Enid Lizamore, Executive Head of Human Resources at Santam

Enid Lizamore believes SA is a country overflowing with opportunity. Economic stimulation is desperately needed, however, and small businesses and entrepreneurs are critical to filling this gap, she says. ‘Women are well-suited to this arena. We have many of the innate abilities that make entrepreneurs successful – creativity, managing multiple priorities, resilience and perseverance.’

She has filled executive HR positions in the technology, retail and banking industries, including a stint as head of HR at Microsoft, executive head of HR at Barclays Africa Group Limited and head of transformation and recruitment at Discovery Holdings. But it’s the people she’s worked with, she says, that have played a big role in her career.

With her strong people management background, Enid is at the forefront of Santam’s transformational talent management agenda and has been instrumental in earning the group its Top Employer certification.

Enid is also involved in her family’s craft beer company and restaurant.