Board of directors
Management Advanced Programme, Industrial Relations (certificate), Wits Business School; Diploma in Graphic Art, Reproduction and Technology, London College of Printing
Deputy Chairperson, Smile Telecoms Holdings. Formerly Smile Telecoms Group CEO (12 years). Sits on several boards: Smile Telecoms Holdings and all its subsidiary company boards – Smile Communications Tanzania, Smile Communications Democratic Republic of Congo, Smile Communications Uganda, Smile Communications Nigeria and Smile Communications PTY (South African company); MTN Group; MCell; South African Broadcasting Corporation. Non-executive director: Metropolitan; South African Breweries; Premier Group; Times Media Limited; MNet; MultiChoice; First National Bank.
Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Fachhochschule of Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, Germany
Alstom Senior Vice President Middle East, Africa and Western and Central Asia since January 2020. Extensive experience spanning 35 years, all but one of which was spent in various roles at Siemens AG, starting as an intern in 1985 and ending as Global Head of Portfolio Unit Commuter, Regional Trains and Passenger Coaches (2016 to 2019). Before this final role at Siemens, Yakisan was Division Head for the Mobility Division in the Lead Country Bundle Greater China. Has worked in Turkey, China, Germany and the United States.
Sonja De Bruyn Sebotsa
LLB Hons, London School of Economics; MA Business and Economic Policy, McGill University, Montreal; Securities and Funding Authority (UK); Executive Programme (Harvard Kennedy School)
Extensive experience in finance, business and empowerment of women in South Africa; co-founder and principal shareholder of Identity Partners, an investor in established and growing businesses, advisor to government and corporate clients, with a dedicated fund to finance black youth and women entrepreneurs; currently sits on the boards of RMBH/RMI, Discovery Group,Remgro, Mr Price Group and the National Empowerment Fund; recognition by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, Black Management Forum and World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
MAS: Legal; LLM Legal Studies, University of Connecticut School of Law, USA
Served as Alstom’s Senior Legal Counsel: Mergers and Acquisitions before becoming Vice President: Legal and Compliance in the Middle East and Africa in 2019; extensive legal experience honed through various positions and regions within Alstom.
Mokganyetsi Violet Sithole
MPhil, University of Stellenbosch
Founding director of both specialist monitoring and evaluation consultancy Uweso Consulting, and Genorah Resources, an emerging black mining company that was a majority shareholder in ASX-listed Nkwe Platinum; served on the boards of Mathew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance and Gauteng Institute of Education Development and Management; over 30 years’ experience in education management, e-learning, strategic planning, stakeholder and human resource management; member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.
Tristan le Masne de Chermont
Master’s: management, ESCP Business School, Paris, France
Joined Alstom as assistant to Senior Auditor in 2004; served as Vice President: Internal Audit and Internal Control for three years before becoming Vice President: Finance, Middle East and Africa in 2019; during audit and control tenure, Alstom’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index score soared to 86/100 on risk and crisis management (versus a peer average of 56/100).