Shirley Machaba


Shirley Machaba

Shirley is CEO for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Southern Africa and Regional Senior Partner, Southern Africa from 1 July 2019.  She has been a Partner in PwC Assurance Services practice for 16 years. She is a Chartered Accountant and qualified Chartered Director Southern Africa (CD (SA)), and has over 27 years internal, external audit, risk management, compliance and governance experience within private and public sector across all industries.

Before her CEO role she served in various leadership roles within PwC including the following:

  • PwC Africa Governance, Risk and Internal Audit Leader and a member of the Global Leadership team : July 2014 – June 2019
  • PwC Southern Africa Governance, Risk and Internal Audit Leader : July 2009 – June 2019
  • PwC Government & Public Sector Leader : July 2016 to June 2019
  • Partner-in-Charge – PwC Menlyn Office : July 2016 to June 2018
  • PwC Africa Diversity & Inclusion Leader : July 2018 to June 2019
  • PwC SA Governing Board Chair : October 2012 to June 2018
  • PwC Africa Governance Board Member : October 2012 to June 2018
  • PwC Global board Member : March 2015 to June 2017
  • PwC SA Governance Risk and Internal Audit Leader : July 2009 – June 2019
  • IIA president and board chair :  June 2015 – July 2019
  • Chair of the Institute Relations Committee (IRC) a subcommittee of IIA Global board : July 2017 – June 2020
  • PwC Africa Interim board member : March 2012 – Sept 2012
  • Currently Business Leaders South Africa Board (BLSA) Board Member and member of Audit & Risk Committee: April 2020 – present
  • Currently American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Board Member and chair of Audit & Risk Committee : April 2020 – present
  • Currently Member of Board of Trustee of Internal Audit Foundation (IAF) : April 2020 – present

She served on the PwC Global Government and Public Sector Leadership as well as the Global Diversity and Inclusion Leadership team.  She is currently Partner-in-Charge of the Waterfall Office since 1 July 2018.  She serves on the PwC Africa Leadership team.

She has been proactively involved in the internal audit profession at local, regional and global levels.  She has presented on Diversity and Inclusion matters locally, regionally and globally, including at Africa Forbes, Africa WEF in Cape Town and UN Women side events in New York.  She has had an opportunity to write publications and co-present with Prof Mervyn King on governance, risk and internal audit matters locally and regionally.

She has received several accolades as follows:

In 2002 she was honoured by the Institute of Internal Auditors in recognition of her excellent achievement in the development and growth of internal auditing in the Public Sector.  In 2003, she was named Internal Auditor of the Year by the IIA SA.  Shirley was honoured by the BWA in June 2006 with the Regional Businesswoman of the year award. She was also honoured the outstanding contribution award by IPFA in 2004. She was a finalist of the “Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and in Government” during 2013. She was nominated finalist of the “Top Black Female Leader of The Year” by Top Media Communications during 2014. She was honoured by African Woman Chartered Accountants as “Audit Partner of the year” in 2016. She was also honoured by Black Management Forum as “manager of the year” again in 2016. She was honoured “Regional Businesswoman of The Year” award by BWA in 2006. She was honoured by South African Professional Services Awards with the “Big 4 Professional of the Year” as well as being named the overall “Woman Professional of the Year” in February 2018. She is the nominee of “Businesswoman of the Year” for 2018 by BWA. She was honoured by South African Professional Services Awards for the “Accounting Industry Leader of the Year” and “Overall Professional of the Year” in 2020.  She was nominated finalist for the “Role Model of the Year” by Gender Mainstream Award in September 2020.

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