Maria Ramos is a corporate leader and banker who serves as a non- executive director on the boards of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Saudi British Bank (SABB). She also Co-chairs the United Nations Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Between March 2009 and February 2019, Ms Ramos served as Chief Executive Officer of Absa Group leading the Group through a number of significant milestones. She was a member of the WEF’s International Business Council and member of its executive Committee for 12 years and it’s chairman between 2017 and 2019.
Her contribution has been recognized through numerous awards including ranking in Fortune Magazine’s 50 most powerful women in business a number of years running; CNBC Africa Woman Leader of the Year (2011); Wits Business School’s Management Excellence Award (2010). She was named the Sunday Times Business Times Business Leader of the Year in 2005 and Businesswoman of the Year by the SA Businesswomen’s Association in 2001