Samira Hassanally Samira Hassanally

South Africa



Occupational Information

Job Title: Director in Investment Banking, Absa

Professional History

Samira is a Director in the Absa Banking team based in Johannesburg who is responsible for the equity capital markets initiative. Initially joining Absa/Barclays Africa in 2007 as part of the Barclays EMEA graduate programme, she spent time in debt capital markets and securitization. This was followed by eight years in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, leading various transactions across Africa.  In 2017, she was tasked with building the equity capital markets platform both in South Africa and across Africa.
Samira is an alumnus of the 2013 class of the International Executive Development Program and participated in the Absa/Barclays Africa leadership and talent development programme “Masedi” that was initiated by the firm’s Banking on Women forum. This latter programme later won an award for investing in young women at the South African Gender Mainstreaming Awards in 2016.


BSc in Actuarial Science, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
BSc Honours in Financial Mathematics, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.


2018 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Additional Tags: Actuarial Science, Financial Mathematics, Banking, Capital Markets