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Chief Executive Officer
Australian Payments Network
Leila’s business career spans more than 25 years working in payments, consulting, investment banking, retail banking & capital markets. Her diverse experience has been acquired in some of South Africa’s leading companies in these fields, including Accenture, Standard Bank & the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. During this time, Leila has held senior executive positions & directorships of global portfolios, local boards & US boards. Her board roles have included that of Non-Executive Director, Executive Director of publicly listed entities & Managing Director. Leila has also served in the capacity as Chairman of the board.

Over the course of her career, Leila has gained experience in turnarounds; set up of two new Greenfields organisations; established new global and local divisions within a multi-national organisation; launched new products; established and closed down joint ventures; advocated on national policy matters; managed flagship national payments projects and grown and maintained existing revenue producing and support functions. Moreover, Leila has occupied roles that involved the turnaround of South Africa’s largest card business (from an ROE of 4% to 17%), the introduction of EMV chip and pin into the South African market in 2009 and the introduction of new payments innovations into the market. Leila holds a Ph.D in Economic & Financial Sciences.
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