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Mohamed Adam
B.A. (Law), LLB, LLM

Topic: Board committees: What committees should be created and what should they do?

Mohamed was admitted to practice as an attorney in South Africa in 1988. He practised as an attorney, focusing on Human Rights, with the law firm Ismail Ayob and Partners, before joining Eskom Holdings SOC Limited. Since then he held several positions in Eskom in a professional and management role, including that of Company Secretary, Group International Manager, Head of the Legal and Secretariat Department, and Corporate Counsel and Senior General Manager (Regulation and Governance) and Eskom's Corporate Counsel and Divisional Executive: Regulation and Legal responsible for three main areas – legal (including compliance), regulatory matters and corporate governance (including the company secretariat and ethics).

Mohamed was Eskom's first company secretary upon its conversion into a company and played a significant role in the process to corporatise Eskom from a statutory body into a company under the company law framework in South Africa.

He has had the privilege of reporting to the respective Chief Executives of Eskom for a significant part of his career and worked directly with the chairpersons of the board of directors in his capacity as company secretary.

On the 16 February 2015 he joined ArcelorMittal South Africa as General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs.

Mohamed is involved in various activities over and above his official duties.

  • He serves as a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance (having first served as a member of the Integrated Sustainability Reporting Task Team from 2002 as a part of King 11). In the King Report on Corporate Governance (2009) he participated in the sub-committee that worked on Integrated Reporting and Ethical Leadership and Corporate Citizenship
  • He has presented at conferences locally and internationally on various topics – in particular relating to corporate governance, sustainability and integrated reporting
  • Part time Extra Ordinary Lecturer on the Integrated Reporting Programme of the University of Pretoria
  • Member of the Integrated Reporting Work Group of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa
  • Co-author, together with Dr Reuel Khoza, of – ‘The Power of Governance: Enhancing the Performance of State-Owned Enterprises’ (2005)
  • Further publications include a contribution to a chapter entitled ‘The Structure and Governance of Eskom (together with Dr Khoza, 2006) in the publication ‘International Corporate Governance – A Case Study Approach’, edited by Christine Mallin (University of Birmingham,UK) and a chapter entitled ‘Co-operative Governance of State-Owned Enterprises’ in ‘Protecting the Inheritance’ edited by Daniel Plaaitjies (2013)