Managing Director - Head of Natural Resources, Absa Bank
Shirley joined Absa Bank Limited in 2011 and is now the Coverage Head for Natural Resources for Absa Group Limited (Corporate and Investment Banking). Her responsibilities include maintaining and growing relationships in the mining, metals, oil, gas and chemical industries. She has a wealth of experience working with clients such as Tullow Oil, Sasol, PetroSA and Kosmos amongst others.
Prior to joining Absa, she was the Sector Director of Mining, Resources and Commodities at FirstRand Bank Limited in Johannesburg. She obtained her tertiary qualifications in B.Com (Ed)(Cum Laude) and B.Com Honours in Financial & Strategic Management from the University of the North West.
As part of her focus on the banking industry, she has always taken up part time lecturing at various universities and colleges to ensure that students receive valuable practical banking industry knowledge. She was a member of the Financial Services Board Seta in South Africa and a member of a working group at the University of Pretoria developing an appropriate curriculum for banking related university degrees.