Sharmila Govind


Job Title: HR Head Market Area Africa

Company: BASF


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         HR Head, Africa, HSBC Bank
2011 - 2013         HR Executive: Group IT, Group Vendor Management and Procurement and                                                                Group Real Estate Services. Standard Bank
2010 - 2011         Head of HR, Citi Bank South Africa
2010 - 2010         HR Director, Multimedia, Core & Consulting Solutions, Ericsson Sub-Saharan                                                             Africa
2009 - 2009         HR 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 HR Project/Change Manager, Europe Region, ABN AMRO Bank/Royal                                                            Bank of Scotland
2004 - 2006         HR – Country Head, Johannesburg, ABN AMRO Bank/ Royal Bank of                                                                          Scotland
2006 - 2006         Head of Communications, ABN AMRO Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland
2001 - 2004         HR 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.

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