When women become leaders, they have the capability to make bold decisions
that drive meaningful change and transform industries.


Women in Investment Banking are leading the way by combating outdated gender stereotypes, highlighting the importance of diversity and proving why they have more than earned their seat at the table.

Every influential woman has more than one story, and this Women’s Month, we shine a light on the diverse experiences of 10 women in investment banking as they journey through the triumphs and challenges of being bankers, wives, friends, mothers, daughters and sisters.As we celebrate their achievements, we also thank them for opening the doors for the next generation of female investment bankers to proudly step through, into a future embracing merit, diversity and inclusivity.

Watch the stories


In celebration of the fearless business leaders within our organisation, while also unburdening and inspiring the next generation of female investment bankers, these are our Standard Bank sheroes for the month of women.


Part 1

Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Bank, has launched the Why She Leads campaign for Women’s Month, which shines a well-deserved spotlight, on the company’s female dealmakers in investment banking across our continent.


Part 2

Standard Bank aims to foster an environment that is focused on realising potential from all aspects, and one of the ways this can be done is when women are recognised as their full selves.


Listen to the Podcast

Lindeka Dzedze speaks to the owner of SRS Aviation, Sibongile Sambo and the Head of Legal Investment Banking at Standard Bank Group, Marita Koti about their roles and personal stories.

Listen to Podcast

Our Sheroes

Sasha Cook

Head, Investment Banking, Western Cape

Sherrill Byrne

Sherrill Byrne

Anneke Lund

Executive, Sustainable Finance

Marilyn Maki

Head, Energy & Infrastructure, Trade & Corporate Financing Solutions

Marita Koti

Head, Legal: Investment Banking

Mphokolo Makara

Executive Head, Energy and Infrastructure, East Africa

Mulalo Takaedza

Senior Vice-president, Structured Capital

Neha Bantha

Senior Transactor, Structured Capital, Leverage Finance

Simone-Louise Hutchings

Executive, Loan Syndication and Sales

Melanie Elephant

Executive, Corporate Financing Solutions