BASF: Sharmila Govind

Sharmila Govind, head of human resources for market area Africa at BASF, joined the company in 2017.

Sharmila is an experienced, commercially aware HR Executive, with a proven track record in strategic HR management, change management, policy development and implementation within the financial sector, both locally and globally.  She has gained experience working in Europe, managing a business unit across Africa and operating at an executive level across the globe for a support function. Before her current role, Sharmila worked as an HR executive at Standard Bank and, before that, was the HR head at Citibank South Africa.

Sharmila has a BA in Psychology and Sociology and BA Hons in Sociology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also holds an MBA from the University of Wales and a number of other business and banking qualifications. 

2017 - Present    Head of HR for Market Area Africa, BASF
2017 - 2017        Sabbatical and Wits Business School Sessional Faculty
2013 - 2017        Human Resources Head, Africa, HSBC Bank
2011 - 2013        Human Resources Executive: Group IT, Group Vendor                                                   Management and Procurement and Group Real Estate Services.                                Standard Bank
2010 - 2011        Head of Human Resources, Citi Bank South Africa
2010 - 2010        Human Resources Director, Multimedia, Core & Consulting                                         Solutions, Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa
2009 - 2009        Human Resources Business Partner and interim Internal                                             Communications Manager, Absa/ Barclays Wealth,                                                       Johannesburg
2007 - 2009        Director: Business Management, EMEA Strategy, ABN AMRO                                     Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland
2006 - 2007        Senior Human Resources Project/Change Manager, Europe                                       Region, ABN AMRO Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland
2004 - 2006       Human Resources – Country Head, Johannesburg, ABN AMRO                                  Bank/ Royal Bank of Scotland
2006 - 2006       Head of Communications, ABN AMRO Bank/Royal Bank of                                           Scotland
2001 - 2004       Human Resources Business Partner, Liberty Life South Africa

2006                   The International Executive Development Programme, Bankseta 
2006                   Strategy, Values & Ethics – Schulich Business School, University                                of York
                           Trading in Global Markets – Rothman Business School, University                              of Toronto
                            Bank Financial Risk Management, Institute of Canadian Bankers/                              Bank of Montreal
2004                   MBA, University of Wales
1995                   BA Hons, Sociology, University of KwaZulu-Natal
1994                   BA in Psychology and Sociology, University of KwaZulu-Natal

About BASF: BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of its customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. BASF’s portfolio is organised into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care, and Agricultural Solutions.