Niven PostmaNiven Postma

South Africa


Occupational Information

Job Title: MD of Niven Postma, Inc; Lecturer at Henley Business School; Author

Professional History

Niven Postma is currently serving as the MD of Niven Postma Inc. She works as a strategy, leadership and culture consultant and facilitator for clients in South Africa, the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, and Australia, in industries as diverse as financial services, professional services, media, petrochemicals, retail, and manufacturing. She lectures at Henley Business School and on various global leadership development programmes and is the author of the book “If you don’t do politics, politics will do you – A guide to navigating politics ethically and successfully.

Prior to this phase of her career, Niven occupied a number of executive and leadership roles that have included: Head, Leadership, and Culture for the Standard Bank Group during that organisation’s strategy cascade which spanned all the countries where the Group operates and all 55 000 employees; Head of the South African Reserve Bank Academy, responsible for the delivery of all learning and leadership development programmes across SARB; Head of External Strategy at the South African Reserve Bank; Chief Executive Officer of NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), one of the largest children’s NGOs in South Africa; Chief Executive Officer of the Businesswomen’s Association (BWASA), the largest association of business and professional women in South Africa; Consultant with the global strategy consulting firm Monitor Company, where she worked for three years on cases for clients that spanned mining, retail, healthcare and government, in South Africa, Boston and Turkey.


Executive MBA- Cum Laude from the Graduate School of Business from the University of Cape Town
Bachelor of Arts- Political Science. Cum Laude from the University of Stellenbosch
Post Graduate Diploma- Future Studies, Cum Laude from the University of Stellenbosch Business School


2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

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