Shireen Chengadu

Shireen Chengadu


Saturday 3 June, 11h10 | Performing Under Pressure

Performing Under Pressure

A soccer player stands in front of the posts, the goal he is about to kick will win victory for his team or drop them out of the tournament. An organiser is faced with a crisis and decisions need to be taken to avert disaster. What does it take to perform under pressure, how do we keep our calm when the world is seemingly collapsing around us, how do we prepare ourselves for cutting through the noise. Our ability to focus in really challenging times is critical to our job and key to the successful outcome of our undertaking. Shireen will coach us through this process.        

Speaker Profile

Shireen Chengadu is Director of University Relations at the University of Pretoria. Since December 2002 she has held executive roles at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), including Executive Director of the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue and Enterprise Development Academy, and the Academic Programmes portfolio. She holds adjunct faculty status at GIBS where she teaches open, corporate and MBA elective programmes. Through her growing venture Chengadu Advisory, she consults to corporates that are building inclusive work environments and more effective business, government and societal partnerships.

Shireen holds an Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (GSB), a Bachelor of Pedagogics (Arts) from University of Durban Westville, a Bachelor of Education (Honours) and a Masters in Education from the University of Natal. Her MBA dissertation for which she received a first pass focussed on the character traits of successful high-impact women entrepreneurs in South Africa. She is currently registered for a PhD at UCT GSB focusing on the intersectionality between gender, race and class.

Two of her notable business accolades include Finweek’s 10 Women to Watch (August 2014) and Top Businesswoman of the Year at the 11th Annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards (2014).

Shireen consults to corporates in South Africa on their women in leadership development and inclusive work imperatives. She is passionate about millennials and mentors a number of young women and men.

She is co-editor of the peer-reviewed Women Leadership in Emerging Markets book to be published by Routledge in June 2017.

The legacy of apartheid in South Africa and her humble working class roots spurred her on to earn her leadership seat at decision-making tables; that journey a constant reminder that growth has no limitations except those that are self-imposed. She loves to remind herself and others that this is her best decade yet!