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The 5 Women Who Can Transform Your Business

Here at MasterStart, we just love August for the opportunity that it presents to honour and celebrate the incredible women who have made waves in the business world. And so, to kick off our Women’s Month festivities, we’re shining a spotlight on just a few of the fantastic lady lecturers who make USB-ED one of the top business schools in the country.


Anne-Marie Le Roux (MBA)
Customer-Centric Management Strategy

Anne-Marie is undoubtedly one of the most seasoned and successful business managers in the South African market, having worked as the driving force of ABSA’s National Retail Sales strategy from 1997 to 2004, before jumping in as the Head of New Business for Woolworths from mid-2004 to 2012. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about building a business that South Africans love. In addition to her management strategy skills, Anne-Marie boasts expertise in business development and growth, marketing, innovation and sustainability. She is particularly passionate about future-forward leadership and the need for widespread sustainable business practices.

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Sulet Van Niekerk (CA(SA))
Business Finance

Sulet is not only a registered Chartered Accountant, but also boasts a diverse industry portfolio with experience in systems thinking, strategy and project management. As the cherry on top, she served as the CFO for WesBank for four years, making her the perfect mentor to guide you through the ins and outs of effective financial management (a crucial business factor in today’s COVID economy). As if lecturing at USB-ED wasn’t enough, Sulet also runs her own business coaching and consulting company with a focus on improving job satisfaction!

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Vanessa Thurlwell
Risk Management

With over 10 years of experience in risk management, particularly enterprise and operations RM, Vanessa is your go-to gal when it comes to navigating today’s hazardous business world. She holds a BA in Environmental Management from UKZN, and has worked in a wide variety of industries including insurance, retail, construction mining, banking and manufacturing across three countries. Vanessa’s formidable résumé has given her an intricate knowledge of essential risk management theories, software and practices, as well as real-world experience in the implementation of risk management strategies across all levels of an organisation.

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Belinda Wagner (MBA)
Marketing Management

In addition to her MBA, Belinda holds an impressive list of acronyms including ACMA, IMM (International Marketing Management) and CMSA (Chartered Marketer South Africa) certifications. Furthermore, she boasts 25 years of experience in marketing, serving as the Business Strategy Manager at Dimension Data for over 10 years. She has a passion for teaching, having lectured and/or facilitated courses at numerous business schools across the country. To top it all off, Belinda is in the process of earning her Doctorate of Business Leadership at UNISA, and has established two non-profits – Living with Cancer and Diamonds Network.

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Erika Botha (MBA)
Business Management Fundamentals

Erika has not only worked as a manager, but has also facilitated management and team-building training programmes for a number of high-profile companies including Volvo, Standard Bank, FNB and SABMiller. Furthermore, she holds multiple certificates in assessment, coaching and training, so she’s pretty clued up on what makes for a master manager. Erika is especially passionate about developing leadership qualities in the individuals and teams with which she works, and past USB-ED students have praised her for her encouraging and enthusiastic teaching style.

Join Erika’s Course

Now that you’ve met our superstars, it’s time for them to meet you. Make your Women’s Month one for the books by registering with MasterStart and learning from the best in the business!


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