Born in 1954 in South Africa, Hixonia has a BA in Social Work and an Honours Degree in Psychology. She also holds an Executive Leadership Development Programme Certificate from the Arthur D Little Management Education Institute in Massachusetts. In order to sharpen her skills in accelerating international growth, she attended the IMD’s most popular programme, “Orchestrating Winning Performance”.
She served as a member of the Banking Enquiry Panel, appointed by the South African Competition Commission to investigate charges in the retail banking sector, access to the National Payment System, and competition in the banking sector. She was a founder member of the Advisory Group formed by the WEF(World Economic Forum) to set up a community of global chairmen, and to design a programme and agenda for the first Gathering of Chairmen in Megeve, France in April 2013, where she also led one of the discussion topics.
She was Director of Sasol Ltd for 7 years and led the company as Chairman for 5 years, from 2008 till 2013. Until April 2016, she served 9 years on the Board of Unilever PLC and NV. She is also Chairman/Director of numerous family entities, and owner and Executive Producer of “H to the power of You”, a Leadership and Talent development series, which was broadcast to 48 African countries on the CNBC Africa channel. She is currently the Senior independent Director of Vivo Energy Plc, a London-based company with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.