Managing Director, Thomson Reuters – Africa
Sneha Shah was appointed Managing Director of Africa for Thomson Reuters in April 2015, and leads all of the Financial, Risk, Tax and Legal businesses across the region, providing data, automation and digitisation solutions to financial institutions, governments and corporates. She is responsible for driving the profitable and sustainable growth for Thomson Reuters in Africa in a manner that contributes positively to the region's economic development.
Born in Kenya and having worked in many African countries, Sneha is particularly passionate about initiatives that help empower Africa’s success. She has initiated partnerships with leading international market development, media and training providers, led regional and global mentoring programmes and works in close collaboration with public and private sector organisations in each country to tackle the opportunities and challenges around land rights, financial and capital markets development, empowerment of women and youth and changing the perception of the risk of doing business on the continent.
Sneha is a member of the Board of the US Chamber of Commerce US-Africa Business Center, the Steering Committee for 30% Southern Africa and the One Young World (PYW) Africa Local Organising Committee. She is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the African Leadership Network (ALN). Sneha has been actively involved in several initiatives of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, including the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) (current), and the Global Agenda Council on Governance (2014 to 2016). She also chaired the Women@Thomson Reuters Global Advisory Council from 2012 to 2014.
Sneha joined Thomson Reuters in 2001 in New York and has held several global leadership roles across the Financial and Media business units in operations, product development and technology before moving back to South Africa to lead the Financial and Risk business for Thomson Reuters across Africa in 2013. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Sneha was a Commodities Trader for Cargill in South Africa and traded money markets and foreign exchange at CFC Bank in Kenya. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in