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Meet one of South Africa’s young global leaders

Written by Editor

June 7, 2022

By Fiona Wakelin


Every year a selection of outstanding young leaders (young meaning under 40) from around the globe is chosen by The Forum of Young Global Leaders R. This year representatives from 42 countries were selected to “responsibly improve the state of the world” – and 5 young South Africans made the cut, among them Esha Mansingh, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and IR at Imperial. But first, who is this community?

The Young Global Leaders ® Community is an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.

Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.

Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries. – The Forum of Young Global Leaders.

With all the challenges facing the Blue Planet – the latest UN report on climate change warned that it is “now or never” to reverse human-induced global warming from carbon emissions – as well as the growth of socioeconomic and geopolitical tensions exacerbated by 3 years of COVID (which in itself seems like a never-ending story) to know that we have dynamic, courageous leaders and influencers working together to ameliorate what at times seems like a tar pit, is news we sorely need.

It is no less heartening that Esha Mansingh is one of the 109 chosen from among the world’s best to share their insights, drive, energy and vision.

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Executive Vice President: Corporate Affairs and IR at Imperial, Esha Mansingh is responsible for ESG and sustainability, investor relations, corporate affairs, internal and stakeholder communications, brand positioning, and media liaison at Imperial. As the Chairman of Imperial’s Global Women’s forum, she drives many women-led empowerment initiatives across Africa, CSI projects and leads the sponsorship of the iconic Imperial Wanderers Stadium.

Esha also serves as the co-chairman of the World Economic Forum’s New Champions South Africa Board, on the boards of Unjani Clinics NPC and the Imperial and Motus Community Trust, is the chairman of the Integrated Reporting and ESG sub-committee of CFO Forum SA, and a founding member of the Investor Relations Society South Africa.

In addition, testament to her far-reaching work in women empowerment and social impact, Esha is a multi-global award winner having been recognised among the 100 Most Successful Women in Business in the World 2021 by GTC, a Top 50 Power of Women 2021 by Mail & Guardian, Positive Role Model for Listed Companies in Southern Africa by Accenture Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2021 and ‘Most Influential Women in Africa 2022’ by a European business magazine.

“To be recognised by WEF as a YGL 2022 is an honour. My personal purpose is to continue to make an impact on our committees and countries in need. Through YGL, I want to grow and leverage partnerships and networks with other like-minded leaders with common vision and purpose to drive social impact and women empowerment initiatives particularly on the African continent. Also high on my agenda, particularly coming from a leading logistics business in Africa, is how we lead and drive the climate change transition journey. We need leaders and voices to represent Africa on these international platforms and to also attract investment onto the continent for this climate transition journey. I’m hoping to play a part in these discussions through YGL, ” – Esha Mansingh.

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