Sanjana Joshua


Job Title: Head of Talent

Company: FirstRand Group


Sanjana Joshua is the Talent Head for FirstRand Group. She was appointed to the position in March 2023. Prior to joining FirstRand Group, Sanjana held the position of Human Capital Executive: Group Talent and Learning at Old Mutual Limited. She also served as the Acting Group Human Capital Director during her tenure. Sanjana's expertise in talent management led her to become a member of the EMEA Talent Advisory Board at Workday. She also worked as the Human Resources Director and Head of Africa Talent Management at AB InBev. Sanjana worked Standard Bank Group, where she held various managerial roles, including Manager of Group Talent and Assessments, and Manager of Competency Capability. She began her professional journey as a Senior Human Capital Consultant at Adcorp . Sanjana holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) coursework in Consulting Psychology from the UNISA, a Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology, Biology & Chemistry from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also completed the Global Executive Program in Strategy and Business from London Business School.

Work Experience
2023 - Present:      Talent Head, FirstRand Group
2019 - 2023:          Human Capital Executive: Group Talent and Learning, Old Mutual
2020 - 2020:          Acting Group Human Capital Director, Old Mutual
2021 - 2023:          EMEA Talent Advisory Board Member, Workday
2018 - 2019:          Human Resources Director, AB InBev
2017 - 2018:          Head: Africa Talent Management, AB InBev
2015 - 2016:          Executive: Organization Wellness & Psychology Practice, SAB
2012 - 2015:          Manager: Group Talent and Assessments, Standard Bank Group
2010 - 2012:         Manager: Competency Capability, Standard Bank Group
2007 - 2010:         Senior Human Capital Consultant, Adcorp
2006 - 2007:        HR Projects Consultant, Standard Bank Group
2005 - 2005:        Intern Psychologist, Durban University of Technology

2022 - 2022:        Global Executive Program, Strategy and Business, London Business School
2013 - 2014:         Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Coursework, Consulting Psychology, UNISA
2004 - 2005:        Master of Arts (MA), Counselling Psychology, UNISA
2002 - 2004:        Bachelor of Science (Honours), Psychology, UNISA
1999 - 2001:        B.Sc. Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal

About FirstRand Group: FirstRand Group is a leading financial services provider based in South Africa. With its headquarters in Johannesburg, the group operates through a portfolio of diversified financial services companies.

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