Zanele has 16 years financial services experience having worked for and been a senior manager in two leading financial services companies in South Africa. Her last role was as head innovation wherein she led the company’s innovation strategy and implementation and this led to the corporate being a 2012 finalist in the UK based Financial Innovation Awards in the Best Culture Change Initiative.
In 2013 and 2014 she was appointed as the Chairman of the South African Innovators Network (SAINE), the biggest network of innovators in SA.
She is a council member on the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) which gives the department of Science and Technology advice on innovation in South Africa.
She attended the IMD (Switzerland) executive course on Innovation and Change Management.
She has a B.Com and has a Master in Finance and Tax.