Mapule KgomongoeMapule Mzimba

South Africa


Occupational Information

JobTitle: Chief Operations Officer of Discovery Bank

Professional History

Mapule is a scientist, management consultant, and now a banking executive. She was appointed Chief Operations Officer of Discovery Bank in 2017. Prior to joining Discovery, Mapule held various roles at Absa, including Director in Corporate & Investment Banking for Transactional Products; COO of Transactional Banking prior to running the business; General Manager - Group Projects where she drove the "change the Bank" agenda.

Prior to joining Absa, Mapule was a Senior Manager in Accenture responsible for business development and account management as well as delivery of large scale programmes. While at Accenture, Mapule conceptualized and implemented a Future Leaders Programme which today is a flagship programme at the heart of their attraction and retention strategy. She was also selected from 48 countries to serve on the Accenture Global Executive Development of Women Leaders Faculty.

Prior to joining Accenture, Mapule was a researcher and Project Manager at CSIR.

Mapule has a Masters and Honours degree in Science and a Post Graduate qualification in Business Management, all attained in Cum Laude. In 2009, Mapule was a recipient of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu African Leadership Award and underwent leadership training at the Oxford University Said Business School. In 2016, PASA awarded her the top student of the year across Africa, for a Foundational Payments qualification.


M.Sc from University of Pretoria
B.Sc (Hons) from the University of Cape Town
Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management from the University of South Africa
All academic qualifications obtained Cum Laude.


2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

 Additional Tags: Science, Consultant, Banking,  Investment, Business Development, Leadership


About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.