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Pulane Tshabalala Kingston

Founder and Managing Director of Mirai Rail Corporation

Pulane Tshabalala Kingston
Pulane Tshabalala Kingston

Pulane Tshabalala Kingston is the founder and Managing Director of Mirai Rail Corporation, a South African based Sub-Saharan rail solutions and technology company.

She is qualified lawyer, entrepreneur, social activist and patron of the arts who has served on a number of Boards of companies and NGOs.

She co-founded and is a board member of Sphere Holdings (Proprietary) Limited, an investment holding company which has interests primarily in the financial and industrial services sectors of the economy.

She has previously served in various senior executive positions, including at Webber Wentzel Attorneys in South Africa where she practiced law as a partner specializing in oil and gas regulatory law. She also represented the firm at Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), an organization where South African business leaders engage key players in South African society, including government, civil society and labour, to exchange ideas in the national interest and to create effective dialogue. She also worked as a Managing Principal at Absa Capital (Barclays Capital), where she was responsible for the investment bank’s Human Capital, Transformation & Diversity, Marketing & Communications, and Sustainability platforms.

Pulane is an active Patron of the Arts, where she is a Global Patron of Art Basel, the leading international art fair which is staged annually in Basel (Switzerland); Miami Beach (Florida) and Hong Kong. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town (ZeitzMocca), South Africa. She is a member of the Africa Acquisitions Committee of the Tate Modern Museum in the United Kingdom. Over the years, she has built an art collection whose mission is to redress the underrepresentation of African visual artists – women in particular – by ensuring that these artists find their place in the full context of a diverse canon of art history.

As part of her corporate social responsibility work, Pulane works with various non-profit organizations, including serving as a board member of LALELA, a charitable organisation that provides arts education to at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit.

She is a Fellow of the African Leadership Institute.

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