Berenice Lue Marais has extensive leadership, governance, strategic business development, and international cooperation experience. She has held various key senior positions across several organizations. Previous management and leadership positions include leading the Africa, International Development, Strategic Alliances, and Business Development portfolios.
Berenice studied at the American University KOGOD School of Business, where she was awarded a MBA in International Business. Under a United Nations Fellowship, Education and Training Program for South Africans she obtained a BA in Economics, specializing in Sub-Saharan African Development.
Berenice is currently a Director of Save the Children South Africa, and the National Library of South Africa. She has recently been appointed to the Institute of Directors, and has held various Board and leadership positions including; Board Member: South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), Appointed by Minister of Trade & Industry; Board Member: Ethics Institute of South Africa; Member: SARS Audit Committee, Appointed by the Minister of Finance; Board Member: HOPE Worldwide, Appointed by Dr Mark Ottenweller; Board Member: African Thought Initiative, Appointed by Mr Govan Mbeki (late); Board Member: The South African Sports Information & Science Agency (SISA), appointed by Minister of Sports and Recreation.
Berenice is a South African national. After living in Washington DC for eight years she moved to live in Pretoria. Berenice relocated for a two year stint to the Shunyi district, Beijing China, where she continued as a Director of Companies, travelling between South Africa and China. Berenice has returned to South Africa where she is involved in Board leadership, contract related assignments, and mentoring and coaching of businesses, enterprise development, women and youth.