. Prior to operating and managing the Thomson Reuters Financial Institutions business across Africa, which included the coverage of 47 countries in a matrixed operating model, Mr Naidoo was part of the African leadership team at the Boston Consulting Group, joining as the first South African Partner and Managing Director based out of the Johannesburg office, where he led the Africa Financial Institutions (Banking and Insurance) and Public Sector (DFIs, Treasury and Central Banks) Practices. Naidoo’s personal focus and work is on operations management, scaling business models, partnerships, marketing, digital innovation and transformation within financial services, incorporating the themes of customer centricity, agility, automation, financial inclusion and the implications of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ on organizations’ staff, stakeholders and customers. Selected in 2009 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF), in 2012 he was recruited to the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, where he served 2 terms on the United States Council. He is a current member of the WEF’s Expert Network.

In 2004, Mr Naidoo was recruited to join one of Africa’s leading pan-African banks, Standard Bank, within Corporate & Investment Banking, where he focused on Acquisition Finance (M&A), initially based in Johannesburg and then, from 2005, in the New York office. He returned to South Africa from the USA in 2009 to head up the Risk Appetite & Credit Portfolio Management team for Standard Bank, a deeply operational and performance management role, covering a 17 country pan-African footprint across all personal and business banking product lines.

In 2013, Mr Naidoo was recruited to Barclays Africa’s Regional Management EXCO as the Head of Strategy, leading the development of the bank’s growth plan focused on execution for the ‘Rest of Africa’ across the 11 country pan-African portfolio incorporating all in-country business lines including strategy for the Corporate and Investment Bank, Retail and Business Bank as well as Wealth and Insurance Divisions.

In February 2017, Naidoo was honored in Boston by receiving the Harvard Business School Africa Business Club Leadership Excellence Award. Mr Naidoo is also the co-author, alongside Prof. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, of the published Harvard Business School case ‘Nelson Mandela- Change Leader’, which serves to illustrate the power business and private sector leaders have to drive a conscious form of business that supports the transformation of society. Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs, in recognition of his work, and impact across Africa, has previously named Euvin Naidoo as one of the ‘Five Faces of African Innovation and Entrepreneurship.



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