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South Africa



Occupational Information

Occupation: Engineer

Occupational Position: Chemical Engineer, co-founded WomEng

Professional History

Hema Vallabh is a chemical engineer and a change-maker. She is a serial social entrepreneur who co-founded WomEng, an international non-profit developing the next generation of female engineering leaders. Following the success of WomEng, she co-founded WomHub, an umbrella education & technology company to host gender parity programs including women in the engineering sector. WomHub has rolled out programs across Africa and Latin America, with expansion across Europe and Asia to follow soon.

She is also the Founder of The Passionate Professional, a leadership incubator focused on developing leaders through mentorship, and an associate at the IDM Business School, where she is the Program Director for the School of Mentorship.

Her passion for the work she does has resulted in a number of accolades in recognition of her leadership. These include being an alumnus of the Fortune MPW Global Women’s Mentoring Program; an Oprah change-maker; and a finalist for the Africa's Most Influential Women award. She is a member of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network and the African Leadership Network.


BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering and MSc in Engineering from the University of Cape Town
Diploma in Ontological Coaching from Newfield Network, USA


2017 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow



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