Pat Sithebe

In 2004 Pat set a global record in terms of time-to-time market implementation for Continuous Linked Settlement at Absa. As head of payments for the bank, her daily responsibilities include cross-border and domestic payment operations and monitoring of the bank's cash management and liquidity. She is recognised as a professional who is committed to skills transfer, and has mentored many young people. In the banking sector she is seen as an intrepid futurist with great tenacity to revolutionise the banking system to ensure client and customer contentment. Pat aims to ram the boundaries of payments technology, processing power, resources and innovation to achieve the transition to global payments utility. She has strategically and successfully forged partnerships, enabling Absa to play an increasingly decisive role with regards to payments as core of banking business. In 2007 she won an Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals Award.

Lunch spot: Moyo, Zoo Lake, Johannesburg