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Biography of Hixonia NYASULU

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Hixonia Nyasulu ( 1954) was named chairman of Sasol in November 2008 the world's largest coal-to-fuel company, on Monday named Hixonia Nyasulu as its chairman, the first woman and black to hold the position in South Africa.

Hixonia Nyasulu was appointed to the Sasol board with effect from 1 June 2006.
Hixonia is the Executive Chairman of Ayavuna Women's Investments (Pty) Ltd, a women-controlled investment vehicle. She was rated by the Financial Mail amongst the top three most influential women in business in South Africa.

 She is the Executive Chairman of Ayavuna Women's Investments, a company whose objective is to acquire quality assets for the economic empowerment of women.

She has served on the boards of several South African companies since 1992 including Saficon Motor Holdings, AVI Limited, McCarthy Retail Ltd, Glodina Ltd and Nedbank Ltd, where she became Deputy Chairman. Until recently, she was also on the board of Anglo Platinum. She is currently a director of Unilever PLC/NV and serves on the boards of Barloworld Ltd, Glenrand MIB and Tongaat-Hulett Group Ltd. She is also a director and co-owner of Paton Tupper Associates, a Durban-based design agency, as well as a member of the JP Morgan South Africa Advisory Board.

Born in 1954 in Randfontein, South Africa, Mrs Nyasulu attended the historic Inanda Seminary before proceeding to the University of Zululand where she obtained a BA in Social Work and an Honours Degree in Psychology. She also holds an Executive Leadership Development Programme Certificate from the Arthur D Little Management Education Institute (Massachusetts) and attended the International Programme for Board Members at the Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Until recently she was a member of the Banking Enquiry Panel, appointed by the South African Competition Commission to investigate charges in the retail banking sector, access to the National Payment System and competition in the sector.

Hixonia is married with three sons and enjoys reading, public speaking and travel with her family.

Last update : 05/25/2009

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