At 35, Esha Mansingh has been able to achieve many impressive career and personal milestones. Through her work at global logistics giant, Imperial, she has been able to introduce and formalise a number of woman-centred programmes and initiatives, as well as create opportunities for women in a male-dominated corporate world.
As an accomplished 21st century woman, Mansingh has held many titles: executive vice-president of corporate affairs and investor relations; TV presenter; award-winning journalist; wife; and mother. While much of her success is down to her determination and focus, Mansingh is grateful for her supportive family, husband, colleagues and supervisors who have given her the freedom, choice and opportunity to live a full and balanced life. She hopes, through the woman-centric work she champions, to be able to emulate the support she has received and build foundations for the advancement of women across Europe and Africa.
As vice-president of corporate affairs and investor relations at Imperial Logistics, Mansingh’s primary roles include investor relations, media liaison, communications, sustainability, environment, social and corporate governance, and integrated reporting. Through these roles, as well as through her role as chairperson and founder of Imperial’s Global Women’s Forum, she seeks to weave a female-led ethos throughout Imperial’s regional structures.
Through Imperial’s CSI, Mansingh has supported and guided programmes that improve and provide access to healthcare, education, skills development, road safety and women empowerment, as well as supporting women in sport. Through the Global Women’s Forum, she has worked to improve the standing of female Imperial employees by implementing initiatives such as workplace breastfeeding clinics, self-defence programmes and female driver programmes, aimed at increasing the representation of women in the Imperial trucking and driving force. She has also spearheaded a confidential helpline apparatus for women working at Imperial — called [email protected] — aimed at creating a safe and supportive environment for women to report and find solutions to issues they may face in both their professional and personal lives.
Mansingh has led a number of external Imperial initiatives around sport, including sponsorships and fundraising initiatives. Because of her work, Imperial is the first corporate sponsor of the Lions provincial women’s cricket team, as well as the gsport African Women in Sport awards.
Additionally, Mansingh has been at the forefront of two programmes aimed at addressing the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa. The first of these is an initiative to collaboratively compile rape kits for rape survivors as a means of showing support and ensuring justice is served. The second initiative is Imperial’s sport partnerships, the first of which is with the Wanderers cricket stadium to host the pink Friday cricket match to raise awareness about gender-based violence, and the second is a partnership with Central Gauteng Lions to raise funds for People Opposing Women Abuse.
Through the work she has done, Mansingh has shown how to use corporate power and influence to improve the lives of the women in her business, as well as in the broader community. She embodies the ideal of holding the door open behind you once you have made it into a position of power.
Mansingh has shown how to use corporate power and influence to improve the lives of the women in her business, as well as in the broader community.