Hema Vallabh


Hema is a chemical engineer by profession, and a change-maker by passion! Over and above her “day-job” as a process engineer with petrochemical giant Sasol, she serves as the Managing Director for the non-profit organisation, South African Women in Engineering (SAWomEng). Her passion for people and leadership development has resulted in a number of accolades in recognition of her leadership. These include being awarded the South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Engineering title by CEO magazine, being branded as a “Change-Maker” by Oprah Magazine, being named as one of the Top 200 Young South African’s by Mail & Guardian and being selected to attend the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Program. Furthermore, she was recently invited to attend the Young African leaders Initiative hosted by Barack Obama during his visit to South Africa, and has been selected as the Flag Bearer for the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2013, bringing the event to South Africa for the first time. However it is not these accolades that define her, but rather the impact that she has through her work. Hema is currently studying to become her certified coach, through the Newfield Network, in an effort to take her passion for people and leadership development to the next level. Her personal mantra is - Life is all about passion, about being a part of something bigger, but most of all about making a difference! Follow her and her initiatives on twitter: @HemsVallabh, @MWalkSA and @SAWomEng