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Vice President: Southern and East Africa (SEA)
Skills, expertise and experience
Ms Yolanda Cuba is the Vice President SEA region of the MTN Group having joined in January 2020. She is the former CEO of Vodafone Ghana and former Group Chief Strategy Officer for strategy, new business and M&A at Vodacom Group covering South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, DRC and Lesotho. Ms Cuba comes with a wealth of experience in telecoms, financial services and fast-moving consumer goods amongst others. Her work experience started in corporate finance and transitioned to operational management in diversified industries.
She was one of the youngest CEOs of a JSE-listed company at the age of 29 years and has been recognised as CEO/Business personality of the year by multiple platforms over her 20-year working experience. She was also selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the Young Global Leaders and named one of the Choiseul 100 Africa by Institut Choiseul (France).
She is a CA (SA) by training and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Pretoria. She is an alumnus of programs at INSTEAD, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.
She has served on numerous JSE-listed companies as non-executive director including Absa Group where she was the longest serving member for 12 years before resigning in 2019.
She is passionate about education and inclusive social and financial development and has served on the Advisory Board of Stellenbosch University Business School, a founder of Cuba-Mtyi Foundation and serves as a Trustee for the Nelson Mandela Foundation since 2022.