South African-born Maya Makanjee holds a Master of Business Leadership (cum laude) from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After her schooling in Durban, she spent four years at the University of Mumbai, where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance).
Maya is an independent non-executive director and currently sits on the Boards of Tiger Brands, Mpact, AIG South Africa , AIG Life South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Maya was on the Board of the Worldwide Fund for Nature for nine years, stepping down in November 2015.
Maya has gained extensive experience in Southern African Development Community countries, as well as in some Asian markets. She has held director positions in financial services, human resources, marketing communications, corporate affairs, strategy and business reengineering.
Maya was registered as a Trustee of the Board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in March 2015.