Michal Pillay

Head: Supplier Diversity, Absa Group

Michal Pillay currently presides in the role of Supplier Diversity Manager at ABSA Group Limited. Michal’s passion for improving supply chain and growth in the market stems from her various roles within Category Management at MTN, an African Continentally positioned telecommunications organisation. Her consistency in gaining knowledge and skill sets are evident in her tertiary achievements as a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.. Michal’s transition to ABSA positioned her as SNR Category Manager in Marketing and Print in 2015. Her passion for development of supply chain initiatives was capitalised on by the institution. Michal’s vision for the growth of South African businesses and upliftment of employment are evident in the initiatives and guidance she provides for the changing environment in the South African Purchasing and Supply chain programmes. Michal’s frugal mannerisms and strategic approaches in her roles have seen the institutions gain in copious savings across the supply chain. Michal’s skills and knowledge are comprehensively adopted by the organisation as she oversees and manages the ABSA supplier transformation processes since 2016. The strategic and professional mannerisms of Michal have aided and promoted many businesses in growth and development in her roles over 2 major corporations in Southern Africa. This path has led to her involvement in the WEConnect Organisation where her participation elevates her to a seat on the advisory council for ABSA. Michal Pillay conducts her professional life with a strong balance in her family life raising her four children with the same vigour and passion as she rises through the corporate world.