Savina Harrilall


Job Title: Chief People Officer

Company: Mukuru


Savina is a seasoned HR executive with more than 20 years of combined experience, of which 15 have been in a leadership role, covering the spectrum of generalist human capital (strategic and operational), organisational effectiveness, cultural transformation, transition management, employment relations, internal communications, mergers and acquisitions, and capability development.

Prior to joining Mukuru, Savina was the CPO at SA Taxi, and also held various executive positions at Momentum (MMI). Apart from working in the financial services sector, she also worked as an HR/OD consultant at Sasol and Nampak respectively.

Savina is in the process of completing her PhD in industrial and organisational psychology at the North-West University and currently holds a bachelor of social science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as honours and master’s degrees.


2022 - Present               Chief people officer, Mukuru
2020 - 2022                   Chief people officer, SA Taxi & SA Taxi Protect
2018 - 2020                    Human capital executive, Momentum Life Group
2018 - 2018                     Human capital executive, MMI Retail
2017 - 2018                     Human capital executive, Momentum Retail
2012 - 2017                     Human capital executive, Momentum Short-term Insurance
2011 - 2012                     Head of human capital & OD, Momentum Wealth (Investments)
2008 - 2011                    Head of human capital & OD, Momentum Medical Scheme Administrators


2021 - Present                PhD in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, University of North West
2006 - 2008                   Master of Arts Industrial/Organisational Psychology, University of North West
2004 - 2006                   Honours Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) Industrial/Organisational Psychology,
                                          University of North West
2000 - 2001                    HR Management diploma, Damelin College
1996 - 1999                     Bachelor of Social Science, University Of Natal

About Mukuru: Mukuru is one of the largest money transfer providers in Africa and a leading Next Gen Financial Services Platform that offers affordable and reliable financial services to the emerging consumer. The foundation of the business was built by providing the continent’s migrant diaspora with safe, convenient international money transfers. From this base it has grown a wide range of products and services that take their cue from their customers’ needs and aspirations for greater financial security and a better life.


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