Thandi Orleyn

Thandi Orleyn is a founder, director, and shareholder of Peotona Group Holdings, an investment company contributing to the development of women in business and of critical skills in the economy. The first ten years of her legal practice were spent as an attorney and regional director at the Legal Resources Centre, where she focused on litigation against the apartheid state and was responsible for the training and development of candidate attorneys, paralegals, and community advice centers. Ms. Orleyn served as the National Director of the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa, where she provided strategic leadership as an accredited mediator and arbitrator at a time when South Africa was moving from an apartheid state to a democratic country. She developed people skills, structure, and systems as National Director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, and she was a senior partner at the commercial law firm Routledge Modise Inc (now Hogan Lovells). Ms. Orleyn has co-authored a book entitled, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Her current board memberships include BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (Chairperson), Tokiso Dispute Settlement (Pty) Ltd (Chairperson), Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd, Toyota SA (Pty) Ltd, and Toyota Financial Services (SA) Limited. She also served as a non-executive director of the South African Reserve Bank. She chairs the Legal Resources Trust, the Shanduka Trust, De Beers Fund, Ceramic Foundation, and the Fort Hare University Council. She received her secondary education at Inanda Seminary School before studying law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of South Africa.