Humaira Choonara holds amongst other qualifications a BA (Hons) in Social Work (Unisa), a BA (Hons) in Psychology – cum laude (Vista), a Masters in Social Science (RAU) and a Masters in Business Engineering, with a distinction (University of Warwick in the UK). She also successfully completed several development programmes in Human Resources (Higher Diploma in Human Resources – cum laude, UNISA), Leadership and Top Management locally and in the US and Singapore. Her special interest is organisational culture change.
She started her human resources career when she joined Eskom as an EAP practitioner, consultant and manager in 1998. She has since been promoted several times, including becoming the divisional human resources manager for Generation.
Humaira has been involved at a national and international level with initiatives dealing with HIV and AIDS and written a number of professional publications dealing with people issues such as HIV and AIDS, managing trauma in the workplace and the role of women during transformation. She is currently the Executive Manager of Human Resources at Transnet Freight Rail.
She is presently serving on a number of Board and committees; mainly: SARS HR and the Remuneration Committees, The City of Tswane Performance Audit Committee, as the Chairperson, Junior Achievement South Africa, as Board Member. She was also the Chairperson MEDIPOS and a trustee of the SAPO provident and Pension funds, a founding and Board member of the Women in Oil and Energy (WOESA) and a Chairperson of the Judges for Technology for Women in Business (TWIB).
She previously served at: South African Suppliers Development (SASDA) as board chair and founder member and member of the HR Committee; ARECSA as a founding board member; EAP as the SA president; Global Coalition on HIV and AIDS as a founder member; ESETA as an authority; and Massive Effort Campaign against the Diseases of Poverty as the SA founder and chair and a Board member internationally.