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Thembelihle (Thembi) is a lawyer by profession, having been admitted to the bar in London, UK. Her key competencies are in entertainment and corporate law having worked for a prestigious law firm in their entertainment division looking after World renowned American artists with the responsibility of managing their signed up contracts and providing wealth management.

Simultaneously she worked for a public advocacy firm in Los Angeles, California, USA, where she assisted clients in formulating and implementing strategies to achieve identified targets which ranged from lobbying for policy and legislative changes to accessing opportunities in identified sectors.

In South Africa, she has worked as a corporate lawyer for the South African Broadcasting Corporation where she was responsible for corporate and entertainment contracts. Subsequently, she joined government as Legal Adviser in the Department of Transport and later as an International Relations Executive in two large South African Government National Departments.

Her work experience in these Departments has led her to work with government counterparts in various countries and public advocacy institutions in the SADC region, West Africa and in Europe. Her work also involved extensive interactions with South African Government, Parliament and its committees and other Government Departments.

Thembi has also led a Provincial Transport Department which entailed managing and administering a provincial budget and mapping a strategy for the department. She is currently the CEO of the Advertising Standards Authority.

She is currently a Board Director of the Direct Marketing Association and the Rail Safety Regulator. She is also a fellow of the African Leadership Institute.