Wendy Appelbaum

Non-Executive Director

Wendy is a director of Sphere and brings a wide range of experience and expertise to Sphere through several significant positions held during her career.

Wendy chairs De Morgenzon Estate, a wine farm and agricultural business in Stellenbosch. 

Through The Wendy Appelbaum Foundation her company initiates, selects and drives programs addressing, in the main, the health and education interests and concerns of South African women.

Wendy holds various directorships, trusteeships and is a member of numerous organisations registered both in South Africa and abroad. These include that of the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (Pty) Limited, a post-graduate teaching hospital of the University of the Witwatersrand; The Donald Gordon Foundation, the largest private charitable foundation in Africa; the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA).

In addition to being a Director of Sphere Holdings, Wendy is also a Director of WESGRO (Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment).

Wendy is a member of Harvard University’s Women’s Leadership Board and Harvard’s Global Advisory Council.  Wendy is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and Board member of Synergos Africa.  She was previously the Deputy-Chairman of Womens’ Investment Portfolio Limited (Wiphold Limited), the first women controlled company to list on the JSE with then assets in excess of R1 billion.

In 2006 she was recognized as one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, an organization that honors and promotes female entrepreneurial excellence.