Tashmia Ismail-Saville CEO, Youth Employment Services (YES)

Tashmia Ismail-Saville

Tashmia Ismail-Saville

CEO, Youth Employment Service (YES)

Tashmia Ismail-Saville is the CEO of the Youth Employment Service (YES), a joint initiative between business, labour and government, which addresses South Africa’s youth unemployment challenge, by creating ONE million work experiences in South Africa. She founded Boundless World, which focuses on strategy and innovation, inclusive business models, mobile digital skills and economic and behavioural research.

Tashmia is a PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht and adjunct faculty at GIBS, where she has held faculty positions in the field of innovation management and inclusive business. She has extensive consulting experience with a range of global and local businesses such as Unilever, Roche, GSK, Mahindra and the DBSA. Through her business school involvement, Tashmia found and headed the GIBS Inclusive Markets Programme from 2010 to 2016, here, and through her consulting practice, she developed and implemented inclusive strategies and business models for companies, wrote, conducted research and designed learning programmes on economic inclusion, design thinking and innovation.