Born in South Africa, Maya Makanjee obtained a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degree through the University of South Africa, graduating cum laude, and a BCom degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Maya completed her schooling in Durban, before spending four years at the University of Mumbai to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Maya is an independent Non-Executive Director and currently sits on the boards of Tiger Brands, Mpact, AIG, Truworths International, NOSA, FEM Education Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She has gained extensive experience in Southern African Development Community countries, as well as in some Asian markets. She has held Executive Director positions in financial services, human resources, marketing communications, corporate affairs, strategy and business re-engineering.
Her executive roles have included that of Chief Officer, Corporate Affairs at Vodacom; CEO of FinMark Trust; Corporate Affairs Director for Africa and Asia at SABMiller; Communications, Public Affairs and Human Resources Director for Southern and Eastern Africa at Nestle; and Deputy Group Executive for Strategic Planning at Telkom, among others.