Top woman in finance judges Top Women Awards

South African Institute of Professional Accountants

13 August 2014


Top woman in finance judges Top Women Awards


This year, the Top Women Awards will benefit from the input of one of South Africa’s leading women in finance, Shirley Olsen – chairperson of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).


“As a woman who started her own accounting practice at the age of 20, and now focusses on being a consultant and trainer in Finance and Corporate Governance, Shirley is eminently qualified to judge the attributes of other top women,” said Shahied Daniels, Chief Executive Officer at SAIPA. “We are very proud of her achievements to date, as well as this particular acknowledgement!” he added.


The Top Women Awards is a prestigious event in which female leaders are celebrated for outstanding performance in the world of business and government. The winners will be announced at a gala event at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, on 14 August 2014.


“I felt extremely honoured to have been invited to be a judge this year and took this position very seriously,” said Olsen. “As there are many women who have succeeded in business, I looked for women who stood out because of their uniqueness as well as women who struggled to succeed against all odds, particularly in a male dominated area such as mining.”


“The nominees were of a high calibre and I am very interested to see who the final winners will be, especially in the highly competitive individual categories,” she said.