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South Africa



Occupational Information

Job Title: Chemical Engineer, Co-founder, and CEO WomEng and WomHUBz

Professional History

Hema Vallabh is a chemical engineer and social entrepreneur. She co-founded WomEng, an international, award-winning non-profit developing the next generation of female engineering leaders. WomEng works to attract, develop and retain the pipeline of female engineering talent. Founded in South Africa in 2006, WomEng develops targeted programs and interventions to address the severe shortage of women in engineering.  Beyond the focus on increasing numbers, it also seeks to create the next generation of female engineering leaders in society.

Following the success of WomEng, Hema 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 and is planning on expanding into Asia.

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 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

 Additional Tags: Chemical Engineering, Ontological, Social Entrepreneur, Education, Technology, Change- Maker